Sporcle Saturday: 10+ total bases in a game

(Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire)

Good morning!

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!

Quiz Parameters

  • 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.

(Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire)

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108/124 before I ran out of time. Including the position definitely helped me get several names. While I remember

this guy’s
outburst, I would not have guessed
aging veteran
Sandy Alomar Jr.
without remembering he was the starter that year.


That would have been brutal. I would have been kicking myself for leaving off thirty names, rather than just nine.

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I got the second one by guessing his brother.


105/124. Missed about 5 or 6 that I should have had.