Sunday, April 20, 2014

April 14-20, 2014 All-Star Players Born in California’s San Fernando Valley

Q.         Which Hall of Famer was married to a Hall of Famer?
Hint:     Three seasons after winning a Cy Young Award, he led a World Series championship team in batting.  (20 PA min.)
Hint      His nickname is also that of a city he never played in.
Twint:    He was a minor league teammate of Tommy Lasorda.
A.         Don Drysdale (Married basketball player Ann Meyers 01‑Nov‑1986; 1965 Dodgers, CYA 1962; “Bid D” [Dallas]; W/Lasorda on the 1955 Montreal Royals)
FCR -    Pete Piet, Chicago, IL
Incorrect answers: 

Q.         What brawny ex-Bruin was once traded for Scott Rolen?
Hint:     He was the World Series MVP the only time his franchise won a World Series.
Hint:     He once hit 47 home runs in a season and didn’t get a single MVP vote.
Hint:     He won a Bronze Medal playing for the U.S. Olympic baseball team.
Twint:    Only he and Hank Aaron hit as many as 47 home runs in a season without hitting ten in any calendar month that year.
A.         Troy Glaus (Attended UCLA; Rolen trade14‑Jan‑2008; WS MVP 2002 w/ANA; 47 HR 2000; 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta; Aaron 47 HR in 1971 [and was 3rd in the MVP voting w/180!])
FCR -    Rich Klein, Plano, TX
Incorrect answers:  Luis Gonzalez, Mark McGwire, Dick Groat, Adam Dunn, Ken Caminiti, Juan Gonzalez

Q.         Who was the last pitcher from a Chicago team to win the Cy Young Award?
Hint:     He snubbed the Red Sox when they drafted him and instead went on to win the "Baseball America" Freshman of the Year Award, given to the country’s top first-year college player.
Hint:     His fifteen complete games one season wouldn’t impress Jack Chesbro or Vic Willis, but that total was the highest of its decade.
Twint:    His university’s mascot changed from a bird to a color shortly before his arrival.
A.         Jack McDowell (CYA 1993
FCR -    Patrick Roth, Chicago, IL
Incorrect answers:  Mark Buehrle, Fergie Jenkins, Wilbur Wood, LaMarr Hoyt, Greg Maddux, Mark Prior, Rick Sutcliffe, Steve Stone, Carlos Zambrano, Kerry Wood, J.D. Drew

Q.         Who made, according to the MLB television channel, made the greatest home-run-robbing catch ever.
Hint:     Mike Lamb certainly thinks so.
Twint:    Neither he nor his father actually ever served in the military.
A.         Gary Matthews, Jr. (Catch; Gary Matthews, Sr., both nicknamed "Sarge")
FCR -    Matt Dicker, Chicago, IL
Incorrect answers:  Jim Edmonds, Bo Jackson, Endy Chavez, Torii Hunter, Mike Trout, Kenny Lofton, Ken Griffey, Jr.

Q.         Who is the first Giant to be named Rookie of the Year then fail to be elected to the Hall of Fame?
Hint:     He was, however, the 1st XROY 2B NLCS MVP. 
Hint:     He wrote a book that included the quote, "Say what you mean but pick your spots."
Twint:    Ted Turner received a one-year suspension by Bowie Kuhn for signing him in 1977 with Turner’s responding to this by saying, "I’m thankful he didn’t order me shot."
A.         Gary Matthews, Sr. (ROY 1973, Willie Mays [1951]; Orlando Cepeda [1958] and Willie McCovey [1959] are all in the Hall; 1983 NLCS MVP (In this case 2B = "to be” not "second baseman"; Matthewsisms from  "They Call Me Sarge", written to advise rookies; Turner suspended for recruiting Sarge before he became a free agent.)
FCR -    Micki Maynard, Phoenix, AZ
Incorrect answers:  Chris Speier, Marco Scutaro, Jeff Kent, Robby Thompson, Jim Ray Hart, Bill White, Alvin Dark, Orlando Cepeda, Willie McCovey, John Montefusco, Jack Sanford, Ron Hunt

