Showing posts with label sports. Show all posts
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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Cricket

Q.  Who was the first cricketer to claim 500 wickets in test matches?
A.  Courtney Walsh
Q.  What is meant by the term, Chinaman, in cricket?
A.  The term, Chinaman, denotes an off break bowled by a left-handed bowler to a right-handed batsman. The expression is said to have derived from the blower Ellis Achong, who although played for the West Indies, was actually Chinese and who practiced this kind of bowling, although he was not the first to do so. This term should not be confused with the other cricket term, Googly.
Q.  What is the meaning of ‘Ashes’ in the Cricket world?
A.  The term, ‘Ashes’ pertains to the mythical prize contended for in the Cricket Test matches between England and Australia. When England was beaten at the Oval in 1882 a mock obituary of English cricket appeared in the Sporting Times. The ashes of a burnt cricket stump were subsequently placed in an urn and given to the English team when it next won.
Q.  The first one-day Cricket World Cup tournament was held in
A.  England
Q.  In cricket, the length of the pitch between the wickets is
A.  22 yards (20.12 m)

Basketball

Q.  What Indiana Pacer did Knicks fan Spike Lee anger during the 1994 playoffs by calling him "Cheryl"?
A.  Reggie Miller.
Q.  What franchise has played in the most NBA finals since 1947?
A.  The Lakers.
Q.  What two NBA players won the MVP trophy three times each from 1986 through 1992?
A.  Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan.
Q.  What player did the Boston Celtics draft between won-lost seasons of 29-53 and 61-21?
A.  Larry Bird.
Q.  What Baltic country did Portland Trail Blazer Arvydas Sabonis play for at the 1996 Olympics?
A.  Lithuania.
Q.  Who led the NBA in hair colors in 1995?
A.  Dennis Rodman.
Q.  What seven-foot-one NBA center's first name translates as "little one"?
A.  Shaquille O'Neal's.
Q.  What do you have to be in the NBA to win the Eddie Gottlieb Trophy?
A.  Rookie of the year.
Q.  Whose all-time NBA assists record was broken by John Stockton in 1995?
A.  Magic Johnson's.
Q.  What basketball team had drubbed the New Jersey Reds 2,495 times straight before losing to them 100-99 in 1971?
A.  The Harlem Globetrotters.
Q.  What city decided to call its new NBA team the Grizzlies, after much debate?
A.  Vancouver.
Q.  Whose 1996 return to the NBA earned him simultaneous Time, Newsweek, U.S. News and Sports Illustrated covers?
A.  Magic Johnson
Q.  What Celtics star of the 1980s did the Boston Globe say looked like Herman Munster?
A.  Kevin McHale.
Q.  What was the first NBA team to win 70 games or more in the regular season?
A.  The Chicago Bulls.
Q.  Who holds the NBA scoring mark for a single half, with 59 points?
A.  Wilt Chamberlin.
Q.  What nickname did NBA star Karl Malone earn for his ability to deliver in the clutch?
A.  The Mailman.
Q.  How many NBA titles did Magic Johnson help the Lakers win as a player?
A.  Five.
Q.  What former L.A. Lakers guard became the team's general manger?
A.  Jerry West.
Q.  What hoopsters did major league pitches Bob Gibson and Ferguson Jenkins once play for?
A.  The Harlem Globetrotters.
Q.  What NBA team became the first to defeat the Boston Celtics in 12 straight games, in 1995?
A.  The New York Knicks.
Q.  Who was the first hoopster to win eight NBA scoring titles?
A.  Michael Jordan.
Q.  What NBA team is know in China as "the Red Oxen"?
A.  The Chicago Bulls.
Q.  Who was the last Boston Celtics coach to lead the team to two straight NBA titles?
A.  Bill Russell.
Q.  What two NBA stars did Forbes list as the highest paid athletes for 1994?
A.  A:Michael Jordan and Shaquille O'Neal
Q.  What NBA coach got cosmic by penning the Zen book Sacred Hoops: Spiritual Lessons of a Hardwood Warrior?
A.  Phil Jackson
Q.  Who earned $32 million of his $36 million 1993 earnings from endorsements?
A.  Michael Jordan.
Q.  What 20th-century decade saw the NBA adopt the 24-second shot clock?
A.  The 1950s.
Q.  What 1960 rookie bested the league's "triple double" record of two during his first week in the NBA?
A.  Oscar Robertson.
Q.  What seven-foot-two Chicago Bulls hoopster was the first Australian to lay in the NBA?
A.  Lue Longley
Q.  What hoopster scored in double figures in 787 straight games, from December 4, 1977 to December 4, 1987?
A.  Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Q.  What NBA team retired jersey numbers 3, 33, 32, and 35 in the 1990s?
