Are You Bush League or Big Show? Take a Crack at the Ultimate Baseball Quiz

By: Sean Walker
Estimated Completion Time
5 min
Are You Bush League or Big Show? Take a Crack at the Ultimate Baseball Quiz
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About This Quiz

Calling all baseball trivia experts! Is there anything in the world that brings out more trivia experts than baseball? When it comes to having more baseball knowledge than the next guy, the competition is fierce! Do you know what opposing team did Babe Ruth hit his first home run against? Which pitcher was the first to hit 100 miles an hour, did you know that? What manager for the Baltimore Orioles was ejected from a record 91 games?

There is something out baseball that brings out the trivia expert in all of us, far more than any other sport. Baseball is rich in history, and the statistics that are kept, and the big personalities of some of its players, eclipse those in any other sport. Maybe it is because you used to talk a lot of baseball with your dad when you were growing up, or perhaps it is because you're a total stats geek, but either way, you know your baseball.

So maybe it is time to prove it. What pitcher has no right hand? Who had the nickname of "Mr. November?" Who was the first major league player to have his number retired? Put on your batting helmet, step into the box, and take this quiz.

Which two-time Triple-Crown batting title winner served in the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps and flew 39 combat flights?
Harmon Killebrew
Dick Allen
Norm Cash
Ted Williams
Ted Williams played 19 seasons, all for the Boston Red Sox. Williams even pitched two innings in relief against the Detroit Tigers in 1940.

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Joe Adcock famously mused that trying to sneak “this” past Hank Aaron is like trying to sneak the sunrise past a rooster.
a fastball
Joe Adcock played 17 seasons in the Major Leagues. Adcock played with Aaron on the Milwaukee Brewers.
a bunt
a fly ball
a stolen base

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This actor, in his role as manager of a World War II-era ladies baseball team, told his players that “there's no crying in baseball.”
Kevin Costner
Tom Hanks
Hanks began his career as Rick Martin on an episode of "Love Boat." He went on to star with Peter Scolari in the TV show "Bosom Buddies," before making it "Big" in the movies.
Charlie Sheen
Robert Redford

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This major leaguer-turned-actor said, “the way to catch a knuckleball is to wait until the ball stops rolling and then to pick it up.”
Gary Carter
Bob Uecker
Mr. Baseball starred in the 80s sitcom "Mr. Belvedere." He was also known for a series of Miller Lite commercials in the 1980s.
Carlton Fisk
Johnny Bench

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This Dodgers manager said, “there are three types of baseball players: Those who make it happen, those who watch it happen and those who wonder what happens.”
Tommy Lasorda
Tommy Lasorda was known for his colorful quotes. Lasorda pitched for the Dodgers for two seasons before leading them to two World Series titles as manager.
Tony La Russa
Earl Weaver
Casey Stengel

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Which legendary outfielder hit four home runs in one game to help the San Francisco Giants beat the Milwaukee Braves in 1961?
Frank Robinson
Willie Mays
Willie Mays made 24 All-Star teams. This legendary Giant, known as the Say Hey Kid, made "The Catch" in the 1954 World Series, considered one of the greatest catches in MLB history.
Mickey Mantle
Willie McCovey

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This actor, in his 1988 role as Crash Davis, said "Strikeouts are boring. Besides that, they're fascist."
Robert Redford
Tom Hanks
John Goodman
Kevin Costner
The year after "Bull Durham," Costner starred in the classic baseball movie, "Field of Dreams." Kostner has starred in several sports-themed movies, including "Draft Day," "For the Love of the Game" and the golf classic "Tin Cup."

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Who holds the single-season home run record with 73?
Mark McGwire
Roger Maris
Sammy Sosa
Barry Bonds
Barry Bonds set new records for walks in a season, home runs per at bat and slugging percentage that same season. Mark McGwire had set the home run record at 70 just three years prior to Bonds' epic 2001 season.

