July 12, 2006

WANNA WIN A BOOK? (via Glenn Dryfoos):

Quiz: Test your baseball knowledge! (ESPN.com, 7/10/06)

Every year, a new chapter in baseball history is written. Players win awards, chase significant milestones and experience the thrill of victory. One team gets crowned World Series champion. And memorable performances often resonate far into the future.

But as new stories are being told, we cannot forget about the game that preceded these current history-makers. Before multimillion-dollar contracts, performance-enhancing suspicions, shrinking strike zones, smaller ballparks, interleague play and expansion -- there was nothing but a field of dreams.

Baseball is still a simple game -- throw the ball, catch the ball, hit the ball -- but a lot has changed over the years. To make sense of this evolution, we must look back at the heroes, goats, legends, villains, scandals, tragedies, and triumphs that connect one generation to the next.

As a way of examining the past, we developed a baseball history quiz. The 50 questions were broken into five eras -- The Early Years (1845-1899), Dead Ball Era (1900-1919), Rebirth of Soul (1920-1945), Golden Age (1946-1979) and Modern Days (1980-today) -- and designed to test general knowledge, educate and challenge.

We fielded a lineup of major leaguers and ESPN analysts to take the test. Now, it's your turn.

Dryfoos got 42. I only got 36. We'll give a book to whoever gets the most.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 12, 2006 10:54 AM

30. Surprisingly I just about ran the questions on the early years and dead ball, tanked on the golden age, and didn't do so well on the modern days either.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at July 10, 2006 2:03 PM

Iinteresting that the ESPN guys also did well in the early years and poorly in the modern section.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at July 10, 2006 2:23 PM

31. Like Jim in Chicago, I did better on the older questions. Stuff I read about as a kid seems clearer than stuff that actually happened in my time, especially recently.

Posted by: Jdkelly at July 10, 2006 3:20 PM

32. I hang my head in shame.

If I kept up my pace from the first third, I would have been in the mid-40s. Trailed off badly at the end.

Posted by: Bob at July 10, 2006 3:29 PM

37. There were only a couple others where I might have guessed the right answer.

However, if I watch the All-Star game tomorrow, I'll be lucky to know more than 10 players' names.

Posted by: jim hamlen at July 10, 2006 3:36 PM

15. I'm pathetic.

Posted by: Mike Morley at July 10, 2006 4:45 PM


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Posted by: Brandon at July 10, 2006 7:03 PM

I got 39. Missed the following:


Tired in the late innings.

Posted by: George at July 10, 2006 8:05 PM

Somehow I got 40; I don't believe it because I frankly guessed on a lot of them.

My mistakes were: 16, 23, 24, 33, 35, 40, 42, 43, 44, and 50. Like George, I tired in the late innings.

Posted by: John Barrett Jr. at July 10, 2006 9:04 PM

22. What's the Mendoza Line for this one?

Posted by: joe shropshire at July 10, 2006 11:34 PM

I tied Glen at 42. Changed a right answer from Wahoo Sam Crawford to Ty Cobb. Ooops.

Posted by: jeff at July 10, 2006 11:47 PM

29. Lame.

Posted by: Matt Cohen at July 12, 2006 3:52 PM