Can You Recognize These Famous Baseball Players From a Black and White Photo?

By: Olivia Cantor

This is George Herman Ruth Jr., whom we all know as Babe Ruth. He played for the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees.

Mickey Mantle played for the New York Yankees. His name is one of the most recognizable baseball names up to now.

Ty Cobb had the nickname of The Georgia Peach. He mostly played for the Detroit Tigers.

Lou Gehrig is known as The Iron Horse. The legendary baseball player retired early, at the height of his career, due to Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, which later became commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

Willie Mays played for the San Francisco Giants, which were formerly named the New York Giants. He was known as “The Say Hey Kid.”

Cy Young is hailed as one of the greatest pitchers of baseball. That’s why they named an award after him, to honor great pitchers.

The New York Yankees made Joe DiMaggio famous, and vice versa, for playing well. But it was his connection with Marilyn Monroe that cemented his fame in pop culture, especially when they got married, divorced, and became friends again later until her untimely death.

Hank Aaron spent his career with the Atlanta Braves and the Milwaukee Brewers. He was known as Hammerin’ Hank!

Jackie Robinson is touted as the one who broke the color barrier in baseball when he became a pro. But he surpassed that milestone with many more that gave him one colorful career in the sport. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in the ‘60s.

Shoeless Joe Jackson was a great player until the Black Sox Scandal broke out. This was when eight Chicago White Sox players allegedly threw the World Series for money, and Shoeless Joe’s name was dragged into it, even if he denied being part of the scheme.

Barry Bonds played for the Pittsburgh Pirates and the San Francisco Giants during his career. But did you know that his middle name is Lamar? Now you do!

Fans know him as A-Rod. Alex Rodriguez was one great shortstop for the Seattle Mariners, the Texas Rangers, and the New York Yankees.

If we’re talking about great catchers, Yogi Berra should be mentioned. He was the pride of the New York Yankees back in the day.

Roberto Clemente holds the distinction of being the first player of Latin American and Caribbean descent to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. It happened in 1973. He was Puerto Rican.

Grover Cleveland Alexander was a great pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies, the Chicago Cubs, and the St. Louis Cardinals. Former U.S. President Ronald Reagan played him in a bio flick, "The Winning Team."

Randy Johnson was a pitcher for many teams. He’s also a recipient of the Cy Young Award, which he received five times.

Derek Jeter is known as a great shortstop. He played with the New York Yankees during his active career, but now spends time being a co-owner of the Miami Marlins.

Cal Ripken Jr. is the recipient of two Rawlings Gold Glove Awards. He was a stellar shortstop and third baseman, who played for the Baltimore Orioles.

Sandy Koufax was only 36 when he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972. He played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, even when the team was still based in Brooklyn.

Mel Ott was known as Master Melvin. He played for the New York Giants from the ‘20s to the ‘40s.

Roger Clemens is nicknamed Rocket. He was a great pitcher, so it’s not hard to imagine why.

Reggie Jackson played professional baseball for 21 years. He was the recipient of the Babe Ruth Award in 1977, in addition to other stellar awards and records.

Nolan Ryan was a pitcher for the New York Mets, the California Angels, the Houston Astros, and the Texas Rangers. He spends his days now as an adviser to the Houston Astros' owner.

Albert Pujols currently plays for the Los Angeles Angels. He has already received the Silver Slugger award six times.

Pete Rose was a player for the Cincinnati Reds​ and later became their manager. But investigations alleged that he made bets during these times, which he admitted to doing, so the baseball world penalized him.

Jose Canseco played with the Oakland A’s as a designated hitter. He also wrote a book about using steroids when he was playing, which he claimed was rampant in Major League Baseball.

Greg Maddux was with the Atlanta Braves when they won the World Series in 1995. He was a pitcher.

Experts agree that Satchel Paige is one of the greatest pitchers in baseball history. He played with the Cleveland Indians after playing for the Chattanooga Black Lookouts.

Mark McGwire is now busy as a bench coach for the San Diego Padres. He used to be with the Oakland Athletics as a first baseman, as well as the St. Louis Cardinals.

First baseman Jimmie Foxx hit 500 career home runs. He wasn’t nicknamed The Beast for nothing.

Catfish Hunter was a great pitcher who played for several teams that won the World Series. He died of Lou Gehrig’s disease in 1999.

Joe Morgan was playing for the Cincinnati Reds when they won the World Series twice in the ‘70s. He was their second baseman.

Shortstop Ozzie Smith is nicknamed The Wizard. That’s because he was such a whiz of a player for the San Diego Padres and the St. Louis Cardinals.

Dizzy Dean was a recognized pitcher for three MLB teams during the ‘30s and ‘40s. He became a TV sports commentator after he retired from playing.

Hank Greenberg’s illustrious slugger career was a bit interrupted when he joined the military during World War II. But he still became one of the best players around, which led to him being inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1956.

Tony Perez was a player for the Cincinnati Reds. He was one of the Big Red Machines of the team. The other two were Johnny Bench and Pete Rose.

Prior to being with the Seattle Mariners, Ichiro Suzuki played professionally with the Orix Blue Wave, a professional team in Japan. He was an outfielder.

Texas-born Rogers Hornsby was nicknamed The Rajah. He was an effective second baseman as well as a manager for six MLB teams.

Walter Johnson was a pitcher for the Washington Senators. He also became their manager later on.

Ted Williams was the notable left fielder of the Boston Red Sox from the ‘40s up to the ‘60s. He was nicknamed The Kid and The Thumper.

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About This Quiz

Baseball fans are sure to know each and every photo included in this quiz. Even if they're in black and white, a true-blooded American would know which player is which, based on these interesting images. That's because it's just like looking at baseball cards! 

It's easy to guess that, growing up, many Americans loved watching baseball. And it's a sure bet that Americans also loved playing this sport during their youth. Whether it's just a sandlot game played with friends or they joined some kind of little league games and competitions, it's not such a surprise to find a baseball memory from someone's youth.

That's why it's also no surprise if such kids of yore grew up still loving the game, and still collecting baseball cards. These days, the collecting even became a sport of its own -- since whoever can get a mint condition rare card is a winner! 

You can think of this quiz as a quick flashback to your youth, at a time when you were trying to collect all cards. Were you able to? Check if you can still recall those images, and see if you can correctly identify the images we have here! Game? OK, let's play!

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