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1 What was the original name and location of the New York Yankees franchise during its first two years in the American League?
Answer: Baltimore Orioles

The National League New York Giants blocked an attempt by the upstart American League to have a team in New York City. So, a team was placed in Baltimore from 1901-1902, called the Baltimore Orioles. This team moved to New York for the 1903 season.
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2 The New York Yankees organization began as the Baltimore Orioles in 1901. In 1903 the team moved to New York and took a new name. What was the new name that the team took in 1903?
Answer: New York Highlanders

The Orioles home stadium, Oriole Park, was located in Baltimore Maryland. The Orioles played two seasons in Baltimore before relocating to Manhattan, New York. With their new location, the team also took up a new name, the New York Highlanders. They took the name Highlanders because of the teams new elevated location and the Gordon Highlanders, a British Military unit. The Highlanders played their home games at Hilltop Park.
  From Quiz: How 'Bout Them Yankees?
3 Which year did the franchise take on the name "Yankees"?
Answer: 1913

The franchise began as the Baltimore Orioles in 1901. They were the New York Highlanders from 1903-1912, then took on the historical Yankee name in 1913.
    Your options: [ 1913 ] [ 1926 ] [ 1901 ] [ 1939 ]
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4 In 1913, a man known as the "Peerless Leader" became the New York Yankees' first manager. Can you identify this Hall of Famer?
Answer: Frank Chance

The New York Highlanders changed their name to "Yankees" to begin the 1913 season, and Frank Chance became the first man to lead the Yankees. Chance was nicknamed the "Peerless Leader" because of his managerial skills; he led the Chicago Cubs to World Series titles in 1907 and 1908. Chance managed the Bombers during the 1913 and 1914 seasons, compiling a record of 137-168.
Chance was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1946. Roger Peckinpaugh replaced Chance as Yankees' manager during the 1914 season. Miller Huggins managed the Yankees from 1918 to 1929.
  From Quiz: New York Yankees Managers
5 The Yankee franchise began it all in 1901 as the Baltimore Orioles. Who was the franchise's first manager?
Answer: John McGraw

McGraw was a player-manager for the 1899 Baltimore Orioles of the National League. When the team folded, some reappeared in the new American League in 1901. McGraw left the team midseason 1902, joined the New York Giants, and continued to manage them for 31 seasons. John took the Giants to 11 National League pennants and three World Series crowns. Would if had managed the Yankees in that time frame? Would if he had dumped Ruth, with less patience than Miller Huggins? Nobody will ever know.
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6 When did the Yankees win their first World Series?
Answer: 1923

They beat the Giants in 6 games. They hadn't won a World Series in the first 20 years of the contest.
  From Quiz: The Bronx Bombers
7 This tremendous franchise began with the new American League in 1901, and the team was named the Baltimore Orioles. After moving to New York, what team name did they take up?
Answer: Highlanders

After moving from Baltimore in 1902, they became the Highlanders in 1903. Their first season in New York gave the fans a 72-62 record, good enough for third place. The infamous name of "Yankees" later came in 1913.
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8 In 2005, Alex Rodriguez became the first solely right-handed Yankee hitter to hit 40 home runs in a season since 1937. Who accomplished the feat in 1937?
Answer: Joe DiMaggio

Both Dickey and Gehrig were left handed batters. Lazzeri, not known as a power hitter, tallied only 14 HRs that season while batting only .244.
  From Quiz: Yankee History and Facts
9 During the 2004 offseason, the Yankees focused on bolstering their rotation. The rotation consisted of Johnson, Mussina, Pavano, Brown, and which former Atlanta Braves pitcher?
Answer: Jaret Wright

Jaret Wright caught the eyes of the Yankees after having a career season with the Braves going 15-8 with a 3.28 ERA, while striking out 159.
    Your options: [ Greg Maddux ] [ Jorge Sosa ] [ Kyle Farnsworth ] [ Jaret Wright ]
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10 On what day was the first game played at Yankee Stadium?
Answer: April 18, 1923

The Yankees played their first game there versus the Boston Red Sox, which they won by a score of 4-1.
  From Quiz: About Yankee Stadium
11 Who did the Yankees lose to in their first playoff series of the '90s?
Answer: Seattle Mariners

In game five of the 1995 ALDS, the Yankees scored the lead-taking run in the top of the 11th inning, but Edgar Martinez, with two runners on base, hit a double scoring Joey Cora to tie followed by Ken Griffey Jr. who beat the throw from the outfield to win the game 6-5.
  From Quiz: Yankees Playoffs
12 Which Yankee outfielder pitched for his team in a doubleheader in 1968?
Answer: Rocky Colavito

