The Ultimate Baseball Triva Quiz

By Tony McClean
Updated: August 8, 2007

MLB LogoBRISTOL, CONN—We now sit less than a week away from Major League Baseball 2003. Much has happened since the Angels and their Rally Monkey outlasted the Giants in the World Series. For all you trivia buffs, we’ve put together a little list of questions that you and your buddies can haggle over as Opening Day approaches. 1. Here’s an easy one to get you started. What current manager was on deck when Hank Aaron hit his 715th homer? Answer: Dusty Baker. He was in the dugout when Barry Bonds surpassed Mark McGwire in 2001 and on April 8, 1974, Baker was the on-deck batter when the Hammer surpassed the Babe. Baker will also see Sammy Sosa join the 500-homer club later this season. 2. Lets stay with home runs. When Willie Mays hit his 600th homer, he was pinch hitting for a player who would go on to have a 50-HR season later in his career. Who was that player? Answer: George Foster. Known better for his days as a slugger with Cincinnati’s “Big Red Machine” of the 1970’s, Foster began his with the Giants in 1969. When Mays connected for No. 600 in 1970, he was pinch hitting for the then unknown Foster. Traded to the Reds in 1971, Foster led the team in homers from 1976-81, including a 52 homer season in 1977. 3. Sticking with homers, but with a little trickier question. Which player was the first African American to hit a homer in the World Series? Answer: Larry Doby. A product of Virginia Union and the American League’s first black player, Doby connected off Johnny Sain in Game 4 of the 1948 World Series. It tied the series at 2-2. Cleveland would go on the win it in six games. 4. Let’s stay with the World Series. What former Morgan State football player was the first Black pitcher to win a World Series game? Answer: Joe Black. The National League’s Rookie of the Year in 1952, Black would later that year win a game in the World Series for the Brooklyn Dodgers. The former executive for Greyhound passed away last year. 5. Staying with pitchers. Which two Hall of Fame pitchers used their off-seasons to play for the Harlem Globetrotters? Answer: Bob Gibson and Ferguson Jenkins. At 6-1, Gibson was also a basketball standout at Creighton University before his days with the Cardinals. Jenkins, a 6-5 native of Canada, played hoops at Chatham Vocational High in Ontario. 6. Here’s something also with a basketball theme. What current Division I men’s basketball coach replaced Hall of Famer Ernie Banks as shortstop of the Kansas City Monarchs? Answer: Davey Whitney of Alcorn State. Affectionately known as “The Wiz” long before Ozzie Smith, Whitney served as the Monarchs’ shortstop from 1952-54. It came just after “Mr. Cub” left to play in the majors. 7. Here’s something with a little twist. Which player was the last to play in his own retired jersey? No, it’s not Michael Jordan Answer: Harold Baines. In 1989, the Chicago White Sox retired Baines’ No. 3 after he was traded to the Texas Rangers. In 1996, Baines was re-acquired by the White Sox. After brief stints with the Orioles and Indians, Baines’ career ended in Chicago in 2001. 8. Here’s our final question. Who are the 12 Black Aces of Major League Baseball? Answer: The Black Aces are the 12 African American pitchers in Major League history who have won 20 games in a season. They are in alphabetical order: Vida Blue Al Downing Bob Gibson Dwight Gooden Jim “Mudcat” Grant Ferguson Jenkins “Sad” Sam Jones Don Newcombe Mike Norris J.R. Richard Dave Stewart Earl Wilson