Sporcle Saturday: Born overseas

Good morning!

When Erick Fedde signed his two years, $15 million contract with the White Sox, there was a brief moment of excitement for me as I confused Fedde’s coming from the KBO the same as being born in South Korea. Then I remembered he had played for the Nationals and went to UNLV, double-checked his Baseball Reference page, and sure enough: born and bred in Las Vegas. Alas.

So, why that brief moment of excitement? The White Sox haven’t yet had a player born in South Korea play for them before. A South Korean player would mark the eleventh distinct country outside the Americas for the franchise and the first Asian player since 2012. Thus, we continue to wait.

Still, it makes for an interesting Sporcle. Who are the players to play for the White Sox and also have been born outside of the Americas and the Caribbean? It turns out that 17 different non-American players have suited up for the team at some point throughout history. Today’s Sporcle tasks you with an attempt at naming those 17 non-Americans. How many can you get? Good luck!

Quiz Parameters

  • I’ve allotted 15 minutes for completion attempts.
  • For hints, you get the player’s tenure with the team, and their position.
  • As previously noted: to qualify, non-American is defined as born outside North/Central/South America or the Caribbean region.

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

  • These players combined for 18.8 WAR over their White Sox careers.
  • 4.3 of that WAR came in the past three seasons.
  • The highest WAR total? 5.4 by the second baseman from 2005-2007.
  • The lowest amount? -1.2 by the starting pitcher from 1948-1949.

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Data and information from baseballreference.com

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Fun and difficult, thanks Ted. 6/17, and maybe I get two more if I take 30 hours. Got all of the players from Japan, the more famous Australian, the starter from Germany, and the more recent Pole.

I hope the version of this quiz in 2033 is much longer.


So much for easy quizzes!! 5/17, though I could have gotten 4 more. Actually made a wild last name guess to get the 1908 C. Got the 3 Japanese players and the latest Aussie.



Joliet Orange Sox

I took the quiz and got 5/17 (the more famous Australian, the 3 Japanese players, and the very well-traveled SP). Ten minutes later, it occurred to me that this quiz featured many players so obscure that I couldn’t remember them even a short time later. I then took the quiz again having seen the answers ten minutes prior and got 7/17. Now that’s a hard quiz!

Last edited 2 months ago by Joliet Orange Sox

I just took it again and got 10! Yes, that’s a hard quiz!

Right Size Wrong Shape

4/17. Only one other one that I probably could have had (it was deep in the recesses of my brain, but I just gave up).


Ohtani finally made his decision, let the dominoes start falling.


6/17 as well, missed everyone before 1988 season


9! Got 2 blind guesses on the Norwegian and the Slovak going through my sporcle rolo-dex of last names i try 😀