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  • 1. 

    Who was the first player to win a Rolaids Relief Award in both leagues?

    • A.

      Dave Righetti

    • B.

      Lee Smith

    • C.

      Jeff Reardon

    • D.

      Rollie Fingers

    Correct Answer
    D. Rollie Fingers
    Explanation
    Rollie Fingers is the correct answer because he was the first player to win a Rolaids Relief Award in both leagues. Fingers won the award in the American League in 1977 and 1978 while playing for the Oakland Athletics, and then won it in the National League in 1981 with the Milwaukee Brewers. His success in both leagues solidified his status as one of the greatest relief pitchers of all time.

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  • 2. 

    Who was the first National League outfielder to win four consecutive Silver Sluggers?

    • A.

      Dale Murphy

    • B.

      Darryl Strawberry

    • C.

      Tony Gwynn

    • D.

      Barry Bonds

    Correct Answer
    A. Dale Murphy
    Explanation
    Dale Murphy was the first National League outfielder to win four consecutive Silver Sluggers. This means that for four consecutive years, he was recognized as the best offensive outfielder in the National League. His consistent performance and offensive prowess set him apart from other outfielders in the league during that time.

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  • 3. 

    What World War II-era pitcher won two consecutive MVP awards?

    • A.

      Bobby Shantz

    • B.

      Spud Chandler

    • C.

      Hal Newhouser

    • D.

      Lefty Grove

    Correct Answer
    C. Hal Newhouser
    Explanation
    Hal Newhouser is the correct answer because he was a pitcher who played during World War II and won two consecutive MVP (Most Valuable Player) awards. This indicates that he was not only a skilled pitcher but also had a significant impact on his team's success during that time period.

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  • 4. 

    Who was the only NL catcher other than Gary Carter to win a Silver Slugger in the years 1981-86?

    • A.

      Tony Pena

    • B.

      Bruce Benedict

    • C.

      Terry Kennedy

    • D.

      Bo Diaz

    Correct Answer
    C. Terry Kennedy
    Explanation
    Terry Kennedy was the only NL catcher other than Gary Carter to win a Silver Slugger award between 1981 and 1986. This means that Kennedy was recognized as the best offensive catcher in the National League during that time period. While Tony Pena, Bruce Benedict, and Bo Diaz were all catchers in the NL during this time, they did not win a Silver Slugger award.

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  • 5. 

    How many times in his career did Nolan Ryan finish second or better in Cy Young voting?

    • A.

      Three

    • B.

      One

    • C.

      Eight

    • D.

      Six

    Correct Answer
    B. One
    Explanation
    Nolan Ryan finished second or better in Cy Young voting only once in his career. This indicates that he was not consistently considered as one of the top pitchers in the league throughout his career, as he only achieved a high ranking in the Cy Young voting on one occasion.

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  • 6. 

    Which teammates were 2007 NL Outfield Gold Glove winners?

    • A.

      Andruw Jones, Jeff Francoeur

    • B.

      Eric Byrnes, Chris Young

    • C.

      Carlos Beltran, Shawn Green

    • D.

      Mike Cameron, Brian Giles

    Correct Answer
    A. Andruw Jones, Jeff Francoeur
    Explanation
    Andruw Jones and Jeff Francoeur were the 2007 NL Outfield Gold Glove winners because they were recognized for their exceptional defensive skills in the outfield during that year.

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  • 7. 

    Players from which NL team won back-to-back Rookie of the Year awards in 1958 and 1959?

    • A.

      Chicago Cubs

    • B.

      Pittsburgh Pirates

    • C.

      San Francisco Giants

    • D.

      Cincinnati Reds

    Correct Answer
    C. San Francisco Giants
    Explanation
    The San Francisco Giants had players who won back-to-back Rookie of the Year awards in 1958 and 1959.

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  • 8. 

    Who was the first Atlanta Brave to win the Roberto Clemente award?

    • A.

      Bob Horner

    • B.

      Phil Niekro

    • C.

      Glenn Hubbard

    • D.

