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In 1938, players on the Cleveland Indians established what unusual unofficial record?

For catching baseballs dropped from the greatest height

 

For attempting the most bunts in a game

 

For never using the same lineup twice in a row throughout the season

 

For train mileage traveled during a single road trip

 

When Houston was awarded an expansion franchise in 1962, what nickname did it use for the first three years?

Steers

 

Cowhands

 

Prairie Dogs

 

Colt .45s

 

What is the only major-league club to list Sedona red as one of its team colors?

Los Angeles Angels

 

Arizona Diamondbacks

 

Florida Marlins

 

St. Louis Cardinals

 

Which team did Pete Rose never play for?

Philadelphia Phillies

 

Montreal Expos

 

Cincinnati Reds

 

Atlanta Braves

 

Peter Ueberroth was elected to succeed Bowie Kuhn as commissioner of Major League Baseball in 1984 after successfully running what major sports event?

Masters golf tournament

 

1984 Los Angeles Olympics

 

Indianapolis 500

 

US Open tennis tournament

 

Which major league team released outfielder-DH Bo Jackson in 1991 after he injured his hip while playing for the National Football League’s Los Angeles Raiders?

Chicago White Sox

 

St. Louis Cardinals

 

Kansas City Royals

 

Pittsburgh Pirates

 

In 1991, Nolan Ryan of the Texas Rangers pitches an unprecedented seventh career no-hitter, which he caps off by striking out the only position player in the 2011 Hall of Fame class. Who was it?

Roberto Alomar

 

Tony Gwynn

 

Jim Rice

 

Don Mattingly

 

Steve Sax, an all-star second baseman with the Dodgers in the 1980s, developed a mental block in performing what skill?

Making the pivot on the double play

 

Taking the throw from the catcher on attempted steals

 

Making the throw to first base

 

Catching pop flies

 

- In 1996, the Baseball Writers Association of America not only didn’t elect a single player to the Hall of Fame, they bypassed two pitchers with 300 career wins. Who were they?

Phil Niekro and Don Sutton

 

Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux

 

Tom Seaver and Steve Carlton

 

Cy Young and Walter Johnson

 

Which major-league player has pitched Japan to victory in each of the first two World Baseball Classics?

Hideki Okajima

 

Daisuke "Dice-K" Matsuzaka

 

Takashi Sato

 

Hideki Matsui

 

In the post-World War II era, who is the only team owner to manage his team, albeit for just one game?

Ted Turner

 

Walter O'Malley

 

August Busch

 

Bud Selig

 

Who was the Dodger pitcher who gave up the “shot heard round the world,” the dramatic home run that the Giants' Bobby Thomson hit to win a pennant-deciding playoff game in 1951?

Ralph Branca

 

Clem Labine

 

Don Drysdale

 

Johnny Podres

 

During four years as a pitcher with the Boston Red Sox, Babe Ruth won 78 games. Once traded to the Yankees, how many games did he win?

0

 

5

 

9

 

14

 

Which US president is said to have possibly started the seventh-inning stretch tradition?

Theodore Roosevelt

 

William Howard Taft

 

Woodrow Wilson

 

Harry Truman

 

What nickname was given to 6 ft. 8 in. Frank Howard, one of the largest men to ever play in the majors, during his seven years (1965-71) with the Washington Senators?

Capitol Cruncher

 

Gulliver

 

Washington Monument

 

Big Stick

 

The right-field foul pole in Fenway Park is named after what former Red Sox player?

Johnny Damon

 

Dwight Evans

 

Johnny Pesky

 

Rico Petrocelli

 

When Seattle’s Ichiro Suzuki broke the record for most hits in a season with 262, whose record did he break?

Pete Rose

 

Joe DiMaggio

 

Ty Cobb

 

George Sisler

 

Which famous quote was used to describe the futility of the old Washington Senators?

“First in war, first in peace, and last in the American League”

 

Baseball that deserves to be vetoed”

 

“Congress moves faster than the Senators”

 

“A team only the IRS could love”

 

Who was the last pitcher in the majors to win 30 games in a season?

Tom Seaver

 

Roger Clemens

 

Sandy Koufax

 

Denny McLain

 

When the Cubs announced little-known Mike Quade as the team’s new manager last October, which former Cubs’ great expressed disappointment he didn’t get the job?

Ernie Banks

 

Ryne Sandberg

 

Mark Grace

 

Bruce Sutter

 

Which cowboy star of radio, TV, and movies was the founder of the Los Angeles/California Angels?

Roy Rogers

 

Hopalong Cassidy

 

Gene Autry

 

John Wayne

 

When the White Sox made into the 1959 World Series with a team long on pitching, speed, and defense, but short on hitting, what nickname had they adopted?

