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What Year Did That Happen?

What year did Bob Feller hurl his opening-day no-hitter?

What year did Bob Feller hurl his opening-day no-hitter?

By Glen Sparks

The idea behind this quiz is simple. I provide an episode in baseball history. You just need to provide the year that it happened. Bonus points if you guess the correct month and day. The answers are at the bottom. Good luck

  1. Kansas City A’s shortstop Bert Campaneris plays all nine positions in a game against the California Angels at K.C.’s Municipal Stadium

2. While chasing a fly ball at Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C., Babe Ruth runs into a wall of concrete and knocks himself out cold.

3. St. Louis Cardinals great Stan Musial mashes five home runs and adds a single during a doubleheader against the New York Giants at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis. Stan the Man drives in nine runs.

4. In one of baseball’s greatest tragedies, New York Yankees pitcher Carl Mays throws a pitch at the Polo Grounds that hits Cleveland Indians shortstop Ray Chapman in the head. Chapman later dies from his injuries.

5. The San Francisco Giants belt five home runs and score 12 runs in the ninth inning to pummel the Cincinnati Reds, 14-0, at Crosley Field.

6. Cleveland Indians ace Bob Feller tosses an opening-day no-hitter against the Chicago White Sox at Comiskey Park.

7. The New York Giants’ Rube Marquard beats Babe Adams and the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-1 in a 21-inning game at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh. Both pitchers go the distance.

8. Dodger Stadium Pirates slugger Willie Stargell hits a ball that clears Dodger Stadium. He is the first player to do that.

9. Willie Mays hits career home run No. 500 at Houston’s Astrodome.

10. Wrigley Field/Fenway Park Brothers Cubs pitchers Rick Reuschel and Paul Reuschel combine to throw a shutout at Chicago’s Wrigley Field.


1965 (Sept. 8)

1924 (July 5)

1954 (May 2)

1920 (Aug. 16)

1961 (Aug. 23)

1940 (April 16)

1914 (July 17)

1969 (Aug. 6) … He does it again on May 8, 1973

1965 (Sept. 13)

1975 (Aug. 21)

What Do You Know about the World Series?

He is the answer to question No. 2.

He is the answer to question No. 2.

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.

  1. Who was the winning pitcher in the first World Series ever played?
  2. Do you know the first player to celebrate World Series titles in both leagues?
  3. Of the eight National League teams in existence when World Series play began in 1903, which was the last to win a league pennant?
  4. How many home runs did the Red Sox and Chicago Cubs combine to hit in the 1918 World Series.
  5. Who was the first player to hit home runs in his first two at-bats in the World Series?
  6. The Baltimore Orioles swept the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1966 World Series. Do you recall the Orioles’ team ERA over those four games?
  7. What was the first World Series game to be played on artificial turf?
  8. Who is the oldest player to hit a home run in a World Series game?
  9. Do you know the only brother combination to hit home runs in the same World Series?
  10. 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.

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Watch the Series, Take the Quiz


He is the answer to question No. 4.

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.

  1. Who was the first manager to lead three different teams to the World Series?
  2. Which outfielder to pulled off the only unassisted double play in World Series history?
  3. Who led the 1919 Chicago White Sox, a.k.a., the Black Sox, in batting average during that infamous Series?
  4. Who was the youngest manager to lead his team to a World Series championship?
  5. What was the count on Kirk Gibson when he hit his home run off Dennis Eckersley in Game 1 of the 1988 Fall Classic?
  6. In which two World Series did the Yankees’ Ralph Terry throw the final pitch?
  7. Who was the first left-handed pitcher to win three games in one World Series?
  8. What did the Cubs do in Game 3 of the 1907 World Series against the Tigers to thoroughly frustrate Charles “Boss” Schmidt?
  9. Who led the 1948 Indians in batting average during the World Series (minimum 10 at-bats) against the Braves?
  10. 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.

Name that Ballpark, Part IV


By Glen Sparks

Test your ballpark knowledge with this quiz. You’ll find the answers at the bottom.

