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  • 1. 

    What Major Leaguer was nicknamed, "The Cuban Sylph"?

    • A.

      Pedro Ramos

    • B.

      Esteban Bellan

    • C.

      Jorge Pascual

    • D.

      Felix Millan

    Correct Answer
    B. Esteban Bellan
    Explanation
    Esteban Bellan was nicknamed "The Cuban Sylph" because he was a Cuban Major League Baseball player. He was the first Latin American-born player to play professional baseball in the United States, debuting in 1871. Bellan was known for his agility and graceful playing style, which earned him the nickname "The Cuban Sylph".

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  • 2. 

    Who was the first baseball player to be inducted into three Halls of Fame: the U.S., Cuba and Mexico?

    • A.

      Babe Ruth

    • B.

      Josh Gibson

    • C.

      Satchel Paige

    • D.

      Martin Dihigo

    Correct Answer
    D. Martin Dihigo
    Explanation
    Martin Dihigo was the first baseball player to be inducted into three Halls of Fame: the U.S., Cuba, and Mexico. Dihigo was a versatile player who excelled both as a pitcher and a position player. He played in various leagues in the U.S., Cuba, and Mexico, and his exceptional skills and contributions to the game earned him recognition in all three countries. Dihigo's induction into three Halls of Fame is a testament to his remarkable talent and impact on the sport.

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  • 3. 

    Which Chicago Cubs hitter was called "Kayo"?

    • A.

      Hack Wilson

    • B.

      Billy Williams

    • C.

      Andy Pafko

    • D.

      Hank Sauer

    Correct Answer
    A. Hack Wilson
    Explanation
    Hack Wilson was called "Kayo" because of his powerful hitting ability. He was known for his exceptional strength and ability to hit home runs, often knocking the ball out of the park with great force. This earned him the nickname "Kayo," which is a term used in boxing to refer to a knockout punch. Wilson's impressive hitting skills and power made him a standout player for the Chicago Cubs.

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  • 4. 

    Who did the White Sox trade to the Cubs for the rights to Luke Appling?

    • A.

      Bill Zuber

    • B.

      Charlie Gooch

    • C.

      Dougas Taitt

    • D.

      Slick Castleman

    Correct Answer
    C. Dougas Taitt
    Explanation
    The White Sox traded Dougas Taitt to the Cubs for the rights to Luke Appling.

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  • 5. 

    What old-time Cubs pitcher pitched the most relief innings ever recorded in one game ?

    • A.

      Joe Nuxhall

    • B.

      Mike Staton

    • C.

      Jose Cabera

    • D.

      Zip Zabel

    Correct Answer
    D. Zip Zabel
    Explanation
    Zip Zabel is the correct answer because he holds the record for pitching the most relief innings in a single game. On April 21, 1915, Zabel pitched 18 innings of relief for the Chicago Cubs against the Brooklyn Robins. This record still stands today and is unlikely to be broken, as modern baseball has strict pitch count limits and specialized relief pitchers.

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  • 6. 

    What was Derrick Lee's batting average in 2005?

    • A.

      0.3

    • B.

      0.267

    • C.

      0.389

    • D.

      0.335

    Correct Answer
    D. 0.335
    Explanation
    Derrick Lee's batting average in 2005 was 0.335.

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  • 7. 

    Which team did Gabby Hartnett hit his "Homer in the Gloamin" against?

    • A.

      Cincinnati Reds

    • B.

      St. Louis Cardinals

    • C.

      Pittsburgh Pirates

    • D.

      Brooklyn Dodgers

    Correct Answer
    C. Pittsburgh Pirates
    Explanation
    Gabby Hartnett hit his "Homer in the Gloamin" against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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  • 8. 

    In what year did Wrigley Field plant their outfield ivy?

    • A.

      1937

    • B.

      1942

    • C.

      1964

    • D.

      1957

    Correct Answer
    A. 1937
    Explanation
    In 1937, Wrigley Field planted their outfield ivy.

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  • 9. 

    What Cubs player dubbed Minnesota Twins player Torii Hunter "Spiderman"?

    • A.

      Ben Howard

    • B.

      Scott Eyre

    • C.

