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1. Baseball's Reggie Jackson was the first to hit five home runs in a World Series. Who was the first player to blast four home runs in a World Series?


answer Answer: Babe Ruth

Interesting Information:
The Sultan of Swat hit four in a 1926 World Series loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. The next player to stand with four in a World Series was Lou Gehrig, whose four in the 1928 series against the same Cardinals, helped the Yankees win it. Ruth's four home runs came in 31 at-bats, while Gehrig came to the plate 17 times. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Reggie Jackson, Duke Snider, Mickey Mantle

2. BASEBALL- In which year was a World Series game won by a walk-off hit (last batter of the game)?


answer Answer: 1910

Interesting Information:
In 1910, the Cubs and Athletics went at it in the World Series. In game four, the Cubs' Jimmy Sheckard singled home Jimmy Archer in the bottom of the 10th inning. Mordecai Brown took the win while Chief Bender took the loss. It would be the only win for the Cubs, as they lost the series in five games. In 1951, there was a famous walk-off home run by Bobby Thomson, but it was in the NL Playoffs between the Dodgers and Giants.
Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
1931, 1942, 1951

3. Who was the first person to be a NFL coach, college football head coach, and also a Major League Baseball team manager?


answer Answer: Hugo Bezdek

Interesting Information:
Bezdek was the head coach of the University of Oregon football squad before taking over the University of Arkansas. He later was also a head coach at Penn State. Bezdek had the helm of the Major League's Pittsburgh Pirates from 1917-1919. He was also a coach for NFLs Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Rams. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Vince Lombardi, Jim Thorpe, Jack Pardee

4. Lou Gehrig was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1939. What position did he play?


answer Answer: First baseman

Interesting Information:
Lou Gehrig was inducted into the Hall of Fame, class of 1939. He played first base for the New York Yankees. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Shortstop, Catcher, Pitcher

5. What balloting percentage must a person have to be inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame?


answer Answer: 75%

Interesting Information:
The basic practice is for players to be elected to the ballot by the Baseball Writers Association of America or the Veterans Committee. Then, the Baseball Writers Association members with at least 10 years in membership would cast the final ballot. A player would have to be named on 75% or more of the ballots to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
70%, 80%, 85%

6. What decade saw Major League Baseball's "Big Red Machine" in Cincinnati?


answer Answer: 1970s

Interesting Information:
The Cincinnati Reds saw great success in the 1970s. They saw World Series action in 1970, 1972, 1975 and 1976, winning the title in 1975 and 1976. Sparky Anderson saw his rookie debut as manager for the Reds in 1970, and stayed through 1978. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
1980s, 1960s, 1990s

7. Of the Major League Baseball DiMaggio brothers, which one played his entire career with the Boston Red Sox?


answer Answer: Dom

Interesting Information:
Dom played in Fenway Park from 1940-1953. Brother Joe spent all his 13 seasons with the New York Yankees. Vince played for five teams in his 10-season career. Albert did not exist. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Joe, Vince, Albert

8. In which decade did the Major League Baseball teams of the New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers move to California?


answer Answer: 1950s

Interesting Information:
Both teams moved in 1958. The Giants moved to San Francisco, while the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
1970s, 1930s, 1910s

9. The great Babe Ruth, Major League Baseball's shining star, retired with what team?


answer Answer: Boston Braves

Interesting Information:
Ruth began his career with the Boston Red Sox, then was sold to the Yankees. After playing with the Yankees during the 1920s and 1930s, Ruth signed with the Braves for his final season in 1935. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Atlanta Falcons, New York Yankees, Calgary Flames

10. Who managed the same Major League Baseball team for 50 consecutive seasons?


answer Answer: Connie Mack

Interesting Information:
After managing the National League Pittsburgh Pirates in the late 1800s, Mack took over the new American League Philadelphia Athletics in 1901. He stepped down in 1950. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Leo Durocher, Casey Stengel, Joe Torre

11. Who was the commissioner of Major League Baseball in 2009?


answer Answer: Bud Selig

Interesting Information:
Selig took over in 1992 after the departure of Vincent, and served as the acting commissioner until 1998. It was then he was made the official baseball commissioner. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Bart Giamatti, Fay Vincent, Bowie Kuhn

12. The Cy Young Award is presented to the most outstanding pitcher in a season for Major League Baseball. Who won the first award?


answer Answer: Don Newcombe

Interesting Information:
The award began in 1956, after the death of the great Cy Young in 1955. Brooklyn Dodger Don Newcombe won the first award with his 27-7 record. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Cy Young, Walter Johnson, Randy Johnson

