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Monday, March 26, 2012

Today's baseball trivia question:  What pair of power hitters hold the record for total number of combined home runs while playing together on the same team.

Hint to today's question---It was not Ruth and Gherig, but it was past their time.

Answer to yesterday's baseball trivia question---Luke Appling won the batting title in 1936 and 1943.  His best year was '36 when he hit .388 

Saturday, March 24, 2012

White Sox Batting Champ

Today's baseball trivia question:  The Chicago White Sox have had two batting champions in their history.  One was Frank Thomas.  Can you name the other one and guess within 10 points what his winning batting average was?

Hint to today's trivia question--This other Sox player actually won it twice.  We'll use his better year for the guess on the batting average.

Answer to the previous baseball trivia question---Bob Turley was the pitcher, and he did it in 1954.  That was the only year of his 12-season major league career in which he pitched for Baltimore.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Last Oriole Pitcher To Win The Strikeout Title

Today's baseball trivia question:  Who was the last Baltimore Oriole pitcher to lead the American League in strikeouts for a season?

Hint to today's question---It was not Jim Palmer or Mike Mussina.

Answer to yesterday's baseball trivia question---The three N.Y. Met home run leaders were righty Dave Kingman, who hit 37 in 1982, lefty Darryl Strawberry who hit 39 in 1988, and swith-hitter Howard Johnson, who hit 38 in 1991. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Today's baseball trivia question:  What three players in N.Y. Mets history have led the National League in home runs?

Hint to today's question---One was a righty, one was a lefty, and one was a switch-hitter.

Answer to yesterday's baseball trivia question---The four K.C. Royals Rookies-Of-The-Year were Lou Piniella in 1969, Bob Hamlin in 1994, Carlos Beltran in 1999, and Angel Berroa in 2003.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Today's baseball trivia question:  The Kansas City Royals have had four players in their history win the Rookie-Of-The-Year award.  Can you name at least two of them?

Hint to today's trivia question---George Brett, Amos Otis, and Freddie Patek are not on that list.

Answer to yesterday's baseball trivia question---It was Ball Night at Dodger Stadium.  At three different times during the game, Dodger fans threw baseballs onto the field.  The game was called in the bottom of the ninth with one out and the Cardinals won the game 2-1.  Tom Henke of St. Louis was given the save.

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Saturday, March 17, 2012

A Baseball Forfeit

Today's baseball trivia question:  In 1995, the Dodgers forfeited a game in progress to the St. Louis Cardinals.  Why?

Hint to today's question---It had something to do with baseballs.

Answer to the previous baseball trivia question---Though it was only an exhibition game, that was the date of the first televised baseball game.  WGN televised that first game from Wrigley Field which the White Sox won 4-1.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Baseball History In 1948

Today's baseball trivia question:  What historic thing happened in baseball on April 16, 1948?

Hint to today's trivia question---It was in an exhibition game between the Cubs and White Sox.

Answer to yesterday's baseball trivia question---The two scuffing pitchers were Joe Niekro of the Yankees and Kevin Gross of the Phillies.  They were both suspended for 10 games in 1987.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Suspended For Scuffing Baseballs

Today's baseball trivia question:  What two pitchers were accused of scuffing baseballs and subsequently suspended for 10 games.

Hint to today's trivia question---This happened in 1987.  Both pitchers were righties, and both had records that were under .500 that season.

Answer to yesterday's baseball trivia question---Fred McGrif hit 30 or more in a season with Toronto in 1988, '89, and '90,  with San Diego in '91 and '92,  with Atlanta in '94, with Tampa Bay in '99, and with the Cubs in 2002.   Gary Sheffield also hit at least 30 HRs with San Diego in '92, the Marlins in '96, the Dodgers from '99-'01,  the Braves in '03, and the Yankees in '04 and '05.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

30+ Home Runs With Five Different Teams

Today's baseball trivia question:  What two players share the record for hitting at least 30 HRs in a season with five different teams?

Hint to today's trivia question---One hit lefty, one hit righty, and both were born in the same city.

Answer to yesterday's baseball trivia question---Those two teams were the 1987 Milwaukee Brewers (then in the A.L.), and the 1982 Atlanta Braves.  Both started their seasons off with a 13-game winning streak.

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Monday, March 12, 2012

Coming Out Of The Box Hot

Today's baseball trivia question:  What two teams hold the record for most consecutive wins beginning on opening day of the season?

Hint to today's trivia question---One was an American League team and one was a National League team.  Both did it in the 80s.

