Observing Baseball Trivia 2013-14

Updated Standings:

1. Harrison Tishler-28.5

2.Quinn Imiola- 24.5

3. Nick Badders- 10.5

4. Larry-7

T-5. Paul Kom- 4

T-5. Maddie Landis- 3

7. Robbie Sacunas- 1.5

T-8. Tony Voda- 1

T-8. Brendan Weingarten-1

T-8. Anne Badders-1

T-8. Todd Cook-1

T-8. Max- 1

T-8. Tim Anderson- 1

T-8. David Imiola- 1

T-8. Jonathan Mueller- 1

Questions Remaining:

  • Historical Baseball Stuff- 0
  • Contemporary Baseball Stuff- 5
  • Ballpark Trivia- 9
  • Ballhawk Stats- 5
  • Name That Ballpark- 3
  • Trivia about the blog itself- 7
  • Moments in Observing Baseball History- 8

Observing Baseball Trivia. You may or may not remember it from last year, but regardless, there are a couple of rule changes; so I’m going to go over the updated rules as a whole:

  • 100 Questions total
  • These questions are divided as follows:
    • Historical Baseball Stuff- 10
    • Contemporary Baseball Stuff- 10
    • Ballpark Trivia- 25
    • Ballhawk Stats- 10
    • Name That Ballpark- 15
    • Trivia about the blog itself- 15
    • Moments in Observing Baseball History- 15
  • These questions can be asked anytime between when this entry is first published and 11:59 December 28th except for the 24 hours of December 25th; there will be a maximum of one question asked during this period. However, the question will be posted ON the hour or half-hour, so you only need to check around those two times and not in between.
  • Questioned will be a combination of multiple choice and short answer. Whether a question is to be answered by  multiple choice or short answer varies completely arbitrarily from question to question.
  • With every four questions, one will be on the blog, one will be on the Twitter account, one will be on the Facebook page, and one on the Instagram profile. However, they will not necessarily be on those sites in that order.
  • The first person to answer the question correctly by *MY* time stamp gets the point for the question.
  • Each contestant only gets one guess per question. After you have answered the question once, you may not be accredited with getting the question right on any subsequent attempts.
  • However, the questions, if unanswered, remain open to be answered correctly until all 100 are answered. The contest does not officially end until all 100 questions are correctly answered, or enough are answered to conclusively call a winner.
  • Label all answers with the question number followed by the answer you are submitting. Answers without question numbers attached will not be accepted as submissions.
  • To answer the question, reply *on the medium the question was asked. So if the question is on here, Instagram, or Facebook leave a comment on the post with the question in it in order to answer the question. If the question is on Twitter, reply to my tweet that I asked the question in with the answer to said question in your tweet.
  • When replying on Twitter, try to use the hashtag #OBTrivia in the tweets regarding this contest to help me see your answers and other stuff regarding the contest.
  • After the questions on the other sites are answered, I will put them on here with the correct answer bolded.
  • Players will be competing for their spot in choosing from the following prizes. So, the winner gets first choice; second place gets second choice, etc.
  • Contestants must have five points in order to qualify for a prize.

Here are the prizes to choose from:

1. Josh Willingham Bobblehead

Prize 1

2. Ball signed by over ten Minnesota Twins players and prospects

Prize 5

3. John Franco Bobblehead

Prize 2

4. (Slightly-faded) Craig Kribrel autographed baseball

Prize 6

5. Mets and Nationals W.B. Mason Collectible Trucks

Prize 3

6. Edinson Volquez autographed ball

Prize 8

7. Two Baseball Trivia Books

Prize 4

8. Your choice of Ice Cream Helmet

Prize 7

Once questions have been answered I’ll put a leaderboard at the beginning of the entry, but with all this said, let’s get to the contest:

1. What day did I write my first ever entry on Observing Baseball? (You can format the date however you want, but I need the exact date and year in the answer.)

October, 13, 2010 (Answered by: Nick Badders)

2. (on Twitter) Before Barry Zito, who was the last A’s Cy Young winner?

A) Vida Blue

B) Dennis Eckersley (Answered by: Nick Badders)

C) Catfish Hunter

D) Bob Welch

3. Name that Ballpark!

Number 3

Target Field (Answered by: Tony Voda)

4. (on Facebook) What is the name of the hill in Minute Maid Park?
A. Greene’s Hill

B. Tal’s Hill (Answered by: Larry)

C. Pieta Hill

D. Enron Hill

5. (on Twitter)Where is the flag pole at Target Field originally from?

A. Metrodome

B. Metropolitan Stadium(Answered by: Brendan Weingarten)

C. Griffith Stadium

D. 35-W Bridge

6. (on Facebook) Which of the following ballhawks was undefeated in head-to-head, season-long match-ups in 2013?