  1. No pitcher ever threw a no-hitter in any of the more than 4,700 games played at this ballpark, which opened in 1909.
  2. This ballpark, opened in 1912, replaced Palace of the Fans and was nicknamed The Old Boomerang due to its unusual V shape from behind home plate and down the lines.
  3. This memorable ballpark, long-since demolished, was built in an area of the city called Pigtown.
  4. Workers were still putting in extra seats to accommodate fans on opening day 1969 at this ballpark , a converted minor-league venue.
  5. This ballpark hosted a 26-inning marathon on May 1, 1926. The game ended in a 1-1 tie. … Some people called this park “The Bee Hive.”
  6. Willie Mays played his final game as a San Francisco Giant at this ballpark on May 9, 1972. He hit a single as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning.
  7. Motorcyclist Evel Knievel jumped over 13 cars two nights in a row at this ballpark in January of 1971. There was talk that he might even try a jump over the entire stadium.
  8. A 17-year-old Bob Feller struck out 17 batters in a game played at this ballpark on Sept. 13, 1936.
  9. Lou Gehrig smashed four consecutive home runs at this ballpark on June 3, 1932. The Yankees won 20-13.
  10. Carl Hubbell struck out Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons and Joe Cronin in succession at an All-Star game hosted by this ballpark in 1934.
  • Forbes Field in Pittsburgh.
  • Redland Field, later called Crosley Field, in Cincinnati.
  • Ebbets Field in Brooklyn.
  • Sick’s Stadium in Seattle.
  • Braves Field in Boston.
  • Jarry Park in Montreal.
  • The Astrodome in Houston.
  • League Park in Cleveland.
  • Shibe Park in Philadelphia.
  • The Polo Grounds in New York City.

Name that ballpark, Part III

This is the answer to No. 9.

This is the answer to No. 9.

By Glen Sparks

Test your ballpark knowledge with this quiz. You’ll find the answers at the bottom.

