Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. This speedster played 18 years with the Cubs and Cardinals. When he retired, he held the record for 118 stolen bases in a season and 938 in his career.
2. Although Abner Doubleday is credited with creating the sport, this man was the true founder when he set up the first 20 rules of the game for the New York Knickerbockers.
3. This man was the first sportswriter elected. He was the first to write instructional books on the game and invented the box score.
4. Had he not lost four years to World War II, this Indian, who began his career at the age of 17, might have been statistically one of the greatest pitchers of all time. He was still able to lead the league in wins 6 times.
5. Depending on who you ask, this Negro League star had a lifetime batting average of between .354 and .440, and hit between 800 and 950 career homeruns.
6. Known to lay down the law, this first commisioner banned 8 members of the White Sox in the 1919 Black Sox scandal and suspended Bath Ruth for 40 days in 1922 for barnstorming.
7. This Umpire was best known for his booming voice and animated hand signals. He umpired seven All-Star games and was in the majors for 27 seasons.
8. This Detroit legend played for 21 from 1953-1974, and led his team to the 1968 World Series championship even after breaking his leg in mid-season. He also played in 18 All-Star Games.
9. This New York Giant became a legend in the 1934 All-Star Game when he struck out five future Hall of Famers, including Ruth, Gehrig, and Jimmie Foxx. His deadly screwball earned him 2 MVPs and 253 wins.
10. This Baltimore vacuum is considered the greatest defensive third baseman ever. His .971 career fielding average is the best among his position. His showcase was the 1970 World Series when he took home the MVP.
11. This legendary Shortstop and First baseman can be summed up in 2 words. 'Mr. Cub'.
12. This legend is considered one of the greatest and most colorful managers of all time. In his 12-year tenure with the New York Yankees, he managed them to 10 pennants and 7 World Series victories.
13. This Cardinal superstar was one of the best second basemen in the 1950s. Although his strength was defense, he still collected 2,449 hits and 1,223 runs. His unusual name is similar to that of a current Anaheim pitcher.
14. To this date, this Boston and Milwaukee ace is the winningest left hander ever with 363 wins. He led the National League in that category 8 times. He is also eighth all time in innings pitched with 5,243.2.
15. As many people know, Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth's home run record in 1974, but who did Babe Ruth beat? He was a superstar in the late 1800s with the New York Giants. He is also currently fifth all time in triples with 233.
16. This Philly great holds the record for strikeouts by a left-hander with 4,136. In 1972, he went 27-10 for a team that barely won 60 games. He is one of only three pitchers to win four Cy Young Awards and the only one in the Hall of Fame.
17. This Negro League legend played for 21 years, before he made his major league debut at the age of 42. Although skeptics say he was really closer to 50 when he was called to pitch by manager Lou Boudreau.
18. This Dodger great was an intimidating, hard-throwing strikeout artist. He fired six shutouts in a row, won over 200 games, and led the NL in strikeouts three times. Yet he only won one Cy Young award.
19. This Cardinal great was as frightening to watch as he was to hit. After he led St. Louis with 3 wins in the 1967 World Series, he came back to post a 1.12 ERA in 1968, the best in modern baseball.
20. This superstar with Boston and Cleveland is considered the greatest fielding centerfielder ever. During his 21 year career he amassed a .345 lifetime batting average and 792 doubles.
21. As the first man to win the Cy Young award in both leagues, this man won 314 games and never made the World Series. He and his brother combined for 529 victories.
22. This man is considered the greatest all-around third baseman ever. He won 10 gold gloves, hit 548 homers, and stole 174 bases all in 18 years with the Phillies.
23. This Negro League star could score from second on flyouts, and beat out any grounder. Satchel Paige said that he was so fast that he could switch off the light and be in bed before the room got dark.
24. This first baseman of the Red Sox and A's had an incredible physique and an even more powerful bat. In his 20 year career he was the first to win consecutive MVP awards, and when he retired, only Babe Ruth had more homers.
25. Here's a gimme. At the 1999 All-Star game, he threw out the first pitch. He is arguably the greatest hitter ever, and easily the greatest Red Sox player ever. With 521 homers and a .344 batting average very few can dispute that.
Source: Author MrFahrenheit
This quiz was reviewed by FunTrivia editor gtho4
before going online.
Any errors found in FunTrivia content are routinely corrected through our feedback system.