Sporcle Saturday: Total base leaders

Among many of the things that we missed out on in this shortened season was a chance to see whether Jose Abreu could have maintained his offensive production through 162 games. Abreu, of course, led the team in a variety of offensive categories but he also led the league and/or the majors in hits, RBI, slugging, and total bases. (As well as ground into double plays, but we shan’t go there.)

Total bases is what I’m after today, though. Abreu’s 148 TBs led all of MLB and he was on pace to match the franchise single-season record of 399. And it’s not like this season would have been an outlier. Abreu’s been consistently excellent in that category since arriving with the Sox in 2014. He’s logged at least 300 bases in 4 seasons, and he’s led the team every single season. He’s already in 13th place all-time with 1,969 TBs and assuming he plays a full season next year, he’ll be comfortably inside the top-10.

So today, we celebrate Abreu’s total base accomplishments by examining the other great seasons in White Sox history. Specifically: I’m asking you to name all the White Sox players who have logged at least 300 total bases in a single season. That’s 35 entries: how many can you get? Good luck!

Quiz Parameters

  • I’ve allotted 10 minutes for completion attempts.
  • For hints, I’ve provided the number of total bases, year, and position of the player in question.

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

  • The average triple-slash of the players on this list: .311/.384/.555
  • The positions not represented on this list include catcher, shortstop, and second base.
  • Just three players recorded over 200 hits on this list.

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All data from stathead.com

(Photo credit: Carl Skanberg)

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35/35 with 8:40 left. No obscurities on this list.

Jim Margalus

I like that Sporcle Saturdays have their own standards for “obscure.”


What kind of idiot doesn’t know the 2nd best OF on the 1930 White Sox?


Carl Reynolds and Smead Jolley would like a word.


35/35 easy pickings.


Boomer 35/35… Shawn the Bomb 32/35. Chalk another one up for the bad guy


35/35. Struggled with one of the 1930 guys, but got it with 3:58 left.


35/35 with 8:41 left. Yeah, Notable Sox Offensive Players is not going to have a lot of surprises on it.


His was a name I reflexively typed in. Others I thought of include

Floyd Robinson and Johnny Mostil.

Right Size Wrong Shape

I got everyone but the 2 1930’s outfielders. I guessed the omission you noted as well. When it comes to the old timey guys my brain shuts down after a few guesses and I just give up.


The Sox Math winner who put a shoutout in his video to “my favorite Sox player, Zeke Bonura” just slayed me.