      Ryan O'Malley

    • D.

      Sammy Sosa

    Correct Answer
    D. Sammy Sosa
    Explanation
    Sammy Sosa dubbed Minnesota Twins player Torii Hunter "Spiderman" because of Hunter's incredible ability to scale outfield walls and make spectacular catches, resembling the agility and acrobatics of the comic book superhero. Sosa, who played for the Chicago Cubs, gave Hunter the nickname as a sign of respect for his extraordinary defensive skills.

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  • 10. 

    How many consecutive Gold Gloves did Ryne Sandberg win at second base?

    • A.

      Nine

    • B.

      Five

    • C.

      Eleven

    • D.

      Seven

    Correct Answer
    A. Nine
    Explanation
    Ryne Sandberg won nine consecutive Gold Gloves at second base. This means that for nine years in a row, he was recognized as the best defensive second baseman in the league. This level of consistency and excellence in fielding is a remarkable achievement and showcases Sandberg's skill and dedication to his position.

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  • 11. 

    What MLB single season record did Ernie Banks accomplish in 1955?

    • A.

      Most Extra Base Hits

    • B.

      Most Triples

    • C.

      Most Grand Slam Home Runs

    • D.

      Most Doubles

    Correct Answer
    C. Most Grand Slam Home Runs
    Explanation
    Ernie Banks accomplished the MLB single season record for Most Grand Slam Home Runs in 1955. This means that during that season, he hit the most home runs with the bases loaded. Grand Slam Home Runs are considered to be one of the most exciting plays in baseball, as they result in four runs being scored in a single swing of the bat. Banks' achievement in hitting the most grand slams in a single season showcases his power and ability to come through in clutch situations.

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  • 12. 

    At what position did Ernie Banks play the most games?

    • A.

      Short stop

    • B.

      Third Base

    • C.

      First Base

    • D.

      Second Base

    Correct Answer
    C. First Base
    Explanation
    Ernie Banks played the most games at the First Base position.

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  • 13. 

    Ryne Sandberg planned to play what position when signing a letter of intent with Washington State University?

    • A.

      Quarterback

    • B.

      Basketball Guard

    • C.

      Pitcher

    • D.

      Shortstop

    Correct Answer
    A. Quarterback
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Quarterback" because when Ryne Sandberg signed a letter of intent with Washington State University, he had planned to play the position of quarterback.

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  • 14. 

    Which college did Corey Patterson intend to attend when he got drafted by the Cubs?

    • A.

      New York University

    • B.

      University Of Georgia

    • C.

      University of Tennessee

    • D.

      Georgia Tech

    Correct Answer
    D. Georgia Tech
    Explanation
    Corey Patterson intended to attend Georgia Tech when he got drafted by the Cubs.

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  • 15. 

    How many years did Ernie Banks lead the league in home runs?

    • A.

      Five

    • B.

      Two

    • C.

      One

    • D.

      Four

    Correct Answer
    B. Two
    Explanation
    Ernie Banks led the league in home runs for a total of two years.

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  • 16. 

    What position did Ernie Banks assume right after he retired from playing baseball?

    • A.

      Restaurant Owner

    • B.

      Car Salesman

    • C.

      Coach

    • D.

      Bartender

    Correct Answer
    C. Coach
    Explanation
    After retiring from playing baseball, Ernie Banks assumed the position of a coach. This is a common career path for many retired athletes, as they can use their knowledge and experience to guide and mentor younger players. Coaching allows them to stay involved in the sport they love and pass on their expertise to the next generation of athletes.

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  • 17. 

    What was the original name for the team that would become the Chicago Cubs?

    • A.

      Chicago Colts

    • B.

      Chicago Orphans

    • C.

      Chicago Cubs

    • D.

      Chicago White Stockings

    Correct Answer
    D. Chicago White Stockings
    Explanation
    The original name for the team that would become the Chicago Cubs was the Chicago White Stockings. This name was used from 1870 to 1889, before the team changed its name to the Chicago Colts. Eventually, in 1903, the team became known as the Chicago Cubs, which is the name they still use today.

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  • 18. 

    In what year was the Chicago baseball team given the name "Cubs"?

    • A.

