Continuing on to part II, today we will examine past (and present) White Sox hitting coaches. The hitting side of the equation has been a bit trickier to research than pitching coaches. Baseball Reference (and other outlets) have confirmed staffs back to 1980, but with the White Sox, it was the wild west when it came to hitting coaches pre-1980 (outside of 1977-1978).
From what I found via contemporary newspaper accounts of the time (before I ran out of my own time), an awful lot of the hitting coach duties for the White Sox (usually called batting coach, particularly the further back in time one goes) were spread between the first base, third base, and bench coaches. Thus, we’re only going back to 1969 in today’s quiz. Hopefully, I can continue to research this further and update as I find new information.
At any rate, today’s Sporcle will test you on hitting coaches from the present back to 1969. Coaches from the ’70s (again, outside of 1977-1978) are my best guess as who performed the majority of hitting coach duties based on newspaper accounts. That still gives us an astonishing 23 names: how many can you get? Good luck!
- I’ve allotted 20 minutes for completion attempts.
- For hints, I’ve provided the tenure of the hitting coach.
Useless information to amaze, annoy, confuse, and/or confound your friends and family:
- Some of the names in the late-’60s and then the ’70s are pretty well-known former players.
- I have not included Deacon Jones on this list. He is continually referenced as a hitting coach for the White Sox in newspaper accounts, but I cannot find any outlet listing him as such. Other newspaper accounts list him as a coach in the minor leagues, so I need to research his role further, if possible.