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BASEBALL TRIVIA IX

81) Why did Dallas Green threaten to move the Cubs from Wrigley Field?


A city ordinance prohibited the Cubs from installing lights in the residential Lakeview neighborhood where Wrigley Field was located. Bluntly stating that "if there are no lights in Wrigley Field, there will be no Wrigley Field," Green threatened to move the Cubs to a new stadium in northwest suburban Schaumburg or Arlington Heights. The Chicago City Council and Mayor Harold Washington approved a change to the ordinance, allowing the Cubs to install lights in 1988.

82) Which player led Major League Baseball in homers a record 6 consecutive years?


From 1947 to 1952, Ralph Kiner dominated the Home Run Derby. A back injury forced him to retire at the age of 32, finishing his career with 369 home runs, 1019 runs batted in and a .279 lifetime batting average.

83) Detroit Tigers pitcher Joel Zumaya once missed three games after injuring himself doing what?


On the Xbox 360 version of Guitar Hero II, the credits read: No pitchers were harmed in the making of this game. Except for one. Joel Zumaya. He had it coming.

84) What MLB pitcher would go on to become a U.S. Senator?


After retiring from baseball, Jim Bunning returned to his native northern Kentucky and was elected to the city council, then the state senate, in which he served as minority leader. In 1986, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives where he served from 1987 to 1999 before moving on to the United States Senate.

85) Who was the first Puerto Rican player to receive a World Series MVP Award?


Roberto Clemente was the first Puerto Rican player to help win a World Series as a starter (1960), to receive an NL MVP Award (1966), and to receive a World Series MVP Award (1971). He was also the first Puerto Rican player inducted into the Hall of Fame.

86) Which left-handed pitcher led the American League in strikeouts seven years in a row?


One of the greatest left-handed pitchers in major league history, Lefty Grove led the American League in wins in four separate seasons, in strikeouts seven years in a row, and had the league's lowest earned run average a record nine times.

87) Who was the shortest man ever to play Major League Baseball?


On August 19, 1951, the St. Louis Browns sent Eddie Gaedel (3 feet, 7 inches) to the batter's box in a publicity stunt during the second game of a doubleheader. Gaedel had a good eye, taking a four-pitch walk before trotting down to first base. Browns owner Bill Veeck said, "He was, by golly, the best darn midget who ever played big-league ball."

88) What did Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Dock Ellis claim to have done on June 12, 1970?


Ellis threw a no-hitter on June 12, 1970 and claimed to have accomplishet the feat under the influence of LSD. He would later say, "I can only remember bits and pieces of the game. I was psyched. I had a feeling of euphoria. I was zeroed in on the glove, but I didn't hit the glove too much. I remember hitting a couple of batters, and the bases were loaded two or three times. The ball was small sometimes, the ball was large sometimes, sometimes I saw the catcher, sometimes I didn't. Sometimes, I tried to stare the hitter down and throw while I was looking at him. I chewed my gum until it turned to powder. I started having a crazy idea in the fourth inning that Richard Nixon was the home plate umpire, and once I thought I was pitching a baseball to Jimi Hendrix, who to me was holding a guitar and swinging it over the plate."

89) Who was the first father and son to play Major League Baseball as teammates?


In 1990, Ken Griffey and Ken Griffey Jr. both played for the Seattle Mariners. On September 14, 1990, they hit back-to-back home runs, creating another father-son baseball first.

90) Who was the first girl to pitch a shutout in the Little League Baseball World Series?


Mo'ne Davis was the 18th girl to play, the sixth to get a hit, and the first to pitch a shutout in the Little League Baseball World Series.

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