Sporcle Saturday: 6+ RBI in a game since 1980

(Photo credit: by Nick Wosika/Icon Sportswire)

Good morning!

In Thursday evening’s blowout loss to the Red Sox, there was at least one bright spot fans could take with them: Andrew Vaughn’s 2-5, multiple extra-base hit, 5 RBI night. On the season now, Vaughn is slashing .292/.349/.500 (146 OPS+) and with five home runs, is a third of a way to his 2021 home run total in far fewer games played.

The 5 RBI night actually marked the first time this season a White Sox player logged 5 RBI in a game, the last game coming when Yasmani Grandal had 8 in the wild 17-13 comeback victory against the Cubs in August of last season. So today, let’s look at other games where Sox players have gotten at least 6 RBI in a game (Apologies to Andrew Vaughn, who will just have to do it some other game to get on the list. How about tonight?). That leaves us with 53 names: how many can you get? Good luck!

Quiz Parameters

  • I’ve allotted 10 minutes for completion attempts.
  • For hints, I’ve provided the date of the game, and the position the player was playing at that time.

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

  • The White Sox are 48-5 when a player accomplishes this feat.
  • The only player to play center field and record 6 RBI: Ken Henderson in 1974, a 3-5 effort in a 11-7 victory over the Twins. Your move, Luis Robert.
  • The highest WPA on this list was .852 (4/25/2014); the lowest: -.004 (5/16/1993).

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All data from stathead.com


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Thank you for picking a quiz with inevitably happy memories, Ted. 53/53 with 5:43 left. Most of these guys were lineup mainstays, though a handful were surprising bench players. The first and final names I got were second basemen.


Two of the players on this list I met at Chicago night clubs in the early 90’s, Grebek and Ellis Burks. When I saw Burks, I went up to him and asked him if he was Ellis Burks. He said no. I apologized and told him he looked just like him. He then said “he must be a good looking guy”, and then he fessed up. I asked him about whether his success in Chicago was because with guys like Big Frank on the team there was less pressure on him than when he came up with Boston. He replied saying that was a great question and asked if I had a microphone on me. I remember him telling me about his college days, and how everybody knew who he was. Some girl was going to go out with him and had told all her friends in her sorority, because he was a big deal. His friends got him totally drunk before their date, and he passed out under a tree in front of her sorority house. She was totally embarrassed! Anyway I will never forget that, very cool guy to talk to, down to earth and relatable, and quite funny. Grebeck was not too talkative, but I recognized him because he was unbelievably short for a baseball player.


52/53. Only missed the 1996 RF, but I should have had him! Lot of names I wouldn’t expect on that list. Another great quiz, Ted!

48 / 53, then I gave up with 4 minutes left. Should have gotten every single one of them. GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!1