June 25, 2021

Trivia Answers Thursday – Bucs Dugout (The Good Phight)

The first Bucs Dugout Trivia Tuesday is in the books. I had fun researching this, and in my trawls across the internet I found a veritable treasure trove of Pirates history that I plan to inflict upon share with you in the weeks ahead. In the meantime, here are the answers to the quiz.

In total, how many European players have the Pirates/Alleghenys had?

A. 45 B. 13 C. 21 D. 30

Answer: C

Twenty-one players of European origin have played for the Pirates since their inception as the Alleghenys.

Before Dovydas Neverauskas, who was the last European player on the Pirates?

A. Victor Cole B. Jason Bay C. Bert Blyleven D. Rick van den Hurk

Answer: D

Rick van den Hurk came to the Pirates in 2012, spending most of the season in the minors before being called up in September of that year to appear in four games. The Dutch right hander is currently pitching in Japan. Also, this was a trick question as we all know Jason Bay’s Canadian. We do all know that, right?

Speaking of Victor Cole, he remains the only MLB player born in the Soviet Union. His mother was Russian, but his father came from:

A. Sierra Leone B. New York C. France D. Curacao

Answer: A

Cole’s father traveled to…

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