Sunday, November 22, 2015

November 16-22, 2015 Players who scored runs in games where their teams were no-hit

Q.         Whose curmudgeonly on-air style limited his appearance to a single televised pre- and post-game broadcast during the 2015 World Series?
Hint:     Carl Yastrzemski trails him by almost 2,000 as the career leader in plate appearances.
Hint:     Ichiro tied (and almost broke) his record of ten 200-hit seasons.
Twint:    He is one of only eight players to cross home plate safely in a game 2,000 times.
A.         PETE ROSE
-  It was for the only game the Mets won, Game 3, 30-Oct-2015
-  Rose = 15,890 PA; Yaz = 13,992
Ichiro fell a mere 16 hits short of doing it for an 11th season w/184 H in 2011
- 2,165, good for 6th place, but trailing the leader, Rickey Henderson, by over 100
FCR -    Mark Mapes, Madison, WI

Q.         What Hall of Famer was the first Chicago Cubs player to win the Rookie of the Year Award?
Hint:     The second one, though not a Hall of Famer, was right behind him.
Hint:     He was the last player hit-by-pitch by Sandy Koufax before the Dodgers moved into Dodger Stadium.
Twint:    Only he, Willie Mays and Ernie Banks did Kirby Puckett list as his on-field heroes during Puckett’s Hall of Fame induction speech.
- HBP 20-Sep-1961
FCR -    J.R. Richardson, Clarksville, MD
Incorrect answers:  Ernie Banks, Ken Hunt, Ken Hubbs, Ryne Sandberg, Ron Santo

Q.         Who was the first American League MVP to wear glasses while playing in the year he won?
Hint:     He is the only player to win more home run titles for the White Sox than Bill Melton.
Hint:     He once said, "I'll play first, third, left; I'll play anywhere except Philadelphia."
Twint:    He was traded for Jim Essian twice in a six-month span.
A.         DICK ALLEN
-  HR titles in 1972 & ’74 (Melton only won once—1971)
Jim Essian trades 03-Dec-1974 & 05-May-1975 (Other players were involved.)
FCR -    Charlie Vascellaro, Baltimore, MD
Incorrect answers:  Greg Luzinski, Ron Kittle

Q.         Who is the first catcher to catch 100 games in fifteen seasons?
Hint:     He stopped Johnny Bench's ten-year run of National League Gold Glove awards at catcher.
Hint:     He won a Gold Glove for all three teams he played for.
Twint:    His son won four Gold Glove Awards.
A.         BOB BOONE
-  15 total, 1973-89,
-  GG 1979-89 for PHI; 1982, 86-88 for CAL; 1989 for KCR
Bret Boone won 1998 CC for CIN; 2002-04 for SEA
FCR -    Bill Carle, Lee’s Summit, MO
Incorrect answers:  Gary Carter, Jim Sundberg, Ivan Rodriguez, Ted Simmons, Benito Santiago, Tony Pena, Carlton Fisk

Q.         Who was the first native of Connecticut to receive a Hall of Fame vote?
Hint:     A Hall of Fame opposing manager once said of him, “In a pinch he hits better than anybody in our league outside of Cobb.”
Hint:     He received MVP votes for the first four years that any kind of MVP award existed.
Hint:     In one six-year stretch, he played in the World Series five times; on the winning side four.
Twint:    If things were divided evenly, he’d have been worth a hypothetical $25,000.
Twint:    Frank Chance called him the best shortstop he had ever seen, including Honus Wagner.
A.         JACK BARRY
-  Received HOF votes in 1938 & ‘39
-  Quote from Hughie Jennings
- Received MVP votes 1911-14
- In the World Series 1910, ’11, ’13, ’14 & ’15, winning all but fluky 1914
-  Played SS in what was called “The $100,000 Infield” which was comprised of Eddie Collins @ 2b, Frank Baker @ 3b & Stuffy McInnis @ 1b.  Collins and Baker are in the Hall of Fame.
FCR -    Paul Goodson, Cheyenne, WY
Incorrect answers:  Frank Baker, Eddie Collins, Roger Connor, Jim O’Rourke

