From player and team statistics and records both present and past to the current scores, schedules and lineups, kgb text answer service 542542 steps up to the plate with all the answers
NEW YORK – May 6, 2009 – Baseball season is in full swing, and so are the questions to kgb regarding America’s National Pastime and its rich history. Below are some actual baseball-related questions that have been hurled at kgb’s 542542 text answer service since Opening Day 2009 (answers at end of the release):
Who hit the longest home run in MLB history? Why are the New York Mets’ colors orange and blue? Who led MLB in RBI’s in 2008? What was the original name of the New York Yankees? How many stitches are on a baseball? How many home runs did Chicago Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano hit in 2008? How many World Series Championships have the St. Louis Cardinals won? Who was the first player in MLB history to win the Cy Young Award and Rookie of the year in the same season? Who hit the first home run in Tampa Bay Rays history?
How many career stolen bases did Rickey Henderson have? Who was the winning pitcher in the clinching game of the 1990 World Series? Who are the Yankees and Red Sox playing today?
Here’s the score: If you have a baseball-related question, send it via text message to 542542 (kgbkgb), the number for the kgb’s text answer service, where a specially-trained kgb Special Agent is waiting to provide a quick, accurate answer.
The kgb 542542 text answer service combines the power of the company’s best-in-class knowledge database with the judgment and skill of a specially-trained community of kgb Special Agents who provide quick, accurate responses to any question. Users receive real-time responses to questions any time, day or night, from any cell phone, for a cost of ninety-nine cents.
“The 542542 text answer service is a natural resource for baseball fans across the country,” said Bruce Stewart, CEO of kgb Digital and Mobile. “A big part of America’s National Pastime is about knowing statistics and records and history, and because no one has perfect recall, 542542 can fill in the gaps by answering any question about baseball (or anything else) in minutes. Needless to say we’ve settled more than a few bets and sports trivia contests.”
In January kgb launched its flagship text answer service, 542542 (kgbkgb) following the success of kgb’s similar "Ask Us Anything" premium text answer service in the United Kingdom.
kgb (www.kgb.com) is a privately held, New York-based company and the world’s largest independent provider of directory assistance and enhanced information services. Founded in 1992 with the name INFONXX, the company changed its name to kgb in 2008. During its fifteen year history, kgb has built some of the most successful and recognizable retail brands in the telecommunications and enhanced information services sector in Europe, including The Number 118 118 in the United Kingdom and Le Numero 118 218 in France, both of which have the largest market share in their respective markets. kgb is also the largest and fastest-growing independent wholesale directory assistance service provider in the U.S.
kgb has pioneered the provision of a broad range of wholesale and retail information services beyond traditional directory assistance services, including call completion, movie listings, train schedules, price comparisons and “Ask Us Anything” service across multiple platforms, including mobile and landline phones, SMS and the Internet. In 2008, kgb won the Pelorus Award for the Best Text Directory Information Service in the United States. Last year kgb served more than a hundred million consumers globally and answered nearly a billion questions.
Answers to questions:
Q: Who hit the longest home run in MLB history?
A: Mickey Mantle of the New York Yankees hit the longest home run (634 ft) in a game against the Tigers at Briggs Stadium in Detroit on Sept. 10, 1960
Q: Why are the New York Mets’ colors orange and blue?
A: The Mets’ colors are Dodger blue and Giant orange, symbols of the return of National League baseball to New York after the Dodgers and Giants moved to California
Q: Who led MLB in RBI’s in 2008?
A: Ryan Howard of the Philadelphia Phillies led the Majors with 146 RBIS in 2008. Ryan's nicknames are "Powered Howard" and "Rhino"!
Q: What was the original name of the New York Yankees?
A: The New York Yankees began play in 1903 as the New York Highlanders. The club changed the name of the team to the Yankees in 1913
Q: How many stitches are on a baseball?
A: There are 108 double stitches on a baseball. They're there to ensure every ball is the same, looser stitched baseballs would play differently than tighter ones.
Q: How many home runs did Chicago Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano hit in 2008?
A: Alfonso Soriano hit 29 home runs in 2008. Did you know that during his time with the Yankees, Soriano hit 98 home runs and 270 RBIs?!
Q: How many World Series Championships have the St. Louis Cardinals won?
A: The St. Louis Cardinals have won 10 World Series Championships, more than any other National League team
Q: Who was the first player in MLB history to win the Cy Young Award and Rookie of the year in the same season?
A: In 1981, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Fernando Valenuela became the first player in MLB history to win the Cy Young Award and Rookie of the Year in the same season
Q: Who hit the first home run in Tampa Bay Rays history?
A: On March 31, 1998, Wade Boggs hit the franchise’s first home run in a game against the Tigers at Tropicana Field. He was 23 when he broke into the big leagues.
Q: How many career stolen bases did Rickey Henderson have?
A: Rickey Henderson is the career stolen bases leader with 1,406. He is the 10-time AL All-Star ranked among the sport's top 100 all-time home run hitters.
Q: Who was the winning pitcher in the clinching game of the 1990 World Series?
A: Jose Rijo of the Cincinnati Reds was the winning pitcher in the clinching game of the 1990 World Series. The Reds swept the Oakland A’s in four games.
(And of course we’ll answer the question: Who are the Yankees and Red Sox playing today?...Just give us the date!)