By Tony McClean
Updated: November 19, 2007
Satchel Paige

BRISTOL, CT.—It’s time to put your thinking caps on again, folks. We had so much fun with last year’s baseball trivia quiz that it’s being brought back again. It’s a little bit tougher this year, but it’s all done in fun. Plus, it may jar a few great memories for all you baseball fans out there. Ready? Let’s go.

— Hall of Famer Satchel Paige played the majority of his Negro League career with the Kansas City Monarchs. Our question: What Negro League team did Paige make his debut with in 1927?

Answer: The Birmingham Black Barons. Paige went 8-3 and helped lead the Barons to the second-half pennant in the Western Division of the Negro National League. Birmingham lost to the Chicago American Giants in a playoff.

— What SWAC batting champion in the 60’s would later go on to win a National League batting crown in the 70’s? Here’s a hint: He was also a teammate of Hank Aaron.

Answer: Ralph Garr. The “Road Runner” hit .582 for the Grambling Tigers in 1967 to lead the SWAC in hitting. After being drafted by the Braves a year later, Garr would go on to lead the National League in batting (.353) in 1974.

— What player was on deck when Pete Rose got his historic 4,192nd hit. Hint: He was also a former NL batting champion for one of the Reds’ big rivals during the 70’s.

Answer: Dave Parker. The “Cobra”, a Cincinnati native, is better known for his days with the “Family” in Pittsburgh.

A two-time batting champion (1977-78), Parker was a member of the Bucs’ 1979 World Series champions.

— Southern University’s Rickie Weeks was the second overall pick in last year’s Amateur Draft. Our question: Who is the only black college baseball player to be the No. 1 overall pick in the Amateur Draft. Hint: He was chosen by the California Angels.

Answer: Danny Goodwin. He also holds the distinction of being the only player to be the top pick two times. In 1971, he was the nation’s top high school player and was chosen by the White Sox. Four years later after playing for SU, Goodwin was taken first overall by the Angels..

— What player was the first African-American to lead the National League in runs batted in? Hint: He was a teammate of Willie Mays.

Answer: Monte Irvin. A former Negro Leaguer (Newark Eagles) and 1973 Hall of Fame inductee, Irvin drove in a league-high 121 runs for the NL champion Giants. A product on Lincoln (Pa.) University, Irvin was a career .346 hitter for 11 seasons in the Negro Leagues.

— What three-time all NAIA selection for Morehouse University went on to win a World Series MVP award? Hint: His team was “Amazin”.

Answer: Donn Clendenon. The 1969 World Series MVP was a three-year letterman for the Maroon Tigers. He hit .357 with two homers for the Mets in their 1st World Series championship.

— What player was the first African-American pitcher to toss a no-hitter? Hint: He did for the Chicago Cubs.

Answer: Sad Sam Jones. Known for pitching with a toothpick in his mouth, Jones no-hit the Pittsburgh Pirates at Forbes Field in a 4-0 win on May 12, 1955. It would be another 14 years before another Black pitcher would throw a no-hitter.

— What North Carolina A&T standout was the closer for the 1983 NL Champion Phillies? Hint: He began his career with the Pirates.

Answer: Al Holland. The NL Fireman of the Year that season, Holland’s 25 saves helped lead the Phillies to the World Series. He still holds the Aggie single-season record for strikeouts (143 in 1972) and ERA (0.26 in 1975).

— What two-time All-MEAC punter would later go on the lead the NL in stolen bases for six straight seasons? Hint: He did it his kicking for FAMU.

Answer: Vince Coleman. From 1985-90, Coleman was the sparkplug for Whitey Herzog’s Cardinal clubs. While with the Rattlers, Coleman was the league’s best punter from 1980-81.