Sunday, March 22, 2015

March 16-22, 2015 League Championship Series MVPs who have been elected to the Hall of Fame

Q.         Who won the most Gold Gloves at shortstop?
Hint:     It was an uninterrupted string, unprecedented at that position.
Hint:     He won the Branch Rickey Award, the Lou Gehrig Award and the Roberto Clemente Award—the first player to take all three.
Twint:    He was really flippin’ good with the leather.
A.         OZZIE SMITH (13 GG 1980-92; Branch Rickey Award 1994, Lou Gehrig Award 1989, and Roberto Clemente Award 1995; The Flip [probably could have gone around again!])
FCR -    Abbey Garber, Dallas, TX
Incorrect answers:  Cal Ripken, Omar Vizquel, Hal McCrae

Q.         Who had the highest batting average (minimum 20 AB) on the Kansas City Royals World Series Championship team?
Hint:     Notwithstanding his three batting titles in the majors, he never reached .300 in any of his four minor league seasons.
Hint:     The only year he won a Gold Glove, he led his team to a World Series championship.
Twint:    He is the only player to hit three postseason homers off the same pitcher in the same game.
Twint:    His cousin was “Honus Wagner” and “Joker”.
A.         GEORGE BRETT (1985 WS 27 AB .370 [.335 for the season]; MiLB years; GG1985; 06-Oct-1978 G3 ALCS 3 HR off Catfish Hunter, all solo shots in a 7-5 loss to NYY; Matthew Modine his first cousin, played Honus Wagner in “The Winning Season” and Private Joker in “Full Metal Jacket”)
FCR -    Neil Cohen, Brooklyn, NY
Incorrect answers: 

Q.         Who was the only player to homer for the Pirates in their last World Series?
Hint:     Though he only received four first-place votes, he still managed to be named the National League MVP.
Hint:     He hit more home runs than any other player in the 1970s.
Twint:    His last day on earth was the day PNC Park opened in Pittsburgh.
Twint:    He had “pop” before Big Papi.
A.         WILLIE STARGELL (HR G1, 4 and 7 1979 WS over BAL; 1979, He and Keith Hernandez—who got 10 first-place votes—were the only co-MVPs in the history of the award; 296 homers in the 70s eclipsing the totals of Reggie Jackson (292), Johnny Bench 290), Willie McCovey (207) and Carl Yastrzemski (202) among those who played the entire decade ; Died 09-Apr-2001; Nicknamed “Pops” as the spiritual father of the late 1970s Pirates, though he certainly hit with “pop”)
FCR -    Peter Hartwell, Gaithersburg, MD
Incorrect answers:  Barry Bonds, Roberto Clemente, Willie McCovey

Q.         Who scored the winning run to clinch the Blue Jays’ first World Series title?
Hint:     He has the highest career batting average and most career homers of any major league switch-hitting second baseman (min. 1,000 AB)
Hint:     He and his brother were teammates four times on three different major league teams.
Hint:     On the first of those, their father was a coach.
Twint:    He played for more teams (7), than any other modern era 2nd baseman (minimum 2,000 G).
A.         ROBERTO ALOMAR (G 6 1992 WS, Winfield’s 2-run top 11th double drove in Devon White and Alomar in a 4-3 victory over ATL; .300 BA, 210 HR; 1988-2004 SDP/TOR/BAL/CLE/NYM/CHW/ARI; Teammates with Sandy Alomar, Jr. on SDP 199899, CLE 1999-2000, 2003; CHW 2003; Father Sandy Alomar was a coach on the Padres 1986-90; Traded to TBD 2005 but retired prior to the season opener after 2 frustrating at-bats in his first spring training game; 1988-2004 SDP/TOR/BAL/CLE/NYM/CHW/.)
FCR -    Dean Kloner, New York NY
Incorrect answers:  Paul Molitor, Ralph Kiner, Jesus Alou

