Sporcle Saturday: Gavin Sheets rounds the bases

Good morning!

While today’s quiz is a celebration of a particular player’s accomplishment, I won’t blame you if you find that it’s more of an indictment of the White Sox’ success –or, more appropriately, lack thereof– in the postseason.

Let us set the scene, shall we? Before things went sideways in game 4 of the ALDS against the Astros this week, Gavin Sheets gave the White Sox a 1-0 lead with a home run over the center field wall. He later added a double to give him 6 total bases in the game. Curious, I looked up who in franchise history had at least that many TBs in a playoff game for the Sox and he’s in relatively rare company: Sheets is just the tenth White Sox to accomplish the feat (there are 11 total, with one guy doing it twice). Pretty impressive for the rookie!

Now, of course, 11 entries doesn’t make for much of a challenge, so today’s Sporcle will ask you to name the White Sox players throughout history who have logged 4 total bases or more in a single postseason game. That’s 63 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, the date of the game, and the position that the player played during that game.

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

  • The most total bases in a single game for the White Sox is 10, logged during that lovely 14-2 drubbing of the Red Sox in ’05 that made Chris Berman weep.
  • Albert Pujols (2011 World Series, Cardinals) and Bob Robertson (1971 NLCS, Pirates) share the record for most TBs in a single game, with 14.
  • The player who sits with third-most TBs from this list (8), did so by cracking 4 doubles in a game in 1906.

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All data from stathead.com

(Photo credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports)

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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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60/63. Missed the 93 DH and 2 guys from 1906.


Same score. Missed three from 1906. Was at the game with the 93 DH


60/63, with my misses being from the Hitless Wonders. Was thrown for a little bit by

the fact that this guy played any position in the field that night
the position for Geoff Blum, because the only memory I have of him from that game was at the plate for my favorite at-bat in team history

Right Size Wrong Shape

58/63. Missed the 59 left fielder and all of the ’06 guys.


46 correct. The only one I couldn’t figure out of the last 21 years was the left fielder in 08.


Wise was more clutch in that series than anyone has been in the last two years.

Root Cause

Wondering if anyone has considered posting the answers to these questions after 12 or 24 hours after the questions have been published. Call me lazy and guilty as charged but I don’t have this working knowledge of WS history nor will I ever be so curious as to hunt down all the answers.

It might create some more dialogue and I would actively search out some things that piqued my interest. Over time, I would learn more and maybe it would do the same for others.

Signed, Always on the outside looking in.

Joliet Orange Sox

If you play the quiz, the option to give up appears after 7 or 8 seconds. If you select give up, all the answers appear.

Root Cause

Thanks, I appreciate it very much.


Only 45/63 but I only missed two players from the time when I was actually alive so I’ll take it.