On Baseball Locations

All ballparks, young and old, have a history. This post is about some of the locations associated with MLB parks.

The trivia questions are in two groups: matching and short answers. Correct answers are found after the short YouTube video honoring some of the old stadiums.

Matching Choices
Braves Field, Candlestick Park, Ebbets Field, Fenway Park, Forbes Field, Metropolitan Stadium, Sportsman’s Park, Tiger Stadium, Wrigley Field

  1. A portion of its outfield wall can be found on a college campus
  2. Its right field pavilion remains part of an on-campus college football stadium
  3. Today, its infield and much of the field of play is part of a local boys’ club
  4. It’s named after the Point location of the same name
  5. Bound by Clark, Addison, Waveland, and Sheffield
  6. Bound by Sullivan Place, Montgomery, and Bedford
  7. Bound by Trumbull, Michigan, Cherry, and National
  8. The attached bowling alley is closed
  9. Currently the location of a huge mall

Short Answers

  1. These 2 cities had old ballparks called the Huntington Street Grounds
  2. Name the 3 baseball stadiums (past and present) that also served as the site for many gold medal performances
  3. Name the 9 franchises with replacement stadiums built next door (or at least reasonably close

Matching Answers

  1. A portion of its outfield wall can be found on a college campus (Forbes Field, Pittsburgh)
  2. Its right field pavilion remains part of an on-campus college football stadium (Braves Field, Boston)
  3. Today, its infield and much of the field of play is part of a local boys’ club (Sportsman’s Park, St. Louis)
  4. Its name after the Point location of the same name (Candlestick Park, San Francisco)
  5. Bound by Clark, Addison, Waveland, and Sheffield (Wrigley Field, Chicago)
  6. Bound by Sullivan Place, Montgomery, and Bedford (Ebbets Field, Brooklyn)
  7. Bound by Trumbull, Michigan, Cherry, and National (Tiger Stadium, Detroit)
  8. The attached bowling alley is closed (Fenway Park, Boston)
  9. Currently the location of a huge mall (Metropolitan Stadium, [Mall of America] Bloomington, MN

Short Answers

  1. These 2 cities had old ballparks called the Huntington Street Grounds (Boston & Philadelphia)
  2. Name the 3 baseball stadiums (past & present) that also served as the site for many gold medal performances other than baseball (LA Coliseum (Dodgers), Olympic Stadium (Expos), Turner Field (Braves)
  3. Name the 9 Franchises with replacement stadiums built next door (or at least reasonably close (Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies, Atlanta Braves, Texas Rangers, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Yankees, New York Mets … (I hope I got them all)

On Memorable All-Star Moments

Baseball’s All-Star Game – the Mid-Summer Classic has been thrilling fans since 1933. The game has provided many memorable moments, even one embarrassing, forgettable moment a short time ago.

Below are 20 All-Star game moments and factoids. The goal is to match the moment to the game’s venue. It’s not as easy, and answers are provided after a classic, must-watch All-Star commercial from many years ago. Enjoy and let us know how you did.

Matching Choices
Anaheim Stadium, Astrodome, Camden Yards, Candlestick Park, Comiskey Park, Ebbets Field, Fenway Park, Griffith Stadium, Jacobs Field, Metropolitan Stadium, Miller Park, Municipal Stadium (Cleveland), Polo Grounds, Riverfront Stadium, Safeco Field, Shea Stadium, Shibe Park, The Ballpark at Arlington, Tiger Stadium, Yankee Stadium,

Events

  1. Fred Lynn hits the first grand slam HR in All Star history at the site of the first All-Star Game –just 50 years later
  2. Pete Rose collides with catcher Ray Fosse
  3. Reggie Jackson’s HR off the light tower
  4. Carl the King Hubbell consecutively fans Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons, and Joe Cronin
  5. Stu Miller allegedly being blown off the mound
  6. John Kruk batting against Randy Johnson
  7. Ted Williams homers on a Rip (Luke) Sewell eephus pitch
  8. Earl Averill’s line drive hits pitcher Dizzy Dean’s foot and essentially ending Dean’s career
  9. Tony Perez’s game-deciding 15th-inning HR
  10. Racial barrier is broken by four players
  11. Sandy Alomar’s game-winning HR in his home park
  12. Cal Ripken homers in his last All-Star at bat
  13. The NL is held to 3 hits, yet 3 solo HRs were enough for a 3-2 win.
  14. Willie Mays returns to the city long before Josh Hamilton’s derby homers
  15. First expansion team stadium to host an All-Star game
  16. First AL expansion team stadium to host an All-Star game
  17. First All-Star played indoors on artificial turf
  18. First All-Star game held at night, surprisingly in 1943 and at the same location as the first AL game at night
  19. After 4 consecutive years of the game being played twice in a month, the All Star game returns to a once-a-year format
  20. Commissioner rules the game a tie in the 11th inning as both teams lack pitchers

Answers

  1. Fred Lynn hits the first grand slam HR in All Star history at the site of the first All-Star Game –just 50 years later (Comiskey Park)
  2. Pete Rose collides with catcher Ray Fosse (Riverfront Stadium)
  3. Reggie Jackson’s HR off the light tower (Tiger Stadium)
  4. Carl the King Hubbell consecutively fans Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons, and Joe Cronin (Polo Grounds)
  5. Stu Miller allegedly being blown off the mound (Candlestick Park)
  6. John Kruk batting against Randy Johnson (Camden Yards)
  7. Ted Williams homers on a Rip (Luke) Sewell eephus pitch (Fenway, Boston)
  8. Earl Averill’s line drive hits pitcher Dizzy Dean’s foot and essentially ending Dean’s career (Griffith Stadium)
  9. Tony Perez’s game-deciding 15th-inning HR (Anaheim Stadium)
  10. Racial barrier is broken by four players (Ebbets Field)
  11. Sandy Alomar’s game-winning HR in his home park (Jacobs Field)
  12. Cal Ripken homers in his last All-Star at bat (Safeco Field)
  13. The NL is held to 3 hits, yet 3 solo HRs were enough for a 3-2 win. (The Ballpark at Arlington)
  14. Willie Mays returns to the city long before Josh Hamilton’s derby homers (Yankee Stadium)
  15. First expansion team stadium to host an All-Star game (Shea Stadium)
  16. First AL expansion team stadium to host an All-Star game (Metropolitan Stadium)
  17. First All-Star played indoors on artificial turf (Astrodome)
  18. First All-Star game held at night, surprisingly in 1943 and at the same location as the first AL game at night (Shibe Park)
  19. After 4 consecutive years of the game being played twice in a month, the All Star game returns to a once-a-year format (Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium)
  20. Commissioner rules the game a tie in the 11th inning as both teams lack pitchers (Miller Park)