The 2020 MLB season is on the way, but we’ve still got nearly two weeks to wait for Opening Day. In the meantime, let’s play some trivia!
The A’s franchise has seen a lot of big names come through town, from their origins in Philadelphia, to their pit stop in Kansas City, and on to their current home in Oakland. Some of those superstars stuck around for a while and helped the club win their nine championship rings, while others only made brief cameos at the dawn or their careers or in their final playing days.
Included in that list of stars are 37 Hall of Famers. That’s only counting individuals who played for the A’s at some point (even just for one game) and were then inducted into the Hall as players, so it doesn’t count managers like Tony La Russa, Dick Williams, or Connie Mack, nor HOF managers who previously played for the A’s like Tommy Lasorda or Whitey Herzog, nor HOF players who later managed the A’s like Lou Boudreau, Joe Gordon, or Luke Appling. It also excludes former team owner Walter Haas.
Without further ado, let’s get to it! The question is, how many of those 37 Hall of Fame players can you name, given their positions and the years they played for the A’s? You’ll even get a couple freebies, since some of the names are identical or similar enough to register — but there are also some real tough ones, between old-timers from a century ago and more recent stars who weren’t in Oakland for long. 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 fill 37 spaces.
- You only need to type the last names to register the answers.
- However, you do have to spell them right!
- They’re separated out by their primary career position, but in a couple cases they didn’t play that position for the A’s.
- Years refer to the years they played for the A’s.
- 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.
DON’T BE THAT PERSON WHO SPOILS THE ANSWERS IN THE COMMENTS.
Alrighty, here is the quiz! It’s embedded below, or you can click here to play it on Sporcle’s site.
How did you do? Are there any that you can’t believe you missed?