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Oakland A’s trivia: Name the autographs!

Can you figure out which nine A’s players and coaches signed this baseball?

The 2020 season is over, but the Oakland A’s offseason hasn’t heated up yet. While we wait for the stove to get lit, let’s play some trivia!

This summer, I moved into a new house after seven years at my old place. It’s just a mile up the road, but no matter the distance, any relocation means going through everything you own, figuring out what to keep, packing it all up, and then starting over in a blank new space.

While that process almost always sucks, it can be fun when you come across old stuff you haven’t thought about in a while, or even forgot you had. Among the things I rediscovered was some of my old A’s memorabilia from childhood. As a kid in the 90s, two things reigned particularly large: collecting baseball cards, and bringing stuff to games to have players sign it during batting practice.

Most of the cards are either gone or in a box somewhere at my folks’ house, but I still have the baseballs that I brought to those games. I knew they existed, but it wasn’t until I looked at them again this summer that I remembered who all was on them. Not gonna lie, the ball in this post is more impressive than I remember.

With no more games to watch, let’s make a game out of this instead. There are nine players or coaches on this ball, and all of them were collected in the same season. There are 10 questions in the quiz — one for each of the nine signatures, and one for the year.

Without further ado, let’s get to it! I have constructed a quiz on the website Sporcle to test your knowledge, with the following instructions:

  • You can go in any order, with 10 minutes and unlimited guesses to answer 10 slides.
  • You only need to type the last names to register the answers.
  • However, you do have to spell them right!
  • The final question at the end is asking for a year, not a name.
  • Read the next paragraph about how to not spoil the answers for everyone else in the comments section.

Share your results in the comments, BUT DON’T SPOIL ANYTHING!! There is an option in the comments for “spoiler text,” which will black out that particular text until the reader puts their mouse over it to reveal it. If you are going to share right/wrong answers, please use the spoiler option. It’s on the row of options like bold, italics, etc., all the way on the right side, in between the option to add a hyperlink and the option to add a smiley face; it looks like a black square.


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How did you do? Are there any that you can’t believe you missed?