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Radio-TV Baseball Announcer Quiz

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Herewith I present a quiz that will help you determine how much you know about baseball and to what extent you are addicted to radio and TV baseball broadcasts. The quiz is followed by an Addiction Scale. Since I am providing answers immediately following the questions instead of compelling you to look and up down, the method used for most quizzes, I expect you not to cheat by looking at the answer provided before you come up with your own.

Question: Of the species of birds commonly found in ball parks, which is the only one creating a sufficient disturbance to arouse comment by baseball announcers?

Answer: Boo birds.

Question: What bird-like act did a player perform when he hit a catchable ball to the outfield?

Answer: He flew out (also flied out).

Question: When a runner is thrown out, into what kind of animal is he transformed and in what condition?

Answer: A dead duck ("the throw is there and he is a dead duck").

Question: What atmospheric condition has occurred when an infielder misses or drops a ground ball, allowing a runner who ordinarily would have been thrown out to reach base safely?

Answer: An air. [Typical end-of-inning recap: one run, two hits, one air.]

Question: When the batter missed a home run by a few feet and the baseball was caught instead, what was the outcome?

Answer: There was no outcome, only a present possibility. ("If he hits that ball a few more feet, it's outa here.")

Question: What happens to a baseball after it is hit into the bleachers for a home run?

Answer: Nobody knows. It's gone.

Question: When the batter strikes the ball in such a manner as to cause it to rise high into the air a short distance from the batter's box, what is the most common description used by baseball announcers to explain what has happened?

Answer: Poppedim up (meaning "popped him up"). [Yes, yes, I do know that is only something the pitcher could do if he had the same capacity to effect upon another person what somebody does in uncorking a champagne bottle. Never mind complaining to me about it. I am just here to give you the answers to the questions.]

Question: When the bases are loaded, what kind of opportunity exists?

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