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Cleveland Indians: The Early Years

Test your baseball knowledge of the Cleveland Indians.  Get up to bat in this Alan's FUN Baseball Trivia quiz.  "Check Your Answers" at the end of the quiz.

Trivia powered by ABE1) One of the American League's eight charter franchises, the club was founded in Cleveland in 1901. The team played in League Park until moving to historic Cleveland Municipal Stadium in 1932.  What was the 1901 name of the Cleveland team?

  • Cleveland Blues
  • Cleveland Bronchos
  • Cleveland Naps

2) What year did the Cleveland team become the Cleveland Indians?

  • 1902
  • 1905
  • 1915

3) He is remembered for his performance on the field and for his association with the Black Sox Scandal, when members of the 1919 Chicago White Sox participated in a conspiracy to fix the World Series. However, from 1910 to 1915, he played for the Cleveland team.  Who is this baseball player?

  • Shoeless Joe Jackson
  • Napoleon "Nap" Lajoie
  • Ray Chapman

4) Elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962, this pitcher came to the major as a 17 year old with an amazing fastball.  He had a career record with the Indians (266-162 win/loss, 3.25 ERA, and 1581 strikeouts).  Who is the baseball great?

  • Bob Lemon
  • Bob Feller
  • Lou Boudreau

5) Who in 1946 organized an investment group to purchase the Cleveland Indians?

  • Bill Wreck
  • Bill Veeck
  • Max Patkin

6) In 1948, needing pitching for the stretch run of the 1948 pennant race, Cleveland turned to the Negro Leagues again and signed a pitching great amid much controversy.  Barred from Major League Baseball during his prime, Cleveland�s signing of the aging star in 1948 was viewed by many as another publicity stunt. At an official age of 42, Paige became the oldest rookie in Major League baseball history, and the first black pitcher. He soon proved he could still pitch and ended the year with a 6-1 record with a 2.48 ERA, 45 strikeouts and two shutouts.  Who is this great?

  • Cy Young
  • Manny Boggs
  • Satchel Paige

7) But just before the 1960 season, Indians general manager Frank Lane traded a Cleveland fan favorite to the Detroit Tigers for Harvey Kuenn, who had won the 1959 batting title. The trade proved to be a good one for the Tigers but a terrible, unpopular one for the Indians, whose fans lost their favorite player and best hitter; Kuenn had a minor injury early in the season and was traded away by the end of the year. Lane further irritated fans by saying, "What's all the fuss about? All I did was trade hamburger for steak."  Who is this player.

  • Tommy John
  • Lou Piniella
  • Rocky Colavito

8) In 1975, the team did make baseball history when they hired MLB's first African American manager. However the team failed to improve and he was fired in 1977. Who is this baseball player and manager?

  • Filpe Alou
  • Frank Robinson
  • Joe Morgan

9) In 1994, the Cleveland Indians opened in their new field. What is the name?

  • League Park
  • Cleveland Municipal Stadium
  • Jacob Field

10) A portion of the team's original playing field, League Park, still stands at East 66th St. and Lexington Avenue in Cleveland's Hough neighborhood. The team's offices and a part of the right field exterior brick facade remain. Nothing remains of the team's second home, Cleveland Stadium.  Currently, what is it the site?

  • Cleveland Browns Stadium
  • Goodyear Tire plant
  • Cleveland airport

Check Your Answers


Cleveland Indians [Answers]

  1. Cleveland Blues
  2. 1915
  3. Shoeless Joe Jackson
  4. Bob Feller
  5. Bill Veeck
  6. Satchel Paige
  7. Rocky Colavito
  8. Frank Robinson
  9. Jacob Field
  10. Cleveland Browns Stadium

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