      1902

    • B.

      1915

    • C.

      1907

    • D.

      1876

    Correct Answer
    A. 1902
    Explanation
    The correct answer is 1902. In that year, the Chicago baseball team was officially given the name "Cubs". This suggests that prior to 1902, they were known by a different name.

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  • 19. 

    Along with the Chicago Cubs, what other team is an original National League charter team?

    • A.

      New York Giants

    • B.

      Atlanta Braves

    • C.

      Cleveland Indians

    • D.

      Boston Red Sox

    Correct Answer
    B. Atlanta Braves
    Explanation
    The Atlanta Braves are an original National League charter team along with the Chicago Cubs. They were established in 1871 as the Boston Red Stockings and have since relocated to Milwaukee and then Atlanta. The Cleveland Indians and the New York Giants are also historic teams, but they are not original National League charter teams.

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  • 20. 

    Which Chicago Cubs player cracked five grand slams in 1955?

    • A.

      Ernie Banks

    • B.

      Ralph Kiner

    • C.

      Hank Sauer

    • D.

      Randy Jackson

    Correct Answer
    A. Ernie Banks
    Explanation
    Ernie Banks is the correct answer because he is known for his impressive record of hitting five grand slams in 1955 while playing for the Chicago Cubs. This achievement showcases his exceptional batting skills and ability to perform under pressure in crucial moments of the game. Banks' accomplishment solidified his reputation as one of the greatest players in Cubs history and contributed to his eventual induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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  • 21. 

    Which Chicago Cubs member was voted National League Rookie of the Year in 1962?

    • A.

      Elder White

    • B.

      Ken Hubbs

    • C.

      Ron Santo

    • D.

      Billy Williams

    Correct Answer
    B. Ken Hubbs
    Explanation
    Ken Hubbs was voted National League Rookie of the Year in 1962. He played as a second baseman for the Chicago Cubs. Hubbs had an impressive rookie season, batting .260 with 90 runs scored and 54 RBIs. He also showcased his defensive skills, earning a reputation as a solid fielder. Unfortunately, his promising career was cut short when he tragically died in a plane crash in 1964 at the age of 22. Despite his short time in the league, Hubbs left a lasting impact and was posthumously inducted into the Cubs Hall of Fame in 1982.

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  • 22. 

    How many 50 home run seasons did Sammy Sosa amass during his time with the Chicago Cubs?

    • A.

      6

    • B.

      3

    • C.

      4

    • D.

      7

    Correct Answer
    C. 4
    Explanation
    Sammy Sosa amassed 4 seasons with 50 home runs during his time with the Chicago Cubs. This means that in four different seasons, Sosa hit 50 or more home runs while playing for the Cubs.

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  • 23. 

    What rookie Chicago Cubs pitcher struck out Hank Aaron three times in a single game?

    • A.

      Don Kaiser

    • B.

      Dick Drott

    • C.

      Bob Rush

    • D.

      Moe Drabowsky

    Correct Answer
    B. Dick Drott
    Explanation
    Dick Drott is the correct answer because he was a rookie pitcher for the Chicago Cubs and he struck out Hank Aaron three times in a single game. This implies that Drott had a strong pitching performance and was able to outmatch Aaron, a highly skilled and renowned hitter.

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  • 24. 

    Which Chicago Cub and Major League Baseball Hall of Famer was nicknamed "Old Tomato Face"?

    • A.

      Gabby Hartnett

    • B.

      Pete Alexander

    • C.

      Ferguson Jenkins

    • D.

      Hack Wilson

    Correct Answer
    A. Gabby Hartnett
    Explanation
    Gabby Hartnett, a Chicago Cub and Major League Baseball Hall of Famer, was nicknamed "Old Tomato Face."

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  • 25. 

    In 1981 William Wrigley sold the Chicago Cubs to Tribune Company for what price?

    • A.

      $20.5 Million

    • B.

      $67.9 Million

    • C.

      $131 Million

    • D.

      $205 Million

    Correct Answer
    A. $20.5 Million
    Explanation
    In 1981, William Wrigley sold the Chicago Cubs to Tribune Company for $20.5 million.

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  • 26. 

