MLB is the abbreviation for Major League Baseball and consists of two leagues, the National League, formed in 1876 and the American League, formed in 1901. Each league consists of fifteen teams, twenty- nine of which are US teams with one Canadian team.
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Baseball fans often pride themselves on their knowledge of everything related to the game. In this article, we challenge you to recall all those baseball facts you have gleaned over the years. Our collection of MLB trivia includes information on players in both the National League and the American League, their nicknames, great moments, and record-breaking statistics. We begin with a section on MLB Trivia, sharing some interesting facts about the game of baseball. Next, we have our MLB Quiz with questions most aficionados of the game will know. Our Baseball Trivia Questions and Answers have the questions and answers listed separately so you can quiz yourself and your friends. We end the article with a section on Kids Baseball Trivia, that even adults will enjoy, especially if the other sections of the article have proved to be too challenging for you.
Baseball Trivia Questions and Answers
These baseball trivia questions and answers include famous players, great moments in baseball, interesting statistics, and nicknames. You might be surprised just how much you know, even if you are not a baseball fan. Test yourself, then try them out on your family and friends.
- What state is The Metrodome located in?
- Which baseball player is nicknamed “Zorilla”?
- In what baseball stadium was the movie “Major League” filmed?
- What year was his final MLB season for Jackie Robinson with the Brooklyn Dodgers?
- Joe DiMaggio’s legendary hitting streak lasted for how many games?
- What team did David Ortiz play on before the Red Sox?
- In 1985, which MLB team did Dwight Gooden pitch for?
- How many times was Willie Mays on a winning World Series team during his career?
- How many total hits did Pete Rose finish his career with?
- Barry Bonds ended his career with how many total home runs?
- Which famous Yankee player died young from a disease later named after him?
- What is the name of the first catcher to win an MLB Rookie of the Year Award?
- Which team plays at Kauffman Stadium?
- What player was known as “Mr. Cub”?
- Which member of the Hall of Fame had a .331 lifetime batting average and was known as “the Man?”
- Which team did Sean Manaea throw a no hitter against in April 2018?
- What is the name of the baseball player nicknamed “Pronk”?
- What is the name of the baseball player nicknamed “The Big Donkey”?
- Which MLB player is nicknamed “Joey Bats”?
- Which MLB player is nicknamed “Kung Fu Panda”?
- Which MLB player is nicknamed “The Flyin’ Hawaiian”?
- Which MLB player is nicknamed “Tony Plush”?
- Which MLB player is nicknamed “Charlie Hustle”?
- Who hit over six hundred home runs and was known as the “Say Hey Kid”?
- What is the nickname of Lance Berkman?
- What is the nickname of Felix Hernandez?
- What is the nickname given to Derek Jeter?
- What team did James Paxton throw a no hitter against in May 2018?
- What was the location of Shea Stadium?
- In what city was the American League Wild Card game played in 2016?
- In what city were the Oakland Athletics originally found?
- What city is the home of Major League Baseball’s Padres?
- What is the nickname given to baseball player Alex Rodriguez?
- What is the name of the baseball park known as the “Green Monster”?
- Which baseball player has two nicknames – ” Sir Albert” and “The Machine”?
- What is the nickname given to one-time Texas Rangers player Ivan Rodriguez?
- Which player won the first MLB Rookie of the Year award?
- Which position does Major League Baseball’s Roger Clemens play?
- What pitch is Mariano Rivera best known for?
- What year were the bullpens added to Fenway Park?
- President Bush threw out the first pitch at which new ballpark on April 6, 2001?
In this section of the article, we share information about players, team members, terminology, and more. We think you will find some unusual and surprising baseball trivia facts that you and your friends have not heard before as well as some well-known MLB trivia.
- During the 1970’s, the Oakland Athletics won three World Series more than any other team during the decade.
- Yogi Berra holds the record for the most World Series wins as a player, ten during his career (1947, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1956, 1958, 1961, and 1962).
- Baseball mitts are described by what hand the player uses, not by the hand on which they are worn. Therefore, a mitt referred to as right hand because that is the throwing hand, is worn on the left hand.
- Shortstop Hughie Jennings holds the record for being hit the most times by a ball. He was hit 287 times by pitches during his career, once continuing to play until he collapsed after the game and remained unconscious for three days.
- Although Babe Ruth was mostly known as an outfielder, he was actually a pitcher during his early career with the Boston Red Sox, with the lowest ERA in all of the American League in 1916.
- The lowest recorded fan turnout for a Major League baseball game was zero in 2015 for a White Sox-Orioles game. Ten days earlier, an African American Freddie Gray, suffered critical injuries and died in police custody resulting in civil unrest in Baltimore. As there were not enough security resources available for the game, it was decided to play the game without fans attending.
- The umpire position at third base is known as “the rocking chair” because the third base umpire does not usually have to make as many calls as other umpires.
- Second base is referred to as the “keystone sack” because it is essential to both scoring and defense and plays a critical function in the game — as critical as the keystone of an arch or building.
- When a batted ball hits the foul pole above the wall, the umpire calls a home run.
- The term “tools of ignorance” refers to the catcher’s equipment – the catcher’s mask, chest protector, and shin guards.
