Its time for a new feature here at the VORG. A tough trivia quiz.
The title of this quiz is: Initial Impressions. Every answer is the name of a person whose first name is/was initials, like R.A. Dickey, CC Sabathia, etc. Answers will be revealed tomorrow.
- In one of the more memorable three-for–one trades of the past two decades, he was dealt by the Minnesota Twins to the San Francisco Giants for Boof Bonser, Francisco Liriano and Joe Nathan.
- This two-sport star was originally a first-round draft pick of the NFL Minnesota Vikings, where he played from 1987 to 1991. He was also signed by the Mets as an amateur free agent in 1990, getting into 26 games in left field for them in 1992.
- In 1965, as a member of the Chicago White Sox, this man set the then-Major League record with 33 passed balls, thanks in large part to having to catch Hoyt Wilhelm and Eddie Fisher.
- This man was a baseball newspaper columnist for The Cincinnati Enquirer and the Cincinnati Commercial before becoming one of the principal figures in the founding of the American Association in 1881 as well as the catalyst in the formation of the modern-day Cincinnati Reds.
- This switch-hitting utility man was drafted in 1989 by the Montreal Expos and was the first player in Ottawa Lynx history to have his number retired. He finished fourth in the National League in Rookie of the Year voting in 1996 while appearing at six different positions. He was hit by a pitch 48 times over a two-season stretch, including one game where he was hit from both sides of the plate.
- This gentleman’s initials don’t actually stand for anything. They’re his actual first name. He played mostly as a shortstop during his career, and is probably best known for the toothpick in the corner of his mouth while on the field and at the plate. He was also on first base and scored on George Brett’s “pine tar” home run in 1983.
- This man founded the barnstorming All Nations baseball club in 1912, and the Negro league’s Kansas City Monarchs in 1920. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2006.
- Born in 1879, this Maryland native appeared in one game for the 1902 Baltimore Orioles. He singled in his only at-bat. According to Baseball Reference, he is one of only 77 players with one career at-bat and a perfect 1.000 batting average.