Do You Know Your Favorite Baseball Player’s Middle Name?

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We readily admit to being fascinated by middle names. Some may be famous, some not nearly as well-known. And since we usually refer to our favorite athletes by last name alone, it’s possible you may not have ever heard — or at least remembered — the middle name of a player you may very well know everything else about. So for those of you can rattle off a batting average or home run total but still don’t know your favorite MLB star’s middle name, we’re here to help.

Before we hand you the answers, though, it’s time for the quiz. We assembled a list of 10 well known baseball stars from the 2014 season and have included them below with a set of 10 out-of-order middle names that belong to the players in question. See how may you can correctly match up, then advance to the next page once you’ve finished and check your work. (No search engines allowed! What’s the point of cheating on the quiz anyway?!)

1. Madison Bumgarner

2. Bryce Harper

3. Derek Jeter

4. Clayton Kershaw

5. Andrew McCutchen

6. Buster Posey

7. Mike Trout

8. Troy Tulowitzki

9. Justin Verlander

10. Adam Wainwright


a. Aron Max

b. Brooks

c. Dempsey

d. Edward

e. Kyle

f. Nelson

g. Parrish

h. Sanderson

i. Stefan

j. Trevor

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Drumroll, please! And the correct answers are as follows:

1. e

2. a

3. h

4. d

5. i

6. c

7. f

8. j

9. b

10. g

Or, to put them in order of major league debut from earliest to most recent (courtesy of, you can read the names this way:

Derek Sanderson Jeter (May 29, 1995)

Justin Brooks Verlander (July 4, 2005)

Adam Parrish Wainwright (September 11, 2005)

Troy Trevor Tulowitzki (August 30, 2006)

Clayton Edward Kershaw (May 25, 2008)

Andrew Stefan McCutchen (June 4, 2009)

Madison Kyle Bumgarner (September 8, 2009)

Gerald ‘Buster’ Dempsey Posey III (September 11, 2009)

Michael Nelson Trout (July 8, 2011)

Bryce Aron Max Harper (April 28, 2012)


Now you know. So, what’s the verdict? Did you pass or fail?