Q.         What Dirtbag pitcher, with a record of 31-13 over the past two seasons in the majors, has started this year 0‑2?
Hint:     He doesn't look 6'7", does he?
Twint:    His brother is almost as tall.
A.         Jered Weaver (Long Beach State alum, baseball mascot = Dirtbags; Brother Jeff Weaver)
FCR -    David Girdany, Somerset, PA
Incorrect answers:  Justin Verlander, Stephen Strasburg, Doug Fister, Anibal Sanchez, Brandon McCarthy, Zach Greinke, A.J. Burnett, Clay Bucholz, Chris Sale, Cliff Lee

Q.         Who is the only pitcher in the playoff era to give up ten earned runs in a game and still collect the win?
Hint:     He finished the second-half of that season with a 10-4 record leading his team into the playoffs.
Hint:     In his only World Series, he was relieved after 6.1 innings in Game 6 with a 5-0 lead with his team up three games to two.
Hint:     His team collapsed, losing that game and the deciding game seven.
Twint:    He found himself on another team the next season, but led the league in wins and made his only All-Star Game appearance.
A.         Russ Ortiz (21‑May‑2000 16-10 victory over MIL; lost 2000 NLDS to NYM; 2002 WS SFG vs ANA; Game 6
FCR -    Doug Greenwald, San Francisco            , CA
Incorrect answers:  Bruce Kison, Bruce Hurst, Dave McNally, Brandon McCarthy, John Lackey, Juaquin Andujar, Catfish Hunter, Livan Hernandez

Q.         Who was the first rookie to earn a save in the final game of a World Series?
Hint:     He grew up in a small cabin in rural Idaho which made some think he couldn’t handle the pressure of being a closer in the majors.
Hint:     Despite this, in his third year in the majors, he tied the established record by retiring 41 consecutive batters.
Twint:    Due in no small part to his girth and height, he was named the spokesperson for the Breakfast McGriddle in the Windy City.
A.         Bobby Jenks (G 4 2005 WS; Jim Barr retired 41 in 1972, with teammate Mark Buehrle breaking the record with 45 in 2009; listed at 6'4", 275 lbs.)
FCR -    Patrick Roth, Chicago, IL
Incorrect answers:  Jim Barr, Jesse Orosco, Todd Worrell, Adam Wainwright, Larry Sherry, Grover Cleveland Alexander, Francisco Rodriguez, Joe Page, Mark Wohlers

WEEKLY THEME – All-Star players born in California’s San Fernando Valley, ergo "Valley Guys"

Players          City
Drysdale   -    Van Nuys
McDowell  -    Van Nuys
Weaver      -    Northridge
Glaus        -    Tarzana
Matthews   -    San Fernando
Ortiz          -    Van Nuys
Jenks        -    Mission Hills
Matthews, Jr.    -    San Francisco (unintentionally misleading—Sorry—we’re normally intentional with those.

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Josh Murphy, Cedar Rapids, IA

Incorrect theme guesses:

               -  MLB ties to UCLA
               -  Players who married woman named Ann


               -  Angels who played for Pac 10 teams
               -  College World Series winners
               -  Willie McGee

               -  Theme has to do with college?  Maybe PAC 10?
               -  Something to do with them all being Angels players

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

April 7-13, 2014 Players who finished 2nd in home runs in the major leagues in consecutive seasons

Q.         Who was the first player to win the Most Valuable Player Award at two different positions?
Hint:     In 1938 he fell two homers short of tying Babe Ruth's single season record.
Hint:     He was Hammerin' Hank before Hammerin' Hank.
Twint:    He lost nearly four years to military service partly due to the fact that he re-enlisted after Pearl Harbor was attacked.
A.         Hank Greenberg (MVP 1935 1B, 1940 LF; 58 HR 1938 to Ruth’s 60; Nickname the same as Henry Aaron; Out from early 1941-1944, he was discharged 05-Dec-1941, but signed up again 30-Jan-1942)
FCR -    Will McCracken, Bradenton, FL
Incorrect answers:  Hack Wilson, Robin Yount, Jimmie Foxx, Alex Rodriquez

