Who's on First?

The Baseball Brain Bowl, with 100 tricky questions written by Bill Moushey, is likely to be the late trivia enthusiast's finest hour

Bill Moushey's Baseball Brain Bowl with Bob Costas

Adam's Mark Hotel, Fourth and Chestnut streets

Begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11. Call 618-876-7367 for tickets, priced from $25-$30 per person.

Perhaps no one could cram as many typewritten words on a page as the late Bill Moushey -- or, at least, no one would. The baseball-trivia enthusiast was known for sending out communiqués to his fellow trivia-niks with negligible margins and single-spaced lines, expounding and digressing on his obsessions for page after page, ad infinitum.

He was also known as a history teacher, a chess player and coach, and a fan of all sorts of trivia and trivia contests. During the past year, he presided over several of those trivia contests held in churches and high schools that have become such popular fundraisers. He billed one of them as the 2000 Trivia Championships and attracted quite a crowd of hard-core enthusiasts.

His recent and sudden passing occurred just before what was to be the crowning event of his baseball-trivia fetish, Bill Moushey's Baseball Brain Bowl, a grand contest hosted by Bob Costas at the Adam's Mark Hotel.

Moushey did complete the writing of 100 tough questions, which are weighted, with the extra-difficult ones being worth more points. Teams of up to 10 people will sit at circular tables and quietly confer before writing down their answers. There will be free food and a cash bar, as well as a silent auction of sports memorabilia, which includes some materials with rare autographs from former Negro League stars.

The winners and runners-up will receive cash prizes, but most of the funds collected will go to the families of several St. Louis-area police officers recently killed while on duty.

At the time of his death, Moushey was working on a book of baseball trivia that he claimed would be the be-all and end-all of Q&A compilations for the serious fan. With completion of that project in doubt, it stands to reason that the Baseball Brain Bowl, with 100 tricky questions written by Moushey and read by Costas, will be his finest hour.

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