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A couple of different .300 items to cover today on Sporcle Saturday. The first: it was on this day in 1943 that a White Sox player led the American League in batting average, at .328, the lowest since Ty Cobb hit .324 to lead in 1908. How times have changed.
The second? Jose Abreu is currently the team leader in batting average (among players to qualify for the batting title), at .306, which is good for seventh-highest across Major League Baseball. Should Abreu hang on, this would mark the fourth consecutive season at least one White Sox qualified for the batting title and recorded a batting average of .300 or higher, the first such stretch for the franchise since 2009-2012. Find the silver linings in the season where you can, folks.
Anyway, today’s Sporcle tests your knowledge of other .300 or better hitters throughout franchise history. In all, there are 170 entries: how many can you get? Good luck!
- I’ve allotted 15 minutes for completion attempts.
- For hints, I’ve provided the season and average for each entry.
Useless information to amaze, annoy, confuse, and/or confound your friends and family:
- The highest average of the players on this list is .388, set in 1936.
- The lowest average in franchise history in a season? That dubious honor goes to Billy Sullivan in 1909, who hit just .162, good for a 28 OPS+. Sullivan made the cut three separate times, all from 1907-1909.
- The highest OPS+ from the players on this list? 212, in 1994.
All data from stathead.com