A. Erik Jabs

B. Zack Hample

C. Greg Barasch (Answered by: Anne Badders)

D. Rocco Sinisi

7. (on Instagram)Who is the MLB’s active AVG leader?

AL All-Stars

Joe Mauer (Answered by: Larry)

8. What day did I snag my 500th career baseball?

May, 13, 2013 (Answered by: Larry)

9. (on Facebook) Which of the following stadiums does not have a standing room section in the outfield?

A. Target Field

B. Oriole Park at Camden Yards

C. Progressive Field

D. Citizens Bank Park

None of the above (Answered by: Harrison Tishler)

10. (on Instagram) What series of entries was this photo used in?

Zac Pitching

Ballhawk Profiles (Answered by: Harrison Tishler)

11. (on Twitter) Which future manager led the Dodgers with a .364 average in the 1916 World Series?

Casey Stengel (Answered by: Harrison Tishler)

12. What game did Tommy Hunter personalize a signed baseball for me and what was the reason?

May 10, 2013, because I got hit in the knee with a line-drive. (Answered by: Harrison Tishler)

13.(on Twitter) What was the last year a non-Tiger won the AL MVP?

2010 (Josh Hamilton) (Answered by: Harrison Tishler)

14. Which MLB stadium had the lowest Balls Per Game average in 2013?

A. Oakland Colliseum (Answered by: Nick Badders)

B. Rogers Centre

C. Wrigley Field

D. Citi Field

15. (on Instagram)Name that ballpark!

OPACY

Oriole Park at Camden Yards (Answered by: Harrison Tishler)

16. (on Facebook) Who came in first place during last year’s Observing Baseball Trivia?

Nick Badders (Answered by: Harrsion Tishler, ironically.)

17. (on Facebook) Which Cinncinati Reds player won the MVP more than once?

A. Barry Larkin

B. Pete Rose

C. George Foster

D. Johnny Bench (Answered by: Larry)

18. (on Twitter) Which of the following doesn’t have a giant poster at Nationals Park?

A. Ian Desmond

B. Jayson Werth

C. Stephen Strasburg

D. Gio Gonzalez (Answered by: Nick Badders)

19. How many more games does Zack Hample have until he gets to 1,000 consecutive games with at least one ball snagged?

34 (Answered by: Harrison Tishler)

20. (on Instagram) Name that ballpark!

Cell

US Cellular Field (Answered by: Larry)

21. (on Instagram) What MLB statistical category did these men lead in 2013, and what was significant about that category this year?

Hits

Hits, which was significant because no one in MLB got over 200 hits fro the first time since 1995. (Answered by: Harrison Tishler and Nick Badders.)

22. (on Twitter) Where did I snag my 100th career ball?

A. Citi Field

B. Nationals Park

C. AT&T Park

D. Tropicana Field (Answered by: Nick Badders)

23. (on Facebook) What role did I have with my high school baseball team when I began the blog?

A. Pitcher

B. Student Reporter for the high school newspaper

C. Student Manager (Answered by: Nick Badders)

D. Video Production Assistant

24. How many ballhawks snagged 100 baseballs or more in 2013?

A. 13

B. 18

C. 21 (Answered by: Harrison Tishler)

D.25

25. What pitcher began his big-league career with 25 consecutive shutout innings?

A. Ed Siever

B. Babe Ruth

C. Nick Altrock

D. George McQuillan (Answered by: Harrison Tishler)

26-33. (on Facebook) Name the members of the 600 HR club.

Barry Bonds, Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Alex Rodriguez, Jim Thome, Willie Mays, Sammy Sosa, Ken Griffey Jr. (Answered all by: Quinn Imiola)

34. (on Instagram) Name That Ballpark!

Mapes

Citi Field  (Answered by: Harrison Tishler)

35.(on Twitter) How many MVP awards did Ken Griffey Jr. win in his career?

There are two answers, technically. He won one AL MVP, but won an All-Star MVP also. (Answered by: Nick Badders, Max, and Todd Cook)

36. In what was the date of the first game of Fenway Park’s existence played, and which stadium did it share this date with?

April, 20, 1912 and Tigers Stadium (Answered by: Quinn Imiola and Harrison Tishler)

37. (on Instagram) What was the promotion on the day I attended this stadium with Avi Miller?

Prince Edward

Manny Machado Garden Gnome (Answered by: Harrison Tishler)

38. Who hit my only home run snag?

A. Chris Young

B. Trevor Plouffe (Answered by: Harrison Tishler)

C. Sean Burroughs

D. Jay Bruce

39. (on Twitter)Which pitcher has the most wins since the start of the 2000 season?

