Thursday, October 4, 2007

Red Sox Fan Test

It's October. That time of year when the number of Red Sox fans swells, and diehard fans can be heard grumbling about the pink-hat wearing, cell-phone chatting bandwagoners - who haven't been to Fenway since the last time the Sox played in October - buying up all the playoff tickets. So who are you? A longtime fan who cursed Calvin Schiraldi, or a newbie who thinks Yastrzemski is a brand of sausage? Take this test to find out, and then challenge your friends to take it.

(If you think the test is easy, it is supposed to be. It is meant to cover the basic knowledge one should know to classify themselves as a real deal Red Sox fan - "fan" as in fanatic as opposed to someone with a passing interest. If you're interested in a harder test, we will be posting one soon. If you have suggestions for trivia questions, send them to

1. This player had two home runs and seven RBIs against the Indians in Game 5 of the 1999 ALDS.
A. Nomar Garciaparra
B. Troy O’Leary
C. Brian Daubach
D. Manny Ramirez

2. Prior to the 1998 season, the Red Sox acquired Pedro Martinez from which team?
A. Anaheim Angels
B. Milwaukee Brewers
C. Los Angeles Dodgers
D. Montreal Expos

3. This man owned the Red Sox from 1933 until his death in 1976.
A. Haywood Sullivan
B. John Hancock
C. John Henry
D. Tom Yawkey

4. This Yankee’s home run against the Red Sox in a 1978 playoff game broke the hearts of Sox fans.
A. Bucky Dent
B. Thurmon Munson
C. Aaron Boone
D. Craig Nettles

5. After he left the Red Sox, Carlton Fisk went on to play for which team?
A. New York Yankees
B. Chicago White Sox
C. Los Angeles Dodgers
D. Chicago Cubs

6. The Gold Dust Twins were who?
A. Jim Rice and Fred Lynn
B. Nomar Garciaparra and Manny Ramirez
C. Ted Williams and Jackie Jensen
D. Johnny Pesky and Dom DiMaggio

7. Whose managerial magic helped the Sox to 20-game home winning streak and the AL East crown in 1988?
A. John McNamara
B. Ralph Houk
C. Jimy Williams
D. Joe Morgan

8. Who won the Triple Crown in 1967?
A. Ted Williams
B. Jim Rice
C. Carl Yastrzemski
D. Rico Petricelli

9. Who is Number 1 retired for?
A. Bobby Doerr
B. Joe Cronin
C. Ted Williams
D. Carlton Fisk

10. Whose heroic, 2-out, ninth-inning home run in Game 5 of the 1986 ALCS helped save the series?
A. Dwight Evans
B. Mo Vaughn
C. Jim Rice
D. Dave Henderson

11. Whose nickname was “Spaceman”?
A. Bill Buckner
B. Steve Lyons
C. Bill Lee
D. Luis Tiant

12. Who was the American League’s 1978 MVP?
A. Jim Rice
B. Carl Yastrzemski
C. Reggie Jackson
D. Fred Lynn

13. Who played second base for the 1986 Red Sox?
A. Jerry Remy
B. Jody Reed
C. Marty Barrett
D. Bobby Doerr

14. His nickname was “Rooster”.
A. Jerry Remy
B. Bob Montgomery
C. Glenn Hoffman
D. Rick Burleson

15. What team did the Red Sox face in the 1946 World Series?
A. St. Louis Cardinals
B. Cincinnati Reds
C. New York Mets
D. Los Angeles Dodgers

16. Nicknamed “The Steamer,” one of this pitcher’s favorite pitches was the Palm Ball.
A. Bob Stanley
B. John Tudor
C. Bruce Hurst
D. Reid Nichols

17. He replaced the fired Jimy Williams as manager of the Red Sox in 2001.
A. Kevin Kennedy
B. Joe Kerrigan
C. Grady Little
D. Butch Hobson

18. The Red Sox beat this team in the 2003 ALDS.
A. Cleveland Indians
B. New York Yankees
C. Anaheim Angels
D. Oakland Athletics

19. This Sox phenom’s career was cut short by a pitch that struck him in the eye.
A. Jackie Jenson
B. Tony Conigliaro
C. Len Bias
D. Jimmy Foxx

20. Nicknamed "The Gator," this Red Sox leftfielder finished second to Jose Canseco in 1988 AL MVP voting.
A. Mike Greenwell
B. Ellis Burks
C. Mo Vaughn
D. Mike Lansing

21. This lefty pitcher was the ace of the Red Sox playoff rotation in 1986.
A. John Tudor
B. Frank Viola
C. Sandy Koufax
D. Bruce Hurst

22. The Red Sox played this team in the first ever World Series in 1903.
A. Chicago Cubs
B. Pittsburgh Pirates
C. Boston Braves
D. Washington Senators

23. Enos Slaughter’s Mad Dash occurred in which World Series?
A. 1918
B. 1946
C. 1967
D. 1975

24. Wade Boggs replaced this former batting champ as the Sox third baseman.
A. Scott Cooper
B. Butch Hobson
C. Carney Landsford
D. Fred Lynn

25. On May 28, 2000, the Sox and Yankees faced off in an epic regular season game in which Roger Clemens and Pedro Martinez each dueled for 9 innings. The Sox ultimately won 2 -0 on this person's ninth-inning home run.
A. Trot Nixon
B. Nomar Garciaparra
C. Carl Everett
D. Brian Daubach

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