Ballpark Quiz: Life, Baseball & Eric Byrnes has some thoughts on her MLBlog about stadium names, so your friendly neighborhood MLBlogwatcher came up with 10 questions to test your ballpark name knowledge. Answers are at the bottom of this post so beware the scroll:
1. What two parks are named for citrus companies?
2. What five parks are named for the inhabitants’ former owners?
3. What two park names have a marine (water) connotation?
4. What three parks have names synonymous with beer?
5. Which park’s name has the most text characters (including spaces)?
6. Which two parks were named for 1968 Democratic presidential candidates?
7. What park names have a variation of the beautiful word "America"?
8. How many National League parks do not include either the word "Field," "Park" or "Stadium" in the full name?
9. How many in the American League?
10. What nickname of a current park is the same as a former Blues Brother?
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1. Minute Maid Park and Tropicana Field.
2. Busch Stadium, Jacobs Field, Kauffman Stadium, Turner Field and Wrigley Field. (Bill Shea was a New York lawyer who led efforts to bring another MLB team to the city.)
3. Dolphin Stadium and Fenway Park. According to Merriam Webster, "fen" is "low land covered wholly or partly with water unless artificially drained". The Fenway District of Boston (like much of the rest of Boston) used to be either marshes or underwater entirely until it was either filled in or drained. Not counting Petco Park even though Petco sells pet fish…a dolphin just says "water."
4. Busch Stadium, Coors Field, Miller Park.
5. Longest is Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, with 34 characters. It would be a lot longer if they spelled out "Fitzgerald." Second is Ameriquest Field in Arlington, with 29. Third is Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, with 28. Fourth is Oriole Park at Camden Yards, with 27. Fifth is Great American Ball Park, with 24.
6. Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium and the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. The former was assassinated after delivering a speech celebrating his 1968 Democratic primary victory in California, and the latter was lost the 1968 presidential election to Richard Nixon. Ironically, the Twins were previously the Washington Senators and moved to Minnesota in 1961, and today the former Washington team plays in a park named in Humphrey’s honor while the new Washington team plays in the park named in RFK’s honor. If the Twins and Nationals ever meet in a World Series before they move on to new ballparks, there’s a little trivia.
7. Ameriquest Field, AT&T Park (American Telephone and Telegraph), Comerica Park and Great American Ball Park. (That’s not counting U.S. Cellular Field, initials of which stem from the origin pronoun "United States of America")
9. Three: McAfee Coliseum, Metrodome and Rogers Centre.
10. The Jake.