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Baseball Challenges Trivia Quiz


Designed to be educational, an all multiple choice challenge about Major League baseball. Good luck, you'll need it. :-)

A multiple-choice quiz by Nightmare. Estimated time: 6 mins.
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Author
Nightmare
Time
6 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
268,706
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Difficult
Avg Score
4 / 10
Plays
1132
Awards
Top 5% quiz!
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Question 1 of 10
1. May 26, 1959, saw a tremendous pitching battle between the arms of Pittsburgh Pirate Harvey Haddix and Milwaukee Brave Lew Burdette. Haddix had a perfect game going into the 13th inning, then lost the game due to whose double? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. In the first 100 seasons of Major League baseball from 1901-2000, which of the following teams lost 100+ games in four consecutive seasons? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. The great Hank Aaron retired with 755 career home runs. How many of those were inside-the-park home runs? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. In late 1957, the Brooklyn Dodgers traded their entire Minor League team to which other Major League team for theirs? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. The National League began with eight teams in 1876. Which of the following was not one of those teams? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. Which one of the following baseball greats retired with over 3000 hits to his credit? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. Which pitcher made 27 consecutive outs, won the game, but never received credit for a perfect game? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. In the 1940s, this team set an awful record for stealing only 17 bases in the entire season. This record stood for the entire 20th century, and is one of those records that will most likely never be duplicated. Which team had this dismal tortoise honor? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. Who threw the National League's first perfect game in history? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Which of the following greats was a Hall of Fame inductee in 2001, and died in 2006? Hint



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1. May 26, 1959, saw a tremendous pitching battle between the arms of Pittsburgh Pirate Harvey Haddix and Milwaukee Brave Lew Burdette. Haddix had a perfect game going into the 13th inning, then lost the game due to whose double?

Answer: Joe Adcock

Burdette of the Milwaukee Braves also pitched this complete 13-inning game. While Haddix ended up with a one-hitter loss, Burdette took the shutout win, allowing 12 hits with two strikeouts in the game. Adcock doubled home Felix Mantilla, who walked earlier in the 13th for the Braves' win.
2. In the first 100 seasons of Major League baseball from 1901-2000, which of the following teams lost 100+ games in four consecutive seasons?

Answer: Braves

The Dodger organization lost 100 games only twice. 1905-1912 was a terrible time for the Boston (later Atlanta) Braves. They lost 100 games in 1905 and 1906, then lost another 100+ from 1909-1912. From 1922-1924, they lost 100 games in each season. 1935 saw an embarrassing season for them, going 38-115 with Babe Ruth's last season of baseball.
3. The great Hank Aaron retired with 755 career home runs. How many of those were inside-the-park home runs?

Answer: 1

May 10, 1967, saw Aaron hit his only inside four-bagger against Larry Jackson of the Phillies. There was one runner on base also. It was Hank's seventh home run of the season in the third inning of the game. The Braves won 7-2, with Wade Blasingame getting the win. Aaron was not known for his speed, and had the running style of Ron "Penguin" Cey. Hank stole 240 bases in 23 seasons, with an amazing season high of 31 in 1963.
4. In late 1957, the Brooklyn Dodgers traded their entire Minor League team to which other Major League team for theirs?

Answer: Chicago Cubs

Knowing their move to Los Angeles was just a few months away, the Dodgers traded their Fort Worth team to the Cubs, for the Cubs' Minor League team in Los Angeles.
5. The National League began with eight teams in 1876. Which of the following was not one of those teams?

Answer: Cleveland Spiders

The eight teams in the inaugural 1876 National League season, in order of finish were the White Stockings, the Dark Blues, the St. Louis Brown Stockings, Boston Red Caps, Louisville Grays, the Mutuals, Philadelphia Athletics, and the Cincinnati Reds (not affiliated with the today's Reds' team).

The White Stockings won the first NL pennant by six games over Hartford. The Cleveland Spiders franchise did exist until 1887, and that was in the American Association. They jumped to the National League in 1889, and stayed there until the team folded in 1899 after the worst record in baseball history, winning only 20 games against 134 losses.

