The MLB Quiz



By: Gavin Thagard

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Statistics, legendary performances, captivating storylines; Major League Baseball is a sport filled with plenty of fanfare to please the viewers. That's why it's considered America's pastime, a family event with hot dogs and popcorn, a date night with marriage proposals and a kiss cam. No matter your reason for going to the game, MLB has something for everyone. 

But, have you ever wondered how much you actually know about the sport besides that the team with more runs walks away with the win? Do you know anything about the history of MLB or the players who made the sport exciting? Can you recall the most dominant teams in the most exciting years? Here's your chance to find out!

For true MLB fans, after all, the sport is more than just a game, it's a way of life. Baseball is to be respected, and the traditions of the game are to be upheld by both the players and the fans. If this cannot be done, then what's the point in having a league as historically significant as the MLB. 

Of course, that also means you have to know the game and its history to uphold the traditions. Therefore, if you think you know everything about MLB, prove it to the baseball world by getting a home run on this MLB quiz!

Which team is associated with the "Black Sox" scandal?

The "Black Sox" scandal resulted in the permanent suspension of eight MLB players from baseball and the Hall of Fame. The ban included "Shoeless" Joe Jackson, who many believed wasn't actually involved in the scandal because of his performance in the World Series.


Who did the Red Sox sell to the Yankees in 1919?

After selling Babe Ruth, the Red Sox would not win another World Series for 86 years. This drought became known as the Curse of the Bambino.


How many teams currently play in MLB?

MLB has 29 teams located inside the United States. The other team, the Toronto Blue Jays, is located in Canada.


What does AL stand for?

Major League Baseball is divided into two leagues: the American League and the National League. The two leagues played their first World Series against one another in 1903.


Who was the first African American in the MLB?

Facing racism and other criticism, Jackie Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. He played for the team until 1956, winning both a World Series and an NL MVP award.


Which team has won the most World Series?

The Yankees currently have 27 World Series titles. The franchise won its latest title in 2009 by defeated the Phillies four games to two.


Who was the first player to break Babe Ruth's career home run record?

Nicknamed "Hammerin' Hank," Hank Aaron was selected to 25 All-Star games during his career. He also won the NL MVP in 1957.


The Dodgers moved from Brooklyn to where in 1958?

A year after moving to Los Angeles, the Dodgers won the World Series. The team was led by Sandy Koufax and Duke Snider.


Which stadium is known for the Green Monster?

Fenway Park is the oldest stadium in Major League Baseball. The stadium opened in 1912 and has been home to the Red Sox ever since.


Who set the single-season home run record in 1961 by hitting 61 home runs?

At first, MLB didn't want to count the new record set by Roger Maris because he accomplished it in an extended season. Babe Ruth only had 154 games to set the record, where Maris set the record in 162 games.


Which player on a team is allowed to hit but doesn't play defense?

David Ortiz, nicknamed "Big Papi," spent most of his career as a designated hitter. His hitting prowess earned him seven Silver Slugger Awards.


Which team plays in Wrigley Field?

Wrigley Field first opened in 1914 as Weeghman Park. The stadium has received numerous renovations over the years and currently has a seating capacity of 42,495.


Who is the all-time home run leader?

Barry Bonds record is widely criticized across the league because of his association with steroid scandals. His critics also want to keep him out of the Hall of Fame.


Which team won the 2017 World Series?

The 2017 World Series pitted the Astros against the Dodgers. The series lasted seven games with the Astros walking away with a 5-1 victory in Game 7.


Which player is associated with the "Bloody Sock" game?

The "Bloody Sock" game was an important moment in Red Sox history. It marked an incredible comeback by the Red Sox over the Yankees after the Red Sox were down three games in the series.


When did the Diamondbacks win their only World Series?

The 2001 World Series was dominated by the Diamondbacks' pitching staff. For their effort, both Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling were named MVPs of the series.


Where were the Braves located before they moved to Atlanta?

The Braves were winners of the 1995 World Series where they defeated the Indians in six games. The Braves won the final game 1-0 with the winning run coming off a home run by David Justice.


Who is the MLB all-time hits leader?

Pete Rose was permanently banned from the Hall of Fame because of gambling allegations against him. It took Rose years before he admitted he gambled on games.


Don Larsen threw a perfect game in which World Series?

Don Larsen is the only pitcher to throw a perfect game in the postseason. Larsen's accomplishment came in Game 5, helping the Yankees win the game and the series.


A member of the Dodgers, who threw a perfect game in 1965 against the Cubs?

Sandy Koufax's perfect game was called by legendary announcer Vin Scully. Scully spent over 60 years calling games for the Dodgers.


Which award is given to the best pitcher in baseball each season?

Cy Young played baseball from 1890 until 1911. During his 22-year career, Young won 511 games, the most of any pitcher.


What year did Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire pass the single-season home run record?

Mark McGwire hit the ground running when he came into the league. He was named the AL Rookie of the Year in 1987 after hitting 49 home runs.


Which team did Derek Jeter spend his entire MLB career with?

Derek Jeter played shortstop for the New York Yankees, leading the team to five World Series victories. Jeter was so great in the postseason he earned the nickname "Mr. November."


Who is the all-time strikeouts leader?

Nolan Ryan's MLB career covered a span of 27 years. He played in four different decades from the '60s to the '90s.


Which Yankees star had to quit baseball because of his battle with ALS?

Lou Gehrig was an exceptionally durable player throughout his career, earning the nickname "The Iron Horse." He spent his entire career with the Yankees, who retired his number 4.


Who did Ernie Banks spend his entire career with?

Ernie Banks was a star hitter and fielder for the Cubs, earning the nickname "Mr. Cub." During his career, Banks won two NL MVPs and was selected to 14 All-Star games.


Who was the MVP of the 1971 World Series?

Tragically, Roberto Clemente died in a plane crash on his way to Puerto Rico where an earthquake ravaged the nation. Clemente's body was never found.


Which team beat the Red Sox in the 1986 World Series?

In Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, Boston was one win away from winning their first title since trading Babe Ruth. Luck would turn on the team, however, as they blew a lead in Game 6 and went on to lose Game 7 as well.


Which player holds the record for the highest on-base percentage?

Ted Williams' baseball career was interrupted by World War II and the Korean War. Williams served as a Naval Aviator during the wars and earned numerous awards for his service.


How many games did Joe DiMaggio's hitting streak last?

No player in the modern era of baseball has come close to passing Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak. Since DiMaggio set the record in 1941, the closest a player has come to surpassing it is Pete Rose in 1978 with 44 straight games.


Which team did Cal Ripken Jr. spend his entire career with?

Cal Ripken Jr. played in 2,632 consecutive games, the most all time. His durability earned him the nickname "The Iron Man."


Who is the MLB all-time steals leader?

Rickey Henderson won two World Series with two different teams. His first title came in 1989 while playing for the Athletics.


How many MVP awards did Barry Bonds win?

Barry Bonds spent most of his MLB career with the Giants. For his contributions to the team, the franchise retired his number 25.


What year was there no World Series because of a players' strike?

The 1994 season started as normal but ended in August of that year, leaving no opportunity for a postseason. The strike lasted 232 days.


Who won the most Golden Glove awards?

Throughout his career, Greg Maddux was a star pitcher for several different teams. However, it was the Cubs and the Braves who decided to retire his number 31.


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