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Baseball by Year

Answer these questions about baseball. One per year since 1970.
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First submittedOctober 15, 2012
Last updatedOctober 30, 2018
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Year
Clue
Answer
2018
This Japanese sensation pitches and plays DH for the Angels
Shohei Ohtani
2017
This player sets the rookie record by hitting 52 home runs
Aaron Judge
2016
This team wins the World Series for the first time in 108 years
Chicago Cubs
2015
This Washington Nationals pitcher throws two no-hitters
Max Scherzer
2014
This Dodgers pitcher, often compared to Sandy Koufax, is named NL MVP
Clayton Kershaw
2013
This closer, called the greatest of all-time, retires after 19 seasons
Mariano Rivera
2012
This slugger wins the Triple Crown, the first to do so since 1967
Miguel Cabrera
2011
This pitcher becomes the first to win an MVP since 1992
Justin Verlander
2010
This Cuban defector throws a pitch clocked at 105 mph
Aroldis Chapman
2009
This heavily-hyped player is drafted #1 by the Washington Nationals
Stephen Strasburg
2008
This pitcher records his 350th win
Greg Maddux
2007
This player signs a $275 million dollar contract, the largest ever
Alex Rodriguez
2006
This Twins pitcher leads the majors in wins, ERA, and strikeouts
Johan Santana
2005
This team becomes the Washington Nationals
Montreal Expos
2004
This team "Reverses the Curse"
Boston Red Sox
2003
This book, about Oakland GM Billy Beane, is first published
Moneyball
2002
This baseball commissioner declares the All-Star game a tie
Bud Selig
2001
This steroidal slugger smashes 73 home runs
Barry Bonds
2000
This team wins its 3rd consecutive World Series
New York Yankees
1999
This overweight pitcher is traded to the Blue Jays in exchange for Roger Clemens
David Wells
1998
This player hits 70 home runs - shattering Roger Maris's record
Mark McGwire
1997
This player's number (42) is retired for all Major League teams
Jackie Robinson
1996
This player ties his own record by striking out 20 batters in a single game
Roger Clemens
1995
This ironman plays his 2131st consecutive game, surpassing Lou Gehrig
Cal Ripken, Jr.
1994
The World Series is canceled due to this
Player's Strike
1993
This Blue Jay wins the World Series by hitting a walk-off homer in Game 6
Joe Carter
1992
This player slides into home, sending the Braves to the World Series
Sid Bream
1991
This pitcher throws his 7th no-hitter
Nolan Ryan
1990
In over 70 innings of action, this closer allows only 5 runs and 4 walks
Dennis Eckersley
1989
This rookie is featured on the first Upper Deck baseball card
Ken Griffey, Jr.
1988
This injured player his a walk-off World Series home run,
then limps around the bases
Kirk Gibson
1987
This Yankee homers in 8 consecutive games
Don Mattingly
1986
This first baseman makes a costly error in Game 6 of the World Series
Bill Buckner
1985
This 20 year old pitcher dominates the National League with
24 wins and a 1.53 ERA
Dwight Gooden
1984
This Cincinnati Red records his 4000th hit
Pete Rose
1983
George Brett puts too much of this substance on his bat - nullifying a home run
Pine Tar
1982
This speedster steals 130 bases
Rickey Henderson
1981
This Dodger becomes the first rookie to win a Cy Young award
Fernando Valenzuela
1980
This player bats .390 in an injury-shortened season
George Brett
1979
Fans riot during _____ Demolition Night at Comiskey Field
Disco
1978
In a one-game playoff, this Yankees shortstop hits a rare home run
to help defeat the hated Red Sox
Bucky Dent
1977
This slugger hits three home runs in Game 6 of the World Series
Reggie Jackson
1976
The World Series champion Reds are widely known by this nickname
The Big Red Machine
1975
This player "waves it fair" to win Game 6 of the World Series
Carlton Fisk
1974
This slugger hits his 715th home run, eclipsing Babe Ruth
Hank Aaron
1973
This position, hated by baseball purists, is used for the first time
Designated Hitter
1972
This player dies in a tragic plane crash, months after recording his 3,000th hit
Roberto Clemente
1971
This Negro League player is the first to be inducted into the Hall of Fame
Satchel Paige
1970
This Seattle team moves to Milwaukee and becomes the Brewers
Seattle Pilots
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level 32
Oct 20, 2012
I like it! Thanks for giving me credit for the idea.
