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BASEBALL TRIVIA

1) Against what opposing team did Babe Ruth hit his first career home run?


While playing for the Boston Red Sox, Babe Ruth hit his first career home run against the New York Yankees on May 6, 1915. He was later traded to the Yankees for a mere $125,000.

2) Who was the first Major League player to pitch a ball over 100 mph?


On September 7, 1974, in a game against the White Sox, California Angels pitcher Nolan Ryan became the first player to break the 100 mph barrier when one of his pitches was officially clocked at 100.8 miles per hour.

3) What Baltimore Orioles manager was ejected from a record 91 games?


Earl Weaver, who managed the Orioles for 17 years, was ejected from a major-league record 91 games. In fact, he was once ejected from BOTH games of a double header!

4) Who was the first Major League player to have his number retired?


The Yankees retired the Iron Horse's No. 4 on July 4, 1939, during the now famous "Lou Gehrig Day," making him the first Major League player to enjoy such an honor. Gehrig will forever remain the only player in Yankee history to have worn No. 4 because his number was retired only two months after his final game.

5) What player was nicknamed "Mr. November"?


New York Yankee Derek Jeter earned the nicknames "Captain Clutch" and "Mr. November" due to his outstanding play in the postseason. Throughout his career, he was a reliable contributor to the Yankees' franchise successes and has a .321 batting average in the World Series.

6) Which pitcher had no right hand?


Pitcher Jim Abbott was born without a right hand and had a 10-season baseball career which included throwing a no-hitter for the New York Yankees vs. Cleveland in 1993.

7) What player was killed by a pitch from Yankees pitcher Carl Mays?


On August 16, 1920, Cleveland Indians shortstop Ray Chapman was hit in the head by a pitch from Yankees pitcher Carl Mays, and died 12 hours later. His death was largely responsible for the spitball being banned after the 1920 season.

8) What is the name of the fictitious Minor League Baseball team on The Simpsons TV show?


Homer Simpson was the Springfield Isotopes mascot for a brief period, taking over from the Capital City Goofball, before being fired.

9) What female pitcher once struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig?


Jackie Mitchell, a 17-year-old female pitcher for the AA Chattanooga Lookouts, once played the New York Yankees in an exhibition game and struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in succession.

10) Who was the first reliever elected to the Hall of Fame?


Hoyt Wilhelm was nearly 30 years old when he entered the major leagues, and pitched until he was nearly 50. He retired with one of the lowest career earned run averages (2.52) in baseball history.

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