Did You Know?
Too many youngsters today aren’t aware of the ballplayers who
were of Greek descent and who played in the major leagues.
Here’s just a sample quiz and the answers are below:
1. Who was
the first ever big leaguer of Greek descent?
2. Who was
the first Greek born player to play in the majors?
3. Who was
the first Greek American to win a World Series? When?
4. Who was
the first Greek American to go to an All-Star game?
5. What Red
Sox player did Ted Williams call the next Lou Gehrig?
6. Who was
the first Greek American big league manager?
7. Who was
the first & only Greek American umpire?
Greek American won 200 games & pitched a no-hitter?
9. Who did
Brooks Robinson call the greatest catcher in Orioles history?
10. Who is the all-time leader in lifetime homers among Greek Americans?
11. What Greek American was voted NCAA II Coach of the Century ?
Kampouris – Debut: July 31, 1934 –Cincinnati Reds (from Athens)
2. Al Campanis – Debut: Sept.23, 1943 – Brooklyn Dodgers ( Kos )
Niarhos – Debut: June 9, 1946 – Yankees 1949 – ( Peloponesos )
Loes – 1957 Brooklyn Dodgers – ( Peloponesos )
Agganis – Debut: April 13, 1954 ( Logganiko near Sparta )
Grammas – Mil. Brewers ‘76-77 (Agios Demitrios near Sparta )
Pelekoudas – Debut: 1960 in the NL ( Tripoli )
Pappas – Debut: Aug. 10, 1957 ( Epiros )
Triandos – Debut: August 13, 1953 ( Koronos, Messenia )
10. Eric Karros – Currently with the Oakland Athletics
11. John Scolinos – Cal Poly Pomona Baseball Coach of the Century.
WHO SAID GREEKS CAN’T PLAY BASEBALL ? YES, WE CAN !!
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