Q.         What do-wop/soul/motown-type recording artist once led the National League in doubles?
Hint:     He was the first batter Hall of Famer Bert Blyleven ever faced in the majors.
Hint:     He homered.
Hint:     Blyleven still got the win.
Twint:    A contemporary major leaguer had a name very similar to his.  They played the same positions and were (and are) often mistaken for each other.
Twint:    When the Braves made plans to move to Atlanta, he said publicly that he’d play with the team but would not move his family south.
A.         LEE MAYE
-  Led the NL w/44 2b in 1964.  His musical recording career happened before, during & after his major league career.  He usually sang under his full name Arthur Lee Maye.
Blyleven’s debut:  05-Jun-1970
- Lee Andrew May enjoyed a major league career (1965-82) very similar to Maye’s (1959‑71).
FCR -    Mark DeLodovico, Rockville, MD
Incorrect answers:  Cesar Tovar

Q.         Who was the first Los Angeles Dodger to hit three home runs in a single game?
Hint:     The first of those was the first inside-the-park homer ever hit in the L.A. Coliseum.
Hint:     The third one was an eleventh-inning walk-off.
Hint:     The SoCal press sometimes referred to him as “Big D”.
Twint:    He was once a Saint and is now fittingly a pastor in his hometown of Oklahoma City.
Twint:    His record for consecutive errorless outfield games wasn’t broken for 28 years.
A.         DON DEMETER
-  3-HR day 21-Apr-1959
-  Teammate Don Drysdale owned the sobriquet “Big D” a little longer
-  Played for the St. Paul Saints 1957-58.
-  Played 266 errorless OF games Sep-1962 to Jul-1965, broken by Darren Lewis 16‑Jul‑1993.
FCR -    Mark Kanter, Portsmouth, RI
Incorrect answers:  Willie Davis, Don Drysdale, Duke Snider, Wally Moon, Tommy Davis, Dusty Baker

Q.         Who managed the Tigers between Les Moss and Sparky Anderson?
Hint:     He played on three World Series-winning teams in the 1960’s despite a postseason batting average of .133.
Hint:     He served the Tigers as coach for 24 seasons, eighteen at first base and six years at third base.
Twint:    He led the Western League with 14 triples one season.
Twint:    He was once traded for an ugly bird
-  Was manager for two games, 12-Jun-1979 & 13-Jun-1979 and won both.
-  1963, ’65 Dodgers & 1968 Tigers
-  Tigers’ coach 1972-95; 19 years as first-base coach and 5 years as third-base coach
-  Triples crown playing for Class A Pueblo in 1957
-  Traded by the Dodgers to the Tigers for Phil “The Vulture” Regan 15-Dec-1965
FCR -    Maxwell Kates, Toronto, ON
Incorrect answers:  Alan Trammel, Ralph Houk, Alex Grammas

Q.         Who replaced Alvin Dark as manager, guiding that team to an 18-41 record to finish the season?
Hint:     He himself was replaced by Ken Aspromonte the  next year.
Hint:     Right after his debut as a player, his missed three years and most of a fourth to military service.
Hint:     He then had a very productive decade as a middle infielder.
Hint:     An All-Star in the minors, he played for teams as varied as the Cloverleafs and the Leafs.
Twint:    He compiled a respectable record of 2,185-1,987 over 33 seasons as a skipper in the minors.
Twint:    That total ranks him fourth all-time for minor league victories as a manager.
Twint:    He retired for good after winning the Florida State League championship for the Lakeland Tigers.
-  Managed CLE during the 1971 season.
- Minor league All-Star in 1941 when he led the Michigan State League with 176 hits and 35 HR’s for the Muskegon Reds, and tied for the league lead with 115 RBI. He was named the league's all-star shortstop.
-  He was a minor league manager in the Indians’, Pirates’ and Tigers’ systems from 1959 thru 1992.
FCR -    Jim Turner, Tallahassee, FL
Incorrect answers: 

