While waiting, test knowledge of baseball trivia


By Tom Usher - sports@limanews.com



Ground crews work on the field at an empty PNC Park on April 2 in Pittsburgh. The Pirates’ home-opener had been scheduled for that day against the Cincinnati Reds before the season was delayed by the coronavirus outbreak.

Ground crews work on the field at an empty PNC Park on April 2 in Pittsburgh. The Pirates’ home-opener had been scheduled for that day against the Cincinnati Reds before the season was delayed by the coronavirus outbreak.


(Andrew Rush/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)

A statue of former Cleveland Indians player Jim Thome stands in an empty Progressive Field in Cleveland.

A statue of former Cleveland Indians player Jim Thome stands in an empty Progressive Field in Cleveland.


(AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

This is what is supposed to be seen right now — a popcorn and Cracker Jack vendor selling his wares at the ballpark. The start of the Major League Baseball season is indefinitely on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic.


(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

What makes baseball such a great sport?

That question could be answered a hundred different ways, starting with the sound of a ball slamming into a mitt or hearing the crack of the bat, to the smell of hot dogs cooking at a favorite stadium and watching a runner round third and head home.

With the baseball season now on hold, it seemed like a good time for a trivia quiz to revisit some of the game’s great moments. The answers follow on the next page.

Enjoy.

Cincinnati Reds

1. Who was known as “The Hawk” on the Big Red Machine?

2. Who did the Reds receive from Baltimore for Frank Robinson in the Dec. 9, 1965, trade?

3. Who started at third base for the Reds on Opening Day in 1975?

Cleveland Indians

1. Who is the Indians’ career stolen base leader?

2. Who came up to the Indians as a 41-year-old rookie in 1948 and went 6-1 with a 2.48 ERA in 72 innings that season?

3. Who pitched for the Indians in the 1990s, was born in Lima and compiled an 11-year career record of 45-28 with a 3.87 ERA?

Home run hitters

1. Who finished with 442 career home runs, but batted .236 with 1,816 career strikeouts in 16 years?

2. Who had more than 500 home runs and led the National League with only 31 one season in the post 1960 era?

3. Who was the retired St. Louis Cardinal who congratulated Hank Aaron on the field seconds after Aaron’s 3,000th hit at Crosley Field on May 17, 1970.

Strikeout pitchers

1. Who struck out 19, but also walked 10 in a 13-inning, 4-3 win?

2. Who struck out 20 with no walks in a 2-0, 1-hitter in 1998?

3. Who had 382 strikeouts in his second-to-last season and 317 strikeouts in his final year before he retired?

No-hitters

1. Who is the only pitcher (post 1900) to throw a no-hitter in his first major league start?

2. Who is the last Braves pitcher to throw a no-hitter?

3. Who struck out 12, but walked 10 and hit a batter in a 10-inning, 187-pitch no-hitter (after 1960)?

World Series

1. Who is the only World Series MVP from the losing team?

2. Who was caught stealing on the final play of Game 7 in the 1926 World Series?

3. Who was the oldest World Series MVP?

Lima Locos

1. Which Locos player set the Great Lakes Collegiate League record for stolen bases in a single season and how many did he have?

2. Who set the single-game strikeout record for the Locos and with how many strikeouts?

3. Which Lima Locos player from Mercer County was taken in the first round of the draft and by which team?

ANSWERS

Cincinnati Reds

1. Who was known as “The Hawk” on the Big Red Machine? (Clay Carroll).

2. Who did the Reds receive from Baltimore for Frank Robinson in the Dec. 9, 1965, trade? (P Jack Baldschun, P Milt Pappas, OF Dick Simpson).

3. Who started at third base for the Reds on Opening Day in 1975? (John Vukovich).

Cleveland Indians

1. Who is the Indians’ career stolen base leader? (Kenny Lofton, 452).

2. Who came up to the Indians as a 41-year-old rookie in 1948 and went 6-1 with a 2.48 ERA in 72 innings that season? (Satchel Paige, who helped the Indians to the 1948 World Championship).

