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1884 World Series

What is your baseball knowledge of the 1884 World Series.  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) Although the "Fall Classic" as we know it didn't begin until 1903, Major League Baseball had several versions of a post-season championship series before that.  The first such championship series was in 1884, between the Providence Grays of the National League and the New York Metropolitans of the American Association at the Polo Grounds in New York City.

  • True or False?

2) In 1884, Metropolitans manager issued a challenge to his NL counterpart, Frank Bancroft of the Grays. His challenge was for a best-of-three series. Each team would put up a thousand dollars with the winner taking the booty. Who was the New York Metropolitans manager?

  • Tex Avery
  • Bob Ironside
  • Jim Mutrie
  • Billy Ocean

3) Who pitched in all three games for the Providence Grays?

  • Ira Grant
  • Able Kelly
  • Charles "Old Hoss" Radbourn
  • Strikeout Peterson

4) Who pitched two games for the New York Metropolitans?

  • George Eastwood
  • Blake Edwards
  • Tim Keefe
  • Tom Kennedy

5) Who did NOT hit .444 for the three game series for Providence?

  • Jerry Denny
  • Jack Farrell
  • Barney Gilligan
  • Paul Hines

6) On Friday, October 23, at the Polo Grounds, Providence defeats New York.  What was the score?

  • 5-2
  • 4-3
  • 6-0
  • 11-5

7) On Saturday, October 24, at the Polo Grounds, Providence defeats New York 3-1.

  • True or False?

8) On Sunday, October 25, at the Polo Grounds, Providence defeats New York.  What was the score?

  • 6-1
  • 8-4
  • 12-2
  • 15-4

9) Only the first game went the full nine innings; the others were called after seven and six, because of darkness and extreme cold, respectively. The third game arguably should never have been played as the format was best-of-three, and Providence clinched in two. Game Three was played with the hope of generating further revenue.

  • True or False?

10) Several newspapers penned the Grays as "World Champions", and the new title stuck.  What was one of the newspapers?

  • Newsweek
  • The Sporting Life
  • Time
  • Sports Illustrated

Check Your Answers


1884 World Series [Answers]

  1. True
  2. Jim Mutrie
  3. Charles "Old Hoss" Radbourn
  4. Tim Keefe
  5. Paul Hines
  6. 6-0
  7. True
  8. 12-2
  9. True
  10. The Sporting Life

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