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Our Special Bonds: October Notables (Questions)

Faced without baseball for two days, we look for things to do to fill our spare time. In such situations, we like to fill our voids with trivia and offer up this October baseball quiz you might enjoy.

Answers here:

http://metswalkoffs.blogspot.com/2006/10/our-special-bonds-october-notables.html

1) Let us begin with a question of recent significance. Prior to Jorge Posada, this Met was the only player to strike out FOR THE YANKEES to end a postseason series. Name him.

2) The opposing catchers in the October 3, 1951 game in which Bobby Thomson hit the "Shot Heard Round the World" both later worked for the Mets. Name them.

3) What future Met was the winning pitcher in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series, in which Kirk Gibson hit the game-winning home run against Dennis Eckersley?

4) What former Met was the winning pitcher in Game 7 of the 1992 NLCS, in which Francisco Cabrera singled in the tying and winning runs in the bottom of the 9th.

5) Ralph Terry gave up the World Series-winning home run to Bill Mazeroski in 1960. Terry went on to pitch 24 games for the Mets from 1966-1967. How many games did he win?

6) In the 1996 ALCS Game 1, Armando Benitez allowed the tying HR to Derek Jeter on the famous play where fan Jeffrey Maier reached over the fence to interfere. What former Met gave up the walk-off home run to Bernie Williams in extra-innings?

7)What former Met was due up next when Chris Chambliss hit a walk-off home run to beat the Royals in Game 5 of the 1976 ALCS?

8) What future Met was due up next when Aaron Boone homered to win Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS against the Red Sox?

9) What future Met scored the winning run in Game 7 of the 2001 World Series?

10) Ozzie Smith won Game 5 of the 1985 NLCS with a walk-off home run ("Go crazy, folks!"). Name the future Met who had the other 2 RBI for the Cardinals that day.

11) Kenny Lofton got the walk-off hit that won the 2002 NLCS for the Giants. The batter before him, a former Met, singled. Name the man, who had a pretty famous single for the Mets as well.

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