3. Who pitched for the Indians in the 1990s, was born in Lima and compiled an 11-year career record of 45-28 with a 3.87 ERA? (Paul Shuey).

Home run hitters

1. Who finished with 442 career home runs, but batted .236 with 1,816 career strikeouts in 16 years? (Dave Kingman).

2. Who had more than 500 home runs and led the National League with only 31 one season in the post 1960 era? (Mike Schmidt, 31, 1981).

3. Who was the retired St. Louis Cardinal who congratulated Hank Aaron on the field seconds after Aaron’s 3,000th hit at Crosley Field on May 17, 1970? (Stan Musial).

Strikeout pitchers

1. Who struck out 19, but also walked 10 in a 13-inning, 4-3 win? (Nolan Ryan with California against Boston on June 14, 1974).

2. Who struck out 20 with no walks in a 2-0, 1-hitter in 1998? (Kerry Wood for the Cubs against Houston on May 6).

3. Who had 382 strikeouts in his second-to-last season and 317 strikeouts in his final year before he retired? (The Dodgers’ Sandy Koufax).

No-hitters

1. Who is the only pitcher (post 1900) to throw a no-hitter in his first major league start?

(Bobo Holloman, St. Louis Browns, May 6, 1953, vs. the Philadelphia Athletics).

2. Who is the last Braves pitcher to throw a no-hitter? (Kent Mercker, April 8, 1994).

3. Who struck out 12, but walked 10 and hit a batter in a 10-inning, 187-pitch no-hitter (after 1960)? (The Reds’ Jim Maloney, 1-0 against the Cubs, Aug. 19, 1965).

World Series

1. Who is the only World Series MVP from the losing team? (The Yankees’ Bobby Richardson in 1960 when he hit .367 with 12 RBI against the Pirates).

2. Who was caught stealing on the final play of Game 7 in the 1926 World Series (Babe Ruth, when the Yankees lost to the Cardinals).

3. Who was the oldest World Series MVP? (Pirates’ Willie Stargell, 1979, 39 years, 225 days).

Lima Locos

1. Which Locos player set the Great Lakes Collegiate League record for stolen bases in a single season and how many did he have? (University of Toledo’s Tyler Grogg, 41 stolen bases, 2013).

2. Who set the single-game strikeout record for the Locos and with how many strikeouts? (Shawnee graduate and North Carolina State product Cory Wilder, 16 strikeouts, July 9, 2014. He walked none in a nine-inning 4-1 win).

3. Which Lima Locos player from Mercer County was taken in the first round of the draft and by which team? (Seattle took Kyle Lewis in the first round with the 11th overall pick in the 2016 June draft).

Ground crews work on the field at an empty PNC Park on April 2 in Pittsburgh. The Pirates’ home-opener had been scheduled for that day against the Cincinnati Reds before the season was delayed by the coronavirus outbreak.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/04/web1_baseball-no-game.jpgGround crews work on the field at an empty PNC Park on April 2 in Pittsburgh. The Pirates’ home-opener had been scheduled for that day against the Cincinnati Reds before the season was delayed by the coronavirus outbreak. (Andrew Rush/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)
A statue of former Cleveland Indians player Jim Thome stands in an empty Progressive Field in Cleveland.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/04/web1_baseball-thome-statue.jpgA statue of former Cleveland Indians player Jim Thome stands in an empty Progressive Field in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
This is what is supposed to be seen right now — a popcorn and Cracker Jack vendor selling his wares at the ballpark. The start of the Major League Baseball season is indefinitely on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/04/web1_baseball-vendor.jpgThis is what is supposed to be seen right now — a popcorn and Cracker Jack vendor selling his wares at the ballpark. The start of the Major League Baseball season is indefinitely on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

By Tom Usher

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