Can You Match This MLB Star to His Team?

By: J.P. Naomi
Image: MLB/National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

About This Quiz

Are you ready for some peanuts and Cracker Jacks? We're about to take you out to the ballgame to see if you can match the MLB star to his team! Are you up for the challenge?

We'll give you a hint to get started... all of the players in this quiz have one thing in common. OK, maybe two. First, they all played for just ONE team for their entire careers! Second, they were simply great enough to do so! The thing is, when you play in the MLB, managers and coaches don't just keep you around for fun. It's a testament to your performance. From Joe DiMaggio to Derek Jeter, from Luke Appling to Mickey Mantle, these baseball stars did not just breeze in and out of the Major Leagues. Most of them stayed for 18, 19, sometimes even 21 seasons! Most all of them are now in the Baseball Hall of Fame, and many of their numbers have been retired. The impressions they made on their teams and fans are forever marked on each team's city. So let's see how well you know them!

The time has come... Bases are loaded with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. Will you hit this quiz out of the park? Or will you be sweeping the sunflower seeds out of the dugout? It's time to test your MLB skills! Batter up!

Roberto Enrique Clemente Walker was a Puerto Rican right fielder who played 18 seasons in the MLB for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973, becoming the first Latin American and Caribbean player to receive that honor.

Ted Williams had many nicknames throughout his career. They included: "The Kid," "The Splendid Splinter," "Teddy Ballgame," The Thumper," and "The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived." He played 19 years with the Red Sox.

Nicknamed "Stan the Man," Stan Musial was an outfielder and first baseman. He spent 22 seasons in the MLB playing for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Mickey Mantle played center field for the New York Yankees from 1951 - 1968. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974 and was elected to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team in 1999.

Known as "The Iron Man," Cal Ripken Jr. was a shortstop and third baseman for the Baltimore Orioles for 21 seasons! During his career, he had 3,184 hits and 431 home runs.

Anthony Keith Gwynn Sr. was born on May 9, 1960, in Los Angeles, California. During his 20 seasons with the Padres, he became known as "Mr. Padre!"

Pitcher Bob Gibson had a total of 251 wins and 3,117 strikeouts during his 17-year career with the Cardinals. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981.

Did you know that Ernie Banks received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013? Known as "Mr. Cub" and "Mr. Sunshine," he played shortstop and first baseman for the Cubs between 1953 and 1971.

Known as "The Yankee Clipper," Joe DiMaggio played his entire 13-year career for the New York Yankees. He is best remembered for his 56-game hitting streak - a record that still stands!

Did you know that Schmidt was a 12-time All-Star and a three-time winner of the National League MVP award? He played all 17 seasons of his career with the Phillies.

Albert William Kaline, nicknamed "Mr. Tiger," was a right fielder for the Detroit Tigers for his entire 22-year career. Currently 83 years old, he is a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

As a third and first baseman, as well as designated hitter, Geroge Brett made his MLB debut on August 2, 1973. Twenty-one years later, he ended his career on October 3, 1993, having spent all those years with the Kansas City Royals.

"Rockin' Robin" was born on September 16, 1955, in Danville, Illinois. He was a shortstop and center fielder for the Milwaukee Brewers for his entire 20-year career in the MLB.

Johnny Bench was no such "bench-warmer!" He was a 14-time All-Star selection and a two-time National League Most Valuable Player during his career with the Cincinnati Reds.

Jack Roosevelt Robinson became the first African-American to play in the modern era of the MLB. He made history when the Brooklyn Dodgers started him at first base on April 15, 1947. Robinson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962.

Nicknamed "Yaz," Carl Yastrzemski played his entire 23-year career with the Boston Red Sox. He was mainly a left fielder, though he played 33 games as a third baseman, and later in his career, he played first base or designated hitter.

Sanford Koufax was a left-handed pitcher for his 12 seasons in the MLB with the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers. At age 36, in 1972, became the youngest player ever inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Henry Louis Gehrig earned the nickname, "The Iron Horse," during his 17-season career with the New York Yankees. From 1923 - 1939, he had 2,721 hits and 493 home runs.

