Sporcle Saturday: White Sox managers, 50+ games

Good morning!

As Jim wrote about so adeptly on Thursday morning, the White Sox haven’t exactly been forthcoming about what’s going on with Tony La Russa and the managerial position. Should this be the end of Tony La Russa 2: Electric Boogaloo, he’ll finish with right around a .533 winning percentage, and a .513 percentage overall taking into account both managerial stints with the franchise.

That .533 winning percentage certainly seems to be giving more credit than is due to La Russa based on how this season has played out, and I look forward (hopefully) to the tell-all oral histories to come, should this era have indeed come to a close. Say what you will about the last couple of seasons but it certainly had its moments that provided #content.

At any rate, let’s take a stroll through White Sox managers of the past: today’s Sporcle is all about that. Specifically: how many of managers can you name throughout franchise history who managed at least 50 games for the team? In all that’s 33 entries: how many can you name? Good luck! (Feel free to kvetch about some of the names on this list in the comments section)

Quiz Parameters

  • I’ve allotted 15 minutes for completion attempts.
  • For hints, I’ve provided the tenure, and the winning percentage of the manager.

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

  • Three guys not on this list (not including Miguel Cairo) with single-digit managerial stints: Doug Rader (1986, 2 games), Don Cooper (2011, 2 games), Ed Walsh (1924, 3 games).
  • La Russa currently sits at third-most games managed in White Sox history, with 1,327.
  • 10 guys who have managed the White Sox have Hall of Fame credentials in one form or another.

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All data from baseballreference.com

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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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25/36. Got every manager in my lifetime. Obviously several of the other names are very recognizable, but I would not have guessed that they were Sox managers. Did about as well as I could.

Right Size Wrong Shape

I got the guys in my lifetime (10 names). I knew a few others and then started guessing old former players.


I believe Les Moss leads in winning percentage: 1.000, at 2-0.
Half of these, 18 were .500 or better.


31/36. I got everyone from the past 70 years and everyone who managed more than a couple of seasons.

I’ve thought more about

an unhappy reunion
the unsuccessful 1976 tenure of Paul Richards
the past couple of years than I had for the previous three decades.

Joliet Orange Sox

Every single time I think of the the man you covered with a spoiler, I picture him not in a baseball uniform but wearing a colonial wig carrying a flag with Veeck playing a fife and someone from the front office whose name escapes me playing a drum as part of opening day festivities.


Rudee Schaffer

To Err is Herrmann

Kept entering “Gutierrez.” Thought I was losing my mind.