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Quiz answers and explanations

July 1, 2010 7:51:40 AM PDT
Scroll down for answers and explanations to the quiz!1. New York officially became known as the Yankees in 1913. What were they called before that?

Answer: The Highlanders - The New York Press reportedly complained that the Highlanders name was too long for newspaper headlines.

2. Before Alex Rodriguez in 2005, who was the last Yankee to be named Most Valuable Player?

A: Mattingly in 1985

3. The Yankees won their first World Series in:

A: 1923 - The Yankees beat the New York Giants in 1923, four games to two, for their first World Series win.

4. The man who rules Yankees base-stealing thievery is:

A: Rickey Henderson stole 326 bases in pinstripes. Jeter currently trails by 21.

5. Counting managers and players, how many Yankees are in the Hall of Fame?

A: 39 - Frank "Home Run" Baker, Wade Boggs, Frank Chance, Jack Chesbro, Earle Combs, Stan Coveleski, Bill Dickey, Joe Dimaggio, Leo Durocher, Whitey Ford, Lou Gehrig, Lefty Gomez, Clark Griffith, Burleigh Grimes, Waite Hoyt, Jim "Catfish" Hunter, Reggie Jackson, Willie Keeler, Tony Lazzeri, Mickey Mantle, Bill McKechnie, Johnny Mize, Phil Niekro, Herb Pennock, Gaylord Perry, Phil Rizzuto, Red Ruffing, Babe Ruth, Joe Sewell, Enos Slaughter, Dazzy Vance, Paul Waner, Dave Winfield, Yogi Berra, Bucky Harris, Miller Huggins, Bob Lemon, Joe McCarthy, Casey Stengel

6. What Yankee has struck out more than any other?

A: Mantle struck out 1,710 times. Jeter (1,466) is second and Posada (1,278) third.

7. Who were the last two Yankees to win the Cy Young?

A: Roger Clemens in 2001 and Ron Guidry in 1978

8. Derek Jeter won the 1996 Rookie of the Year award. The last Yankee to win before him was?

A: Dave Righetti was named Rookie of the Year in 1981. Munson also won the award in 1970.

9. Who is the Yankees all-time home run leader?

A: Ruth is first with 659, followed by Mantle (536), Gehrig (493) and DiMaggio (361)

10. The Yankees have retired numbers for how many players?

A: 17 - Billy Martin (#1), Babe Ruth (#3), Lou Gehrig (#4), Joe DiMaggio (#5), Mickey Mantle (#7), Yogi Berra (#8), Bill Dickey (#8), Roger Maris (#9), Phil Rizzuto (#10), Thurman Munson (#15), Whitey Ford (#16), Don Mattingly (#23), Elston Howard (#32), Casey Stengel (#37), Jackie Robinson (#42), Reggie Jackson (#44), Ron Guidry (#49)

11. Who was the last Yankee to win the World Series MVP and ALCS MVP in the same year?

A: It has never been done. Since the ALCS MVP has been awarded, the Yankees have won four World Sereis titles. The awards those years were given to: 1996 ? ALCS: Bernie Williams, WS: John Wetteland; 1998 ? ALCS: David Wells, WS: Scott Brosius; 1999 ? ALCS: Orlando Hernandez, WS: Mariano Rivera; 2000 ? ALCS: David Justice, WS: Derek Jeter

12. Who has the most pitching wins in Yankee history?

A: Whitey Ford has 236 wins. Andy Pettitte is currently third with 192.

13. How many times have the Yankees won more than one title in a row?

A: 6. 1926-27, 1936-39, 1949-53, 1961-62, 1977-78, 1998-2000

14. Of the 11 Yankee no hitters, who is the only man to throw more than one?

A: Allie Reynolds no hit the Cleveland on July 12, 1951 and Boston on September 28, 1951

15. True or False: The Yankees won the World Series the first year in the original Yankee Stadium?

A: True - The Yankees first year in Yankee Stadium was 1923.

16. Mariano Rivera is the Yankee all-time saves leader. He has more than 300 more saves than number 2 on the list. This person is second with 224.

A: Dave Righetti

17. Which Yankee has the most World Series hits?

Answer: Berra had 71 career hits in the World Series.

18. Who has knocked in the most runs in Yankee history?

Answer: Gehrig knocked in 1,995 runs. Jeter, the closest active player, is more than 900 behind.

19. Who is the Yankees all-time hits leader?

A: Jeter notched his 2,722nd hit this season to pass Gehrig

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