Day 2 of (at least) 30 baseball book reviews in 2021: Questioning a not-so-trivial pursuit of Dodger history, albeit a bit trifling in finding an answer


“The Ultimate Los Angeles Dodgers Trivia Book: A Collection of Amazing Trivia Quizzes and Fun Facts for Die-Hard Dodgers Fans!”

The author:
Ray Walker

The publishing info:
HRP House
163 pages
$9.85
Released October 4, 2020

The links:
At Powells.com
At Vromans.com
At The Last Book Store in L.A.
At PagesABookstore.com
At Amazon.com
At BarnesAndNoble.com
At Bookshop.org
At Indiebound.org

The review in 90 feet or less

Question: You’ve been settling in to watch an exhibition baseball game from Arizona, where you know fans paid three-times face value for social-distanced seating and half of them from the center-field camera shot on home plate are still just looking at their phones, and then finding out these “games” might end after five innings, or seven innings, or after two outs in an inning … does that make the overall viewing experience from afar seem terrific, tolerable, terrifying or trivial?

There is no “none of the above” option. But if you’ve got one, we’ll listen.

All of which brings up today’s trivia question (in our best Ross Porter voice): In 2020, during that abbreviated 60-game schedule, the Dodgers won a league-best 43 games. They did so using 21 pitchers. Of that group, only one hurler won more than three games. Who was it and how many did he win?

The correct response is below, somewhere, so keep aimlessly scrolling.

Next query: Is that the sort of question you’d hope to find in the newest Dodgers’ book of trivial history?

No. As a matter of fact, we pulled that from an essay highlighting the quirkiness of the 2020 season in the 2021 Bill James Handbook. Even knowing that many find pitching victories the most trivial of any standard stat used by James or anyone else in baseball parlance.

So if we were to extract an actual question from this particular book in question — let’s go to Chapter 1, Page 3:
The Dodgers have won numerous NL pennants and World Series in their illustrious history. How many World Series championship have they won, to be exact?
a. 4
b. 6
c. 9
d. 12

To be exact? None of the above.

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