MLB Players Identification Quiz

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Baseball is still without a doubt the "National Pastime" and it is highly unlikely that this is going to change any time soon. While it may not be number one among the "Big Four" when it comes to television ratings, Major League Baseball is still extremely popular, super profitable, and undeniably well-loved! In fact, what many people don't realize is that Major League Baseball is the oldest of the "Big Four" - the other three being the National Football League, the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League. There is no denying that Major League Baseball helped to pave the way for the rest of the "Big Four " and the success that they have experienced.

Over the decades there have been hundreds (if not thousands) of professional players who have showcased their talents and played baseball at the highest level. We've taken a handful of these players and put them together to create one of the most challenging baseball quizzes. Let's jump right into it and see if you've got what it takes!

Bob Gibson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981 and the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame in 2014. He is a retired MLB pitcher who played 17 seasons for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Ken Griffey Jr. is ranked sixth in terms of MLB home runs and he is a 13-time All-Star. He spent most of his professional career with the Seattle Mariners and the Cincinnati Reds

Pete Rose played most of his professional career with the Cincinnati Reds. He also had smaller stints with the Philadelphia Phillies and the Montreal Expos.

Honus Wagner was one of the "first five" inaugural members of the Baseball Hall of Fame. He is largely remembered for his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Hank Aaron held the MLB record for career home runs for 33 years. He is currently the senior vice president of the Atlanta Braves, the team that he previously played 21 seasons for.

Mike Schmidt was the three-time winner of the National League Most Valuable Player award and a 12-time All-Star. He is largely remembered for his career with the Philadelphia Phillies

Joe Doyle spent most of his professional MLB career with the New York Highlanders. Due to the fact that he would take long periods of stalling time in-between pitches, he earned himself the nickname “Slow Joe Doyle”.

Cal Ripken played 21 seasons for the Baltimore Orioles from 1981 to 2001 and was a 19-time All-Star. His consecutive game record-setting performance earned him the nickname “The Iron Man”.

Roberto Clemente was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973. He died in a plane crash on his way to deliver aid to earthquake victims in Nicaragua

Ty Cobb was a Major League Baseball outfielder who played for the Detroit Tigers for 22 seasons. To this day, his combined total of 4,065 runs scored and runs batted in is still the highest ever produced by any major league player.

Ted Williams was a nineteen-time All-Star and is regarded as one of the greatest players in baseball history. He played his entire 19 year MLB career as a left fielder for the Boston Red Sox from 1939 to 1960.

Reggie Jackson played for the Oakland Athletics, Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees and California Angels. He helped Oakland win five consecutive American League West divisional pennants, three consecutive American League pennants and three consecutive World Series titles.

Albert Pujols has made ten All-Star appearances and has two World Series championships, one in 2006 and the other in 2011. He currently plays for the Los Angeles Angels.

Walter Johnson is remembered for the numerous pitching records that he set, some of which still remain unbroken to this day. He played his entire 21-year baseball career for the Washington Senators.

Rickey Henderson currently holds the major league records for career stolen bases, runs, unintentional walks and leadoff home runs. He played for nine different teams from 1979 to 2003.

Tris Speaker is regarded by many to be one of the best offensive and defensive center fielders. He is largely remembered for his career with the Boston Red Sox and the Cleveland Indians.

Jimmie Foxx was the second player in MLB history to hit 500 career home runs, after Babe Ruth. He notably played for the Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, and Philadelphia Phillies.

Steve Carlton won four Cy Young Awards and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1994. He had a prolific career with the Philadelphia Phillies.

George Brett has 3,154 career hits, ranking him at 16th best in that category and the most by any major league third baseman. He spent 21 years of his Major League Baseball career playing for the Kansas City Royals.

Willie Mays is ranked fifth in career home runs, with 660. He is largely remembered for his prolific career with the San Francisco Giants.

Sandy Koufax notably played 12 seasons for the Los Angeles Dodgers. In 1972 he became the youngest player ever elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, at 36.

Sherry Magee’s 16-season career was split up among the Philadelphia Phillies, the Boston Braves, and the Cincinnati Reds. He is notable for being one of the most skilled left fielders in the MLB.

Don Mattingly’s career with the Yankees earned him the nicknames "Donnie Baseball" and “The Hit Man”. He also previously managed the Los Angeles Dodgers for five years.

Tony Gwynn was a 15-time All-Star and received seven Silver Slugger Awards and five Gold Glove Awards. He played 20 seasons in Major League Baseball for the San Diego Padres.

Barry Bonds still holds the records for most home runs in a single season, most career walks and most career home runs. He is widely regarded by many to be one of the greatest baseball players of all time.

Warren Spahn is a Baseball Hall of Fame member and a 17-time All-Star. He had an extremely prolific career with the Boston Braves.

Cap Anson played for a record 27 consecutive seasons and is regarded by many as one of the greatest players of all time. He is also responsible for playing a major role in establishing the racial segregation in professional baseball.

Eddie Mathews played 17 seasons for the Boston Braves, Milwaukee Braves, Atlanta Braves, Houston Astros and Detroit Tigers. He is also notably one of the best third basemen of all time.

Bo Jackson is notable for having played eight years in Major League Baseball and four years in the NFL. In addition to this, he is the first athlete to be named an All-Star in both sports

Bob Feller is an 8-time All-Star and a 1948 World Series champion. He had an extensive and prolific career with the Cleveland Indians.

Mickey Mantle is widely regarded by many fans to be the greatest switch hitter in baseball history. He spent his entire Major League Baseball career with the New York Yankees as a center fielder and first baseman.

Stan Musial is regarded by many to be one of the most consistent hitters in baseball history. He is notable for his prolific career that he had with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Greg Maddux notably won the won the 1995 World Series with the Atlanta Braves. During his career he earned the nicknames "Mad Dog" and "The Professor".

Grover Alexander was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1938 and he notably played for the Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals. He was known by the nickname “Old Pete".

Babe Ruth was one of the "first five" inaugural members of the Baseball Hall of Fame. He is hailed by many fans as the greatest baseball player of all time.

Napoleon Lajoie’s career spanned several teams, including the Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Athletics and Cleveland Naps. He earned himself the fitting nickname, “The Frenchman”.

Cy Young is still to this day, the current holder of the record for most Major League Baseball career wins, with 511. He had an extensive 22-season baseball career from 1890 to 1911.

Jackie Robinson was the recipient of the very first Rookie of the Year Award. He is perhaps most notable for being the first African American to play in the MLB after decades of racial segregation.

Derek Jeter is notable for being the all-time career leader for the Yankees in several records. These are hits (3,465), games played (2,747), stolen bases (358), doubles (544), times on base (4,716), plate appearances (12,602) and at bats (11,195).

Satchel Paige is notable for being one of the most successful players in Negro league baseball and the MLB. In fact, he is regarded by many as being one of the greatest pitchers in baseball history.

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