Sporcle Saturday: 2-dinger games

White Sox catcher Seby Zavala
(Photo by Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Good morning!

Jake Burger had himself a game the other day, hitting two home runs in the White Sox’ 8-4 victory over the Dodgers. It was actually the third time this season a White Sox batter has gone deep twice in a game this season, but the first time I’ve had the opportunity to write up a Sporcle about it.

And looking back at previous Sporcle Saturdays, it would appear that I’ve never actually published a quiz which features White Sox players to have hit two or more home runs in a single game! Consider that oversight rectified today, as I’m asking you to remember any White Sox batter to hit at least two home runs in a game dating back to 1980. In all, there are 395 instances: how many can you name? Good luck!

Quiz Parameters

  • Given the sheer volume of answers in today’s quiz, I’ve allotted the full 25 minutes for completion attempts.
  • For hints, I’ve provided the date of the game, as well as the position of the player in question (at the time in which he started that game).

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

  • The first White Sox batter to record a multi-dinger game was Jack Fournier, who hit two in a 4-3 extra-inning win over the Washington Senators on August 31, 1914. 
  • In all, there have been 585 instances of a White Sox batter recording two home runs or more in the same game.
  • The White Sox are 449-135-1 in such games.
  • The lone tie was in the second game of a doubleheader against the Tigers, 7-7, on April 30, 1950; Hank Majeski was the batter.

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All data from stathead.com

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asinwreck

Another pleasant set of memories. Thank you, Ted.

388/395, and among my misses were two names from the 1980s I have not thought of in a very long time (5/16/1984 and 8/13/1988). My other misses were a trio from 1998 and names from the 2016-17 morass.

Joliet Orange Sox

The 8/13/88 answer is the one answer today I have absolutely no memory of. He only played 14 games for the Sox. He hit 3 homers total in those 14 games which were the only 3 homers of his MLB career.

I do remember the 5/16/84 answer (although I didn’t get him). The two homers in one day were the only homers he hit for the Sox in two seasons.

Last edited 1 year ago by Joliet Orange Sox
ecivokrak

The 8/13/88 guy: I didn’t guess him, though when his name came up, I remembered that he made an impression in his short stint because he had some kind of redemption story behind him.

I just looked him up: He played for a few years in the minors and a little in the majors, then wrapped his car around a tree after drinking, resulting in a broken back. He got sober and then worked his way back to the bigs. I remember in the dismal 1988 season there wasn’t much to root for (though the core of their juggernaut early 90s teams was just coming into view). He died of cancer in 2019.

Last edited 1 year ago by ecivokrak
roke1960

377/395. A lot of obscure names in there. Missed about 5 or 6 that I should have had. Yet another great quiz, Ted!

ecivokrak

375/395, and thanks to a certain Sox Machine coffee mug that sits beside me this morning, I was able to remember who had a great cup of coffee in 2012.