    What Chicago Cubs pitcher pitched a one-hitter on the 1-0 losing end of a Sandy Koufax perfect game?

    • A.

      Cal Koonce

    • B.

      Bob Hendley

    • C.

      Bob Buhl

    • D.

      Larry Jackson

    Correct Answer
    B. Bob Hendley
    Explanation
    Bob Hendley is the correct answer because he is the Chicago Cubs pitcher who pitched a one-hitter on the losing end of a Sandy Koufax perfect game. This means that Hendley only allowed one hit in the game, but the Cubs still lost because Koufax pitched a perfect game, meaning no Cubs player reached base safely.

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  • 27. 

    In what year did Wrigley Field open?

    • A.

      1932

    • B.

      1920

    • C.

      1926

    • D.

      1916

    Correct Answer
    C. 1926
    Explanation
    Wrigley Field opened in the year 1926.

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  • 28. 

    Which Chicago Cub led the National League with 204 hits in 2006?

    • A.

      Juan Pierre

    • B.

      Derrek Lee

    • C.

      Ronny Cedeno

    • D.

      Jacque Jones

    Correct Answer
    A. Juan Pierre
    Explanation
    Juan Pierre led the National League with 204 hits in 2006.

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  • 29. 

    Who was the highest paid Chicago Cubs player at the start of the 2007 regular season?

    • A.

      Alfonso Soriano

    • B.

      Aramis Ramirez

    • C.

      Derrek Lee

    • D.

      Carlos Zambrano

    Correct Answer
    C. Derrek Lee
    Explanation
    Derrek Lee was the highest paid Chicago Cubs player at the start of the 2007 regular season. This can be inferred from the information provided in the question.

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  • 30. 

    How many National League Championships did the Chicago Cubs win from 1900-2000?

    • A.

      12

    • B.

      10

    • C.

      14

    • D.

      8

    Correct Answer
    B. 10
    Explanation
    The Chicago Cubs won 10 National League Championships from 1900-2000.

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  • 31. 

    Who was the first Chicago Cubs manager of the 20th century?

    • A.

      Cap Anson

    • B.

      Tom Loftus

    • C.

      Don Baylor

    • D.

      Fred Mitchell

    Correct Answer
    B. Tom Loftus
    Explanation
    Tom Loftus was the first Chicago Cubs manager of the 20th century. This can be inferred from the given options, where the other three individuals (Cap Anson, Don Baylor, and Fred Mitchell) were not the first managers of the team during that time period.

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  • 32. 

    How many times did the Chicago Cubs win 100 games in a season between 1936 and 2006?

    • A.

      3

    • B.

      0

    • C.

      1

    • D.

      4

    Correct Answer
    B. 0
    Explanation
    Between 1936 and 2006, the Chicago Cubs did not win 100 games in a season. This means that they did not achieve the milestone of winning 100 games in any of the seasons during this time period.

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  • 33. 

    Who led the Chicago Cubs in home runs and RBIs in 2006?

    • A.

      Derrek Lee

    • B.

      Matt Murton

    • C.

      Aramis Ramirez

    • D.

      Jacque Jones

    Correct Answer
    C. Aramis Ramirez
    Explanation
    Aramis Ramirez led the Chicago Cubs in home runs and RBIs in 2006. This means that he hit the most home runs and had the most runs batted in for the team during that year.

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  • 34. 

    Who was the first Chicago Cubs player to win the National League Most Valuable Player Award?

    • A.

      Rogers Hornsby

    • B.

      Cap Anson

    • C.

      Frank Schulte

    • D.

      Hank Sauer

    Correct Answer
    C. Frank Schulte
    Explanation
    Frank Schulte was the first Chicago Cubs player to win the National League Most Valuable Player Award.

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  • 35. 

    How many Gold Glove Awards did Chicago Cubs great Ernie Banks win during his career?

    • A.

      4

    • B.

      9

    • C.

      3

    • D.

      1

    Correct Answer
    D. 1
    Explanation
    Ernie Banks, the Chicago Cubs great, won one Gold Glove Award during his career. This award is given annually to the best defensive players in Major League Baseball, and Banks was recognized for his exceptional fielding skills in one season.

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