  1. The Baltimore Orioles’ Jim Gentile smashed grand-slam home runs in consecutive innings at this ballpark on May 9, 1961.
  2. This remodeled stadium opened April 15, 1976.
  3. New York Yankees second baseman Tony Lazzeri drove in 11 runs on May 24, 1936, at this ballpark.
  4. The new owner grabbed the public address system mic at this ballpark in 1974 and told fans: “This is the most stupid ball playing I’ve ever seen.”
  5. St. Louis Cardinals great Stan Musial doubled for his 3,000th career hit on May 13, 1958, at this ballpark.
  6. Lenny Randle blew a soft grounder into foul territory at this ballpark on May 27, 1981.
  7. Johnny Vander Meer recorded his second straight no-hitter while pitching at this ballpark on June 15, 1938.
  8. A game at this ballpark lasted 21 innings on July 17, 1914, and both starting pitchers—Rube Marquard and Charles “Babe” Adams—went the distance.
  9. This ballpark opened at the intersection of Findlay Street and Western Avenue on April 11, 1912.
  10. Detroit Tigers first baseman Walt Dropo recorded seven straight hits at this ballpark in 1952.
  • Metropolitan Stadium in Minneapolis-St. Paul. Gentile, also known as “Diamond Jim,” belted 179 home runs over his nine-year career. The first baseman enjoyed his best season in 1961. He set career highs in most categories, including home runs (46), RBI (a league-leading 141), batting average (.302), on-base percentage (.423) and slugging percentage (.646). The lefty hitter also hit five grand slams that season. On May 9, 1961, against the Minnesota Twins, Gentile blasted slams off Pedro Ramos and Paul Giel, one in the first inning and one in the second. The Orioles won 13-5. Gentile drove in nine runs total.
  • Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. Yankee Stadium, the famous House that Ruth built, opened April 18, 1923. By the early 1970s, things were getting a bit old and creaky. New York played the 1974 and ’75 seasons at Shea Stadium, home of the Mets, as workers completed $160 million in renovations to the old House.  The remodeled park opened in time for the 1976 season, the year the Yankees won their first pennant since 1964.
  • Shibe Park in Philadelphia. Tony Lazzeri batted .292 and hit 178 home runs during a 14-year career. He enjoyed his greatest day as a player on May 24, 1936. The Yanks pummeled the A’s 25-2. Lazzeri, batting eighth, went 4-for-5 with a homer, a triple and two singles. The Veteran’s Committee elected Lazzeri to the Hall of Fame in 1991.
  • San Diego Stadium. Ray Kroc built McDonald’s into a fast-food empire. The multi-millionaire retired from the hamburger business in 1974 and bought the San Diego Padres, which began as an expansion squad in 1969. Kroc rescued the team but could do little to stop the sloppy play.
  • Wrigley Field in Chicago. Musial knocked a pinch-hit off the Cubs’ Moe Drabowsky for his 3,000th career hit. He became the eighth player in big league history to reach that mark and the first since Paul Waner in 1941. Stan the Man retired with 3,630 hits–1,815 at home and 1,815 on the road.
  • The Kingdome in Seattle. Kansas City Royals outfielder Amos Otis hit a slow roller down the third-base line in the sixth inning. Randle, playing at third for the Mariners, huffed and puffed and blew the ball foul. Plate umpire Larry McCoy initially ruled the ball foul. Following an argument from Kansas City manager Jim Frey, McCoy reversed his call and awarded Otis first base.
  • Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. Vander Meer, a wild-armed young lefty out of New Jersey, hurled a no-hitter on June 11, 1938, against the Boston Braves at Crosley Field in Cincinnati. He struck out four and walked three. Four days later, he walked eight, struck out seven and no-hit the Dodgers in the first night game ever played at Ebbets Field. The four-time All-Star pitched 13 seasons in the majors and compiled a 119-121 career mark.
  • Forbes Field in Pittsburgh. Pitchers back in the day were famous for their rubber arms. Even so, this game at Forbes Field was one for the ages. Marquard, starting for the Giants, gave up 15 hits but just one run over his 21 innings. He walked two and struck out two. Adams, starting for the Pirates, gave up three runs. He scattered 12 hits, didn’t walk a batter and fanned six.
  • Crosley Field in Cincinnati. League Park opened at Findlay and Western in 1884 and hosted ballgames until it burned down in 1900. A new park, also known as League Park (a.k.a., Palace of the Fans) opened soon after that. Crosley, a park made of concrete and steel, debuted for the 1912 season and lasted nearly 60 years. The last major league game was played there on June 23, 1970. Riverfront Stadium opened June 30.
  • Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C. Dropo went 4-for-4 in the first game of a doubleheader on July 15 at Griffith Stadium. He recorded hits in his first three at-bats of Game 2 and went 4-for-5. “Moose” Dropo did all that after getting five hits in five at-bats on July 14 at Yankee Stadium.


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Lost Ballparks

Name that ballpark, Part II


By Glen Sparks

Test your ballpark knowledge with this quiz. You’ll find the answers at the bottom.

  1. Fifteen-year-old Joe Nuxhall made his major league debut at this ballpark on June 10, 1944.
  2. Bob Cain and Bob Feller hurled one-hitters on April 23, 1952, in a pitching duel for the ages at this ballpark.
  3. The new owner addressed the crowd over the p.a. system at this ballpark on April 9, 1974. He said, “That is the most stupid ball playing I’ve ever seen.”
  4. A gust of wind blew Stu Miller off the mound during the 1961 All-Star game at this ballpark.
  5. The Washington Senators’ Tom Cheney struck out 21 opposing batters in a 16-inning game played at this ballpark on Sept. 12, 1962.
  6. Wally Berger hit a grand-slam home run at this ballpark on the final day of the 1933 season.
  7. Vic Power stole home twice during a game played Aug. 14, 1958, at this ballpark.
  8. Willie Stargell blasted a home run estimated at 535 feet during a game at this ballpark on May 20, 1978.
  9. Carl Hubbell tossed a 1-0 shutout in an 18-game played at this ballpark on July 2, 1933.
  10. Two baseballs were in play at the same time at this ballpark on June 30, 1959.

