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Roger Maris

Test your baseball knowledge of Roger Maris.  Get up to bat in this FUN Baseball Trivia quiz.  "Check Your Answers" at the end of the quiz.

Trivia powered by ABE1) He grows up in Grand Forks and Fargo, North Dakota. 
What high school does he attend?

  1. Shanley High School

  2. Upper Moreland High School

  3. Tom Mix High School

2) What team does Maris make his major league debut in 1957?

  1. Los Angeles Angels

  2. Cleveland Indians

  3. Boston Red Sox

3) The next year, he is traded.  He represents them in the All-Star Game in 1959 in spite of missing 45 games due to an appendix operation. 
Who is he traded to?

  1. Philadelphia Phillies

  2. Washington Senators

  3. Kansas City Athletics

4) In 1960, his first season with the Yankees, despite the already-nagging media, he leads the league in slugging percentage, runs batted in, and extra base hits and finishes second in home runs (one behind teammate Mickey Mantle) and total bases (four behind Mantle). He is recognized as an outstanding defensive outfielder with a Gold Glove Award, and also wins the American League's Most Valuable Player award.

  • True or False?

5) In 1961, the American League expands from 8 to 10 teams, generally watering down the pitching.  Also the season is extended from 154 games. 
What is the number of games in the season?

  1. 160 games

  2. 162 games

  3. 164 games

6) Maris fails to reach 61 in 154 games (he had only 59 after 154 games).  He hits his 61st on October 1, 1961, in the fourth inning of the last game of the season, a contest between the Yankees and the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium in front of 23,154 fans.
Who does he hit #61 off of?

  1. Tracy Stallard

  2. Tracy Moore

  3. Tracy Reynolds

7) What team is he traded to after the 1966 season?

  1. Pittsburgh Pirates

  2. Chicago Cubs

  3. St. Louis Cardinals

8) Gussie Busch, owner of the Cardinals and of Anheuser-Busch, sets Maris up with a beer distributorship after he retired.

  • True or False?

9) Maris had a career batting average of .260.
What was his career home runs?

  1. 275

  2. 375

  3. 475

  4. 575

10) What was Maris’ career On-Base Plus Slugging average (OPS)?

  1. .622

  2. .722

  3. .822

  4. .922

11) He is diagnosed with lymphoma in 1983.  He organizes the annual Roger Maris Celebrity Golf Tournament to raise money for cancer research and treatment.  Maris dies in December 14, 1985 at M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston, Texas.

  • True or False?

12) Where is Roger Maris buried?

  1. Community Cemetery, Paoli, Indiana

  2. New Emmaus Cemetery, Cherokee County, Texas

  3. Holy Cross Cemetery, Fargo, North Dakota

Roger Maris [Answers]

1) A. 2) B. 3) C. 4) True. 5) B.. 6) A. 7) C. 8) True 9) A. 10) C.11) True 12) A.

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