The Fall Classic

The Fall Classic

By Lance Tominaga, ESPN Honolulu Web Editor.

Enjoying the World Series? The Atlanta Braves and Houston Astro’s are locking horns in this year’s edition of the Fall Classic, with Game 5 being held in Atlanta today at 2:00 p.m. (ESPN Honolulu’s broadcast coverage will begin at 1:00 p.m.) Here’s a quick trivia quiz spotlighting the history and legacy of Major League Baseball’s grandest stage:

  1. Who is the last team to win back-to-back World Series championships?
  2. Who is the only current MLB team yet to appear in the World Series?
  3. What was allowed for the very first time in the 1976 World Series?
  4. Who was the first manager to win World Series titles in both leagues?
  5. What year was the World Series not held due to a labor disagreement?
  6. What World Series matchup has occurred more than any other?
  7. Who is the only MLB team to appear in the World Series and not win a game?
  8. The World Series MVP Award is named after what all-time baseball great?
  9. In 1960, Bobby Richardson of the New York Yankees was named World Series MVP. What was so unusual about this particular honor?
  10. The New York Yankees have made the most World Deries appearances (40). Which team has made the second-most appearances?

ANSWERS:

  1. The New York Yankees actually won three straight: in 1998, ’99 and ’00.
  2. The Seattle Mariners
  3. The designated hitter was allowed for the first time.
  4. Sparky Anderson won championships with the NL’s Cincinnati Reds (1975, ’76) and the AL’s Detroit Tigers (1984).
  5. 1994.
  6. Yankees vs Dodgers (11 times)
  7. The Colorado Rockies have made just one World Series appearance, in 2007. The were swept by the Boston Red Sox.
  8. Willie Mays
  9. The second baseman Richardson remains the only MVP who played on the losing team.
  10. The Los Angeles Dodgers (21 appearances)

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