Q.         Which 10-time All Star is second only to Jim Thome for the lowest career batting average with an on base percentage greater than .400 (minimum 2,000 games)?
Hint:     He holds the Major League record for most consecutive seasons with at least one home run.
Hint:     He has the most career homers for a right-handed batter who throws lefty.
Hint:     He once boasted he could see the "Entire State Building" from his condominium.
Twint:    As if to prove that he loved the game more than he love the $40+ million he made from it during his career, he A.) Once found a year-old, uncashed cheque $1 million among his papers and B.) Played in the minors for four seasons after his major league career.
A.         RICKEY HENDERSON (Career .279 BA, .401 OBP 3,081 G, Jim Thome is .276 BA / .402 OBP in 2,543 G; 25 consecutive seasons with a HR, 1979-2003; he broke Ty Cobb’s record of 24; 297 HR, closest is Ryan Ludwick who is currently active with 154 HR; Rickey Quotes from Wit and Wisdom of Rickey Henderson)
FCR -    David Krassin, New York, NY
Incorrect answers:  Wade Boggs, Reggie Jackson, Jimmie Foxx, Rusty Staub, Jason Giambi

Q.         Who is the only post-World War II player to get six hits in a game twice?
Hint:     He is the only player to hit 30 homers in a season while having hit none in a prior season (min. 500 AB).
Hint:     At one point, he had 200+ hits a season for four consecutive years.
Hint:     He won the AL Gold Glove Award in each of those same seasons.
Twint:    He is the only Twin to be named All Star Game MVP.
Twint:    He was the first Minnesota Twin to get four hits in his big league debut.
A.         KIRBY PUCKETT (6 H: 30-Aug-1987 & 23-May-1991, Jimmie Foxx, Doc Cramer and Jim Bottomley did it prior to the war; 200+ H & GG 1986-89: 0 HR in 557 AB 1984 then 31 HR in 680 AB 1986; 08-May-1984 debut 4 for 5; 1993 ASG MVP AL won 9-3)
FCR -    Art Mugalian, Minneapolis, MN
Incorrect answers:  Doc Cramer, Jim Bottomley, Tony Gwynn, Anderson, Rod Carew, Ichiro Suzuki, Wade Boggs, Paul Molitor, Brady Anderson

Q.         Who is the only Red Sox pitcher to win twenty games and lead the league in home runs surrendered in the same season?
Hint:     It was the only twenty-win season of his career, but one of three seasons yielding thirty homers.
Hint:     He holds the record for most seasons without throwing a wild pitch in the expansion era (min. 50 IP).
Twint:    One season he had an ERA+ of an otherworldly 603!
Twint:    To put that in perspective, the league leader averaged 160 in the ten years prior and 200 in the ten years after.
A.         DENNIS ECKERSLEY (30 HR led league 1978, 20-8; 31/30/31HR 1977-8, 1982; 10 seasons 0 WP 1985, 1988-90, 1992-96, 1998; Dick Hall has 12 such consecutive seasons, but the first 5 were pre-expansion; 603 ERA+ in 1990)
FCR -    Rick Tharp, Gaithersburg, MD
Incorrect answers:  Tim Wakefield, Jim Lonborg, Luis Tiant, Bill Monbouquette, Earl Wilson, Bruce Hurst, Bret Saberhagen, Dick Radatz, Derek Lowe

Q.         Who is the only Hall of Fame pitcher who had Tommy John surgery?
Hint:     He won the Cy Young Award prior to the surgery, and the Rolaids Relief Award after.
Twint:    He once shared the league wins title with the lowest total in the history of baseball (non-strike season).
A.         JOHN SMOLTZ (TJ surgery in 2000; CY 1996 (24-8), NL Rolaids award 2002; 16 W 2006 matched by Carlos Zambrano, Brandon Webb, Brad Penny, Derek Lowe and Aaron Harang that year)
FCR -    Jake Hopper, Houston, TX
Incorrect answers:  Kerry Wood, Dennis Eckersley, Rollie Fingers, Bruce Sutter

WEEKLY THEME – League Championship Series MVPs who had been elected to the Hall of Fame (so far)

Player            LCS MVP     HOF
Alomar           1992 AL        2011
Brett              1985 AL        1999
Eckersley       1988 AL        2004
Henderson     1989 AL        2009
Puckett          1991 AL        2001
Smith             1985 NL        2002
Smoltz           1992 NL        2015
Stargell          1979 NL        1988

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Joe Ullian, Santa Barbara, CA (after Stargell)

Incorrect theme guess:  HoFers who played home games in Missouri

Horsehide Trivia blog has the questions and answers from this week as well as from previous weeks:

Sunday, March 15, 2015

March 9-15, 2015 Pitchers with 400 career hits as batters

Q.         Which pitcher holds the record for most wins without ever winning the Cy Young Award?
Hint:     He was the first ever to pitch in the World Series.
Hint:     He was also the first to ever lose a World Series game.
Twint:    He is the only pitcher to achieve double-digit number of seasons with 25 wins.
A.         CY YOUNG (All-time wins leader [511], Young died in 1955. The award that bears his name was introduced the following year.; 1903 WS G 1 Boston Americans lost to PIT’s Deacon Phillippe 7-3; 12 seasons with 25 wins, Pud Galvin is next with 9.)
FCR -    Doug Greenwald, San Francisco, CA
Incorrect answers:  Juan Marichal, Mike Mussina, Joe Wood

Q.         Who was the first pitcher to win a regular season major league Most Valuable Player Award?
Hint:     He was the last pitcher to win more than 35 games in a season.
Hint:     It was once said of him - ". . . he knows where he is throwing, because if he didn't, there would be dead bodies all over Idaho."
Twint:    Among the many career records he holds, the most unbreakable is surely 110 career shutouts.
A.         WALTER JOHNSON (1913 Chalmers Award which was the first to recognize the "most important and useful player to the club and to the league"; 36 W in 1913; He pitched in the Southern Idaho League before coming to the majors, quote by Joe Cantillon; 110 complete game shut outs [not a typo!])
FCR -    Will McCracken, Bradenton, FL
Incorrect answers:  Jack Chesbro, Hal Newhouser Jim Konstanty, Christie Mathewson, Lefty Grove, Denny McClain

Q.         Who was the first pitcher to strike out over 400 batters in a single season?
Hint:     Still the National League record, 131 years and counting…
Hint:     He holds another record that most knowledgeable baseball savants consider even further out of reach.
Twint:    He pitched in all three games of the first-ever major league postseason series.
Twint:    That was the only postseason series sweep of the nineteenth century.
Twint:    Not only did win all three, he pitched every inning of every game.
A.         OLD HOSS RADBOURN (441 K 1884, [tied w/3 who did it that year] others Major league leader is Matt Kilroy 513 K 1886 in the American Association; His 59 W season in 1884 is considered unbreakable; 1884 World Series)
FCR -    Timothy Kearns, Washington, DC
Incorrect answers:  Jack Chesbro, Matt Kilroy, Nolan Ryan, Cy Young, Hugh Daily, Dupee Shaw, Charlie Buffington, Kid Nichols, Toad Ramsey, Tim Keefe, Walter Johnson, Christie Mathewson

Q.         Who is the only big league pitcher to win twenty games in each of ten different seasons yet never play on a pennant-winning team?
Hint:     He ended Hoss Radbourn’s record eighteen-game consecutive wins streak.
Hint:     His many nicknames included those that recognized his calm and kind demeanor, his short height and “squat” body, and his ability to get batters to bend at the knee.
Twint:    He once intentionally walked a player, then proceeded to pick him off just to goad Cap Anson.
A.         JAMES “Pud” GALVIN (Young, Spahn, Mathewson, Johnson and Kid Nichols were the others to win 20 games a minimum of 10 seasons and all were on pennant winning teams; This also ended a Providence Grays 20 G win streak 09-Sep-1884; Nicknamed Gentle Jeems, The Steam Engine and, most commonly “Pud” [Pronounced “pood” as in “could” or “wood” as in “Puddin-head”] for his ability to turn batter’s legs into pudding; Cap Anson was a vocal critic of Galvin’s highly effective pickoff move.  According to SABR BIO: Galvin apparently asked Anson, “Do you want to see me catch a man?” Anson dared him to do it, so Galvin strutted to the pitcher’s box and walked Jimmy Ryan on purpose. After Ryan arrived at first base, Galvin picked him off almost immediately. Anson was furious, while “Galvin almost split his side laughing” after his successful demonstration.)
FCR -    Andrew Distler, New York, NY
Incorrect answers:  Chief Bender, Christy Mathewson

