Famous Baseball Errors by Gypsy

Champion(s):

Sean


Runner(s)-Up:

Bix32
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Quiz Description

We all make mistakes, but usually they are not in front of thousands of people, broadcast and replayed to countless more, covered in newspaper articles, and mentioned in our obituaries. Here are some questions about famous MLB errors. (Thanks to LorinBurte for editing my first few drafts to minimize the chances of me making an error on this quiz.)

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1 Sean 537 99 15
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Questions:

Which three-time Gold Glove winner committed half of the Dodgers' six errors of Game 2 of the 1966 World Series, his all in the fifth inning, contributing to a loss against the Orioles?

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Willie Davis

In Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS, Alex Gonzalez allowed the Marlins an eight-run inning, after flubbing what would have been a double play that would have ended the inning with the Cubs up 3-1. However, this play was largely overshadowed by interference by which man, who later received a World Series ring from the Cubs?

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Steve Bartman

The Yankees were up 2-1 in the bottom of the 9th inning of Game 7 of the 2001 World Series when which pitcher fielded Damian Miller's bunt but blew the save with a throwing error past Derek Jeter at second base?

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Mariano Rivera

This first basemen had 2,715 hits, 174 homeruns, 498 doubles, and 1,208 RBI in his 22-year career. But he is mainly remembered for committing what may be the most famous error attempting to field Mookie Wilson's ground ball in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series.

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Bill Buckner

When this player died in 1974, his New York Times obituary headline was "____ ______, 86, Dead; Ball Player Muffed 1912 Fly," referring to his error in on a routine fly ball to centerfield in the 10th inning of Game 8 of the World Series.

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Fred Snodgrass

This player handled 476 consecutive chances without an error in 1941, setting a single-season NL record for catchers. In the ninth inning of Game 4 of the World Series with the Dodgers up 4-3, two outs and a full count, Yankees outfielder Tommy Henrich struck out. Which catcher dropped that third strike, allowing Henrich to reach first base? The Yankees won 7-4.

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Mickey Owen

Which Cubs first baseman let a groundball get by him in the "Gatorade Glove Play" for a two-base error in the seventh inning of Game 5 of the 1984 NLCS, tying the game 3-3?

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Leon Durham

This pitcher, whose name became synonymous with ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction, committed three errors in one play while pitching for the Yankees against the Brewers on July 27, 1988.

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Tommy John

This legendary member of the 1962 New York Mets, one of the worst teams in baseball history, once made a running error on what would have been a triple by missing second base. When his manager went out to argue it, the first base coach said, "Don’t bother arguing Casey, he missed first base too." After a pause, Stengel replied, "Well, I know he touched third base because he's standing on it." When this player asked why he hadn’t been given a cake on his birthday, his manager said they were going to get him a cake, but they thought that he'd drop it. And, finally, as a spokesman for Miller Lite, he said, "If I do for Lite what I did for baseball, I'm afraid their sales will go down."

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Marv Throneberry

In 1899 this New York Giants third baseman committed four errors on one play, though he has argued that the fourth error, an overthrow to home, was intentionally thrown into the stands out of anger. He later participated in what has been considered the first triple steal in MLB history.

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Mike Grady

Another base-running error contributed to what has been called "the most controversial game in baseball history." This New York Giants player's boner made him fail to advance to second base on what should have been a game-winning hit. The Cubs later won the makeup game, which proved decisive as they beat the Giants by one game to win the National League pennant for 1908.

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Fred Merkle

As an umpire, which former Cincinnati Reds pitcher contributed to their 1970 World Series loss to the Baltimore Orioles? He called Bernie Carbo out at home in the sixth inning of Game 1, when replays show that Baltimore catcher Elroy Hendricks had the ball in his throwing hand, not the glove he used to tag Carbo. The Orioles went on to beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-3 and win the Series in five games.

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Ken Burkhardt