Sunday, December 14, 2014

December 8-14, 2014 American League season home run champs whose teammate took the title the following season

Q.         Whose iconic nickname is a result of his minor league manager bringing so many young players to professional baseball?
Hint:     He broke Socks Seybold’s American League record for home runs in a season.
Twint:    He then held it for the next 42 years.
A.         BABE RUTH (Jack Dunn recruited Ruth; Seybold hit 16 in 1902.  Ruth hit 29 in 1919 and never looked back.  Roger Maris is the current record holder with 61 hit in 1961.)
FCR -    Christine Scully, Oglesby, IL
Incorrect answers:  Home Run Baker, Roger Connor, Frank "Wildfire" Schulte

Q.         Whose record for career grand slams did Alex Rodriguez break?
Hint:     As a competitor, he wasn’t just ferocious—he was ferrous.
Twint:    His retirement was the first of many.
A.         LOU GEHRIG (23 GS, A-Rod 24; Called the Iron Man; His uniform #4 was the first such ever retired in the majors.)
FCR -    Fred Worth, Arkadelphia, AR
Incorrect answers:  Eddie Murray, Robin Ventura, Roger Maris, Gil Hodges, Jimmie Foxx, Willie McCovey

Q.         Who was the next batter to win a Triple Crown after Ted Williams’ two in 1942 and 1947?
Hint:     He led the league in home runs four times, but his Triple Crown season was the only time in his eighteen-season career when he led in batting average or RBI.
Hint:     For years he wondered why the outfield grass couldn’t be watered by hand.
Twint:    Jane Leavy, writing his definitive biography, uncovered facts she wishes she hadn’t.
A.         MICKEY MANTLE (TC 1956; Injured his knee tripping on a hidden lawn sprinkler in the outfield.)
FCR -    Brian Wood, Pacific Grove, CA
Incorrect answers:  Frank Robinson, Fred Lynn, Carl Yastrzemski

Q.         Who led the America League in home runs and RBI one year in the middle of Babe Ruth’s career?  [No.  Not Babe Ruth.]
Hint:     Ruth a led in home runs the two years before and six straight years after.
Hint:     He hit for the cycle three times in his career, something only two other players ever did.
Twint:    The first two times the Yankees hit three consecutive home runs in a game, he hit the first of the three.
Twint:    The second and third homers were off the bats of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig both times.
A.         BOB MEUSEL (33 HR in 1925 Ruth led in 1923-24, 26-31; 3 Cycles [All 3 on the road]:  07-May-1921 [all H off Walter Johnson], 03-Jul-1922 & 26-Jul-1929; Back-to-back-to-back:  10‑Sep‑1922 4th inning & 04-May-1929 7th inning)
FCR -    Adrian Fung, Toronto, ON
Incorrect answers:  Ken Williams, Rogers Hornsby, Tony Lazzeri, Jimmie Foxx, Lou Gehrig, Hank Greenberg, Al Simmons, George Sisler, Babe Herman

Q.         Who did Christy Mathewson cite as the hardest hitter he ever saw in spite of the fact that he never homered off him?
Hint:     He never led his league in batting, but was second four different times.
Hint:     He also never led the league in slugging, but was second four times and third four other times.
Hint:     His record in the Negro Leagues and Pacific Coast League is just as impressive.
Twint:    He is the first player with National League and American League home run titles.
Twint:    He is the oldest player to lead the American League in triples for a season.
A.         SAM CRAWFORD (Minor league record:, Negro League record:; 16 HR w/CIN in 1901 & 7 HR w/DET in 1908; 19 3b in 1915 @ 35 yrs 13 days)
FCR -    Geehoon Hong, Bayside, NY
Incorrect answers:  Joe Jackson, Josh Gibson, Ken Williams, Pop Lloyd, Mike Donlin, Louis Santop, Cool Papa Bell, Joe Tinker, Oscar Charleston