The Go-Go Sox

 

The Bunting Brigade

 

The Men of Steal

 

The Hitless Wonders

 

In 1988, this Minnesota Twins player had the highest batting average (.356.) of any American League right-handed hitter since Joe DiMaggio. Who was he?

Tony Oliva

 

Kirby Puckett

 

Torii Hunter

 

Bob Allison

 

As the colorful manager of the Baltimore Orioles for 17 years, Earl Weaver was famous for all but which one of the following?

Kicking dirt on umpires

 

A managerial style geared toward “pitching, defense, and three-run homers”

 

His ongoing arguments with pitcher Jim Palmer

 

Falling asleep in the dugout

 

What prevented speedster Vince Coleman of the St. Louis Cardinals from completing the 1985 postseason?

He was injured by an electronic tarpaulin.

 

He was placed under house arrest as a tax delinquent.

 

It was discovered he’d never signed a standard player’s contract.

 

He wasn’t willing to change his wedding and honeymoon plans.

 

Who was the Phillies’ manager in 1964 when the team squandered a 6-1/2 game lead with 13 games go to lose the National League pennant to the St. Louis Cardinals?

Gene Mauch

 

Danny Ozark

 

Dallas Green

 

Larry Bowa

 

Once the Florida Marlins move into a new baseball-only stadium next year, what will be the only US-based team left that still shares its stadium with a National Football League team?

Cincinnati Reds

 

Tampa Bay Rays

 

Oakland A's

 

Atlanta Braves

 

Jackie Robinson of the Dodgers had the honor of being the first black player in the majors and the National League, but who was the first black in the American League?

Elston Howard

 

Larry Doby

 

Monte Irvin

 

Frank Robinson

 

Although he would eventually broadcast games for the Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, and Oakland A’s, Harry Caray enjoyed his longest tenure and began his major-league career with what team?

Detroit Tigers

 

St. Louis Cardinals

 

New York Yankees

 

Baltimore Orioles

 

What Hall of Fame pitcher hit a home run in his very first major-league at-bat, but never hit another throughout his 21-year career?

Warren Spahn

 

Hoyt Wilhelm

 

Bob Gibson

 

Bert Blyleven

 

Which ballpark is famous for its ivy-covered walls?

Fenway Park

 

Camden Yard

 

Wrigley Field

 

Dodger Stadium

 

In 1978, pitcher Gaylord Perry of the San Diego Padres accomplished what baseball first?

He became the first pitcher to homer in consecutive at-bats.

 

He became the first pitcher to win the Cy Young Award in both leagues.

 

He became the first big-leaguer to sing the pregame national anthem.

 

He became the first traded player to switch dugouts in mid-game.

 

What is the fewest number of home runs by a player to ever lead the majors for an entire season?

7

 

12

 

19

 

24

 

Which player during a 2005 congressional hearing on steroids, uttered the now infamous quote “I have never used steroids, period. I don't know how to say it any more clearly than that”?

Mark McGwire

 

Barry Bonds

 

Rafael Palmeiro

 

Jose Canseco

 

How long does it take to open or close the retractable roof at Toronto’s Rogers Centre, the home of the Blue Jays?

60 seconds

 

5 minutes

 

20 minutes

 

1 hour

 

Who was the last player to have a Triple Crown season, leading his league in batting average, home runs, and runs batted in?

Willie Mays

 

Dale Murphy

 

Carl Yastrzemski

 

Ken Griffey Jr.

 

What happens when a batted ball hits the catwalk under the roof at Tropicana Field, the home of the Tampa Bay Rays?

It’s counted as a foul ball and play ends.

 

The batter wins a SUV from a local auto dealer.

 

If the ball is caught, the batter is out.

 

The batter is awarded an automatic double.

 

In baseball parlance, what is a “dinger”?

double play

 

pitch that hits a batter

 

broken-bat single

 

home run

 

Which former major-league pitcher spent 12 years as a US senator from the state of Kentucky?

Mel Stottlemyre

 

Jim Bunning

 

Catfish Hunter

 

"Vinegar Bend" Mizell

 

Besides being the principal owner of the Boston Red Sox, what other sports acquisitions has John Henry made?

Liverpool (England) soccer team and NASCAR racing team

 

Pebble Beach golf course and Idaho’s Sun Valley ski resort

 

America’s Cup yacht and NFL’s Miami Dolphins

 

NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets and NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder

 

How long was Joe DiMaggio married to Marilyn Monroe?

Less than a year

 

2 years

 

5 years

 

7 years

 

At which stadium do home runs that sail out of the park in right field land in a body of water?