A.  The Boston Celtics.
Q.  What NBA team plays home games in an arena located at Two Pennsylvania Plaza?
A.  The New York Knicks.
Q.  What NBA hoopster averaged an amazing 48.5 minutes per game, including overtime, in the 1961-62 season?
A.  Wilt Chamberlin.
Q.  What NBA hoopster is known as "The Worm"?
A.  Dennis Rodman.
Q.  What NBA star retired for the third time on May 14, 1996?
A.  Magic Johnson.
Q.  How many rules did James Naismith originally write to define basketball --13, 33, or 53?
A.  Thirteen.
Q.  What future NBA star was dubbed "Boy Gorge" when his weight passed 300 pounds in college?
A.  Charles Barkley.
Q.  What Lakers coach had been an 11th-round pick in the 1967 NFL draft?
A.  Pat Riley.
Q.  What NBA team plays home games at a facility nicknamed "The O-rena"?
A.  The Orlando Magic
Q.  Who became the NBA's winningest coach ever on January 6, 1995?
A.  Lenny Wilkins
Q.  Who netted an NBA record 72.7 field goal percentage in the 1972-73 season?
A.  Wilt Chamberlain.
Q.  What sports team got its name because its owners wanted to "set the pace" in the NBA?
A.  The Indiana Pacers.
Q.  What NBA star attempted a record 28,307 field goals in regular season games?
A.  Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Q.  What NBA team started out in 1948 as the Tri-Cities Blackhawks?
A.  The Atlanta Hawks.
Q.  What NBA team failed to make the playoffs in 1994 for the first time since 1976?
A.  The Los Angeles Lakers.
Q.  What basketball team was the first in major league sports to be named for an insect?
A.  The Charlotte Hornets.
Q.  What L.A. Lakers great might have played for Chicago if the Bulls had called "tails" in a 1979 NBA coin toss?
A.  Magic Johnson
Q.  What Chicago Bulls coach has checked into hotels under the pseudonym "Mr. Red Cloud"?
A.  Phil Jackson.
Q.  What NBA team is named after a car part?
A.  The Detroit Pistons.

Baseball

Q.  What hide was first used to cover baseballs in 1975?
A.  Cowhide
Q.  What baseball announcer said Pope Paul VI's death "puts a damper on even a Yankees win"?
A.  Phil Rizzuto
Q.  What country's first U.S. major league baseball player was Chan-Ho Park?
A.  South Korea's
Q.  What song do baseball fans break into when Mitch Williams steps out of the bullpen?
A.  Wild Thing
Q.  Whose 1996 single to center, in his first regular season at-bat, was the first hit by a Red Sox pitcher in 24 years?
A.  Roger Clemens.
Q.  Who was the American League base-stealing champ for nine years in the 1980s?
A.  Rickey Henderson
Q.  Who was the winningest active major league baseball manage before he retired in 1996?
A.  Tommy Lasorda.
Q.  Which finger on a pitcher's throwing hand controls a curve ball and slider?
A.  The middle.
Q.  What former Negro League player is the only pitcher in the Hall of Fame with a losing major league record?
A.  Satchel Page
Q.  Who was the only pitcher to lead the National League in strikeouts three times during the 1980s?
A.  Steve Carlton
Q.  What clan consisting of Ray, Bob and Bret became the first three-generation family to play major league baseball?
A.  The Boone Family.
Q.  Which two cities have the oldest stadiums in major league baseball?
A.  Boston and Detroit
Q.  What baseball team's games are announced on TV by Skip Carey?
A.  The Atlanta Braves.
Q.  What shortstop holds the major league records for games played, assists and double plays?
A.  Ozzie Smith
Q.  What pitcher's 1.12 ERA in 1968 is the lowest in the majors in post-World War II play?
A.  Bob Gibson's.
Q.  Who was the last American League baseballer to win the Triple Crown, in 1967?
A.  Car Yastrzemski.
Q.  What Pittsburgh Pirate had exactly 3,000 career hits before dying in a plane crash?
A.  Roberto Clemente.
Q.  What's the LCS to a baseball pennant winner?
A.  League Championship Series.
Q.  What was pitcher Dock Ellis the first major leaguer to wear in his on the field?
A.  Curlers.
Q.  How many seasons did Lou Gehrig play every inning of every game?
A.  One
Q.  Who set a major league record for the fewest errors by a shortstop, with three in 1990?
A.  Cal Ripkin Jr.
Q.  Who was the only major leaguer to play at least 500 games with each of four teams - Houston, MontrĂ©al, New York and Detroit?
