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Sporcle Saturday: Position players who’ve pitched

Who’s done it for the Sox since 1979?

Cleveland Indians v Chicago White Sox Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Thursday night saw one of the great spectacles in all of sport: a position player pitching. In fact, if truth must be told, the possibility of a position player pitching was the sole reason I stuck around until the finish.

It also begs the question: who else has done this for the Sox? As it turns out, there have been 21 instances throughout White Sox history where a position player has pitched in a game (Baseball Reference says 23, but two of those players were pitchers for the Sox, albeit for one game only...the only games of their respective careers). I, however, will not be subjecting you to that entire list. The likes of Don Hanski and Lena Blackburne shall remain in the footnotes of Pale Hose history. I decided to go with a cutoff date of 1979: that’s recent enough that some of you may be able to get the early names and most everybody should be able to get a few players from the past several years. Good luck!

Quiz Parameters

  • As usual, the quiz will accept first and last names, or last names only.
  • You’ll have seven minutes to attempt completion: there are 14 spots to fill in.
  • For hints, I’ve provided the date, the opponent, and the score of the game.

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

  • Quite unsurprisingly, the White Sox are 0-21 when a position player pitches.
  • They’ve also been outscored to the tune of 160 to 49.
  • While there have been a fair number of position players pitching for the Sox in recent years, there was a 17-year gap before 2012, and a 34-year gap before 1979.

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