Quiz about Baseball for Newbies
Quiz about Baseball for Newbies

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10 questions for those who are just coming around to learn about baseball in the big leagues. I hope that it is educational for those who need it. :)

A multiple-choice quiz by Nightmare. Estimated time: 3 mins.
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Author
Nightmare
Time
3 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
327,051
Updated
Aug 23 22
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Easy
Avg Score
8 / 10
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1. What is the game format for World Series play? Hint

Best of five games
First two consecutive wins take home the crown
Best of seven games
A one game series

2. Which Atlanta Braves slugger jogged around the base paths on April 8, 1974, breaking Babe Ruth's career record with his 715th home run? Hint

Hank Aaron
Willie Mays
Mark McGwire
Barry Bonds

3. Which team won their 27th World Series in 2009? Hint

New York Yankees
San Diego Padres
Los Angeles Dodgers
Florida Marlins

4. Hall of Fame player Ty Cobb had which nickname? Hint

Baltimore's Banana
Georgia Peach
The Louisville Lemon
Detroit Dog

5. In 2010, the Washington Nationals brought up a pitcher from their Minor League team to debut on June 8. He defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates with 14 strikeouts in his debut. Who was this pitcher? Hint

Eric Gagne
Dontrelle Willis
Stephen Strasburg
Warren Spahn

6. This Hall of Fame pitcher played for 27 seasons and retired with a record 5714 career strikeouts, a record likely never to be duplicated. Who was this that wore the number 34 and retired in 1993? Hint

Bob Feller
Nolan Ryan
Cy Young
Denny McLain

7. The National League combined with the new American League, creating Major League Baseball as we know it today. Which year did this take place? Hint

1901
1934
1972
1953

8. Which Boston Red Sox outfielder was the first player in Boston to bat for the Triple Crown Award? Hint

Ted Williams
Tim Wakefield
Willie McCovey
Roger Clemens

9. The immortal Babe Ruth played for three teams in his Major League Baseball career. They were the Boston Braves, the New York Yankees, and which other team that he began his career with? Hint

Arizona Diamondbacks
Cincinnati Reds
Boston Red Sox
Toronto Blue Jays

10. This Hall of Fame great was the first-ever Yankee to have his baseball number retired. It was the number 4. Who is he? Hint

Joe Mauer
Joe Torre
Lou Gehrig
Alex Rodriguez


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. What is the game format for World Series play?

Answer: Best of seven games

The first World Series was played in 1903, with the Boston Americans winning the series five games to three in a best of nine game format. Major League baseball went to a seven-game format, but then went back to best of nine in 1921. That was the final season of a possible nine games before the leagues settled on a best of seven format.
2. Which Atlanta Braves slugger jogged around the base paths on April 8, 1974, breaking Babe Ruth's career record with his 715th home run?

Answer: Hank Aaron

It was very early in the 1974 season that Hank broke Ruth's record. He unfortunately did not break it at the end of the 1973 season, as he had to put up with death threats and other racial garbage to him and his family. The record hit came against the Los Angeles Dodgers and pitcher Al Downing.

He would go on to retire with 755 career home runs in 1976. This great human being was inducted into the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 1982.
3. Which team won their 27th World Series in 2009?

Answer: New York Yankees

In 2009, the Yankees faced the National League Champion Philadelphia Phillies, and won four games to two. Hideki Matsui was the series' MVP, then the Yankees let him go to free agency with the Angels in 2010. The first Yankee World Series crown came in 1923 against the New York Giants.
4. Hall of Fame player Ty Cobb had which nickname?

Answer: Georgia Peach

Ty was born in Narrows, Georgia, thus the nickname. Cobb played for 22 loyal seasons with the Detroit Tigers from 1905-1926. The Tiger management showed their appreciation by trading Cobb to the Philadelphia Athletics for the 1927 and 1928 season. Ty would still hit .357 and .303 for the Athletics before he retired with a .366 career batting average, the highest in baseball history.

The American League MVP and Triple Crown batter was sometimes the most popular player, and sometimes the most hated player in baseball.

He died on July 17, 1961 in Atlanta, with only nine people showing up for his funeral. Of those nine, three were former baseball players in Mickey Cochrane, Nap Rucker, and Ray Schalk. He spent a lot of time in his final days in the hospital with comedian Joe E. Brown.
5. In 2010, the Washington Nationals brought up a pitcher from their Minor League team to debut on June 8. He defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates with 14 strikeouts in his debut. Who was this pitcher?

Answer: Stephen Strasburg

In a tremendous media fiasco with hype, Strasburg still kept his cool and demeanor in his debut with the number 37 on his back. The Nationals won the game 5-2. The 21-year old rookie was born in San Diego.
6. This Hall of Fame pitcher played for 27 seasons and retired with a record 5714 career strikeouts, a record likely never to be duplicated. Who was this that wore the number 34 and retired in 1993?

Answer: Nolan Ryan

Not only did Ryan whiff 5714 batters, he also set a record by striking out 383 in the 1973 season. Nolan played with the Mets, Angels, Astros, and Rangers, throwing another record seven no-hitters. Amazingly, Ryan never won a MVP or Cy Young Award in his career. Nolan also wore the number 30.
7. The National League combined with the new American League, creating Major League Baseball as we know it today. Which year did this take place?

Answer: 1901

The American League joined forces in 1901 to create the new Major League Baseball. The league began with eight teams. They were, in order of finish - Chicago White Sox, Boston Americans (later Red Sox), Detroit Tigers, Philadelphia Athletics (later Oakland Athletics), Baltimore Orioles (later NY Yankees), Washington Senators, Cleveland Blues (later Indians), and in last place were the Milwaukee Brewers (later St. Louis Browns and 2010s Baltimore Orioles).
8. Which Boston Red Sox outfielder was the first player in Boston to bat for the Triple Crown Award?

Answer: Ted Williams

Williams wore the number 9 throughout his entire career with the Red Sox from 1939-1960. He also won two American League MVP awards. Ted could have won an unprecedented third Triple Crown, but lost the batting title to Detroit Tiger George Kell by less than .001 in 1949.
9. The immortal Babe Ruth played for three teams in his Major League Baseball career. They were the Boston Braves, the New York Yankees, and which other team that he began his career with?

Answer: Boston Red Sox

Ruth began his Major League career with the Boston Red Sox from 1914-1919 as a pitcher. He was sold by the owner of the Red Sox, Howard Frazee, to help obtain some money for his theatrical productions. After setting a Major League home run record by hitting 29 in his final season with the Red Sox, he hit 54 with the Yankees in 1920, then another 59 in 1921.

The Babe hit 714 career home runs and retired in 1935 in his only season with the Braves.
10. This Hall of Fame great was the first-ever Yankee to have his baseball number retired. It was the number 4. Who is he?

Answer: Lou Gehrig

Gehrig played his entire career with the Yankees from 1923-1939. He set a Major League record for playing in 2130 consecutive games until he benched himself in 1939. Lou was nicknamed "The Iron Horse", mainly because he played through injuries and set this record.

He retired in 1939 due to his illness, later called "Lou Gehrig Disease", and died in 1941. His number 4 was retired in 1939, along with being inducted into the Hall of Fame in the same year.
Source: Author Nightmare

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