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- Please give us the starting lineup on opening night for the 1962 New York Mets.
P-Roger Craig; C-Hobie Landrith; 1B-Gil Hodges; 2B-Charlie Neal; SS- Felix Mantilla; 3B-Don Zimmer; LF-Frank Thomas; CF-Richie Ashburn; RF-Gus Bell.
- Please give us the starting lineup on opening night for the 1977 Seattle Mariners.
P-Diego Segui; C-Bob Stinson; 1B-Dan Meyer; 2B-Jose Baez; SS-Craig Reynolds; 3B-Bill Stein; LF-Steve Braun; CF-Ruppert Jones; RF-Lee Stanton; DH-Dave Collins.
- In the 1982 National League baseball season, the batting averages .216 and .215 were of special significance. To whom do the averages belong, and what precedent do they represent?
Steve Carlton, the Cy Young Award winner, had a higher final batting average than Dave Kingman, the home run champion.
- In the 1982 baseball season, a very unlucky pitcher had a no-hitter going through five innings. But by the sixth inning, he had been sent to the showers, and was to lose the 14th consecutive game at the start of his career. Please name this pitcher and the noble team he represents.
Terry Felton, of course of the Minnesota Twins.
- What pitcher won on Opening Day in 1980, and managed to finish the season with a record of 1-16?
Mike Parrott of the Seattle Mariners.
- Two pitchers combined efforts to stop Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak. Who were the pitchers, and for what team did they play?
Al Smooth & Jim Bagby of the Cleveland Indians.
- In the 1982 season, an obscure baseball player set an all-time major league record for most stolen bases in a season without getting caught. Please name him and the team he plays for.
Jimmy Sexton of the Oakland A's. (Sexton was 16-for-16.)
- We all know that Rickey Henderson broke Lou Brock's single season stolen base record this season. But before he broke that mark, he broke an older mark set for base-stealing which had been set by Ty Cobb in 1915. What is this record and what happened when Henderson broke it?
Bill Fahey of the Detroit Tigers threw him out at second base, marking the 39th time that Henderson was caught that year, a new record.
- While Pete Rose is in hot pursuit of Ty Cobb's record for most career hits, he managed this year to pass Hank Aaron to become the all-time leader in a certain category. Name it.
Most career outs.
- What team record did the 1982 Boston Red Sox set?
They hit into the most double plays in a season, 180.
- Please give us a year-by-year account of who has held the job of manager for the New York Yankees, from 1973 through 1982.
1973: Ralph Houk; 1974: Bill Virdon; 1975: Virdon, Billy Martin; 1976: Martin; 1977: Martin; 1978: Martin, Bob Lemon; 1979: Lemon, Martin #2; 1980: Dick Howser; 1981: Gene Michael, Lemon #2; 1982: Lemon, Michael #2, Clyde King
- The 1981 season marked the first time that the number of games a player started was less than the number of fights he got into with fans. Please name this player and his team.
Reggie Smith of the L.A. Dodgers.
- What manager holds the career mark for most World Series losses?
John McGraw of the New York Giants, who lost the Series 6 times.
- What Oakland A's player did Charlie Finley try to release in the middle of the World Series?
- What is the lowest batting average with which a player has won the batting title, and who was the player?
Carl Yastrzemski, with a .301 average. (NOTE: This was in the pitching- dominant 1968 season when 31 wins, 58 scoreless innings and a 1.12 ERA were all set. Yaz was the only AL hitter over .300. Pete Rose won the NL batting title with a hefty .305.)
- Great Baseball Trades. We can, of course, be speaking of none other than the New York Mets. Whom did the Mets receive from the California Angels for Nolan Ryan? Whom did the Mets receive for Amos Otis?
Jim Fregosi and Joe Foy, respectively.
- Whom did the Seattle Mariners receive from the Houston Astros in exchange for Jim Bouton?
- Who appeared as #1/8th for the St. Louis Browns on August 19, 1951?
Eddie Gaedel, the only midget ever to play major league baseball. (He walked on 4 pitches in his only at-bat.)
- At the beginning of the 1982 baseball season, there were eight players 40 years of age or older. Please name all eight, and the teams they play for.
Carl Yastrzemski-- Red Sox; Tony Perez-- Red Sox; Woody Fryman-- Expos; Pete Rose-- Phillies; Willie Stargell-- Pirates; Phil Niekro--Braves; Gaylord Perry--Mariners; Jim Kaat-- Cardinals.