Sharpen your sports wits with The Blade’s Sharp 7, a weekly trivia quiz designed to test your knowledge on a variety of subjects in the sports world. With today being Wear Pajamas to Work Day, this week’s quiz will focus on baseball uniforms, which some people refer to mockingly as “pajamas.”
Cleveland Indians' Jay Bruce watches a pop fly during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays in 2017. The Indians were wearing throwback uniforms identical to the ones Cleveland wore when Boog Powell joined the team in 1975.
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1. In 1921 the uniforms the Cleveland Indians wore had a strikingly unique feature. What was unique about those uniforms?
2. In 1944 the Brooklyn Dodgers wore blue uniforms made of what material? Give yourself a bonus point if you know why the Dodgers wore uniforms made of this particular material.
3. In 1960, what addition did the Chicago White Sox make to the back of their road jerseys?
4. Speaking of the White Sox, what unique uniform innovation did they unveil for three games during the 1976 season?
5. In 1975 former Orioles first baseman Boog Powell joined the Cleveland Indians, who were going to wear all-red uniforms for some games. What was the classic one-liner Powell said when he saw himself in the all-red uniform for the first time?
6. In 2012 the Tampa Bay Rays wore “throwback” uniforms dating back to 1979. What was the problem with those throwback uniforms?
7. The birthday “kicker” for April 16: What Hall of Fame baseball player was born on this day in 1903? He is best known for winning the National League MVP award in 1927.
1. In 1921 the Cleveland Indians wore uniforms that said “Worlds Champions” on the front in honor of their 1920 World Series victory.
2. In 1944 the Brooklyn Dodgers debuted blue uniforms made out of satin. The idea, according to Dodgers management, is that the players would “glow” when playing night games in the blue satin uniforms.
3. In 1960 the White Sox became the first team to put the names of players on the back of their road jerseys.
4. The White Sox wore shorts instead of pants for three games during the 1976 season.
5. When Boog Powell put on one of the Indians’ all-red uniforms for the first time in 1975, he reportedly looked at himself in the mirror and told his teammates, “I look like a massive blood clot.” One of his teammates said Powell looked like, “The world’s largest Bloody Mary.”
6. The problem with Tampa Bay’s “throwback” uniforms from 1979 was that team did not exist in 1979. The Rays were created as an expansion team in 1998.
7. Hall of Fame outfielder Paul Waner, whose nickname was “Big Poison,” was born on April 16, 1903. Waner collected 3,152 hits in a 20-year career spent mostly with Pittsburgh but also including stops with Brooklyn, the Boston Braves and New York Yankees.
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