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Originally, I was going to do a Sporcle on singles. Y’know, the hot local ones that Jim seems to always be tweeting about. They did, after all, win a game that featured only singles, and the team is currently on pace to knock just around 1,000 singles this season, which would account for 71.2% of all their hits. Looking back at previous squads that have hit a lot of singles (and a similar percentage of hits), though, those teams are pretty moribund and obscure. Now, obscure (if not moribund, usually) names can be a calling card on Sporcle Saturday, but I wanted to provide a fun list. What to do?
Well: it was on this date last season that the White Sox and Cubs played an absolutely bonkers game, with the Sox winning 17-13 on a 4-6, eleven total base effort by Yasmani Grandal. I remember my Cubs fan texting me that night as the Cubs were up 6-0 after the first half of the first inning, “Don’t worry, the Sox aren’t out of this”. He was right.
Unfortunately, the 2022 White Sox haven’t yet had a player that will feature in this quiz: White Sox batters throughout franchise history to record 10+ total bases in a game. (Two players this season have reached 9, both against Detroit) In all that’s 127 instances: how many can you name? Good luck!
- I’ve allotted 15 minutes for completion attempts.
- For hints, I’ve provided the date, total bases, and position that player played in that game.
Useless information to amaze, annoy, confuse, and/or confound your friends and family:
- The White Sox are 102-24-1 in such games.
- The franchise record for most bases in a game is 16, in game 1 of a doubleheader against the Philadelphia Athletics on 7/18/1948 (a 12-11 victory for the Sox).
- The team the Sox have had the most such games against is Detroit, with 22. Their record? 17-4-1.
All data from stathead.com