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Rich Dubroff’s great Orioles quiz, 2021 holiday edition

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If you think you know the Orioles, let’s see how well you do in this 30-question quiz. The answers will be revealed on Tuesday.

  1. Which current major league manager once played for the Orioles?
  2. This two-time All-Star reliever was once claimed on waivers by the Orioles but never appeared in a game. Who is he?
  3. In that same year, this reliever made news by agreeing to a free-agent contract with the Orioles but failed a physical and  signed elsewhere. Who is he?
  4. What do the relievers in questions 2 and 3 have in common?
  5. This man began the 2011 season as the Orioles’ pitching coach but resigned unexpectedly in June. Who is he?
  6. Who replaced the answer to No. 5?
  7. The man who became pitching coach in June 2011 also left the team for personal reasons in August 2013. Who replaced him for the rest of the 2013 season?
  8. Who was the Orioles’ first base coach for the 2019 season?
  9. What is the Orioles’ longest winning streak during Brandon Hyde’s three seasons as manager?
  10. On August 25th, the Orioles broke their 19-game losing streak. Shohei Ohtani started that game but was not involved with decision. Who started for the Orioles?
  11. John Means’ no-hitter was the Orioles’ first complete game since August 18, 2018. Who threw that complete game?
  12. This 2018 Oriole played six positions, including pitcher, and was a designated hitter. He played in the major leagues in 2021. Who is he?
  13. “The dude rang the cash register every time he hit a home run.” Who said that about whom?
  14. Of these 2021 Orioles, who played in the most games? A) Nick Ciuffo B) Tyler Nevin C) Brooks Kriske D) Dusten Knight
  15. Which of the following baseball longtime executives was once a coach for the Orioles? A) Dan O’Dowd B) John Hart C) Ken Williams D) Jerry Dipoto
  16. Including Brandon Hyde, there are nine men alive who have managed the Orioles. Who is the oldest?
  17. Against which National League team have the Orioles won the fewest games?
  18. Who was never an Orioles broadcaster? A) Bruce Cunningham B) Jack Wiers C) Ken Levine D) Frank Messer
  19. On July 13, 1991, four pitchers combined for an Orioles no-hitter against the Oakland Athletics. Name them.
  20. How many All-Star teams was Brian Roberts named to? How many Gold Gloves did he win?
  21. Who was the only Oriole pitcher to lose a game in the 1983 postseason?
  22. In the 1969 World Series, one Oriole hitter went 2-for-2. Who was it?
  23. Name the two pitchers who tied for most appearances in 2021.
  24. Who was the winning pitcher in the final Orioles game at Memorial Stadium?
  25. Who was not a part of Buck Showalter’s original coaching staff with the Orioles? A) Brian Butterfield B) Willie Randolph C) Wayne Kirby D) Jim Presley
  26. Who was the Orioles’ starter in Showalter’s first game as Orioles manager?
  27. Who was the Orioles’ starter in Showalter’s last game as Orioles manager?
  28. Who led the Orioles in home runs in 2020? He hit 12.
  29. Who never played for the Orioles? A) Dilson Herrera B) Ruben Tejada C) Gavin Floyd D) Luis Sardiñas
  30. In 2021, the Orioles were swept by two teams, one National League team and an American League team. Who were they?

Answers at the end of Tuesday’s edition

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  1. TinLevelHallofShameCommenter

    December 27, 2021 at 7:31 am

    The answer to all 30 questions is Aaron Ledesma

  2. Mtairyordge

    December 27, 2021 at 7:36 am

    Damn this is really deep.

  3. TxBirdFan

    December 27, 2021 at 12:00 pm

    Rich – I love your trivia quizzes but 30 questions is a little overwhelming. I could do the research if there were 10 a day. Just saying, and Thanks!

    • Rich Dubroff

      December 27, 2021 at 12:04 pm

      It’s just once a year, Tx. You can split it up for three days.

    • BirdsCaps

      December 27, 2021 at 1:45 pm

      I just make educated guesses and get a couple correct.

    • Boog Robinson Robinson

      December 27, 2021 at 4:32 pm

      Tex … there’s no research in trivia! There is only know, or don’t know, and I know nothing!

    • CalsPals

      December 27, 2021 at 5:13 pm

      Were you on Hogan’s Heroes?…go O’s…

    • Boog Robinson Robinson

      December 27, 2021 at 10:23 pm

      Actually I was channeling Yoda. Not a good impersonation.

    • CalsPals

      December 28, 2021 at 6:55 am

      Thought that was a Sargent Schultz thingy, Ahh, see I do…go O’s…

    • Boog Robinson Robinson

      December 28, 2021 at 9:31 am

      Now that I think of it, our buddy called me Sgt Schultz once. May be something too it.

    • CalsPals

      December 28, 2021 at 4:38 pm

      ;)…go O’s…

  4. BirdsCaps

    December 27, 2021 at 1:47 pm

    This one seems harder than usual with the emphasis on pitching coaches, 90s and the last couple years (which I haven’t followed super closely).

