Welcome back to another edition of the Sun-Times’ Chicago Baseball Quiz. I am your quizmaster, Bill Chuck. These quizzes are designed to be fun and can be played on your own, or you can test your family, friends, neighbors, colleagues or cellmates. The questions are easy if you know the answers. Other than stats, there will be no math. This is purely for entertainment purposes, so no wagering, please.
Are you ready for the Chicago Nine?
1. I’m very tired of hearing about the youngest to accomplish some baseball feat, so indulge me by telling me the oldest Cub to hit a triple in a game.
a. Gary Gaetti
b. Walker Cooper
c. Davey Lopes
d. Larry Bowa
2. The designated hitter came to the American League in 1973. Since then, which White Sox pitcher has gotten the most hits. I’ll give you a hint: He had five hits.
a. Mark Buehrle
b. Jon Garland
c. James Shields
d. Carlos Rodon
3. On June 9, 1957, Ernie Banks hit the 100th homer of his career. I’ll even tell you that it was against the Phillies and off HOFer Robin Roberts (not the one on “Good Morning America”). You just need to tell me at what position did Ernie play in that game?
a. First base
c. Third base
d. Left field
4. In the 1950s, the Yankees won the American League pennant each season except in 1954 (Cleveland) and 1959 (White Sox). One guy managed both of those outliers. Who was it?
a. Paul Richards
b. Al Lopez
c. Jimmy Dykes
d. Eddie Stanky
5. Frank Thomas leads White Sox Hall of Famers with 1,165 strikeouts while with the team. Which of these HOFers had the second-most whiffs while playing with the Sox?
a. Harold Baines
b. Carlton Fisk
c. Jim Thome
d. Luke Appling
6. Ernie Banks has hit the most Cubs homers against the Cardinals. Which Cardinal has hit the most homers against the Cubs?
a. Stan Musial
b. Albert Pujols
c. Mark McGwire
d. Ted Simmons
7. Who is the White Sox’ leader in
a. Jose Abreu
b. Paul Konerko
c. Frank Thomas
d. Magglio Ordonez
8. White Sox manager Tony La Russa played for the Athletics, Braves and Cubs in portions of six seasons. In 203 PA/176 AB, how many homers did he hit?
9. Against whom did Cubs manager David Ross hit his first MLB homer?
a. Todd Zeile
b. Mark Grace
c. Jesse Orosco
d. Randy Johnson
1. Davey Lopes was 41 years and 49 days old when he tripled June 21, 1986.
2. Mark Buehrle (OK, the hint was lousy).
3. Mr. Cub played third.
4. Al Lopez.
5. Harold Baines struck out 918 times.
6. Stan “The Man” Musial hit 67. If it makes you feel better, he hit 89 homers against the Giants.
7. Paul Konerko totaled 60 interleague homers, 57 with the Sox.
8. Tony still is looking for his first MLB homer.
9. Rossy homered off Diamondbacks first baseman Mark Grace, who was making his only appearance on the mound.