Roberto Clemente by KlionskyG


MLB celebrated Roberto Clemente Day on September 9th. Here's a quick quiz.


Answer the questions below to the best of your ability without using outside resources. Outside references include (but certainly are not limited to) searching for an answer on the internet, looking at maps, using a calculator, or asking a friend (or foe) if they know the answer. Basically, you are relying on your brain (and maybe a pencil and paper).

For each correct answer, you will receive 15 points. You must also mark 5 questions as "money" questions. For each money question that you answer correctly, you will receive bonus points equal to the percent of players who answered incorrectly. (That is, if 25% of players got a question right, its money bonus would be worth 75 points.) You still don't get any points for a wrong answer, though, so try to select the hardest questions you think you have answered correctly. (Note: You can't use outside resources to help pick your money questions either.)

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Question 1

On what island was Roberto Clemente born?

Question 2

What barrier-breaking franchise originally signed Clemente, in early 1954, burying him in the minor leagues in the hopes that no other team would pay attention? Branch Rickey ultimately drafted Clemente away from this first team after that season.

Question 3

For what team did Clemente play his entire major league career?

Question 4

What specific, extremely rare event -- the only time it's happened in MLB history -- was Clemente responsible for on July 25th, 1956, as his team beat the visiting Chicago Cubs 9-8 at Forbes Field? (You'll need some hyphens to answer this one.)

Question 5

From the 1958 off-season through 1964, what other organization did Clemente sign up for? Always faithful to his team as well, Clemente needed a state senator to write a letter to a US senator to request his release in time for spring training in 1959.

Question 6

In what two years did Clemente and his team win the World Series? They were held in different decades, but the same man held top roles in the executive branch of the US government in each of these years.

The MVP of the first series came from the losing team, the only time that's happened in MLB history (likely because votes had to be in by the start of the 8th inning of Game 7). Clemente himself won the World Series MVP the second time his team won.

Question 7

How many major league hits did Clemente have, the only player whose career total is this milestone number?

Question 8

What country was Clemente attempting to deliver aid to after an earthquake when the plane he was on crashed shortly after takeoff?

Question 9

A) The pitcher (and father of a future second baseman who called PNC Park home) who helped Clemente load the doomed plane on December 31, 1972, but whom Clemente advised to go have fun on New Year's rather than boarding the flight

B) Clemente's mother's last name, which was originally listed on his Hall of Fame plaque as his middle name but has since been corrected to appear after "Clemente", as is the correct format

C) An unrelated right fielder who was the second man of his nationality elected to the Hall of Fame

A, B, and C all have the same last name. What is it?

Question 10

What river does the Roberto Clemente Bridge cross? It's the same one crossed by the Andy Warhol and Rachel Carson Bridges nearby.

Question 11

The Roberto Clemente Award is given annually to honor a player for combining good play with strong work in the community.

What player, born on a different island than Clemente but wearing the same uniform number and playing the same position as him, won the Roberto Clemente Award (as well as his league's MVP) in 1998 after his record-breaking season?

Question 12

Clemente's jersey number was retired by his franchise the spring after his death, though on Sept 9, 2020, the entire (current) team wore this number. What number is it? It might help you triangulate the number if I told you it was an integer factor of the only number currently retired across all of MLB.