13. In the 2004 Major League Baseball playoffs, which Boston Red Sox pitcher was made famous for his bloody sock?


answer Answer: Curt Schilling

Interesting Information:
Curt had an ankle injury that was bleeding through his sock. Like a real hero, he stepped on the mound anyway and shut down the rival Yankees in Game 6 of the 2004 ALCS. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Pedro Martinez, Tim Wakefield, Derek Lowe

14. Which Major League baseball team was swept in the 2005 World Series?


answer Answer: Houston Astros

Interesting Information:
The Houston Astros won 89 games while losing 73 games during the 2005 season. The victor of the World Series, the White Sox, won 99 games and lost 63 games. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox, Atlanta Braves

15. Which Major League Baseball team won their first World Series crown in the 1990s?


answer Answer: Toronto Blue Jays

Interesting Information:
The Blue Jay franchise began in 1977. 1992 saw their first series crown, then they repeated in 1993. The Phillies' first crown came in 1980, the Pirates in 1909, and the Cubs' first came in 1907. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs

16. Who was the first Baltimore Oriole in Major League Baseball to win an MVP Award?


answer Answer: Brooks Robinson

Interesting Information:
The others never played for the Orioles. Robinson, a multiple Gold Glove third baseman, won the award in 1964. Teammate Frank Robinson (no relation) also won the award in 1966 while batting for the Triple Crown. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Ty Cobb, Dizzy Dean, Bob Gibson

17. Major League Baseball: which franchise was the first to relocate to three different states?


answer Answer: Baltimore Orioles

Interesting Information:
The Orioles' franchise began in 1901 as the Milwaukee Brewers in the new American League in 1901. The team moved to St. Louis to become the dismal Browns in 1902 through the 1953 season. In 1954, the franchise moved to Baltimore to become the Orioles. The Orioles won their first World Series in 1966. In 1901, the Braves' franchise was in Boston, named the Beaneaters. In 1953, the franchise moved to Milwaukee, then again in 1966 to Atlanta. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Atlanta Braves, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds

18. Major League Baseball's great Babe Ruth, appeared in his most World Series with which team?


answer Answer: Yankees

Interesting Information:
Ruth began his career in 1914 with the Red Sox. He appeared in the 1915 series as a batter, then in 1916 and 1918 as a pitcher for the Red Sox. After being sold to the Yankees for 1920, he appeared in seven World Series with the Bronx Bombers. Difficulty: Easy.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Red Sox, Braves, Cardinals

19. Which Major League Baseball team was the first to appear in 10 World Series?


answer Answer: New York Giants

Interesting Information:
Before the domination of the New York Yankees, the Giants by 1924 had appeared in nine World Series already. Their 10th trip was in 1933. By 1933, the Yankees had appeared in seven. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Minnesota Twins, Brooklyn Dodgers, San Diego Padres

20. In 2008, Albert Pujols won Major League Baseball's National League MVP. Which team did he play for?


answer Answer: St. Louis Cardinals

Interesting Information:
Pujols was in his eighth season with the Cardinals in 2008, and had already hit 316 career home runs. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds

21. Who was voted Major League Baseball's American League Most Valuable Player of the 2008 season?


answer Answer: Dustin Pedroia

Interesting Information:
Morneau, Youkilis, and Mauer finished second, third, and fourth, respectively. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Justin Morneau, Kevin Youkilis, Joe Mauer

22. Which Major League Baseball pitcher won his 300th game on June 4, 2009?


answer Answer: Randy Johnson

Interesting Information:
The Giants' Johnson's 300th win came against the Washington Nationals and made him the 24th pitcher in history to reach the milestone. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Roger Clemens, Jake Peavy, Mike Mussina

23. On April 17, 2009, what player became Major League baseball's 25th player to hit 500 Home Runs?


answer Answer: Gary Sheffield

Interesting Information:
He hit his 500th as a Met. He was also the first player to hit his 500th home run as a pinch-hitter. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Alex Rodriguez, Mark McGwire, Babe Ruth

24. In which season did Major League Baseball switch from a 154-game season to a 162-game season?


answer Answer: 1961

Interesting Information:
1961 saw the first 162-game season, and it already created controversy. Yankee Roger Maris hit 61 home runs in the first 162-game season, and broke the season record of Babe Ruth, who hit 60 in the 154-game season of 1927. This created an asterisk in the baseball record books until Mark McGwire hit 70 for the Cardinals in 1998. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
1986, 1945, 1928

