Can You Recognize These Famous Baseball Players From a Black and White Photo?

Olivia Cantor

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About This Quiz

Baseball fans are sure to know each and every photo included in this quiz. Even if they're in black and white, a true-blooded American would know which player is which, based on these interesting images. That's because it's just like looking at baseball cards! 

It's easy to guess that, growing up, many Americans loved watching baseball. And it's a sure bet that Americans also loved playing this sport during their youth. Whether it's just a sandlot game played with friends or they joined some kind of little league games and competitions, it's not such a surprise to find a baseball memory from someone's youth.

That's why it's also no surprise if such kids of yore grew up still loving the game, and still collecting baseball cards. These days, the collecting even became a sport of its own -- since whoever can get a mint condition rare card is a winner! 

You can think of this quiz as a quick flashback to your youth, at a time when you were trying to collect all cards. Were you able to? Check if you can still recall those images, and see if you can correctly identify the images we have here! Game? OK, let's play!

Do you recognize this famous baseball player?

This is George Herman Ruth Jr., whom we all know as Babe Ruth. He played for the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees.

What about this famous baseball player?

Mickey Mantle played for the New York Yankees. His name is one of the most recognizable baseball names up to now.

How about this famous baseball player?

Ty Cobb had the nickname of The Georgia Peach. He mostly played for the Detroit Tigers.

And this famous baseball player?

Lou Gehrig is known as The Iron Horse. The legendary baseball player retired early, at the height of his career, due to Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, which later became commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

Can you identify this famous baseball player?

Willie Mays played for the San Francisco Giants, which were formerly named the New York Giants. He was known as “The Say Hey Kid.”

Do you know this famous baseball player?

Cy Young is hailed as one of the greatest pitchers of baseball. That’s why they named an award after him, to honor great pitchers.

Who is this famous baseball player?

The New York Yankees made Joe DiMaggio famous, and vice versa, for playing well. But it was his connection with Marilyn Monroe that cemented his fame in pop culture, especially when they got married, divorced, and became friends again later until her untimely death.

Can you name this famous baseball player?

Hank Aaron spent his career with the Atlanta Braves and the Milwaukee Brewers. He was known as Hammerin’ Hank!

Can you name ​this famous baseball player?

Jackie Robinson is touted as the one who broke the color barrier in baseball when he became a pro. But he surpassed that milestone with many more that gave him one colorful career in the sport. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in the ‘60s.

What’s the name of this famous baseball player?

Shoeless Joe Jackson was a great player until the Black Sox Scandal broke out. This was when eight Chicago White Sox players allegedly threw the World Series for money, and Shoeless Joe’s name was dragged into it, even if he denied being part of the scheme.

Can you recognize this famous baseball player?

Barry Bonds played for the Pittsburgh Pirates and the San Francisco Giants during his career. But did you know that his middle name is Lamar? Now you do!

Can you tell who this famous baseball player is?

Fans know him as A-Rod. Alex Rodriguez was one great shortstop for the Seattle Mariners, the Texas Rangers, and the New York Yankees.

Can you recognize this one?

If we’re talking about great catchers, Yogi Berra should be mentioned. He was the pride of the New York Yankees back in the day.

How about this one?

Roberto Clemente holds the distinction of being the first player of Latin American and Caribbean descent to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. It happened in 1973. He was Puerto Rican.

What about this one?

Grover Cleveland Alexander was a great pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies, the Chicago Cubs, and the St. Louis Cardinals. Former U.S. President Ronald Reagan played him in a bio flick, "The Winning Team."

And this one?

Randy Johnson was a pitcher for many teams. He’s also a recipient of the Cy Young Award, which he received five times.

Can you identify this one?

Derek Jeter is known as a great shortstop. He played with the New York Yankees during his active career, but now spends time being a co-owner of the Miami Marlins.

Do you know this one?

Cal Ripken Jr. is the recipient of two Rawlings Gold Glove Awards. He was a stellar shortstop and third baseman, who played for the Baltimore Orioles.

Who’s this one?

Sandy Koufax was only 36 when he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972. He played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, even when the team was still based in Brooklyn.

Can you name this one?

Mel Ott was known as Master Melvin. He played for the New York Giants from the ‘20s to the ‘40s.

Can you tell the name of this one?

Roger Clemens is nicknamed Rocket. He was a great pitcher, so it’s not hard to imagine why.

What’s the name of this one?

Reggie Jackson played professional baseball for 21 years. He was the recipient of the Babe Ruth Award in 1977, in addition to other stellar awards and records.

Do you recognize this one?

Nolan Ryan was a pitcher for the New York Mets, the California Angels, the Houston Astros, and the Texas Rangers. He spends his days now as an adviser to the Houston Astros' owner.

Could you tell who this one is?

Albert Pujols currently plays for the Los Angeles Angels. He has already received the Silver Slugger award six times.

Can you recognize this legend?

Pete Rose was a player for the Cincinnati Reds​ and later became their manager. But investigations alleged that he made bets during these times, which he admitted to doing, so the baseball world penalized him.

How about this legend?

Jose Canseco played with the Oakland A’s as a designated hitter. He also wrote a book about using steroids when he was playing, which he claimed was rampant in Major League Baseball.

What about this great player?

Greg Maddux was with the Atlanta Braves when they won the World Series in 1995. He was a pitcher.

And this great player?

Experts agree that Satchel Paige is one of the greatest pitchers in baseball history. He played with the Cleveland Indians after playing for the Chattanooga Black Lookouts.

Can you guess who this is?

Mark McGwire is now busy as a bench coach for the San Diego Padres. He used to be with the Oakland Athletics as a first baseman, as well as the St. Louis Cardinals.

Who’s this legendary baseball player?

First baseman Jimmie Foxx hit 500 career home runs. He wasn’t nicknamed The Beast for nothing.

Who’s this in the black and white photo?

Catfish Hunter was a great pitcher who played for several teams that won the World Series. He died of Lou Gehrig’s disease in 1999.

Can you name this person?

Joe Morgan was playing for the Cincinnati Reds when they won the World Series twice in the ‘70s. He was their second baseman.

What’s the name of this legendary player?

Shortstop Ozzie Smith is nicknamed The Wizard. That’s because he was such a whiz of a player for the San Diego Padres and the St. Louis Cardinals.

Do you know this legendary player?

Dizzy Dean was a recognized pitcher for three MLB teams during the ‘30s and ‘40s. He became a TV sports commentator after he retired from playing.

Who do you think this is?

Hank Greenberg’s illustrious slugger career was a bit interrupted when he joined the military during World War II. But he still became one of the best players around, which led to him being inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1956.

Who’s this one in the photo?

Tony Perez was a player for the Cincinnati Reds. He was one of the Big Red Machines of the team. The other two were Johnny Bench and Pete Rose.

Just a few more! What about this one in the photo?

Prior to being with the Seattle Mariners, Ichiro Suzuki played professionally with the Orix Blue Wave, a professional team in Japan. He was an outfielder.

Can you correctly identify this one?

Texas-born Rogers Hornsby was nicknamed The Rajah. He was an effective second baseman as well as a manager for six MLB teams.

And this very interesting player is…

Walter Johnson was a pitcher for the Washington Senators. He also became their manager later on.

Finally, what’s the name of this famous baseball player?

Ted Williams was the notable left fielder of the Boston Red Sox from the ‘40s up to the ‘60s. He was nicknamed The Kid and The Thumper.

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