How Well Do You Remember the Best MLB Players of All Time?

By: Gavin Thagard
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About This Quiz

They hit the longest home runs, threw the fastest balls, and stole bases like a poor man steals bread. These are the greatest Major League Baseball players to ever grace the field, and the world is better for their presence. How much do you know about them, though?

Major League Baseball would be nothing without its star players. These guys made the game fun with their spectacular play while inspiring millions around the world through mesmerizing storybook moments. These moments are engrained in the brains of fans everywhere, who look at the greatest MLB players as heroes. These heroes captivated their minds with stories of success and failure. They are the players you talk about when you reflect back on the game. 

Do you know everything about the star players throughout MLB history, which players created dynasties while ruining others? Do you know who hit the most home runs or won the most titles? If you do, then try out this quiz.

This quiz isn't for anyone, however. You'd better know your baseball before you step up to the plate. If not, you just might strike out. If you're a baseball expert, though, and know everything about its star players, take this quiz and prove it!

Who is the award for the best pitcher in baseball named after?

Playing from 1890 until 1911, Cy Young set pitching records all across the board. He still holds many of those records.

What was Babe Ruth's nickname?

Babe Ruth was traded from the Boston Red Sox to the New York Yankees in 1919. After the trade, Boston didn't win another title for 86 years. The drought was known as "The Curse of the Bambino."

How many titles did Babe Ruth win with the Yankees?

Babe Ruth finished his career with seven World Series titles. He won his first three with the Boston Red Sox.

In which war did Ted Williams serve?

Ted Williams was a spectacular batter throughout his career. He finished with 521 home runs and achieved the Triple Crown twice.

Where did Ted Williams spend his entire MLB career?

Ted Williams played 19 seasons with the Boston Red Sox. With enormous talent, he made the All-Star game every year in which he played.

Who was the first African-American player in Major League Baseball?

Jackie Robinson was a six-time All-Star who led the Dodgers to a championship in 1955. For his part in ending segregation in Major League Baseball, Robinson's number was retired across the entire league.

Whose nickname was "The Iron Horse"?

Lou Gehrig suffered from ALS, which ended his career early. He died two years after retiring, but his legacy lives on.

Who was the first person to break Babe Ruth's single-season​ home run record?

In 1961, Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle competed to see who could break Ruth's record of 60 home runs in a season. Maris managed to do it in the last game of the season.

With what team did Mickey Mantle spend his entire career?

Mickey Mantle was one of the many legends to play for the greatest franchise in baseball history, the New York Yankees. He helped guide the team to seven World Series titles.

What state was Ty Cobb from?

Known as "The Georgia Peach," Ty Cobb set multiple records throughout his career. He was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936.

Which player set a 56-game hitting streak?

Aside from baseball, DiMaggio was known for his marriage to Marilyn Monroe. Though the two divorced, they got back together shortly before her death.

Where was Roberto Clemente from?

Roberto Clemente spent his entire career with the Pittsburg Pirates. He died in a plane crashing trying to carry food to victims of an earthquake in Nicaragua.

Who is MLB's all-time leader in hits?

Pete Rose was talented enough to bat both right-handed and left-handed. This was one of the reasons he lasted 23 seasons in Major League Baseball.

What position did Derek Jeter primarily play?

Derek Jeter spent his entire career with the New York Yankees, where he won five World Series. In 2000, Jeter was named World Series MVP.

What number did Derek Jeter wear throughout his career?

Derek Jeter's first Major League game was played in 1995. After a 20-year career, Jeter's #2 was retired by the Yankees.

Who was the first person to break Babe Ruth's career home run record?

Hank Aaron played in Major League Baseball from 1954 until 1976. During that span, he made the All-Star game 25 times and was NL MPV in 1957.

Who holds the all-time home run record?

Barry Bonds' record is controversial because of his association with the steroid scandal that swept through the league. Still, he holds that home run record with 762.

With what team did Hank Aaron win a World Series in 1957?

The 1957 World Series was played between the New York Yankees and the Milwaukee Braves. The series went seven games with the Braves winning the final game 5-0.

Against what team did Sandy Koufax throw a perfect game?

Playing from 1955 until 1966, Sandy Koufax played his entire career with the Dodgers. He left the game at the age of 30 because of the wear and tear on his body.

Which pitcher has the most strikeouts for a career?

Arguably the greatest pitcher of all time, Nolan Ryan never won a Cy Young Award. However, he did earn a place in the Hall of Fame to which he was elected in 1999.

How many no-hitters did Nolan Ryan pitch?

Nolan Ryan pitched more no-hitters than any other pitcher to ever play. However, he never pitched a perfect game.

With what team did Willie Mays win a World Series in 1954?

The 1954 World Series was played between the New York Giants and the Cleveland Indians. The Giants swept the series 4-0. This would be Willie Mays' only World Series title.

With what team did Stan Musial spend his entire career?

Stan Musial led the Cardinals to three World Series titles in 1942, 1944, and 1946. In-between 1944 and 1946, Musial left baseball to serve in the United States military.

Who has the most grand slams in a career?

Alex Rodriguez was traded from the Texas Rangers to the New York Yankees in 2004. After joining the Yankees, Rodriguez won two AL MVP awards, adding to the one he already had.

What position did Mike Schmidt primarily play?

Playing from 1972 until 1989, Schmidt spent his entire career with the Philadelphia Phillies. As the Phillies' star player, he won three NL MVP awards.

What pitcher is the all-time leader for shutouts in a career?

Walter Johnson was one of the earliest star players in the game of baseball. He spent his entire career, from 1907 until 1927, with the Washington Senators.

Which former MLB legend was nicknamed "The Kid"?

Ken Griffey Jr. played baseball in four different decades, from 1989 until 2010. He also played for three different teams, though most of his career was spent with the Seattle Mariners.

Who holds the single-season​ record for stolen bases?

Known as "The Man of Steel," Rickey Henderson played for nine different teams throughout his career. During that span, he was part of two World Series wins, one with the Athletics and one with the Blue Jays.

With what team did Rogers Hornsby win a World Series in 1926?

Rogers Hornsby was a player-manager for the Cardinals when they beat the Yankees in seven games during the 1926 World Series. This was the Cardinals' first World Series.

Which former pitcher won four straight Cy Young Awards, from 1992 to 1995?

Known as "The Professor," Greg Maddux won a World Series in 1995 with the Atlanta Braves. During that series, the Braves defeated the Indians in six games.

Who won the most World Series of any player?

Over the course of his career, Yogi Berra won ten World Series as a player. He also won three as a coach.

Which player was associated with the 1919 Blacksox Scandal?

After the 1919 season, when the White Sox threw the World Series, Joe Jackson was banned from the game of baseball. The move was controversial because Jackson was the best player on both teams throughout the series which left many questioning if he was actually in on the fix.

What was Cal Ripken Jr.'s nickname?

Cal Ripken Jr. got his nickname because of his consistency on the field. In fact, he holds the record for consecutive games played with 2,632.

How many World Series MVP awards does Reggie Jackson have?

Reggie Jackson was known as one of the most clutch players in the history of baseball, particularly in the playoffs. His postseason play earned him the nickname, "Mr. October."

What position did Lefty Grove play?

Lefty Grove was a dominant left-handed pitcher who played Major League Baseball from 1925 until 1941. During his prime, he led the Philadelphia Athletics to two World Series titles.

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