Q.         Who was the first black player to lead a major league in home runs?
Hint:     He was born in Camden, but grew up in New Jersey anyway.
Hint:     He once knocked himself out making a home-run-robbing, game-saving catch.
Twint:    His 121 strikeouts in 1953 were the most by an American League batter since 1910.
A.         LARRY DOBY (32 HR 1952, B. 1923 Camden, SC, HS in Paterson, NJ; On July 30, 1954, playing the Washington Senators, Doby robbed Tom Umphlett of an apparent game-tying home run by leaping above the fence at Cleveland Municipal Stadium near the 380-foot mark and backhanding the ball with the top of his glove, his torso entirely above the fence.  He then came down on the awning above the bullpen located behind the fence, bounced off it and fell back onto the playing field still holding the ball.  Left fielder Al Smith raced over and retrieved the ball from the knocked-out Doby's mitt to keep the baserunner from advancing; 128 K by Jake Stahl 1910)
FCR -    Neil Bhaerman, Pittsburgh, PA
Incorrect answers:  Rob Ducey, Willie Mays, Nigel Wilson, Roy Campanella, Frank Robinson

Q.         Which Hall of Famer was the first batter to hit thirty home runs against the Toronto Blue Jays? [Not in the same season—that would be a record.]
Hint:     Some of those homers helped him lead the American League in total bases for three consecutive seasons.
Hint:     The only other American Leaguer to accomplish that was Ty Cobb 1907-09.
Twint:    The second of those seasons saw him win the MVP with a 90% vote.
A.         JIM RICE (34 career HR vs. TOR; 382 TB in 1977, 406 in ’78, 369 in ’79; MVP 1978)
FCR -    Blake Sherry, Dublin, OH
Incorrect answers:  Reggie Jackson, Alex Rodriguez, Frank Thomas, Eddie Murray, George Brett, Don Mattingly

Q.         Who was the first American League player to collect 200 hits in a season without hitting a home run?
Hint:     He’s another “double unique”.
Twint:    Five years earlier, he became the first American League player to receive bases-loaded-intentional-bases-on-balls.
Twint:    The manager who made that call is now in the Hall of Fame.
A.         NAP LAJOIE (1906:  214 H, 0 HR; Intentional walk 23-May-1901, 9th inning; Called by Clark Griffith)
FCR -    Steven Elsberry, Windsor Heights, IA
Incorrect answers:  Rod Carew, Ichiro Suzuki, Doc Cramer, Juan Pierre, Kirby Puckett, Nellie Fox

Q.         Whose 55-year-old franchise record did Travis Hafner break when he took Kris Benson deep on 07-Jul-2006?
Hint:     He teamed with George Steinbrenner and made an unsuccessful offer to buy the Yankees.
Twint:    Was MVP ASAP & IMHO an AOK MOT.
A.         AL ROSEN (Pronk hit his 5th grand slam of the season that day [He’d hit one more that year.] Rosen had 4 in 1951; Failed to buy NYY in 1972; AL MVP 1953 unanimously, only 4th full year in the league [“Most Valuable Player – As Soon As Possible – In My Humble Opinion – All OK – Member Of the Tribe (Jewish)])
FCR -    Tucker Warner, Spottsylvania, VA
Incorrect answers:  Hank Greenberg, Rocky Colavito, Jim Busby

Q.         Who was the first slugger to hit thirty home runs and bat under .220 for an American League expansion team?
Hint:     His first major league home run was off that year’s Cy Young Award winner, later elected to the Hall of Fame.
Hint:     He was once tagged out by a catcher whose leg had been broken by the previous runner.
Hint:     He swatted 51 homers in a Pacific Coast League season.
Twint:    He was Horsehide Trivia’s Cover Photo subject yesterday.
A.         GORMAN THOMAS (32 HR .215 in 1985; 1st HR off Jim Palmer 04-15-1973; Tagged out at home by Buck Martinez 09-Jul-1985, Phil Bradley out just ahead of him; 51 HR for the 1974 Sacramento Solons)
FCR -    Adrian Fung, Toronto, ON
Incorrect answers:  Steve Bilko, Dave Kingman, Frank Howard, Leon Wagner, Jay Buhner, Rob Deer

Q.         Who is the only batter to amass over 500 home runs yet fall short of double digits in triples for his career.
Hint:     He twice had games with three intentional bases-on-balls.
Hint:     He holds the record for the most home runs in a season where he didn’t steal a single base.
Hint:     To be fair, that year he didn’t have a single attempt either.
Twint:    He was the first player to hit a home run that hit the scoreboard at Jacobs Field in Cleveland, denting the scoreboards' giant Budweiser sign in the process.
A.         MARK McGWIRE (583 HR/6 3B; 3 IBBs 24-May-1998 & 06-Jun-1998; 1999 65 HR/0 SB; HR off CLE scoreboard 30‑Apr‑1997)
FCR -    Andrew Milner, Bryn Mawr, PA
Incorrect answers:  Harmon Killebrew, Jim Thome. Barry Bonds, Manny Ramirez, Dave Kingman, Ralph Kiner, Frank Thomas, Mickey Mantle. Ted Williams, Willie McCovey, Eddie Mathews