A.  Rusty Staub
Q.  Which two cities have ballparks honoring Number 44 above the outfield fence?
A.  Atlanta and Milwaukee.
Q.  Who returned from a stint in Japan to pound 51 home runs in 1990?
A.  Cecil Fielder
Q.  Who was the only baseballer to lay over 500 games at each of five different positions?
A.  Pete Rose.
Q.  What former Yankee southpaw explained how to doctor a baseball in the 1977 article "Confessions of a Gunkball Artist"?
A.  Whitey Ford
Q.  Who has the most wins in Dodgers history-- Don Drysdale, Sandy Koufax or Don Sutton?
A.  Don Sutton.
Q.  Who led the National League in ERA in each of his last five seasons, ending in 1966?
A.  Sandy Koufax.
Q.  What two Yankees were nearly traded to Milwaukee for pitcher Warren Spahn and slugger Hank Aaron in 1960?
A.  Whity Ford and Mickey Mantle.
Q.  What late, great Dodgers pitcher was known to fans as "Double D"?
A.  Don Drysdale.
Q.  What pitch does a batter face when Dwight Gooden throws his "yacker"?
A.  A curve ball.
Q.  What 50-year old minor league pitcher did 57,000 fans crowd the Orange Bowl to watch in 1956?
A.  Satchel Page.
Q.  What Nicaraguan-born baseballer was known as "Arriba!" to adoring Latin fans?
A.  Roberto Clemente.
Q.  What commissioner of baseball was named after a Civil War battle fought in Georgia?
A.  Kenesaw Mountain Landis.
Q.  What homer hitter is known as "The Big Hurt"?
A.  Frank Thomas.
Q.  Who was the last graduate of the Negro Leagues to retire from major league baseball?
A.  Hank Aaron.
Q.  What 1995 World Series teams were both picketed by the American Indian Movement?
A.  The Atlanta Braves and Cleveland Indians.
Q.  How many home run titles did Roger Maris win?
A.  One
Q.  What catcher replaced Mel Allen as TV announcer for the Yankees in 1964?
A.  Joe Garagiola.
Q.  What two players are tied for second behind Ty Cobb in total career runs?
A.  Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth.
Q.  What major league baseball team has fans dubbed "Cheese Heads"?
A.  The Milwaukee Brewers.
Q.  What ballpark was Pete Rose playing in when he broke Ty Cobb's career hits record?
A.  Riverfront Stadium.
Q.  What major league baseball team did the Walt Disney Company assumee operational control of in 1996?
A.  The California Angels.
Q.  How many seasons saw Hank Aaron blast 50 or more homers?
A.  Zero.
Q.  Who holds the record for most innings pitched in a major league season?
A.  Cy Young.
Q.  What legendary manager explained: "You have to have a catcher. If you don't the pitch will roll all the way back to the screen"?