Q.         Who is the only Detroit Tiger to lead the majors in triples between Barney McCosky in 1940 and Curtis Granderson in 2007?
Hint:     He did it in his rookie season.
Hint:     Twice he finished as high as third in the AL in stolen bases against tough competition though:  It was Luis Aparicio who led both those years.
Twint:    His unwanted record of most strikeouts by a batter in a single season was broken by Harmon Killebrew the year after he set it.
Twint:    His first major league hit was home run off Jim Perry.
A.         JAKE WOOD
-  Led AL in 3b w/14 in 1961
-  3rd in AL SB in 1961, ‘62
-  141 K in 1962
-  1st H 11-Apr-1961
FCR -    Richard Tharp, Rockville, MD
Incorrect answers:  Hoot Evers, Dick Wakefield, Dick McAuliffe, Jim Northrup, Ron LeFlore, Harvey Kuenn

Q.         Who’s first major league hit came when hit pinch-hit for Hall of Famer Waite Hoyt?
Hint:     It came in the first loss during the first season the Yankees won a pennant.
Hint:     In spite of a .316 career batting average, he has never received a single Hall of Fame vote.
Twint:    He is buried where more major leaguers are interred than in any other city.
Twint:    He is included in virtually every fantasy baseball team that is animal-based.
-1st H 14-Apr-1921
-  Not H of F eligible with only 393 career AB’s
-  Buried in Colma, California
FCR -    Dave Serota, Kalamazoo, MI
Incorrect answers:  Wally Pipp, Lloyd Waner, Bob Meusel , Roger Peckinpaugh, Earle Combs

Q.         Who was the last former Brooklyn player to play on a Canadian expansion team?
Hint:     He was not on the team, however, for their postseason celebrations.*
Hint:     When he was with Cleveland, he hit two triples in a game, becoming the first Indians batter to do so in more than five seasons.
Hint:     He is a native of Venezuela, but went to a Dominican high school.
-  Played 20 games for the Brooklyn Cyclones of the A-level New York-Pennsylvania League at the end of the 2007 season.
-  Played in 91 G for TOR in 2015 with a line of .273/.321/.372 and did not make the postseason roster [*CORRECTION:  WAS ON ALDS AND ALCS ROSTERS.]
-  Two 3b on 04-Aug-2012; Josh Barfield had hit 2 in a G on 07-May-2007
-  Attended High School:  Dr. Domingo Badarraco Bermudez in Venezuela
FCR -    No one
Incorrect answers:  Sandy Amoros

Q.         Which New York Mets player got his final career hit on the last day of play in 1994, just before the work stoppage settled over the majors like a fetid miasma?
Hint:     During his brief stint with the Orioles, he hit his first major league home run off Jack Morris.
Hint:     His father had six RBI in two sips of coffee as a Chicago Cub.
Twint:    He played every position in the bigs except centerfielder and pitcher.
Twint:    He passed away earlier this year after a ten-year fight with leukemia.
A.         JEFF McKNIGHT
-  Last H 11-Aug-1994
-  1st HR 12-Sep-1990
-  D. 01-Mar-2015
FCR -    Paul Goodson, Cheyenne, WY
Incorrect answers:  Kevin McReynolds, Howard Johnson

WEEKLY THEME – Players with a run scored in a major league game where their teams were no-hit (in the Retrosheet era)

Player            Game               No-Hit by                     How scored …
Allen            29-Jul-1968         George Culver             E > E > FC > Sac
Barry            24-Apr-1917        George Mogridge        BB > Sac > Sac
Boone          19-Sep-1986       Joe Cowley                 BB > BB > Sac > Sac
Carrera         27-Jul-2011         Ervin Santana              E > SB > FC > Sac
Demeter       17-May-1963       Don Nottebart              E > E > Sac > Sac
Hawks          13-Sep-1925       Dazzy Vance               E > E > Sac
Lipon           01-Jul-1951         Bob Feller                   E > SB > E > Sac
Maye            25-Aug-1967       Dean Chance               BB > BB > E > WP
McKnight      08-Sep-1993       Darryl Kile                   BB > WP > E
Rose            23-Apr-1964        Ken Johnson*              E > E > FC > E
Tracewski     30-Apr-1967        Steve Barber*        BB PR for BB > BB > Sac > WP
Williams       28-Jul-1976         Blue Moon Odom**      BB > BB > FC > E

Wood           30-Apr-1967        Stu Miller*                    BB > BB PR > WP > FC

*Lost game
**Relieved in 6th by Francisco Barrios

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme

Incorrect theme guesses:

Monday   -  National Leaguers who played the most consecutive games (say 600 or more)

Tuesday   -  Players who have broken up multiple no-hitters.  (i.e., were the only players on their teams to get hits in those games)
               -  NL ROY in the 1960's
               -  Next wild theme guess: Players who were the only player on their team with a hit in a game in which they got at least 3 hits. 

