Hall Of Fame Trivia Book Offers Lighter Side Of Baseball

Don Laible
So You Think You Know Baseball, a trivia book by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, challenges your knowledge of "America's Pastime," and lets you have fun at the same time.

The MLB lockout continues. Until owners and the players association comes to terms, and spring training can begin as scheduled next month, it's not a bad idea to brush up on some of the more memorable moments you have from watching or listening to baseball games.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum hits it out of the ballpark with its latest literary release, which includes 450 trivia questions bring fans back to why they fell in love with the game.

The chapters make it easy to follow specific genres of baseball's history.  First-Year Phenoms tests your baseball IQ of rookie sensations over the years.  Baseball Firsts deals with famous firsts for almost every aspect of baseball life.

Among the 241 pages of testing delight, for me, a favorite question was: What Hall of Famer finished his career with 3,630 hits, getting exactly half (1,815) at home and half (1,815) on the road? Want to know the answer to who the youngest player in MLB history has been?  Turn to page 62.

As I randomly chose pages and put on my thinking cap, I learned that Ron Hassey became the first catcher to catch two perfect games (1981 & 1991) on the MLB level. Which first baseman holds the all-time record for home runs hit at this position? Hang in there. You'll get it.

Every page in So You Think You Know Baseball can be challenging for fans of all interest levels of the game.

In baseball's 150 years of play, the game is built on records. History continues to fascinate baseball fans.  Players larger than life, Baby Ruth, Hank Aaron, Ty Cobb, Mickey Mantle, the list is endless of who has entertained generations of fans from around the world.

This trivia book is an analytics-free zone. Remember that feeling you first had when playing catch with a parent or friend? Instead of trying to be the smartest fan in the room by distilling acronyms as WAR, OPS, or QS, read So You Think You Know Baseball. It keeps your interest with simple suggestions.

Hit, catch, run, throw—this is baseball most can relate to.

Mango Publishing in collaboration with the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown had released two other books, prior to So You Think You Know Baseball, in 2021. Memories From The Microphone: A Century of Baseball Broadcasting, and Picturing America's Pastime: Historic Photography From The Baseball Hall Of Fame Archives preceded the trivia book. 

So not to allow anyone to linger on answering the three questions plucked from So You Think You Know Baseball - the youngest player in MLB history to appear in a game was Joe Nuxhall of the Cincinnati Reds at age fifteen in 1944. The all-time record for most home runs as a first baseman - Mark McGuire (566).  

Finally, who had as many career hits with the exact same number on the road and at home? Stan Musial.

Next time friends come to visit, put aside the board games and turn off your phones. Settle in for some old fashion sports memory fun by cracking open a book, So You Think You Know Baseball.

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