Special Sub-Topic: Talkin' Baseball
|Which team won the World Series the year this song was released? |
Dodgers. This song was first recorded in 1981. I changed this from my original answer after I found out Cashman wrote this because of the 1981 strike.
|Who were "the Whiz Kids"?|
Phillies. The 1950 Phillies won the NL pennant.
|What team did Bobby Thomson have in "The Shot Heard 'Round the World?"|
Giants. In 1951, the Giants were in the World Series, but lost to the Yankees.
|The refrain goes: "We're Talkin' baseball, Kluzewski, Campanella, We're talkin' Baseball, the Man and Bobby Feller..." Who was "the Man"? He was a member of the 1946 World Series champions?|
Stan Musial & Musial. Musial was part of the St. Louis Cardinals, who beat Ted Williams and the Boston Red Sox.
|Who was the Scooter?|
Phil Rizzuto & Rizzuto. Rizzuto was a Yankee shortstop from 1941 to 1956.
|"The Barber" refers to Sal Maglie. What team did Maglie start his career with?|
Giants. Maglie played for the Giants in 1945, and from 1950 to 1955. He ended with the Cardinals in 1958.
|The Newc is Don Newcombe. Between 1949 and 1957, he played several stint with what team?|
Brooklyn. "The Scooter, the Barber and the Newc, they knew 'em all from Boston to Dubuque, Especially Willy, Mickey and the Duke."
|"Duke" Snider played in six World Series in his career. How many were Dodgers vs. Yankees competitions?|
5. 1949, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956. The 1959 World Series was Dodgers (who went to LA the year before) against the White Sox.
|"Well Casey was winning, Hank Aaron was beginning." The Casey refers to Casey Stengel, one of the best-known and winningest managers of the 1950s. Which team did he coach?|
Yankees. From 1949 to 1960, Stengel's Yankees had 10 pennants and eight World Series titles.
|"One Robby goin' out, one comin' in" refers to the retirement of Jackie Robinson and the entry of Frank Robinson. What year was it?|
1956. Both are in the Hall of Fame. Frank Robinson played for the Reds.
|"Kiner and Midget Gaedel, the Thumper and Mel Parnell." How many plate appearances did Eddie Gaedel have?|
1. In 1951, the 3ft 7in Gaedel walked for the St. Louis Browns in his only plate appearance.
|Who was the Thumper?|
Ted Williams & Williams. Number 9 should be retired in all of baseball.
|Mel Parnell was a teammate of the Thumper?|
t. They were both on the Red Sox.
|Who "was the only one winning down in Washington?"|
Ike. The Washington Senators were an awful team in the 1950s. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, it was the Rangers and Twins. The Ike was President Eisenhower.
|Who was the "Oklahoma Kid"?|
|In the song, who is the narrator's favorite player?|
Willie Mays & Mays. "And Me I always loved Willie Mays, those were the days."
|"And now it's the 80s, and _____ is the greatest and Bobby Bonds can play for everyone." Who is the former Royal here?|
|"Rose is at the Vet, Rusty again is a Met, and the Great Alexander is pitching again in Washington." Rusty Staub played two stints with the Mets. How many years was it altogether?|
9. 1972 to 1975, and 1981 to 1985.
|The last refrain contains the names of Reggie Jackson, Dan Quisenberry, Rod Carew, Gaylord Perry, Tom Seaver, Steve Garvey, Mike Schmidt, and Vida Blue. How many World Series champions are in this group?|
6. Jackson - 1978 Yankees and 1972-1974 A's, Quisenberry - 1985 Royals, Seaver - 1969 Mets, Garvey - 1981 Dodgers, Vida Blue - 1972-1974 A's, and Schmidt - 1980 Phillies.
|According to the song, what city is calling these people? If you know your baseball, you should know this one.|
Cooperstown. Home of the Hall of Fame. "If Cooperstown is calling it's no fluke. They'll be with Willie, Mickey and the Duke."
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