Wed        -  Chicago players who hit at least 30 homeruns in a season

Saturday  -  Pinch hitters

Sunday    -  All have nicknames involving birds for Thanksgiving

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

November 9-15, 2015 Kansas City Royals Who have hit home runs in a World Series

Q.         Who was the first player voted by the writers (BBWAA) into the Hall of Fame as a Kansas City Royal?
Hint:     No American League MVP ever played fewer games during their award year (excluding pitchers and strike years).
Twint:    He once said “I’m the pine tar guy.  And it’s not a bad thing to be remembered as.”
- HOF 1999.  He is, in fact, the only player representing the Royals in the HOF.  Gaylord Perry, Orlando Cepeda and Harmon Killebrew were Royals, but entered the Hall with other teams.  Whitey Herzog was inducted as a manager.
- 117 Games 1980 MVP year due to various injuries.  Frank Thomas 113 G 1994 AL MVP strike year.  Gabby Hartnett 116 G 1935 NL MVP.
- Pine tar incident video with him delivering the quote at 25-29 seconds.
FCR -    Jonathan Glass, Cross River, NY
Incorrect answers:

Q. Who holds the record for most AL Gold Gloves won for the same team by a second baseman?
Hint: He is also the only second baseman for that team with more than 100 career home runs.
Hint: For this same team, he has by far the highest career defensive WAR.
Twint: Undrafted, he was developed by his team’s controversial Baseball Academy.
- 8 GG at 2B, all for the Royals. Roberto Alomar divided 10 GG among TOR, BAL & CLE.
- 160 career HR 1973-1990
- Career defensive WAR 21.4, Freddie Patek a distant second at 11.2
- B-Ref Bullpen for Frank White: The Kansas City Royals Baseball Academy honed skills for players neglected by other MLB teams because they had not played much in high school or college.
FCR - Blake Sherry, Dublin, OH
Incorrect answers:  Joe Morgan, Ryne Sandberg, Roberto Alomar, Dustin Pedroia, Steve Sax (sic), Bill Mazeroski, Bobby Grich, Omar Vizquel, Joe Morgan, Charlie Gehringer, Lou Whitaker, Davey Johnson

Q.         Who made the throw to home attempting to putout Pete Rose that resulted in a devastating injury to catcher Ray Fosse?
Hint:     In that game, he represented the first player from his franchise to ever take the field in an All-Star Game.
Hint:     When he took centerfield in the game, they moved a Triple Crown winner and future Hall of Famer to first base.
Twint:    Since 1954 he is the only player to hold by himself the single season percent stolen base record for a full decade.
A.         AMOS OTIS
- 1970 ASG video of Rose-Fosse collision, CF, bottom of the 12th RBI game winning single Jim Hickman off Clyde Wright.
- Kansas City Royal All-Star Game history. 
- Otis entered in the 7th inning moving Carl Yastrzemski from CF to 1st.
- 1970-79 he held the SB% record with a 94.29% success rate with no other player even tying him.  The current record of 100% is held by several players. 1954 is used as a reference since it includes reliable stats for “caught stealing” by all fielding positions.
FCR -    Eric Stone, Los Gatos, CA
Incorrect answers:  Jim Hickman, Willie Wilson, Dave Parker, Tommy Harper, Lou Piniella, Paul Blair

