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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) What player holds the record for most hits in a season?


Ichiro Suzuki finished the 2004 season with a record 262 hits, giving him the single-season records for both the United States and Japanese baseball.

7) Who was the first baseball player to appear on a Wheaties cereal box?


In 1934, Lou Gehrig not only won the Triple Crown batting title, but was the first baseball player to appear on a Wheaties cereal box. (He appeared on the back, not the front.)

8) 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.

9) 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.

10) 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."

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