I can now name all 232 Baseball Hall of Famers on sporcle. It helps that I’m a baseball nut, so was able to name about 150 off the top of my head. The process is made difficult by the inclusion of Negro League players and 19th-century players — most of whom are not well-represented in baseball folklore. It’s more difficult to remember Luis Santop or John Clarkson than Babe Ruth. I’d just re-read the Negro League section of Bill James Historical Abstract, which helped. It also doesn’t help that the Veteran’s Committee got really stupid in the 1950′s and 1970′s and admitted a lot of guys who frankly don’t belong in the HOF.
Still, I got ‘em all. Eventually.
I don’t know why these quizzes fascinate me, but they do.