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Consecutive No-Hitters

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Who is the only major league baseball player to pitch back-to-back no-hitters?

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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.

Famous Nickname – The Wizard

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What major league player went by the nickname “The Wizard”?

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Ozzie Smith, who played with the San Diego Padres (1978–1981) and the St. Louis Cardinals (1982–1996), was known as “The Wizard”, and as you might also expect, “The Wizard of Oz”.

Cleveland Indians by Any Other Name

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What names did the Cleveland Indians go by before they became the Indians?

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“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:

  • 1915 on: Cleveland Indians
  • 1905 – 1914: Cleveland Naps
  • 1902 – 1904: Cleveland Broncos
  • 1902: Cleveland Bluebirds

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).

MLB Pitcher With the Most Consecutive Scoreless Innings

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What major league pitcher or pitchers hold the record for the most consecutive scoreless innings?

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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.

Mentioned in Song Centerfield

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In John Fogerty’s 1985 song Centerfield, 3 baseball players are named by name. Who are they?

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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.

First MLB Beacon Award Winners

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Who were the first winners of Major League Baseball’s Beacon Award?

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The Beacon Award was first awarded in 2007, in conjunction with MLB’s first annual preseason Civil Rights Game in Memphis, TN. “The award honors people’s contributions to civil rights and reflects their historical ties to baseball” (Source: MLB). The 2007 winners were:

  • Buck O’Neil (1911-2006), a player (1st baseman for the Negro leagues), manager (Negro leagues), scout (Kansas City Royals), the first black coach in the major leagues (Cubs in 1962), and tireless baseball ambassador
  • Filmmaker Spike Lee
  • Vera Clemente, the widow of Hall of Fame right fielder Roberto Clemente

How to Calculate Slugging Percentage

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How is slugging percentage (SLG) calculated for professional baseball?

Trivia Question Answer

At its most basic, slugging percentage is total bases divided by at bats. To be more specific:

SLG = (Singles + (2 x doubles) + (3 x triples) + (4 x home runs)) / At Bats. Walks are excluded from the calculation.

Play for Three Professional Teams in the Same City

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Who is the only professional athlete to play for three teams in the same city?

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Picture of a BaseballGene Conley played 11 years of major league baseball, one with the Boston Braves (1952), and three with the Boston Red Sox (1961-1963). The rest of his baseball career was with the Milwaukee Braves (1954–1958) and the Philadelphia Phillies (1959–1960). Conley was a pitcher who amassed a 91-96 record. He was a four-time all-star (1954, 1955, 1959 (first game), 1959 (second game)) and a member of the 1957 World Series Champion Milwaukee Braves.

Picture of a BasketballConley’s third Boston team was with the Boston Celtics (1952–1953 and 1958–1961). He also played in for the Washington Tapers (ABA: 1961–1962), New York Knicks (NBA: 1962–1964) and the Hartford Capitols (Eastern Professional Basketball League: 1966–1968). While with the Celtics, Conley was a member three Celtics Championship teams (1959–1961).

First to Hit 2 Grand Slams in 1 Game

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Who was the first baseball player to hit two grand slams in 1 game?

Trivia Question Answer

While playing for the New York Yankees, in a game against the Philadelphia Athletics on May 24, 1936, Tony Lazzeri hit 2 grand slams. Tony had 11 RBIs in that game.

Famous Baseball Quote – Don’t Save a Pitcher

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Who said – “You don’t save a pitcher for tomorrow. Tomorrow it may rain.“?

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Leo Durocher said “You don’t save a pitcher for tomorrow. Tomorrow it may rain.” while managing the New York Giants, who he managed from 1948 to 1955.