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1980 In Major League Baseball

Test your baseball knowledge of 1980 In Major League Baseball 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) 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.

  • True or False?

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 play for?

  • 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.

  • True or False?

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 record?

  • 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.

  • True or False?

9) The National League Cy Young Award went to Steve Carlton in 1980.  Who won the American League Cy Young Award in 1980?

  • 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

Check Your Answers


1980 In Major League Baseball [Answers]

  1. True
  2. Albert Pujols
  3. New York Yankees
  4. Nolan Ryan
  5. False. On August 27, the Philadelphia Phillies' Steve Carlton becomes the first National League pitcher to win twenty games this season, combining with Tug McGraw to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 4–3.  Carlton 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. George Brett
  7. Eddie Mathews
  8. True
  9. Steve Stone
  10. Bill Buckner

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