George F. Will: Batter up! Let's see if you're ready for the season

Published: Sunday, April 1 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

37. Got at least 100 extra-base hits in two consecutive seasons.

38. Won Rookie of the Year, MVP and Cy Young awards (not in the same season).

39. Pitched the most consecutive strikeouts in one game.

40. Hit his last three home runs in one game.

41. Before David Freese did it in Game 6 of last year's World Series, were the only two players to hit an extra-inning walk-off home run when facing elimination.

42. Was hitting .394 when the players' strike ended the 1994 season on Aug. 12.

43. Said, "It beats rooming with Joe Page."

Answers:

(1) Harmon Killebrew. (2) Johnny Damon. (3) Richie Ashburn. (4) Eddie Mathews. (5) Mark Grace. (6) Lou Boudreau. (7) Cal Ripken. (8) Billy Williams. (9) Juan Marichal. (10) Paul Molitor. (11) Dale Murphy.

(12) Jamie Moyer. (13) Stan Musial. (14) Nolan Ryan. (15) Whitey Ford. (16) Tim McCarver. (17) Bill Wambsganss, Indians, 1920. (18) Joe Torre. (19) Napoleon Lajoie, .426 in 1901. (20) Jim Kaat. (21) Kaat. (22) Carl Yastrzemski.

(23) Rick Sutcliffe. (24) Musial (Cardinals), George Brett (Royals), Robin Yount (Brewers). (25) Warren Spahn. (26) Rod Carew. (27) Babe Ruth, 17-5, .773. (28) Wade Boggs. (29) Dave Stewart. (30) Lew Burdette. (31) Mickey Lolich. (32) Christy Mathewson. (33) Carl Hubbell.

(34) Willie McCovey, 18. (35) Jesse Orosco. (36) "Shoeless" Joe Jackson. (37) Todd Helton. (38) Don Newcombe and Justin Verlander. (39) Tom Seaver, 10. (40) Ruth. (41) Carlton Fisk, 1975, Red Sox, and Kirby Puckett, 1991, Twins. (42) Tony Gwynn. (43) Joe DiMaggio, about being married to Marilyn Monroe.

George Will's email address is georgewill@washpost.com.

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