Here’s a new one: Below are 10 trivia questions. After the jump, you will find the answers. The answers, by the way, will be in white text, so you may need to highlight them to see.
So here we go:
1. What pitcher has the best winning percentage against the Yankees, with a minimum of 20 decisions?
2. Besides the fact that it was his first game, what was so notable about Boog Powell’s first game in the big leagues?
3. What player in the All-Star Game era (1933+) has the most career home runs without ever playing in an All-Star Game?
4. Rick Monday was the first pick in the first ever MLB amateur draft. Who was the earliest player drafted to become a Hall of Famer? (As in, who was the earliest player picked in the first draft to become a Hall of Famer, not necessarily the first to actually join the Hall of Fame)
5. Similarly, who was the first number one pick to become a Hall of Famer?
6. As of the end of the 2012 season, who was the last person to play at least one game in Major League Baseball and at least one game in the NFL (albeit not in the same year)?
7. Kevin Millar was never featured on official MLBPA-approved merchandise or video games. Why?
8. Who are the only two players to win the Rookie of the Year, Cy Young Award and MVP during their career?
9. What HoF manager tried to use African-American 2B Charlie Grant in a ballgame in the early 1900s by saying he was a Native American?
10. Who are the only two HoF players to have spent a part of their career in Japan?
ANSWERS (highlight to see):
1. Babe Ruth (17-5, .773)
2. It was the game Roger Maris hit his 60th home run.
3. Tim Salmon (299)
4. Johnny Bench (2nd round, 36th Overall, Cincinnati Reds)
5. Trick question. None have, although the likely answer within the next few years will be “Ken Griffey Jr., 1987, Seattle Mariners.”
6. Drew Henson
7. He was a replacement player during the 1994-1995 strike, attending Spring Training in 1995 while the regular players remained on strike.
8. Don Newcombe and Justin Verlander
9. John McGraw (he failed)
10. Larry Doby and Goose Gossage
So, how’d you do?