Q.         Who is the most recent player to get 9 RBI in a single game?
Hint:     Just two weeks prior, another major leaguer achieved the same feat.
Hint:     He and Dewey are the only players from their high school to play in the All-Star Game.
Hint:     He and a fellow high school teammate were the highest two draft picks who ever played high school ball together.
Twint:    He shares a nickname with the only Yankee pitcher to retire after throwing a 20W season.
A.         MIKE MOUSTAKAS     
- He (1ASG) and Dwight “Dewey” Evans (3ASG) both attended Chatsworth High School, Chatsworth, CA.
- Moustakas (2nd pick) and Matt Dominguez (12th pick) were both selected in the first round of the 2007 draft.
- He and Mike Mussina, who pitched the only 20W season of his career in 2008, are both affectionately called “Moose”.
FCR -    Bill Carle, Lee’s Summit, MO
Incorrect answers:  Eric Davis, Daryl Strawberry, Edwin Encarnacion, Lucas Duda, Doug DeCinces, Lorenzo Cain, Mike Greenwell, Dave Kingman, Lonnie Chisenhall, Mike Trout

Q.         Who is the only Venezuelan-born American League Championship Series MVP?
Hint:     Though he hit only 24 career regular season home runs, one of those home run balls sold for over $19,000.
Hint:     In 31 postseason games and 135 at bats, it was only his second postseason homer.
Twint:    His first major league plate appearance, he got a single, unfortunately followed, by Rickey Weeks hitting into a game-ending double play.
Twint:    He is a cousin of Kelvim Escobar, Edwin Escobar, Elvis Escobar and Jose Campos and a nephew of Jose Escobar.
- Born 16-Dec-1986 La Sabana, Vargas, Venezuela, not far from Caracas
- On 27-Oct-2015 Game 1 of 2015 WS, first pitch: inside-the-park HR off Matt Harvey
The ball fetched $19,200 from an MLB website auction.
- His other homer was his first postseason hit in Game 1 2014 ALDS against Chris Tillman.
- First major league AB, 03-Sep-2008 9th inning single with one out, off Scott Schoeneweis.
FCR -    Bill Carle, Lee’s Summit, MO
Incorrect answers:  Magglio Ordonez, Omar Vizquel, Luis Aparicio, Edgar Renteria, Salvador Perez, Cookie Rojas, Orlando Cabrera

Q.         Who was the first player to have two multiple-home run games in the same World Series?
Hint:     He once hit grand slams on consecutive days.
Twint:    A decade after his major league playing days, he was convicted for selling crack cocaine.
Twint:    He was released early and in November 2008, he apologized to Royals fans and the people of Kansas City in the Kansas City Star.
- 1980 WS, HR’s in G 1 & 4
- 13-Jun-1979 and 14-Jun-1979 against TOR.
- His conviction came mere days after the 1994 players' strike began.
FCR -    Bill Carle, Lee’s Summit, MO
Incorrect answers:  Lou Gehrig, Duke Snider, Gene Tenace, Chase Utley

Q.         Whose season ending injury helped open a postseason spot for a player who would then, for the first time in MLB history, make his MLB debut in the World Series?
Hint:     The day prior to the injury, he drove in 7 of his teams’ 8 runs.
Hint:     He was the first to set off a display of flashing lights and dolphins when he hit a home run in his team’s new ballpark.
Twint:    In a tragic incident, his older brother – like him a top prospect with the Tigers - was killed in a drive-by shooting in their native Venezuela.
- Infante suffered an oblique strain.  Infante was a reserve infielder and it opened a spot for Raul Mondesi who made his MLB debut in the 5th inning of Game 3, 2015 WS.
- Injured 18-Sep-2015, he was a triple shy of the cycle with 7RBI against Cleveland the night before.
- He was the first Marlin to hit a home run in Marlin Park, setting off the “sculpture” in centerfield, 15-April-2012
FCR -    Kellen Nielson, Blanding, UT
Incorrect answers:  Terrance Gore, Wilmer Flores, Timo Perez, Babe Ruth, Giancarlo Stanton, Gene Tenace

