Sporcle Saturday: Wait, who’s playing at shortstop?

Good morning!

During Thursday afternoon’s loss to the Blue Jays, defensive changes during the late innings led three-quarters of the lineup playing out of position due to the Haseley-Mendick debacle/the neverending plague of soft tissue issues. Seby Zavala moved to first base, Andrew Vaughn moved to second base, and Josh Harrison played shortstop. Oh, and Leury Garcia made the switch from shortstop to center field.

I thought it wasn’t all that likely there have been many players in franchise history who’ve played both first and second base or shortstop and center field. And I was right! Both of those positional combinations haven’t happened very often over the years, but the second base-shortstop duet has been played on a more frequent basis. I’ll list the other combinations below in the Useless Info section, but today’s Sporcle will ask you to name the players who have played both second base and shortstop in a game throughout the history of the team. In all, there are 210 occurrences (don’t worry, there are several guys who make up a fair number of said occurrences): how many can you get? Good luck!

Quiz Parameters

  • You don’t really need many hints for this one, so I’ve provided just the date of the game.
  • I’ve allotted the full 20 minutes for completion attempts.

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

  • The White Sox are 96-114 when this switch takes place.
  • Now, for those other combinations. To play both shortstop and center field, you have: Leury Garcia (x4), Jose Valentin (x4), Lee Richard (x9), Minnie Minoso (x1), Johnny Mostil (x1), and Freddy Parent (x1)…
  • …While first base and second base is: Andrew Vaughn (x1), Jose Rondon (x1), Jeff Keppinger (x5), Omar Vizquel (x1), Greg Norton (x1), Steve Lyons (x9), Bill Stein (x1), Ron Santo (x1), Dick Allen (x3), Mike Andrews (x9), Ron Hansen (x1), Don Kolloway (x4), Jimmy Dykes (x1), Lew Fonseca (x1), Art Shires (x3), Shano Collins (x1), and Frank Isbell (x3).

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All data from stathead.com

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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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118/210. Wow! This is quite a challenge, and I just feel proud that I did so well in 1978-1979. (Before 1972, it got ugly for me very quickly.) Tip of the hat, Ted.


152/210. There were 4 names that I should have had that would have given me 32 more.

Wow, there were some names that I recalled from out of the blue. Great quiz, Ted!! Thanks!!

Joliet Orange Sox

This is the first time in my life that remembering

late 60’s/early 70’s utility player
Rich Morales
and his career OPS+ of 46 has had any benefit for me.

another early 70’s utility player
Luis Alvarado
also had a career OPS+ of 46 but I at least enjoyed how Harry used to say his name with gusto.

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