Trivia Question Answer
Joe DiMaggio, “Joltin’ Joe” or “The Yankee Clipper”, was born on November 25, 1914 in Martinez, California.
When did baseball’s Houston Astros play their first game?
The Houston Astros entered Major League Baseball in the National League as the Houston Colt .45s. They played their first game on April 10, 1962, against the Chicago Cubs – a game they won. They changed their name to the Astros in 1965. The Astros moved to the American League for the 2013 season.
Who is the only major league baseball player to pitch back-to-back no-hitters?
Little known pitcher Johnny Vander Meer of Cincinnati pitched a no-hitter against the Boston Bees (who went on to become the Braves) on June 11, 1938 (Reds 3 – Bees 0). He did it again in his next outing on June 15, 1938 against Brooklyn (Reds 6 – Dodgers 0). The 2 wins were part of a 9-game win streak for Meer. 1938 was Meer’s first full year in the majors. He went on to an unremarkable 119-121 career record in the big leagues.
What names did the Cleveland Indians go by before they became the Indians?
“Indians” is the 4th name by which the team has been known since their establishment as a major league franchise in 1901. Over the years, the American League major league team in Cleveland has been known as:
Prior to 1901, since their origination in 1894 as a minor league team in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the team was known as the Grand Rapids Rustlers (1894–1899) and the Cleveland Lake Shores (1900).
What major league pitcher or pitchers hold the record for the most consecutive scoreless innings?
In 1988, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Oral Hershiser pitched 59 consecutive scoreless innings breaking the record of 58 2/3 innings set by Dodgers pitcher Don Drysdale’s in 1968.
In John Fogerty’s 1985 song Centerfield, 3 baseball players are named by name. Who are they?
In the 1985 song Centerfield by John Fogerty, Willie Mays, Ty Cobb, and Joe DiMaggio are mentioned by name. The line “it ain’t so” is also a reference to Shoeless Joe Jackson. The saying,”Say it ain’t so, Joe,” was purported to have been said by a child to Joe Jackson as he left the courthouse during the trial concerning the Black Sox scandal.
Well, I spent some time in the Mudville Nine, watchin’ it from the bench;
You know I took some lumps when the Mighty Casey struck out.
So Say Hey Willie, tell Ty Cobb and Joe DiMaggio;
Don’t say “it ain’t so”, you know the time is now.
Oh, put me in, Coach – I’m ready to play today;
Put me in, Coach – I’m ready to play today;
Look at me, I can be centerfield.