C.C. Sabathia (Answered by: Tim Anderson)

40. What is the area in right field at Oriole Park at Camden Yards known as by ballhawks?

A. Boog’s Palace

B. Flag Court (Answered by: Quinn Imiola)

C. Warehouse District

D. Crush City

41. (on Instagram) Name That Ballpark!

Turner

Turner Field (Answered by: Harrison Tishler)

42. (on Twitter) Who hit my first ever baseball snag?

A. David Justice

B. Jason Giambi

C. Mike Piazza

D. Chuck Knoblauch (Answered by: Robbie Sacunas)

43.(on Twitter) What are the single-season records for most double-digit ball games and Balls Per Game average?

49 and 9.50 (Answered by: Quinn Imiola)

44. How many different stadiums have I snagged milestone baseballs (100, 200, 300, etc) at?

A. 4

B. 3

C. 5 (Answered by: Quinn Imiola)

D. 6

45.(on Instagram) Name That Ballpark!

Nats Park

Nationals Park (Answered by: Harrison Tishler)

46. What MLB stadium claims it is the home of “the wave”

A. Oakland Coliseum (Answered by: Quinn Imiola)

B. AT&T Park

C. Yankee Stadium

D. Marlins Park

If you even thought about D, I don’t think we can be friends anymore.

47.(on Twitter) What was the first season a ballhawk surpassed 500 baseballs in a season?

2008 (Answered by: Harrison Tishler)

48. (on Instagram) Name That Ballpark!

Trop

Tropicana Field (Answered by: Harrison Tishler)

49. What comes out of a hat every time the Mets hit a home run at home?

A. Baseball

B. Mr. Met (Answered by: Harrison Tishler)

C. Apple

D. Bat

50.(on Instagram) How many seasons of baseball were played at the old Yankee Stadium?

YS

83 (Answered by: Harrison Tishler)

51. What statistics did I write about in “Sabermetrics: The Explanation?”

On-Base Percentage
Slugging Percentage
Range Factor
Ultimate Zone Rating
Ratios per innings pitched
Defense independent or Park independent statistics
Component Statistics

(Answered by: Harrison Tishler)

52. (on Twitter)Which pitchers did I write about in “Pitching Aces in the Playoffs?”

Cliff Lee, Christopher John Wilson, CC Sabathia, Andy Pettite, Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, Cole Hamels, Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Jonathan Sanchez, Madison Bumgarner (Answered by: Quinn Imiola)

53. (on Instagram)Where was the counter for Cal Ripken Jr. as he approached Lou Gherig’s consecutive game streak in OPaCY, and what was the number that broke the record?

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2131; on the warehouse. (Answered by: Harrison Tishler)

54. (on Twitter) How many names has the stadium known once as Dolphins Stadium had?

Sun Life Stadium, Dolphin Stadium, Pro Player Park, Land Shark Stadium, Joe Robbie Stadium (Answered by: Maddie Landis)

55. Where did I snag my first ever baseball? (Be specific.)

Old Yankee Stadium (Answered by: Larry)

56. What was the date of the first rainout I documented on the blog?

May, 17, 2011 (Answered by: Paul Kom)

57. (on Twitter)Which one of the following did not meet Mike Trout on 7/24/11?

A. Zack Hample

B. Garrett Meyer

C. Tim Anderson (Answered by: Quinn Imiola)

D. Ben Weil

58. (on Facebook) What was the first season the Dodgers played in Los Angeles at LA Memorial Coliseum?

A. 1958 (Answered by: Nick Badders)

B. 1957

C. 1962

D. 1954

59. (on Instagram)How many baseballs did I snag with the glove trick during the game in which this picture was taken?

Miller Time

2 (Answered by: Quinn Imiola)

60. What ballpark did I compare Nationals Park to the first time I blogged about it?

Citi Field (Answered by: Quinn Imiola)

61. (on Twitter) Where can one find a pool?

A. Citi Field

B. AT&T Park

C. Chase Field (Answered by: Harrison Tishler)

D. None of the Above

62. (on Instagram) Name That Ballpark!

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Citi Field (Answered by: Harrison Tishler)

63. (on Facebook) Where did I catch my first foul ball on the fly, and who was I with the game I did so?

Turner Field with my mom (Answered by: David Imiola)

64. Which of the following did I not think I could snag my 100th ball at?

A. Citi Field (Answered by: Quinn Imiola)

B. Nationals Park

C. AT&T Park

D. Tropicana Field

65. (on Facebook)Whose home run did I feel I should have snagged in my first game at Sun Life Stadium?

Mike Stanton (Answered by: Harrison Tishler)

66. (on Twitter)What game did I meet Paul Kom and Tony Voda at?

August, 28, 2012 Mariners vs. Twins (Answered by: Harrison Tishler)

67. (on Instagram) What time do all of Nationals Park’s gates open?

