New York Yankees: (Sort Of) Ultimate Quiz for Diehard Fans

Harvey FrommerGuest ColumnistFebruary 6, 2012

NEW YORK - MAY 02:  The plaque of Mickey Mantle is seen in Monument Park at Yankee Stadium prior to the game between the New York Yankees and the Chicago White Sox on May 2, 2010 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Yankees defeated the White Sox 12-3.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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For all of you out there who think you know your baseball—especially New York Yankees baseball—this is the quiz for you.

Eighteen questions. Answers follow the questions, so no peeking. A score of nine or more correct makes you a major leaguer. Below that you are in the minors but on your way up.

Have fun.

1. Who wore No. 7 before Mickey Mantle? 

2. Whose number (and what was it) was retired by both the New York Mets and Yankees?

3. Who caught Dave Righetti's no-hitter on July 4, 1983?  

A. Butch Wynegar  

B. Cliff Johnson

C. Yogi Berra

4. Name the four managers who have piloted both the Yankees and the Mets.

5. In 1977, who nicknamed Reggie Jackson "Mr. October"?

A. Willie Randolph

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B. Thurman Munson  

C. Goose Gossage  

D. Mickey Rivers

6. Name the player Derek Jeter replaced in 1996 to become the regular shortstop.

A. Andy Fox  

B. Pat Kelly  

C. Alvaro Espinoza  

D. Tony Fernandez

7. What former Yankee was the first pitching coach for the New York Mets in 1962?

A. Joe Page  

B. Red Ruffing  

C. Vic Raschi  

D. Johnny Sain

8. Elston Howard was the first black player on the Yankees in 1955.  Who was second?

9. Who did George Steinbrenner buy the Yankees from?

10. Trick question: Which of the following was not a Babe Ruth nickname? 

A. "Bambino"  

B. "Wali of Wallop"

C. "Rajah of Rap"  

D. "Caliph of Clout" 

11. Name the National Football League coaching legend who played briefly for the Yankees. 

A. Tom Landry  

B. George Halas  

C. Jim Thorpe  

D. Curly Lambeau

12. First baseman Wally Pipp has gone down in history for being the player Lou Gehrig replaced. What other distinction belongs to Pipp?

A. He was a baseball manager.

B. He came from the same neighborhood Gehrig grew up in.  

C. He was a home run champ.

D. He made money endorsing aspirin.

13. Reggie Jackson hit three home runs in Game 6 of the 1977 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers—each off a different pitcher.  What pitcher gave up Jackson's third home run?

A. Burt Hooton

B. Charlie Hough

C. Elias Sosa

D. Don Sutton 

14. Reggie Jackson was inducted into the Hall of Fame as a member of what team?

A. Oakland A's  

B. Baltimore Orioles  

C. New York Yankees    

D. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

15. What Yankee pitcher has the most World Series victories? 

A. David Cone  

B. Allie Reynolds  

C. Whitey Ford  

D. Lefty Gomez

16. In defeating the Oakland A's in the 2001 American League Division playoffs, what did the Yankees accomplish that no team ever had done before in a three-of-five-game series?

A. Limited their opponents to a total of two runs  

B. Had a perfect fielding percentage

C. Won three straight after losing two games at home

D. Hit at least one home run in every game

17. What Yankees MVP appeared in the fewest games in the year in which he won the award? 

18. Easy one: What is Yogi Berra's given name?


1. Fourteen other Yankees wore the number in their career, the last two being Bob Cerv and Cliff Mapes, who wore the number at times during Mantle's rookie season. 

2. Casey Stengel's No. 37 was retired by both the Mets (1965) and Yankees (1966).  

3. A. Butch Wynegar

4. Yogi Berra, Casey Stengel, Joe Torre, Dallas Green

5. B. Thurman Munson

6. D. Tony Fernandez

7. B. Red Ruffing

8. Harry Simpson, 1957

9. CBS

10. Sorry about that. We said it was a trick question—all of the choices were nicknames for the Babe.

11. B. George "Papa Bear" Halas got into six games for the 1919 Yankees. 

12. C. Pipp was an American League home run champion in 1916-17.

13. B. Charlie Hough

14. C. New York Yankees 

15. C. Whitey Ford, 10. He started 22 World Series games.

16. C. They won three straight after losing two games at home.

17. Pitcher Spud Chandler appeared in 30 games when he won the American League award in 1943. 

18. Lawrence Peter

A noted oral historian and sports journalist, Harvey Frommer has written many sports books, including Fenway Park: An Oral and Narrative History of the Home of the Boston Red Sox.  His work has appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, New York Daily News, Newsday, USA Today, Men’s Heath, The Sporting News and, of course, Bleacher Report, among other publications.

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