This was large in part to all their stars leaving the 81-68 team after the 1898 season. Those players including Patsy Tebeau, Jesse Burkett, Ed McKean, Cy Young, and others. Most of the Spiders went to the St. Louis Perfectos in 1899. Chief Sockalexis, who played for only three seasons in Cleveland, showed his loyality by staying with the dismal 1899 team. Sockalexis was honored by his heritage when the American League Cleveland team, the "Indians" in 1915, changed their name after him, the first Indian to play in Cleveland.
6. Which one of the following baseball greats retired with over 3000 hits to his credit?

Answer: Lou Brock

Brock played 16 of his 19 seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals, after beginning his career in 1961 with the Cubs. His speed and bat were duly noted in his career, but the Cubs didn't see it. What a Cub roster it might have been with the great Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, Don Kessinger, Ron Santo, and could have been Brock.

He was traded to St. Louis in 1964. Lou retired with 3023 career hits. Gehrig retired with 2721 after 14 full of 17 seasons. Hornsby, who hit over .370 in eight full seasons amongst his 23, retired with 2930.

The Babe fell short with 2873 hits. The others all won a batting title, and Hornsby won seven, but Lou Brock never won it, and was a runner-up only one time.
7. Which pitcher made 27 consecutive outs, won the game, but never received credit for a perfect game?

Answer: Ernie Shore

It was June 1917, and Babe Ruth of the Red Sox was on the mound. Babe walked the first batter on four pitches, and became so irate at umpire Brick Owens, that he charged the plate and took a swing at the umpire. The police had to escort Ruth from the park. Shore came in relief, and saw that walked batter thrown out at second on his first pitch, then retired 26 more straight Washington Senators. Officially, the statistic shows a combined no-hitter for both Ruth and Shore.
8. In the 1940s, this team set an awful record for stealing only 17 bases in the entire season. This record stood for the entire 20th century, and is one of those records that will most likely never be duplicated. Which team had this dismal tortoise honor?

Answer: St. Louis Cardinals

Amazingly enough, even though the Cardinals had no legs on their roster, they finished second, only one game back behind the Brooklyn Dodgers in this 1949 season with their 96-58 record. It was the Cardinals' third consecutive second place finish after winning the World Series in 1946.

Their entire roster stole only 17 bases, with second baseman Red Schoendienst leading the team with eight. Nobody else stole more than three in the season. In the two seasons prior in '47 and '48, the Cardinals stole only 28 bases in each season.

In 1953, St. Louis almost tied their own record by stealing only 18. They finally came out of this multi-season slump, by stealing a 'whopping' 63 bases in 1954.
9. Who threw the National League's first perfect game in history?

Answer: Lee Richmond

Richmond threw the first perfecto in the 1880 season while playing for the Worcester Ruby Legs of the National League. Ironically, the 1880 season was designed for the batters until the rules changed in 1884, to make a more balanced game, by allowing pitchers to have an 'over the waist' delivery. Lee went 32-32 in 1880, in his second of six seasons in baseball.

The Ruby Legs spent only three seasons in the National League from 1880-1882, finishing in last place of eight teams twice. The great Cy Young threw a perfect game in 1904 against the Philadelphia Athletics while with Boston of the American League at the time. Radbourn never threw a perfect game, but a crime it was when he lost one in the ninth inning with two outs with the Providence Grays in 1883. Lush played for the Phillies and Cardinals in seven seasons.

He never threw a perfect game, and retired in 1910.
10. Which of the following greats was a Hall of Fame inductee in 2001, and died in 2006?

Answer: Kirby Puckett

The others were all hall inductees, but died in 1999. Puckett spent his entire 12 seasons from 1984-1995 with the Minnesota Twins. Kirby never won a season MVP, but did finish runner-up once, and third twice in his career. He won an AL batting title in 1989 along with six Gold Gloves.

He also led the league four times with the most hits in a season, topping out at 234 in 1988. Puckett died just eight days short of his 46th birthday, the result of a massive stroke.
Source: Author Nightmare

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