Wednesday, October 1

Roger Maris: You Don't Know [Blank]!

Today is the 47th anniversary of Roger Maris's 61st home run (I know, we were wondering why it wasn't being played up elsewhere too). So for the 2nd installment of our weekly trivia bonanza, we take a look back at the man, the game, and the record. Click for the full article to see all of the answers, as well as a scoring system. Feel free to post your score, and Cleet will send you wonderful prizes from the ever-growing ASD prize closet. 15 total answers, graded on a hanging curve, as always.

Roger Maris was born on September 10, 1934 in Hibbing, Minnesota, but he is more often associated with [The state], where he grew up and where his museum resides. During his first three years in the majors, Maris played for two other teams, the [No Cheating] and the A's of [I gave you A's]. He was traded to the Yankees before the 1960 season.On the final day of the 1961 season the Yankees defeated the [There were 10 teams, guess!], 1-0. The lone run came in the [1-9] inning, the record breaking home run for Roger Maris. His shot down the right field line came off starting pitcher [No help here]. As the chase progressed, commissioner [No F'n Help] ruled that the record would appear with an asterisk unless it was broken by the [Uno Car?]th game, which had been the length of the season in 1927 when Babe Ruth had hit his 60 home runs. Maris also became the first player to win [Don't look at me] in his first his two seasons with a team. He became the third Yankee to accomplish the feat, joining [Too easy] and [No Cheating] and it was not duplicated until 1993 and 1994 when [Not Chris Sabo] did it. Despite all of this, Maris is not in the Hall of Fame, and of the twelve men who have hit more than 55 home runs in a season the four that are in the Hall of Fame are Babe Ruth, [No peeky], [No Cheating] and [No Cheating ]. Answers and scoring after the break.

Answers Below

1. North Dakota
2. Cleveland Indians
3. Kansas City
4. Boston Red Sox
5. 4th
6. Tracy Stallard
7. Ford Frick
8. 154
9. Back-to-Back AL MVPs
10/11. Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra
12. Frank Thomas
13/14/15. Jimmie Foxx, Hank Greenberg, and Hack Wilson

Scoring System:
0: Hit more than 61 home runs in one season
1-4: Hank Steinbrenner
5-6: Reuben Rivera (stop stealing answers or were you just being indecisive!)
7-8: Chuck Knoblauch (you knew one, but threw the answer away)
9-10: Paul O'Neill (knew 7-8, but lucked into a couple)
11-12: Derek Jeter (could've gotten all 16, but didn't want to show up teammates)
13-14: Alex Rodriguez (no questions about the post-season helped)
15: Joe DiMaggio


Kelly said...

Anyone who got more than 5 on this and is not a Yankees fan is a liar. This was impossible and I have seen the movie "61*". Which I guess the last installment of this little contest would have been pretty hard for someone who didn't grow up in Pittsburgh or was not a Pirates fan. How about something a little easier next time so I don't feel like I should have rode the short bus to school.

Post Script - Cleet, I'm still waiting for my prize from last week. Catfish gave me your address and everything so if I don't receive it soon I'm going to have him break your legs. Cheers.

Beanie Wells said...

I am glad Maris did it rather than Mantle... I don't know, i guess he just appeals more to the country kid in me. Go Buckeyes!

Catfish said...

Spend less time studying the 60's Yankees and more time showing up in games that matter (shakes fist angrily)

K, maybe playing on the Steeler offensive line has hurt your head. The idea is to have some that most fans will know, some that some fans will know, and a few that you have to be rain man to know. That's the fun.