"There are three types of baseball players: those who make it happen, those who watch it happen, and those who wonder what happens." - Tommy Lasorda
The legends in baseball aren't just born; they're made through years of dedication and a love for the game. To be a legend, these players work their tails off day in and day out just for a chance to succeed. They get up early, before everyone else, and craft their game so they can hit more home runs and throw faster pitches. They mesmerize fans by putting on performances that seem humanly impossible and try to never let those fans down, especially when it counts the most. If they do fail, though, they get back up and try harder the next time because failure is never really an option when your goal is to be the best.
But, how much knowledge do you have on these baseball legends? Do you know who played where or what kind of statistics they put up throughout their career? Do you know who won World Series and MVP awards? Here's a quiz where you can put your baseball knowledge to the test. Take it and see if you can name these baseball legends from three simple clues!
Lou Gehrig's career and life was cut short by ALS. The disease took his life at the age of 37.
One of the greatest hitters of all-time, Barry Bonds' career is surrounded in controversy. This stems from his association with the steroid era in baseball.
Willie Mays' career was highlighted by a World Series in 1954. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1979.
Babe Ruth was traded from the Red Sox to the Yankees in 1919. This started the "Curse of the Bambino."
Ty Cobb was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1936. At the time, he had the highest percentage of votes to get in.
Hank Aaron was the first player to beat Babe Ruth's home run record. In fact, he was such a great hitter that his nickname was "Hammerin' Hank."
Despite losing part of his career to military service, Ted Williams still racked up incredible stats. However, he never won a World Series.
The Cy Young Award is given each year to the best pitcher in both the AL and the NL. The award was first given 1956.
Mickey Mantle spent his entire career with the Yankees. For his outstanding contributions, his number 7 was retired by the team.
Stan Musial was named an All-Star 24 times during his career. He also won three NL MVP awards.
Pete Rose won three World Series and was named MVP in the 1975 World Series. He had his number 14 retired by the Reds.
Wearing number 42, Jackie Robinson spent his entire career with the Dodgers. His best season was in 1949, when he was the NL batting champion and MVP.
Joe DiMaggio's career was interrupted by World War II. Even with the war, DiMaggio had a successful baseball career, winning nine World Series.
Walter Johnson was one of the first five members in the Hall of Fame in 1936. He was also elected to the All-Century Team in 1999.
Sandy Koufax's career was cut short due to injury. Still, after he retired, he was elected to the Hall of Fame as the youngest ever entry.
Nolan Ryan has the most strikeouts ever in a career. The next closest is nearly 1,000 strikeouts behind him.
Ken Griffey Jr. had a successful career that landed him in the Hall of Fame. Even with all his success, though, he never won a World Series.
Undoubtedly, Roger Clemens was one of the greatest pitchers of all-time. However, his career is surrounded in controversy because of his association with steroids late in his career.
Deter Jeter is regarded as one of the greatest leaders in baseball history. During his time with the Yankees, he was part of five World Series titles.
Roberto Clemente was as important a figure off the field as he was on the field. He died trying to deliver food and other supplies to Nicaragua after an earthquake hit.
Between coaching and playing, Yogi Berra won 13 World Series in all. His 10 as a player is the most all-time.
Rickey Henderson was one of the greatest all-around players to ever take the field. His number 24 was retired by the Oakland Athletics.
Bob Gibson played for the Harlem Globetrotters before joining the Cardinals full time. Luckily, his decision to leave basketball worked out for him.
Mike Schmidt is regarded as one of the greatest defensive players ever. He earned 10 Gold Glove Awards throughout his career.
Greg Maddux has the most Golden Glove Awards of any player ever. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2014.
Cal Ripken Jr. was an example of consistency. Aside from his amazing stats, he holds the record for most consecutive games played.
The New York Mets only have two World Series titles. Tom Seaver was one of the most dominant players on their 1969 championship.
During the 1970s, the Reds were known as the Big Red Machine. During that time, the team won four NL pennants and two World Series.
Tris Speaker was inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame in 1937. He's also part of the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame and Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame.
Randy Johnson was one of the greatest pitchers to ever play the game. One of his greatest achievements was a perfect game in 2004.
Left-handed pitchers are quite valuable in baseball. Many batters have trouble hitting off of them.
Eddie Collins was one of the greatest champions of his era. Over the span of his career, he won six World Series with two different teams.
The 1919 Chicago White Sox consisted of a group of players who decided to throw the World Series. All of the players involved were permanently suspended, including Joe Jackson, who many thought wasn't part of the scandal.
Tony Gwynn's career with the Padres was so successful that he received the nickname "Mr. Padre." After his career, the team retired his number 19 and elected him to their Hall of Fame.
Aside from Babe Ruth, Jimmie Foxx was probably the greatest home run hitter during his time. He was only the second player to hit over 500 home runs in a career, behind Ruth.