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BASEBALL TRIVIA II

11) What player holds the record for most hits in a season?


Ichiro Suzuki finished the 2004 season with a record 262 hits, giving him the single-season records for both the United States and Japanese baseball.

12) Who was the first baseball player to appear on a Wheaties cereal box?


In 1934, Lou Gehrig not only won the Triple Crown batting title, but was the first baseball player to appear on a Wheaties cereal box. (He appeared on the back, not the front.)

13) What player won the American League MVP Award in 1989 without making the All-Star Team?


Robin Yount's three All-Star appearances are tied with Ferguson Jenkins for the second-fewest of any Hall of Famer from the post-All-Star Game era.

14) What did baseball player Herman Schaefer do on August 4, 1911?


On August 4, 1911, in the bottom of the ninth, Schaefer stole second, hoping to draw a throw and allow teammate Clyde Milan, who was on third with the potential winning run, to steal home. White Sox catcher Fred Payne didn't fall for the gambit, however, so Schaefer, now on second, took his lead toward the first-base side of the bag and promptly stole first on a subsequent pitch.

15) What famous criminal was once a professional baseball player?


Like most red-blooded American boys of the time, young John Dillinger was an avid baseball fan. During the summer of 1924, he played shortstop for the Martinsville Athletics. His team-high batting average earned him a $25 award from the local Old Hickory Furniture Company.

16) What rookie pitcher hit a home run in his very first at bat?


In his very first at bat as a 28-year-old rookie pitcher, Hall of Famer Hoyt Wilhelm hit a home run. His career lasted for 21 more years and 493 plate appearances, but he never hit another home run.

17) Who was the first woman to call a nationally televised MLB playoff game?


On October 6, 2015, 34-year-old former softball slugger and two-time Olympic gold medal winner Jessica Mendoza joined John Kruk and Dan Shulman in the booth at Yankee Stadium to provide color commentary on the Houston Astros' 3-0 victory over the New York Yankees in the American League Wild Card Game.

18) How long was the shortest game in Major League Baseball history?


On September 28, 1919, the New York Giants defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 6-1 in just 51 minutes.

19) During which inning is "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" traditionally sung?


In modern baseball, "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" is traditionally sung during the seventh-inning stretch.

20) Who is the only pitcher in major league history to record both 200 wins and 150 saves?


Though predominantly known as a starter, John Smoltz was converted to a reliever in 2001 following his recovery from Tommy John surgery, and spent four years as the team's closer before returning to a starting role. In 2002, he set the National League record with 55 saves.

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