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  • >> Coming up, it's a special High School Quiz Show

  • Baseball Edition, with the American League All-Stars...

  • (cheers and applause)

  • ... taking on the National League All-Stars.

  • (cheers and applause)

  • That's next on High School Quiz Show!

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  • >> Hi, everybody.

  • Welcome to first ever High School Quiz Show

  • Baseball Edition.

  • I'm Billy Costa, your host.

  • And today's show features two all-star teams made up

  • of students nominated by schools or coaches for their knowledge

  • about America's favorite pastime.

  • All questions in this show are about baseball.

  • And each team will be led by a very distinguished manager.

  • And before we meet the teams and their managers, it's time

  • for you folks at home to grab your mobile phone

  • or tablet so you can play along with us live, right now.

  • And all you have to do is log on at highschoolquizshow.org/

  • playlive.

  • Now, for today's matchup we have the American League All-Stars

  • taking on the National League All-Stars.

  • Let's get right to it and meet the teams.

  • Representing the American League we have Anagh

  • from Ipswich High School,

  • Gabriel from New Mission High School, in Hyde Park,

  • Brian from Holbrook Junior/Senior High School

  • and Paige from Boston Latin School.

  • And their manager, the voice of the Boston Red Sox

  • on NESN, Don Orsillo!

  • >> Hey, guys.

  • Let's go, guys, do it!

  • >> Wow!

  • >> Winning time, winning time.

  • >> American League!

  • >> Representing the National League

  • we have Chris from Swampscott High School,

  • Justin from Boston Latin Academy,

  • Aaron from Natick High School,

  • and Joe from Waltham High School.

  • And their manager, baseball reporter for ESPN Boston,

  • Gordon Edes!

  • >> What's up, fellows?

  • Let's do it.

  • >> Let's hear it, National League!

  • Okay, the competition has four rounds-- a toss-up,

  • a head-to-head, a category round,

  • and a lightning round.

  • We start with the toss-up round.

  • All answers are worth ten points, and there are

  • no point deductions for any wrong answers.

  • You will need to wait for the complete question

  • to be read before you can buzz in.

  • And before we actually start the game,

  • any final words of advice from the coaches?

  • Don, how about you, the American League?

  • >> Yeah, the American League.

  • Let's think about the Boston Red Sox

  • and what they did in 2013.

  • They started off tough in spring training.

  • Nobody expected a lot.

  • And we expect a lot from you.

  • Let's go.

  • Fire up.

  • (cheers and applause)

  • >> Gordon Edes, you're heading up the National League.

  • What do you think?

  • >> National League team, I saw those chest thumps

  • during introductions.

  • I know you guys aren't lacking in any confidence

  • whatsoever.

  • Act like you've been here before.

  • Trust your knowledge.

  • Respect your opponents.

  • And kick some butt.

  • (cheers and applause)

  • >> Oh, man.

  • I have to tell you, Gordon Edes brought his game face today.

  • He was trying to psyche out Don in the green room.

  • We'll see how it all goes.

  • All right, if everybody's ready to play the game,

  • Let's go.

  • What summer resort village in New York is home

  • to the Baseball Hall of Fame?

  • Yes, Joe?

  • >> Cooperstown.

  • >> Correct.

  • The beards on the 2013 Boston Red Sox

  • are already legendary.

  • What first baseman earned the nickname

  • "the ringleader of the beards"?

  • Yes, Justin?

  • >> Jonny Gomes.

  • >> No.

  • American League?

  • Yes, Anagh?

  • >> Mike Napoli.

  • >> Yes.

  • More balls go to what defensive position than any other?

  • Yes, Anagh?

  • >> First base.

  • >> No.

  • National League, yes?

  • >> Aaron?

  • >> Shortstop.

  • >> Yes.

  • In 1920, the Red Sox sold Babe Ruth's contract

  • for $100,000 dollars to what team that had never won

  • a World Championship?

  • Yes, Brian?

  • >> The New York Yankees.

  • >> That is correct.

  • Atomic number 13 refers to what chemical element

  • used to make metal baseball bats?

  • Yes, Joe?

  • >> Carbon.

  • >> No.

  • American League?

  • Brian?

  • >> Composite.

  • >> No, aluminum is the answer.

  • No, you only get one shot over there, okay,

  • National League?

  • Okay.

  • (laughter)

  • Okay, the next question is going to be on

  • your video screens, and it's the guy

  • who came to Boston and brought the Red Sox

  • to a World Series his first year on the job.

