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1961 In Major League Baseball

Test your baseball knowledge of 1961 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.

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1) The Los Angeles Angels play the first game in franchise history, defeating a strong Baltimore Orioles team, 7–2 on April 11. Eli Grba pitches a complete game.
Who for the Angels, hits two home runs in the game?Trivia powered by ABE

  1. Ray Virally
  2. Ted Sizemore
  3. Ted Kluszewski
  4. Earl McCain

2) The Minnesota Twins play their very first home game in franchise history losing 5–3 on April 21.
Who did the Twins play?

  1. Kansas City Royals
  2. Washington Senators
  3. Oakland Athletics
  4. Boston Red Sox

3) On May 8, 1961, the New York's expansion National League club announces that the team nickname will be "Mets," a natural shortening of the corporate name ("New York Metropolitan Baseball Club, Inc.")

  • True or False?

4) Before a small crowd at Yankee Stadium, New York Yankees outfielder Roger Maris smacks a 2–0 pitch into right field for his 61st home run of the season (a record that would last until Mark McGwire broke it in 1998).
When did he hit the 61st home run?

  1. Sept 25
  2. Sept 30
  3. October 1
  4. October 3

5) On July 17, 1961, Ty Cobb, 74, Hall of Fame center fielder widely recognized during his lifetime as the greatest player in the sport's history, and holder of more records than any other player including highest lifetime batting average (.367) and most career hits (4,191), runs (2,245), steals (892), games (3,033) and at bats (11,429).
What was his career OPS average?

  1. .588
  2. .945
  3. 1.008
  4. 1.088

6) September 26, 1961, the Cincinnati Reds clinch their first National League pennant since 1940. Home runs by OF Frank Robinson and pinch hitter Jerry Lynch (a tie breaker in the 8th inning) give the Reds an 8–3 win over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.

  • True or False?

7) On, October 9, in Game Five of the World Series, Johnny Blanchard and Héctor López spark a five-run first inning and 13–5 win for the New York Yankees over the Cincinnati Reds. Blanchard and López hit home runs, and López drives in five runs. Bud Daley's long relief effort wraps up the Series, as the manager becomes the third rookie manager to guide a World Series winner. Whitey Ford is named the Series MVP.
Who was the Yankee manager?

  1. Mike Birkbeck
  2. Glenn Davis
  3. Mike Kingery
  4. Ralph Houk

8) Roger Maris was the American League Most Valuable Player. Orlando Cepeda was the National League Most Valuable Player.

  • True or False?

9) Norm Cash lead the American League hitting .361. Roberto Clemente lead the American League hitting .351. Cash’s OPS was 1.148.
What was Clemente’s OPS?

  1. .749
  2. .849
  3. .949
  4. 1.049

10) What Major League pitcher did NOT win 25 games in 1961?

  1. Sandy Koufax
  2. Whitey Ford
  3. Warren Spahn
  4. Joey Jay

1961 In Major League Baseball [Answers]

1) C. 2) B. 3) True 4) C. 5) B. 6) True 7) D. 8) False. Frank Robinson was the National League Most Valuable Player. 9) C. 10) A.

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