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Which left-handed pitcher, who threw four no-hitters, was the youngest person ever elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame?
Tom Seaver
Sandy Koufax
Koufax is the only pitcher to be unanimously selected as the Cy Young award winner three times. He is second on the all-time no-hitter list with four.
Orel Hershiser
Dizzy Dean

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This Hall of Fame catcher famously said, “ninety percent of this game is half mental.”
Yogi Berra
Berra is famous for his "Yogi-isms." He's credited with the well-worn quote, "it ain't over till it's over."
Johnny Bench
Mike Piazza
Pudge Rodriguez

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Which legendary pitcher, nicknamed “Cyclone” set the standard by which today’s pitchers are measured?
Cy Young
Considered by many to be the best ballplayer ever, Young played 22 seasons in the Major Leagues. His first was with the Cleveland Spiders in 1890.
Bert Blyleven
Steve Carlton
Whitey Ford

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This would-be Hall of Famer said, “I’d be willing to bet you, if I was a betting man, that I have never bet on baseball.”
Barry Bonds
Pete Rose
Pete Rose remains banned from baseball amidst allegations that he bet on baseball. In 2004 Rose admitted to betting on baseball when he was a manager of the Cincinnati Reds.
Manny Ramirez
Roger Clemens

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Who is the only pitcher to throw a perfect game in the World Series?
Don Larsen
Although excellent in his World Series appearances, Larsen couldn't duplicate that dominance in the regular season, ending with a career ERA of 3.78. He pitched for six other teams, including the Houston Colt .45's / Astros.
Lefty Gomez
Whitey Ford
Bob Gibson

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Which Yankee great played in 2,130 consecutive games and was the first Yankee to win the Triple Crown?
Lou Gehrig
Gehrig was forced to retire after being diagnosed with ALS. The disease was commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease for decades after his death.
Whitey Ford
Joe DiMaggio
Mickey Mantle

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This braggadocious Hall of Famer famously said, “if you can do it, it ain’t bragging."
Lefty Grove
Carl Hubbell
Dizzy Dean
Dean was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1953. He pitched for three teams for 12 seasons, and he never had a losing record.
Ted Lyons

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Whose hitting streak -- at 56 consecutive games -- still stands as the all-time record?
Ted Williams
Pete Rose
Joe Morgan
Joe DiMaggio
“Joltin' Joe” was also known as the Yankee Clipper. After his playing days, DiMaggio went on to be known as "Mr. Coffee."

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This U.S. president, a former MLB team owner, described Florida Marlins Manager Jack McKeon as ”the Donald Rumsfeld of baseball. He's kinda crusty, but knows what he's doing.”
Ronald Reagan
George W. Bush
43 was also once a partial owner of the Texas Rangers. He took office as president of the United States just eight years after his father left office.
Bill Clinton
George H. W. Bush

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This famous Yankee said, ”there's three things you can do in a baseball game: you can win or you can lose or it can rain.”
Casey Stengel
Yankee Manager Casey Stengel was known for his "Stengelese." Kenesaw Landis, MLB's first commissioner, once said, "Casey Stengel just can't help being Casey Stengel.”
Billy Martin
Reggie Jackson
Derek Jeter

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Which Hall of Famer, the oldest living MLB player, played his first game on April 20, 1937?
Bobby Doerr
Doerr joined the Boston Red Sox in 1937, and played all of his 14 big league seasons there. He was inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame as a member of the class of 1986.
Connie Marrero
Mike Sandlock
Eddie Carnett

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Who is the only pitcher in MLB history to throw two consecutive no-hitters?
Dazzy Vance
Lefty Stewart
Sam Sam Jones
Johnny Vander Meer
Closing out the second no-hitter, Vander Meer walked three batters to load the bases in the ninth inning before getting the final two outs. He played 13 seasons in the big leagues, 11 of them in Cincinnati.

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What Chicago White Sox legend was accused of throwing the 1919 World Series, despite committing no errors and having the best batting average in the series?
Honus Wagner
Nap Lajoie
Shoeless Joe Jackson
Though Jackson and his accused teammates were acquitted, they were banned for life from Major League baseball. Despite that, Jackson continued to play under an alias. He continued unsuccessfully to clear his name for the rest of his life.
Addie Joss

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Who is the only player to hit two grand slams in one inning?
Barry Bonds
Mark McGwire
Hank Aaron
Fernando Tatis
Fernando Tatis hit both homers off pitcher Chan Ho Park. Park was the first pitcher to allow two grand slams in one inning in over 100 years.

