It’s OK to call this Chicago baseball quiz a homer

Take a swing at this test of your Cubs and White Sox home-run knowledge.

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Former Cub Tuffy Rhodes.

Former Cub Tuffy Rhodes.

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Welcome back to another edition of the Sun-Times Chicago Baseball Quiz. I am your quizmaster, Bill Chuck. Other than stats, there will be no Statcast figures, so you must guess how long each homer went all on your own. 

Are you ready for the Chicago Nine?

Get set to flip your bat!

1. Who hit his first big-league homer against the Cubs?

a. Henry Aaron

b. Yoan Moncada

c. Nolan Arenado

d. Paul Konerko

2. Only one Chicago player ever has had a game with a homer and a Platinum Sombrero (five strikeouts). Who was he?

a. Ron Kittle

b. Sammy Sosa

c. Dave Kingman

d. Alex Avila

3. The Cubs’ first night game at Wrigley was a 6-4 victory against the Mets on August 9, 1988. Who hit the first night homer?

a. Rafael Palmeiro

b. Lenny Dykstra

c. Keith Hernandez

d. Ryne Sandberg

4. Sox hurler Eddie Lopat allowed five homers to the Tigers on April 23, 1947. Only one other White Sox pitcher gave up five homers in a game. Who was he?

a. Reynaldo Lopez

b. James Shields

c. Carlos Rodon

d. Jose Quintana

5. Who is the only Cub to hit three home runs in an Opening Day game?

a. Tuffy Rhodes

b. Javy Baez

c. Corey Patterson

d. Ernie Banks

6. Which of these players hit the most pinch-hit homers for the Sox?

a. Harold Baines

b. Smoky Burgess

c. Jerry Hairston

d. Carlton Fisk

7. In 2020, only one member of the Sox hit an extra-inning walk-off homer. Who was it?

a. Jose Abreu

b. Luis Robert

c. Eloy Jimenez

d. Edwin Encarnacion

8. In the Cubs/Cardinals rivalry, no Cub hit more homers against the Cardinals than Ernie Banks. Three of these Cubs have only one career home run against St. Louis. Who doesn’t?

a. Tommy La Stella

b. Lenny Randle

c. Lou Brock

d. Bill Madlock

9. Frank Thomas hit 521 homers. Which of the following pitchers did “The Big Hurt” hit the most homers against?

a. Kenny Rogers

b. David Wells

c. Tim Wakefield

d. Mike Mussina


1. Yoan Moncada’s first homer was off Jake Arrieta on July 26, 2017.

2. On June 9, 2000, Sammy Sosa of the Cubs had that contrasting game against the Sox.

3. Lenny Dykstra homered off Mike Bielecki in the 5th inning.

4. Reynaldo Lopez was bombarded by the Blue Jays on July 27, 2018.

5. Tuffy Rhodes vs. the Mets on April 4, 1994.

6. Jerry Hairston hit eight, the others five each.

7. On August 30, Luis Robert slammed a three-run game winner in the 10th against the Royals. 

8. Lou Brock hit five before he was traded to the Cardinals.

9. Thomas went deep nine times off fellow Hall of Famer, Mike Mussina.

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