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BASEBALL TRIVIA III

21) 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.

22) 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.

23) What player hit the "Shot Heard 'Round the World"?


The "Shot Heard 'Round the World" denotes the game-winning walk-off home run by New York Giants outfielder Bobby Thomson off Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Ralph Branca at the Polo Grounds to win the National League pennant on October 3, 1951.

24) Which player holds the record for most RBIs in a single game?


On a mid-September afternoon in Brooklyn in 1924, Cardinals third-year first baseman "Sunny Jim" Bottomley came to bat six times and delivered six hits, including two home runs, a double, and three singles off the Robins' pitchers. Bottomley drove in 12 runs that day, and set a major league record that still stands (shared with the Cardinals' Mark Whiten in 1993).

25) How many baseballs are used during a typical Major League Baseball game?


On any given night, teams will go through 100 baseballs or more, which equates to just a few pitches per ball. Once a baseball is removed from the game, it gets recycled as a batting practice ball.

26) What MLB rookie hit seven home runs in his first six games?


Trevor Story's first week in the major leagues was one for the record books as the Colorado Rockies rookie shortstop set a slew of marks by homering seven times in his first six career games.

27) What retired basketball player tried out for the Chicago White Sox in 1994?


Michael Jordan signed a minor league contract with the Chicago White Sox in 1994 and was assigned to the team's minor league system. That summer he batted .202 with the Birmingham Barons, a class AA affiliate of the White Sox. Later in the year he batted .252 with the Scottsdale Scorpions in the Arizona Fall League.

28) What American League pitcher threw a perfect game in game 5 of the 1956 World Series?


On October 8, 1956, Don Larsen pitched a perfect game in game 5 of the World Series, shutting out the Brooklyn Dodgers. In the locker room after the game, Larsen said "When it was over, I was so happy, I felt like crying. I wanted to win this one for Casey (Stengel). After what I did in Brooklyn, he could have forgotten about me and who would blame him? But he gave me another chance and I'm grateful."

29) What pitcher holds the record for the longest streak of consecutive saves?


Between August 26, 2002 and July 5, 2004, the Dodgers' Eric Gagne converted a record 84 consecutive saves, including the entire 2003 season without a single blown save. When Gagne came out from the bullpen at Dodger Stadium and the scoreboard flashed "Game Over", it was not hyperbole -- it was fact.

30) What Cincinnati Red was known for using a black bat?


George Foster was one of the most feared right-handed sluggers of his era and a key piece of the Cincinnati Reds' "Big Red Machine" that won consecutive World Series in 1975 and 1976. He famously began using a black bat during his prime because he wanted to "integrate the bat rack" in Cincinnati.

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