Sunday, September 14, 2014

September 8-14, 2014 Current major league teams that have never won a World Series

Q.         Frank Robinson was the first person of African descent to manage in the majors, but what was the last team he managed?
Hint:     Only in existence for a decade, they have already changed venues.
Twint:    They’re not even the first major league team in that city with that name.
FCR -    Neil Bhaerman, Pittsburgh, PA
Incorrect answers:  San Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers, Montreal Expos, Baltimore Orioles, Miami/Florida Marlins, New Jersey in the Atlantic League, Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies

Q.         What team holds the record for attendance in a single season?
Hint:     Dinger admires their many dingers.
Twint:    Their manager is a former Rookie of the Year Award winner.
A.         COLORADO ROCKIES (4,483,350 IN 1993 @ Mile High Stadium; Mascot Dinger; Mgr. Walt Weiss, 1988 AL ROY)
FCR -    Michael William, Newman, Fairfield, CT
Incorrect answers:  Toronto Blue Jays, Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox

Q.         What team played in the first MLB stadium dedicated by a sitting U.S. president?
Hint:     They lost what many baseball historians consider to be the most exciting postseason series of all time.
Twint:    Their current stadium has been thrice re-named.
A.         HOUSTON ASTROS (LBJ game 12-Apr-1965; 1980 NLCS; The Ballpark at Union Station (2000), Enron Field (2000–2002), Astros Field (February–July 2002), Minute Maid Park 2003-2014)
FCR -    Steve Bonfield, Calgary, AB
Incorrect answers:  Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Brooklyn Dodgers, Washington Senators, Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds, Oakland A’s, Arizona Diamondbacks, Texas Rangers

Q.         What team played under .400 ball before their exorcism, but have played at a .550 clip since?
Hint:     Their minor league affiliates include Crabs, Hot Rods and Biscuits.
Twint:    Their only Hall of Famer is better known for playing for two other American League East teams.
A.         TAMPA BAY RAYS(Got the "Devil" out after 2007; A Charlotte Stone Crabs, A Bowling Green Hot Rods, AA Montgomery Biscuits; Wade Boggs 11 yrs w/BOS, 5yrs /NYY, 1998-99 w/TBD)
FCR -    Jeremiah Begley, Washington, DC
Incorrect answers:  Baltimore Orioles, Toronto Blue Jays, Los Angeles Dodgers. St. Louis Cardinals

Q.         Who is the only modern [since 1961] expansion franchise to boast a career 400 HR hitter as well as a career 2,000 strikeout pitcher, both milestones accomplished with the team?
Hint:     Along the way, they have managed to accumulate two MVPs, two Cy Young Award winners, three Rookies of the Year including two collected in consecutive seasons.
Twint:    No team is likely to break their single-season victories record for some time.
A.         SEATTLE MARINERS (Ken Griffey, Jr. hit 417 HR for SEA, Randy Johnson amassed 2,162 K for them;
MVP:    Ken Griffey, Jr....... 1997
            Ichiro Suzuki.......... 2001

CYA:    Randy Johnson...... 1995
            Felix Hernandez...... 2010

ROY     Alvin Davis............ 1984
            Kazuhiro Sasaki..... 2000
            Ichiro Suzuki.......... 2001

In 2001, the team won 116 games in the regular season.)
FCR -    Jeff Fink, Howell, NJ
Incorrect answers:  Houston Astros, Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Angels, New York Mets, Miami Marlins, Toronto Blue Jays, Kansas City Royals, Atlanta Braves, Arizona Diamondbacks, Milwaukee Brewers, Minnesota Twins, Philadelphia Phillies, Baltimore Orioles, Senators/Rangers

Q.         What was the last American League team to utilize four managers during the course of a season?
Hint:     They were the only team to have at least one player in the starting lineup for the All-Star Game every year from 1992-2005.
Hint:     They picked up a messy victory when the Indians had to forfeit on 10-cent beer night.
Twint:    Vladimir Guerrero got at least one hit in each of the first 42 games he played against them.
A.         TEXAS RANGERS (4 mgrs. 1977, Frank Lucchesi [31-31], Eddie Stanky [1-0], Connie Ryan [1-0], Billy Hunter [60-33]; 10¢-Beer Night game 04-Jun-1974)
FCR -    Bill Carle, Lee’s Summit, MO
Incorrect answers:  New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians

Q.         Which is the only team to have three catchers hit for the cycle?  (Not in one year—that would be a record!)
Hint:     Those cycles represent three of the last seven for all catchers.
Hint:     Their longest-tenured manager was "recycled" to the Tigers.
Twint:    They once hosted a no-hitter that involved two (2!) of their division rivals.
A.         MILWAUKEE BREWERS (George Kottaras 03-Sep-2011, Chad Moeller 27-Aprl-2010, Charlie Moore 01-Oct-1980; the other 4 since Moore: Fisk, Gedman, Kendell and B. Molina; Mgr. Phil Garner 8 years w/MIL, nicknamed "Scrap Iron" next managed DET; Cubs Carlos Zambrano's no hitter 14-Sep-2008 against HOU with venue moved to Miller Park in Milwaukee (with a roof) due to Hurricane Ike knocking out the Astros home games.)
FCR -    Alex Poterack, Providence, RI
Incorrect answers:  Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants, Miami Marlins, New York Yankees

Q.         Which team has had two players win the Rookie of the Year Award—one a pitcher and the other a catcher—the only team with that combination?
Hint:     Their original owner grew up poor and fled Walla Walla, Washington when his father faced perjury charges.
Twint:    It was with this team that Gary Sheffield won his only batting title.
Twint:    The 22nd player to reach the 3,000 hit club was also with this team.
A.         SAN DIEGO PADRES (ROYs Butch Metzger 1976 & Benito Santiago 1987; 1st owner C. Arnholt Smith; Sheffield .330 in 1992, his only full year with the team; Tony Gwynn got H #3,000 06-Aug-1999)
FCR -    Jim McCoy, Melrose, MA
Incorrect answers:  Los Angeles Dodgers, Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Yankees, Detroit Tigers

WEEKLY THEME – Current major league teams that have never won a World Series

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Brian Wood, Pacific Grove, CA (after Monday!)

Incorrect theme guesses:

Monday   -  Teams that played in venue that held the Olympics

Tuesday   -  Teams who are managed by someone who was an All Star for a different franchise
               -  Teams managed by someone who won a WS as a player for a different franchise
               -  MLB teams with the same name as a previous professional franchise in their home city
               -  Teams Livan Hernandez pitched for

               -  Never won a single World Series game
               -  Expansion teams that changed names

Thursday  -  Expansion teams that had playoff draughts for at least 10 years

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

September 1-7, 2014 Players with 20 career Total Bases in All-Star games

Q.         Who was the National League Most Valuable Player Award after losing all of the previous season to military service (and most of the one prior to that)?
Hint:     He holds the single season National League record for home runs hit during the 1950s.
Hint:     Despite this (and partly due to military service), his home run total is seventh highest in that decade.
Twint:    He is named for Miller Huggins' law school professor.
A.         WILLIE MAYS (1954 MVP vote; 51 HR in 1955; 250 HRs 1950-59 though he only played 7 full seasons in that span.  Trails Snider 326, Hodges 310, Mathews 299, Mantle 280, Musial 266 & Berra 256; William Howard Taft)
FCR -    Michael Remillard, Harrisburg, PA
Incorrect answers:  Ralph Kiner, Stan Musial, Roy Campanella, Jimmie Foxx

Q.         Who captured a season RBI title in the 1930s with the fewest for any AL leader that decade?
Hint:     He did it in his rookie season.
Hint:     A decade later, he won the RBI title with the most for an AL leader that decade.
Hint:     Only one American League player and one National League player have eclipsed that season total in the 65 seasons since.
Twint:    After his rookie year, he was an All-Star every year he appeared in more than six games.
A.         TED WILLIAMS (145 RBIs 1939, 159 RBI 1949 tied with teammate Vern Stephens; Manny Ramirez AL165 RBI in1999 then Sammy Sosa NL160 RBI in 2001; Williams missed 1943-45 for WWII, had only 6 G in 1952 when he went to Korea.  He did make the AS team in 1953 despite playing in only 37 G.)
FCR -    Rock Zucker, St. Louis, MO
Incorrect answers:  Joe DiMaggio, Hank Greenberg, Stan Musial, Al Simmons, Chuck Klein, Lou Gehrig

Q.         Who is the only National League player to win the MVP award at two different positions? (Considering the outfield as one position.)
Hint:     At the advanced age of 37 he led the majors with 26 intentional bases on balls.
Hint:     His home run total that year was an unthreatening seventeen.
Twint:    He and Ken Griffey attended the same Pennsylvania high school which has been merged out of existence.
A.         STAN MUSIAL (NL MVP 1943, '48/OF, 1946/1B; IBB; Donora HS now Ringgold HS)
FCR -    Chuck Durante, Dover, DE
Incorrect answers:  Ernie Banks, Craig Biggio, Robin Yount, Pete Rose, Barry Bonds, Dale Murphy, Willie Stargell, Mike Schmidt

