MLB Baseball by Year, 1960–1989

We give you one question about Major League baseball for every year from 1960 until 1989. Can you answer them all?
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Last updated: December 2, 2020
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Year
Clue
Answer
1989
This rookie is featured on the first Upper Deck baseball card
Ken Griffey, Jr.
1988
This injured player hits a walk-off homer in Game 1 of the World Series,
then limps around the bases
Kirk Gibson
1987
This slugger hits 49 home runs - a rookie record
Mark McGwire
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 player records his 4000th hit
Pete Rose
1983
This Red Sox player records his first of four seasons hitting about .360
Wade Boggs
1982
This speedster steals 130 bases - a major league record
Rickey Henderson
1981
This Dodger becomes the first rookie to win a Cy Young award
Fernando Valenzuela
1980
This player hits .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 pitcher is the first player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame by the
Negro League Committee
Satchel Paige
1970
This Seattle team moves to Milwaukee and becomes the Brewers
Seattle Pilots
1969
The Mets earn this nickname by winning the World Series
The Miracle Mets
1968
This pitcher wins 31 games
Denny McLain
1967
This Red Sox left fielder wins the Triple Crown
Carl Yastrzemski
1966
This Dodger wins his third Cy Young in four years, then retires due to arthritis
Sandy Koufax
1965
This becomes the first indoor stadium in the Major Leagues
The Astrodome
1964
This recently-retired catcher is hired to manage the Yankees but is fired following
an incident with a harmonica on a team bus
Yogi Berra
1963
Brothers Felipe, Jesus, and Matty ____ play for the Giants at the same time
Alou
1962
This expansion team loses a record 120 games
New York Mets
1961
This slugger beats Babe Ruth by hitting 61 home runs in a single season *
Roger Maris
1960
This Pirates second baseman hits the only game 7 walk-off homer in MLB history
Bill Mazeroski
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Level 51
May 3, 2013
Great quiz. Loved it.
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Level 79
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 79
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 83
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 81
Oct 26, 2018
Love the reference to Disco Demolition Night.
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Level 80
Nov 4, 2019
Wikipedia entry on 1969 New York Mets season: "The team is often referred to as the "Amazin' Mets" (a nickname coined by Casey Stengel, who managed the team from their inaugural season to 1965) or the "Miracle Mets"."
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Level ∞
Nov 4, 2019
Amazing will work now.
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Level 17
Mar 5, 2020
Easy as pie!
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Level 26
Mar 21, 2020
Ripken's streak began in 1982, not 1983.
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Level ∞
Dec 2, 2020
Dang. Changed the question to use Wade Boggs instead.
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Level 26
Mar 21, 2020
Pete Rose got his 4,000th hit with the Montreal Expos in 1984, not the Cincinnati Reds.
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Level ∞
Dec 2, 2020
Removed the team from the question.
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Level 43
Jul 4, 2020
Didn't Jackie Robinson play a bunch of games for the KC Monarchs in the Negro Leagues? He was inducted in 1962... so doesn't that make him he first former Negro Leaguer to be inducted in the HOF?
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Level ∞
Dec 2, 2020
You are technically correct. (The best kind of correct). The question has been amended slightly.