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Wednesday afternoon’s barn burner of a game against the Astros saw some lead changes, some big ol’ dingers and two extra base hits by Eloy Jimenez. The double and home run that Jimenez hit were important, both in the context of the game and also kept a streak alive: this is the fourth consecutive season in which the Sox have had a rookie hitter knock in at least thirty extra base hits.
Barring injury or disaster –something I’m unwilling to count out, given the fortunes of this franchise, of late– Eloy should easily reach the 40 XBH plateau before season’s end. Today, Saturday Sporcle will celebrate the rookie left fielder’s accomplishment: in franchise history, what other rookies have logged at least 30 extra base hits in a season? There are an even 50 names in all: how many can you get? Good luck!
- I’ve allotted 15 minutes for completion attempts.
- For hints, I’ve provided the season, number of XBHs, and position of the player in question.
Useless information to amaze, annoy, confuse, and/or confound your friends and family:
- The franchise’s longest streak of rookies to log at least 30 XBHs is six seasons, from 1925-1930.
- The Sox have never had a rookie younger than 21 hit 30 XBHs. (At the risk of ruining someone’s guess, Bob Kennedy logged 29 at the age of 19 in 1940)
- The highest total number of overall hits was from 1930, with 193.
All data from baseballreference.com