COACH B's BASEBALL CHALLENGE!
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Here's a baseball quiz that won't ever ask such things as "Who was the
RBI leader in 1953?". This is not baseball 'trivia', these are baseball
questions! These questions originated in 1996 at Baseball Camp where the coaches
would ask a question and we'd give out prizes for right answers. The harder
the question the bigger the prize. It became so popular that for the rest of
the year in between camps I'd get E-mails from campers trying to answer the
||They don't get any easier than these!
- How long and wide is the pitching rubber?
- How high is the pitchers mound?
- How big is the batters box?
- What is the diameter of the on-deck circle?
A. High School?
B. Little League?
C. Major League?
- A pitcher throws a perfect game against a team, and no one on the losing
team has their batting average go down. How is this possible?
||OK some of these might actually require you to think a little
bit, so prepare yourself!
- What is the umpires signal for “delayed dead ball”? ....
AND give an example of when that might be called.
- If a pitcher pitches a perfect game, can his team be charged with an error?
.... If so, how?
- How far is it from home plate to 2nd base? (Every catcher should know this
- You have to think a bit for this one - be careful not to hurt yourself.
Batter 2 walks. Batter 3 should be up but instead batter 4 doubles and 2 scores
on the play. Defense appeals. Who’s out? Who’s up? Who’s
on what base? Does the run count?
- Batter 4 singles. 5 should bat but batter 7 gets up instead and strikes
out. Batter 8 homers. Defense appeals. Who’s out? Who’s up? Do
the runs count?
- What is the most number of pitches a pitcher can throw to one batter in
one at bat before he is out, or becomes a runner, if he does not hit any foul
(I'll give you a hint on this one to avoid a lot of wrong answers; it is NOT
6! It's not 3 balls, 2 strikes and the 6th pitch he's out or becomes a runner)
- If the strike zone were perfectly called as described in the rule book,
how wide would it be? Explain.
- What is the fewest number of pitches a pitcher must throw to be eligible
to get the win? Explain.
||How are you doing so far? Does this make that Algebra test
look a little more appealing now?
- What is the most number of hits a team can get in 1 inning (i.e. one at
bat) without scoring a run? Explain.
( There are 3 ways to get that many hits, you must name all 3 ways! OH! and
by the way, the answer is NOT 5)
- How many ways are there to get to first base? Name them.
- Bases loaded, nobody out. Batter hits a ball and the side is retired (making
three outs). Nobody on the defensive team touches the ball. How?
- Batter 2 walks. 6 bats for 3 and doubles in 2. 4 strikes out. 5 walks. 6
is up but he’s on second base. Defense appeals. Who’s out? Who’s
up? Who’s on what base? Did the run count?
||Just admit it, you bought a rule book and called your cousin
in Florida and asked him didn't you?
- How many hits can a pitcher give up in 1 inning without allowing a run
to be charged to him (earned or unearned)?
(There can be more than one acceptable answer to this one. So you must explain
And here is the big one!! At camp this question was worth all the pizza and
soda you wanted for the rest of camp, and my car. No one has gotten this one
- How many ways are there to make an out? Name them.
I hope you enjoyed trying to get some of these. I won't post the answers, but
if you wanna take a shot at some. E-mail me the question with your answer and
I will tell you if you're right. Please put "Baseball Quiz" in the
subject of the E-mail.
There were a total of 20 questions. If you got 10 of them I'd
say you definetely deserve to