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BASEBALL TRIVIA VIII

71) Which team won the first World Series?


At the first World Series, held in 1903, the Boston Americans defeated the Pittsburg Pirates in eight games.

72) Who was the first Canadian inducted into the Hall of Fame?


In 1991, Ferguson Jenkins became the first Canadian to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. He was also the first Canadian to win a Cy Young Award.

73) What Pittsburgh Pirates player died in a plane crash while en route to deliver aid to earthquake victims in Nicaragua?


Roberto Clemente spent much of his time during the off-season involved in charity work. When Managua, the capital city of Nicaragua, was affected by a massive earthquake on December 23, 1972, he immediately set to work arranging emergency relief flights, but the aid packages on the first three flights were diverted by corrupt officials. Clemente decided to accompany the fourth flight to ensure its delivery, but the airplane he chartered crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Isla Verde, Puerto Rico immediately after takeoff on December 31, 1972.

74) Which Minor League Baseball team is an affiliate of the New York Mets?


The Las Vegas 51s, formerly known as the Las Vegas Stars, are a Minor League Baseball team of the Pacific Coast League and the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets. They are named for Area 51 which is located near Rachel, Nevada, about 80 miles north of Las Vegas, and the team logo jokingly depicts one of the grey aliens thought by UFO believers to inhabit that base.

75) Which player had the longest baseball career?


During a major league record 27-year baseball career, Nolan Ryan pitched for four different teams: the New York Mets, California Angels, Houston Astros, and Texas Rangers. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999.

76) What Chicago Cubs pitcher also played basketball for the Harlem Globetrotters?


Ferguson Jenkins pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers, and Boston Red Sox, from 1965 through 1983. He also played basketball in the off-season for the Harlem Globetrotters from 1967 to 1969.

77) What Hall of Fame player became "interim manager" of the Philadelphia Phillies in August 2013?


Ryne Sandberg established himself as a perennial All-Star and Gold Glove candidate, making 10 consecutive All-Star appearances and winning nine consecutive Gold Gloves from 1983 to 1991. He became "interim manager" of the Phillies in August 2013 and was officially named manager on September 22, 2013.

78) Which pitcher was nicknamed "The Chairman of the Board"?


Whitey Ford was a ten-time MLB All-Star and six-time World Series champion. He won both the Cy Young Award and World Series Most Valuable Player Award in 1961.

79) What was specifically designed to be the size and weight of a baseball?


During World War II, the U.S. military designed a grenade to be the size and weight of a baseball, reasoning that "any young American man should be able to properly throw it."

80) 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.

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