Q.         Who took two of Miggy’s three legs the next season?
Hint:     He’s well-known for pressing.
Hint:     He was drafted by the Yankees and Angels.
Hint:     His strikeout rate kept him out of the World Series.
Hint:     He followed in the noble tradition of Ty Cobb and Rocky Colavito.
Twint:    He is only the fourth major leaguer to hit home runs in each of his first four games of a season.
A.         CHRIS DAVIS (Miguel “Miggy” Cabrera won the batter’s Triple Crown (HR, RBI & BA titles in the same season) in 2012 (44/139/.330).  In 2013 Cabrera again won the batting title (.348), but Davis bested him and led the AL with 53 HRs & 138 RBI in 2013; A reputed beast in the weight room; Drafted NYY in 2004 & LAA in 2005, instead attended and played for Navarro College; Drafted by and on the roster of TEX in 2010, but left off the postseason roster w/Ks in 33.3% of his AB; On 06-May-2012 Davis was the designated hitter until he was pressed into service as a relief pitcher in the 16th inning. He gave up no runs in 2 innings of work.  He was the first position player in the AL to be the winning pitcher in a game since Rocky Colavito on 25‑Aug‑1968. He and losing pitcher Darnell McDonald were the first position players on opposing teams in the same contest to each work in relief since Ty Cobb and George Sisler on 04-Oct-1925; HRs in 4 straight games of the season 02-, 03-, 04- & 05-Apr-2013, others to do so:  Nelson Cruz [2010], Mark McGwire [1992]& Willie Mays [1971].)
FCR -    Richard Tharp, Gaithersburg, MD
Incorrect answers:  Mike Trout, Nelson Cruz, Adam Dunn

Q.         Who is the last White Sox player with a grand slam on opening day?
Hint:     Never known for his wheels, he manufactured wheels after his retirement.
Twint:    He was the first player to win a home run title for the White Sox.
A.         BILL MELTON (GS 07-Apr-1971 [2]; Help his father make wheels for roller blades; HR title 1971)
FCR -    Geehoon Hong, Bayside, NY
Incorrect answers:  Greg Luzinski, Ron Kittle, Frank Thomas, Joe Crede, Dick Allen, Don Baylor

WEEKLY THEME – American League season home run champs whose teammate took the title the following season.

Player       Year     HRs      Teammate    Year   HRs        Team
Crawford   1908        7         Cobb          ‘09         9         DET
Davis        2013      53         Cruz            ‘14       40         BAL
Doby        1952      32         Rosen         ‘53       43         CLE
Gehrig       1936      49         DiMaggio    ‘37       46         NYY
Lajoie        1901      14         Seybold      ‘02       16         PHA
Mantle       1960      40         Maris          ‘61       61         NYY
McGwire    1987      49         Canseco     ’88       42         OAK
Melton       1971      33         Allen           ’72       37         CHW
Meusel      1925      33         Ruth            ’26       47         NYY
Rice          1983      39         Armas         ’84       43         BOS
Rosen       1953      43         Doby          ‘54       32         CLE
Ruth          1930      49         Gehrig*       ‘31       46         NYY
Thomas     1979      45         Oglivie**      ’80       41         MIL

            *Tied with Ruth
            **Tied with Jackson

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – No one

Incorrect theme guesses:

Tuesday   -  Yankees with retired numbers
               -  Murderers’ Row
               -  Hall of Famers with ten or more steals of home base.
               -  Players with 200 or more home runs and ten or more steals of home base
               -  The 1927 Yankees
               -  Players who had more than five years of 100+ walks and runs (or RBIs)
               -  Players who have hit over 400 home runs and have also pitched in a game
               -  Famous Yankees with nicknames
               -  Yankee retired numbers
               -  Yankees all-time home run leaders
               -  Yankees all-time home run leaders, in order
               -  Yankees who have led the American League in homeruns