Nicknamed "Pops," Willie Stargell was a left fielder and first baseman for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Over his 21-year career with the Pirates, he batted .282, with 2,232 hits, 423 doubles, 475 home runs, and 1,540 runs batted in.

Campy played his entire MLB career with the Brooklyn Dodgers. His playing career was cut short when he was paralyzed in a car accident in 1958. However, he continued working with the Dodgers in scouting and community relations roles.

Jim Palmer was born on October 15, 1945, in New York City. He made his MLB debut in 1965 for the Baltimore Orioles. He would go on to play 19 seasons with them and be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1990.

A professional shortstop, Derek Jeter spent his entire 20-year MLB career with the New York Yankees. Did you know that he won five World Series with them?

Master Melvin was a right fielder for the New York Giants from 1926 - 1947. He died at the age of 49 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Luke Appling was born in North Carolina but spent his entire 20-year MLB career in Chicago with the White Sox. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1964.

Only Bob Feller could earn the nickname, "The Heater from Van Meter." He was born in Van Meter, Iowa, in 1918 and pitched 18 seasons for the Cleveland Indians from 1936 - 1941, and then again from 1945 - 1956.

Jim Rice was a left fielder and designated hitter in the MLB who played his entire 16-year career for the Boston Red Sox. During his career, he had 2,452 hits and 382 home runs.

Nicknamed "Maz," Bill Mazeroski spent his entire 17-year career playing second base for the Pittsburgh Pirates, from 1956 – 1972. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001.

Did you know that Whitey Ford's nickname was "The Chairman of the Board"? Now at the age of 89, he is a ten-time MLB All-Star and six-time World Series champion. The Yankees retired his number 16 in 1974.

As a third baseman, Brooks Robinson played 23 years in the MLB, all with the Baltimore Orioles. He batted and threw right-handed, even though he was naturally a lefty. He won 16 consecutive Gold Glove Awards during his career.

Mariano Rivera was born on November 29, 1969, in Panama City, Panama. He played 19 seasons as a relief pitcher for the New York Yankees, from 1995 to 2013.

Barry Louis Larkin played shortstop for the Cincinnati Reds from 1986 - 2004. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on July 22, 2012.

Craig Biggio played for the Astros from 1988 - 2007. He is often regarded as the greatest all-around player in Astros' history. He is the only player ever to be named an All-Star at both catcher and second base.

Center fielder Kirby Puckett played his entire 12-year career in the MLB with the Minnesota Twins. Get this! He is the Twins' all-time leader in career hits, runs, doubles, and total bases!

Ever wonder what Chipper's real name is? Larry Wayne Jones Jr! Now at the age of 45, he is an eight-time All-Star who won the National League MVP Award in 1999 as well as the 1999 and 2000 National League Silver Slugger Award for third basemen.

Born in New York, New York, on January 2, 1962, Edgar Martinez spent 18 seasons in the MLB with the Seattle Mariners. He had a total of 2,247 hits and 309 home runs during his career.

Alan Stuart Trammell spent his entire 20-year career in the MLB with the Detroit Tigers. He didn't stop there, though. He currently serves as a special assistant to the General Manager of the Detroit Tigers.

On May 24, 2015, Bernie Williams' number was retired by the Yankees. A plaque was unveiled, along with his retired number, in a ceremony at Yankee Stadium.

Bill Russell played 18 seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers as shortstop. During his career, he had a total of 1,926 hits and 627 runs batted in.

Todd Helton, now 44 years old, played his entire 17-season career as a first baseman for the Colorado Rockies. He currently holds the Colorado Rockies' club records for hits (2,519), home runs (369), doubles (592), walks (1,335), runs scored (1,401), runs batted in (1,406), games played (2,247), and total bases (4,292)!

Jeff Bagwell was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He was originally selected by the Red Sox in the fourth round of the draft, but was then traded to the Astros where he spent his entire 15-year career.

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