Q.         Whose towering blast in the nation's capital became the first "tape measure" home run?
Hint:     The uniform number he became famous for is not the number he first wore.
Twint:    "I would have hated to be named Gordon."
A.         Mickey Mantle (HR off Chuck Stobbs 17‑Apr‑1953 out of Griffith Stadium, traveling a purported 565 feet, as measured and reported by Yankee publicity director Red Patterson; Well-known for wearing (being!) #7, originally wore #6;  Named by his father after future Hall of Famer Mickey Cochrane, who had won the AL MVP 3 years before; Cochrane's birth name was Gordon.)
FCR -    Robert Heckman, Alexandria, VA
Incorrect answers:  Harmon Killebrew, Frank Howard, Ted Williams

Q.         Who was the first Atlanta Brave to win a league Most Valuable Player Award?
Hint:     To show it wasn’t a fluke, he won another the very next year.
Hint:     He hit more career homers than Tony Perez, Orlando Cepeda, Ralph Kiner or Joe DiMaggio but never earned enough votes to gain entry into the Hall of Fame.
Twint:    Russ Nixon said of him "He's scary.  Do they have something above MVP?"
A.         Dale Murphy (MVP 1982-83; 398 HR [Perez 379, Cepeda 379, Kiner 369, DiMaggio 361]; It might be worth noting that Nixon was coach for the last-place Reds those two seasons.)
FCR -    Joel Gross, Dunwoody, GA
Incorrect answers:  Bob Horner, Dwayne Murphy , Terry Pendleton, Eddie Matthews, Joe Adcock, Jeff Burroughs, Darrell Evans

Q.         Babe Ruth held the career home run record for over forty years and three months.  Whose record did he break originally?
Hint:     He led his league once in home runs, once in RBI and once in batting average.
Hint:     Alas, they were not in the same season.
Twint:    His wife gave him a weather vane made from baseball bats.  It stood as a landmark in Waterbury, Connecticut for years after his retirement from the game.
Twint:    His is the example most people use when explaining why left-handed throwers shouldn’t play third base.
A.         Roger Connor (Ruth broke both his records:  For… a. # of career homers and b. Time holding that record; Connor tallied 138 HRs, a record for 26 years, 25 days, Ruth passed him in 1921; Led in HR w/14 in 1890, in RBI w/130 in 1889 & in avg. w/.371 in 1885; Committed 60 E in 83 G @ 3B as a rookie in 1880.)
FCR -    Gary Glasser, Fort Lee, NJ
Incorrect answers:  Frank Baker, Cy Williams, Hank Aaron, Tris Speaker, Sam Crawford, Socks Seybold, Babe Ruth, Buck Freeman, Everett Scott, Sam Thompson, Ken Williams, Wally Pipp, Bob Johnson, Ned Williamson

Q.         Which post-expansion Washington Senator won his league's RBI title, home run title, most walks and most intentional bases-on-balls, but only finished 5th in the AL MVP voting?
Hint:     The year he won a World Series ring, both of his postseason extra-base hits were off a future Hall of Famer.
Hint:     As a junior in college, he was an All-American basketball player and was drafted by the NBA.
Twint:    At the time he retired, he led his franchise in total home runs, RBI, bases-on-balls, extra-base hits, on-base %, slugging, OPS, games played, at-bats, inter alia.
A.         Frank Howard (1970 stats: 44 HR, 126 RBI, 132 BB, 29 IBB lost to Boog Powell who didn't lead in a single offensive category; 1963 WS G 1 2B & G 4 HR off Whitey Ford; Played basketball at Ohio State, NBA 1958 draft 3rd round, 5th pick; Texas Rangers franchise, which includes 1901-1971 when they were the Washington Senators.)
FCR -    Bob Chan, Oakland, CA
Incorrect answers:  Harmon Killebrew, Jeff Burroughs, Roy Sievers

