Can You Guess the Famous Baseball Legend from 3 Clues?
By: Gavin Thagard
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"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
The legends in baseball aren't just born; they're made through years of dedication and a love for the game. To be a legend, these players work their tails off day in and day out just for a chance to succeed. They get up early, before everyone else, and craft their game so they can hit more home runs and throw faster pitches. They mesmerize fans by putting on performances that seem humanly impossible and try to never let those fans down, especially when it counts the most. If they do fail, though, they get back up and try harder the next time because failure is never really an option when your goal is to be the best.
But, how much knowledge do you have on these baseball legends? Do you know who played where or what kind of statistics they put up throughout their career? Do you know who won World Series and MVP awards? Here's a quiz where you can put your baseball knowledge to the test. Take it and see if you can name these baseball legends from three simple clues!
He was nicknamed "The Iron Horse," played only for the Yankees, and won six World Series.
Lou Gehrig's career and life was cut short by ALS. The disease took his life at the age of 37.
He is the all-time leader in home runs, played for the Giants, and was the NL batting champion twice.
One of the greatest hitters of all-time, Barry Bonds' career is surrounded in controversy. This stems from his association with the steroid era in baseball.
He was nicknamed "The Say Hey Kid," won two NL MVPs, and went to 24 All-Star games.
Willie Mays' career was highlighted by a World Series in 1954. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1979.
He played for the Yankees, played for the Red Sox, and hit 714 home runs.
Babe Ruth was traded from the Red Sox to the Yankees in 1919. This started the "Curse of the Bambino."
He received the Triple Crown in 1909, was from Georgia, and managed the Detroit Tigers.
Ty Cobb was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1936. At the time, he had the highest percentage of votes to get in.
He played for the Braves, won a World Series in 1957, and is second all-time in home runs.
Hank Aaron was the first player to beat Babe Ruth's home run record. In fact, he was such a great hitter that his nickname was "Hammerin' Hank."
He served in World War II, played his entire career with the Red Sox, and earned two Triple Crowns.
Despite losing part of his career to military service, Ted Williams still racked up incredible stats. However, he never won a World Series.
He played pitcher, retired in 1911, and has an award named after him.
The Cy Young Award is given each year to the best pitcher in both the AL and the NL. The award was first given 1956.
He played center fielder, won seven World Series with the Yankees, and was a three-time AL MVP.
Mickey Mantle spent his entire career with the Yankees. For his outstanding contributions, his number 7 was retired by the team.
He played his entire career with the Cardinals, won three World Series, and had his number 6 retired by the Cardinals.
Stan Musial was named an All-Star 24 times during his career. He also won three NL MVP awards.
He was called "Charle Hustle," won NL Rookie of the Year in 1963, and was permanently suspended from baseball for betting.
Pete Rose won three World Series and was named MVP in the 1975 World Series. He had his number 14 retired by the Reds.
He was the first African American in Major League Baseball, was the Rookie of the Year in 1947, and won a World Series in 1955.
Wearing number 42, Jackie Robinson spent his entire career with the Dodgers. His best season was in 1949, when he was the NL batting champion and MVP.
He only played for the Yankees, had a 56-game hitting streak, and was AL MVP three times.
Joe DiMaggio's career was interrupted by World War II. Even with the war, DiMaggio had a successful baseball career, winning nine World Series.
He is the all-time leader in shutouts, earned three Triple Crowns, and played for the Senators.
Walter Johnson was one of the first five members in the Hall of Fame in 1936. He was also elected to the All-Century Team in 1999.
He only played for the Dodgers, pitched a perfect game in 1965, and was the World Series MVP twice.
Sandy Koufax's career was cut short due to injury. Still, after he retired, he was elected to the Hall of Fame as the youngest ever entry.
He played pitcher, had his number retired by three teams, and had 5,714 strikeouts.
Nolan Ryan has the most strikeouts ever in a career. The next closest is nearly 1,000 strikeouts behind him.
He was nicknamed "The Kid," won 10 Golden Glove Awards, and hit 630 home runs.
