Big League Trivia
Big League Trivia
Facts, Figures, Oddities, and Coincidences from our National Pastime
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Big League Trivia - Facts, Figures, Oddities, and Coincidences from our National Pastime is a unique trivia book divided into twenty-four chapters dealing with various areas of the great game of major league baseball.  Chapters include: All-Star Game, Award Winners, Ballparks, Coincidences, Debuts, Family, Golden Oldies, Home Run Feats, League Leaders, Managers, Milestones, Moment of Glory, No-Hitters, Oddities, One and Only, Opening Day, Pitching Feats, Runs Batted In, So Close, Teams, Triples, Two of a Kind and World Series and Playoffs.


Rather than using a simple question-and-answer format, the material in Big League Trivia is presented in sentence form – varying in length from a single line to an entire paragraph – to give more detailed information on various items from major league baseball.  The items covered in Big League Trivia span from the beginning of the modern baseball era in 1900 through the 2005 season and include everything from the most famous moments in baseball history to unusual coincidences and quirky statistical oddities that only baseball can produce.



Do you know………………

The rookie who scored his first major league run despite not being on base when the ball was hit?

The only player to strikeout over 1,500 times and finish with a .300 lifetime average?

The only player to homer in the All-Star game in a season in which he did not hit a regular season homer?

The team that beat the same pitcher for their first regular season win and their first World Series win?

The only pitcher to win back-to-back MVP Awards?

The Hall of Fame outfielder who is the only player to end a game with an inside-the-park grand slam?

The pitcher who ended his career with 99 wins and 999 strikeouts?

The only player from the losing team to win the World Series MVP?

The player who hit the first homer in two different ballparks?

The two pitchers who surrendered one of Babe Ruth’s 60 home runs in 1927 and a hit to Joe DiMaggio during his 56-game hitting streak in 1941?

The hitter who began his career with a record six consecutive hits?

The only brothers to each win a batting title?

The pitcher who hit his only career homer against his brother?

The only non-Yankee to play in 50 World Series games?

The Hall of Fame player who had six 200-hit seasons – all after the age of 30?

The player whose two career home runs came in his first and last career at-bats?

The last team to hit fewer than 50 homers in a full season?

The player who appeared with three 100-loss teams in same year?

The slugger who homered in the 16th inning on consecutive days?

The player who hit his only two-extra inning homers in the same game?

The closer who recorded a league-leading 45 saves and then never saved another game?

The Hall of Famer who led his league in hits three times, each time with a different team?

The only player to get more than 250 hits in a year but not lead the league?

The only manager to win a World Series in both the NL and AL?

The player who had just three career hits – each one a home run?

The player who had hits against two Hall of Fame pitchers in two cities in the same day?

The pitcher who won his first game fo

Madison McEntire is a 38-year-old structural engineer who, despite growing up in a small Arkansas town without a team, has been a lifelong baseball fan who enjoys reading about the game and its great history. He spends his summers playing and umpiring men’s softball as well as helping coach his kids’ teams. Madison has been a member of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) since 1992 and currently serves as the chairman of the Brooks Robinson – George Kell regional SABR chapter in Arkansas. He had an article published in SABR’s National Pastime in 1996 and contributed baseball trivia lists that appeared in Inside Sports in the fall of 1997. In the winter of 2004, he contributed two baseball trivia tidbits that were included in the Useless Information columns of baseball writer Jayson Stark. Madison lives in Bryant, Arkansas, with his wife, Crissy, his two children, Mackenzie and Will, and their dog Wrigley. This is his first book.


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