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Bob Prince

Test your baseball knowledge of Bob Prince.  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) Robert Ferris Prince was an radio and TV sportscaster and commentator best known for his 28-year stint as the voice of the Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball team. He became a cultural icon in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  What was his nickname?

  • “The Gunner”
  • “The Voice”
  • “The Talker”
  • “Motor mouth”

2) He was born on July 1, 1916 in Los Angeles, California.  His parents were Frederick and Guyla Prince.  His father Frederick Price graduated from West Point (United States Military Academy).  Bob graduated from Schenley High School.  Where was the high school.

  • Fort Smith, Arkansas
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • San Diego, California
  • West Point, New York

3) While attending the University of Pittsburgh, what sport did he letter in?

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Swimming

4) After leaving Pitt and Sanford University, he attended another university, where he was again part of the swimming team and where he completed a bachelor's degree in business administration.  What was the university?

  • Harvard University
  • Penn State University
  • University of Oklahoma
  • University of Southern California

5) Prince turned his love of sports into a profession, winning an audition and become host of "Case of Sports" on radio in Pittsburgh in 1941.  What was the radio station?

  • KDKA
  • KORN
  • WABC
  • WJAS

6) Following the 1947 baseball season, a job opened up in the Pittsburgh Pirates' broadcast booth when Jack Craddock resigned.  Who was the play-by-play sportscaster?

  • Myron Cope
  • Rosey Rowswell
  • Dick Stockton
  • Joe E. Brown

7) A regular smoker, who was known to have a drink or two off the field and keep late hours, Prince lived much like the way he broadcast. In 1957, on a dare by Pirates third baseman Gene Freese, Prince jumped from the third floor of the Chase Hotel in St. Louis into a swimming pool below.

  • True or False?

8) In 1958, Jim Woods began a twelve year stint calling Pittsburgh Pirates games with Bob Prince.  What was Woods’ nickname?

  • "Li'l Angry”
  • “Mr. Baseball”
  • “The Henchman”
  • “The Possum”

9) In 1966, Prince popularized a good-luck charm known as the Red Ketchup, a plastic rattle in the shape of an oversized ketchup bottle that Pirates fans used to jinx opponents.

  • True or False?

10) In 1979, Prince and sidekick Nellie King were fired.  Who did KDKA hire in December and distributed press kits at a news conference that had a cover sticker proclaiming, "The New Voice of the Pirates"?

  • Thom Buck
  • Milo Hamilton
  • Bill Molner
  • Red Ryder

11) KDKA and the Pirates decided to make Prince a member of the regular broadcast team in 1985.  When did he broadcast his first game in 1985?

  • May 3, 1985
  • May 13, 1985
  • May 23, 1985
  • May 30, 1985

12) In 1985, Prince, a smoker, was diagnosed with mouth cancer. In early April he underwent surgery to remove a tumor located between his tongue and jaw.

  • True or False?

13) Prince was posthumously awarded the Ford C. Frick Award by the Baseball Hall of Fame as a broadcaster.  What year did he get the award?

  • 1985
  • 1986
  • 1988
  • 1990

14) Where is Bob Price buried?

  • Fish Trapp Cemetery, Sims Ridge, Tennessee
  • Prince Cemetery, Malvern, Arkansas
  • Rosehill Cemetery, Parker, South Dakota
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church, Upper Saint Clair, Pennsylvania

 

Bob Prince
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Answers]

  1. “The Gunner”
  2. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  3. Swimming
  4. University of Oklahoma
  5. WJAS
  6. Rosey Rowswell
  7. True
  8. “The Possum”
  9. False. In 1966, Prince popularized a good-luck charm known as the Green Weenie, a plastic rattle in the shape of an oversized green hot dog that Pirates fans used to jinx opponents.
  10. Milo Hamilton
  11. May 3, 1985
  12. True
  13. 1986
  14. Westminster Presbyterian Church, Upper Saint Clair, Pennsylvania
    Plot: In the columbarium in the courtyard

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