With the help of our readers, we bring you some baseball trivia.


On February 1, 1982, late night television (and comedy in general) changed forever when “Late Night With David Letterman” aired on NBC. For me it was a big deal. As great as Dave’s failed morning show was, this one was even more amazing because it broke the tired “Tonight Show” mold. was able to find new forms of comedy in Not Johnny. Just a few of Letterman’s excellent works. One of my favorites of him was NBC’s “Viewer Mail.” When the show moved to CBS in 1993, it became “CBS Mailbag.” That’s why we’re talking about Dave today. Today’s quiz picks up a few emails from Quizmaster’s mailbag. In the words of David Letterman, “This is not a competition. It’s an exhibition only. Don’t bet.”

1. “You know him, you love him, you can’t live without him – Paul Shaffer, ladies and gentlemen!” David Letterman, his bandleader He had unfailing respect for his comedy partner, Paul Shaffer. “Paul is essential,” Letterman said. “That’s a long trip. And Paul is a delightful flight attendant.” With that in mind, say, ‘You know her, you love her, you can’t live without her. —Tracy Labovitz, Ladies and Gentlemen!” Tracy puts out a quiz every week, and it wouldn’t be as much fun without her skills. Tracy’s parents always said she was born on July 15, 1969, after a Cubs game break. The No. 2 Mets beat her No. 1 Cubs that day. Who is the Cubs manager?

of. Charlie Grimm

b. Leo Durochar

c. pete riser

d. Whitey Rockman

2. This is one of Nick Z’s birthday on March 15th. Order them by WAR (according to Baseball-Reference).

of.Harold Baines

b. Bobby Bonds

c. Kevin Yukilis

d. bob rocker

3. Gary M. made me think of 1973. His 1973 Major League Baseball season was the first season in which a designated hitter was employed in the American League. Who was the first DH?

of. Ron Bromberg c. Orlando Cepeda

b. Mike Andrews d. Tony Oliva

4. Larry R. asked me to come up with March 14, 1950 — probably his date of birth. That’s arguably Dave’s McKay birthdate when he was the starting third baseman for the Blue Jays in the first opener of 1977 in Toronto. What makes McKay worth your attention?

of. He was a switch hitter.

b. He was the Cubs’ first base coach in the 2012-13 season.

c. In one season, he hit more triples than home runs.

d. He was the only Canadian on the original Blue Jays roster.

e. all of the above.

5. On October 15, 1968, the expansion draft between the Seattle Pilots and the Kansas City Royals was played. So it was their birthday. Hall of Famer Hoyt Wilhelm (who pitched for the Cubs and White Sox) was selected as the 49th player in that draft. Reader Jay H. is interested in a question about his date of birth, December 12, 1968. That was the day one of his two teams made its first trade, trading Wilhelm to the Angels for Immortal Ed He for Kirkpatrick and Dennis Pepke. Who made that deal, the Pilots or the Royals?

6. Don R. wants you to think about May 9, 1981, the date of his first baseball game with his (now) wife. In that game, the White Sox beat the Royals, he went 3-0. Richard Dotson pitched a shutout. The Sox had eight shutouts that season. Six games were complete games, and two were with two pitchers. In 2022, the Sox have thrown 14 shutouts. Dylan Seeds pitched the only complete game. What is the highest number of pitchers to throw a shutout in 2022?

of. 6 c. Five

b. Four d. 3

7. Ron SL. I was asked about his one of my favorite MLB seasons, 1964. The Cardinals defeated the Yankees in the 1964 World Series. The day after the match, the winning manager resigned. Later that day, the losing manager was fired. Who are these two managers?

of. Johnny Keane

b. Red Shendienst

c. Yogi Berra

d. ralph hook

8. David Letterman’s CBS debut was August 30, 1993.

of. Ted Williams

b. Tug McGraw

c. Larry ”Bud” Melman

d. quiz master

9. When Letterman first introduced Mailbags on his show, Paul Shaffer performed “We’ve Got Letters,” a love letter theme from an old Perry Como show. When he moved to CBS, Paul changed the theme to “Please, Mr. Postman”. This is a song the Beatles covered in her 1963 “With the Beatles”. Who sang the original hit song?

of. Ronettes

b. Marvelettes

c. Ray Heatherton

d. Mailman

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1. Leo Durocher managed the Cubs that season. In 1969, the Miracle Mets won all the games.

2. Bob Locker pitched for both Chicago teams and posted a WAR of 10.2. ”Yuke” has played for both the Red Sox and White Sox and has a 32.4 WAR. His WAR for Hall of Famer Harold Baines was 38.8 for him. Also, Bobby Bonds, who played for both Chicago teams, had a 57.8 WAR. Neither he nor his son is in the hall.

3. Mike Andrews was the White Sox’s first DH, while Yankees’ Ron Bromberg was the first DH to appear in the AL. The title of his autobiography is “Appointed Hebrew: The Ron Bromberg Story”.

Four. all of the above. In 1978, Vancouver-born switch hitter McKay hit seven home runs and eight triples. He was on his staff coaching his Dale Sveum.

Five. Pepke appeared in 80 games for the Royals and Kirkpatrick appeared in 613. Wilhelm, a 46-year-old knuckleballer, also appeared in 133 games before retiring on July 10, 1972.

6. In 2022, the Sox used five pitchers three times to throw a shutout. In 2002, they pitched a six pitcher shutout against the Royals.

7. On October 16, 1964, Cardinals manager Johnny Keane resigned. Hours later, Yankees general manager Ralph Hook fired Yogi Berra. Less than a week later, Hook replaced Bella with Keane. The Cardinals replaced Keane with Red Shawndienst.

8. Calvert Grant DeForest aka Larry “Bud” Melman was born on July 23rd. Another legend was born on August 30th.

9. “Please, Mr. Postman” is The Marvelettes’ debut single and the first Motown song to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Pop Singles chart.

Triumph Books’ In Scoring Position: 40 Years of a Baseball Love Affair is a Casey Award finalist for Baseball Book of the Year and makes a great holiday gift.


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