Q.         Whose 88-year-old franchise’s record for Giants’ Opening Day Wins did Juan Marichal break when he shutout the Padre 5-0 on 06-Apr-1971?
Hint:     The fellow in question once posted a season of 44-11 with an ERA of 1.66 only to finish second in both categories.
Hint:     He did, however, take the winning percentage title that year.
Twint:    He was known to play in the outfield between pitching starts.
A.         MICKEY WELCH (1885 John Clarkson 53 W, Tim Keefe 1.58 ERA; 1885 W-L% .8000, Clarkson .7681; 119; 59 G in OF)
FCR -    Rick Tharp, Gaithersburg, MD
Incorrect answers:  Tim Keefe, Amos Rusie, Christy Mathewson, Joe McGinnity, Jack Chesbro, Grover Cleveland Alexander, John Montgomery Ward, Kid Nichols

Q.         Who was the first pitcher to lead the league in strikeouts and bases on balls five times each over the span of six seasons?
Hint:     In his second season he lost over thirty games but then went on to win thirty games the next four consecutive seasons.
Hint:     He will forever be linked with “60 feet, 6 inches” in part as a result of his beaning a future Hall of Famer.
Twint:    Despite the change, he still managed to take three more strike out crowns.
A.         AMOS RUSIE (Rusie led K’s 1890-91 and 1893-95, BBs 1890-94 a feat later exceeded by Nolan Ryan; 34L 1890, 32/33/32/36W 1891-1894; Because of his tremendous fastball which put Hughie Jennings into a four day coma, as well as the “pop” of Cy Young’s fire, the mound was moved in 1893 back to its present distance)
FCR -    Bill Deane, Cooperstown, NY
Incorrect answers:  Kid Nichols, Carl Mays

Q.         Who, during his AL MVP year, missed the triple-crown finishing second in batting average by .0016?
Hint:     Had he not missed the bag at first, he would have had a hit in his final at bat that may have given him the batting title and triple crown.
Hint:     However, the Senators players were rumored to have intentionally made outs to prevent the eventual batting title winner from getting a final at bat.
Hint:     Bill James called his MVP season the greatest ever by a third baseman.
Hint:     During his short career, he hit more homers than anyone else that played for only one AL team.
Hint:     During the 1950’s, only he and Mickey Mantle won the AL MVP by a unanimous vote.
Hint:     In fact, he was the only unanimous AL MVP since Hank Greenberg – an irony not lost on either man.
Hint:     He and Greenberg not only had the same award, but they also encountered the same type of prejudice during their careers.
Twint:    An excellent boxer, he said he had a trick for dealing with anti-Semitic players and fans: “You flatten them!”
Twint:    One might say of his mother “A Rose is a Rose is a Rose”.
Twint:    Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner said, “He was the leader of the team and the best all-around player I ever played with.”
A.         AL ROSEN, SABR Bio (1953 Won HR [43] and RBI [145] titles, but finished 2nd to the Senators Mickey Vernon (.3372 to .3356): He admitted he missed the bag and thus provided his own excuse for losing the title; It was rumored that Vernon didn’t bat in his final inning due to fellow players intentionally making outs in order to award him the crown;  MVP 1953 Vote;  1950-1956 HR 192, Yogi 191, Gus Zernial hit 193 but for two different teams; Greenberg unanimous AL MVP 1935; Like Greenberg, Rosen was Jewish; Jew or Not Jew? quote; Mother Rose Rosen)
FCR -    Bill Deane, Cooperstown, NY
Incorrect answers:  Harmon Killebrew, Ted Williams, Ralph Kiner

Q.         Who is the last Braves franchise pitcher to win the triple crown?
Hint:     He is also the last pitcher to win fifty games in a season.
Hint:     In only his seventh full season, he topped the mark for most career homers allowed.
Hint:     He added to the total his final four seasons, and held the high water mark for 39 years.
Twint:    Only he and Christy Mathewson entered the 300 Club prior to pitching in 500 games.
A.         JOHN CLARKSON (1889 BSN 49-19 (1 SV), 2.73, 284 SO, Tommy Bond achieved it in 1877; 53W 1885 with Radbourn and Guy Hecker the only others to have a 50 W season both in 1884; 1890-1928; 116 HR 1890, his final total 159 HR eclipsed in 1929 by Pete Alexander; He passed 300 in 1892, Mathewson during 1912 season)
FCR -    Rick Tharp, Gaithersburg, MD
Incorrect answers:  Babe Ruth, Al Spalding

