Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. The new American League began in 1901, and Philadelphia Athletics Nap Lajoie was the first to lead the league in home runs. How many did he hit?
2. 1912 saw baseball commissioner Ban Johnson suspend Ty Cobb for fighting with a fan. In protest, Cobb's teammates went on strike and refused to play the Philadelphia Athletics that day on May 18th. The team manager was forced to hire local amateurs, and used a seminary student as a pitcher. The pitcher threw a complete game of 26 hits and lost 24-2. Who was this team that went on strike in support of their own player?
3. In 1926, Bob O'Farrell of the Cardinals and George Burns of the Indians won their respective league's MVP. The Senators' Firpo Marberry set a new record for 22 saves in a season. On the other side of the coin were the Red Sox, who set a club record for losing 107 games. Which team won the American League by 44.5 games over the Red Sox?
4. Which American League team made five appearances in the World Series in the 1930s?
5. 1944 allowed the fans to see the first pitcher in history be ejected from a game for throwing a spitball. Nels Potter of the AL St. Louis Browns was the lucky recipient. The St. Louis fans also saw their Browns go to a World Series for the first time in their 44-year history, but lost to which team four games to two?
6. Although the Milwaukee Braves went to their second consecutive World Series in 1958, Braves' outfielder Henry Aaron finished only third in the National League MVP voting. Which Cub edged out Henry and the great Willie Mays to take the award?
7. Which team in 1969 lasted only one season in baseball?
8. 1978 saw Dave Parker of the Pirates and Jim Rice of the Red Sox win the MVPs in baseball. Rollie Fingers won the National League's Rolaids Relief Award for the Padres. Also, which Padre was the first pitcher in history to win the Cy Young Award in both leagues?
9. In 1988, who was the only baseball great that was inducted into the Hall of Fame?
10. In 1998, who was the first infielder in history to hit 40 home runs and steal 40 bases in a season?
Source: Author Nightmare
This quiz was reviewed by our editing team before going online.
Any errors found in FunTrivia content are routinely corrected through our feedback system.