Colavito was a prolific home run hitter for the Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians before coming to the Yankees in the late 1960s. He hit 374 career home runs, but only 13 with the Yanks.
    Your options: [ Rocky Colavito ] [ Bobby Murcer ] [ Roy White ] [ Roger Repoz ]
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13 In 1999, the Yankees won game three of the World Series thanks to a walk-off home run in extra innings by which outfielder?
Answer: Chad Curtis

Bernie, Paulie, and Darryl, had all supplied the Yankees with some October magic at one time or another, but this autumn evening belonged to Curtis.
    Your options: [ Chad Curtis ] [ Paul O'Neill ] [ Bernie Williams ] [ Darryl Strawberry ]
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14 When the American League first started in 1901, the Yankees were the Baltimore Orioles. Who was their first manager?
Answer: John McGraw

In 1902, McGraw joined the NY Giants in the National League and embarked on a Hall of Fame managerial career. He managed the Giants for 31 seasons, winning 10 pennants and three World Series titles.
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15 Which player was the Yankee captain from 1976-1979?
Answer: Thurman Munson

Thurman Munson was the Yankee catcher. He won the Rookie of the Year Award in 1970, and also the 1976 American League MVP Award. He was a seven time all-star before dying in a plane crash on August 2, 1979.
    Your options: [ Wade Boggs ] [ Reggie Jackson ] [ Thurman Munson ] [ Willie Randolph ]
  From Quiz: New York Yankees History
16 What record did the Yankees finish with in the 1923 regular season?
Answer: 98-54

They won their first ever World Series, defeating the New York Giants 4-2.
  From Quiz: Great Yankee Conquest
17 Who did Lou Gehrig replace at first base for the New York Yankees?
Answer: Wally Pipp

Wally Pipp, the Yankees first baseman for 4 season caught the flu. Gehrig filled in for a week. A week turned into a month which turned into the season, and the first baseman's job became Lou's for the next 14 years.
  From Quiz: A Yankee History Lesson
18 Who was the Yankee's first team captain?
Answer: Frank Chance

Chance was the team's captain in 1913, when the Highlanders became the Yankees. He held the title for one season. Roger Peckinpaugh was the second Yankee captain, he held the title from 1914 to 1921. Babe Ruth was the third Yankee captain, but he held the title for just 5 days in 1922.
  From Quiz: NY Yankees History
19 Bill Skowron played first base in the 1961 season. What was his nickname?
Answer: Moose

Born William Joseph Skowron, Jr.
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20 What manager led the Yankees to the World Series title in 2000?
Answer: Joe Torre

Former catcher, Joe Torre became Yankees manager in 1996.
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21 Alfonso Soriano was close to joining the 40/40 club in 2002. He only missed by?
Answer: one home run

Alfonso Soriano ended the 2002 season with 39 home-runs. One away from being the fourth member of the exclusive 40/40 club.
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22 Which Yankee was known as the 'Iron Horse'?
Answer: Lou Gehrig

Gehrig got his name for establishing a record of 2,130 games, a record of consecutive games by any player.
    Your options: [ Babe Ruth ] [ Lou Gehrig ] [ Mickey Mantle ] [ Joe Dimaggio ]
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23 How many at-bats did Mickey Mantle have as a Yankee?
Answer: 8,102

Not only did the Mick have the most career at-bats as a Yankee, he has also played the most games as a Yankee at the time of his retirement. He played all his 18 seasons as a Yankee.
  From Quiz: For Yankees Fans
24 Why was Babe Ruth number 3?
Answer: That's where he batted in the order

You ever wonder why Lou Gehrig was number 4? The same reason Ruth was 3.
  From Quiz: Bronx Bombers Historical Stats
25 Yankee Stadium is in The Bronx, New York. It is on the intersection of 161st Street and which Avenue?
Answer: River Avenue

If you go by Subway, take the #4 to 161st St/Yankee Stadium. The station is right by the Stadium. The trip from central Manhattan takes less than 20 minutes.
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26 In what year did the Yankees officially become the New York Yankees?
Answer: 1913

