Monday, November 1, 2010

Answers for the Week of October 25, 2010

Q.         Who called himself the world’s second-most famous peanut farmer?
Hint:     His brother won the Cy Young award before he did.
Twint:    Contrary to his manager’s prediction, he hit his first home the day Neil Armstrong walked on the moon.
A.         Gaylord Perry (2nd only to Jimmy Carter; Jim Perry CYA 1970, Gaylord ‘72, ’78; Several witnesses confirm that his manager, Alvin Dark publicly said, “They’ll put a man on the moon before Perry hits a home run.” On 20-Jul-1969, about an hour after Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon, Perry hit the first home run of his career off the Dodgers’ Claude Osteen.)
First Correct Respondent – Paul Greenwell, Fort Worth

Q.         Who is the career leader in blown saves?
Hint:     His major league career spanned all eight major league work stoppages.
Twint:    He was selected to the All-Star team as a starter and as a reliever.
A.         Rich Gossage (112; Work stoppages 1972-94)
FCR -    Michael Dittelman, White Plains, NY

Q.         For whom did the Braves obtain John Smotlz?
Hint:     He was also once traded for Frank Robinson.
Twint:    He went 9-0 with a 1.53 ERA with the Tigers after the Smoltz trade.
A.         Doyle Alexander (12-Aug-1987; 02-Dec-1971)
FCR -    Dave Serota, Kalamazoo, MI

Q.         What Venezuelan lefty threw a no-hitter in his second major league start?
Hint:     His career ERA coming into the game was infinity.
Twint:    He threw the first-ever pitch for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
A.         Wilson Alvarez (11-Aug-1991; 31-Mar-1998)
FCR -    John Rickert, Terre Haute

Q.         What pitcher holds the record for career wins in the Southeast Conference (SEC)?
Hint:     A college teammate of his held a famous major league pitching record for 18 seasons.
Twint:    He and his college teammates logged a total of 58 seasons in the majors.
A.         Jeff Brantley (45 W at Mississippi State [tied with Kip Bouknight of South Carolina]; Bobby Thigpen had 57 Saves, set in 1990, broken in 2008 by Francisco Rodriguez; Thigpen, Will Clark, Rafael Palmeiro)
FCR -    Fred Brillhart, Mechanicsburg, PA

Q.         What pitcher is 4-1 with the Yankees, but 1-1 with a total of three other teams in the postseason?
Hint:     He became the Yankees all-time single-season leader in pitching appearances the year Mariano Rivera had arm problems.
Twint:    He went to college in Nolan Ryan’s home town.
A.         Mike Stanton (79 G in 1998; Alvin Community College, Alvin, TX)
FCR -    Brian Engelhardt, Reading, PA

Q.         Whose signature pitch was called “The Terminator”?
Hint:     He played across the diamond from J. T. Snow on his high school baseball team.
Twint:    He was the youngest pitcher on the inaugural Florida Marlins.
Twint:    His father hit home runs off Catfish Hunter, Stu Miller, Luis Tiant, and Milt Pappas in the same month.
A.         Robb Nen  (Los Alamitos [CA] High School; 23 years old; HRs September 1967)
FCR -    Ira Kotel, Short Hills, NJ

Q.         Who earned his 100th career victory and collected his 1,000th career strikeout in the same game?
Hint:     He once led his league in wins, but saw no postseason action that year.
Hint:     He, Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux were the starting pitchers in a three-game postseason sweep.
Twint:    He surrendered Barry Bonds’ 300th home run.
A.         John Burkett (23-Sep-1997; 22W in 1993; Sweep 2001; 27-Apr-1996)
FCR -    Al Blumkin, Brooklyn

WEEKLY THEME – All-Stars who have pitched for both the San Francisco Giants and the Texas Rangers.

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Joe Ullian, Santa Barbara (after the Wednesday question)

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