Can You Identify the MLB Team If We Give You Three of Their Greatest Pitchers Ever?

Kale Havervold

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About This Quiz

Baseball is one of the older sports in American history, and the MLB is the oldest of the "Big Four" leagues that includes the NBA, NHL, NFL and, of course, MLB. Baseball is America's pastime and has been enjoyed for well over 100 years by hundreds of millions of fans. The holy grail of the baseball world is the World Series, the culmination of a 162- game season and grueling playoff series.

It takes a lot for a team to win a World Series. You need great hitting, good defense and quality leadership to keep everyone on the same page. However, arguably, the essential aspect of winning comes down to pitching. From fastballs to sliders to change-ups, pitching is incredibly important to a team's success. Without good pitching, it can be tough to win a game, let alone a World Series. All the hitting in the world can't compensate for lackluster pitching. 

Throughout history, there have been some truly legendary pitchers who have helped their teams reach new heights that they would never have reached otherwise. But how much do you know about these pitchers and the teams they helped to succeed? Do you have what it takes to name the team if we give you three of their best pitchers ever? If so, get your arm warmed up in the bullpen, and head out to the mound to test yourself against our quiz.

Which legendary team has fielded amazing pitchers including Mariano Rivera, Whitey Ford and Andy Pettitte?

The New York Yankees are one of the most successful MLB franchises of all time. They have won 27 World Series titles and some of the best players on the planet have played for them, including the three iconic pitchers listed.

Clayton Kershaw, Sandy Koufax and Dazzy Vance were all known for throwing a ton of strikeouts for which team?

The Los Angeles Dodgers are one of the most successful and valuable teams in the history of the MLB. Interesting fact: The Dodgers have produced 18 Rookie of the Year award winners, and no other team has even gotten 10.

Which NL team's roster of starting pitchers included Chris Carpenter, Bob Gibson and Adam Wainwright?

While the St. Louis Cardinals might not get as much attention as some other teams in the big leagues, they are one of only two teams to ever win double-digit World Series championships (they have 11). The other is the New York Yankees (27).

This team, named after an animal, featured Justin Verlander, Hal Newhouser and Tommy Bridgers as some of its star pitchers throughout history?

Since 1901, the team has been called the Detroit Tigers, making them the oldest one-name team in the AL and one of the oldest ever. While they have made it to the World Series 11 times, they have only won four of them.

This NL club recently got its first World Series win in over 100 years and have had Mordecai Brown, Fergie Jenkins and Hipp Vaughn pitch for them. Who are they?

While the Chicago Cubs have had amazing pitchers like the three listed throughout their history, they had a World Series drought of over 100 years. But finally, in 2016, they ended that and have been one of the best MLB teams since.

This team has had its fair share of great pitchers, including Roy Oswalt, Dallas Keuchel and Nolan Ryan. What is their name?

After being around in the MLB since 1962, the Astros finally secured their first-ever World Series win in 2017. Another fun fact about the team is that they were originally known as the Houston Colt .45s.

Which NL team had Steve Carlton, Robin Roberts and Pete Alexander pitching for their club throughout its history?

While the Phillies have been a successful team, they played 77 seasons in the World Series-era MLB before they finally got their shot at the World Series in 1980. They would go on to win another World Series in 2008.

Which recently-relocated team has had Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Steve Rogers pitch for them?

The Washington Nationals are one of the newest teams in the MLB as the Montreal Expos picked up and moved to the nation's capital in 2005. In recent years, they have found a lot of success in Washington and won division titles many times.

Nolan Ryan, Kenny Rogers and Charlie Hough have all pitched for this southern franchise. What is the team's name?

The three pitchers mentioned were all incredibly successful hurlers for the Texas Rangers. The Rangers were initially established as the Washington Senators in 1961, before becoming the Texas Rangers in 1972.

This team's best pitchers included Felix Hernandez, Randy Johnson and Jamie Moyer. Who are they?

While they have never won a World Series, the Seattle Mariners are the owners of the most wins in a single season, with 116. Unfortunately, that happened in 2001, which was also the last time they made the playoffs.

While this team has struggled with pitching, they have managed to field Ubaldo Jimenez, Jorge De La Rosa and Brian Fuentes as star pitchers. Who are they?

Founded in 1993, the Rockies are one of the newer teams in the MLB. They haven't yet won a World Series, but they made it to one in 2007 after they won 14 of their final 15 games of the regular season to make it into the playoffs.

Tim Hudson, Catfish Hunter and Eddie Plank all pitched for this team at one time or another. What is the team's name?

The Athletics are one of the oldest teams in the big leagues and have enjoyed a lot of success. In particular, the 1970s were quite kind to them as they won three World Series titles in a row from 1972 to 1974.

Which large-market team featured Tom Seaver, Dwight Gooden and Jacob deGrom as some of its best pitchers ever?

While they are often seen as the "little brother" to the New York Yankees, the Mets have found some success during their 50+ years in the majors. This success includes two World Series wins in 1969 and 1986.

