Let’s hope today’s game against the Detroit Tigers goes better than the Sox’ game against the New York Yankees did on June 12, 1928. I checked the Sox Machine archives for a game recap, but it would seem that the internet didn’t exist back then and that Jim hasn’t yet invented a time machine. C’mon, Jim, what are you even doing with all your time? Sheesh.
The New York Times headline the next day? “YANKEES BOMBARD WHITE SOX, 15 TO 7: Gehrig Hits 2 Homers, Ruth One as Champions’ Artillery Silences Chicago”. In addition to those 2 home runs, The Iron Horse also knocked two triples to give him a robust 14 total bases on the day. The White Sox offense managed just 18 total bases combined, so it wasn’t exactly a banner day for the home team.
At any rate, today’s Sporcle will look at White Sox batters with double-digit total bases in a single game. To qualify, a White Sox batter needs to have recorded at least 10 TBs in one game. That gives us 124 entries: how many can you name? Good luck!
- For hints, I’ve provided the date of the game, total bases, and position of the player.
- I’ve allotted 15 minutes for completion attempts.
- As noted above, 10+ TBs is the cutoff.
Useless information to amaze, annoy, confuse, and/or confound your friends and family:
- I thought that two triples and two home runs in the same game would be rare, and my hunch was correct as there are just four such instances in MLB history: Gehrig was the first to do it, followed by Lew Fonseca the following year (also against the White Sox; those late ’20s teams presaged some truly terrible ’30s clubs), Willie Mays in 1958 against the Dodgers, and Dmitri Young in 2003 against Baltimore.
- However, 14 total bases doesn’t come close to the record. 14 total bases has occurred 61 times throughout MLB history, and Gehrig bested himself with a 16 TB effort in 1932. No, the record is 19, set by Shawn Green in this game against the Brewers in 2002.
- The White Sox are 100-23-1 in such games.
- The team the Sox have had the most such games against is Detroit, with 22. Their record? 17-4-1.
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108/124 before I ran out of time. Including the position definitely helped me get several names. While I remember
I’m glad I set the timer to 15 minutes! I originally had it at 10, then decided that might be too short.
That would have been brutal. I would have been kicking myself for leaving off thirty names, rather than just nine.
I got the second one by guessing his brother.
105/124. Missed about 5 or 6 that I should have had.