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Baseball Quiz 
19th-Mar-2006 09:59 pm
daisy_knotwise asked me to write a baseball quiz for her bank to use as part of a promotion. So I did.

1. In 1959, the White Sox won the American League pennant. What did Mayor Daley do to celebrate?
a. Declare a holiday for city workers
b. Disband the City Council
c. Set off the air-raid sirens

2. Who holds the National League record for most Runs Batted In in a single season?
a. Billy Williams
b. Hack Wilson
c. Cap Anson

3. This former White Sox player had his number retired while he was still an active baseball player.
a. Shoeless Joe Jackson
b. Harold Baines
c. Michael Jordan

4. The first team to play its home games at Wrigley Field (although it hadn’t yet been named that) was:
a. The Chicago Whales
b. The Chicago Cubs
c. The Chicago White Sox

5. The last player to wear a Cubs cap when being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame was:
a. Ron Santo
b. Billy Williams
c. Ryne Sandberg

6. If you stand at home plate at U.S. Cellular Field and look towards center field, what direction are you facing?
a. Northeast
b. Southeast
c. North by northwest

7. He played for both the Cubs and White Sox, starting his career with the Texas Rangers and ending it with the Baltimore Orioles:
a. Mitch Williams
b. George Bell
c. Sammy Sosa

8. The Chicago National League baseball club was originally nicknamed:
a. The Chicago White Stockings
b. The Chicago Colts
c. The Chicago Orphans

9. This Cubs pitcher once struck out 20 batters in one game:
a. Grover Cleveland Alexander
b. Kerry Wood
c. Ferguson Jenkins

10. The shortest player in major league baseball history was:
a. Stubby Clapp
b. Pee Wee Reese
c. Eddie Gaedel

11. This player broke in with the Cubs and was traded to the Texas Rangers, eventually ending his career with the Baltimore Orioles:
a. Rafael Palmeiro
b. Sammy Sosa
c. Cal Ripken

12. On June 23rd, 1984, Ryne Sandberg vaulted into the national eye by hitting two home runs in one game off what ex-Cub reliever?
a. Lee Smith
b. Bruce Sutter
c. Mitch Williams

13. This member of the Chicago Black Sox was banned from baseball for life, despite never taking a dime from the gamblers who were paying to fix the 1919 World Series:
a. Shoeless Joe Jackson
b. Eddie Cicotte
c. Buck Weaver

14. What former Bears player was ejected from the broadcast booth at Wrigley Field for saying “I’ll have some speaks with that umpire after the game” before singing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”?
a. Bob Thomas
b. Steve McMichael
c. Jim McMahon

15. Who was responsible for Harry Caray singing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” during the seventh-inning stretch?
a. Bill Veeck
b. Dallas Green
c. Gussie Busch
20th-Mar-2006 07:07 pm (UTC)
Wow... I think I can answer about two of those questions.
20th-Mar-2006 08:27 pm (UTC)
They're probably easier if you've lived in Chicago for 25 years. Even if I am a Cardinals fan. :)
20th-Mar-2006 09:33 pm (UTC)
I got 2 for sure and maybe as many as 5.

I don't remember if I've mentioned this here before, but I wonder if you've encountered the book called Who Was Harry Steinfeldt. It was the baseball trivia book that made me stop thinking I knew things. :-)
20th-Mar-2006 09:40 pm (UTC)
No, I haven't run across that one. Perhaps I should. :)

The only question here that I consider really obscure is Number 14, but I was at that game and it's definitely a fun trivia question.
21st-Mar-2006 02:01 pm (UTC)

I got 9. I know far too much Chicago baseball trivia for a Tigers fan. :)
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