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On Thursday evening, the White Sox took care of the Tigers, 4-1, on the strength of four solo home runs. And that had me wondering: how often does that take place? A team hits that many dingers, and they all happen to be without anybody on base?
As it turns out, it actually isn’t all that often! There have been just 8 games in franchise history where the White Sox have hit at least four home runs and they were all solo jobs. Four of those have occurred in the past decade, but there is a game in there that goes back as far as 1937. So what I’m tasking you with today: can you name the players who hit the home runs in those games? There are 29 entries, how many can you name? Good luck!
- While Thursday’s game was a victory, the result in the rest don’t matter as far as getting included in the Sporcle. A couple of these games resulted in losses.
- I’ve allotted 10 minutes for completion attempts.
- For hints, I’ve provided the date of the game, the position of the player on that day, and the number of home runs they hit.
Useless information to amaze, annoy, confuse, and/or confound your friends and family:
- Not counting just solo shots, the White Sox have hit four home runs or more in a game 248 times, with the earliest such game coming on the back half of a double header against the Yankees on July 2, 1930. The White Sox won that game, 15-4.
- The White Sox are 215-33 in such games (and 6-2 in the solo shot games).
- Their largest rout from those 248 games? Also their franchise record for most runs scored: the 29-6 shellacking of the Kansas City Athletics on April 23, 1955.
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All data from stathead.com