Wed        -  Top Yankee batting averages in history

Thursday  -  Most grand slams by All-Star break

Saturday – Something to do with striking out

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

December 1-7, 2014 Rookie of the Year Award winners with 10 Triples in their rookie season

Q.         Who was the only player to hit three home runs on the last day of the “Year of the Pitcher”?
Hint:     His seven RBI that game were topped only by Jim Northup that same season.
Hint:     He didn’t receive a single MVP vote that year nor several years thereafter, though the next time he received even a single vote, he took the award with 21 of 23 1st place votes.
Twint:    He and two of his brothers, both of whom played in the majors, were raised “poor” but came from “money”.
A.         DICK ALLEN (3 HR v NYM 29-Sep-1968; Jim Northup 8 RBI v CLE 24-Jun-1968; 1972 MVP with one vote each for Joe Rudi and Sparky Lyle; though from Chewton, PA (pop 488), he attended nearby Wampum High School, Wampum, PA (pop 717)
FCR -    Tom Zocco, Rocky Hill, CT
Incorrect answers:  Jim Lonborg, Jeff Burroughs, Joe Torre, Willie Stargell, Joe Morgan, Harmon Killebrew, Boog Powell, Billy Williams, Norm Cash, Eddie Mathews, Reggie Jackson

Q.         Which Dodger whose career was exclusively in the 50s and 60s, played the most games for the club during that time?
Hint:     By choosing pitches and swings wisely, he is credited with helping Maury Wills steal a modern era single season record of 104 bases in 1962.
Hint:     He, along with another future Rookie of the Year, was purchased by the Dodgers from the Negro American League prior to the 1951 season.
Twint:    Ironically, he played his entire Major League career in the senior circuit.
A.         JIM GILLIAM (1956G between 1953 and 1966; batting behind Wills, he would foul-off pitches, obscure the catcher’s view and take strikes at the appropriate times to help Wills steal a base; Purchased with Joe Black 1951 ROY for $11,000 from Baltimore (Negro American); from Nickname “Junior”,  given To him by George Scales during a tryout when he was 18 years old.)
FCR -    Steven Winship, Wheaton, IL
Incorrect answers:  Wally Moon, Tommy Davis, Johnny Roseboro, Roy Campanella, Charlie Neal

Q:         Who is the only player to steal 100 bases in each of three consecutive seasons?
Hint      He is the only member of the 500 steals club with a ratio of stolen-bases-to-hits greater than 50%.
Hint:     He used his feet in a different way to help the Rattlers defeat the Hurricanes.
Twint:    He was famous for his lack of tact.
Twint:    No less an icon than Rachel Robinson, Jackie Robinson’s wife, once said of him, "I hope somehow he'll learn and be embarrassed by his own ignorance."
Twint:    Research to find evidence of the fulfillment of her wish has proven inconclusive.
A.         VINCE COLEMAN (752 SB/1,425 H = 52.8%; 1985-7 110/107/109; 8-Oct-1979 Kicked a 34-yard field-goal to seal a 16-13 victory of Division I –AA Florida A&M over the University of Miami Hurricanes 06‑Oct‑1979.  [Miami was ranked 26th at the time.]; Rachel Robinson quote in response to Coleman saying "I don't know nothin' about him.  Why are you asking me about Jackie Robinson?")
FCR -    Jan Finkel, Swanton, MD
Incorrect answers:  Rickey Henderson, Maury Wills

Q.         Which Chicago Cub was the last to have at least 100 bases on balls prior to Sammy Sosa’s 2001 and 2002 seasons?
Hint:     He also led the team in bases-on-balls in their first ever National League Championship Series.
Hint:     The year prior to that, he led the NLCS with three homers and took that series MVP and vaulted his team into the World Series.
Twint:    He was both a coach and a broadcaster for the Toronto Blue Jays after his playing career.
A.         GARY MATTHEWS [père] (103 BB 1984, Sosa 116 and 103 respectively; 6BB 1984 NLCS lost to SDP; 1983 NLCS, lost WS 4-1 to BAL; post-career TOR coach 1998-99, broadcaster 2000-01)
FCR -    Chuck Durante, Dover, DE
Incorrect answers:  Leon Durham, Andre Dawson, Gary Matthews, Sr., Keith Moreland, Ron Cey, Manny Trillo, Chuck Connors, Bob Dernier

