Chicago White Sox by Egantx7

Champion(s):

SochackiA


Runner(s)-Up:

SheahanJ


Quiz Description

Do you know which team won the most American League games from 1901-20? Of course you don't, because no one would guess that the White Sox could ever possibly have done something so amazing at one point. Yet, it is true! Because most media focuses on the Yankees, Red Sox, Cardinals, Cubs, and occasionally the Dodgers and Giants, the history of the White Sox is regarded by many baseball fans as teenage boys look at women ... mysterious, tempting, and probably a whole lot of trouble (though ultimately enjoyable).

Yes, here are twelve questions about the team that has beaten the Cubs head to head more times than the Cubs have beaten them, but for some reason gets treated like the unclean lepers of the Chicago baseball world.

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1 SochackiA 422 98 15
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2 SheahanJ 383 94 15
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3 WellsW 353 91 15
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4 GrecoD 349 87 15
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6 BurgerM 338 80 00
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7 BarrientosB 334 76 00
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9 JastrzebskiS 312 69 15
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10 WeikleB 305 64 00
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10 ggreco 305 64 15
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12 OppenheimS 299 58 15
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13 DaviesML 295 55 15
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14 randalleng 290 51 15
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15 SchroederS 276 48 15
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20 GoodmanDL 243 30 00
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21 GrahamJ 225 26 15
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Questions:

There are only 18 players in MLB history who spent their entire (minimum 20 year) careers with one team, and three of those players spent their careers with the White Sox. Two of them are pitchers, and one is a position player, and all three are in the Hall of Fame. Name any one of them.

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Urban "Red" Faber, Ted Lyons, Luke Appling

There is a long tradition of Venezuelans playing baseball, and in Major League Baseball, the Venezuelan shortstop has had a long proud tradition. Which man, a four-time All-Star who spent the first six of his nine MLB seasons with the Sox was the first Venezuelan to play shortstop in the Majors? His 2005 death was honored with two days of official state mourning in Venezuela. (Hint: No es Luis Aparicio).

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Alfonso "Chico" Carrasquel

The highest single season WAR for any White Sox pitcher is 11.7 (no, not a typo). In fact, the only 20th century pitchers with higher season WARs are W. Johnson (three times), C. Young, G. C. Alexander, R. Clemens, and S. Carlton. Yet, no one ever discusses this guy for the Hall of Fame. This guy was the last Major Leaguer to start both games of a doubleheader. Name this knuckleballer who, in 1973 went 24-20, the last AL pitcher to win and lose 20 games in the same season, and the first to do so since Walter Johnson in 1916.

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Wilbur Forrester Wood

His 0.331 career batting average with the Sox is the second highest in team history, while his 368 stolen bases in a Sox uniform is the franchise career record. 2,007 of his over 3,000 hits came in a Sox uniform, yet the White Sox do nothing to honor this man who sat next to Babe Ruth in the photograph of inductees taken at the first Hall of Fame ceremony. He briefly managed the White Sox in the 1920s, and while he signed Ted Williams as GM of the Red Sawx, he also refused to turn up for a token tryout the Red Sawx gave to Jackie Robinson. Identify this second baseman who also played in Philadelphia, the second player after Ty Cobb to accrue 3,000 hits entirely in the 20th century.

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Edward Trowbridge Collins, Sr.

Even casual fans know that Cy Young and Nolan Ryan hold the career records for wins and strikeouts, but considerably fewer know the guy with the lowest career ERA. The career low ERA depends on which criteria you choose, but if you choose 1,000 or more innings pitched, this guy's 1.82 is the all-time record. A spitballer, he five times posted over 350 innings pitched. In 1906, he won two games in the World Series to help vanquish the Cubs, and in 1908, he became MLB's last 40-game winner. Identify this workhorse who pitched from 1904-1917, but who required the veterans committee to vote him in to Cooperstown because of reasons.

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Edward Augustine "Big Ed" Walsh

One of baseball's more infamous moments was Disco Demolition, a between-games-of-a-double header promotion for WLUP-FM radio which went horribly wrong. After fans rushed, trashed, and set fire to various parts of Comiskey Park, this manager risked forfeiting the second game of a double header by refusing to allow his team to take the field against the Sox. The AL office would later defend him, and force the White Sox to forfeit the second game. Which visiting Hall of Fame manager wisely became the party pooper on Disco Demolition?

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George Lee "Sparky" Anderson

In 1976, the White Sox used an alternative uniform for three games that involved Bermuda shorts because it gets sunny and hot in the summer. This young pitcher earned a save in one of those games, and is thus the only Hall of Fame player to ever appear in shorts during a game. Identify this Hall of Fame pitcher.

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Richard Michael "Goose" Gossage

In 1970, this person replaced Bob Creed at his position, and over the next 40 years missed only five games (because "giving birth" is an acceptable reason to miss games). This woman is generally credited with introducing modern pop music as stadium standards, and for tying walk-up music to a particular player's name (for example playing Steely Dan's Do It Again when "Black" Jack McDowell was going to start a game). Identify this legendary organist, whose enthusiastic playing of Take Me Out To The Ballgame inspired Harry Caray to sing along, giving birth to a stately baseball tradition which the Cubs continue to poop on with their awful guest conductors.

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Nancy Faust

This guy once spent three nights recovering in the hospital after nearly choking a reporter and getting KO'ed by Mike Veeck (to be fair, he had called Veeck's mother a "colossal bore", and no one calls Mike Veeck;s mom a name). He once publicly referred to the wives of player as "horny broads", but wasn't fired until 1983, paving the way for Hawk Harrelson to be hired as the color commentator for the Sox. Name this former Harry Caray broadcast partner, an outstanding defensive centerfielder, who may be best known for his battles with mental illness.

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James Anthony "Jimmy" Piersall

Lena Blackburne spent six of his 8 completely unremarkable MLB seasons with the White Sox. However, in the 1930's, after his retirement, Blackburne made a remarkable discovery that became crucial for baseball. Today, Blackburne's family continues marketing his discovery to baseball teams at many levels. Identify this product the source of which remains a Blackburne family/corporate secret, but which many suspect comes from the banks of the Delaware River.

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Baseball rubbing mud

7 of his home runs ended up on top of or over the roof of old Comiskey Park, the all-time record for the old park. His 35 rookie home runs was the most of any rookie in the 1980s until Mark McGwire came along, and was the White Sox rookie home run record until José Abreu broke that in 2014. His 15.4 career AB/HR is still among the 25 best in MLB history. Briefly playing for Cleveland, the Yankees, and Orioles, and mostly with the Sox from 1983-91, identify this 1983 AL Rookie of the Year. the lone Sox representative to the 1983 All-Star Game which they hosted at Comiskey Park.

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Ronald Dale Kittle

This man is the only person in the Hall of Fame to hit a home run in his first MLB at bat, the only home run he would hit in his 21 year career. Of the nine teams this man played for, his six seasons with the Sox was the most of any team. Of all pitchers to pitch entirely and retire after 1920, only Mariano Rivera has a lower career ERA. Identify this Hall of Fame pitcher generally credited as the first relief pitcher to get sent to Cooperstown.

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James Hoyt Wilhelm