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1 Which Hall of Fame pitcher began his career with the New York Mets and went on to rack up over 5,000 strikeouts?
Answer: Nolan Ryan

Nolan Ryan debuted with the New York Mets on September 11, 1966 and won the World Series with the Mets in 1969. He was traded to the California Angels after the 1971 season. Nolan Ryan would move on to play for the Houston Astros and Texas Rangers. He collected 5,714 strikeouts in his career and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1999.
    Your options: [ Nolan Ryan ] [ Roger Clemens ] [ Randy Johnson ] [ Sandy Koufax ]
  From Quiz: I Was Once a Met
2 The first number retired by the Mets belonged to Casey Stengel who was their first manager. What was "The Old Perfessor's" number?
Answer: 37

Casey Stengel actually had his number 37 retired by both the Yankees and the Mets. The Yankees did this based on his leading them to ten American League pennants and seven World Series titles in twelve years. Although he had less success with the Mets, he gave them a personality and made them competitive in their early years.
  From Quiz: New York Mets by the Numbers
3 From which franchise did the Mets sign catcher Gary Carter in the 1984-85 offseason?
Answer: Montreal Expos

Gary Carter was actually drafted by the Expos as a shortstop in 1972. He was converted to a catcher in the minors and, ironically, made his Major League debut against the Mets in the 1974 season. The Mets signed their taisman #8 in the 1984-85 offseason and he began his Mets career with a game-winning 10th-inning homer on the Opening Day of the 1985 season. He stayed with the Mets until the end of the 1989 season. He hit 89 of his 324 career HRs for New York, including 24 in the 1986 season.
Carter played for both the Giants and Dodgers before returning to Montreal for a final MLB season in 1992. Gary Carter is the only member of the 1986 Mets who has been inducted into Cooperstown -- he received 78.02% of the votes in the 2003 Hall of Fame ballot and the Expos retired his number that same year.
Carter was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2011 and died nine months later in February 2012 aged 57.
    Your options: [ Montreal Expos ] [ Los Angeles Dodgers ] [ San Francisco Giants ] [ Houston Astros ]
  From Quiz: Those Amazing Mets
4 Which Met was the first player in Major League history to be traded for himself?
Answer: Harry Chiti

Only the Mets could have pulled this off when in 1962, they acquired Harry Chiti from the Cleveland Indians for a player to be named later. That player ended up being Harry Chiti who was sent back to Cleveland.
    Your options: [ Harry Chiti ] [ Ron Hunt ] [ Don Zimmer ] [ Marv Throneberry ]
  From Quiz: Those Amazin' Mets: The 1960s
5 The manager Gil Hodges had a brilliant strategy to get the most out of a solid but unspectacular line-up. He employed a platoon system for all but three positions. Can you name these three?
Answer: Shortstop, Centerfield and Left field

Platooning is having players who play the same position but bat from different sides of the plate. This allows the manager to match a left handed batter against a right-handed pitcher or vice-versa. In 1969, the only 3 Mets who played almost every day were Bud Harrelson (shortstop), Cleon Jones (left field), and Tommie Agee (centerfield).
  From Quiz: Your 1969 New York Mets
6 Who managed the New York Mets to the 1973 National League pennant?
Answer: Yogi Berra

Yogi Berra was the manager who led the New York Mets to the 1973 National League title. The Mets only had a record of 82-79 during the regular season, but this result was good enough to win a title in the very mediocre National League East division. The Mets then upset the Cincinnati Reds, 3 games to 2, to capture the National League Championship Series. Berra managed the Mets from 1972 to 1975, compiling a regular season record of 292-296. Gil Hodges managed the 1969 Mets. Joe Pignatano and Eddie Yost were coaches on Berra's staff for the 1973 Mets.
  From Quiz: The 1973 New York Mets
7 The 1969 New York Mets won 100 regular season games en route to the National League East title. Which team did the Mets defeat in the N.L. Championship Series?
Answer: Atlanta Braves