Q.         Who is the only player to hit 23 triples in a season since 1950?
Hint:     The following year he led the American League in triples with 13.
Hint:     He hit an Opening Day home run in his first at-bat as a Yankee.
Twint:    He is putting up $5 million of the $7 million need to build a stadium at his alma mater, the University of Illinois at Chicago.
A.         Curtis Granderson (23 3b in 1949: Dale Mitchell; 13 3b 2008; HR 04‑Apr‑2010; UIC announcement)
FCR -    David Krassin, New York, NY
Incorrect answers:  Rickey Henderson, Willie Wilson, Tim Raines, Derek Jeter, Dale Mitchell, Ichiro Suzuki, Jim Rice, Rod Carew, Roy White, Mickey Rivers, Lance Johnson, Bobby Bonds, Willie Mays, Bernie Williams

Q.         Who was the first player to hit three home runs in a game thrice in a season?
Hint:     He once sat next to the First Lady during the State of the Union Address.
Hint:     He was the last player to collect a combined 300 Runs + RBI in a season.
Twint:    Some say he has tried to save face by changing race.
A.         Sammy Sosa (09‑Aug‑, 22‑Aug‑ & 23‑Sep‑2001; SOUA 1999; 2001:  146 R + 160 RBI; Pigment change story)
FCR -    Richard Tharp, Gaithersburg, MD
Incorrect answers:  Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, Jeff Bagwell, Barry Bonds, Manny Ramirez, Stan Musial, Ted Williams, Babe Ruth, Johnny Mize, Mark McGwire, Ben Oglivie, Ryan Braun, George Brett, Henry Aaron

Q.         Who was the first New York Mets player to lead the National League in home runs?
Hint:     His batting average that season was fourteen points lower than the National League Cy Young Award winner's.
Hint:     He holds the record for most home runs in a final season.
Twint:    In his only major league pitching appearance, he finished a game started by Juan Marichal, Sam McDowell, Don Carrithers and Elias Sosa in an 11-0 losing effort.
A.         Dave Kingman (1982 37 HR; .204 BA to Steve Carlton’s .218; 35 HR 1986; 15-Apr-1973)
FCR -    Dean Kloner, New York, NY
Incorrect answers:  Howard Johnson, Eddie Murray, George Foster, Frank Thomas, Daryl Strawberry, Ralph Kiner, Mike Piazza, Richie Ashburn

Q.         Who was the founding member of the 30/30 Club?
Hint:     He holds the records for fewest games played in a 100-RBI season.
Twint:    Although born 74 years apart, he and his namesake are the only two major leaguers to attend Fort Pleasant High School, San Jose, CA.
A.         Ken Williams (30/30 in 1922 w/39 HR & 37 SB, [There WAS no "club" until Willie Mays went 36-40 in 1956.]; 105 RBI in 102 G 1925; Ken Williams, born 1964)
FCR -    Josh Sullivan, Tomball, TX
Incorrect answers:  Bobby Bonds, Rusty Staub, Barry Larkin, Willie Mays, Jose Canseco, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle, Baby Doll Jacobsen, Frank Robinson

Q.         Who was the first player with a three-home-run game in each league?
Hint:     At the height of his career, he was arrested for fishing out of season.  (Yes—fishing!)
Twint:    He was also arrested at age seven for repeated theft.
A.         Babe Ruth (3HR 21‑May‑1930 w/NYY & 25‑May‑1935 w/BSN [He also did it twice in interleague play:  06‑Oct‑1926 & 09‑Oct‑1928; Fishing arrest)
FCR -    Mark Kanter, Portsmouth, RI
Incorrect answers:  Johnny Mize, Frank Robinson, Jim Thome

Q.         Who was the last player to hit four triples in one game?
Hint:     His record of reaching base in 64 straight games stood for fifty years.
Hint:     He led the majors with 123 bases-on-balls in his rookie season.
Twint:    He was succeeded by a future Hall of Fame manager who then managed the final 22 games of his 2,288-game career.
A.         Bill Joyce (4 3b 18‑May‑1897, George Strief the only other player with 4 3b in 1 G 25‑Jun‑1885; OB record 1891-1941; 123 BB 1890 in the Players’ League; Managed the NY Giants to a respectable 179-122 record 1896-98 but was succeeded by Cap Anson, who bowed out with an unremarkable 9-22.)
FCR -    Micki Maynard, Phoenix, AZ
Incorrect answers:  Joe Morgan, Ted Williams, Baby Doll Jacobson, Eddie Yost, Billy Hamilton, Tris Speaker, Joe DiMaggio

