If you haven’t taken the quiz and jogged your Baltimore Sports Fan memory, go here now.
If you’re ready for the answers, here they come.
Before jumping into the answers, though, shout out to Will from Parkton, Paul from Middle River, and Justin from Dundalk for doing considerably well on the quiz. Second shout out to Teddy from Dundalk, Stephie from Owings Mills, and Brian from Abingdon for essentially admitting defeat.
On a side note, when I gave the quiz to my wife, she was less-than-thrilled by the difficulty and considerably more aggravated by my reaction to her less-than-thrill-ed-ness; it ruined our entire weekend.
But, if you ask me, she should know these things. Like I told her, at least I didn’t make her pass the prenuptial Baltimore Colts Exam that was featured in the classic Baltimore-based flick, Diner.
Here are the answers to the Baltimore Sports Quiz–straight from Tony, the Baltimore Sports Wiz…
#1 In what year did the St. Louis Browns move to Baltimore?
#2 What was Rex Barney’s famous tag-line?
#3 What is the significance of Cubs GM Theo Epstein to Baltimore?
He was a summer intern with the Orioles, starting in 1992.
#4 Who was the first player to enter the Ravens’ Ring of Honor?
Earnest Byner (nice guy, but years later, it’s clear that he probably doesn’t belong there)
#5 Baltimore had three minor league hockey teams, what were their names?
Clippers, Skipjacks, Bandits.
#6 Baltimore’s USFL team’s nickname was?
#7 Which player won a Grey Cup with the Stallions and a Super Bowl with the Ravens?
#8 Who was the starting quarterback for the Baltimore Stallions during their Grey Cup victory?
#9 Who owned the Baltimore Stallions?
#10 Former Maryland Terps Basketball Coach, Bob Wade, has what significance to Baltimore?
Prior to UM, he coached at Dunbar.
#11 Which former Orioles’ pitching prospect had vanity license plates that read “24KTARM”?
Matt Riley (what a waste of talent).
#12 Which Orioles’ third baseman won Sporting News’ AL Rookie of the Year Honors in 1989?
#13 Cal Ripken Sr. wore which jersey number as a coach for the Orioles?
#14 Which two former Orioles make up two of only four members in MLB history to record more than 3,000 hits and 500 home runs?
Eddie Murray and Rafael Palmeiro (joining Hank Aaron and Willie Mays). Incredible that Raffy will likely never make it to Cooperstown.
#15 Which movie was filmed at Camden Yards?
Major League II.
#16 Which movie was filmed at Ravens Stadium?
#17 Which owner played a major role in Baltimore not being awarded an expansion team over Jacksonville and Carolina?
Redskins owner, Jack Kent Cooke.
#18 Who was the owner of the fashion store Merry-Go-Round, who also played a key role in the “Give Baltimore the Ball” campaign?
Boogie Weinglass–who was actually portrayed in the aforementioned Diner by Mickey Rourke.
#19 Which receiver holds the Ravens’ single-season record of 14 touchdown receptions?
Michael “He-He” Jackson.
#20 Who was “Zeus”?
The late Orlando Brown.
#21 Who was “Full Pack”?
Oriole closer, Don Stanhouse earned the name because it was rumored that Earl Weaver would smoke a full-pack of cigarettes as Stanhouse struggled to effectively close-out games without a good amount of drama in the ninth inning.
#22 Which Orioles’ favorite was known for eating Froot Loops before games?
Birds’ catcher, Mickey Tettleton.
#23 In the 1989 season, in the fateful series in Toronto to finish the season, what strange injury caused Pete Harnish to miss his scheduled start?
Walking back to the team hotel, he stepped on a nail.
#24 Which former Oklahoma Sooners basketball star was once thought to be the heir apparent to Cal Ripken?
#25 Who was “Iron Hands”?
The late and legendary Ernie Tyler, who sat to the left of the on-deck circle and handed new mud-rubbed baseballs to the umpire during the games at Memorial Stadium and Camden Yards, every day from 1960 to 2007.
#26 Who returned the blocked Al Del Greco field goal for a touchdown in Tennessee, paving the way for the Ravens to move on to the AFC Championship in January 2001?
Defensive tackle Keith Washington blocked it, safety Anthony Mitchell returned it 90-yards to pay-dirt.
#27 Which Ravens’ defensive back fueled much of the Steelers-Ravens rivalry by stepping on Plaxico Burress’ head during a scuffle?
#28 What is significant about the Esskay sign in right field at Oriole Park at Camden Yards?
It starts blinking when it’s hit by a ball.
#29 Who is Len Burrier?
The “Big Wheel.” Essentially the Colts and Stallions version of fan-mascot “Wild Bill” Hagy.
#30 Which long-time NFL punter went to Towson University?
#31 Which Dunbar standout played alongside of Joe Smith, Exree Hipp, Johnny Rhodes and Duane Simpkins?
#32 What number did Deion Sanders wear as a member of the Ravens, and why?
37. It was his age at the time. And, by-and-large, he played like it.
#33 What is it customary to hold up as visiting opponents’ lineups are being announced at the University of Maryland basketball games?
#34 Which former O’s pitcher lost 21 games in 1954, and went on to throw the only perfect game in World Series history two years later as a member of the New York Yankees?
Don “Gooneybird” Larsen.
#35 Why would a true Baltimore fan despise the number that precedes this question?
Number 35 was worn by Mike Mussina, who defected to the Bronx Bombers in 2001. In his defense, had owner Peter Angelos ponied-up and matched the money that the Yankees were offering, Mussina would have likely never left Baltimore.