Q.         Who is the career leader for his 114-year-old franchise in home runs, RBI, hits, singles, bases on balls, runs created, times on base and even strikeouts but never once led in those categories in a single season?
Hint:     He's not even in the top ten seasons in any of them (for that franchise).
Hint:     He wasn't just hit by wild pitches in his career, he wrote a children's book with that title.
Twint:    He led the American League in doubles just before Don Mattingly's three consecutive doubles titles.
Twint:    My neighbor has a license plate with his likeness on it.  (…not a license plate cover—a state-issued license plate!)
A.         CAL RIPKEN (Milwaukee/St. Louis/Baltimore franchise; 47 2b 1983, Mattingly led 84-86; Wild Pitch:  His books are written to help children deal with anger management, bullying and self confidence.  MD tags w/#8)
FCR -    Mark DeLodovico, Rockville, MD
Incorrect answers:  Al Kaline, Jim Thome, Brooks Robinson, Albert Pujols, Todd Helton, Paul Konerko, Ernie Banks, Norm Cash, Craig Biggio, Deacon McGuire, Ty Cobb, Luis Aparicio

Q.         Who was the first player to collect his 3000th hit playing for the Twins?
Hint:     Exactly three years later to the day, Paul Molitor would also get his 3000th hit wearing a Twins uniform.
Hint:     In a rather amazing coincidence, he drove in Hall of Fame player Kirby Puckett with a single for that milestone which he hit off Hall of Fame closer Dennis Eckersley.
Twint:    He wrote a book about baseball that was endorsed on the cover by – oddly enough – George Steinbrenner.
A.         DAVE WINFIELD (3,000 hit club 16-Sep-1993, Molitor in 1996; 3,000th H video on 16‑Sep-1993, He and Puckett were both inducted into the HOF 2001; Dropping the Ball, 2007)
FCR -    Jason Cloutier, Harford, CT
Incorrect answers:  Rod Carew, Paul Molitor, Tony Oliva, Robin Yount, Harmon Killebrew

Q.         Who is the only American League third baseman to take home the Hickok Belt as the best professional athlete in the U.S.?
Hint:     Despite playing for the same franchise for over twenty years, he doesn't have the franchise lead in any career offensive category.
Hint:     That sting is somewhat removed by his representing them for fifteen consecutive years in the All-Star game.
Twint:    He holds the record for hitting into the most triple plays with four.  No one else has even done it more than twice since the 1920s.
Twint:    Sparky Anderson said he was seeing this player in his sleep, and added "If I dropped this paper plate, he'd pick it up on one hop and throw me out at first"
Twint:    And Johnny Bench said "I will become a left-handed hitter to keep the ball away from that guy."
A.         BROOKS  ROBINSON (1970 Hickok winner; SABR List of batters that started a triple play; Sparky's and other quotes after losing the 1970 WS to the O's)
FCR -    Rich Klein, Plano, TX
Incorrect answers:  George Brett, Clete Boyer, Cal Ripken, Chipper Jones, Eddie Matthews

Q.         Who is the only first baseman to post a 1.000 fielding average in a season? (150 G)
Hint:     He also had seasons of .999 and .998.
Hint:     He is the only player with three consecutive seasons with fewer than 100 runs while collecting at least 200 hits.
Hint:     …and he did it twice.
Twint:    He moved from third base to first due to a shoulder separation suffered as a Michigan State defensive back.
Twint:    He was the first player to collect more than twenty career RBI in the NLCS.
Twint:    He was the only player to participate in the game Hank Aaron hit his 715th HR and the game Pete Rose got his 4,192nd hit.
A.         STEVE GARVEY (1.000 fielding 1984; <100 R, >200 H 1974-76, 78-80; Aaron G 08‑Apr‑1974, Rose G 11-Sep-1985)
FCR -    Mark Linneman, Sacramento, CA
Incorrect answers:  Keith Hernandez, Rod  Carew, Don Mattingly, John Olerud, Mickey Vernon, Kevin Youkilis, Wes Parker, Hal Chase, Harmon Killebrew, Ferris Fain, George Sisler, Joe Torre, Roy Sievers

WEEKLY THEME – Players with 20 career Total Bases in All-Star games.

All-Star       Total bases
Mays            40
Musial          40
Williams       30
Garvey         23
Ripken         22
Robinson     22
Winfield        20

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – No one

Incorrect theme guesses:

Tuesday   -  500 HR hitters to miss at least a season due to military service
               -  Hall of Famers to miss at least a season due to military service.