Q.         Which pitcher had the most wins in the last decade of the 19th Century?
Hint:     It is the most wins in any decade by any pitcher.
Hint:     He also had the highest win-loss% of that decade.
Hint:     He holds the record for most homers hit in a season by a switch-hitting pitcher.
Twint:    He held the career record for most homers hit by a switch hitting pitcher for sixty seasons.
Twint:    He is the only Hall of Fame member from the Capital of Wisconsin.
A.         KID NICHOLS (297 W 1890-99, Cy Young (267) and Amos Rusie (234) the only others over 200; W-L% .663 ahead of Cy Young by .024%; 3HR 1897, tied by Early Wynn 1953; His career 16 HR achieved 1901, Broken by Wynn (17 HR) 1960; B. 14-Sep-1869 Madison, WI)
FCR -    Barry Nelson, Guilderland, NY
Incorrect answers:  Cy Young, Jack Stivetts, Mickey Welch, Christy Mathewson

Q.         Who is the only pitcher to win 20 games and lose 40 games the same season?
Hint:     The next season, he accounted for 96% of his team’s victories.
Hint:     Two of his teammates had a single win apiece.
Hint:     He was the first pitcher to lose four consecutive Opening Day games.
Twint:    Four different colours highlighted his major league teams.
A.         JIM McCORMICK (20-40 in 1879; 45-28 in 1880; ODGs 1879-82; He played for the Indianapolis Blues 1878, the Cleveland Blues 1879-84, the Cincinnati Outlaw Reds 1884, the Providence Grays 1885 and the Chicago White Stockings 1885-86Thanks to reader Dave Serota for pointing out that Tony Mullane would have satisfy the question as originally posted.
FCR -    Andrew Distler, New York, NY
Incorrect answers:  Juan Marichal

WEEKLY THEME – Pitchers with 400 career hits as batters (played 80% as P, NL era)

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – No one

Incorrect theme guesses:

Tuesday   -  Pitcher with the most career wins
               -  Pitchers to lead their league in wins with over 40 and innings pitched with over 400
               -  Pitchers to lead their league in wins while pitching more than 400 innings
               -  Original hall of famers
               -  Career progressive strikeout leaders

Wed        -  Pitchers with multiple years of at least 10 WAR

Thursday  -  Pitchers with the most lifetime victories
               -  Pitchers who won over 300 games who also pitched in 19th century
               -  300-game winners who also carried a sub-3.00 career ERA while yielding over 4,000 hits

Friday      -  300 game winners born in the 19th century

Sunday    -  Pitchers who pitched more than half their team's games in a season
               -  Pitchers who played at least one game on the moved-in-mound

Horsehide Trivia blog has the questions and answers from this week as well as from previous weeks:

Sunday, March 8, 2015

March 2-8, 2015 Batters with 5 hits in a single postseason game

Q.         Who holds the National League record for runs-batted-in by a rookie?
Hint:     He also holds the records for extra-base hits and total bases by a National League rookie.
Hint:     He repeatedly refused to be referred to as “El Hombre” out of respect for a Hall of Famer who had played for his team.
Twint:    His rookie mark of twenty double plays grounded into isn’t the rookie record for his franchise.    
Twint:    It’s not even second place.
A.         ALBERT PUJOLS (130 RBI in 2001; EBH 88, TB 360; Deference given to Stan “The Man” Musial; STL rookie GIDP marks:  Nippy Jones w/25 in 1948, Gene Green w/24 in 1958, Pujols w/20 in 2001)
FCR -    Alex Griffel, Great Neck, NY
Incorrect answers:  George Foster, Orlando Cepeda, Frank Robinson

Q.         Whose consecutive-game hitting streak in the longest in the American League since Joe DiMaggio’s 56 games in 1941?
Hint:     After retirement, he was for one season the hitting coach for the Seattle Mariners.
Hint:     He was originally drafted by the Cardinals as a pitcher.
Twint:    He was the first player to come to bat in a regular season game in SkyDome.
Twint:    He would subsequently receive great glory therein.
A.         PAUL MOLITOR (39 straight G in 1987; SEA coach 2004; Drafted by STL 1974; TOR AB 05-Jun-1989; 1993 WS MVP)
FCR -    Doug Greenwald, San Francisco, CA
Incorrect answers:  Dom DiMaggio, George Sisler, Edgar Martinez

