Sporcle Saturday: .300 hitters

As Jim noted in his excellent piece on Friday, Nick Madrigal’s hit tool should allow him to routinely clear a .300 average, though with the hope that some of the other columns see an uptick. Still, it’d be fun to see Madrigal consistently make the cut as the Sox haven’t had a player string together more than two consecutive .300 seasons since 1999-2003.

While batting average isn’t the measuring stick it used to be, it’s still fun (at least for me) to look at who has made the cut. And today’s Sporcle is all about .300 hitters: in franchise history, which players have hit for an average of .300 or better? There are 169 entries: how many can you get? Good luck!

Quiz Parameters

  • To make the list, a player must have hit at least .300 (obviously) and also qualified for the batting title. So, ironically, the player that inspired this quiz is not in the quiz.
  • I’ve allotted 15 minutes for completion attempts.

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

  • The highest average of the players on this list is .388, set in 1936.
  • Out of curiosity, I looked up the lowest average in franchise history in a season. That dubious honor goes to Billy Sullivan in 1909, who hit just .162, good for a 28 OPS+. Sullivan made the cut three separate times, all from 1907-1909.
  • Sullivan’s .213 lifetime average is second-worst all-time, but there’s more to the man than that, as you can read in his SABR bio.

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All data from stathead.com

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This was a fun one. 152/169 before I ran out of time, with most misses coming between 1926-1945.

Any quiz that has both

amazing names from yesteryear
No Neck Williams and Johnny Dickshot
as correct answers is first-rate in my book.

Hobo Under 35th St. Viaduct

The Lithuanian father for one of those you cited worked in a Waukegan steel mill, where the timekeepers “misheard” his last name. The name stuck and the family adopted it as their new surname.


119/169 Got everyone 1951 to present; would have had 123 but kept misspelling

this old timer
. I also kept guessing the wrong
antlered animal

Last edited 3 years ago by VAChisox

135/169. Yes, that one was very fun. I missed two from my lifetime, both terrible lapses in memory. Should have gotten at least 150. Great quiz, Ted!


Very disappointed in my 122 today. My brother kicked my ass with 134. Not a great start to the day.

107 / 169. I probably should have had about 10 more if I had remembered some obvious old timers. The only recent ones in my lifetime I missed were

I was 2 and don’t have any memory of him.
Bill Almon


Rodon redux
Katz’ll fix’m

Trooper Galactus

Wow, rough one. Found it hard to believe that the 1970 guy only made this list once. I know he wasn’t a good hitter but thought he stumbled his way to .300 a couple more times.