The New York Mets won the first-ever National League East title, outlasting the Chicago Cubs in the regular season. The Mets then went on to play the Atlanta Braves, inaugural champions of the National League West. The Braves had a powerful lineup featuring such hitting stars as Hank Aaron, Rico Carty, and Orlando Cepeda. However, the Miracle Mets were able to sweep Atlanta in three straight games by the scores of 9-5, 11-6, and 7-4. The Mets thus won the first National League Championship Series. Tommie Agee, Cleon Jones, and Wayne Garrett were the main hitting stars for the "Amazings" in this series.
    Your options: [ Los Angeles Dodgers ] [ San Francisco Giants ] [ Houston Astros ] [ Atlanta Braves ]
  From Quiz: The 1969 New York Mets
8 Who played second base in 1962 for 85 games?
Answer: Charlie Neal

Neal was acquired by the Mets in December 1961 from the L.A. Dodgers for Lee Walls, Willard Hunter, and cash. In eight seasons with the Brooklyn and L.A. Dodgers, Mets and Reds, he hit .259 with 87 home runs and 48 stolen bases.
  From Quiz: Mets Second Basemen
9 The team came to spring training in 1986 after having finishing in 2nd place in 1985. Manager Davey Johnson made a bold statement during spring training concerning how he thought the 1986 season would go. What did he say?
Answer: They would not only win that year, they would dominate

Davey made the bold statement to the press, which caught everyone by surprise. He said that the Mets would dominate, and win the division by double-digits (ten games or more). Johnson took over the managerial job of the Mets in 1983, and improved them every year, eventually becoming the first manager in the history of the National League to guide a team to 90+ wins in each of the first five years or managing a team.
  From Quiz: New York Mets: 1986 Champions
10 The New York Mets played their first season in 1962 in which stadium?
Answer: The Polo Grounds

They played their first two seasons at the Polo Grounds, then moved into Shea Stadium in 1964. They would still lose over 100 games in each of those three seasons.
    Your options: [ Ebbets Field ] [ Shea Stadium ] [ The Polo Grounds ] [ Yankee Stadium ]
  From Quiz: Mets Mania
11 The Mets were allowed to select designated players from lists submitted to the league office by all National League teams to fill their rosters. With their very first pick, the Mets selected a catcher. What was his name?
Answer: Hobie Landrith

They selected the immortal Hobie Landrith off the roster of the San Francisco Giants. He was a journeyman catcher who played with a number of teams since he began his career in 1950. He had played for the Cinncinati Reds, St. Louis Cardinals, and San Francisco Giants before the Mets selected him. In a portent of things to come, he was gone by mid season, traded to the Baltimore Orioles.
  From Quiz: The Amazin' 1962 New York Mets
12 What were the results of the 2000 World Series, with the New York Yankees taking on the Mets?
Answer: 4 games to 1; Yankees win

The Yankees win in 5 games, with Derek Jeter winning MVP with a .409 avg in the series.
  From Quiz: The NY Mets
13 Who gave up the first run in Mets history?
Answer: Roger Craig

Craig was the starting pitcher for the Mets against the St. Louis Cardinals on April 11, 1962. They lost, 11-4.
  From Quiz: The 1962 Mets
14 In 2008, the Mets acquired Johan Santana from the Minnesota Twins for 4 prospects. What outfielder did the Mets include in this trade?
Answer: Carlos Gomez

Along with Gomez, the Mets traded 3 pitchers to the Minnesota Twins for Johan Santana. The 3 pitchers were Phillip Humber, Kevin Mulvey, and Deolis Guerra.
  From Quiz: Mets Trades
15 Which Met leadoff man led the NL in both triples and stolen bases in 2006?
Answer: Jose Reyes

Jose led the league with over 60 steals and nearly 20 triples in 2006.
    Your options: [ David Wright ] [ Carlos Beltran ] [ Jose Reyes ] [ Rickey Henderson ]
  From Quiz: Presenting Your New York Mets
16 On September 15, 1969, Steve Carlton of the Cardinals struck out 19 Mets. What other amazing occurence happened that night?
Answer: Ron Swoboda hit two two-run home runs and the Mets won 4-3