Crosley Field in Cincinnati. Nuxhall, a left-hander from Hamilton, Ohio, pitched in that one lone game in 1944. He went 2/3 of an inning against the St. Louis and gave up five runs, all earned. That was it until 1952, when he came back for the Reds. Nuxhall spent 16 seasons in the majors. He compiled a 135-117 career won-loss record and made two All-Star teams. The Ol’ Left-hander, as some called him, later worked as a beloved Reds broadcaster.

Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis. Cain, a journeyman pitcher for the Browns and other teams, actually got the better of future Hall of Famer Feller in this game. Cain’s Browns beat the Cleveland Indians 1-0. Cain struck out seven, while Feller fanned five

San Diego Stadium. Ray Kroc retired as CEO of the McDonald’s hamburger chain and bought the San Diego Padres in 1974. A stadium crowd of 39,083 supposedly cheered the new owner’s brassy words. The Padres lost that game 9-5 to the Houston Astros and finished in last place in ’74, going 60-102.

Candlestick Park in San Francisco. The ‘stick, since demolished, was famous for its cold winds that whipped up in the evening off San Francisco Bay. Miller, 5-feet-11 and a slender 165 pounds, was called for balk in the ninth inning following the harsh breeze.

Memorial Stadium in Baltimore. Cheney only topped the 100-strikeout mark once time, fanning 147 in 1962. He retired with a 19-29 won-loss record over nine seasons with the Senators and other clubs. The right-hander from Georgia tossed the game of his life on Sept. 12, 1962. He beat the Baltimore Orioles 2-1. No one, before or since, has struck out 21 batters in a major league game.

Braves Field in Boston. Berger, a centerfielder, slugged 242 home runs in 11 seasons and led the American League with 34 in 1935. His grand slam for the Braves on Sept. 30, 1932, against the Philadelphia Phillies, clinched fourth place for Boston, the team’s first finish in the first division since 1921.

Municipal Stadium in Cleveland. Power, one of the early star players from Puerto Rico, played for the Indians from 1958-61. Known as a solid hitter and fancy fielder at first base, Power enjoyed a 12-year career in the majors. He only stole 45 bases in his career and was caught 35 times. On Aug. 14, 1958, Power took his lead off third base in the eighth inning against the Detroit Tigers. He sprinted home and was safe easily. He made his second steal of home in the 10th inning. This time, he slid under catcher Charlie Lau to score the winning run.

Olympic Stadium in Montreal. Stargell belted 475 home runs in his Hall of Fame career, all of it spent with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He hit many titanic shots, including two onto the Dodger Stadium parking lot. His clout in Montreal is considered the longest homer ever hit at Olympic Stadium.

The Polo Grounds in New York. Hubbell, nicknamed The Meal Ticket, won 253 games for the Giants. The left-hander threw a screwball for the Giants and made nine All-Star teams en route to the Hall of Fame. On July 2, 1933, Hubbell essentially pitched two ballgames and beat the St. Louis Cardinals. Hubbell gave up six hits, struck out 12 and didn’t allow a walk. Tex Carleton went 16 innings for the Red Birds. Jesse Haines came on in relief and took the loss.

Wrigley Field in Chicago. The Cardinals and Cubs have played some crazy games through the years, including this one on June 30, 1959. Stan Musial stood at the plate with a 3-1 count. The next pitch evaded Cubs catcher Sammy Taylor and slipped to the backstop. Home plate umpire Vic Delmore called the pitch ball four. The Cubs, though, argued that Musial had foul tipped it. While the argument carried on, an alert Musial dashed for second. Cubs third baseman Alvin Dark grabbed the ball, which by then was in the hands of field announcer Pat Pieper. Umpire Delmore, though, flipped a new ball to catcher Taylor. Pitcher Bob Anderson grabbed the newest baseball and threw it to second base in a failed attempt to get out Musial. That throw ended up in centerfield. Dark, meanwhile, threw the original ball to Cubs shortstop Ernie Banks. By then, Musial was sprinting to third, unaware that Banks had a ball in his hand. The shortstop tagged out Stan. An inevitable delay followed. Finally, Musial was declared out. Not surprisingly, each team played the game under protest. The Cardinals quickly dropped theirs after winning 4-1. Nothing ever came of the Cubs’ protest. Just another day at the old ballpark.