Q.         Who was the first American League player since World War II to hit three triples in a nine-inning game?
Hint:     His Hall of Fame manager used to try to motivate him by telling him that a speedy teammate of his was even faster.
Hint:     His career was interrupted by a two-year stint in the military where he served his country overseas.
Twint:    After setting the career stolen base record for one team, he ended his playing days by playing a year for another team and added a paltry two more to his total.
Twint:    He was never, however, the franchise leader in career stolen bases.
Twint:    That record is still held by a first baseman.
A.         AL BUMBRY (3-3b 22-Sep-1973; Mgr. Earl Weaver compared Bumbry to outfielder teammate Paul Blair; Prior to his MLB debut, July 1969 to June 1971, he served in Vietnam, where he earned a Bronze Star as platoon leader; George Sisler [Browns] 351 SB)
FCR -    Bill Carle, Lee's Summit, MO
Incorrect answers:  Bert Campaneris, Willie Mays

Q.         Who is the only shortstop in either league to win the Silver Slugger Award in his rookie year?
Hint:     It was the only time he won the award.
Hint:     He was the first right-handed batter to win consecutive American League batting titles since Joe DiMaggio.
Hint:     He was part of a four team July 31 “deadline” trade that kept him from playing in what would be a historic post-season  The team awarded him a ring anyway.
Twint:    He is a “double unique”, a fact not lost on “Sully and Denise”.
A.         NOMAR GARCIAPARRA (1997 won SS; 1999-2000 .357/.372 60 years after Joe D, since topped by Miggy with 3 consecutive seasons; Twins/Red Sox/Expos/Cubs trade sent him to the Cubs 2004 thus missing out on the historic ALCS and WS victories, though they awarded him a ring; Saturday Night Live skit where “Nomah” is a rallying cry with a heavy Boston accent.)
FCR -    William Dickerson, Atlanta, GA
Incorrect answers:  Robin Yount, Albert Pujols, Alex Rodriguez

Q.         Whose only All-Star game appearance occurred because he was the invited guest of his battery mate, and he happened to be there when a famous shortstop hurt his arm the day before the game?
Hint:     It was his only All-Star Game appearance and he never got to bat, but he did replace an even more famous shortstop defensively.
Hint:     He traded teams with Bob Welch and that year he won his first ring, defeating Welch’s new team in the process.
Hint:     Four years later he was signed as a free agent and went on to win another ring that same year—and the next—leaving him with a World Series ring for each of his three postseason years.
Twint:    Many consider him the first of the great Dominican shortstops.
A.         ALFREDO GRIFFIN (1984 ASG, Damaso Garcia brought Alfredo as a paid for guest instead of a family member, and when Alan Trammell was scratched Manager Joe Altobelli named Griffin to the team, partly because he's a fine player, but “mostly because he was here."; 1984 ASG 6th inning sub, no AB; Transactions and Postseason: Three team trade Dec 1987 OAK/LAD/NYM, with LAD taking the 1988 Series over the A’s 4-1; Re-signed 1992 with TOR and finished his playing career in 1993 with two more WS rings.)
FCR -    Wayne Strumpfer, Sacramento, CA

Q.         Who is the only Marlin to steal 50 bases in a season and get double digits in homers and triples?
Hint:     He just signed a huge contract.
Twint:    He injured his thumb – and missed several weeks of the MLB season - playing for the winning team during the championship game of the 2013 Baseball World Classic.
Twint:    He is the only player to hit two homers in one regular season “Civil Rights Game”.
Twint:    He finished second to Albert Pujols the year he was unanimous MVP.
A.         HANLEY RAMIREZ (2006 51 SB/17 HR/11 3b, Red Sox, his original team in the majors, signed  him to a 4-year, $88 million contract 25-Nov-2014; Playing 3B for the winning Dominican Republic team, the injury was incurred diving for a third inning grounder; 18-Aug-2012 his HRs came off Ben Sheets as the Dodgers topped the Braves in the annual Civil Rights Game which commemorates the history of civil rights in the US; 2009 MVP finished second with a 52% share)
FCR -    Dave Black, Highlands Ranch, CO
Incorrect answers:  Giancarlo Stanton

WEEKLY THEME – Rookies of the Year with ten triples

Rook             Year       Team      Triples
Allen              1964       PHI        13*
Bumbry          1973       BAL       11*
Coleman        1985       STL        10
Garciaparra    1997       BOS       11*
Gilliam           1953       BRO       17*
Griffin            1979       TOR       10
Matthews       1973       SFG       15
Ramirez         2006       FLA        11