Ron Swoboda was known more for his strikeouts than his home runs. At the time, Carlton's 19 strikeouts was the Major League record and Swoboda was an unlikely hero.
  From Quiz: Those 1969 Amazing Mets!
17 In their first trade, the Mets traded a player to be named later and cash for Frank Thomas and a player to be named later. What team made this deal with the Mets?
Answer: Braves

The Braves sent Thomas and eventually Rick Herrscher to the Mets for Gus Bell and cash.
  From Quiz: Big Apple Deals
18 What was the first year that the Mets played in Shea Stadium?
Answer: 1964

They played at the Polo Grounds during their first 2 years under manager Casey Stengel.
  From Quiz: Shea Stadium
19 What was the Mets' record in their first season, 1962?
Answer: 40-120

The Mets went 40-120 in 1962, bad enough that they still set a record for one of the worst baseball teams in history.
  From Quiz: New York Mets
20 On May 15, 1973, as a member of the California Angels, I threw a no-hitter against the Kansas City Royals. Who am I?
Answer: Nolan Ryan

This was the first of many no-hitters for Ryan, and the begining of the New York Met curse.
  From Quiz: NY Mets / No-Hitter Curse
21 What former Met hit the most career home runs before donning the blue and orange?
Answer: Wille Mays

Willie Mays hit 646 of his 660 career homers for the New York/San Francisco Giants, before being acquired by the Mets on May 11, 1972.
  From Quiz: Before & After They Were Mets
22 The 1972 Mets were the first modern-era team to NOT have any player do what?
Answer: Get 100 base hits as a batter

Thanks to a rash of injuries and a six games lost to an owners' lockout, Tommie Agee led the team with 96 base hits. Never before (since 1900) did a team not have any players with at least 100 hits.
  From Quiz: Tough New York Mets
23 Who managed the Mets in their inaugural year of 1962?
Answer: Casey Stengel

Casey helmed the club for it's first 4 seasons. In 1962, the Mets finished an awful 40-120. Pitcher Roger Craig won the most games for the Mets with 10, but lost 24 also.
  From Quiz: Your New York Mets!
24 When were the Mets introduced into the Major Leagues?
Answer: 1962

Under the management of Casey Stengel, the Mets finished a dismal last place with a record of 40-120.
  From Quiz: Tough NY Mets
25 On October 6th, 1991, David Cone tied a Mets record by striking out 19 batters in a game. Who was he facing that day?
Answer: Philadelphia Phillies

Cone struck out 19 Phillies only a few short hours after being accused of rape. He was eventually acquitted of the charge. The Mets won this game, the final game of the 1991 season, 7-0.
  From Quiz: Mets Brainteasers
26 The New York Mets won for the first time ever on April 23rd, 1962, a 9-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Who was the Winning Pitcher?
Answer: Jay Hook

Jay Hook threw a complete game, allowing 1 run and 5 hits. He also went 1-4 with 2 RBI at the plate.
  From Quiz: For Mets Diehards
27 What position was played by the Mets very first draft choice?
Answer: Catcher

Hobie Landrith. 'You have to have a catcher - or everything the pitcher throws will roll to the back.' Good old Casey Stengel.
  From Quiz: The Mets of the Sixties
28 They called him 'The Kid'. Who was he?
Answer: Gary Carter

Gary Carter was the biggest Met killer when he played for the Expos. The Mets made the most logical choice, and picked him up. He ended up playing for the Dodgers and Giants as well.
  From Quiz: New York Mets 1980s and 90s
29 In 1973, Met outfielders Don Hahn and George Theodore smashed into each other in what is considered the most memorable outfield collision in team history. Which Atlanta Braves player hit the ball?
Answer: Ralph Garr

Atlanta Speedster Ralph Garr ran for an inside-the-park home run as Hahn and Theodore stayed down after running into each other at top speed in pursuit of the line drive.
    Your options: [ Davey Johnson ] [ Marty Perez ] [ Hank Aaron ] [ Ralph Garr ]
  From Quiz: NY Mets History
30 What is Robin Ventura's middle name?
Answer: Mark

