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Back to school means it’s time for a Dodgers quiz

by Jeff Dickinson | Posted on Thursday, August 18th, 2011
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Mike Piazza is the answer to one of our trivia questions, but which one? (LATimes.com)

It’s that time of the year again! It’s the dog days of summer where grumpy children all across the county (and grumpy teachers, just ask my school teacher wife!) have to grab their backpacks and head back to school.

No more staying up late, no more sleeping until noon. No more playing video games all day and forgetting what day of the week it is.

It’s time to hit the books and bone up for tests. Speaking of tests, how about a little TTFB quiz? How well do you know the Los Angeles Dodgers?

Since kids are back in school, why don’t we take some time to punish Dodgers fans with a little quiz? What’s that, you say? Fans of the Dodgers have been punished enough this season. That’s probably true, but this teacher doesn’t care!

So, all you Los Angeles Dodgers fans, step away from your Google, power down your Droids and get out a pencil and paper.

How well do you know the Los Angeles Dodgers? This quiz covers the Dodgers since they moved to Los Angeles in 1958. It does not include their days in Brooklyn.

(Answers are at the bottom of the page, but don’t cheat. … Google Analytics can show me who you are!).

No. 1 — How many times have the Dodgers won at least 100 games in a season?

No. 2 — Who has the highest single-season batting average in Dodgers’ history?

No. 3 — Who has the most hits in a season?

No. 4 — Who has the most home runs in a season?

No. 5 — Who has the most RBIs in a season?

No. 6 — Who has the lowest single-season ERA in Dodgers’ history?

No. 7 — Which pitcher won the most games in a season?

No. 8 — Which pitcher has the most strikeouts per nine innings in a season?

No. 9 — Which pitcher has the most saves in a season?

No. 10 — Which pitcher has the most strikeouts in a season for the Dodgers?

Answers: 1. Twice – In 1962 and 1974, the Dodgers won 102 games; 2. Mike Piazza, .362 in 1997; 3. Tommy Davis, 230 in 1962; 4. Shawn Green, 49 in 2001 (Adrian Beltre is next with 48 in 2004); 5. Tommy Davis, 153 in 1962; 6. Phil Regan, 1.62 in 1966; 7. Sandy Koufax, 27 in 1966; 8. Hideo Nomo, 11.1 in 1995 (I bet you thought it was going to be Koufax again!); 9. Eric Gagne, 55 in 2003; Gagne, 161 career saves; 10. Koufax, 382 in 1965.

Looking at these Dodgers records brings the following thoughts/questions to my mind:

  • Tommy Davis must have been a real stud! I’ve got to learn more about him.
  • What would Sandy Koufax have done if he hadn’t been forced to retire at the age of 30 because of arthritis?
  • Hideo Nomo … really? Wouldn’t have thought that.
  • Can we please get a “do-over” on the Mike Piazza trade? Please???
  • We will probably never see another closer for the Dodgers as dominant as Eric Gagne. I thought Jonathan Broxton might have some of the Gagne stuff several years ago, but I also thought Ryan Leaf was a better draft choice than Peyton Manning.

Post By Jeff Dickinson (106 Posts)

Jeff has been writing professionally for 21 years ... yes, he's old! He began his career covering sports for a daily newspaper in Alabama. Since moving to Georgia in 1997, Jeff has written for USA Today and a bunch of websites, newspapers and magazines. Though he follows almost all professional sports, baseball is Jeff's passion.



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