Name that ballpark

This is the answer to No. 6.

This is the answer to No. 7.

By Glen Sparks

Test your ballpark knowledge with this quiz. You’ll find the answers at the bottom.

  1. The Cincinnati Reds’ Johnny Vander Meer tossed his second consecutive no-hitter at this ballpark on June 15, 1938.
  2. A game at this ballpark was called on account of rain June 15, 1976.
  3. A lone red seat in the right-field bleachers stands out at this ballpark.
  4. Bill Wambsganss pulled off the only unassisted triple play in World Series history at this ballpark.
  5. Just 80,922 fans attended games at this ballpark in 1935, the lowest mark for any MLB team in the 20th century.
  6. The last game at this ballpark was played Sept. 20, 1959. The home team lost 8-2 to its archrival.
  7. The Cleveland Indians’ Earl Averill ripped a line drive that hit St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Dizzy Dean in the toe during the 1937 All-Star game at this ballpark.
  8. Washington Senators pitcher Tom Cheney struck out 21 batters in 16 innings at this ballpark on Sept. 12, 1962.
  9. Only 17,000 seats were in place for opening day at this ballpark in 1969.
  10. Four players have hit home runs completely out of this ballpark.
  • Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. Vander Meer threw his first no-hitter on June 11 at Crosley Field in Cincinnati, against the Boston Braves.
  • The Astrodome in Houston. Heavy rain and flooding in the area prompted  cancellation of the Astros vs. Pittsburgh Pirates match-up.
  • Fenway Park in Boston. Ted Williams belted a home run that reached this seat (Section 42, Row 37, Seat 22) on June 9, 1946. The ball landed 502 feet from home plate, the longest homer in Fenway history, prompting the paint job.
  • League Park in Cleveland. Wambsganss played second base for the Indians/Naps. In Game 5 of the 1920 World Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers, he caught Clarence Mitchell’s line drive for out No. 1, stepped on second base to retire Pete Kilduff for out No. 2 and tagged out Otto Miller for out No. 3.
  • Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis. The Browns averaged a “crowd” of 1,051 fans per game for 77 home dates.
  • Seals Stadium in San Francisco. Opened in the city’s Mission District in 1931, the park hosted Pacific Coast League (PCL) action for most of its existence. The DiMaggio brothers, “Lefty” Gomez, Joe Cronin and many others future major leaguers played for the Seals. The stadium hosted Giants games in 1958 and ’59. Workers demolished Seals Stadium in November 1959.
  • Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C. The smash broke Dean’s toe. The talented and eccentric hurler tried pitching again before the toe was healed and altered his pitching motion, doing permanent damage to his arm.
  • Memorial Stadium in Baltimore. The Senators beat the Orioles 2-1. Cheney supposedly threw 228 pitches. Cheney pitched eight seasons in the majors and went 19-29 lifetime.
  • Sick’s Stadium in Seattle. The long-time minor-league park hosted the Seattle Pilots for the team’s one and only season. Many fans had to wait on opening day as more seats were added to Sick’s. In 1970, the Pilots moved to Milwaukee and became the Brewers.
  • Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Willie Stargell mashed the first ball out of Dodger Stadium, Aug. 6, 1969. The Pittsburgh Pirates slugger did it again on My 8, 1973. Mike Piazza, the only Dodgers player to ever clear the stadium, blasted his long ball Sept. 21, 1997. Mark McGwire launched one for the St. Louis Cardinals on May 22, 1999. Most recently, Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins hit a ball onto the parking lot May 12, 2015.