The Saturday Baseball Quiz

(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 boopstats@phillynews.com.)

 

THIS WEEK'S QUESTION

Who was the last switch-hitter to win the American League's Most Valuable Player Award?

 

LAST WEEK'S QUESTION

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

 

LAST WEEK'S ANSWER

Everett Scott.

Here are the 15 longest playing streaks in major league history according to baseball-reference.com:

 Games      Player  Start Date  End Date
 2632  Cal Ripken Jr.  May 30, 1982  Sept. 19, 1998  
 2130  Lou Gehrig  June 1, 1925  April 30, 1939
 1307  Everett Scott  June 20, 1916  May 5, 1925
 1207  Steve Garvey  Sept. 3, 1975  July 29, 1983
 1152  Miguel Tejada  June 2, 2000  June 21, 2007
 1117  Billy Williams  Sept. 22, 1963    Sept. 2, 1970
 1103  Joe Sewell  Sept. 13, 1922  April 30, 1930
   895  Stan Musial  April 15, 1952  Aug. 23, 1957
   829  Eddie Yost  April 30, 1949  May 11, 1955
   822  Gus Suhr  Sept. 11, 1931  June 4, 1937
   798  Nellie Fox  Aug. 8, 1955  Sept. 3, 1960
   745  Pete Rose  Sept. 2, 1978  Aug. 23, 1983     
   740  Dale Murphy  Sept. 26, 1981      July 8, 1986
   730  Richie Ashburn      June 7, 1950  April 13, 1955
   717  Ernie Banks  Aug. 28, 1956  June 22, 1961

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