Q.         Who once beat out Carl Yastrzemski for the American League batting title by .0004?
Hint:     His first hit as a Yankee was a 12th inning lead-off homer.
Hint:     He was a high school teammate of Willie Horton.
Hint:     Known for his fiery temperament and more, he was suspended then put on the restricted list by Commissioner Bowie Kuhn – a move that led to Marvin Miller getting him to be placed on the disabled list rather than enduring an indefinite suspension.
Hint:     When asked what the Cardinals told him regarding how to improve his hitting, he once said “You’ll have to ask them.  I didn’t pay any attention to what they told me.”
Twint:    He never played more than two seasons for any one team.
Twint:    His brother was a running back at the University of Michigan and for the New York Giants.
A.         ALEX JOHNSON who passed away last week (1970 BA .329 with Yaz at .3286; 10-Sep-1974 debut as pinch hitter top 12th game winner; Northwestern High School Detroit also attended by John Mayberry; SABR BIO calls this a landmark case in helping to recognize emotional disability in the majors;  Brother Ron; [Choice addition from reader Bill Deane: A sportswriter interviewing Johnson in early 1969 asked, “You hit only two home runs all last year, and already you’ve hit seven this year.  What’s the difference?”  Terse but accurate, Johnson said, "Five."])
FCR -    Steve Elsberry, Windsor Heights, IA
Incorrect answers:  Danny Cater, Jack Clark, Tommy Davis, Mickey Rivers, Mike Shannon, Lou Piniella

Q.         Who was the first post-expansion player to lead his team in hits for each of his first six full seasons?
Hint:     A veteran of fourteen All-Star games, he was three-for-three in his third one and was voted MVP thereof.
Hint:     A rookie card of his is currently listed on eBay for $85,000. The free shipping offer closes today.
Twint:    He played on the World Series winner in the same season as his All-Star heroics.
A.         DEREK JETER (H leader for NYY 1996-2001; 2000 ASG; eBay listing; 2000 WS)
FCR -    Mark Hayne, Dumfries, VA
Incorrect answers:  Ichiro Suzuki, George Brett, Pete Rose, Pete Rose, Ken Griffey, Jr., Wade Boggs

Q.         Who broke Ernie Banks’s record for the most consecutive games played at the start of a major league career?
Hint:     He tied for the most games played in the majors in each of his first three seasons.
Hint:     A former member of the Giants, Angels and A’s, he finished with the Rays.
Hint:     His alter-ego had good power, but was terrible in the field.
Twint:    He was MVP of the 2009 World Series.
A.         HIDEKI MATSUI (518 G, Banks had 434; 163, 162 & 162 2003-05; Yomiuri Giants 1993-2002, NYY 2003-09, LAA 2010, OAK 2011, TPR 2012; “Godzilla”)
FCR -    Fred Worth, Arkadelphia, AR
Incorrect answers:  Miguel Tejada

Q.         Whose homer was the only run scored in Baltimore’s game three victory of their sweep of the Dodgers in the 1966 World Series?
Hint:     Only Brooks Robinson won more Gold Gloves as an Oriole.
Hint:     Seven were consecutive.
Hint:     He won four World Series rings, two each with the Orioles and the Yankees.
Twint:    He drove in a 12th inning walk-off run in Game 1 of his first WS with the Yankees.
Twint:    It was his only time on base of that Series.
A.         PAUL BLAIR (Won GG 1967, 1969-75, [Mark Belanger also won 8 GG as an Oriole]; WS BAL 1966, 1970, NYY 1977-78; Game 1 1977 WS they walked Munson with Randolph on first when Blair singled off Rhoden to gain the win; 1 hit in 4 AB)
FCR -    Mark Kanter, Portsmouth, RI
Incorrect answers:  Mark Belanger, Luis Aparicio, Bobby Grich, Frank Robinson, Al Bumbry, Reggie Jackson

