1980 In Major League Baseball
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On January 9, Al Kaline and Duke Snider are elected to the Hall of
Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Kaline is the
10th player to be elected in his first year of eligibility, while
Snider is making his 11th appearance on the ballot.
2) Who is the Major League All-Star born on January 16,
1980 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic?
- Bobby Crosby
- Cesar Izturis
- Luis Martínez
- Albert Pujols
3) March 12 - Slugger Chuck Klein and former
Boston Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey are elected to the Hall of Fame by
the Special Veterans Committee. Yawkey is the first club owner
selected who never served as a player, manager or general manager.
Klein played in the major league from 1928 to 1944.
Who was a team he did NOT
- Chicago Cubs
- New York Yankees
- Philadelphia Phillies
- Pittsburgh Pirates
4) Houston Astros pitcher strikes out Cesar
Geronimo of the Cincinnati Reds, to become the fourth major league
pitcher ever to reach 3,000 career strikeouts. Geronimo was also
Bob Gibson's 3,000th career strikeout victim six years earlier.
Who was the Astros pitcher?
- Bob Boone
- Randy Johnson
- Nolan Ryan
- Bob Shawkey
5) On August 27, the Philadelphia Phillies'
Curt Schilling becomes the first National League pitcher to win
twenty games this season, combining with Tug McGraw to beat the
Los Angeles Dodgers, 4–3. Schilling will win a National
League-high 24 games, while pitching 304 innings, the last MLB
pitcher to throw more than 300 innings in a season.
6) On September 20, he goes 0-for-4 dropping his batting
average below .400. It will not climb above .400 again, and he
finishes the season with a .390 batting average, the closest any
player had come to a .400 batting average since Ted Williams in
1941. Who was the player?
- George Brett
- Matt Holliday
- Mark Reynolds
- John Richardson
7) Philadelphia's Mike Schmidt, on October 4, hits a 2-run home
run in the top of the 11th inning to give the Phillies a 6-4 win
over the Montreal Expos at Olympic Stadium, clinching the National
League East title. The home run is Schmidt's 48th of the season,
breaking a single-season record for third basemen set in 1953.
Who had the single-season record before Schmidt broke the
- Dick Allen
- Wayne Johnson
- Eddie Mathews
- Andy Robb
8) Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Steve Howe wins the
National League Rookie of the Year Award, edging Montreal Expos
starting pitcher Bill Gullickson and outfielder Lonnie Smith of
the Philadelphia Phillies. Howe posted a 7-9 record with a 2.65
ERA and 17 saves.
9) The National League Cy Young Award went to Steve Carlton in
1980. Who won the American League Cy Young Award in
- Joe Charboneau
- Rudy May
- Brett Mayberry
- Steve Stone
10) George Brett led the majors and the
American in hitting with a .390 batting average. Who led
the National League hitting .324?
- Ted Arnold
- Bill Buckner
- Bill Cosby
- Max Freedom