Q.         Who was the first player to lead the American League in hits playing for two teams?
Hint:     After he committed 86 errors at third base in one year, still a National League record for that position, he was wisely re-assigned.
Hint:     Contemporaries believed that had he played in the 1920s and1930s, he’d have been a power hitter on par with the best of that era.
Twint:    After retiring, he coached baseball at West Virginia University, his alma mater.
Twint:    Not stopping there, he later became mayor of Morgantown.
Twint:    He appeared in the rare 1903 E1007 Breisch Williams baseball card set.
A.         Charlie Hickman (179 H w/BOS & CLE; 86 E in 1900 playing for NYG)
FCR -    Josh Sullivan, Tomball, TX
Incorrect answers:  Frank Baker, Ned Williamson, Ginger Beaumont, Roger Connor, Wee Willie Keeler, Kevin Mitchell

WEEKLY THEME – Players who finished 2nd in home runs in the major leagues in consecutive seasons.

Player          Years/HRs       Behind
Connor         1887 / 17      Billy O'Brien / 19
                    1888 / 14      Jimmy Ryan / 16
Granderson    2011 / 41      Jose Bautista / 43
                    2012 / 43      Miguel Cabrera / 44
Greenberg      1939 / 33      Jimmie Foxx / 35
                    1940 / 41      Johnny Mize / 43
Hickman       1902 / 11      Socks Seybold / 16
                    1903 / 12      Buck Freeman / 13
Howard         1969 / 48      Harmon Killebrew / 49
                    1970 / 44      Johnny Bench / 45
Joyce            1894 / 17      Hugh Duffy / 18
                    1895 / 17      Sam Thompson / 18
Kingman       1975 / 36      Mike Schmidt / 38
                    1976 / 37      Schmidt / 38
Mantle          1960 / 40      Ernie Banks / 41
                    1961 / 54      Roger Maris / 61
Murphy         1984 / 36      Tony Armas / 43
                    1985 / 37      Darrell Evans / 40
Ruth             1932 / 41      Jimmie Foxx / 58
                    1933 / 34      Foxx / 48
Sosa             1998 / 66      Mark McGwire / 70
                    1999 / 63      McGwire / 65
Williams        1921 / 24      Babe Ruth / 59
                    1922 / 39      Rogers Hornsby / 42

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – No one

Incorrect theme guesses:

               -  Famous Jewish players
               -  Baseball players featured on USPS postage stamps
               -  Players who debuted as the youngest player in the league
               -  Sluggers who retired in their 30s
               -  Unanimous American League MVPs
               -  Players who debuted as the youngest in their league and went on to win multiple MVP awards
               -  American League home run champs
               -  50+ home run hitters
               -  Home Run leaders with 50 or more in a season
               -  Hitters who have led the league in walks and strikeouts in the same season

               -  Back-to-back MVP award winners
               -  Home run leaders by decade
               -  First time MVP and RBI champs in the same year
               -  Debuted at teenagers, won multiple MVP awards
               -  Debuted as teenagers, led the league in home runs multiple times
               -  A team made up with a multiple MVP in each position
               -  Multiple MVP's

               -  Players who won a HR title playing OF and 1B

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

March 31-April 6, 2014 Pitchers voted All-Star Game MVP

Q.         What pitcher leads all others in career saves?
Hint:     Know this muss, he wasn’t born on a train.
Hint      "Sandman"
Twint:    5 rings
A.         Mariano Rivera (652 S; Born 29‑Nov‑1969 on the isthmus of Panama in a stationary edifice [probably his parents’ home] unlike his fellow countryman Rod Carew; Took the mound to "Enter Sandman" by Metallica, which also earned him the nickname "Sandman"; He was an integral part of 5 World Series champion teams, NYY in  1996, 98, 99, 2000 & 09)
FCR -    Alex Griffel, Great Neck, NY
Incorrect answers:  Trevor Hoffman

