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Willie Mays

Test your baseball knowledge of Willie Mays.  Get up to bat in this Alan's FUN Baseball Trivia quiz.  "Check Your Answers" at the end of the quiz.

Trivia powered by ABE1) William Howard "Willie" Mays, Jr. was born to Ann and Willie Howard Mays, Sr., in Westfield, Alabama, just outside of Birmingham, Alabama on May 6, 1931.  His parents divorced when he was three years old.  Mays was gifted in multiple sports, averaging 17 points a game (quite high for the time) for his high school basketball team, and more than 40 yards a punt in football.  He also starred at quarterback.  He graduated from high school in 1950.  What was the name of the high school?

  • Bridgeport High School
  • Fairfield Industrial High School
  • Gore Vocational High School
  • Upper Moreland High School

2) What was the baseball organization perhaps best known because they were the first baseball organization to employ Willie Mays?

  • Chattanooga Choo-Choos
  • Kansas City Monarchs
  • Memphis Red Sox
  • Toledo Crawfords

3) The New York Giants, which signed Mays in 1950 and assigned him to their Class-B affiliate in Trenton, New Jersey.  What was his batting average with the Trenton Giants?

  • .253
  • .298
  • .325
  • .353

4) What minor league team did he begin with in 1952?

  • Baltimore Orioles
  • Miami Marlins
  • Milwaukee Brewers
  • Minneapolis Millers

5) When did Mays make his MLB debut for the New York Giants?

  • May 5, 1951
  • May 15, 1951
  • May 25, 1951
  • June 5, 1951

6) Although his .274 average, 68 RBI and 20 homers (in 121 games) were among the lowest of his career, he still won the 1951 Rookie of the Year Award.

  • True or False?

7) The United States Army drafted Mays in 1952 and he subsequently missed most of the 1952 season and all of the 1953 season. Despite the conflict in Korea, Mays spent most of his time in the army playing baseball at Fort Eustis, Va.

  • True or False?

8) The 1954 series is perhaps best remembered for “The Catch,” an over-the-shoulder running grab by Mays in deep center field of the Polo Grounds of a long drive off the bat during the eighth inning of Game 1.  Who hit the ball Mays caught?

  • Bobby Avila
  • Sam Dente
  • Bill Glynn
  • Vic Wertz

9) What year did Mays win his first National League’s Most Valuable Player award?

  • 1953
  • 1954
  • 1955
  • 1956

10) What was his career batting average?

  • .292
  • .302
  • .312
  • .322

11) What is Mays career home runs?

  • 660
  • 680
  • 701
  • 725

12) In May 1972, the 41-year-old Mays was traded to the New York Mets for a pitcher and $50,000 ($260,016 in current dollar terms).  Who was Mays traded for?

  • Harmon Kitchen
  • David Reid
  • Doug Schaffer
  • Charlie Williams

13) Mays retired after the 1973 season. His lifetime total of 7,095 outfield fielding putouts remains the major league record.

  • True or False?

14) What is located at 24 Willie Mays Plaza?

  • AT&T Park
  • Chase Field
  • Polo Grounds
  • Shea Stadium

 

Willie Mays
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Answers]

  1. Fairfield Industrial High School
  2. Chattanooga Choo-Choos
  3. .353
  4. Minneapolis Millers
  5. May 25, 1951
  6. True
  7. True
  8. Vic Wertz
  9. 1954
  10. .302
  11. 660
  12. Charlie Williams
  13. True
  14. AT&T Park

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