Major League Ballparks
(presented April 2009)
“You should enter a ballpark the way you enter a church.” – Bill “Spaceman” Lee
|1.||Fenway Park is the oldest ballpark in the American League. Now that there is a new Yankee Stadium, what is the 2nd oldest AL ballpark? Name the ballpark (2 pts) and city (1 pt).||
Angels Stadium, Anaheim – or – Anaheim Stadium, or Big A. (Opened in 1966).
|2.||This was the site of major league baseball’s first night game. Ballpark (2 pts) and city (1pt).
||Crosley Field, Cincinnati. (May 24, 1935. The Reds beat the Phillies 2-1).|
|3.||The first regular season AL/NL interleague game was played at this ballpark. Name the ballpark (2 pts).||Ballpark in Arlington (June 12, 1997. Giants beat the Rangers 4-3).|
|4.||This is the only current major league stadium with a dirt track between home plate and the pitcher’s mound. Also, 2nd highest elevation for a major league stadium. Name the ballpark (2 pts) and city (1 pt).||Chase Field or Bank One Ballpark or the BOB, Phoenix
|5.||Dave Winfield was arrested after a game for killing a seagull with a warm-up throw in the outfield. At what ballpark did this take place?||Exhibition Stadium, Toronto|
The Detroit Tigers changed the name of their home ballpark to Tiger Stadium in1961. Before then, this ballpark was known as ______________ (1938-1960); and, before that it was known as ______________ (1912- 1937).
|Briggs Stadium, Navin Field|
7th Inning Stretch
1. Big Apple A. Fenway Park
|1-H, 2-I, 3-G, 4-A, 5-J, 6-B, 7-F, 8-D, 9-E, 10-C|
This former NL ballpark currently resides in Gomez Palacio, Mexico and is used as a Mexican League stadium. What is the original name (2 pts) and location (1 pt) of this ballpark?
Colt Stadium, Houston – (moved to Mexico in 1971)
|9.||The Florida Marlins played two games at this ballpark in 2004, because of Hurricane Ivan in Miami. Name ballpark (2 pts) and city (1 pt).||US Cellular Field or Comiskey Park, Chicago.|
|10.||The record for the largest regular season attendance (4,483,350) was set in this ballpark. Name the ballpark (2pts) and city (1 pt)||Mile High Stadium, Denver (1993)|
|11.||This ballpark was the scene of the following events: 56th game of DiMaggio’s hit streak; Babe Ruth’s 500th home run; first World Series unassisted triple play. Name the ballpark (2 pts) and city (1pt).
||League Park, Cleveland.|
|12.||The scene of the first NL-AL World Series game in 1903. Name ballpark (2 pts) and city (1 pt).
||Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds, Boston|
|13.||Olympic Games baseball competition has been played at these two major league ballparks.
||Dodger Stadium (1984) and Atlanta Fulton-County Stadium (1996). Baseball was also a demonstration sport in 1904 at St. Louis Olympics, but found no record of where games were played.|
|14.||14th inning stretch…..
Match the team with the ballpark (1 pt. each)
Note: There is only one answer for each ballpark
|1-N, 2-A, 3-O, 4-K, 5-J, 6-Q, 7-I, 8-B, 9-H, 10-L,
11-E, 12-S, 13-T, 14-P, 15-M, 16-G, 17-R, 18-C, 19-D, 20-F
|15.||The 1950’s TV show Home Run Derby was filmed at this ballpark. Name the ballpark (2 pts) and city (1 pt).||Wrigley Field, Los Angeles|
|16.||In 1945, the home team hit only one home run in their home ballpark, and that was an inside-the-park homer. Name the ballpark (2 pts) and city (1 pt).||Griffith Stadium, Washington DC, (HR by Joe Kuhel)|
|17.||The championship game of the first World Baseball Classic was played at this ballpark.
||PETCO Park, San Diego. (Japan beat Cuba 10-6 in March 2006).|
|18.||The first major league game played on the West Coast was at this ballpark. Name ballpark (2pts) and city (1 pt).||Seals Stadium, San Francisco. (April 15, 1958. Giants-8, Dodgers-0)|
|19.||Where Babe Ruth hit home runs 712, 713, and 714, all in the same game; and, no no-hitter was ever pitched here. Name the ballpark (2 pts) and city (1 pt).||Forbes Field, Pittsburgh. (May 25, 1935. Ruth was member of Boston Braves; his final game was May 30.)|
|20.||The first ballpark with a screen behind home plate, designed to protect fans and allow foul balls to roll back down onto the field of play.||Fenway Park|
|21.||In 1984, Dave Kingman hit a ball through the roof of this stadium, and was (incorrectly) credited with a double.
||Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. (May 4, 1984, Twins vs. A’s.)|
|22.||The site of the first World Series night game was _____________.
||Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh (1971)|
|23.||The first regular season Negro League game was played here in 1930; as well as the last Negro League All-Star game ever played, in 1961.||Yankee Stadium|
|24.||This NL ballpark features a garden in the home dugout that is maintained by the pitching staff.
|25.||The Final (Bail) Out (tiebreaker, if needed)
Name the teams who sold their ballpark naming rights to these financial institutions. (1 pt each)
JP Morgan Chase
New York Mets
|Total possible points: 88, including tiebreaker|
This quiz could not have been completed without the assistance of Green Cathedrals by Philip J. Lowry (SABR, 2006).