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Tristram E. Speaker

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

1) Tris Speaker was born on in Hubbard, Texas, to Archie and Nancy Poer Speaker.Tristram E. Speaker  
When was Speaker born?

  1. April 4, 1888
  2. April 4, 1889
  3. April 4, 1890
  4. April 4, 1891

2) What was Tris Speaker’s nickname?

  1. Cannonball
  2. Texas
  3. Rebel
  4. Spoke

3) What team did he break into the big leagues with in 1907?

  1. Boston Red Sox
  2. Cleveland Indians
  3. Washington Senators
  4. Philadelphia Athletics

4) From 1910 to 1916, who was NOT one of the “Million-Dollar Outfield”?

  1. Tris Speaker
  2. Harry Hooper
  3. Duffy Lewis
  4. Rich Ashburn

5) After the 1915 World Series victory, Speaker had a falling-out with Red Sox president J.J. Lannin, who wanted Speaker to take a pay cut from about $15,000 to about $9,000 after his average had fallen to .322; Speaker refused. On April 12, 1916 Lannin dealt Speaker to the Cleveland Indians for Sam Jones, Fred Thomas and $50,000.

  • True or False?

6) On September 1, 1917, in a game in Cleveland, Speaker was hit with the ball as he tried to steal home in the bottom of the first inning. Batter Joe Evans swung away and lined the ball into Speaker's face. Detroit manager Hughie Jennings, as a courtesy, allowed Speaker to sit out the second inning while his face was sewn up.

  • True or False?

7) Tris Speaker managed 1137 games, finishing 617-520, before “retiring” as a manager. This “retirement” was forced by AL President Ban Johnson after a scandal involving gambling broke in 1926, in which Dutch Leonard claimed that Speaker and Ty Cobb fixed at least one Cleveland-Detroit game. Both Speaker and Cobb were forced to “resign” as managers.

  • True or False?

8) What is Speaker’s career batting average?

  1. .315
  2. .325
  3. .335
  4. .345

9) When was Speaker elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame?

  1. 1937
  2. 1939
  3. 1941
  4. 1943

10) Tris Speaker died of a heart attack in Lake Whitney, Texas, at the age of 70.
What is the cause of death?

  1. Auto accident
  2. Cancer
  3. Stroke
  4. Heart attack

11) Where is Tris Speaker buried?

  1. Abbott Cemetery, Abbott, Texas
  2. Blanton Cemetery, Blanton, Texas
  3. Cottonwood Cemetery, Hubbard, Texas
  4. Fairview Cemetery, Hubbard, Texas

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Tris Speaker [Answers]

1) A. 2) D. 3) A. 4) D. 5)True 6) True 7) True 8) D. 9) A.10) D. 11) D. Plot: Section 1, Block 2 Angels on your pillow


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