      Dale Murphy

    Correct Answer
    B. Phil Niekro
    Explanation
    Phil Niekro was the first Atlanta Brave to win the Roberto Clemente award. The Roberto Clemente award is given annually to the player who best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement, and contribution to his team. Niekro, a former pitcher for the Braves, was known for his outstanding sportsmanship and dedication both on and off the field. He was actively involved in various charitable activities and made significant contributions to his community, making him a deserving recipient of the prestigious award.

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  • 9. 

    How many players combined to win the first 25 AL Silver Sluggers at catcher?

    • A.

      Four

    • B.

      Seven

    • C.

      14

    • D.

      18

    Correct Answer
    B. Seven
    Explanation
    The correct answer is seven. The question asks for the number of players who combined to win the first 25 AL Silver Sluggers at catcher. This means that multiple players have won the award over the course of 25 years. Therefore, the correct answer is seven, indicating that seven different players have won the award during that time period.

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  • 10. 

    Who was the first Los Angeles Dodger to win the Rolaids Relief Award?

    • A.

      Jeff Shaw

    • B.

      Eric Gagne

    • C.

      Steve Howe

    • D.

      Takashi Saito

    Correct Answer
    B. Eric Gagne
    Explanation
    Eric Gagne was the first Los Angeles Dodger to win the Rolaids Relief Award. This award is given to the best relief pitcher in Major League Baseball. Gagne had an outstanding season in 2003, where he recorded 55 saves and had a 1.20 ERA. He was dominant on the mound and played a crucial role in the Dodgers' success that season. Gagne's performance earned him the Rolaids Relief Award, making him the first Dodger to receive this prestigious honor.

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  • 11. 

    What pitcher won the National League Silver Slugger every year from 1999-03?

    • A.

      Fernando Valenzuela

    • B.

      Tom Glavine

    • C.

      Mike Hampton

    • D.

      Greg Maddux

    Correct Answer
    C. Mike Hampton
    Explanation
    Mike Hampton is the correct answer because he won the National League Silver Slugger award every year from 1999-03. The Silver Slugger award is given to the best offensive player at each position in both the American and National Leagues, and Hampton, as a pitcher, demonstrated exceptional hitting skills during those years.

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  • 12. 

    Who was the first Pittsburgh Pirate to win the Rookie of the Year award?

    • A.

      Roberto Clemente

    • B.

      Willie Stargell

    • C.

      Barry Bonds

    • D.

      Jason Bay

    Correct Answer
    D. Jason Bay
    Explanation
    Jason Bay was the first Pittsburgh Pirate to win the Rookie of the Year award. This means that he was the first player from the Pittsburgh Pirates team to receive this prestigious award for his outstanding performance in his debut season.

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  • 13. 

    Who won the Rolaids Relief Award five times from 1980-85?

    • A.

      Rollie Fingers

    • B.

      Sparky Lyle

    • C.

      Dave Righetti

    • D.

      Dan Quisenberry

    Correct Answer
    D. Dan Quisenberry
    Explanation
    Dan Quisenberry won the Rolaids Relief Award five times from 1980-85.

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  • 14. 

    Players from which team won the 2005 NL MVP and Cy Young awards?

    • A.

      Atlanta Braves

    • B.

      San Diego Padres

    • C.

      St. Louis Cardinals

    • D.

      Arizona Diamondbacks

    Correct Answer
    C. St. Louis Cardinals
    Explanation
    In 2005, the players from the St. Louis Cardinals won both the NL MVP (Most Valuable Player) and the Cy Young awards. This indicates that the players from the St. Louis Cardinals had outstanding performances during that year, making them the recipients of these prestigious awards.

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  • 15. 

    Who was a near-unanimous winner of the 2003 AL Manager of the Year award with a third-place team?

    • A.

      Felipe Alou

    • B.

      Tony Pena

    • C.

      Ken Macha

    • D.

      Joe Torre

    Correct Answer
    B. Tony Pena
    Explanation
    Tony Pena was a near-unanimous winner of the 2003 AL Manager of the Year award with a third-place team. This means that despite his team finishing in third place, Pena's managerial skills and achievements were recognized and praised by a majority of voters. This suggests that Pena was able to effectively lead and inspire his team, achieving notable success despite not finishing in first or second place.

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  • 16. 

    How many Silver Slugger awards did Mike Schmidt win before any other NL third baseman won one?

    • A.

      Five

    • B.

      Two

    • C.