Q.         What Hall of Fame pitcher took a no-hitter into the eighth (not ninth) inning in his major league debut?
Hint:     He became a minister.
Hint:     You could see his chin under his heel.
Twint:    He pitched more complete-game shutouts than any other pitcher in the 1960s.
Answer: Juan Marichal (Debut 19‑Jul‑1960, Clay Dalrymple pinch-hit for C Cal Neeman and singled for the Phillies' only hit that day; Minister of Sports and Physical Education for the Dominican Republic 1996-2000; During his delivery his left foot is elevated above his head; 45 ShO 1960-69
FCR -    Mike Massaroli, Staten Island, NY
Incorrect answers:  Preacher Roe, Deacon Phillippe, Warren Spahn, Scott McGregor, Ewell Blackwell, Dennis Eckersley, Bobo Newsom, Billy Rohr

Q.         Who, according to the MLB television channel, put together the greatest season ever enjoyed by any pitcher?
Hint:     In a seven-year stretch, he won five ERA titles between two leagues.
Hint:     His cumulative ERA for that span, the heart of the PED era, was 2.20.
Hint:     Not many remember him with the Phillies.
Twint:    His cousin pitched for the Orioles, Royals, Rockies, Tigers, Pirates and Giants.
Twint:    His brother was second in the Cy Young Award voting one year.
A.         Pedro Martinez (Greatest*:  2000 season; 1997 w/MON, 1998-2003 vs. MLB ERA of 4.48; PHI in 2009; Cousin Denny Bautista; Brother Ramon Martinez 2nd  in CYA voting 1990)
FCR -    Alex Griffel, Great Neck, NY
Incorrect answers:  Curt Schilling, Randy Johnson, Roy Halladay, Roger Clemens, Ferguson Jenkins, Dave Stewart, Elroy Face, Cliff Lee

Q.         Who is the most recent pitcher to receive the “Baseball Digest” Player of the Year Award?
Hint:     He is very close to Greg and Tim but is no longer friends with Brian.
Twint:    He knows the satisfaction of pitching to his son in a game.
A.         Roger Clemens (BD POY 1986; With 354, he’s just below Greg Maddux [355] & Tim Keefe [342] on the all-time pitching victories list.  Brian MacNamee is Clemens’ former trainer; He pitched 4.2 scoreless innings for the Sugar Land Skeeters 07‑Sep‑2012 with his son Koby as the catcher.)
FCR -    Daniel Solzman, Louisville, KY
Incorrect answers:  Pedro Martinez, Miguel Cabrera, Clayton Kershaw, Matt Cain, Justin Verlander, Freddy Freeman, Craig Kimbrel, Max Scherzer, Mel Rojas, Mike Trout, Lefty Grove, Denny McLain, John Smoltz

Q.         What Alabama native was elected to the Hall of Fame the fifth time of the ballot, rising steadily with each vote?
Hint:     He compiled the most National League at-bats without ever hitting a home run there.
Twint:    He was the first pitcher to strike out 100 batters in twenty consecutive seasons.
Twint:    He is the only Los Angeles Dodger pitcher to win 200 games.
A.         Don Sutton (HOF voting: 1994 [56.8%], 1995 [57.4%], 1996 [63.8%], 1997 [73.2%], 1998 [81.6%]; 1,354 NL Abs; 100 K 1966-86 [He stuck out 99 in 1987.]; 233 W [22 of Drysdale’s 209 were w/Brooklyn.])
FCR -    Scott Matteson, Shawnee, KS
Incorrect answers:  Nolan Ryan, Ray Chapman, Ozzie Smith, Joe Sewell, William Holbert, Joe Adcock

Q.         Who was invited to try out for the a major league team after serving a 45-day prison term, but was re-arrested before he could join the team?
Hint:     He tied the record originally set by Lefty Williams in 1917 by winning his first nine career decisions with this team.
Hint:     He led all American League pitchers in victories for two seasons running.
Twint:    He was a Cy Young Award winner in the second of those seasons.
A.         LaMarr Hoyt (CHW: re-arrested 21‑Feb‑1988; Erratum: Further research shows only 4 consec. Ws before a L; Led in Ws 1982-83, CYA 1983 )
FCR -    Andrew Distler, New York, NY
Incorrect answers:  Wilbur Wood, Denny McClain, Eddie Cicotte, Justin Verlander, Ozzie Smith, Joe Adcock, Ron LeFlore, Babe Ruth

