Can You Name These Famous MLB Southpaws?

By: Jacqueline Samaroo

Can You Name These Famous MLB Southpaws?
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Can you get these all "right?" Or will you be "left" behind?

When comparing right-handed to left-handed, it is clear to see that the distinct majority belongs to right-handed people. In fact, only approximately 10 percent of the world's population is left-handed! While historically, left-handed people have faced a significant amount of discrimination over the years, nowadays they are oftentimes celebrated and sought after in several fields. Once such area where left-handed people have seen great success is in sports.

From boxing to table tennis or cricket to baseball, southpaws can oftentimes catch their opponents off guard or employ strategies and techniques that their right-handed colleagues simply cannot perform. In this quiz, we've waded through the long and storied history of Major League Baseball and found some of the most skilled and iconic left-handed players of all time. So, do you think you have what it takes to get all of these questions right? Then let's jump right in and get started!

Tom Glavine Which recent Hall of Famer and southpaw pitcher is showcased in this picture?
Sandy Koufax
Eddie Plank
Tom Glavine
Tom Glavine is a southpaw pitcher who is best remembered for his career with the Atlanta Braves and New York Mets. He became a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2014.
Frank Viola

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Steve Carlton What is the name of this Hall of Fame southpaw Phillies pitcher?
Jim Abbott
Steve Carlton
This is Steve Carlton, a famous MLB left-handed pitcher who played for the Philadelphia Phillies. In 1994, he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Dazzy Vance
Madison Bumgarner

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Tommy John Which celebrated MLB southpaw pitcher is in this image?
Vernon Gomez
Clayton Kershaw
Tommy John
This is Tommy John, a famous MLB left-handed pitcher who played for the Cleveland Indians, Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, and New York Yankees. He is a four-time MLB All-Star and one of the top 10 left-handers in terms of wins.
Vida Blue

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Mike Cuellar Can you identify this left-handed All-Star pitcher?
Mike Cuellar
Mike Cuellar is a southpaw pitcher who is best remembered for his career with the Cincinnati Reds, St. Louis Cardinals, and Baltimore Orioles. He is a two-time World Series champion and a four-time All-Star.
Jim Kaat
Jerry Koosman
Sandy Koufax

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Dazzy Vance Can you identify the prolific Major League southpaw pitcher in this picture?
Dazzy Vance
Dazzy Vance is a southpaw pitcher who is best remembered for his career with the St. Louis Cardinals and the Brooklyn Dodgers. In 1955, he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Frank Viola
Steve Carlton
Robert Grove

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Rube Marquard Do you know the name of the iconic left-handed Giants pitcher in this picture?
Mickey Lolich
Rube Marquard
Rube Marquard is a southpaw pitcher who is best remembered for his career with the New York Giants. In 1971, he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Sparky Lyle
Cole Hamels

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Vida Blue Do you recognize this longstanding left-handed MLB pitcher?
Vida Blue
Vida Blue is a southpaw pitcher who is best remembered for his career with the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants. He holds the distinction of being the first pitcher in MLB history (and one of only five) to start the All-Star Game for both the American League and the National League.
Sam McDowell
Warren Spahn
Mickey Lolich

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Frank Tanana Do you know the name of the back-to-back left-handed All-Star in this photo?
Ron Guidry
David Price
Frank Tanana
This is Frank Tanana, a famous MLB left-handed pitcher who played for the California Angels and Texas Rangers. He was a three-time All-Star, from 1976 to 1978.
Randy Johnson

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David Price Can you identify the left-handed pitcher in this image?
Carl Hubbell
Frank Tanana
David Price
David Price is a southpaw pitcher who began his career with the Tampa Bay Rays after being selected first in the MLB draft. He currently plays for the Boston Red Sox. He is a 2018 World Series champion and a five-time All-Star.
Andy Pettitte

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Billy Wagner
Eddie Plank
Eddie Plank is a southpaw pitcher who is best remembered for his career with the Philadelphia Athletics. He is notable for being the first left-handed pitcher to win 200 games and then 300 games thereafter.
Tom Glavine
Sam McDowell

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Babe Ruth
Babe Ruth was a southpaw pitcher who is best remembered for his career with the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. His pitching career with the Sox was stellar but it was eclipsed by his slugging career with the Yankees.
Frank Tanana
Dave McNally
Johan Santana

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David Wells Which southpaw pitcher and broadcaster is in this picture?
Madison Bumgarner
Fernando Valenzuela
Dave Righetti
David Wells
This is David Wells, a famous MLB left-handed pitcher that notably played for the New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays. He currently serves as a broadcaster on “MLB on TBS.”

