Sporcle Saturday: Not a lot of strikeouts

With Nick Madrigal’s promotion to Charlotte a couple of days ago, the Sox are on the cusp of having their first bona fide low-strikeout hitter in a few years. Bret Sayre of Baseball Prospectus had an interesting tweet on Wednesday:

…Which got me thinking: who among Sox hitters have had low K totals (75 or fewer) over the course of a season? As it turns out, there are quite a few! I thought the results might skew heavily towards guys from the early 20th century, but in all there are 405 player seasons, with 78 of them coming since 1980. So that, ladies and gentlemen, brings us to today’s Sporcle: since 1980, which Sox batters have struck out 75 times or fewer? How many can you name? Good luck!

Quiz Parameters

  • I’ve allotted 10 minutes for completion attempts.
  • To qualify, a player must have logged a minimum of 502 plate appearances.
  • For hints, I’ve provided the season, number of strikeouts, and position of the player in question.

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

  • The player with the most home runs on this list hit 41 in a season to just 54 Ks.
  • Three players (four instances) hit 0 home runs in a season; the fewest strikeouts among those instances was 33.
  • The record for fewest strikeouts in franchise history belongs to Eddie Collins with 8, logged in both the 1923 and 1925 seasons.
  • In the modern era of baseball (1901+), Joe Sewell seems to hold the record with just three Ks across 503 PAs. (He also logged three seasons with 4 Ks apiece)

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Ted Mulvey
Ted Mulvey

White Sox fan, homebrewer, academic librarian. Not necessarily in that order, but quite possibly.

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73/78. Drew blanks for 5 minutes on the late 90s SS, ’97 OF, ’88 3B, and the ’86 OF.


78/78 with 2:12 left.

Steve Lyons
was the last one I got.

Have to love a list of any offensive traits that has both

Frank Thomas and Mike Caruso
on it.


78/78 with 4:02 left. Taking that all opening day lineups from 1980-present quiz a couple dozen times cuz I was bored really paid off.


78/78. I was surprised by some of the names on the list. Madrigal should be on there every year starting next year.


Ted mentioned Joe Sewell. For his career, he had 114 strikeouts in 8333 plate appearances! That’s insane. But he also had a year when he had 3 stolen bases, and was caught 16 times.

Patrick Nolan

70/78. Per usual, things got hazy in the 80s.

Right Size Wrong Shape

77/78. Got everyone but

Davey Martinez
. I always forget about him.


78/78. 3:50 left.