Yankees Opening Day Trivia

While we wait impatiently for the season to really start, I figured we could play a little game of trivia concerning Yankee Opening Days through the years. You are on your honor system for not cheating (All you B-R searchers) and the answers will be posted tomorrow:

Ten Years Ago

  • In the 2004 opener, the Yankees played the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in Tokyo, Japan. Who was the only Japanese player to play in the game? An easy one to start with, right?
  • Which Yankee pitcher was the Opening Day starter and lost?
  • What former Yankee player went three for three for the Devil Rays including a double and homer?

Twenty Years Ago

  • 1994 was the year that ended with shame, wasting a great Yankee team that could have xhgone far in the post season. On Opening Day of that season, what Yankee pitcher–who would end up with a winning percentage over .800 for the season–got the win?
  • What Yankee pitcher got the save?
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On this date the Iron Horse started chugging

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Eighty-eight years ago on June 1, 1925, Ludwick Heinrich Gehrig pinch hit for Pee-Wee Wanninger and was put out by the Washington Senators. He would go on to play 2,129 more games in a row to finish his iron man streak at 2,130 games (not including World Series Games). Thus was started a record that would stand until Cal Ripkin, Jr. broke it. Many of us have seen the movie, Pride of the Yankees, and to this day the Gary Cooper biopic has remained one of my favorite baseball movies of all time. And while the movie is fantastic, there were a few creative licences taken with how the streak started.

First, many think the streak started as Lou Gehrig‘s career started. But Gehrig had actually played twenty-three games in 1923 and 1924 and had played in eleven previous games in the early part of the Yankees’ 1925 season before Wally Pipp could not play on June 2, 1925.… Click here to read the rest

Larry Gowell batted 1.000

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I mentioned in an article last week that I enjoy pouring over Yankee lists using the Play Index at Baseball-reference.com. This time, on a whim, I searched for players who finished their Yankee career with a 1.000 batting average. I found five. Two of them do not really count because they also played elsewhere in the majors. Those two were Chris Latham, who had two plate appearances for the Yankees and recorded two hits and scored three runs in 2003. He was a Twins’ product and put in parts of five years in the majors. Then there was Mickey Witek who played six years for the New York Giants, mostly during the WWII years before his one at bat and one hit with the Yankees in 1949. So those two really do not count. The other three included a guy who piqued my interest because he was born and still lives in Maine where I live and because his one hit has a lot of history to it.… Click here to read the rest

Open Thread-TYA Trivia for 4-16-11

On every (non-game) night throughout the year, one of the TYA writers will post a trivia question as the nightly open thread. The blog administrators will keep track of the winners, and the commenter with the most correct answers will win a prize that has yet to be decided upon. The answers will be posted in the following evening’s open thread.

Every so often, these trivia questions write themselves. Last night, the Yanks tied an AL record for hitting into six double plays in a 9 inning game. Name the last AL team to do it without going to extra innings and who holds the NL record.… Click here to read the rest

TYA Trivia and Open Thread for 4-3-11

Wednesday’s Question: Joe Girardi will begin his fourth season as Yankees manager tomorrow. His four years are an especially long tenure for a Steinbrenner(s) era Yankee manager. Name every Yankee manager (hired) since George Steinbrenner bought the team in 1973.

Answer: Bill Virdon, Ralph Houk, Billy Martin, Bob Lemon, Dick Howser, Dallas Green, Bucky Dent, Yogi Berra, Clyde King, Gene Michael, Lou Piniella, Stump Merrill, Buck Showalter, Joe Torre, Joe Girardi

Today’s Question: Mark Teixeira is off to a torrid start, hitting 3 HRs in his first three games of the year. Which Yankee holds the team record for most HRs in the first week of the season?… Click here to read the rest

TYA Trivia and Open Thread for 3-30-11

On every night throughout the year, one of the TYA writers will post a trivia question as the nightly open thread. The blog administrators will keep track of the winners, and the commenter with the most correct answers will win a prize that has yet to be decided upon. The answers will be posted in the following evening’s open thread.

Yesterday’s Question: It was recently announced that Mike Mussina will throw out the first pitch on opening day this season. I never fully appreciated Mussina during his playing days. The media, however, did. In addition to having been a perennial Cy Young candidate, Mussina received votes for MVP a number of times during his career. Can you name the seasons and where he placed in the vote?

Answer: 1992 (21), 1994 (20), and 2008 (19)

Today’s Question: Joe Girardi will begin his fourth season as Yankees manager tomorrow. His four years are an especially long tenure for a Steinbrenner(s) era Yankee manager.… Click here to read the rest

TYA Trivia Open Thread for 3-29-2011

On every night throughout the year, one of the TYA writers will post a trivia question as the nightly open thread. The blog administrators will keep track of the winners, and the commenter with the most correct answers will win a prize that has yet to be decided upon. The answers will be posted in the following evening’s open thread.

Last Question: Gustavo Molina (of Venezuela) may be the Yankees Opening Day backup Catcher, but he is not related to the famous catching trio of Molinas (of Puerto Rico) one of whom made history last year. Having played on both the San Francisco Giants and Texas Rangers last year, Bengie Molina became just the 6th player in MLB history to have played for two World Series teams in the same season. Name the other five.

Answer: Jim Bruske, Jack KramerJohnny SchmitzSid Monge and outfielder Lonnie Smith.

Today’s Question: It was recently announced that Mike Mussina will throw out the first pitch on opening day this season.… Click here to read the rest

TYA Trivia Open Thread For 3-26-11

On every weeknight throughout the year, one of the TYA writers will post a trivia question as the nightly open thread. The blog administrators will keep track of the winners, and the commenter with the most correct answers will win a prize that has yet to be decided upon. The answers will be posted in the following evening’s open thread.

Yesterday’s Question: As the season rapidly approaches, many of us find ourselves very optimistic about the Yankees prospects.  Name the last five Yankees to earn the Rookie of the Year award.  Bonus point if you can recall the year and the player’s respective position.

Answer:

1962 Tom Tresh SS/OF
1968 Stan Bahnsen P
1970 Thurman Munson C
1981 Dave Righetti P
1996 Derek Jeter SS

Today’s Question: Gustavo Molina (of Venezuela) may be the Yankees Opening Day backup Catcher, but he is not related to the famous catching trio of Molinas (of Puerto Rico) one of whom made history last year.… Click here to read the rest

TYA Trivia Open Thread For 3-25-11

On every weeknight throughout the year, one of the TYA writers will post a trivia question as the nightly open thread. The blog administrators will keep track of the winners, and the commenter with the most correct answers will win a prize that has yet to be decided upon. The answers will be posted in the following evening’s open thread.

Yesterday’s Question: Jesus Montero has been in the news lately as the Yankees top prospect. Name the last 10 top Yankee prospects ranked by Baseball America. Bonus points if you can name the #2 prospect for each of those 10 years.

Answer:
2011: Jesus Montero/Manuel Banuelos
2010: Jesus Montero/Austin Romine
2009: Austin Jackson/Jesus Montero
2008: Joba Chamberlain/Austin Jackson
2007:Phil Hughes/Jose Tabata
2006: Phil Hughes/Eric Duncan
2005: Eric Duncan/Robinson Cano
2004: Dioner Navarro/Eric Duncan
2003: Jose Contreras/Hideki Matsui
2002: Drew Henson/Nick Johnson
2001: Nick Johnson/Drew Henson

Today’s Question:  As the season rapidly approaches, many of us find ourselves very optimistic about the Yankees prospects. … Click here to read the rest