By Glen Sparks
The Chicago Cubs knocked off the Cleveland Indians about an hour ago to tie the 2016 World Series at a game apiece. This exciting match-up resumes Friday night at Wrigley Field. While you’re waiting, test your knowledge about the Fall Classic. Good luck. You’ll find the answers below.
- Who was the winning pitcher in the first World Series ever played?
- Do you know the first player to celebrate World Series titles in both leagues?
- Of the eight National League teams in existence when World Series play began in 1903, which was the last to win a league pennant?
- How many home runs did the Red Sox and Chicago Cubs combine to hit in the 1918 World Series.
- Who was the first player to hit home runs in his first two at-bats in the World Series?
- The Baltimore Orioles swept the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1966 World Series. Do you recall the Orioles’ team ERA over those four games?
- What was the first World Series game to be played on artificial turf?
- Who is the oldest player to hit a home run in a World Series game?
- Do you know the only brother combination to hit home runs in the same World Series?
- What did the Philadelphia Phillies’ Mitch “Wild Thing” Williams say to himself after he gave up a home run to the Toronto Blue Jays’ Joe Carter to end the 1993 Series?
The Pittsburgh Pirates’ Deacon Phillippe beat Cy Young of the Boston Pilgrims 7-1 on Oct. 1, 1903. The Pilgrims won the Series 5 games to 3.
John Phalen “Stuffy” McInnis played on three World Series winners in the American League (the 1911 and 1913 Philadelphia A’s and the 1918 Boston Red Sox) and one in the National League (the 1925 Pittsburgh Pirates).
The Cardinals were the last N.L. team to get to the Series. It was worth the wait, though. They beat the Yankees in seven games in 1926.
Zero. This was the last time no team hit a homer in the Series. Boston relied on “small ball” and the pitching of Babe Ruth and Carl Mays to beat Chicago in six games,
The Oakland A’s Gene Tenace clobbered home runs in his first at-bats in Game 1 of the 1972 Series against the Cincinnati Reds. (Andruw Jones matched this feat in 1996 for the Atlanta Braves.)
Baltimore pitchers posted a 0.50 ERA. They gave up two earned runs over 36 innings (both runs charged to Dave McNally) and just 17 hits. The Dodgers scored a single run in the second inning of Game 1, one more run in the third inning and were blanked the rest of the way.
On Oct. 10, 1970, at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati, the Reds and Orioles played the first World Series game on a field that a horse could not eat.
Enos Slaughter, 40 years and 162 days old, hit a home run for the New York Yankees in Game 3 of the 1956 World Series against the Dodgers.
The Cards’ Ken Boyer hit home runs in games 4 and 7 of the 1964 World Series. Clete Boyer, Ken’s brother, smashed a round-tripper for the Yankees in Game 7.