Ken Griffey Jr. had a successful career that landed him in the Hall of Fame. Even with all his success, though, he never won a World Series.
He won seven Cy Young Awards, was the AL strikeout leader five times, and won two World Series.
Undoubtedly, Roger Clemens was one of the greatest pitchers of all-time. However, his career is surrounded in controversy because of his association with steroids late in his career.
He played shortstop for the Yankees, was an All-Star 14 times, and was the AL Rookie of the Year in 1996.
Deter Jeter is regarded as one of the greatest leaders in baseball history. During his time with the Yankees, he was part of five World Series titles.
He was from Puerto Rico, won two World Series, and was the NL MVP in 1966.
Roberto Clemente was as important a figure off the field as he was on the field. He died trying to deliver food and other supplies to Nicaragua after an earthquake hit.
He played catcher, won 10 World Series as a player, and was a manager when he retired.
Between coaching and playing, Yogi Berra won 13 World Series in all. His 10 as a player is the most all-time.
He was called "The Man of Steal," is the all-time leader in stolen bases, and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2009.
Rickey Henderson was one of the greatest all-around players to ever take the field. His number 24 was retired by the Oakland Athletics.
He only played for the Cardinals, was a two-time World Series champion, and was the MVP in both World Series.
Bob Gibson played for the Harlem Globetrotters before joining the Cardinals full time. Luckily, his decision to leave basketball worked out for him.
He was the NL MVP three times, had his number 20 retired by the Phillies, and hit four home runs in a single game.
Mike Schmidt is regarded as one of the greatest defensive players ever. He earned 10 Gold Glove Awards throughout his career.
He played pitcher, won a World Series with the Braves in 1995, and won the Golden Glove Award 18 times.
Greg Maddux has the most Golden Glove Awards of any player ever. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2014.
He was nicknamed the "The Iron Man," played his entire career with the Orioles, and won the Roberto Clemente award in 1992.
Cal Ripken Jr. was an example of consistency. Aside from his amazing stats, he holds the record for most consecutive games played.
He played pitcher, was a three-time NL Cy Young Award winner, and made his MLB debut with the Mets.
The New York Mets only have two World Series titles. Tom Seaver was one of the most dominant players on their 1969 championship.
He only played for the Reds, played catcher, and went to 14 All-Star games.
During the 1970s, the Reds were known as the Big Red Machine. During that time, the team won four NL pennants and two World Series.
He was the AL batting champion in 1916, has the most doubles in a career, and retired in 1928.
Tris Speaker was inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame in 1937. He's also part of the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame and Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame.
He was nicknamed "The Big Unit," won five Cy Young Awards, and won a Triple Crown in 2002.
Randy Johnson was one of the greatest pitchers to ever play the game. One of his greatest achievements was a perfect game in 2004.
He was a pitcher, threw left-handed, and had his number 21 retired by the Braves.
Left-handed pitchers are quite valuable in baseball. Many batters have trouble hitting off of them.
He was nicknamed "Cocky," started playing in 1906, and is a member of the 3,000 hit club.
Eddie Collins was one of the greatest champions of his era. Over the span of his career, he won six World Series with two different teams.
He won the 1917 World Series, started his career with the Athletics, and was suspended permanently from baseball in 1919 for betting.
The 1919 Chicago White Sox consisted of a group of players who decided to throw the World Series. All of the players involved were permanently suspended, including Joe Jackson, who many thought wasn't part of the scandal.
He played his entire career with the Padres, was the NL batting champion eight times, and won the Roberto Clemente Award in 1999.
Tony Gwynn's career with the Padres was so successful that he received the nickname "Mr. Padre." After his career, the team retired his number 19 and elected him to their Hall of Fame.
He played from 1925 until 1945, won three AL MVP awards, and was a Triple Crown winner in 1933.
Aside from Babe Ruth, Jimmie Foxx was probably the greatest home run hitter during his time. He was only the second player to hit over 500 home runs in a career, behind Ruth.
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