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Catcher Trivia - Life Behind the Plate

written by: shimonbentzvi
 
A quiz on one of the most difficult and important positions in baseball and on some of the most notable players that held it.

Question 1:


When keeping a box score of a baseball game, what is the number of the catcher?
3
1
2
4

Question 2:


Which of the following statements about the position of the catcher in baseball is true?
Every team is required to have at least three catchers on their roster.
There is no limit on the maximum size for a catcher's mitt.
The catcher almost always bats last or next to last.
The catcher is the only player in professional sports who is in foul territory before each play.

Question 3:


This player was the first catcher in the history of professional baseball to play close to the batter.
Nat Hicks
Larry McLean
Willard Hershberger
Charles Zimmer

Question 4:


Who was the first catcher in the history of baseball to wear a mask?
Fred Thayer, 1877
Hank Gowdy, 1917
Bill Lennon, 1871
"Muddy " Ruel , 1924

Question 5:


On June 28, 1907, this Yankees' catcher was unable to throw out any of the 13 Washington Senators who stole second base.
Casey Stengel
Branch Rickey
John McGraw
Ray Schalk

Question 6:


In 1960, the New York Yankees set a record for having three catchers each of whom hit at least twenty home runs. Who were they?
Yogi Berra, Elston Howard, Johnny Blanchard
Yogi Berra, Elston Howard, Thurmon Munson
Yogi Berra, Sammy White, Elston Howard
Yogi Berra, Elston Howard, Hank Bauer

Question 7:


In what year did baseball catchers first started using chest protectors?
1905
1915
1885
1895

Question 8:


Which company was the first to start producing catcher's mitts?
Wilson
Draper and Maynard
Bresnahan
Rawlings

Question 9:


In 1914, this catcher broke the record for throwing out base runners in an inning.
"Muddy " Reul
Les Nunamaker
Bill Dickey
Steve O'Neil

Question 10:


Who was the first catcher to catch 4 no-hitters in his career?
Bill Dickey
Johnny Bench
Ray Schalk
Jorge Posada

Question 11:


Who was the first catcher to win both the Silver Slugger Award (Best Hitter at his position) and Golden Glove Award (Best fielder at his position) in the same year?
Johnny Bench
Ivan Rodriguez
Carleton Fisk
Roy Campanella

Question 12:


Which of these statements about famous baseball catchers is incorrect?
Yogi Berra hit the first pinch hit home run in the World Series
Clint Courtney was the first catcher to wear glasses
Clint Courtney was the first catcher to wear an oversized mitt
Mike Piazza was the first catcher to hit 50 homers and 200 hits in a season

 


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