This post was written by Katie McCarthy, an Educational Programs Specialist in the Informal Learning Office. The trivia questions in this post were created by Library of Congress Internship (LOCI) program spring 2023 participant Katrina Limson, a MLIS student at San Jose State University.
As the summer winds down, there are only a few pitches left at Nationals Park! But despite the approaching end of the season, we have another chance for you to test your baseball trivia as part of our partnership with the “team that reads.” Before the afternoon game on August 18th , Informal Learning Office educators participated in a third Story Time with the team’s Summer Reading Ambassador. Quiz your family with these trivia questions from the program, below. Scroll past each photograph for the answer.
Question #1: What year was the first official baseball guide book published?
Answer: B. 1868
A book called Haney’s Base Ball Book of Reference was published in 1868. It was the first to book to feature the “official” rules of the game. The book included the first advertisements for baseball apparel, and even a section on how to play the game on ice!
Question #2: How much were tickets for the first MLB World Series game in 1903?
Answer: A. $0.50
The MLB’s first World Series was played between the Boston Americans and the Pittsburgh Pirates, with the Boston team emerging victorious. The Boston Americans only charged $0.50 for their home games.
Question #3: The first championship between the American League and the National League was a World Series Game.
True or False?
In 1884, the winners of the National League (the Providence Greys from Rhode Island) and the American Association (New York Metropolitans) met in the first inter-league championship game. This predated the establishment of the Major League Baseball World Series in 1903.
Question #4: What year were lights first used at a Major League Baseball night game?
On the evening of May, 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt symbolically flipped a switch at the White House. At the same time, the lights came on at Ohio’s Crosley Field, home of the Cincinnati Reds. Since then, baseball games at night have been lit with lights—even during World War II, as this post from last year attests to.
We hope you enjoyed playing trivia along with your family. Be sure you are subscribed to Minerva’s Kaleidoscope so you don’t miss any upcoming family fun, including the upcoming final installment of this trivia series!