      Eight

    • D.

      Three

    Correct Answer
    A. Five
    Explanation
    Mike Schmidt won five Silver Slugger awards before any other NL third baseman won one. This means that he was the first NL third baseman to receive this award and he won it a total of five times.

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  • 17. 

    Who was the only pitcher other than Greg Maddux to win an NL Gold Glove from 1990-08?

    • A.

      John Smoltz

    • B.

      Steve Avery

    • C.

      John Rocker

    • D.

      Mike Hampton

    Correct Answer
    D. Mike Hampton
    Explanation
    Mike Hampton is the correct answer because he was the only pitcher other than Greg Maddux to win an NL Gold Glove from 1990-08. This means that during that time period, Maddux and Hampton were the only pitchers in the National League to receive the prestigious defensive award.

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  • 18. 

    Who was the first person to win back-to-back NL Gold Gloves at pitcher?

    • A.

      Sandy Koufax

    • B.

      Dennis Eckersley

    • C.

      Harvey Haddix

    • D.

      Andy Messersmith

    Correct Answer
    C. Harvey Haddix
    Explanation
    Harvey Haddix is the correct answer because he was the first person to win back-to-back NL Gold Gloves at pitcher. This means that he was recognized as the best defensive pitcher in the National League for two consecutive years. Sandy Koufax, Dennis Eckersley, and Andy Messersmith may have been great pitchers, but they did not achieve this specific feat of winning consecutive Gold Gloves.

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  • 19. 

    Players from which team won both the NL Cy Young and MVP in 1990?

    • A.

      New York Mets

    • B.

      Pittsburgh Pirates

    • C.

      Chicago Cubs

    • D.

      Philadelphia Phillies

    Correct Answer
    B. Pittsburgh Pirates
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Pittsburgh Pirates. In 1990, players from the Pittsburgh Pirates won both the NL Cy Young and MVP awards. This suggests that the team had exceptional talent and performance that year, with individual players standing out both on the pitching mound and at the plate.

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  • 20. 

    Who was the first American League player to win a Cy Young award?

    • A.

      Whitey Ford

    • B.

      Bob Turley

    • C.

      Denny McLain

    • D.

      Nolan Ryan

    Correct Answer
    B. Bob Turley
    Explanation
    Bob Turley was the first American League player to win a Cy Young award. The Cy Young award is given annually to the best pitcher in each league, and Turley achieved this honor in 1958. He had an outstanding season with the New York Yankees, leading the league in wins and strikeouts. Turley's exceptional performance on the mound earned him the prestigious award, making him the first American League player to receive this recognition.

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  • 21. 

    Which of these is true of Roger Clemens' 2004 Cy Young Award win?

    • A.

      Vote Was Unanimous

    • B.

      Eighth Cy Young For Clemens

    • C.

      Third Win In A Row For Clemens

    • D.

      Fourth Team He Won With

    Correct Answer
    D. Fourth Team He Won With
    Explanation
    Roger Clemens' 2004 Cy Young Award win marked the fourth team he won with. This means that he had previously won the award while playing for three different teams before winning it with his fourth team.

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  • 22. 

    How many total Silver Slugger awards did Barry Larkin win in his career?

    • A.

      14

    • B.

      Nine

    • C.

      Three

    • D.

      Six

    Correct Answer
    B. Nine
    Explanation
    Barry Larkin won a total of nine Silver Slugger awards in his career. The Silver Slugger award is given annually to the best offensive player at each position in both the American League and the National League. Larkin, who played as a shortstop for the Cincinnati Reds, was recognized for his exceptional offensive performance nine times throughout his career.

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  • 23. 

    Who was an All-Star Game MVP in both the 1990's and the 2000's?

    • A.

      Julio Franco

    • B.

      Cal Ripken, Jr.

    • C.

      Ichiro Suzuki

    • D.

      Kirby Puckett

    Correct Answer
    B. Cal Ripken, Jr.
    Explanation
    Cal Ripken, Jr. is the correct answer because he was named the All-Star Game MVP in both the 1991 and 2001 seasons. Ripken was a highly accomplished player known for his durability and consistency, earning numerous accolades throughout his career. His MVP performances in two different decades highlight his skill and impact on the game during those time periods.

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  • 24. 

