Since absolutely nothing is happening in this offseason, and nothing is likely to happen, instead of whining about trades that didn't get made, free agents that didn't get signed, foreigners that didn't get posted, or who was to blame for something that happened last season, I decided that our time would be better frittered away with a trivia quiz.
Unlike previous quizzes, this one actually invloves knowing stuff that players did on the field, although not exclusively so. It is deliberately tilted towards pre- 21st century players, although most of the players involved are well- known. (Which Yankee shortstop committed 80 errors in 1908? is not a question).
You could look up most of the answers, but what's the point? A really high score means you're really old or you need to get a life. A really low score means you're really young or you don't know all that much Yankee lore. Questions after the jump. Answers next week.
Whose record was broken?
1. When Babe Ruth established the single season Yankees home run record in 1920, whose record did he break?
2. When Don Mattingly established the single season Yankees hits record in 1986, whose record did he break?
3. When Ron Guidry established the single season Yankees shutouts record in 1978, whose record did he break?
4. When Alex Rodriguez established the single season Yankees home run record for 3rd basemen, whose record did he break?
Records you don’t want to own.
5. This batter owns the Yankees career strikeout record.
6. The top three for grounding into the most double plays (career).
7. The top three for being hit by pitch (career).
Actual (given ) names
8. "Sparky" Lyle
9. "Billy Martin"
10. "Casey" Stengel
11. "Twinkle Toes" Selkirk
12. "Doc" Medich
13. Who was the first full- time Yankee left fielder to play an entire season committing no errors?
14. Who was the first full- time Yankee left catcher to play an entire season committing no errors?
Name the Yankee players acquired in the following trades (players listed are the ones the Yankees gave up):
15. Hank Bauer, Don Larsen, Norm Sieburn and Marv Throneberry
16. John Ellis, Jerry Kenny, Charlie Spikes, and Rusty Torres
17. Roberto Kelly
18. Danny Cater and Mario Guerrero
19. Who was Red Ruffing speaking about when he said "You saw him standing out there [at his position] and you knew you had a pretty damn good chance of winning the game."
20. John Schulian called this player "a mouse studying to be a rat."