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level 51
May 3, 2013
Great quiz. Loved it.
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level 58
Apr 2, 2014
I don't pay attention much to baseball, so the 1994 question really threw me off. I was trying to think of what world event could have caused them to cancel the World Series (or should I say the North American series lol). Like in 1919 the Stanley Cup was not awarded after they stopped the finals after 5 games due to an outbreak of influenza (one player actually died from pneumonia). A strike was certainly not in my realm of thought. Though I really don't know what baseball players have to strike about.
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level 71
Apr 2, 2014
Ha ha. And here the 1994 was one of only 5 I could actually answer (I only got mildly interested in baseball in the past 3-4 years) because I'm from Montréal and 1994 was the only year the Expos had a truly good team and were finally having success.... and then there was the strike, and any hope was nipped in the bud. Went downhill after that until we lost the team (which leads to the only OTHER question which answer I was sure of). Oh well.
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level 56
Apr 7, 2016
45/46....couldn't think of Eckersley for some reason.
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level 70
Oct 5, 2017
Eck's 1989 numbers of 70 innings/5 earn runs allowed/4 walks issued make Game 1 of the 1988 World Series ever more improbably, if that's even possible. With 2 outs, Eck walked Mike Davis, then, after getting ahead of Gibson, 0 balls and 2 strikes, fell behind in the count, 3 balls and 2 strikes, and then gave up a 2-run home run to Gibby. Simply amazing.
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level 72
Nov 13, 2018
His biggest loss. The best thing that happened to him is being changed to a relief pitcher after he left the Red Sox. He was one of the great closers.
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level 25
Apr 15, 2016
46/46 with 3:16 remaining...God I love baseball
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level 65
Apr 5, 2018
Nice, took me to 2:36. Great clues, great quiz.
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level 54
Oct 6, 2016
I'm pretty sure I typed Brett and Clemente, but didn't get them...could you verify that nothing was messed up with this last update? I might've been confused since I just took two other baseball quizzes that received their post-2016 updates, though...still love this quiz!
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level 66
Oct 9, 2016
Both worked for me.
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level 58
Jan 6, 2017
ok, who didn't get the Cubs?!
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level 30
Jan 23, 2017
Someone forgot the Cubs?
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level 68
Jan 27, 2017
Anything in the last ten years is harder to remember for us old guys.
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level 70
Jul 4, 2017
Bonus trivia: as Hank Aaron's 715th HR sailed out of the park in Atlanta, who was the Dodger left-fielder climbing the left field fence in a vain attempt to get to the ball?




Answer: Bill Buckner. (drag mouse over to highlight answer)
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level 70
Jul 4, 2017
1975 World Series, one of the greatest ever, and it seems all anyone remembers is Fisk's HR. Historic moment, no doubt, but as Johnny Bench said years later about how that Series is often remembered, tongue firmly planted in cheek, "The Red Sox won, 3 games to 4."
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level 48
Sep 20, 2017
Along with Robinson, my hero is Roberto Clemente. An incredible 5-tool player and humanitarian, thus the award is named for him. There is a movement to retire his #21 as well, which I would support. The world needs more people like him; who thinks of others in need and does something about it.
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level 61
Oct 9, 2017
Pretty sure Brett's 1980 season was shortened by an injury, not a strike.
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level 62
Nov 28, 2017
Yes to the last comment. The strike was in 1981. He was on the DL for most of June through the beginning of July in 1980.
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level ∞
Nov 28, 2017
Fixed!
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level 79
Jul 26, 2018
Savage....I am a baseball fan and missed only five of the 48 questions. Sadly, that was good enough only to get me 3/5 points. There are some FANS taking this quiz!
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level 79
Oct 26, 2018
Love the reference to Disco Demolition Night.