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BASEBALL TRIVIA IV

31) Who was the first female pitcher in the Negro Leagues?


Mamie "Peanut" Johnson was signed by the Indianapolis Clowns in 1953, played with the team from 1953 to 1955, had a 33-8 win-loss record and a batting average of .273.

32) How many baseballs could Johnny Bench hold in one hand?


A famous photograph features Bench holding seven baseballs in his right hand.

33) What Minor League Baseball team set a new record in 2011 for most consecutive sellouts?


In 2011, the Dayton Dragons broke the record for most consecutive sellouts by a professional sports team, selling out their 815th consecutive game, breaking the record formerly held by the Portland Trail Blazers. In 2016, Forbes listed the Dragons as the third-most valuable Minor League Baseball team with a value of $45 million, making them the most valuable Class A minor league franchise.

34) What is the most stolen base?


The base most stolen in baseball is second base.

35) What is the lowest recorded turnout for a Major League Baseball game?


Zero spectators attended a game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Chicago White Sox on April 29, 2015 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The game was closed to spectators due to concern for their safety during the 2015 Baltimore protests.

36) Who is the only New York Yankee to win both the Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player awards?


Considered the "heart and soul" of the Yankees, Thurman Munson was named the first team captain since Lou Gehrig. He led the Yankees to three consecutive World Series appearances from 1976 to 1978, and two consecutive World Series championships in 1977 and 1978.

37) Who hit the "Homer in the Gloamin" on September 28, 1938?


On September 28, 1938, one of the most dramatic moments in Chicago Cubs history took place when catcher Gabby Hartnett hit his legendary "Homer in the Gloamin'," a game-winning home run against the Pirates, hit into the darkness of Wrigley Field. Hartnett not only played catcher, but also replaced Charlie Grimm as manager that season, leading the Cubs to the 1938 World Series against the New York Yankees, where the Cubs were swept four games to none. The Homer in the Gloamin' was one of 236 homers that Hartnett hit during his career.

38) Who was the first Major League player to hit four home runs in a single game?


On May 30, 1894, Bobby Lowe, of the Boston Beaneaters, became the first Major League player to hit four home runs in a single game. The unlucky opposing pitcher was Elton Chamberlain of the Cincinnati Reds.

39) Who was the first American League player to hit a home run in his first at bat?


On August 8, 1921, in his first at bat, St. Louis Browns rookie Luke Stuart hit a home run off Washington's Walter Johnson. He was the first American League rookie to accomplish the feat. Stuart played only two more games--then left the majors with this home run as his only hit.

40) What player hit 70 home runs in 1998?


At the end of the 1998 season, after the most explosive home run race in the history of major league baseball, Mark McGwire emerged as the all-time single season leader with 70 home runs. The previous record of 61, held for 37 years by Roger Maris, was also surpassed by Sammy Sosa who finished the 1998 season with 66 home runs. McGwire's record wouldn't last long however. Just three years later, Barry Bonds finished the 2001 season with 73 homers.

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