               -  Multiple MVP winners

Saturday  -  First Regular from Each Current Team in the Hall of Fame
               -  Teenagers
               -  Guys who never played in the minors

Sunday    -  All-Star Game MVPs
               -  Won gold glove in a year that they played in every game of the season

               -  100 RBI's in Gold Glove season
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Sunday, August 31, 2014

August 25-31, 2014 Hall of Fame players who had more triples than doubles in a full season

This week's theme and (most of the) questions were submitted by reader Jim McCoy of Melrose, Mass.

Q.        Who was the first of three teammates to be mentioned in the 1910 poem "Baseball's Sad Lexicon" by Franklin Pierce Adams?
Hint:     Prior to the poem's publication, he was the starting shortstop on consecutive world championship teams.
Tint:  You wouldn't try to fine-tune his abilities as a tin-smith.
A.         JOE TINKER (The Poem; Starting SS on 1907 & 1908 CHC; "Tinker" is another name for a tin smith and also means to make small adjustments.)
FCR -  Art Springsteen, Sunapee, NH
Incorrect answers:  Sam Crawford, Frank Baker, Johnny Evers

Q.        Who hit the first major league home run ever surrendered by Walter Johnson?
Hint:     He had more RBIs than teammate Ty Cobb for four consecutive seasons.
Hint:     His hometown was his nickname.
Twint:  He had the most at-bats in the first decade of the twentieth century.
A.         SAM CRAWFORD (HR 02-Aug-1907; RBI total's over Cobb 1912-15; B. Wahoo, NE; AB 1901‑10 = 5,670)
FCR -  Michael Newman, Fairfield, CT
Incorrect answers:  Frank Baker, Harry Heilman, Al Simmons

Q.        Who was the second National Leaguer after Frank Chance to win a ring as a player/manager?
Hint:     He was a colonel before he was a captain.
Twint:  He was a player/manager longer than anyone in history.
A.         FRED CLARKE (Won the 1909 WS [John McGraw did not play in the 1905 WS.]; Louisville Colonels before being known as "The Captain"; Player/manager for 19 yrs. from 1897 to 1915 [only managed in 1912] w/1,602 W, 18th all-time)
FCR -  Cappy Gagnon, South Bend, IN
Incorrect answers:  Frankie Frisch, Earle Combs, Pee Wee Reese, Lou Boudreau, Joe Tinker, Gabby Street

Q.        At 6'3", whose imposing presence was the primary inspiration for the New York Gothams first being referred to as the Giants?
Hint:     He was inducted into the Hall of Fame by the Veteran’s Committee after years of lobbying by HOF umpire Bill Klem.
Twint:  It was his record for career home runs that Babe Ruth broke.
A.         ROGER CONNOR ("Giants" first used in 1885; HOF 1976; 138 HR)
FCR -  Richard Nicholson, Richmond, VA
Incorrect answers:  King Kelly, High Pockets Kelly, George Kelly, Jim Mutrie, John Montgomery Ward

Q.        Of whom did the major leagues' winningest manager say, "He was the greatest second baseman who ever lived."?
Hint:     The second winningest manager in major league history added, "I doubt if anyone will dispute my selection of [him] as the greatest second baseman of all time."?
Hint:     MLB's seventh-winningest manager had a nice quote too:  "He was the greatest second baseman I had ever seen.  Plays which were difficult for even a finished infielder were made to seem easy."
Twint:  Quoth Bill James, "His was the most valuable career that any second baseman ever had."
A.         EDDIE COLLINS (Managers:  1st Connie Mack; 2nd John McGraw; 7th Bucky Harris)
FCR -  Fred Worth, Arkadelphia, AR
Incorrect answers:  Rogers Hornsby, Nap Lajoie, Johnny Evers, Sparky Anderson, Charlie Gehringer

Q.        Who had the lowest American League-leading batting average before 1968?
Hint:     The season after that, he led the league in games, at-bats, runs, triples, and steals.
Twint:  Cleveland refused to trade him for the young Ty Cobb when Detroit offered.
A.         ELMER FLICK (.308 in 1905; Trade talks 1907)
FCR -  Rich Klein, Plano, TX
Incorrect answers:  Snuffy Stirnweiss, Vern Stephens, Carl Yastrzemski, Pete Runnels, Sam Crawford