The Yankees began in 1913 under the helm of manager Frank Chance. Chance took the ballclub to a 7th place finish in the American League. Catcher Ed Sweeney and outfielder Harry Wolter led the Yankees with 2 home runs each. The Yankees blossomed from the New York Highlanders which were in existence from 1903-1912. The original name of the franchise was the Baltimore Orioles in 1901 and 1902.
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27 Who was the only Yankee to win the Rookie of the Year in the 1990's?
Answer: Derek Jeter

Even though Alfonso Soriano had a great Rookie season, he lost to Ichiro of the Mariners, and Jeter was the only Yankee to win the Rookie of the Year in the 90's.
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28 What was Lou Gehrig's batting average in 1939, the last season of his career?
Answer: .143

Gehrig won two MVP titles in his career, one in 1927, and one in 1936. During his 17 year career (1923-1939), he only played for the Yankees.
  From Quiz: The Yankees of New York
29 Following a trade in the late 70s, Graig Nettles noted of which Yankee reliever, 'He went from Cy Young to Sayonara'?
Answer: Sparky Lyle

Acquiring the Goose made Sparky expendable.
    Your options: [ Goose Gossage ] [ Sparky Lyle ] [ Ron Davis ] [ Bob Shirley ]
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30 When was Babe Ruth sold to the Yankees?
Answer: December, 1919

Following the 1919 season, Red Sox owner Harry Frazee set into motion the 'Curse of the Bambino' by selling his prized possession to the rival Yankees to finance his latest Broadway production.
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31 Who was the first Yankee to throw a no-hitter in a 2-1 win at Fenway Park?
Answer: George Mogridge

This happened on April 24th, 1917.
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32 How many homeruns did Babe Ruth hit in his career?
Answer: 714

The Babe hit 714 homers in his career.
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33 On January 3, 1920, the Yankees purchased the contract of Babe Ruth from what MLB team?
Answer: Boston Red Sox
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34 What team was Babe Ruth on before he joined the Yankees?
Answer: Boston Red Sox

The Yankees purchased the contract of Babe Ruth from the Boston Red Sox for $125,000 and a $350,000 loan against the mortgage on Fenway Park.
  From Quiz: History of the NY Yankees
35 Who did the Yankees sign in the offseason (winter of 2000-01) from the Florida Marlins?
Answer: Henry Rodriguez
  From Quiz: The Yankees of New York
36 The Yankees started out in 1903 as the New York:
Answer: Highlanders

The Highlanders played at Hilltop Park in Manhattan. One of the owners, Frank Ferrel, was a gambler.
    Your options: [ Robins ] [ Highlanders ] [ Hilltoppers ] [ Mutuals ]
  From Quiz: Bronx Bombers: Early Years
37 What was the worst record by the original New York Yankees franchise in its first two seasons, 1901 and 1902 (they moved to NY on 1903)?
Answer: 1902 - Finished last in the American League with a record of 50-88

Due to a debt crisis the Baltimore Orioles were sold during the 1902 season to the owner of the New York Giants, with help from the principal owner of the Cincinnati Reds. Together they hatched a plan to release the best Baltimore Orioles players so they could be added to their Giants and Reds teams. This led to the Yankees winning just 36.2% of their games.
  From Quiz: Damn Yankees - The Worst Years
38 In 1913, the franchise relocated to a new stadium. Along with the move, they changed their name to the New York Yankees. What was Yankees new home stadium in 1913?
Answer: Polo Grounds

In April of 1911, the Polo Grounds burned down. The Polo Grounds was rebuilt in June of 1911. The Yankees played there until 1923 when they moved into the newly built Yankee Stadium, and won the World Series in its first season.
  From Quiz: How 'Bout Them Yankees?
39 Which Yankee team blasted out the most home runs in a season?
Answer: 1961

Although the 1927 team was famous for Ruth's and Gehrig's big home run numbers, Mantle and Maris did their own damage with others in 1961. With Maris and Mantle's combined 115, Bill Skowron hit 28, Yogi Berra 22, and two catchers in the names of Elston Howard and Johnny Blanchard hit 21 each.
    Your options: [ 1998 ] [ 1961 ] [ 1927 ] [ 1978 ]
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40 The Yankees purchased the contract of Babe Ruth on January 3, 1920, from Howard Frazee and his Boston Red Sox. How many more wins did the Yankees have with Ruth in the 1920 season, compared to the Ruth-less Yankees of 1919?
Answer: 15

In 1919, the Yankees finished 80-59 for a third place finish (played in 141 games). In 1920, even with Ruth's 54 home runs, they went 95-59 and still finished third in the 154-game season.
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