By Glen Sparks
Game 1 of the 2016 World Series is going on tonight. The Cleveland Indians lead the Chicago Cubs 3-0 as this post “goes to press.” Test your knowledge of World Series history by taking the quiz below.
- Who was the first manager to lead three different teams to the World Series?
- Which outfielder to pulled off the only unassisted double play in World Series history?
- Who led the 1919 Chicago White Sox, a.k.a., the Black Sox, in batting average during that infamous Series?
- Who was the youngest manager to lead his team to a World Series championship?
- What was the count on Kirk Gibson when he hit his home run off Dennis Eckersley in Game 1 of the 1988 Fall Classic?
- In which two World Series did the Yankees’ Ralph Terry throw the final pitch?
- Who was the first left-handed pitcher to win three games in one World Series?
- What did the Cubs do in Game 3 of the 1907 World Series against the Tigers to thoroughly frustrate Charles “Boss” Schmidt?
- Who led the 1948 Indians in batting average during the World Series (minimum 10 at-bats) against the Braves?
- Who was the first player to steal home in a World Series game?
Bill McKechie took the Pirates to the World Series in 1925, the Cardinals in 1928 and the Reds in 1939-40.
The Red Sox’ Tris Speaker caught a shallow fly ball in the ninth inning of Game 7 in 1912 and stepped on second base to double up Giants baserunner Art Wilson.
“Shoeless” Joe Jackson hit .375 in the 1919 World Series (12-for-32).
Bucky Harris, all of 27 years, 11 months, led the Senators to a World Series title as a player-manager in 1924.
The Dodgers’ Kirk Gibson, doing it on one good leg, hit his historic 1988 World Series home run on a 3-2 count off the A’s Dennis Eckersley.
Terry gave up Bill Mazeroski’s Series-ending home run in Game 7 of the 1960 World Series. Two years later, in another Game 7, he threw a pitch that Willie McCovey scorched for a line out to end that Series, this time in favor of New York.
Harry Brecheen won three games for the Cardinals in the 1946 World Series, the first southpaw to reach a trifecta in one Fall Classic.
Cubbie runners stole seven bases off Schmidt, the Tigers’ catcher.
Larry Doby hit .318 (7-for-22) for the Indians in the 1948 Series, the last time Cleveland won it all.
The New York Giants’ Bill Dahlen stole home in the fifth inning of Game 3 in 1905 against the Philadelphia A’s.