Can You Match the Baseball Legend to His Team?


By: John Miller

5 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Whether you think of it as America's greatest pastime or simply a reason to sit in the summer sun guzzling beer and chomping nachos, there's no doubt that pro baseball has a unique grip on the nation's consciousness. One of the sport's great selling points is its vast array of colorful and legendary players, who not only made their mark on the diamond but also transcended the league in remarkable ways. Do you think you know these MLB icons?

The roster of legends goes on for pages. There were Mickey Mantle, Pete Rose, George Brett, Cy Young, Willie Mays and Jackie Robinson. Others, like Clayton Kershaw and Mike Trout, are still scuffing the ball but have undoubtedly already carved their names into the MLB Hall of Fame. Can you place any of these outstanding men with their teams?

Sure, a lot of players shifted teams during their careers, and even the biggest icons were traded more than once. But each player truly made his mark with one special club. We want to see if you know where these men found the spotlight shining the brightest. Take a swing at our baseball quiz and see if you can match these MLB legends to their teams!

Babe Ruth

Between drinking, womanizing and eating, did Babe Ruth really have time to play for the Yankees? His career batting average of .342 says "Why yes... yes he did."


Hank Aaron

Aaron is a baseball icon who played more than two decades with the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves. Only two players have hit 30 home runs in a season at least 15 times in his career, and Aaron is one of them.


Willie Mays

Mays played most of his career with the Giants (in New York and San Francisco). He’s currently at fifth all-time, with 660 home runs.


Jackie Robinson

Robinson is often known primarily as the first black man to play in the MLB. But in Brooklyn, he was no average player - he was the guy who hit .311 and hit 734 RBIs.


Barry Bonds

Bonds hit an incredible 762 home runs during his career, the latter part of which he played with the Giants. But casual observers only know him as the "steroids guy."


Clayton Kershaw

Since his 2008 debut with the Dodgers, Kershaw has been absolutely dynamite on the mound. His current ERA of 2.36 (as of 2017) marks him as one of the game's best pitchers.


Ted Williams

Some called Williams "The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived," and the numbers back up this Red Sox star. He had a career batting average of .344, and his on-base percentage of .482 is the best ever.


Joe DiMaggio

Is it just me or are there an inordinate number of Yankees players in this quiz? But facts are facts... and the Yanks draw amazing players like DiMaggio generation after generation.


Derek Jeter

Jeter is another in a long line of Yankees phenoms. He set all sorts of team records en route to five — count ‘em — five, World Series titles.


Rickey Henderson

Henderson was "The Man of Steal" for his artful ability to steal bases even in high-pressure situations. He was a star in Oakland and still holds the single-season record for stolen bases — 130 in 1982.


Mike Trout

Trout is a legend in the making for the Angels, perhaps a once-in-a-lifetime talent at center field. He’s consistently regarded as one of the best players in the MLB since his 2009 debut.


Mike Schmidt

Often regarded as the best third baseman ever to play the game, Mike Schmidt is an iconic Phillies player. And no one who saw him hit could ever forget his odd stance, way at the back of the batter’s box.


Ernie Banks

He never won a World Series because, well, he played for the Cubs. But Ernie Banks is still a legend, one of the best first basemen to play pro ball.


Tom Seaver

Seaver was a top pitcher during his years with the Mets and helped them win the 1969 World Series. In 20 seasons, he won 311 games and notched 3,640 strikeouts.


George Brett

Brett played 21 seasons for the Royals and became a hero when he led the team to the league title in 1985. He’s the only player ever to earn the batting title in three different decades.


Bob Gibson

For 17 years, Gibson was the heart and soul of the Cardinals. He helped the team win two World Series, and he was a nine-time All-Star.


Stan Musial

“Stan the Man" played most of his 22-season career with the St. Louis Cardinals. He won the 1944 World Series... and then went off to World War II, only to return to baseball again in 1946.


Ken Griffey, Jr.

Griffey played 10 seasons for the Mariners, where he proved to be a fantastic hitter and center fielder. He slammed 630 home runs and smacked 2,781 runs in his career.


Greg Maddux

Maddux helped the Braves win the 1995 World Series and became the first pitcher ever to win the Cy Young Award four years in a row. He’s also the only pitcher ever to win a minimum of 15 games in 17 consecutive seasons.


Ty Cobb

Cobb, a longtime Tigers star, is one of the most legendary figures in all of pro sports. During his career, he set 90 MLB records and was a shoo-in for the Hall of Fame, receiving more than 98% of votes.


Lou Gehrig

Gehrig was the "Iron Horse" who played his entire career with the Yankees. He was the first MLB player ever to have his number retired by his team.


Yogi Berra

Berra was the celebrity catcher for the Yankees who started in the league in 1946. He often floated strange and unforgettable statements, like "It ain’t over ‘til it’s over."


Cal Ripken, Jr.

Ripken was "The Iron Man" who played a record 2,632 consecutive games, in the process becoming the most famous Orioles player of all time. He was a 19-time All-Star who also won two Gold Gloves.


Pete Rose

Rose is the most controversial player in Reds history. He had more hits (4,256) than anyone but was banned from baseball for life for gambling on games.


Miguel Cabrera

Cabrera started with the Marlins but has shined with the Tigers. His batting average is consistently above .300, making him one of the most feared hitters in the game today.


Roberto Clemente

Clemente was an extraordinary right fielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates and he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1973. Tragically, he died in a plane crash at age 38, while on a mission to help the less fortunate in Nicaragua.


Mickey Mantle

Mantle, who played his entire career with the Yankees, is often called the best switch hitter ever to play the game. And in center field, almost nothing got by him — he fielded at a .984 rate.


Roger Clemens

“The Rocket" was one of the best pitchers ever to take the mound, and he starting building his legend with the Red Sox in 1984. Then, he ended his career by playing for the Sox’s enemies... the Yankees.


Nolan Ryan

For 27, yes 27, seasons Nolan Ryan was one of the best pitchers in the league. He often threw fastballs of more than 100 mph and recorded 5,714 strikeouts in his career.


Alex Rodriguez

Few players live up to their early hype, but Alex Rodriguez did. He played for the Mariners and Rangers, and then cemented his legacy as a clutch winner with the Yankees.


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