Sporcle Saturday: Walk off homers

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Tim Anderson walked off the Yankees in memorable fashion Thursday night, giving the Sox a 9-8 victory in front of a national audience. Per Baseball Reference’s Stathead database, that’s the fourteenth game in franchise history where the White Sox have hit a walk off home run against the Yankees.

While it may have been the fourteenth such occasion against the Yankees, it is the 151st time overall the White Sox have hit a walk off home run against an opponent. Today’s Sporcle, as the headline suggests, is all about those walk off home runs: you’re tasked with naming the players responsible for the dingers. 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 date of the game, the opponent, and the position the player played during the game in question.

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

  • The franchise leader with the most walk off home runs has 8 such events.
  • The White Sox have never walked off an opposing pitcher more than twice.
  • A White Sox second baseman hasn’t walked it off for the team since July 3, 1978. Maybe Cesar Hernandez can change that.

(Photo credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports)

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All data from stathead.com

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Ted Mulvey

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

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roke1960

116/151. Most of the misses were before 1960, though there were several in my lifetime that I just drew a blank on. Another great quiz, Ted!

jhomeslice

Good quiz. I only got 92. Does that make me a horrible person?

asinwreck

115/151 before I ran out of time. Great quiz, and I agree that some of the names even from my lifetime were tricky.

Joliet Orange Sox

I like to look up the players I’ve never heard of that show up in these quizzes. I was interested to see that the 1922 catcher had a very short career and only hit 2 career home runs.

The more interesting career was the 1957 pitcher who was a good hitter for a pitcher with a career ops+ of 106 with 5 career homers. He played in the majors in 1940, 1949, 1955, 1956, 1957, and 1958 (the bold years are with the Sox). He spent a lot of years between mlb stints. He died in 1960 at the age of 40.

I found it interesting that the 1957 pitcher’s career overlapped with a catcher of the exact same name. The pitcher and catcher were both on the 1949 Reds and based on game logs I believe the battery of the pitcher and catcher with same name happened in three games.

Joliet Orange Sox

The 1957 pitcher has a SABR biography:

SABR bio

asinwreck

Wow. A fascinating life and career. A record-holder (and I’m going to guess he’ll be a record-holder forever) who was also a POW at the end of World War II. Thank you for posting the bio.