Q.         Who was the first 21st-century player to collect three stolen bases in each of two consecutive games?
Hint:     He was the last player to lead his league in both triples and stolen bases in two different seasons.
Hint:     He has led in each category four times.
Hint:     In the modern era, only he and Hall of Famer Eddie Collins have stolen six bases in a single American League game.
Hint:     His claim to fame is that he did it in only four at bats.
Twint:    He was once hired for his good looks, but disruption of team chemistry and his own injuries led to his being traded mid-season by the eventual World Series Champion.
A.         CARL CRAWFORD (3 SB 16,17-Aug-2006; 2004 3B/SB 19/59, 2006 16/58; 3B 2004-6, 2010, SB 2003-4, 2006‑7; 6 SB/G 03-May-2009 tied with Eddie Collins [both times in 1912]; 25‑Aug‑2012 Traded by the Boston Red Sox with Josh BeckettAdrian GonzalezNick Punto and cash to the Los Angeles Dodgers, brought on with Adrien Gonzalez, according to a book by Terry Francona, to appeal to more women viewers to prop up sagging TV ratings)
FCR -    Kirk Colwell, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Incorrect answers:  Willie Wilson, Ichiro Suzuki, Marquis Grissom, Jacoby Ellsbury, Otis Nixon, Juan Pierre, Kenny Lofton, Ty Cobb, Rickey Henderson, Lou Brock, Curtis Granderson

Q.         Who was the only Expo to lead the majors in stolen bases in consecutive seasons?
Hint:     Four times he won the Gold Glove for outfielders and coincidentally attended the same college as another Expo outfield Gold Glove winner.
Hint:     The last of his four career grand slams came after he had just fouled a pitch off his ankle.
Hint:     He caught the fly ball out that ended Dennis Martinez’ perfect game.
Twint:    He was the only member of the 1995 Braves born and raised in Atlanta.
A.         MARQUIS GRISSOM (76/78 1991/1992 led the majors, Raines led the NL 4 consecutive, but the majors only in 1981, 1984; He and Andre Dawson attended Florida A&M; GS 04‑Sep‑2004; Martinez perfecto 28-Sep-1991; 1995 Braves)
FCR -    Barry Naymark, Toronto, ON
Incorrect answers:  Tim Raines, Andre Dawson, Neifi Perez, Craig Biggio

Q.         Who was the catcher for Nolan Ryan’s last no-hitter?
Hint:     Ten days earlier, he had the 11th-inning winning sacrifice hit to give Rich Gossage his first victory following Gossage’s stint in Japanese Profession Baseball.
Hint:     Until the 2014 season, aside from the notorious “player to be named later”, he was the only major leaguer to be traded from the Red Sox to the Yankees in 28 years.
Hint:     He hit the first pinch-hit grand slam in Texas Ranger history.
Twint:    He was, for a season, the Red Sox bench coach until he resigned to spend more time with his family.
Twint:    Comments from the family were unavailable at press time.
A.         MIKE STANLEY (01-May-1991; TEX beat MKE 6-5 on his sacrifice bunt 23-Apr-1991; 1997 traded to NYY, the prior trade being Don Baylor for Mike Easler 1986; GS 27‑Jun‑1987 off Jeff Reardon; 2002 coach with resignation announced 04-Oct-2002)
FCR -    Rich Klein, Plano, TX
Incorrect answers:  Jeff Torborg, Tony Armas, John Flaherty, Ivan Rodriguez, Mike Stanton

WEEKLY THEME – Players who got five hits in a single postseason game

Player              Date          Series    Game   Series MVP
Blair           06-Oct-1969     ALCS     G 3       ~
Crawford    14-Oct-2008     ALCS     G 4       Matt Garza
Grissom     07-Oct-1995     NLDS     G 4       ~
Jeter           03-Oct-2006     ALDS     G 1       ~
Matsui        16-Oct-2004     ALCS     G 3       David Ortiz
Molitor       12-Oct-1982       WS      G 1       Darrell Porter
Pujols        22-Oct-2011       WS      G 5       David Freese
Stanley       10-Oct-1999     ALDS     G 4       ~

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Douglas Sher, Charleston, SC (after Molitor)

Incorrect theme guesses:

Monday   -  Guys with the most Home Runs in their first ten seasons

Tuesday   -  100 postseason ABs with over 1.000 OPS
               -  Most recent representative from their team to turn in 200+ hit season

Wed.       -  Most hits at each position

Thursday  -  Rookies of the Year who later won World Series MVP
               -  Players with an OPS of 1.000 or more in a post-season series

Sunday    -  Players who played in WS in two consec years for different teams

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