April 09, 1956

# Facts For 40 Arguments

## SI presents its own baseball quiz: questions and answers compiled by Paul Abramson on the game's plays, players, incidents, and history. If you bat .500 on these you're good.

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Q. How many games does a major league team play each season?

A. 154, or 22 games against each of the seven other teams in the league.

Q. How many ways can a batter reach first base?

A. Nine: hit, walk, error, forceout, fielder's choice (when the man on base is not forced out or not retired), hit by pitched ball, interference by catcher or other member of fielding team, missed third strike, and batted fair ball hitting a runner or umpire before it is touched by a fielder.

Q. What two teams have met most often in the World Series?

A. The New York Yankees have met the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants six times each.

Q. How many hits could be made in an inning without a run being scored?

A. Six. For example, say the first three batters single without a run scoring. The pitcher then picks one man off third base and the catcher throws out the man on second on an attempted steal. Then the next two men up single, leaving the bases loaded, two outs and five hits already accounted for. The sixth hit comes when the batter hits a ball that strikes a base runner. The batter is credited with a hit (the sixth), the man who was struck is out (the third), and the runner who crossed the plate does not score because the side is retired.

Q. How is a slugging average computed?

A. By dividing the total bases the man has hit for by the number of times he has batted. For example, a player who singles and triples (four bases) in five times at bat has a slugging average of .800.

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