- The Baltimore Orioles joined the MLB in 1954 after moving from St. Louise, where they were known as the St. Louis Browns, playing in the league under that name 1902 to 1953.
- The Boston Americans won the first World Series in 1903 when they defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates, five games to three in a best-of-9 series. The Boston Americans changed their name in 1908 to the Boston Red Sox, so what that means is that Red Sox won the first-ever World Series.
- Two record holders for the most consecutive games played are Cal Ripken Jr. with 2,632 consecutive games (1982-1998) and Lou Gehrig with 2,130 games (1925 to 1939).
- In 1998, David Wells of the New York Yankees threw a perfect game (the fifteenth in baseball history) against the Minnesota Twins, the only one in his career. Wells struck out eleven batters and the New York Yankees won the game 4-0.
- When a baseball pitcher is said to have “Cheese,” he has an overpowering fastball. “High Cheese if a fastball high in the strike zone and “Low Cheese” is a fastball low in the strike zone.
Now it’s time to take a relatively quick and easy MLB quiz. We admittedly have thrown in a few that may take some time and attention to get correct. See how well you do and then use them to wow your friends and family.
- From which country did the game of baseball originate?
- A player can walk after how many balls?
- Johnny Bench could hold how many baseballs in one hand?
- If a batter has a “full count,” how many pitches were called “balls”?
- The first recorded baseball game took place in what year?
- The American League was founded in what year?
- The Texas Rangers was founded in what year?
- The games between the American League and the National League during the regular season are called what?
- Which two defensive positions are the only ones allowed or required to use a mitt?
- What method of pitching was legalized in 1884?
- What is the name of the baseball player was inducted into the hall of fame for inventing the curveball?
- If the batter hits the ball and advances three bases, what is it called?
- In baseball, what does the term “twin killing” mean?
- Which base is most often stolen?
- What is the most popular food item sold at ballparks?
- What is the nickname given to the first player in the batting order?
- What is the nickname given to the fourth player in the batting order?
- What is a pitch in the strike zone that is not swung at referred to?
- What nickname was given to the 1970s Cincinnati Reds?
- What was Babe Ruth’s full name?
- What is the term for when a pitcher throws to a base when there are base runners?
- Which city has the oldest baseball stadium and what is its name?
- Which pitcher was lefthanded because he did not have a right hand?
- What is the name of the team that has won the most World Series?
- Which baseball team first introduced salaries for its players?
- The first World Series was won by which team?
- What baseball player was the first to appear on a Wheaties cereal box?
- What is the name of the first major league player to pitch a ball over 100 mph?
- Why was the number three on Babe Ruth’s jersey?
- Who was the first baseball player to reach one thousand career stolen bases?
- Who was the first baseball player to reach four thousand career hits?
- What is the name of the college where the “7th Inning Stretch” originated?
- Reggie Jackson began his Major League career with which team?
- Which MLB team has a logo featuring a red-colored letter P?
- Which year was the last of Joe DiMaggio’s career?
Kids Baseball Trivia
We have some baseball trivia specifically chosen for kids who love baseball. Most cover common knowledge every child should know. A few will test how much kids actually pay attention to trivia surrounding their favorite game.
- What is a “fly out?”
- In the Major Leagues, how far away is the pitcher’s mound from home plate?
- In the Major Leagues, how many feet away are the bases from each other?
- How many playing positions are there in baseball’s the National League and what are they?
- Does the American League have the same playing positions?
- What is a designated hitter?
- How many sides does the home plate in baseball have?
- How many total bases are there on a baseball field?
- If the umpire’s count on the batter is “2-1” how many strikes are on the batter?
- How many players are on base if “the bases are loaded?”
- What is the name of the player who squats behind the hitter and catches the ball?
- Who was the Yankees’ legendary #7?
- Why should you wear a helmet while hitting a baseball?
- What color is a major league baseball and what color stitching does it have?
- What is worn on the hand when playing the field?
- What is it called when a player hits a baseball out of the park and runs all the bases?
- What is the name of the contest where baseball players try to hit as many home runs as they can?
- What is the player who throws the ball to the hitter called?
- What is the name of the strip on the pitcher’s mound where a pitcher must stand?
- What pitching statistic is abbreviated with the letter K?
- What does a player score when he is safe at home plate?
- During a baseball game, when are fans encouraged to “stretch”?
- What city is home to the Baseball Hall of Fame?
- Which city is home to the Pirates Major League Baseball team?
- What is the place called where most baseball players sit during games when they are not playing?
- What is the name of the area of the ballpark where pitchers warm-up?
- What are most baseball gloves made of?
- What is the name of the structure behind the catcher built to keep balls from going into the crowd?
We hope you have enjoyed testing your knowledge of the fan-favorite game of baseball. Additionally, we trust you have added some baseball trivia that is new to you. You might want to continue to add to your baseball knowledge, as there are many more interesting baseball facts spanning the years from baseball’s start to the present and every year more records are broken, and more exciting events keep us loving what many consider America’s favorite sport. Enjoy!
Susan majored in English with a double minor in Humanities and Business at Arizona State University and earned a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Liberty University. She taught grades four through twelve in both public and private schools. Subjects included English, U.S. and world history and geography, math, earth and physical science, Bible, information technologies, and creative writing.
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