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Warren Spahn Which record-holding southpaw pitcher is in this photo?
Chris Sale
Tug McGraw
Ron Guidry
Warren Spahn
This is Warren Spahn, a famous MLB left-handed pitcher who played for the Boston/Milwaukee Braves (now Atlanta Braves). He is widely hailed as one of the best pitchers of all time and has won more games than any other left-handed pitcher in history.

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Dave McNally Can you correctly name this left-handed Orioles pitcher?
Cole Hamels
Johan Santana
Billy Wagner
Dave McNally
Dave McNally is best remembered for his career with the Baltimore Orioles. While he served as a left-handed starting pitcher, he batted right.

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Fernando Valenzuela This is an image of which six-time All-Star southpaw pitcher?
Vida Blue
Fernando Valenzuela
This is Fernando Valenzuela, a famous MLB left-handed pitcher who played for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He is a six-time All-Star and a 1981 World Series Champion.
Cliff Lee
Vernon Gomez

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Sandy Koufax Which historically significant southpaw pitcher is showcased in this picture?
Eddie Plank
Jerry Koosman
Sandy Koufax
This is Sandy Koufax, a famous MLB left-handed pitcher who played for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He is notable for being the youngest player ever elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Mike Cuellar

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Jim Abbott This is an image of which retired Major League southpaw pitcher?
Cliff Lee
Clayton Kershaw
Tommy John
Jim Abbott
Jim Abbott is best remembered for his career with the California Angels, New York Yankees, and Chicago White Sox. He is now retired and currently works as a successful motivational speaker.

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Robert Grove Which "lefty" Hall of Fame pitcher is showcased in this photo?
David Price
Steve Carlton
Robert Grove
This is Robert Grove, a famous MLB left-handed pitcher who played for the Philadelphia Athletics and Boston Red Sox. Throughout his career he earned the nickname “Lefty Grove” and in 1947, became a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Dazzy Vance

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Ron Guidry Do you know the name of the southpaw pitcher in this photo?
David Wells
Ron Guidry
Ron Guidry is a southpaw pitcher best remembered for his career with the New York Yankees. From 2006 to 2007 he also served as the pitching coach for his former team.
Vida Blue
Warren Spahn

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Hal Newhouser Which southpaw pitcher and World Series champion is showcased in this photo?
Hal Newhouser
Hal Newhouser is a southpaw pitcher who is best remembered for his career with the Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians. He led the MLB in strikeouts twice, was a World Series champion in 1945, and a seven-time All-Star.
Robert Grove
David Wells
Jim Kaat

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Cole Hamels Which highly celebrated MLB southpaw pitcher is show here?
Rube Marquard
Sparky Lyle
Johan Santana
Cole Hamels
This is Cole Hamels, a famous MLB left-handed pitcher who played for the Philadelphia Phillies and the Texas Rangers. He currently plays for the Chicago Cubs and in 2008, he won the World Series Most Valuable Player Award.

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Sparky Lyle This is a picture of which Major League southpaw pitcher and manager?
Babe Ruth
Rube Marquard
Sparky Lyle
This is Sparky Lyle, a famous MLB left-handed pitcher who played for the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. He also served as the first manager of the Somerset Patriots, a professional baseball team in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball.
Chris Sale

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Dave Righetti What is the name of the distinctive Major League southpaw pitcher in this photo?
Mike Cuellar
Dave Righetti
Dave Righetti is a southpaw pitcher best remembered for his time with the New York Yankees and the San Francisco Giants. On July 4, 1983, he pitched a no-hitter for the Yankees, the first for the team in more than 26 years. During his career, he also set a major league record of 46 saves. That record, however, has since been broken.
Fernando Valenzuela
David Wells

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Chris Sale Do you know the name of the seven-time All-Star southpaw pitcher in this image?
Ron Guidry
Clayton Kershaw
Chris Sale
Chris Sale is a southpaw pitcher who currently plays for the Boston Red Sox and previously played for the Chicago White Sox. He is a seven-time consecutive MLB All-Star.
Sparky Lyle

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Andy Pettitte Can you identify the left-handed Yankee pitcher in this image?
Andy Pettitte
This is Andy Pettitte, a famous MLB left-handed pitcher who played for the New York Yankees. He is currently the MLB all-time postseason wins leader.
Tommy John
David Price
Tom Glavine

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Billy Wagner Which "kid" MLB southpaw pitcher is showcased here?
Billy Wagner
This is Billy Wagner, a famous MLB left-handed pitcher who played for the Houston Astros, the Philadelphia Phillies, and the New York Mets. Over the course of his career, he earned the nickname, "Billy the Kid.”
Sam McDowell
Chris Sale
Dave McNally

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Mickey Lolich Can you identify the left-handed Tigers pitcher in this photo?
Tug McGraw
Randy Johnson
Cole Hamels
Mickey Lolich
This is Mickey Lolich, a famous MLB left handed pitcher who played for the Detroit Tigers. Before retiring, he had​ short stints playing for the New York Mets and the San Diego Padres.