A.  Casey Stengel
Q.  What explosive base-stealer took a $2.75 million pay cut to play for the Kansas City Royals, in 1995?
A.  Vince Coleman.
Q.  What major league baseball team was forced to endure a 20-day road trip in 1996?
A.  The Atlanta Braves.
Q.  What Beantowner is second only to Pete Rose in total major league baseball games played?
A.  Carl Yastrzemski.
Q.  What's the most home runs hit by one player in a single major league game?
A.  Four.
Q.  What establishments were 90 percent of the viewers watching the first televised World Series from?
A.  Bars.
Q.  What did Babe Ruth, Rogers, Hornsby, Ted Williams and Willie Mays all do in their first major league at-bats?
A.  Strike out.
Q.  What former Giants star is the godfather of Barry Bonds?
A.  Willie Mays.
Q.  What governor was on hand at home plate to greet Hank Aaron when he broke Babes Ruth's home run record?
A.  Jimmy Carter.
Q.  What major league baseball team is sometimes dubbed "The Fish"?
A.  The Florida Marlins.
Q.  What American League baseball team plays home games in a stadium nicknamed " the Big A"?
A.  The California Angels.
Q.  What National Leaguer went longest between MVP seasons, winning in 1954 and 1965?
A.  Willie Mays.
Q.  How many intentional walks did Roger Maris, batting ahead of Micky Mantle, get in his 61 home run season in 1961?
A.  Zero.
Q.  What Cy Young Award winner continued to hurl for a prison team called the Detroit Dennys?
A.  Denny McLain.
Q.  What catcher, asked during spring training what his hat size was, answered: "I don't know. I'm not in shape yet"?
A.  Yogi Berra.
Q.  Who was the National League home run king in half the seeasons of the 1980's?
A.  Mike Schmidt.
Q.  What Phillies slugger, upon seeing Lake Michigan for the firs time, asked: "What ocean is that"?
A.  John Kruk
Q.  Who is the only pitcher to win the MVP two years in a row?
A.  Hal Newhouser of the Tigers in 1944-45
Q.  Who is the only pitcher to win six Cy Young Awards?
A.  Roger Clemens
Q.  What pitcher has won the ERA title the most times?
A.  Lefty Grove with 9
Q.  Who has allowed the most walks in their career?
A.  Nolan Ryan with 2,795.
Q.  Who has the most career home runs without ever being in a World Series?
A.  Ernie Banks, with 512 Home runs.
Q.  What father-and-son combo has the most career home runs?
A.  Bobby and Barry Bonds, with 332 for Bobby and 650 and counting for Barry.
Q.  Who was the first National Leaguer to hit 50 home runs in two consecutive seasons?
A.  Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa both did it in 1998-1999
Q.  What was Babe Ruth's lifetime batting average?
A.  .342
Q.  Who is the only person to win the batting title in his first two full major league seasons?
A.  Tony Oliva of the Twins in 1964 and 1965
Q.  Who is the only pitcher to save three consecutive All Star games?
A.  Dennis Eckersley, 1989-91
Q.  Who hit into the most double plays in their career?
A.  Hank Aaron, with 328.
Q.  What Yankees manager explained: "In a short series good itching will always beat good hitting -- and vice versa"?
A.  Casey Stengel.
Q.  Who's major league baseball's career leader in total bases?
A.  Hank Aaron.
Q.  Who signed with the Yankees in 1980 for over twice the amount George Steinbrenner paid for the franchise?
A.  Dave Winfield.
Q.  What high-living Yankee slugger's roommate noted: "I don't room with him. I room with his suitcase"?
A.  Babe Ruth's.
Q.  What slugger received 900,000 letters in the first six months of 1974?
A.  Hank Aaron.
Q.  What pitcher has the most World Series victories
A.  Whitey Ford with 10
Q.  Who had the biggest drop in batting average from one season to the next?
A.  Norm Cash of the Tigers batted .361 in 1961 and .243 the next year.
Q.  What were the only two brothers to win the Cy Young Award
A.  Jim Perry with the Twins,in 1970 and Gaylord Perry with the Indians in 1972.
Q.  Who is the only pitcher with over 3,000 strikeouts and fewer than 1,000 walks?
A.  Ferguson Jenkins
Q.  Which pitcher has the most wins without ever appearing in a World Series?
A.  Phil Niekro with 318 wins.
Q.  Who is the only pitcher to win the Rookie of the Year, Cy Young and MVP?
A.  Don Newcombe of the Dodgers
Q.  Who had the most hits in the 1990's?
A.  Mark Grace of the Cubs
Q.  What major league baseball team had an Internet home page in English, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, and Mandarin in 1996?
A.  The Los Angeles Dodgers.
Q.  What baseball team has lost the World Series a record 12 times?
A.  The Dodgers.
Q.  Who has the best won-lost percentage of any pitcher with 15 or more wins against the New York Yankees?
A.  Babe Ruth.
Q.  Who was pitching when pitcher Joe Niekro smacked his only homer, in 1976?
A.  Phil Niekro.
Q.  What 60 year old gave up one hit in three innings of work against the Red Sox in 1965?
A.  Satchel Paige.
Q.  What pitcher set a record in 1977 for most walks in a post World War II season, with 201?
A.  Nolan Ryan.
Q.  Who did the Boston Bruins lose 18 straight playoff series to, form 1946 to 1987?
A.  The Montreal Canadians.
Q.  What did Phil Niekro throw six times in one 1979 game, including four in one inning, typing per game and per inning records?
