Sporcle Saturday: Dingers against the Cubs

KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 01: Chicago White Sox Outfielder Eloy Jimenez (74) points to his arm in celebration of hitting a home run during the game between the Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox on Saturday August 1, 2020 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, MO. (Photo by Nick Tre. Smith/Icon Sportswire)

As we enter the last couple of games against the Cubs to conclude the 2020 regular season, it’s time to take a look at some of the damage done against the Northside club. The team managed 12 big flies over three games against the Cubs the last time they met, and I think we’d all be delighted to see a similar display of offensive firepower to finish things out before the playoffs.

Other players during Cubs-Sox series have had big moments as well. Two grand slams come to mind in particular, with other indelible moments sprinkled throughout their interleague history. Today’s Sporcle will ask you to recall both those indelible moments as well as the ones many of us have forgotten: who among Sox players has hit at least one home run in a Cubs-Sox matchup? There are 56 names, how many can you get? Good luck!

Quiz Parameters

  • I’ve allotted 10 minutes for completion attempts.
  • For hints, I’ve provided the years a player matched up against the Cubs, their position, and number of home runs in those games. It’s important to note that the years DO NOT necessarily reflect the tenure of the player in question. Merely the first year they played the Cubs as a member of the Sox, and the last.

Useless information to amaze, annoy, confuse, and/or confound your friends and family:

  • The average triple-slash of the players on this list: .271/.335/.572
  • No player in franchise history has more than two triples against the Cubs.
  • The stolen base leader against the Cubs in franchise history is…nine. (Against 3 CS)

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All data from stathead.com

(Photo by Nick Tre. Smith/Icon Sportswire)

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53/56 before I ran out of time. The positions were both a clue and, in a few cases, tricky. I was surprised to see that

Dave Martinez hit a HR as a 1B, and while two of my misses were catchers (Phegley and Kevan Smith), the third was Alen Hanson designated as an outfielder. I still think of him more as a Pirates 2B, which is good as that means I remember less of his Sox career.

Ted, after this week’s dispiriting play on the field, thank you for giving us a reason to remember Anthony Ranaudo homering off of Jason Hammel at Wrigley. My weekend already feels better because of it.


Late reporting… Boomer and I both got 51. Shawn the Bomb got 34.

My misses were

Eaton, Smith, Phegley, Wise and Hansen

Boomer missed

Eaton, Ranaudo, Hansen, Phegley, Mouton

Shawn the Bomb got