    Which pitcher won the NL Gold Glove award every year from 1965-1973?

    • A.

      Gaylord Perry

    • B.

      Bob Gibson

    • C.

      Phil Niekro

    • D.

      Steve Carlton

    Correct Answer
    B. Bob Gibson
    Explanation
    Bob Gibson won the NL Gold Glove award every year from 1965-1973. This indicates that he was consistently recognized as the best fielding pitcher in the National League during that time period. His exceptional defensive skills and ability to make difficult plays contributed to his success in winning the award for nine consecutive years.

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  • 25. 

    Who was the first person to win a Cy Young award with fewer than 10 wins on the season?

    • A.

      Dan Quisenberry

    • B.

      Bruce Sutter

    • C.

      Mariano Rivera

    • D.

      Sparky Lyle

    Correct Answer
    B. Bruce Sutter
    Explanation
    Bruce Sutter was the first person to win a Cy Young award with fewer than 10 wins on the season. This means that despite having a relatively low number of wins, Sutter's performance as a pitcher was exceptional and stood out among his peers. The Cy Young award is given to the best pitcher in Major League Baseball, and Sutter's achievement demonstrates that wins alone do not determine a pitcher's skill and value to the team.

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  • 26. 

    Who was the first Boston Red Sox player to win the Rolaids Relief Award?

    • A.

      Tom Gordon

    • B.

      Dennis Eckersley

    • C.

      Jonathan Papelbon

    • D.

      Bob Stanley

    Correct Answer
    A. Tom Gordon
    Explanation
    Tom Gordon was the first Boston Red Sox player to win the Rolaids Relief Award. This award is given to the best relief pitcher in each league, based on their performance and effectiveness in saving games. Gordon, who played for the Red Sox from 1996 to 1999, had an outstanding season in 1998, recording 46 saves and a 2.72 ERA. His impressive performance earned him the Rolaids Relief Award that year, making him the first Red Sox player to receive this honor.

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  • 27. 

    Who was the last player in the 20th century to be Rookie of the Year as a Montreal Expo?

    • A.

      Andre Dawson

    • B.

      Larry Walker

    • C.

      Pedro Martinez

    • D.

      Tim Raines

    Correct Answer
    A. Andre Dawson
    Explanation
    Andre Dawson was the last player in the 20th century to be Rookie of the Year as a Montreal Expo. This means that he was the most recent player from the Montreal Expos to win the Rookie of the Year award before the end of the 20th century.

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  • 28. 

    Which of these players won the Silver Slugger at catcher in the AL in consecutive seasons?

    • A.

      Matt Nokes

    • B.

      Carlton Fisk

    • C.

      Mickey Tettleton

    • D.

      Mike Stanley

    Correct Answer
    C. Mickey Tettleton
    Explanation
    Mickey Tettleton won the Silver Slugger at catcher in the AL in consecutive seasons because he was consistently one of the top offensive catchers during those years. This award is given to the best offensive player at each position in each league, and Tettleton's performance stood out among the other catchers in the American League. His consistent success at the plate earned him the honor in consecutive seasons.

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  • 29. 

    The manager of which sixth-place team had one first-place vote for 1993 AL Manager of the Year?

    • A.

      Cleveland Indians

    • B.

      Seattle Mariners

    • C.

      Boston Red Sox

    • D.

      Detroit Tigers

    Correct Answer
    A. Cleveland Indians
    Explanation
    The manager of the Cleveland Indians received one first-place vote for the 1993 AL Manager of the Year award. This suggests that the team had a successful season and the manager was recognized for their leadership and performance. However, without further information, we cannot determine the specific reasons behind this vote or the overall outcome of the award.

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  • 30. 

    Who was the first person to win the AL Third Base Silver Slugger in two consecutive years?

    • A.

      George Brett

    • B.

      Dean Palmer

    • C.

      Alex Rodriguez

    • D.

      Wade Boggs

    Correct Answer
    D. Wade Boggs
    Explanation
    Wade Boggs was the first person to win the AL Third Base Silver Slugger in two consecutive years. This means that he received the award for being the best offensive player at his position in the American League for two years in a row. The other options, George Brett, Dean Palmer, and Alex Rodriguez, did not achieve this feat.

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