Answer to the previous baseball trivia question---The last player to hit two inside-the-park home runs in one game was Greg Gagne of the Minnesota Twins.  That rare feat was accomplished on October 4, 1986 against the Chicago White Sox.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Two Inside-The-Parkers In One Game

Today's baseball trivia question:  Who was the last player to hit two inside-the-park home runs in one game?

Hint to today's trivia question---An American League shortdtop did this in 1986.

Answer to yesterday's baseball trivia question---The two switch-hitters were Eddie Murray in the A.L. with Baltimore in 1987 and Ken Caminiti with San Diego in 1995.

Friday, March 9, 2012

One For The Switch Hitters

Today's baseball trivia question:  Two switch hitters have twice hit home runs from both sides of the plate in the same game.  Can you name them?

Hint to today's trivia question---One was an American Leaguer who did it in the 80s, while the other was a National Leaguer who did it in the 90s.


Answer to yesterday's baseball trivia question---Ken Reitz was the third baseman.  He had a career .970 fielding percentage at the hot corner in 11 seasons.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

3rd Baseman With Highest Fielding Percentage

Today's baseball trivia questionWhat National League third baseman holds the record for the highest career fielding percentage?

Hint to today's trivia question---He did this while playing for four different N.L. teams.

Answer to yesterday's baseball trivia question---The four who share that record are:  Lou Gehrig (1932 Yankees),  Rocky Colavito (1959 Indians), Mike Cameron (2002 Mariners),  and Carlos Delgado (2003 Blue Jays).

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

What Four A.L. Players Have Hit Four HRs In One Game?

Today's baseball trivia question: There are four players who share the American League record for hitting four home runs in a nine-inning game.  Can you name at least two of them?

Hint to today's trivia question---One did it before World War 2, another did it in the 50s, and the last two did it after 2000, one being an outfielder and the other an infielder.


Answer to yesterday's baseball trivia question---The first All-Star game grand slam was hit by Fred Lynn of the California Angels in the 3rd inning of the midsummer classic off of Atlee Hammaker of the S.F. Giants

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

First All-Star Grand Slam

Today's baseball trivia question:  Who was the first player to hit a grand slam in the all-star game?

Hint to today's trivia question---It was done in 1983 by an American leaguer.

Answer to the previous baseball trivia question---  The umpire behind the plate was Bill Haller and the catcher squatting in front of him was his brother Tom Haller of the Detroit Tigers.  The catcher Haller went 1-for-4 that day, July 14, 1972, as his Tigers lost 1-0 to the Royals.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

The Catcher And The Home Plate Umpire Were Brothers?

Today's baseball trivia question:  There was one major league game where the catcher and the home plate umpire were brothers.  Can you name either one?

Hint to today's trivia question---This happened in an American League game in 1972.

Answer to the previous baseball trivia question---Hank Aaron and Willie Mays both played on 17 winning all-star teams.

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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Two Who Played on 17 Winning All-Star Teams

Today's baseball trivia question:  What two players have played on 17 winning All-Star teams?

Hint to today's trivia question---Both were National Leaguers, both were right-handed hitters, both were Hall of Famers, and both were born in Alabama.

Answer to yesterday's baseball trivia question---The first Silver Slugger for the designated hitter went to Reggie Jackson of the Yankees in 1980. That year, he hit .300 with 41 HRs and 111 RBIs.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

First Silver Slugger for a Designated Hitter

Today's baseball trivia question:  In the first year the Silver Slugger award was given out, who won it for the designated hitter position?

Hint to today's trivia question---It was 1980 and this player went on to the Hall of Fame.

Answer to yesterday's baseball trivia question---The manager with the most All-Star Game wins is Walter Alston with 7.    

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Manager With The Most All-Star Game Wins

Today's baseball trivia question:  Which manager has managed the most All-Star game wins?

Hint to today's trivia question---He was a successful Post World-War 2 manager who only had one major league at-bat as a player.

Answer to yesterday's baseball trivia question---George Brett of the Kansas City Royals holds the American league record with 229 intentional walks. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Most A.L. Intentional Walks

Today's baseball trivia question:  Who holds the post World War 2 American League record for most intentional walks in his career?

Hint to today's trivia question-- He's a left-handed hitting Hall of Famer.

Answewr to the previous trivia question below---The six were:  Derek Lowe and Brad Penny of the Dodgers,  John Smoltz of the Braves,  Brandon Webb of the Diamondbacks,  Carlos Zambrano of the Cubs, and Aaron Harang of the Reds.