    • Rich Dubroff

      December 27, 2021 at 3:47 pm

      I try to make the quiz moderately hard, Steve. It’s not the hardest, but I really don’t want to make it too easy.

      Tyler Kepner had his annual quiz in The New York Times on Saturday, and it’s quite challenging, and I got about 30 questions of 50 correct.

  5. TinLevelHallofShameCommenter

    December 27, 2021 at 2:02 pm

    I claim to have answered all 30 questions, it took me approximately 2.5 hours. I expect a prize of some sort Rich! Question #17 took me the longest as I could not find the answer in one spot, had to wade through season after season of inter-league results.

    • Rich Dubroff

      December 27, 2021 at 3:49 pm

      Joe, I found the answer to
      No. 17 in the Orioles’ media guide.

    • Boog Robinson Robinson

      December 27, 2021 at 4:48 pm

      Joe there’s no googling in Trivial pursuit, why would you get credit here?

  6. Icterus fan

    December 27, 2021 at 2:59 pm

    All these fertile minds researching such obscure questions. Google is going to short circuit. Its as sure as a Severino passed ball…

  7. CalsPals

    December 27, 2021 at 3:44 pm

    31. Which Tier 1 FA did Elias sign during his first 3 yrs as GM?…lol…go O’s…

    • DcOsfan

      December 27, 2021 at 9:39 pm

      At last, a question I know the answer to

  8. Buzz1979

    December 27, 2021 at 4:30 pm

    Too much work, maybe if was in prison…

  9. Boog Robinson Robinson

    December 27, 2021 at 4:44 pm

    Didn’t have a clue for 1st 19 questions. And number 20 was a two-parter of which I MAY have gotten one! Thanks for easing up those last 10 Rich! I may have answered correctly.

    Dang you’re tough!

    • Boog Robinson Robinson

      December 27, 2021 at 4:50 pm

      I meant 5 of the last 10. Not all ten. And no googling boys.

  10. WorldlyView

    December 27, 2021 at 4:55 pm

    I got a perfect score. Could not answer 100% of these obscurities.

    • Boog Robinson Robinson

      December 27, 2021 at 10:24 pm

      Beat answer WV.

    • Boog Robinson Robinson

      December 27, 2021 at 10:27 pm

      “Best answer.” WV

      No. One’s famous spell check app strikes again.

  11. dlgruber1

    December 27, 2021 at 5:00 pm

    I know #’s 3 and 28. I feel somewhat confident of about 7-8 others and I know half of the answer to #19 as I know who started and finished the game. Other than that I’m ashamed to say I consider myself a diehard lifelong O’s fan but haven’t a clue on many of them.

    • Rich Dubroff

      December 27, 2021 at 6:32 pm

      Dave, I couldn’t do a fair quiz if I knew all the answers without looking some up. When I took Tyler’s quiz in The Times the other day, I didn’t look any up, but when you write one, you want to make sure you know the answers.

      This is what I do for a living, and I couldn’t answer all of them without checking, so you and the other readers shouldn’t feel bad about not knowing all of them.

    • Icterus fan

      December 27, 2021 at 9:05 pm

      Yeah. I agree with not having a clue. I’m not a trivia kind of guy, but I did read all the questions and am amazed fans can retain and recall such info.

  12. Buzz1979

    December 27, 2021 at 8:26 pm

    Catcher Clay D batted 1,000 in 69 WS!

    • dlgruber1

      December 27, 2021 at 8:40 pm

      I coulda waited until tomorrow to find that out. I woulda been wrong. I was guessing it was gonna be a pitcher. Ok, Buzz, no more giving away answers, ok?

    • JerseyO

      December 28, 2021 at 10:08 am

      My guess was Merv.

    • dlgruber1

      December 28, 2021 at 6:06 pm

      I love it when an oldie but a goodie gets a mention here. Merv Rettenmund was one of my earliest favorite players because he had a great game in one of the first games I ever went to. It took me a while to realize why he didn’t play more often but when he did play he always seemed to come thru. He was a true old timer in that he rarely K’d. In fact, after checking just now I see where for his career he walked 445 times and only K’d 382. He had a lifetime .381 OBP. He’s another one of those guys who I wouldn’t mind seeing in the O’s Hall of Fame, but not before Etchebarren.

      • JerseyO

        December 29, 2021 at 10:03 am

        Agree! And with correct spelling. Not an easy name to spell or pronounce. I used to just say “Good job 14.”

  13. WorldlyView

    December 28, 2021 at 5:56 pm

    Rich, Here’s a suggestion to change the quiz a bit: next time, do it ‘Jeopardy’ style. Give us the answers and we’ll see if we can come up with the questions. In either case, include a couple or three easy ones so some of us can answer at least two.

  14. CTBird

    December 29, 2021 at 10:31 am

    How do you find the answer s

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