*Led their league in triples

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme

Incorrect theme guesses:

Monday   -  The ugliest ballplayers ever

Tuesday   -  Rookies of the year who layer led league in triples
               -  National League Rookies of the year
               -  College football players

Wed        -  NL ROYs on pennant winning teams
               -  Or we could be doing NL Rookies of the year, one per decade as a theme.
               -  ROYs that led league in triples

Thursday  -  African American NL ROY’s

Friday      -  ROY winners with double-digit triples

               -  Major league players to have sons play in MLB.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

November 24-30, 2014 Well-known owners who played in the majors

Q.         Who did Dale Murphy call "…the only pitcher you start thinking about two days before you face him."?
Hint:     He was the first person to play for the four 1961-62 expansion franchises.
Hint      Those are the only teams he played for in the majors.
Hint:     "He was the only guy that could put fear in me.  Not because he could get me out, but because he could kill me.  You just hoped to mix in a walk so you could have a good night and go 0-for-3," stated Reggie Jackson.
Twint:    He holds two records that look as unassailable as any on the books.
A.         NOLAN RYAN (NYM 1966, 68-71, CAL 1972-79, HOU 1980-88, TEX 1989-93 [Moved from Washington after the 1971 season.]; Unreachable records:  7 no-hitters & 5,714 career Ks)
FCR -    Phil Hertz, North Bethesda, MD
Incorrect answers:  Ryne Duren, Randy Johnson

Q.         Who was known as baseball biggest tightwad before becoming a baseball, and even social, icon?
Hint:     He still holds the record for most bases stolen against a catcher in a single game:  13!
Hint:     He was George Sisler’s college baseball coach.
Twint:    He’s a “double-unique”.
A.         BRANCH RICKEY (13 SB 28-Jun-1907 by WSH; Coached Sisler @ Michigan 1912-15; No one in the major leagues’ 144-year history has played under the first name of Branch or the last name of Rickey.)
FCR -    Steve Bonfield, Calgary, AB
Incorrect answers:  Ty Cobb, Buck Ewing, Charlie Comiskey. Leo Durocher, Clark Griffith, Billy Hamilton

Q.         Who played more games at second base than any other player in history?
Hint:     He led his league in fielding nine times during his career.
Hint:     He had seasons of hit .372, .365 and .360 and a lifetime average of .333 but never won a batting title in his 25-year career.
Twint:    He won a league MVP for the team he debuted with and had played for nine seasons, but was sold to a team in the same league a few weeks later.
Twint:    He soon became captain of his new team.
A.         EDDIE COLLINS (2,650 G @ 2b; MVP 1914, dealt to CHW for 1915)
FCR -    Victor Piacentile, Yorktown Heights, NY
Incorrect answers:  Johnny Evers, Ryne Sandberg, Nap Lajoie, Rogers Hornsby, Cap Anson, Bid McPhee

Q.         Who was the only man ever to lead the Players’ League in number of times hit-by-pitch?
Hint:     He was the first Pirates manager to pilot the team to winning records for two full seasons.
Hint:     He lost six syllables along the way.
Twint:    He was fined $100 & ordered off the field for using "insulting and abusive language" on former teammate Hank O'Day.
Twint:    He refused to leave until several policemen ushered him from the field.
Twint:    He was tactically tall.
A.         CONNIE MACK (Players League only operated in 1890.  Mack had 20 HBP and lost big $ he had invested in the league; PIT 1895-96; Birth name:  Cornelius McGillicuddy = 9 > Connie Mack = 3; As a manager was nicknamed “The Tall Tactician”)
FCR -    John Robertson, Cambridge, ON
Incorrect answers:  Fred Clarke, Bill McKechnie, Al Buckenberger, Horace Phillips

Q.         Who was the first player to collect more RBI in a season than the number of games he played (minimum 100)?
Hint:     In 2005, Julio Franco replaced him as the oldest player to hit two home runs in one game.
Hint:     He only had three all year.
Twint:    He hit those two in the 2,276th game of his 2,277-game career, spanning 27 seasons.
A.         CAP ANSON (1886 for CHC:  125 G/147 RBI*; At age 45 years and 169 days, homered twice on 03-Oct 1897 for CHC against STL, Franco was 45 years )
FCR -    Bill Deane, Cooperstown, NY
*It turns out that over 60 players have accomplished this feat, most notably Dave Orr who did it TWO YEARS before Anson.  We apologize with a tip of the hat to those who saw through this and answered with Anson anyway.
Incorrect answers:  Babe Ruth, Minnie Minoso, Jason Giambi

