Sporcle Saturday: Happy birthday, Nellie Fox

Good morning!

First things first: Merry Christmas to all who celebrate. For those of you who do not, I hope you are still able to have a relaxing day and that you are fortunate enough to have some time off around the holidays. Personally, I’m hoping Santa brought me Joe Posnanski’s The Baseball 100; time will tell.

At any rate, today’s Sporcle will celebrate Nellie Fox, who was born on this day in 1927 in St. Thomas, PA. Whenever I think of Fox, I think of all the singles he hit over his career: of his 2,663 hits, 2,161 of them were of the single base variety. For those of you playing along at home, that accounts for 81.1% of his career hits.

Today, I task with you naming other White Sox players with a bunch of singles in their career: to make the list, a player must have logged at least 300 singles during their time with the team. That’s 117 names: how many can you get? Good luck!

Quiz Parameters

  • I’ve allotted the full 20 minutes for completion attempts.
  • For hints, I’ve provided the tenure of the player in question, their position, and the number of singles they logged. One important caveat: under tenure, I did not separate if a player left and returned to the team at a later date.

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

  • Every position on the diamond is represented here, including pitcher.
  • Shortstop accounted for three of the first six names on this list.
  • Fox is 28th most all-time with his 2,161 singles.

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All data from stathead.com

(Photo credit: Kilpatrick/Sporting News Archives)

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Ted Mulvey

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Did you set that 300 cutoff just to make sure the pitcher got in?


93/117. Got everyone in my lifetime. Only missed a few that I should have known. Would never have guessed 15-20 of them.


Didn’t do as well as I should have, but I did got all of those in my lifetime. Merry Christmas all. And Ted, I’m in the great city of Oshkosh visiting my mother-in-law. Weather certainly not as nice as in Virginia.

Joliet Orange Sox

Here in Joliet it’s a warm Christmas day (44˚F on the thermometer on the window and rising). I’m disappointed because my son got a me a nice Sox winter scarf for Christmas and I’d prefer a day that was cold enough to wear a winter coat so I can wear the scarf. I think a scarf looks silly with a hoodie or windbreaker.

I think winter scarf might be a good idea for Sox Machine merch next winter. I was afraid to order a Sox Machine winter hat because I’ve been burned by “one size fits most” in the past.


Here in Atlanta it’s 68 degrees! We are supposed to be in the 70s for the next few days and even our low temperature isn’t supposed to get below 50 until the New Year. After 50 years in the cold (Hammond, Indiana and then Minneapolis), I don’t miss the cold and snow at all!


100/117 before I ran out of time. A handful of these are guys I’ve never heard of before, so treasured holiday gifts from Ted. Happy holidays!


That’s just more guys to put in our memory bank for more of Ted’s quizzes!!

Trooper Galactus

Only missed one after 2000 (2014-16 OF), but in my defense, I’d have remembered him if you’d not omitted his 2021 season with the White Sox!

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29% correct. Missed obvious choices. Too early in the morning to do this. Thanks Ted. That was fun. It keeps our White Sox fandom history sharp.