Which popular team has had the likes of Cy Young, Roger Clemens and Pedro Martinez take the mound for them?

The Boston Red Sox are without a doubt one of the most storied teams in history. Some of the best players ever have suited up for the club, and the team has won nine World Series championships. The most recent was in 2018.

Roy Halladay, Dave Stieb and Jim Clancy highlight the pitching staff of this unique MLB team. Who are they?

The Blue Jays are unique as they are the only remaining Canadian MLB team after the Montreal Expos left in 2004. The Jays have had a successful history since joining the MLB in 1977 and even won back to back World Series titles in 1992 and 1993.

Josh Johnson, Dontrelle Willis and Jose Fernandez all spent time pitching for what team?

While the Miami Marlins are one of only two teams to never win a division title, the team has taken home two World Series wins, in 1997 and 2003. They have only made the playoffs twice, winning the World Series both times.

Of all the teams in the MLB, which played host to Chuck Finley, Nolan Ryan and Troy Percival during some of their best seasons?

The first season in the MLB for the Los Angeles Angels, who are actually based in Anaheim, California, was in 1961. During their history, they have won one World Series, when they turned a Wild Card berth into a championship victory in 2002.

Of all the MLB teams out there, which has had the likes of Madison Bumgarner, Christy Mathewson and Carl Hubbell lead them to great seasons?

The Giants are one of the most established and oldest professional baseball teams, and they have more wins than any other club. The three pitchers mentioned are responsible for hundreds of those wins.

While this team is quite old, many of their best pitchers, like Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz, have played in the most recent few decades. What team is it?

Not only are the Atlanta Braves old, but they are recognized as the oldest continuously operating baseball team in history, having been founded in 1871. Throughout their storied history, they have won only three World Series titles.

This team has been home to legendary pitchers Randy Johnson, Curt Schilling and Brandon Webb. Who are they?

Despite being tied for the title of newest MLB team (only being founded in 1998), the Diamondbacks have already found a lot of success. In fact, they won a World Series in 2001, being the quickest expansion team in MLB history to win a title.

This California-based team has enjoyed pitchers like Trevor Hoffman, Randy Jones and Jake Peavy on the mound. What team is it?

While the Padres are sometimes forgotten among California teams, they are actually one of only two California-based teams that originated in the state. Also, since the Chargers moved to L.A., the Padres are the only pro sports team left in the city of San Diego.

The all-time pitching roster of this team is led by Mark Buehrle, Red Faber and Ed Walsh. What team are we talking about?

A member of the MLB since 1901, the White Sox have been around for well over 100 years. They have won three World Series championships and were a part of the biggest scandal in baseball history, the Black Sox scandal of 1919.

Bob Feller, Addie Joss and Bob Lemon have all worn the uniform of which MLB franchise?

With the Cubs finally winning the World Series in 2016, the Indians now own the largest championship drought in the league, not having won a World Series since 1948. Many thought they were primed to win it in 2017, especially during their AL-record 22-game win streak.

Which ball club's all-time pitching roster included Kevin Appier, Bret Saberhagen and Dan Quisenberry?

The Royals have had a lot of ups and downs throughout their history. The franchise came on strong soon after its creation, only to miss the playoffs over 25 straight seasons, and then went on to go to back to back World Series.

Babe Adams, Wilbur Cooper and Bob Friend have all been star pitchers for which organization?

Early on in their history, the Pirates were incredibly successful and even played in the first-ever World Series. However, in recent decades, it has been a bit more difficult, and they haven't been to a World Series since 1979.

Jim Palmer, Mike Mussina and Dave McNally all pitched a lot of heat for which MLB team?

The Baltimore Orioles have been a team in the MLB since 1901 and have accumulated three World Series championships in their history. However, they haven't won one since 1983, so they are due.

David Price, James Shields and Scott Kazmir all pitched for this MLB club. What is its name?

The Tampa Bay Rays came into the MLB in 1998, but their first decade in the majors didn't go well. However, the team rallied and added some pieces, and in their next decade, began making the playoffs fairly regularly and enjoyed some success.

Which Midwestern MLB team enjoyed the likes of Johan Santana, Walter Johnson and Bert Blyleven on the pitcher's mound?

The Twins have a unique history in the MLB. They entered the league as the Kansas City Blues in 1894, before becoming the Washington Senators in 1901. They stayed there until 1961 when they officially became the Minnesota Twins.

For which team did Ben Sheets, Teddy Higuera and Mike Caldwell suit up?

When they first entered the league in 1969, the Milwaukee Brewers were known as the Seattle Pilots. However, after only a single season, the team moved to Milwaukee and became the Brewers.

Which historic franchise has sent Eppa Rixey, Bucky Walters and Will White to the mound?

The Cincinnati Reds were one of the very first teams to join the NL and have remained in the same city for well over 120 years. They have won five World Series titles, most recently in 1990.

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