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BASEBALL TRIVIA

Sub-Categories: World Series 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 hit the "Homer in the Gloamin" on September 28, 1938?


On September 28, 1938, one of the most dramatic moments in Chicago Cubs history took place when catcher Gabby Hartnett hit his legendary "Homer in the Gloamin'," a game-winning home run against the Pirates, hit into the darkness of Wrigley Field. Hartnett not only played catcher, but also replaced Charlie Grimm as manager that season, leading the Cubs to the 1938 World Series against the New York Yankees, where the Cubs were swept four games to none. The Homer in the Gloamin' was one of 236 homers that Hartnett hit during his career.

3) 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.

4) What retired basketball player tried out for the Chicago White Sox in 1994?


Michael Jordan signed a minor league contract with the Chicago White Sox in 1994 and was assigned to the team's minor league system. That summer he batted .202 with the Birmingham Barons, a class AA affiliate of the White Sox. Later in the year he batted .252 with the Scottsdale Scorpions in the Arizona Fall League.

5) 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!

6) What American League pitcher threw a perfect game in game 5 of the 1956 World Series?


On October 8, 1956, Don Larsen pitched a perfect game in game 5 of the World Series, shutting out the Brooklyn Dodgers. In the locker room after the game, Larsen said "When it was over, I was so happy, I felt like crying. I wanted to win this one for Casey (Stengel). After what I did in Brooklyn, he could have forgotten about me and who would blame him? But he gave me another chance and I'm grateful."

7) Who was the first Major League player to hit four home runs in a single game?


On May 30, 1894, Bobby Lowe, of the Boston Beaneaters, became the first Major League player to hit four home runs in a single game. The unlucky opposing pitcher was Elton Chamberlain of the Cincinnati Reds.

8) 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.

9) Who was the first American League player to hit a home run in his first at bat?


On August 8, 1921, in his first at bat, St. Louis Browns rookie Luke Stuart hit a home run off Washington's Walter Johnson. He was the first American League rookie to accomplish the feat. Stuart played only two more games--then left the majors with this home run as his only hit.

10) What player hit 70 home runs in 1998?


At the end of the 1998 season, after the most explosive home run race in the history of major league baseball, Mark McGwire emerged as the all-time single season leader with 70 home runs. The previous record of 61, held for 37 years by Roger Maris, was also surpassed by Sammy Sosa who finished the 1998 season with 66 home runs. McGwire's record wouldn't last long however. Just three years later, Barry Bonds finished the 2001 season with 73 homers.

11) What was the first Major League team to wear plastic batting helmets?


On March 7, 1941, the Brooklyn Dodgers rolled the Cleveland Indians 15–0. Pee Wee Reese and Joe Medwick wore a batting helmet designed by two Johns Hopkins doctors with the help of Larry MacPhail. The two Dodgers, victims of HBPs the previous year, pronounced the helmets satisfactory.

12) Who beat out Ted Williams for the American League's Most Valuable Player award in 1941, when Williams hit for a .406 average?


Joe DiMaggio won two controversial MVP awards over Ted Williams: in 1941 (by 37 votes, despite Williams' .406 average); and in 1947, (by a single vote). Although Ted Williams great '41 season denied DiMaggio a batting or slugging title, Joltin' Joe had a monster year. He slugged .643 with a .440 OBP (1.083 OPS). He led the league with 125 RBI, and hit 30 homers and 43 doubles. He also scored 122 runs, collected 193 hits, and smashed 11 triples. Amazingly, he struck out just 13 times! He also posted his 56-game hitting streak and led the Yankees to a World Series title.

13) How many balls did it take to walk a batter before 1880?

3 5 7 9

Before 1880, it took nine balls to walk a batter!

14) Who hit the ball that rolled between Bill Buckner's legs in the 1986 World Series?


In bottom of the 10th inning, in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, the New York Mets were just one strike away from watching their championship dreams slip away. With two men on, Mookie Wilson stepped up to the plate and hit a slow grounder that, in any other game, would have been an easy out. But this was the World Series, and the pressure of the moment (or perhaps the Curse of the Bambino!) caused the slow grounder to roll right through Boston Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner’s legs allowing the winning run in. Buckner’s error, one of the most lasting and memorable moments in baseball history, forced the series to a seventh game where the New York Mets finally laid claim to the World Series championship.

15) What baseball player was nicknamed "Charlie Hustle"?


It was Whitey Ford who reportedly dubbed Pete Rose, "Charlie Hustle" in a spring training game in 1963, after watching Pete run to first on a walk. Rose, a brash rookie, turned the derisive nickname into a badge of honor.

16) How many of Joe DiMaggio's brothers played Major League baseball?

1 2 3 0

Joe DiMaggio had two other brothers who played Major League baseball. Vince DiMaggio began his career with the Boston Bees and played for 10 seasons on 5 different teams. Dom DiMaggio played 11 seasons with the Boston Red Sox.

17) What player holds the career record for stealing home plate?


Ty Cobb stole home plate an amazing 54 times during his career. On four occasions, he went so far as to steal second, then third, then home plate in the same inning!

18) Who was the first American League pitcher to throw a perfect game?


The first perfect game in American League history was thrown by Cy Young on May 5, 1904, when he led the Boston Red Sox to victory over the Philadelphia Athletics. One of the most consistent and durable pitchers the game has ever known, Cy Young won 511 games -- almost 100 more than any other pitcher in history. In 1904, he crafted one of the most amazing streaks of pitching excellence in baseball history. The right-hander pitched 24 1/3 innings without surrendering a hit, through May 11. Young had pitched two hitless innings at the end of a loss on April 25, seven innings of hitless relief on April 30, and a perfect game on May 5. Stretching his hitless streak to 24 innings against Detroit on May 11, Young finally gave up a hit to future Hall of Fame outfielder Sam Crawford in the seventh inning.

19) Who hit his 700th home run on September 17, 2004?


With a 392-foot shot just into the left-field bleachers at SBC Park on Sept. 17, 2004, Barry Bonds became the third player after legends Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth to hit 700 homers in his career.

20) Who played a team record 3,308 games for the Boston Red Sox from 1961 to 1983?


Signed by the Boston Red Sox as an amateur free agent in 1958, Carl Yastrzemski would go on to play a team record 3,308 games for the franchise. In 1967, he earned Most Valuable Player honors and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1989.


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