Q.        Whose record for RBI in a season by a switch-hitter did Mark Teixeira break in 2005?
Hint:     He is third all-time in stolen bases among shortstops, trailing only Honus Wagner and Bert Campaneris
Twint:  He was the first Hall of Famer to have appeared as a position player for the Cleveland Spiders, but entered the Hall as a New York Giant.
Twint:  Was he gorgeous?  You be the judge.
A.         GEORGE DAVIS (Teixeira had 144 w/TEX; 619 SB [Wagner 723, Campy 649]; HOF 1998; Was called "Gorgeous George".)
FCR -  Richard Tharp, Gaithersburg, MD
Incorrect answers:  Luis Aparicio, Frankie Frisch, Maury Wills, Ozzie Smith, Mickey Mantle

Q.        Which Hall of Famer outfielder also played second base, third base and shortstop even though he threw left-handed?
Hint:     Although a Brooklyn native, the son of a horse-drawn trolley conductor, he came to prominence in Baltimore.
Hint:     He ended up playing for New York for what was then the highest salary in the history of the majors.
Twint:  Pete Rose tied one of his most cherished records.
Twint:  He still owns the record for the most hits in a season without hitting a home run.
A.         WILLIE KEELER (Made $10,000 in each of 1903 & 1904; Keeler & Rose share the NL record for longest hitting streak at 44; 1897 – 239 H & 0 HR)
FCR -  Rich Klein, Plano, TX
Incorrect answers:  Bobby Wallace, John McGraw, Babe Ruth, King Kelly

Q.        Who got 119 hits in a season where he only played in 83 games?
Hint:     It was in the Players League.
Hint:     He is credited with inventing the pregame clubhouse meeting.
Twint:  He was a wagon driver for Maddox & Hobart in Cincinnati, driving a team of four horses six days a week.
A.         BUCK EWING (1890)
FCR -  Fred Worth, Arkadelphia, AR
Incorrect answers:  Monte Ward, Joe Tinker, Frank Chance

Q.        Who was the only player to collect a hit against Addie Joss in Joss's debut in the majors?
Hint:     He began his pro career as a pitcher, but won three batting titles in the Bigs.
Hint:     He is one of the few professional baseball players who has ever been a double slash.
Twint:  He coached the Holy Cross baseball team from 1917-20.
A.         JESSE BURKETT (Joss debut 26-Apr-1902 [With today's replay capabilities, this might have been rules a catch and Joss's game a no-hitter.]; Won batting titles .405 in 1895, .410 in 1896 and .376 in 1901; He was the owner/player/manager when he purchased the Worcester Busters in 1906, playing there until 1913 & managing until 1915.)
FCR -  Max Burgess, Houston, TX
Incorrect answers:  Napoleon Lajoie, Jimmie Foxx

Q.        What former home run champion has held the career record for putouts by a second baseman for 125 years?
Hint      He had to be convinced multiple times that his future lay in playing ball and not in bookkeeping.
Hint:     He ranks impressively in the all-time top twenty among career triples hitters.
Twint:  His fielding prowess in his rookie season helped his team become the first champions of a new major league.
A.         BID McPHEE (Passed Jack Burdock with his 3,072nd PO in 1889.  His seemingly unbreakable record stands at 6,552; Ranks 11th in triples w/189; Rookie year 1882 with the Cincinnati Red Stockings of the newly formed American Association)
FCR -  Dave Serota, Kalamazoo, MI
Incorrect answers:  Eddie Collins, Jimmy Ryan, Roger Connor, Napoleon Lajoie, Rogers Hornsby

Q.        Which Hall of Famer was given "Pass No. 1" by the National League, a free pass to any game he wished to attend?
Hint      His fielding ruse in 1870 led to the adoption of the infield fly rule.
Hint:     He once hit two home runs off a future Hall of Famer in a single inning.
Twint:  His brother was Harry, but they were both hairy.
A.         GEORGE WRIGHT (IFR adopted 15-Jun-1870; 2 HR off Candy Cummings 26-Jul-1873;  Brother Harry Wright)
FCR -  No one
Incorrect answers:  Cal McVey, Billy Hamilton, Bobby Lowe

WEEKLY THEME – Hall of Fame players who had more triples than doubles in a full season

Player         Year       2B      3B
Burkett        1900       11       15
                    1905       12       13

Clarke         1896       15       18

Collins         1916       14       17

Connor        1888       15       17

Crawford    1902*      18       22
                    1903*      23       25
                    1914*      22       26
                    1916       11       13

Davis          1893       22       27

Ewing          1883       11       13
                    1884       15       20
                    1892       10       15

Flick            1907*      15       18

Keeler         1899       12       13

McPhee      1890       16       22
                    1891       14       16

Tinker         1904       12       13

Wright         1874*      10       15

*Led the league in triples

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – No one

Incorrect theme guesses:

Sunday      -     Players elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee

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