Sporcle Saturday: Opening Day DHs since 1973

Folks, you’ve nearly made it: we’ve reached the penultimate Sporcle in this little Opening Day sojourn. Yes, this week is the final postion not yet covered: designated hitter. As you well know, DH only goes back to 1973, so there won’t be as many entries this week.

Next week will be the big one(s): every Opening Day starter dating back to 1960. It’s going to be lengthy: three separate Sporcles covering nearly 600 entries. This week, though, you’re only tasked with 48. How many can you name? Good luck!

Previous installments

Quiz Parameters

  • I’ve allotted 15 minutes for completion attempts.

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

  • No player has made more than four consecutive starts at Designated Hitter in franchise history.
  • Four players, though, have made four consecutive starts at the position.
  • 2021 Opening Day will mark the eighth consecutive different DH to begin the season.

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Ted Mulvey
Ted Mulvey

White Sox fan, homebrewer, academic librarian. Not necessarily in that order, but quite possibly.

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46/48, missing 1973 and 1976. The 1973 DH is not a guy I would ever expect in the role.

Last edited 2 years ago by asinwreck
Joliet Orange Sox

For the 1973 DH, Baseball Reference similarity scores lists Gordon Beckham as one of the 10 most similar batters to him.

Last edited 2 years ago by Joliet Orange Sox



48/48 with 10:20 remaining. When I got to the end, I just started guessing position players.

Joliet Orange Sox

I missed a lot more than the other commenters. I guessed a lot of position players. This is the first of these sporcles where I remember every player who ended up an answer.

Trooper Galactus

38/44. I am very thankful to have forgotten 2019’s DH already.


I am incapable of remembering 2010’s names