Updated: Jul 10, 2006, 12:21 AM

Quiz: Test your baseball knowledge!

Every year, a new chapter in baseball history is written. Players win awards, chase significant milestones and experience the thrill of victory. One team gets crowned World Series champion. And memorable performances often resonate far into the future.

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But as new stories are being told, we cannot forget about the game that preceded these current history-makers. Before multimillion-dollar contracts, performance-enhancing suspicions, shrinking strike zones, smaller ballparks, interleague play and expansion -- there was nothing but a field of dreams.

Baseball is still a simple game -- throw the ball, catch the ball, hit the ball -- but a lot has changed over the years. To make sense of this evolution, we must look back at the heroes, goats, legends, villains, scandals, tragedies, and triumphs that connect one generation to the next.

As a way of examining the past, we developed a baseball history quiz. The 50 questions were broken into five eras -- The Early Years (1845-1899), Dead Ball Era (1900-1919), Rebirth of Soul (1920-1945), Golden Age (1946-1979) and Modern Days (1980-today) -- and designed to test general knowledge, educate and challenge.

We fielded a lineup of major leaguers and ESPN analysts to take the test. Now, it's your turn.



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