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"A basic quiz on the players, teams, and history of the Chicago Cubs."
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The team that is now known as the Cubs has undergone a great number of name changes. What was the very first name of this old franchise?
Chicago White Stockings
In the first year of this franchise, they played individually set up exhibitions. They became a charter member of the National Association, and began play at Union Baseball Grounds. However, later in the season, the park was destroyed. What event led to the destruction of the team's first park?
The ballpark was blown up to make way for City Hall
The 1891 Earthquake
Great Chicago Fire
The Chicago team made several key moves after the 1875 season. One was acquiring this pitcher, who would eventually go on to co-found a sporting goods company that is one of the largest in the world today. Who is he?
The 1906 Chicago Cubs were one of the most dominant baseball teams in history, winning 116 out of 154 games. However, they lost the 1906 World Series to which team?
New York Giants
Chicago White Sox
New York Yankees
Franklin P. Adams wrote a poem that appeared in the leading baseball magazine at that time, "Baseball's Sad Lexicon". This poem gave star status to three players for the Cubs, all who were the subject of the poem. Which one of these Cubs infielders was not one of the three?
The Cubs appeared in the World Series in 1932 against Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and the rest of Murderer's Row. This series is undoubtedly best remembered for the alleged "called shot" of Babe Ruth, when he supposedly predicted he would hit a home run before doing so. What Cubs pitcher gave up the called shot?
"The Curse of the Billy Goat" is one of the longest superstitions in baseball history, made in 1945 when what man was asked to leave because of his goat's stinky smell?
Frank Blanthers, Jr.
The Cubs went through two decades of bad records until what manager came in 1966, and led the Cubs to a near appearance in the World Series in 1969?
The Cubs acquired a pitcher from the Indians during the 1984 season. This pitcher would win the Cy Young that year, and help the Cubs make their first postseason appearance since 1945. What was this Cy Young winner's name?
In perhaps the most prominent example of the Curse of the Billy Goat, a fan named Steve Bartman reached out for a ball when the Cubs were just five outs away from a World Series appearance. This play led to a flurry of hits and runs by the Florida Marlins, their opponent. What player hit the ball that Bartman reached out for?
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