Q.         What slick-fielding first baseman was appointed player/manager by his team’s mercurial owner at age 25 and won four consecutive pennants in his first four full seasons?
Hint:     He was instrumental in the founding of three major leagues, one of which survives today.
Hint:     He toured several major league stadiums to get ideas for the design his new stadium prior to its construction.
Hint:     He called the stadium a “monument to the fans”, but built it on a former garbage dump and named it after himself.
Twint:    His nicknames match neither his political leanings nor his ethnicity.
A.         CHARLIE COMISKEY (Owner was beer baron Chris von der Ahe, Pennant run w/STL 1885, 86, 87, 88; A vital part of founding the short-lived Players’ League [1890], the American League [1901‑ ] & the Federal League [1914-15]; Comiskey Park [1910-90]; “Commy” [paragon of capitalism] & “The Old Roman” [He was of Irish descent.])
FCR -    Harvey Judkowitz, Miami, FL
Incorrect answers:  Charlie Ebbets, Connie Mack, Frank Chance, Fred Clarke, Bill Terry, Cap Anson, Harry Wright

Q.         Who changed from a right-handed pitcher to a left-handed outfielder when his right arm went bad?
Hint:     His career home runs surrendered exactly matches the number of home runs he hit.
Hint:     Scholastically, he was twice leonine.
Hint:     The baseball world has only recently agreed on what he should be called.
Twint:    As a twenty-year-old he pitched a perfect game, the second in history.
Twint:    His home town is within the boundaries of the Bob Davids chapter of SABR.
A.         MONTE WARD (Stopped pitching in 1884; 26/26; Columbia Lions/Penn State Nittany Lions; “John Ward”, “John Montgomery Ward”, “Montgomery Ward”,  “J.M. Ward”; [I don’t know who settled it, but thank you.]; Perfecto 17-Jun-1880, losing pitcher was Pud Galvin, also headed for the Hall,  B. 03-Mar-1860 in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania)
FCR -    Gary Moore, Walker, MI
Incorrect answers:  Smokey Joe Wood, Rick Ankiel, Lefty O’Doul

Q.         Which Hall of Famer was born in a log cabin, the son of a fur trapper?
Hint:     He was the first pitcher to ever face only one batter in a season and give up a home run.
Hint:     He was the first manager to use eight pitchers in a game.  Good ploy—they got the win.
Hint:     He claimed to be the inventor of the screwball.
Twint:    He recruited 39 players to the new American League, then played in that same league pitched 20 victories and managed his team to the first league pennant.
Twint:    He was a player, manager and owner, serving in each capacity for twenty years, a record unmatched in major league history.
Twint:    Of him, Bobo Newsom said, "He was the greatest humanitarian who ever lived and the greatest pillar of honesty baseball ever had.  I never played for a better man, on the field or off."
A.         CLARK GRIFFITH (B. Clear Creek, MO 20-Nov-1869; Player 1891-1914, Manager 1901-1920, Senators Owner 1920-1955; Faced Hal Chase and yielded a homer 05-Oct-1912, matched only by Dave Koslo 14‑Apr‑1955 to Bill Virdon; 8 P-G 04-Oct-1913; VP of the League Protective Player’s Association he helped Ban Johnson form the AL, as player/manager Chicago White Stockings/White Sox 1901 went 83-53 record to top the league.  No World Series was played until 1903)
FCR -    Kirk Colwell, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Incorrect answers:  Iron Man McGinnity, Fred Hutchinson, Red Schoendienst, Candy Cummings, Judy Johnson

Q.         What legendary skipper managed 27 players who became major league managers?
Hint:     Six of those have been elected to the Hall of Fame.
Hint:     He was the last out in Lee Richmond's perfect game.
Hint:     He owned the property where the team he managed built their ballpark.
Twint:    He played for the Detroit Wolverines all eight years of their existence.
Twint:    He managed five teams who won the National League pennant, the top championship of its day.
A.         NED HANLON (First ever major league perfect game 12-Jun-1880)
Hanlon managed the following players who became major league managers: [Underlined are in the Hall of Fame]