Q.         Which pitcher gave up Roberto Clemente's 3,000th and final hit?
Hint:     He was the first pitcher to surrender a World Series home run to Reggie Jackson.
Hint:     In his sophomore season, he helped take his team to the World Series, but not before having his skull fractured by a line drive.
Twint:    He is the only pitcher to win the Rookie of the Year Award and the All-Star Game MVP Award.
A.         Jon Matlack (Clemente's final H, a 2b 30‑Sep‑1972; 1973 WS, line drive off the bat of Marty Perez 08‑May‑1973; ROY 1972, ASG MVP 1975 shared w/Bill Madlock
FCR -    Charlie Vascellaro, Baltimore, MD
Incorrect answers:  Jerry Koosman, Jerry Reuss, Clay Carroll, Pat Darcy, J.R. Richard, Gary Nolan, Don Gullet, Tom Seaver, Gary Gentry

WEEKLY THEME – Pitchers voted All-Star Game MVP

Clemens  –   1986
Hoyt        –   1985
Marichal   –   1965
Martinez   –   1999
Matlack    –   1975
Rivera      –   2013
Sutton     –   1977

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme:  Paul Moehringer Flanders, NJ

Incorrect theme guesses:

               -  Something to do with Panama--the road-runner (Sanguillen) will be Wednesday's answer.
               -  Players who wore number 42

               -  Players with MLB Cousins
               -  Pitchers who have won an Opening Day game at Yankee Stadium

               -  Dominican born pitchers who won a Cy Young award
               - Caribbean-born pitchers with the best lifetime WAR
               -  Latin American pitchers who have won Opening Day games
               -  Foreign-born pitchers with at least 4 All-Star selections

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* Here's the list of seasons as they presented them on TV:

9)  Steve Carlton           –          1972; (27           –          10; 1.97 ERA; ERA+ 182; 30 CG, 8 SHO, 346 IP/ 257 H; 310 K/ 87 BB; 0.993 WHIP)

8)  Ron Guidry  –          1978:  (25          –          3; 1.74 ERA; ERA+ 208; 16 CG, 9 SHO; 273 IP/ 187 H; 248 K/ 72 BB; 0.946 WHIP)

7) Greg Maddux            –          1995:  (19          –          2; 1.63 ERA; ERA+ 262; 10 CG; 3 SHO; 209 IP/ 147 H; 181 K/ 23 BB; 0.811 WHIP)

6) Sandy Koufax           –          1965; (26           –          8; 2.04 ERA; ERA+ 160; 27 CG, 8 SHO: 335 IP/ 216 H; 382 K/ 71 BB; 0.855 WHIP)

5)  Christy Mathewson  –          1908; (37           –          11; 1.43; ERA+ 168; 34 CG; 11 SHO; 390 IP; 285 H; 259 K/ 42 BB; 0.837 WHIP)

4)  Dwight Gooden       –          1985; (24           –          4; 1.53 ERA; ERA+ 228; 16 CG, 8 SHO; 276 IP/ 198 H; 268 K/ 69 BB; 0.965 WHIP)

3) Bob Gibson  –          1968; (22           –          9; 1.12 ERA: ERA+ 258; 28 CG, 13 SHO, 304 IP/ 198 H; 268 K/ 62 BB; 0.853 WHIP)

2) Walter Johnson        –          1913; (36           –          7; 1.14 ERA; ERA+ 259; 29 CG, 11 SHO; 346 IP 232 H, 243 K, 38 BB; 0.780 WHIP)

1) Pedro Martinez         –          2000; (18           –          6; 1.74 ERA; ERA+ 291; 7 CG, 4 SHO; 217 IP/ 128 H; 284 K/ 32 BB; 0.737 WHIP)

Their disclaimer every time they do these lists is "...not meant to settle arguments, but to start them!"

Many readers pointed out that it's hard to keep Smokey Joe Wood's 1912 season off this list.  Take a look:  We indeed might have swung the pendulum the other way in valuing pitching performance in the Deadball era.