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1.5 hours before gametime (Answered by: Harrison Tishler)

68. The two “D” logos that the Tigers use were defined as what by Todd Cook? (The __ D and the ___ D)

Hat D and Jersey D (Answered by: Harrison Tishler)

69. (on Instagram)What does the position of the golden glove symbolize in term of Twins history?

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The distance of Harmon Killebrew’s longest home run in franchise history. (Answered by: Harrison Tishler)

70. (on Twitter) What was the date of my first game at Target Field, and what other “first” happened that day for me?

8/9/11 and I got shutout (Answered by: Paul Kom)

71. (on Facebook)What gate did I wait at in the first game I wrote about on Observing Baseball? And why did I go there? (include stadium.

New Yankee Stadium Gate 8 (centerfield gate) and because I wanted to avoid the crowd (Answered by: Quinn Imiola)

72. What was the name of my friend who accompanied me for the game during which I snagged my first and only home run?

Jonathan (Answered by: Harrison Tishler)

73. (on Twitter) What was a giant factor in me getting my only 11-baseball game at Target Field?

I got in early because of Tony Voda (Answered by: Paul Kom)

74. (on Facebook) What game did I get my 200th ball at Target Field at?

September, 29, 2013 Indians at Twins (Answered by: Quinn Imiola)

75. (on Instagram) Name That Ballpark!

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RFK Stadium (Answered by: Harrison Tishler)

76. Who did I tie in head-to-head match-ups in 2013?

A. Greg Barasch

B. Tony Voda (Answered by: Quinn Imiola)

C. Paul Kom

D. Erik Jabs

77. (on Instagram) What problem did I run into at the gate of this game?

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The Mets had changed their gate times (Answered by: Harrison Tishler)

78. (on Facebook) How many people have ever had the most baseballs at a BallhawkFest?

A. 4

B. 5

C. 6

D. 7 (Answered by: Maddie Landis)

79. (on Twitter) I own memorabilia dealing with whose perfect game?

A. David Cone

B. David Wells

C. Roy Halladay

D. None of the above (Answered by: Jonathan Mueller)

80. What stadium did Don Larsen throw his perfect game at?

A. Dodgers Stadium

B. Ebbets Field

C. Yankee Stadium (Answered by: Quinn Imiola)

D. Polo Grounds

81. (on Facebook) What Colombian pitcher did I purposefully try to get a ball from when his team visited Nationals Park in 2012?

Julio Teheran (Answered by: Harrison Tishler)

82. (on Instagram) When he got the triple crown, Miguel Cabrera was the first to do so since who in what year?

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Carl Yastrzemski in 1967 (Answered by: Quinn Imiola)

83. (on Twitter) Who is my favorite active player in MLB?

Tim Lincecum (Answered by: Quinn Imiola)

84. What was the first game I ever went to with my current roommate, Sean Bigness, and who did we learn spoke Spanish during the pre-game warm-ups?

9/12/12 and Bruce Chen (Answered by: Harrison Tishler)

85. (on Instagram) What was the tempurature below when I got to the gate for opening day?

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Sub-30 (Answered by: Maddie Landis)

86. (on Twitter) What was the name of the person who took pictures for me the day I snagged my 100th baseball at Yankee Stadium?

Andy Bingham (Answered by: Quinn Imiola)

87. (on Facebook)Which player’s face do I have on a stick?

Joe Mauer (Answered by: Quinn Imiola)

88. What schools did I look at in my 2011 August trip? (More than one point available, but answer each school as a separate comment. You can guess as much as you like, but only the guesses before your first incorrect guess will be counted.)

University of Minnesota

89. (on Twitter) Who accompanied me in my first ever trip to Target Field?

My Uncle (Answered by: Paul Kom)

90. In what year was the first regular season game held at the Metrodome?

1982 (Answered by: Paul Kom)

Also, since it is the next most voted-for category, let me know which stadium you would like me to do a Stadium Profile entry on in this poll:

258 Comments

darn its 5

114) 3 people went with Alex

114.4

112. Paul Kom

112) Ballhawk Shawn!

101) Garret and Rocco

99.Ruben amaro jr being a genius Question

100.mariano Rivera and it being his last season

100) buck Showalters 1000th win

was it some sort of pitching trade? #99

99. was it some sort of pitching trade?

99. transactions for players

99.he got a great pitching rotation in lee, halladay, and hamels

92.13

92) This is a freebie for whoever wants it. 13

93: 2013- Target Field; 2012- Nats Park AND New Yankee Stadium; 2011- Nationals Park; 2010: Citi Field

93: 2013-Target field 2012: target field 2011: 2011: nationals park 2010: oriole park

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