Frank Bowerman
Lave Cross
Bill Dahlen
Bill Donovan
Jack Doyle
Fred Dunlap
Pud Galvin
John Ganzel
Doc Gessler
Kid Gleason
Charley Huffington
Hughie Jennings
Fielder Jones
Joe Kelley
Hans Lobert
Harry Lumley
John McGraw
Deacon McGuire
Doggie Miller
Fred Mitchell
Joe Quinn
Wilbert Robinson
Jack Rowe
Harry Stovey
Cub Stricker
George Van Haltren
Deacon White
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Jack Dunn*
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John Hummel**
Bob Spade**
*Became legendary himself managing the minor league Baltimore Orioles, including one George H. Ruth
**Managed in the Negro Leagues
FCR -    Andrew Distler, New York, NY
Incorrect answers:  Connie Mack, Bill Phillips, John McGraw, Casey Stengel, Rod Dedeaux, Buck O’Neil, Jim McCormick, Hughie Jennings, Addie Joss

Q.         Which big league pitcher, eligible for the title, holds the career record for win percentage?
Hint:     He is the only pitcher to lead his league in wins six consecutive years, during which he became the only pitcher with consecutive fifty-win seasons.
Hint:     After his six-year streak, he only won a single game the rest of his career.
Twint:    The league and sporting goods company he formed survive to this day.
A.         AL SPALDING (Career .795; 1871-1876 led with 19/38/41/52/54 (National Association) 47 (National League); 1877 1-0; National League [w/William Hulbert] & Spalding Sporting Goods)
FCR -    Dave Johnson, Swarthmore, PA
Incorrect answers:  Hughie Jennings, Cy Young, Bob Caruthers, Charles Radbourn

Q.         What major leaguer was once an All-SEC quarterback and catcher for the University of Florida?
Hint:     His rocket arm got him an offer from the Boston Red Sox.
Hint:     His Florida football coach asked future Hall of Famer Bill Terry to speak with him about the offer, and they had this conversation:  Terry asked the prospect, “Do you mean to tell me you get this money even if you don’t make it to the big leagues?”  He said that he did and Terry replied, “Then boy, what are you waiting for?”
Twint:    He was the Boston Red Sox General Manager when the team’s reputation got “dented”
A.         HAYWOOD SULLIVAN (GM 1977-84, Bucky Dent’s famously infamous homer coming in 1978; SEC Quarterback/Catcher 1950-1951, signed in 1952 by the Red Sox for a $75,000 bonus and conversation from SABR Bio)
FCR -    Andrew Distler, New York, NY
Incorrect answers:  Jake Gibbs

Q.         After Jim Creighton's death in 1862, who was considered the fastest pitcher in "base ball"?
Hint:     He was undefeated for the Brooklyn Atlantics in 1864-65.
Hint:     He was the first native of Massachusetts to play in the major leagues.
Twint:    His debut game was also his last and only game.  He went two-for-six.
A.         TOM PRATT (B. 26-Jan-1844, Chelsea, MA, Debut 18-Oct-1871)
FCR -    No one
Incorrect answers:  Amos Rusie, Candy Cummings

WEEKLY THEME – Well-known team owners who also played in the majors.

Anson            Chicago Cubs
Collins           Chicago White Sox
Comiskey      Chicago White Sox
Griffith           Washington Senators
Hanlon           Brooklyn Dodgers
Mack             Philadelphia A's
Pratt              Philadelphia Athletics
Rickey           St. Louis Cardinals
Ryan              Texas Rangers
Spalding        Chicago Cubs
Sullivan          Boston Red Sox
Ward             Boston Braves

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Marc Kell, Columbia, MD

Incorrect theme guesses:

Monday   -  Hall of Famers known by their middle name

Tuesday   -  Team presidents
               -  Highest per cent of Hall of Fame votes
               -  Hall of Famers whose sons became baseball executives
               -  Hall of Fame players who were team presidents
               -  Players who later moved to the front office (Hall of Famers)

Wed        -  HOFers who were players and also were Executives of teams in the World Series

Thursday  -  HOFers who have children or other ancestors who are or have been baseball execs

Friday      -  Owners who named parks after themselves

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