It was another thrill-packed year in major league baseball, full of milestones, laughers, squeakers, nail-biters, upsets, pier-six brawls, and cliches. How well do you remember the notable stars and moments of 1988?
1. The Baltimore Orioles became the nation's laughingstock by losing their first 21 games. Which team did they clobber 9-0 for their first season victory?
2. The Chicago Cubs played a 6-6 tie that was stopped due to lack of interest after 15 innings, Who were their opponents?
3. What was the only major league team in 1988 to have a third baseman known as "Psycho"?
4. Kenny Williams was the subject of a disastrous experiment, an ill-advised shift from the outfield to third base that caused him to lead the league in errors, drop his batting average from .280 to .159, and spend much of the second half of the season in the minors. Which team attempted this shift?
5. Bobby Bonilla of the Pirates was one player who successfully made the transition from the outfield to third base--so well that he started the 1988 All-Star Game, batted among league leaders all season, and drove in 100 runs. What team traded him to Pittsburgh?
6. Tony LaRussa of the Oakland Athletics was named American League Manager of the Year for leading his young team to the World Series. Which team fired him in 1986?
7. What team had only one player named to the All-Star team, an injured player unable to participate?
. When this team brought its case for a new stadium to the state general assembly, many legislators showed their support by wearing Chicago Cubs and Saint Louis Cardinals caps. Can you name the team?
9. This team assured eternal enmity from the league's most promising young pitcher early in the season by forcing him to sign a contract for $70,000, barely above the major league minimum wage. Which team?
10. One of the year's most highly acclaimed films dealt with the team that threw the 1919 World Series because its owner was the stingiest in baseball. What was this team?
11. After the season, one team wouldn't fire its radio announcers directly, but instead unilaterally declared them "free agents." Which team?
12. Which midwestern major league team saw the flagship station of its TV network threaten to sever ties with the team because ratings had fallen through the floor?
13. Which major league team rallied to finish in fifth place for the third consecutive season and the fifth time in the 1980s?
14. Which major league team did not move to Saint Petersburg, Florida, in 1988?
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14. Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, California Angels, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, Houston Astros, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers, Minnesota Twins, Montreal Expos, New York Mets, New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Saint Louis Cardinals, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays, and--oh, yes--Chicago White Sox