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Can You Hit a Home Run in Baseball Trivia?

Step up to the plate and see if you can knock this quiz out of the park


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Americans have long been obsessed with baseball — and the allure goes well beyond the game to include the sport’s rich history, iconic players, memorable stadiums and classic concession food. How well do you know your grounders from your grand slams? If you ace this quiz, we’ll toss you some peanuts and Cracker Jack.

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Question 1 of 10

During what inning do fans take a break to stretch?

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The origin of the tradition is much disputed, but for decades, stadiums have adopted the break between the two halves of the seventh inning, often playing the song “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” That 1908 tune was written by two Americans — composer Albert Von Tilzer and lyricist Jack Norworth — who had never attended a baseball game before.

Question 2 of 10

What color are the stitches on a MLB (Major League Baseball) baseball?

In the 19th century, baseballs used natural cowhide stitches, but the National and American leagues added colored stitches after the turn of the century, likely so players could better see the ball (and its spin). In 1934, MLB adopted a league-wide standard for all balls to have 108 double stitches of waxed red thread.

Question 3 of 10

True or false: Major League Baseball held its first night game in 1935?

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President Franklin D. Roosevelt threw the ceremonial switch from the White House for the game on May 24, 1935, in which the Cincinnati Reds beat the Phillies 2-1 at home. Soon, virtually every team installed lighting in its stadium for night games — though Chicago Cubs owner Phil Wrigley held out until 1988.

Question 4 of 10

What Black player broke the MLB color barrier when the Brooklyn Dodgers signed him in 1947?

A standout for the Negro League’s Kansas City Monarchs, Robinson was tapped by Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey to help integrate the sport. During his 10 seasons with the Dodgers, the pioneering player boasted a .313 batting average, 972 runs scored, 1,563 hits and 200 stolen bases. The team won six pennants (and the 1955 World Series).

Question 5 of 10

True or false: In 2022, a mint-condition 1952 Topps baseball card featuring Joe DiMaggio sold for a record $12.6 million.

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That distinction goes to a trading card for New York Yankees Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle. New Jersey baseball buff Anthony Giordano — who in 1991 paid $50,000 for the card featuring the MLB’s famed switch-hitter — sold it at auction in 2022 for an astonishing eight-figure sum. (The buyer was not disclosed.) The sale shattered the record for a baseball card — the $7.25 million fetched for a 1909 card spotlighting Honus Wagner, the famed Flying Dutchman who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the early 20th century.

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Question 6 of 10

Which position has produced the most Baseball Hall of Famers?

A total of 84 pitchers have been inducted into the Hall of Fame, including two in the very first class in 1936 (Walter Johnson and Christy Mathewson). Third basemen have only been admitted 18 times, and there are 19 catchers who’ve made the cut.

Question 7 of 10

What baseball stadium has a notoriously high left field wall called The Green Monster?

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The 37.167-foot-tall barrier, the highest outfield wall in Major League Baseball, was conceived in 1910 by then-Red Sox owner John I. Taylor as a way to keep stadium passersby from getting a free view of the games. After a fire destroyed much of the stadium, it was rebuilt in 1934 with the wall looking much as it does today.

Question 8 of 10

What is the Mendoza Line?

The term “Mendoza Line” was coined by members of the 1979 Seattle Mariners to tease their shortstop Mario Mendoza, who was considered an underachiever when he was at the plate. (He actually finished his career with a .215 batting average.)

Question 9 of 10

Who holds the record for the most consecutive MLB games played?

On Sept. 6, 1995, the “Iron Man” of the sport passed Lou Gehrig’s record of 2,130 consecutive games — a moment that helped win back fans embittered by a strike that had disrupted the game for more than seven months (and led to the cancellation of the 1994 World Series). Ripken, a Hall of Fame shortstop who played 21 seasons for the Baltimore Orioles, continued his streak for an additional three years.

Question 10 of 10

What’s the name of the mascot for the Philadelphia Phillies?

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The character, a 6-foot-6-inch pear-shaped creature in neon-green fur, was introduced in 1978 and immediately became a hit with Philly fans. The costume was designed by Bonnie Erickson, who had worked for Jim Henson and ran the puppet shop at Sesame Street.

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