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.
1) 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
Vocational High School
- Upper Moreland High School
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?
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,
- 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.
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.
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?
- Sam Dente
- Bill Glynn
- Vic Wertz
9) What year
did Mays win his first National League’s Most Valuable Player
10) What was his career
11) What is
Mays career home runs?
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.
14) What is located at
24 Willie Mays Plaza?
- AT&T Park
- Chase Field
- Polo Grounds
- Shea Stadium