Sports Saturday Baseball Quiz: Please Don’t Swap Me

The trade deadline, which is normally July 31st, this season has been moved to August 2nd presumably because … I don’t know, I guess because 31st is Sunday and so they needed an extra day because the season started late . Sounds reasonable to me. There is a good chance that some of Chicago’s familiar names will soon become household names elsewhere. It is one of the realities of sport. I wonder how each of us would feel if being swapped was part of our professional life. Can you imagine if it was integrated into our personal lives? What would be the question out there for you? There aren’t many quizmasters, so I’d like to think that the asking price for me on an exchange would be quite high. On the other hand, I don’t even want to think about how little my wife would get in exchange for me.

Let’s start with the quiz and assume we’ll be back here next week.

Have a good time.

1. It has been called one of the worst trades of all time. Yes, I remember you on June 15, 1964, when the Cubs handed Lou Brock with Jack Spring and Paul Toth to the Cardinals for reserve fielder Doug Clemens, 38-year-old pitcher Bobby Shantz and a 28-year-old pitcher who once won 21 games for the Cardinals. Who was that other big shot in this profession?

a. Ernie Broglio

b. Lew Burdette

c. Dick Ellsworth

d. Larry Jackson

2. James Shields played in the major leagues for 13 seasons and finished with a record of 145-139 despite his score of 16-35 after joining the White Sox in a 2016 exchange for Erik Johnson and what other minor league?

a. Lourdes Gurriel

b. Fernando Tatis Jr.

c. Francesco Lindor

d. Bo Bichette

3. Mike Cameron was the 15th player to hit four homers in one game, and he did so against the White Sox, his old team. Yes, the Sox traded Cameron, but I don’t think there are any regrets. Who did they get in return?

a. Paul Konerko

b. Ray Durham

c. Keith Foulke

d. Omar Vizquel

4. Who is this Hall of Fame? (Here’s a hint: it was known as “The Cuban Comet.”)

• April 30, 1951: sold by Cleveland to the White Sox as part of a three-team deal.

• December 4, 1957: sold by the White Sox to Cleveland.

• December 6, 1959: sold by Cleveland to the White Sox.

• November 27, 1961: sold by the White Sox to the Cardinals.

• April 8, 1964: signed as a free agent with the White Sox.

• July 17, 1964: released by the White Sox.

• September 10, 1976: signed as a free agent with the White Sox.

• October 6, 1976: Released by the White Sox.

• October 3, 1980: signed as a free agent with the White Sox.

• October 6, 1980: released by the White Sox (after two appearances at the plate).

5. Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan played in the American League for 13 seasons and in the National League for 14 seasons and knocked out many players (5,714 to be exact). Did he take out more Cubs or White Sox?

6. In this exchange, the Cubs sent Ryan Dempster to the Rangers. In return they have Christian Villanueva and which pitcher?

a. Matt Garza

b. Kyle Hendricks

c. Jeff Samardzija

d. Carlo Marmo

7. The White Sox swapped center fielder Aaron Rowand, southpaw Daniel Haigwood and southpaw Giovany Gonzalez and got Jim Thome in return. Who did the Sox trade with?

a. Cleveland

b. Minnesota

c. Philadelphia

d. Los Angeles Dodgers

8. This pitcher began his career with Cleveland as a starter. He acted in Boston. He was sold by the Boston to the Cubs for Bill Buckner. The Cubs traded it to the As for three minor leagues. In Oakland, Tony La Russa turned him into a reliever and ultimately into a Hall of Famer. The As delivered him to St. Louis, where he reunited with La Russa and the postseason. He ended his career in Boston, where he is still an announcer today. Who is this well-coiffed pitcher?

9. Hall of Famer Ron Santo started his career with the Cubs and finished it with the White Sox. Which of these Hall of Famers also started and finished their career in the same city but with different teams?

a. Hank Aaron

b. Yogi Berra

c. Dizzy Dean

d. Babe Ruth

And. All of them


1. Ernie Broglio went 21-9 in 1960 for the Cardinals, then 7-19 plus two seasons with the Cubs. Lou Brock went to the Hall of Fame after St. Louis.

2. On 2 July 2015, the Sox signed him as an amateur free agent and on 4 June 2016 they sold Fernando Tatis Jr. to the Padres. The Sox also sent some money to San Diego.

3. Mike Cameron was sold on November 11, 1998 to the Reds for Paul Konerko.

4. From the 2022 Baseball Hall of Fame Class, beloved Minnie Miñoso.

5. Nolan Ryan has faced the Cubs in 34 games and knocked out 185 batters, keeping the Cubs at an average of .187. Ryan has faced the White Sox in 47 games and eliminated 353, keeping the South Siders at an average of 0.192. In fact, he has eliminated more White Sox than any other opponent.

6. “The Professor”, Kyle Hendricks, has joined the Cubs, thanks to Ryan Dempster.

7. The Phillies were the trading partners.

8. “His attitude and personality are just special,” said HOFer Cub breeder Dickie Noles Dennis Eckersley. “He is a unique person. He has his he jargon for balls, strikes and hits. ‘Throw in some gas.’ “That man is not taking me goodbye.” “

9. All of them. Hank started with the Milwaukee Braves and ended with the Milwaukee Brewers. Yogi started with the New York Yankees and ended with the New York Mets. Dizzy started with the St. Louis Cardinals and ended with the St. Louis Browns. And Babe Ruth started with the Boston Red Sox and ended with the Boston Braves.

This week we talked a lot about exchanges and the Hall of Famers. If you’re in Cooperstown, New York on August 3, the legendary Bob Ryan and I will be speaking in the Hall about our book, “In Scoring Position: 40 Years of a Baseball Love Affair.” It will also be broadcast live on Facebook and then on the HOF YouTube channel.

Thanks for another great week and please don’t exchange me.

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