the straw that stirs the drink

Good morning! On Thursday night’s Sox Machine Live!, Josh and Bennett noted that Tim Anderson

Good morning!

On Thursday night’s Sox Machine Live!, Josh and Bennett noted that Tim Anderson seems to be the spark plug for the team’s offense. Indeed, Anderson leads position players in WAR with 3.8 in addition to having the most hits, doubles, and steals. Something which stands out to me while looking at his stat line, though, is that Anderson has an outside chance at compiling a 20 HR, 20 SB season. Entering Friday’s night’s contest against the Cubs, Timmy is sitting on 14 home runs and 17 steals with 33 games to play. In franchise history there have been just six such player seasons, the most recent of which was Anderson’s 2018 campaign. In fact, if he were able to accomplish the feat, he would be just the second player in White Sox history to repeat it.

Now, six entries does not a Sporcle make, so we’ll be setting our sights a little bit lower. Today, I’m asking you to name the players in franchise history who have logged at least 20 stolen bases in a season and 10 home runs. In total, that’s 35 player seasons: how many can you name? Good luck!

Quiz Parameters

  • I’ve allotted 10 minutes for completion attempts.
  • For hints, I’ve provided the season, stolen bases/home runs, and position of the player.

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

  • The average triple-slash of the players on this list: .274/.340/.428
  • The highest OPS of the players on this list is .917 (1951), while the lowest is .650 (1967).
  • Out of curiosity, I looked up the player with the most 20/20 seasons in their career and it’s 10, shared by a father-son duo: Bobby and Barry Bonds.

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All data from stathead.com

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