Can You Name All Of These MLB Players?

By: Mark Laufgraben
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About This Quiz

CRACK! The sound a bat shattering against a hurled ball, then catapulted through the air with incredible velocity and scoreboard-pulverizing power. But baseball is so much more than these ephemeral moments. Baseball is a way of living, of building hit on top of hit, pitch on top of pitch, until the truly greats tower over the flashes in the pan.  For every game that ends in a blowout, there are dozens that are decided by a single run, a single pitch, a single amazing play.


And THAT's where STATS come in! Argue over a beer till you're blue in the face over who's the greatest hitter or the fastest runner, root root root for the Home Team all you like, but Stats don't lie. And you KNOW that. So you hoovered them all up, every name and every award, every triumph and every record. Every player from every age, from baseball's very dawn to the Modern Age, you know them all.


Or, so you think. Dare you face this challenge? Can you name these ballpark heroes and match them to the records they earned so dearly? We'll give hints to help you along, but at the end of the day, you're alone up there on the mound, and the count's 3-2. All eyes are on you, champ!

Roberto Enrique Clemente Walker was a right fielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was both the first Latin American and Caribbean player to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Leroy Robert "Satchel" Paige was a pitcher who played for both the Negro League and MLB. At times he would have all of his infielders patiently sit down behind him while he proceeded to strike out the other team!

Josh Gibson was a catcher for the American Negro League. Some people called Babe Ruth "The White Josh Gibson." He hit 55 home runs in 1933!

Mickey Mantle was a center fielder for the New York Yankees. An incalculable offensive threat, he is thought by many to be the greatest switch hitter of all time. He's the last Triple Crown winner to have led all of MLB in all three categories. That's "the Mick"!

Johnny Lee Bench, catcher for the Cincinnati Reds, is thought by many to be the greatest catcher of all time. He helped make the hinged catcher's mitt standard equipment for catchers league-wide.

James Emory Foxx was a first baseman for numerous teams in Major League Baseball. He would have tied Babe Ruth's home run record, but two of the games he hit homers in were rained out. Rats!

Denton True "Cy" Young was a pitcher for five different teams in MLB. He pitched the first perfect game in American League history, and will forever be immortalized by the award bearing his name.

Johannes Peter "Honus" Wagner was a shortstop, playing mostly for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was nicknamed "The Flying Dutchman", and was considered one of the great all-around shortstops of all time.

Grover Alexander was a pitcher for numerous teams in Major League Baseball. An extremely skilled pitcher, he was never the same after the hearing loss and subsequent early onset of epilepsy he suffered due to trauma sustained in the Great War.

Joseph Paul DiMaggio was a center fielder for the New York Yankees. His hitting streak is considered by many to be almost statistically impossible! He is also known for his marriage to famous movie star Marilyn Monroe.

Stan Musial was an outfielder and first baseman, and spent his career playing for the St. Louis Cardinals. An incredible all around player, he was also known for his kindness and generosity, hence his nickname "Baseball's Perfect Knight."

Rogers Hornsby, Sr. was an infielder. His batting average is second for greatest average of all time, making him second only to Ty Cobb as an offensive force.

Ted Williams was a left fielder for the Boston Red Sox. He won the triple crown, shipped off to WW2, then won another when he came back!

Christy Mathewson was a pitcher for the New York Giants. He never pitched on Sunday, due to his devout Christian beliefs. He pitched three shutouts in the 1905 World Series.

Lou Gehrig was a first baseman who played 17 astonishing seasons for the New York Yankees. His namesake illness drove him into retirement at the age of 36, but he will always be remembered by his adoring fans.

Hank Aaron is a right fielder who played for the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves and the Milwaukee Brewers. He's still with us, and is a senior Vice President for the Atlanta Braves!

Walter Johnson played for 21 seasons for the Washington Senators. A pitcher, he held the incredible record above and was one of the first five inductees into the Hall of Fame.

Ty Cobb spent 22 years with the Detroit Tigers. He has a combined total of 4,065 runs scored and runs batted in, the greatest of all time. He is frequently ranked at the very apex of baseball's greats.

Willie Mays is a center fielder who played for the San Francisco Giants and finished playing for the Mets. He ended his career with 12 Golden Gloves.

Babe Ruth started as a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, but rose to true prominence as an outfielder for the Yankees. His status as a sports hero transcends time, and he was one of the first five inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Roland Glen Fingers is a retired pitcher who played for multiple teams. He is one of the few players to have had his number retired from multiple teams, a particular rarity given his status as a reliever.

Wade Boggs is a retired third baseman who played for the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. He still holds the record for batting average at Fenray, at .369.

David Mark Winfield is a retired right fielder who played for six different teams over a storied 22-year career. The David M. Winfield Foundation was the first such philanthropic foundation created by an active ballplayer.

Ken Griffey, Jr. is a retired outfielder who played for 22 years across three different teams in MLB. He received a record 99.32% of the vote that inducted him into the Hall of Fame, clear evidence that he is one of the all-time greats!

Chuck Klein was an outfielder for three different teams in MLB. Known as the Hoosier Hammer, he was the first player to be sent to the All-Star Game from two different teams.

Mark McGwire is a retired first baseman for the Oakland Athletics and the St. Louis Cardinals. A major figure in the baseball steroids scandal, his admission to using performance enhancers is responsible for him not currently being in the Hall of Fame.

Ralph Kiner was an outfielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians. He was also known as a beloved announcer for the New York Mets.

Leon Allen "Goose" Goslin was a left fielder known for his dependability and skillful switch hitting. His greatest triumph was in '28, when he had a batting average of .379.

George Thomas Seaver is a retired MLB pitcher, most famous for his time playing for the New York Mets. He helped win the Mets' first World Series Championship in '69!

Calvin Edwin Ripken Jr. is a retired shortstop and third baseman for the Baltimore Orioles. His limitless stamina gave him the record he holds above and gave him the well-earned sobriquet, "The Iron Man."

Kirby Puckett was a center fielder for the Minnesota Twins. His batting average was the highest for any right-handed batter since Joe Dimaggio!

Jay Hanna Dean was a pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Browns. Besides his incredible record above, he also became a beloved commentator after his retirement from active play.

Sam Crawford was an outfielder for the Cincinnati Reds and the Detroit Tigers. He was the first to ever lead both the American and National leagues in home runs!

Edwin "Duke" Snider spent most of his career playing center field for the Brooklyn and later Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers retired his number, #4 in his honor.

Edward Augustine Walsh was a pitcher for the Chicago White Sox and the Atlanta Braves. His career ERA of 1.82 is the lowest major league ERA ever posted.

Wilver Dornell Stargell was a left fielder and first baseman for the Pittsburgh Pirates. To show their love for him, the Pirates retired his number, number 8.

Brooks Calbert Robinson Jr. was a third baseman for the Baltimore Orioles. His defensive play was so dominant, he earned the nickname "The Human Vacuum Cleaner."

Joseph Michael Medwick was a left fielder for multiple MLB teams. His finest moment was when he won a Triple Crown in 1937!

Barry Bonds is a former left fielder who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates and the San Francisco Giants. He hit an incredible 762 home runs, and won 8 Golden Gloves.

George Harold Sisler was an MLB player for the Boston Braves, the Washington Senators and the St. Louis Browns. He had an incredible .340 lifetime batting average.

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