Chicago and Cleveland by LearyField

Champion(s):

KroegerJ
Strength and Honor


Runner(s)-Up:

EverettJ
We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be.

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Quiz Description

So the two teams with the two longest current World Series droughts, the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians, square off in the 112th edition of the Fall Classic. Both teams have contributed to World Series lore. What do you know about both teams' prior World Series appearances?

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Questions:

The Cubs last won the World Series in 1908. What team did they beat?

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Detroit Tigers

The Indians last won the World Series in 1948. What team did they beat?

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Boston Braves

In Cleveland's only two World Series triumphs in 1920 and 1948, the team was led by a player-manager. Name either one.

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Tris Speaker or Lou Boudreau

In Chicago's only two World Series triumphs in 1907 and 1908, the team was led by a player-manager, one of a trio made famous in a poem by Franklin P. Adams. Name the player-manager.

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Frank Chance

The 1954 Indians team finished the season with 111 victories, the most ever by an A.L. team in a 154-game season. Unfortunately they lost the '54 series to the New York Giants. How many games did the Indians win in that series?

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The 1906 Cubs team finished the season with 116 victories, still the Major League record. Unfortunately they lost the '06 series to their crosstown rival, the White Sox, who were known by this nickname due to their .228 team batting average, lowest in the league.

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Hitless Wonders

A legendary moment in World Series history occurred in the 5th inning of Game 5 of the 1920 series between the Indians and the Brooklyn Dodgers, when this Cleveland second baseman executed the only unassisted triple play in Series history. Name the player.

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Bill Wambsganss

A legendary moment in World Series history occurred in the 5th inning of Game 3 of the 1932 series between the Cubs and the Yankees, when Babe Ruth called his home run shot. Who was the Chicago pitcher surrendering the homer?

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Charlie Root

In another legendary moment, which Indian player hit the ball that is about to be caught by Willie Mays in this famous photo from the 1954 World Series? Note how deep center field is!

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Vic Wertz

For their first World Series victory in 1907, the Cubs swept the Tigers, yet five games were played in the series. What happened?

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Game 1 ended in a 3-3 tie, called after 12 innings because of darkness

In this wartime year, the Cubs and the Red Sox faced off in the World Series that the Sox won 4 games to 2. Name the year, which turned out to be the start of Boston's own 86-year series drought.

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1918

The 1989 film "Back to Future Part II" references a Cubs victory in the 2015 World Series against a team from a city that had no MLB franchise at the time the movie was released. Obviously this prediction did not come true, but in an odd juxtaposition of fiction and fact, the Indians did face off in the 1997 series against a team from the same city referenced in the film. Who was the Indians' opponent?

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Florida (Miami) Marlins