It is time for the end of baseball season and the beginning of its postseason. There have been a lot of things that have happened in the postseason that have been remarkable and some things that have not been remarkable, But, there have always been surprises.
Today, I wanted to challenge your postseason knowledge of the sport that America claims as its own. I will begin it with a little trivia that is little-known. In 1938 the first World Cup for the sport was played and Great Britain defeated the United States four games to one to win the title. That is right, Great Britain was the first World Champion of Baseball. Now, you try to answer these questions:
1. This often absent-minded slugger, who was busted for PEDs, holds the record for hitting the most HRs in MLB playoff history. Who is he?
2. What former Yankee and Astros pitcher holds the record for collecting the most playoff wins?
3. Until the 2014 playoffs, this player, nicknamed “The Big Donkey,” held the record for playing the most career games without ever appearing in the playoffs. Who is he?
4. What NL team is the oldest MLB franchise never to have had an MVP?
5. What speedy center fielder, and former college basketball player, holds the record for most career stolen bases in the playoffs with 34?
6. With the Kansas City Royals recently ending their 29 year playoff drought, this franchise currently holds the distinction for missing the playoffs the most consecutive years. Who are they?
7. In 2004, what team became the last to win 100 games during the regular season and lose the World Series? (This team also won the most regular season games in MLB history without winning the World Series.)
8. What MLB franchise holds the record for most consecutive playoff appearances?
9. This 10-time Gold Glove Award winning CF, who at 19 years old was the youngest player ever to hit a home run in a World Series game. Who is he?
10. What power pitcher, and former video game development company owner, holds the record for most innings pitched during one post-season?
11. What is the popular term for the medical procedure formally known as ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction?
12. During the San Diego Padres’ 1974 home opener, someone grabbed the stadium’s public address microphone and rashly blurted out to the crowd: “I’ve never seen such stupid ballplaying in my life!” Who was he?
13. Which three players have amassed 1,000 hits for a team in the American League and for a team in the National League?
14. Name the seven Dodgers who have been named most valuable player of the World Series.
15. How many regular-season games were on the schedule for each team in the American League in 1927?
16. Who is the only player to win a National League MVP award while playing for the Padres?
17. Which three major league managers have both won and lost 20 World Series games?
18. In 2004, the All-Star game MVP, American League Championship Series MVP, National League Championship Series MVP and World Series MVP all were born in the Dominican Republic. Name those four players.
19. What are the nicknames of the Pacific Coast League teams that play in Albuquerque and El Paso?
20. Name the movie that is the source of the following quotes:
A: “ ’Course it’s boring. That’s the point. Write it down.”
B: “Pick me out a winner, Bobby.”
There you have the questions. Try to answer them before you look at the answers.
1. Manny Ramirez 29 HRs; 2. Andy Pettitte 19 wins; 3. Adam Dunn; 4. New York Mets were established in 1962; 5. Kenny Lofton; 6. Toronto Blue Jays 21 seasons; 7. St. Louis Cardinals 105 wins; 8. Atlanta Braves 14 seasons (1991-2005); 9. Andruw Jones; 10. Curt Schilling 48.1 IP in 2001; 11. Tommy John surgery; 12. Ray Kroc, the Padres’ owner; 13. Vladimir Guerrero (Expos and Angels), Dave Winfield (Padres and Yankees), Albert Pujols (Cardinals and Angels); 14.Johnny Podres (1955), Larry Sherry (1959), Sandy Koufax (1963, 1965), Ron Cey (1981), Pedro Guerrero (1981), Steve Yeager (1981), Orel Hershiser (1988); 15. 154; 16. Ken Caminiti; 17. Walter Alston, John McGraw, Casey Stengel; 18. All-Star MVP: Alfonso Soriano; ALCS MVP: David Ortiz; NLCS MVP: Albert Pujols; World Series MVP: Manny Ramirez; 19. Albuquerque Isotopes, El Paso Chihuahuas; 20. A. “Bull Durham” (Crash Davis to Nuke LaLoosh). B. “The Natural” (Roy Hobbs to batboy Bobby Savoy)
Mark Clark is a local sports writer for The Citizen of East Alabama.