Robin was the College Player of the Decade in the 1980s!
  From Quiz: New York Mets
31 Who threw up their glove after the Mets won the 1986 World Series?
Answer: Jesse Orosco

The Mets beat the Red Sox 4 games to 3. This was Orosco's 2nd save in the Series, in his game 7 save to end the game.
  From Quiz: New York Mets
32 How many regular season games did the 1986 Mets win?
Answer: 108

In 1986 the Mets set a club record for wins in a season.
  From Quiz: 1986 NY Mets
33 Which team did the New York Mets defeat in the 1986 NLCS?
Answer: Houston Astros

The Mets won the series 4 games to 2.
    Your options: [ Atlanta Braves ] [ St. Louis Cardinals ] [ Los Angeles Dodgers ] [ Houston Astros ]
  From Quiz: 1986 Mets: Champions!
34 Where did the Mets play their first season?
Answer: The Polo Grounds
  From Quiz: NY Mets
35 Which former New York Yankees All-Star played his final season with the New York Mets and later became their manager?
Answer: Yogi Berra

Yogi Berra was a Hall of Fame catcher with the New York Yankees from 1946-1963. Wanting to break into coaching, Berra signed with the New York Mets in 1965. He retired from active play only two months into the 1965 season and would transition into a coach helping to lead them to their 1969 World Series title. He eventually managed the Mets from 1972-1975.
    Your options: [ Yogi Berra ] [ Reggie Jackson ] [ Joe DiMaggio ] [ Mickey Mantle ]
  From Quiz: I Was Once a Met
36 Who is the mustachoied Met who made cameo appearances in "Seinfeld" during 1992 and also appeared in the 1998 blockbuster finale of the show?
Answer: Keith Hernandez

Keith Hernandez led the 1986 Mets in games played (149), at bats (551) and hits (171). He was also third in RBIs with 83, behind Gary Carter's 105 and Darryl Strawberry's 93.
Hernandez, who joined the Mets in 1983 after a decade with the Cardinals, batted over .300 seven times and won 11 gold gloves, a MLB record for a first baseman that still stood 20 years after his retirement. He was inducted into the Mets' Hall of Fame in 1997 and was voted the Mets' All-Time first baseman by fans in 2002.
  From Quiz: Those Amazing Mets
37 One June 17, 1962, 'Marvelous' Marv Throneberry hit a triple, but was called out on an appeal play for failing to touch second base. What happened when Mets manager Casey Stengel came out to dispute the call?
Answer: He was told not to bother because Throneberry missed first base as well

Casey Stengel was told not to bother arguing because Throneberry had missed first base as well. Stengel actually did fall breaking his hip which forced him to retire, but in 1965.
  From Quiz: Those Amazin' Mets: The 1960s
38 The Mets had an excellent pitching staff in 1969. They were led by their Cy Young Award winner Tom Seaver. Can you give me his record for 1969?
Answer: 25-7

Although he went by Tom his whole life, his real name is George Thomas Seaver. He also was the MVP runner-up to the great Willie McCovey in 1969.
  From Quiz: Your 1969 New York Mets
39 Gil Hodges was the manager of the 1969 New York Mets. Which uniform number did the Mets' skipper wear? Hodges wore the same number when he played for the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1950s.
Answer: 14

Gil Hodges wore number 14 for the 1969 New York Mets. He was a soft-spoken but stern manager for the Mets, a skipper who demanded hustle and top effort from his players. Yogi Berra was the first base coach for the 1969 Mets and wore number 8; Rube Walker, number 54, was the pitching coach; and Eddie Yost, number 53, was the third base coach.
    Your options: [ 54 ] [ 53 ] [ 8 ] [ 14 ]
  From Quiz: The 1969 New York Mets
40 Who played second base in 1963 for 142 games in 1964 for 109 games, and in 1966 for 123 games?
Answer: Ron Hunt

In 1962, Hunt was purchased from the Milwaukee Braves for an undisclosed amount. In 12 seasons with the Mets, Dodgers, Giants, Expos and Cardinals, he hit .273 with 39 home runs, 65 stolen bases, and was hit by a pitch (a then record) 243 times.
  From Quiz: Mets Second Basemen
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