The BASN 4th Annual Great American Baseball Trivia Quiz

By Tony McClean
Updated: March 28, 2006
NEW HAVEN, Ct.— Welcome to another Opening Day in the major leagues and BASN’s fourth annual baseball brain teaser round. Every year at this time, we throw out our annual baseball trivia quiz for all you knowledgeable baseball fans.
We hit all aspects of the diamond: the majors, the HBCU’s, the Negro Leagues, and beyond. We’ve also tried to make this year’s quiz a little bit harder for you.
Hey, if nothing else we hope we can either make to really go digging for answers or jar a memory or two.
So let’s get it started!!!!
1. Three New York Yankee first baseman have won Gold Gloves. Don Mattingly is one and Joe Pepitone is another. Who is the third?
Answer: Chris Chambliss. The man whose homer in Game 7 of the 1976 ALCS won New York the pennant won his lone Gold Glove in 1978.
2. Colorado’s Jose Mesa is the third reliever in major league history to register a 30-save season for three different teams. Name the other two.
Answer: Lee Smith and Randy Myers. In fact, both relievers did it for four teams. Smith with the Cubs, Cardinals, Orioles, and Angels while Myers did it with the Cubs, Reds, Padres, and Orioles.
3. Who is the winningiest manager in Houston Astros history?
Answer: Bill Virdon. From 1975-82, Virdon went 544-522 (.510) which included two NL West titles. On August 10, 1982 with a 49-62 record, he was replaced by Bob Lillis.
4. Who holds the Dodgers’ franchise record for the most hits in a season by a switch hitter?
Answer: Maury Wills. In a year that saw him steal a then MLB record 104 bases, Wills had 208 hits and was named the NL’s MVP.
5. Speaking of stolen bases, which active MLB player has the most career stolen bases?
Answer: Kenny Lofton. Entering the 2006 season, the Dodger outfielder leads all active players with 567 career steals (22nd overall). Barry Bonds is second (506) and Eric Young is third (457).
6. What two-time AL RBI Champion was a former baseball standout for Prairie View A&M?
Answer: Cecil Cooper. A five-time All-Star with the Red Sox and Brewers, Cooper led the AL in RBIs in 1980 and 1983 (tied with Jim Rice). Currently a coach with the Astros, Cooper also played in two World Series (1975, 1982).
7. What former New York Knick standout had a brief baseball career with two teams in the Negro Leagues?
Go to fullsize image Answer: Nate “Sweetwater” Clifton. Also a former Harlem Globetrotter and one of the first blacks to be drafted in the NBA, Clifton played for the Chicago American Giants in 1949 and the Detroit Stars in 1958.
Go to fullsize image 8. Philadelphia’s Ryan Howard was last year’s NL’s Rookie of The Year. Which one of these ex-Phillies was not chosen as the league’s top rookie?
A. Richie Allen
B. Scott Rolen
C. Mike Schmidt
D. Jack Sanford
Go to fullsize image Answer: C. Mike Schmidt. In his first full season with the Phils (1973), the future Hall of Famer third baseman hit .196 with 18 homers and 52 RBI in 132 games. San Francisco’s Gary Matthews was the league’s Rookie of The Year that season.
Go to fullsize image 9. In a nine-year stretch from 1966 to 1974, Hall of Famer Lou Brock led the NL in stolen bases for eight seasons. Who was only other player to lead the league in steals during that period.
Go to fullsize image Answer: Bobby Tolan. In 1970, the Cincinnati outfielder had 57 steals for the National League Champion Reds. Brock was second with 51.
Go to fullsize image 10. Who is the only player in Angels’ franchise history to ever win an AL batting title?
Go to fullsize image Answer: Alex Johnson. In 1970, Johnson and Boston’s Carl Yastrzemski each hit .329 to share the league’s batting championship. Johnson had 202 hits (second to Minnesota’s Tony Oliva 204), while Yaz finished with 186