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Which famous slugger, who was also a terrific pitcher early in his career, was a 12-time American League home run champion?
Mark McGwire
Mickey Mantle
Babe Ruth
Ruth pitched for 10 seasons and had a winning record in all of them. But the "Sultan of Swat" will always be known for his power hitting prowess, ending his career with 714 home runs, a record that stood for 39 years.
Harmon Killebrew

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Which all-time MLB leader in no-hitters threw his seventh at the age of 44?
Randy Johnson
Pedro Martinez
Greg Maddux
Nolan Ryan
After a 27-year career, Ryan ended his Hall of Fame career with more strikeouts than innings pitched. His record seven career no-hitters nearly doubled second-place Sandy Koufax's four no-no's.

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This Hall of Famer said "A catcher and his body are like the outlaw and his horse. He's got to ride that nag till it drops.”
Joe Torre
Johnny Bench
The two-time National League MVP won 10 Gold Gloves. Part of the famed "Big Red Machine," Bench was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1989.
Tony Peña
Carlton Fisk

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Who is the all-time leader in career batting average with a remarkable .366 over 24 seasons?
Ty Cobb
Cobb was considered by many of those who saw him play as the greatest all-around player ever. He played 24 seasons in the Major Leagues, 22 of them with the Detroit Tigers. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1936.
Babe Ruth
Ted Williams
Rogers Hornsby

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Cleveland second baseman Bill Wambsganss made history as the only player to do this in a World Series.
hit a Grand Slam
tag up and score from first base
field an unassisted triple play
Wambsganss started his Major League career with the Cleveland Naps in the 1914 season. In 1921, Wambsganss scored five runs in a single game, a feat matched by several Indians by never surpassed.
hit for the cycle

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Which player’s career, which consisted of two-innings in the field and did not include a single at-bat, was part of “Field of Dreams”?
Shoeless Joe Jackson
Willie Keeler
Cap Anson
Moonlight Graham
His Major League career never saw the light of day. After one game in the big leagues, Graham went on to become a doctor.

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At what legendary stadium did Babe Ruth hit his first recorded home run?
Wrigley Field
Comiskey Park
Yankee Stadium
Polo Grounds
Babe Ruth hit his first home run at the Polo Grounds. It was just one of the 714 career home runs that earned him the moniker "Sultan of Swat."

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This player was the fourth, and most recent, to hit 40 or more home runs and steal 40 or more bases in one season.
Alfonso Soriano
Soriano joined Jose Canseco, Barry Bonds and Alex Rodriguez in one of baseball's most exclusive clubs.
Jose Canseco
Barry Bonds
Alex Rodriguez

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Which slugger was the first player to reach 3,000 hits and 500 home runs?
Jimmie Foxx
Hank Aaron
Hammerin' Hank Aaron was the first MLB player with 3,000 hits and 500 home runs. Aaron was selected as the National League MVP in 1957 after leading the Milwaukee Braves to a World Series title.
Mike Schmidt
Willie Mays

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Who is the only pitcher to strike out four batters in one inning in a World Series game?
A. J. Burnett
Orval Overall
Orval Overall truly went above and beyond in his World Series appearance. Overall was also on the mound to clinch the 1908 World Series for the Cubbies, their last World Series title until the 2016 Fall Classic.
Zack Greinke
Chuck Finley

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Which American League team fielded four managers in the 1977 season, the most in a single season in AL history?
Texas Rangers
The Rangers began their Dallas, Texas, life in 1972, when the Washington Senators moved to start an expansion team. In their final game in Washington, the Senators were forced to forfeit to the Yankees after fans rushed the field in the ninth inning.
Cleveland Indians
Baltimore Orioles
New York Yankees

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This player, a former National League MVP, hit homers in 45 ballparks, the most in MLB history.
Ken Griffey, Jr.
Gary Sheffield
Fred McGriff
Sammy Sosa
Sammy Sosa hit home runs in the most ballparks of any major leaguer. Sosa also joined the 30-30 club, hitting more than 30 home runs and stealing more than 30 bases 1993 and again in 1995.

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Of the nearly 40 players to hit home runs in their last career at-bat, who is the only player to hit a walk-off, game-winning home run in his final plate appearance?
Ted Williams
Albert Belle
Don Gile
Gile played just four seasons in the big leagues, all with the Boston Red Sox. Despite this monumental feat, Gile hit just .049 in his final season with Boston.
Dan Uggla

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