Q.         Who is the only catcher born outside the U.S. to take World Series MVP honors?
Hint:     He once made the last out of a World Series by popping out to a fellow countryman who himself had been a World Series MVP.
Hint:     His award represents a 23-year gap for catchers.
Hint:     That same season he led all American League catchers with 25 doubles.
Twint:    He is the only catcher with a plate appearance in each of the past three All-Star Games.
- 2014 WS, Game 7 he popped out to Pablo Sandoval, that year’s series MVP.
- The last catcher was Pat Borders, 1992 WS MVP
- 2015 he hit 25 doubles.  Two NL catchers hit more: Derek Norris 33 SDP, Buster Posey 28 SFG
- 1 PA each 2013-14, and 2 PA 2015 ASG
FCR -    Dan Silverberg, Aventura, FL
Incorrect answers:  Ivan Rodriguez, Gene Tenace, Darrell Porter, Dave Nilsson

Q.         Which player has hit the most home runs in the 21st century for the Kansas City Royals?
Hint:     He is the first Royal in 35 years to lead his league in doubles with more than 50.
Hint:     Through 2014, he is the only Cornhusker to win the Golden Spikes Award (GSA).
Twint:    The same year he won the GSA he was picked second in the Amateur Draft.
A.         ALEX GORDON
- 134 HR from 2007-15Billy Butler (2007-14) and Mike Sweeney (2001-07) each with 127.
- Led with 51 doubles 2012; Hal McRae led with 54 2B in 1977.
- 2005 Amateur Draft, Justin Upton selected first by ARI.
FCR -    Jake Hopper, Houston, TX
Incorrect answers:  Hal McRae, Billy Butler, Eric Hosmer, Darin Erstad

Q.         What former General was the Royals’ pick in the second round of the 1978 draft?
Hint:     A future teammate of his was the very next pick.
Hint:     Unfortunately, the only time he led the league, it was in errors committed.
Hint:     Fortunately, it was a relatively low total.
Hint:     And he only tied for the lead, because four others had the same total, including a Hall of Famer.
Twint:    Born in one O, attended high school in a different O.
Twint:    He played for teams in Canada, Mexico and Japan
Twint:    You know very well what kind of crew they were.
- 2nd round, 1978 Draft; Played for the Grant High School Generals
- Steve Balboni was chosen next by the Yankees
- 7 E by a RF in 1985
- Born in Oklahoma; went to high school in Oregon
FCR -    Larry Hayes, San Francisco, CA
Incorrect answers:  Bo Jackson, U.L. Washington, Willie Wilson

WEEKLY THEME – Kansas City Royals who have homered in World Series Competition

Royal             WS        G        Off                            of…
Aikens           1980      1      Bob Walk                    PHI
                       1980      1      Bob Walk                    PHI
                       1980      4      Larry Christenson        PHI
                       1980      4      Dickie Noles                PHI
Brett              1980      3      Dick Ruthven              PHI
Escobar        2015      1      Matt Harvey                 NYM
Gordon         2015      1      Jeurys Familia              NYM
Infante           2014      2      Jake Peavy                   SFG
Motley           1985      7      John Tudor                  STL
Moustakas    2014      6      Jake Peavy                   SFG
Otis               1980      1      Bob Walk                    PHI
                       1980      3      Dick Ruthven              PHI
                       1980      5      Marty Bystrom             PHI
Perez             2014      1      Madison Bumgarner    SFG
White             1985      3      Joaquin Andujar          STL

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Bill Carle, Lee’s Summit, MO (After Escobar)

Incorrect theme guesses:

Monday   -  Players who had brothers who played on the same team

Tuesday   -  1985 Royals
               -  Royals who played entire career in KC
               -  Starting lineup of last KC Royals World champs
               -  Starting position players for the World-Series-winning ’85 Royals

Wed        -  Starting lineup for Royals first pennant winners
               -  Guys with statues at Kaufman Stadium
               -  All members of KC Royals Circle of Excellence
               -  Royals who played in WS in 1980
               -  Royals who have homered in a postseason game
               -  Homegrown Royals to win the World Series

Thursday  -  KC Royals players who have won post-season MVP Awards
               -  Shortstops for the GO-GO White Sox
               -  Shortstops for the Orioles

Friday      -  Royals' leading post-season batting average leaders

Saturday  -  KC Royals with rings
               -  Weekly theme: members of KC Royals World Series teams, non pitchers by position (1 for each position)