  • Hi, I'm John Farrell, manager of the Boston Red Sox.

  • Here's my question.

  • Named after a former major league pitcher,

  • what surgery for injured elbow ligament

  • is common among baseball players?

  • >> Yes, Anagh?

  • >> Tommy John.

  • >> Yes.

  • Red Sox anthems "Tessie" and "I'm Shipping Up to Boston"

  • were recorded by what Celtic punk band from Quincy, Mass.?

  • Yes, Gabriel?

  • >> Dropkick Murphys.

  • >> Yes, that's correct.

  • The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League

  • was formed during what 20th-century conflict?

  • Yes, Joe?

  • >> World War II.

  • >> Yes.

  • In 2013, what Red Sox center fielder signed

  • a seven-year $153 million contract with the Yankees?

  • Chris?

  • >> Jacoby Ellsbury.

  • >> Yes.

  • What Civil War hero who fired the first shot

  • in defense of Fort Sumter was falsely credited

  • as the inventor of baseball in 1907?

  • Chris?

  • >> Abner Doubleday.

  • >> Yes.

  • What team that played at Ebbets Field is notable

  • for signing Jackie Robinson as the first black player

  • in the modern Major Leagues?

  • Yes, Aaron?

  • >> The Dodgers.

  • >> Yes.

  • Baseball bats have a center of percussion

  • where the impact with the ball, as felt by the hands,

  • is minimized.

  • It's commonly known as what spot?

  • Yes, Justin?

  • >> The sweet spot.

  • >> The sweet spot is right.

  • In the 2013 Boston mayoral election,

  • most of the 560 write-in votes were for what Red Sox player?

  • Yes, Joe?

  • >> David Ortiz.

  • >> Yes.

  • In 1989, who became the only person to hit

  • a major league home run and score an NFL touchdown

  • in the same week?

  • Was it A, Deion Sanders, B, Michael Jordan,

  • C, Bo Jackson?

  • Yes, Anagh?

  • >> Bo Jackson.

  • >> No.

  • National League, you want to take a shot?

  • Aaron?

  • >> Deion Sanders.

  • >> Deion Sanders is right.

  • By the way, also the only person to ever play in both

  • the World Series and the Super Bowl.

  • In 2013, more than one quarter of Major League players

  • were born outside the U.S.

  • What country contributes more foreign-born players

  • than any other?

  • >> Yes, Aaron?

  • >> Dominican Republic.

  • >> Yes.

  • When Daisuke Matsuzaka joined the Red Sox in 2007,

  • much was written about what supposedly new pitch

  • thrown with a spiral-like spin and sudden drop?

  • >> Yes, Joe?

  • >> Gyroball.

  • >> Yes.

  • What famous poem by Ernest Thayer ends

  • with the line, "But there is no joy in Mudville--

  • mighty Casey has struck out"?

  • Chris?

  • >> Casey at the Bat.

  • >> Yes.

  • In 2004, what Japanese-born player

  • broke George Sisler's 84-year record for most hits

  • in a single season?

  • Yes, Gabriel?

  • >> Ichiro Suzuki.

  • >> Right.

  • Game seven of the 1986 World Series

  • was one of the most-watched games in history.

  • The Red Sox lost to what team?

  • Yes, Joe?

  • >> Montreal Expos.

  • >> No.

  • American League?

  • >> Brian?

  • >> New York Mets.

  • >> Yes.

  • In what year did Jackie Robinson break the Major League

  • color barrier?

  • Was it A, 1937, B, 1947, C, 1957?

  • And Aaron?

  • >> 1947.

  • >> Correct.

  • Next question is going to be up on the video screen,

  • a very special guest.

  • Pay close attention.

  • >> Hi, I'm Will Middlebrooks, third baseman with

  • the Boston Red Sox.

  • Here's my question.

  • When a pitcher releases the ball,

  • what large three-headed muscle on the back of the upper arm

  • provides power?

  • Yes, Joe?

  • >> The tricep.

  • >> Yes.

  • What Puerto Rican player who died in a plane crash

  • in 1972 was the first Latino player to be inducted

  • into the Hall of Fame?

  • Brian?

  • >> Roberto Clemente.

  • >> That is correct.

  • In 1985, who surpassed Ty Cobb's record for most career hits?

  • Joe?

  • >> Pete Rose.

  • >> Yes.

  • In 1948, what great pitcher from the Negro Leagues

  • made his rookie appearance with the Cleveland Indians at age 42?