25. BASEBALL - In 2008, which Los Angeles Angels closer broke the record for saves in a season?


answer Answer: Francisco Rodriguez

Interesting Information:
Francisco beat the former record of 57 by getting 62 saves in 2008. He was signed by the New York Mets in the 2008 offseason. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Brian Fuentes, Todd Jones, Ervin Santana

26. Baseball: What is the name of the Chicago Cubs fan who interfered with a historical foul ball hit in game 6 of the 2003 NLCS?


answer Answer: Steve Bartman

Interesting Information:
After this incident, which prevented an out from being recorded, Alex S. Gonzalez made an error at shortstop, and the Cubs went on to allow eight runs in the inning enroute to an 8-3 loss and yet another heartbreaking season. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Jeff Moria, Alex S. Gonzalez, Mark Prior

27. Who wore jersey number "3" on the New York Yankees baseball team?


answer Answer: Babe Ruth

Interesting Information:
The number "3" jersey of Babe Ruth was later retired by the Yankees. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Joe DiMaggio, Sandy Koufax, Yogi Berra

28. Which Major League Baseball player was the first to have his number retired league-wide in 1997?


answer Answer: Jackie Robinson

Interesting Information:
As an African-American, Jackie Robinson broke the baseball color line, and ended 60 years of segregation in Major League Baseball. His number 42 was retired throughout the entire league on the 50th anniversary of his first game with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Willie Mays

29. What famous fictional baseball player was on a team from Mudville?


answer Answer: Casey

Interesting Information:
"Casey at the Bat" was a poem written in 1888 by Ernest Thayer. It chronicles the tale of "Mighty Casey" who, with perhaps a little too much bravado, appears at the plate, in the bottom of the ninth inning, with his team down two runs, with two runners on base, and two out. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Smokey, Speedy, Dusty

30. Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson spent his entire career playing for which team?


answer Answer: Baltimore Orioles

Interesting Information:
Robinson was one of the very greatest 3rd baseman of all-time. He played all 22 of his Major League seasons with the Orioles. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox

31. Who was the first African-American to play Major League Baseball for the New York Yankees?


answer Answer: Elston Howard

Interesting Information:
Howard was a great catcher and joined the Yankees in 1955. He won the MVP in 1963. Green was the first African-American to play for the Boston Red Sox. Doby was the first African-American in the American League (Cleveland) and Robinson was the first African-American to break into the Major Leagues (Brooklyn). Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Pumpsie Green, Jackie Robinson, Larry Doby

32. Which Major League Baseball team began their franchise endeavors in the 1960s, by losing 100+ games in each of their first four seasons?


answer Answer: New York Mets

Interesting Information:
The other franchises all began with the new American League in 1901. The Mets were an expansion team in 1962. Under the helm of manager Casey Stengel, the Mets lost no less than 109 games in each of their first four seasons. What a tremendous adjustment for Stengel, as he had already taken the New York Yankees to 10 American League pennants in a 12-season run. The Mets finally came out of it, and won the World Series in 1969 against the Baltimore Orioles. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians

33. Which Major League Baseball team is known by non-fans and critics as "The Evil Empire"?


answer Answer: New York Yankees

Interesting Information:
The franchise which was founded as the Baltimore Orioles in 1901, moved to New York and became the New York Highlanders before becoming the Yankees in 1913. As the most successful franchise in history, they like Manchester United in the UK, attract a lot of jealousy from other team's fans and dislike from neutrals. Difficulty: Average.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Baltimore Orioles, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Tampa Bay Rays

34. What significant event occurred during game three of the 1989 Major League Baseball World Series?


answer Answer: Earthquake

Interesting Information:
In game three of the 1989 World Series between the Oakland Athletics and the San Francisco Giants, aptly labeled "The Bay Bridge Series", an earthquake shook through San Francisco measuring 6.9 on the richter scale. More than 60 deaths and 3700 injuries occurred as a result of the quake. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Stadium blackout, Walk-off home run, No-hitter

35. Baseball: Which Major League pitcher was the first 300 game winner? (He was known as 'Steam Engine')


answer Answer: James 'Pud' Galvin

Interesting Information:
Galvin played from 1875-1892, for teams in Pittsburgh, St. Louis, and Buffalo.
His total innings pitched, and complete games total were 6003 and 646 respectively, second only to Cy Young when Young retired. Difficulty: Hard.
 
Some incorrect choices:
Elmer Fudd, Wayne Gretzky, Bill Bailey
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