A.  Wild pitches.
Q.  Who was baseball's acting commissioner during the infamous 1994-95 strike?
A.  Bud Selig.
Q.  What Baltimore hurler claimed the only thing manager Earl Weaver knew about pitching was that "he couldn't hit it"?
A.  Jim Palmer.
Q.  What Yankee pitcher threw his first no-hitter the night before hid dad had open-heart surgery, in 1996?
A.  Dwight Gooden.
Q.  What relief pitcher was nicknamed for the pet he kept while playing for the Pirates?
A.  "Goose" Gossage.
Q.  What major league baseball team started playing in Coors Stadium in 1995?
A.  The Colorado Rockies.
Q.  Who was the first Baltimore Oriole to be named American League MVP?
A.  Brooks Robinson.
Q.  What Atlanta Braves slugger do fans call "Crime Dog"?
A.  Fred McGriff.
Q.  What base did Babe Ruth touch for luck while running form the outfield between innings?
A.  Second base.
Q.  What Negro League home run king died less than three months before Jack?
A.  Josh Gibson.
Q.  What Cleveland Indians slugger nixed a five-year, $43-million contract offer in 1996?
A.  Albert Belle.
Q.  Whose ceremonial pitch to open the 1940 baseball season smashed into the camera lens of a Washington Post photographer?
A.  Franklin D. Roosevelt's.
Q.  Who homered in his third straight game on the day he beat Lou Gehrig's record for consecutive games?
A.  Cal Ripken Jr.
Q.  What two Yankees did 17-year-old female Jackie Mitchell strike out successively in 1931?
A.  Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.
Q.  What slow-footed catcher admitted he used to knock his hat off while running to first base to make it appear he was "really moving"?
A.  Bob Uecker.
Q.  What pitcher was taken out of his major league debut in the seventh inning for a pinch hitter named Duffy Lewis, in 1914?
A.  Babe Ruth
Q.  What did Chris Sabo shower the field with when his bat broke in a July 31,1996 game?
A.  Cork.
Q.  Whose record did Reggie Jackson tie when he spanked three home runs in a World Series game?
A.  Babe Ruth's.
Q.  What slugger did Boston name its third harbor tunnel after?
A.  Ted Williams.
Q.  What moniker did relief pitcher Jeff Reardon share with an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie?
A.  The Terminator.
Q.  What punctuation mark did baseball clown Max Patkin wear on the back of his jersey?
A.  "?".
Q.  Whose record of 59 did Babe Ruth break when he hit 60 homers in one season?
A.  Babe Ruth's.
Q.  What National League ballpark is known as the "Friendly Confines"?
A.  Wrigley Field.
Q.  What strikeout artist is nicknamed "The Big Unit"?
A.  Randy Johnson.
Q.  Who was Joe DiMaggio nearly traded to the Red Sox for in 1976?
A.  Ted Williams.
Q.  What two Players led the National League in stolen bases every year from 1981 to 1990?
A.  Vince Coleman and Tim Raines.
Q.  What left-handed baseball legend's statue in Baltimore mistakenly depicted him with a right-handed fielder's glove?
A.  Babe Ruth's.
Q.  What does Yogi Berra advise you to do when you come to a fork in the road?
A.  Take it.
Q.  What was installed in front of major league baseball fences in 1950?
A.  A warning track.
Q.  Whose number 4 was the first number ever retired in major league baseball, in 1939?
A.  Lou Gerhig's.
Q.  How many career grand slams did Frank Robinson swat besides the two he hit in consecutive at bats in 1970?
A.  Zero.
Q.  What baseball team retired the jerseys of Ken Boyer, Lou Brock and Dizzy Dean?
A.  The Saint Louis Cardinals.
Q.  What sports figure, when asked if he'd seen Dr. Zhivago, allegedly said: "No I feel fine"?
A.  Yogi Berra.
Q.  What former L.A. Dodgers southpaw autographed yarmulkes that fetched $75 each in 1995?
A.  Sandy Koufax.
Q.  Whose single-season strikeout record did Nolan Ryan beat by one?
A.  Sandy Koufax's
Q.  What 1995 change to Kansas City's stadium "smells like baseball" to Cal Ripken?
A.  Natural grass.