Cleveland's Progressive Field

 

Baltimore's Camden Yards

 

San Francisco's AT&T Park

 

San Diego's PETCO Park

 

Who is the only catcher to have caught four no-hitters?

Del Crandall

 

Jason Varitek

 

Yogi Berra

 

Roy Campanella

 

Why do the Oakland A’s have an elephant as a team symbol?

Because the team owner was once a staunch Republican

 

Because Oakland fans tend to be circus lovers

 

Because as one of baseball’s oldest teams, the franchise has a “long memory”

 

Because a rival manager once called the A’s “white elephants

 

Which movie about major-league baseball is rated highest among Sports Illustrated’s picks of the 50 greatest sports movies of all time?

"Bang the Drum Slowly"

 

"Eight Men Out"

 

"The Rookie"

 

'Major League"

 

What baseball great was the first manager of the Texas Rangers?

Mickey Mantle

 

Ted Williams

 

Frank Robinson

 

Stan Musial

 

Which famous broadcaster is credited with hiring Vin Scully to join him in the booth, calling Brooklyn Dodger games in 1950?

Lindsey Nelson

 

Dizzy Dean

 

Mel Allen

 

Red Barber

 

Which team has twice won the World Series, but has never won its own division?

Minnesota Twins

 

Florida Marlins

 

Los Angeles Angels

 

Philadelphia Phillies

 

Although Stuffy Stirnweiss is a virtually forgotten player, in what category did he lead the majors in 1944 and 1945?

Stolen bases

 

Home runs

 

Earned-run average

 

Batting average

 

Houston’s Enron Field, a name that conjured uncomfortable associations with a major corporate scandal, took on a new identity in 2002. What is the current name of the Astros’ home field?

Halliburton Stadium

 

Minute Maid Park

 

Frito-Lay Field

 

Shell Oil Stadium

 

What prompted a suspension of fan voting for the All-Star Game lineups after 1957?

A problem with tabulating the votes

 

A players’ union walkout in protest of the format

 

Balloting proved too costly

 

Fans of one team stuffed the ballot box

 

What company owns the Seattle Mariners?

Microsoft

 

Starbucks

 

Nintendo of America

 

Boeing

 

On July 8, 1949, Hank Thompson of the New York Giants became the first black batter to face a black pitcher in the major-league game. Which pitcher was on the mound?

Satchell Paige

 

Don Newcombe

 

Bob Gibson

 

Earl Wilson

 

Tony La Russa, the manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, is the founder and chairperson of what organization?

Animal Rescue Foundation

 

Missouri Meals on Wheels

 

St. Louis chapter of the Mark Twain Book Club

 

Mississippi River Rafters Association

 

The playing of what musical instrument once caused a famous meltdown on a New York Yankees team bus?

trumpet

 

violin

 

harmonica

 

snare drum

 

What year did the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum open its doors to the public in Cooperstown, N.Y.?

1907

 

1923

 

1939

 

1952

 

Because the towering right-field fence at the Metrodome, the Twins' former home in Minneapolis, was swathed in a sheet of plastic, what nickname was it given?

Faux Fence

 

Baggie

 

Poly Porch

 

Recycle Wall

 

What pioneer of the National Football League played briefly for the New York Yankees and was Babe Ruth’s predecessor as the team’s right fielder?

Vince Lombardi

 

Red Grange

 

George Halas

 

Jim Thorpe

 

Which player owns the longest hitting streak of 44 games in the post-World War II era?

Paul Molitor

 

Rod Carew

 

Pete Rose

 

Tony Gwynn

 

The historical records suggests that the motorized bullpen cart had its beginnings with which team?

Oakland A's

 

Cleveland Indians

 

Chicago White Sox

 

Los Angeles Dodgers

 

Which team broke up the Yankees’ bid in 2001 to win a fourth consecutive World Series?

Atlanta Braves

 

Arizona Diamondbacks

 

St. Louis Cardinals

 

New York Mets

 

In 2005, Cincinnati Reds hurler Aroldis Chapman threw the fastest pitch recorded in a major-league game. How fast was it?

93 m.p.h.

 

99 m.p.h.

 

105 m.p.h.

 

121 m.p.h.

 

The blown umpiring call last year that ruined a perfect game for Detroit pitcher Armando Gallaraga involved what on the potential final out?

Throw to first base

 

Fair or foul call

 

Home run ruling

 

Whether a line drive was caught

 

Moe Berg, who spent 15 years in the major leagues as a backup catcher, had a reputation as the brainiest player in baseball. What pursuit did he turn to during World War II?

code breaking

 

spying

 

propaganda broadcaster

 

diplomat

 

What is the only state with a major-league team still waiting to host a World Series?

Wisconsin

 

Washington

 

Florida

 

Maryland