Monday, February 8, 2016

The Saturday Baseball Quiz

The Saturday Baseball Quiz

The Saturday Baseball Quiz

(Seth Wenig/AP)
(Seth Wenig/AP)

(We post a baseball trivia question every Saturday, just for fun, as well as a detailed answer, stats, charts and commentary on the previous week's question. Pass along your questions, thoughts and ideas to



Cal Ripken Jr. broke Lou Gehrig’s consecutive game played streak. Whose record did Gehrig break?

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Three times between 1990 and 2005, a Phillie hit three home runs in one game. All three were catchers. Who were they?



Benito Santiago, Bobby Estalella and Mike Lieberthal.

A catcher is responsible for six of the 23 times a Phillies has hit three or more home runs in a game (*consecutive).

 Date  Player  Pos.  HR   Opponent
 Oct. 9, 1884  John Manning  OF  3*  at Chicago White Stockings 
 July 13, 1896  Ed Delahanty  OF  4  Chicago Colts
 Sept. 15, 1922  Walt Henline  C  3  at St. Louis Cardinals
 May 11, 1923  Cy Williams (LH)  OF  3  at St. Louis Cardinals
 July 10, 1936  Chuck Klein (LH)  OF  4  at Pittsburgh Pirates
 July 22, 1936  John Moore (LH)  OF  3*  Pittsburgh Pirates
 June 2, 1949  Andy Seminick  C  3  Cincinnati Reds
 Aug. 27, 1951 (2nd)    Del Wilber  C  3*  Cincinnati Reds
 July 23, 1955  Del Ennis  OF  3  St. Louis Cardinals
 Sept. 12, 1961  Don Demeter  OF  3  at Los Angeles Dodgers
 Sept. 27, 1964  Johnny Callison (LH)    OF  3*  Milwaukee Braves
 June 6, 1965 (2nd)  Johnny Callison (LH)  OF  3  at Chicago Cubs
 Sept. 29, 1968  Dick Allen  OF  3*  at New York Mets
 July 11, 1971  Deron Johnson  1B  3*  Montreal Expos
 April 17, 1976  Mike Schmidt  3B  4*  at Chicago Cubs
 July 7, 1979  Mike Schmidt  3B  3*  San Francisco Giants
 June 14, 1987  Mike Schmidt  3B  3*  at Montreal Expos
 Aug. 29, 1989  Von Hayes (LH)  OF  3  at San Francisco Giants
 Sept. 15, 1996  Benito Santiago  C  3*  at Chicago Cubs
 Sept. 4, 1997  Bobby Estalella  C  3  at Montreal Expos
 Aug. 10, 2002  Mike Lieberthal  C  3  at Los Angeles Dodgers
 Sept. 3, 2006 (1st)  Ryan Howard  1B  3*  Atlanta Braves
 May 16, 2008  Jayson Werth  OF  3*  Toronto Blue Jays
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