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Carl Hubbell Which notable southpaw Giants pitcher is in this picture?
Dazzy Vance
Carl Hubbell
Carl Hubbell is best remembered for his career with the New York Giants. His performance earned him the nicknames “King Carl” and “The Meal Ticket.”
Hal Newhouser
Cliff Lee

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Cliff Lee What is the name of the prolific and memorable southpaw pitcher in this photo?
Whitey Ford
Hal Newhouser
Jim Abbott
Cliff Lee
This is Cliff Lee, a famous MLB left-handed pitcher who played for the Cleveland Indians, Philadelphia Phillies, Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers. He is a four-time All-Star and led the MLB in wins in 2008.

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Clayton Kershaw This is a photo of which skilled, record-holding southpaw pitcher?
Andy Pettitte
Tommy John
Carl Hubbell
Clayton Kershaw
Clayton Kershaw is a southpaw pitcher who currently plays for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He has the second-lowest “career hits allowed per nine innings pitched average” (6.61) in all of MLB history.

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Jerry Koosman Which World Series-winning southpaw pitcher is showcased in this image?
Dave Righetti
Jerry Koosman
This is Jerry Koosman, a famous MLB left-handed pitcher who played for the New York Mets, Minnesota Twins, and Chicago White Sox. He was notably a part of the New York Mets team that won the 1969 World Series.
Mike Cuellar
Whitey Ford

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Sam McDowell Do you know the name of the southpaw pitcher in this picture?
Rube Marquard
Warren Spahn
Eddie Plank
Sam McDowell
This is Sam McDowell, a famous MLB left-handed pitcher who played for the Cleveland Indians. After retiring, he served as a sports addiction counselor, primarily for the Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays.

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Randy Johnson Which highly skilled MLB southpaw pitcher is in this photo?
Babe Ruth
Randy Johnson
Randy Johnson is best remembered for his career with the Seattle Mariners and the Arizona Diamondbacks. However, he also played for several other teams, including the New York Yankees. In terms of career victories, he ranks as the fifth highest left-hander​ in the MLB, with 303.
Billy Wagner
Frank Tanana

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Jim Kaat Can you identify the celebrated but unlucky southpaw pitcher in this picture?
Jim Kaat
This is Jim Kaat, a famous MLB left-handed pitcher who played for the Minnesota Twins, Chicago White Sox, and Philadelphia Phillies. He was nominated for the National Baseball Hall of Fame twice but failed to get inducted both times.
Sandy Koufax
Whitey Ford
Hal Newhouser

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Madison Bumgarner What is the name of the southpaw Giants pitcher in this image?
Dave Righetti
Frank Viola
Madison Bumgarner
Madison Bumgarner is a southpaw pitcher who is best remembered for his career with the San Francisco Giants. He is a giant in his own right, standing almost 6 feet, 6 inches tall and has won three World Series championships.
Steve Carlton

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Vernon Gomez Which "lefty" World Series winning pitcher is in this image?
Tug McGraw
Carl Hubbell
Vernon Gomez
Vernon Gomez is a southpaw pitcher best remembered for his career with the New York Yankees and the Washington Senators. He was more popularly known by his nickname, “Lefty Gomez,” and was a five-time World Series champion.
Fernando Valenzuela

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Tug McGraw Do you know the name of this celebrated Major League Baseball southpaw pitcher?
Tug McGraw
This is Tug McGraw, a famous MLB left-handed pitcher who played for the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies. He is also the father of popular actor and country singer Tim McGraw.
Andy Pettitte
Vernon Gomez
Mickey Lolich

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Frank Viola Can you identify this left-handed pitcher and pitching coach?
Robert Grove
Frank Viola
This is Frank Viola, a famous MLB left handed pitcher who played for the Minnesota Twins, New York Mets, and Boston Red Sox. He currently serves as the pitching coach of the Las Vegas 51s, a minor league team.
Madison Bumgarner
Tom Glavine

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Whitey Ford What is the name of the iconic left-handed Yankees pitcher in this picture?
Jim Kaat
Jerry Koosman
Jim Abbott
Whitey Ford
Whitey Ford is a southpaw pitcher best remembered for his career with the New York Yankees. He stayed with this team for the entirety of 16-year career and became a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974.

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Johan Santana What is the name of the record-holding Mets pitcher in this image?
Randy Johnson
Dave McNally
Johan Santana
This is Johan Santana, a famous MLB left-handed pitcher who played for the Minnesota Twins and the New York Mets. He pitched the only no-hitter in Mets history.
Babe Ruth

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