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T. Scott Brandon,
Port Angeles, Washington,
D. Bruce Brown,
This week’s trivia is the repeat of a quiz given yesterday by reader Reverend Gerry Beirne at a SABR regional meeting in New England last month.We thank him for his willingness to share it.As a Christmas gift, we will share with you in advance his theme: "Men who played for both the Red Sox and the Yankees." With that head-start, you’ll likely not need many hints.If you do, check Twitter.
Q. No Yankee has ever had a higher single season batting average than this former Boston stalwart.
Twint: He holds a number of other records for both teams.
A. Babe Ruth (.393 in 1923 [Ironically, Ruth lost the batting title by 10 points that year, to the Tigers’ Harry Heilman.])
First Correct Respondent - Alan Work, White Plains, NY
MONDAY THE SECOND TIME
Q. Like Tiger Woods, his mother is from Thailand, so why are these two men not called Thai-American?
Twint: This year he passed Lou Gehrig in career hits.
Q. Other major leaguers have been born on Christmas Day, perhaps even in a taxicab on the way to the hospital. But this Hall of Famer is the only one traded for Eric Plunk - twice.
Twint: His career stolen bases are more than the entire Red Sox franchise total - in history!
A. Rickey Henderson (Further research reveals that his stolen base total merely [sic] surpassed the Red Sox total during his time in the majors before joining the Sox.)
FCR - Frank DiPrima, Morristown, NJ
Q. The 1967 "Impossible Dream" pennant would not have happened without this catcher who hit .147 for them that year.
Twint: He was the first black man to play for the Yankees.
A. Elston Howard (Howard broke up future teammate Billy Rohr’s no-hit bid with a single in the bottom of the ninth in the first week of the season as the Sawks beat the Yankees on 14‑Apr. Also, his block of Ken Berry at home plate on Jose Tartabull's throw completed a game-ending double play at Comiskey Park on 27-Aug.)
FCR - Bill Carle, Lee's Summit, MO
WEDNESDAY THE SECOND TIME
Q. The Yanks acquired this scrappy third baseman from the Angels in a trade for Bill Castro, well after his days of Fenway adventure.
Twint: He won the International League Manager of the Year Award in 1991, guiding the Pawtucket Red Sox.
Q. Hard core fans will remember with mixed emotion the Bay State born hurler whose ninth inning wild pitch gave Boston the 1904 pennant, even though he had won more games that season than any other pitcher in modern history.
Twint: His family name was pronounced the same as if you’d asked a Wisconsin hippie what he wanted on his hamburger.
Q. Both the Yankees and the Red Sox currently have five minor league franchises, name as many as you can (Gulf League and Dominican Leagues do not count).
Twint: C’mon! You know it or you don’t.
A. - YANKEES RED SOX
Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees Pawtucket
Trenton Thunder Portland Sea Dogs
Tampa Yankees Salem Red Sox
Charlesto(w)n River Dogs Greenville Drive
Staten Island Yankees Lowell Spinners
FCR - Tim Hagerty, Portland, OR
WEEKLY THEME – Selected notable major leaguers who played or managed for the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox (or their franchise predecessors) as presented to the geographically appropriate, but often loyalty-split Start-Lajoie chapter of SABR last month.
Q. What Hall of Famer ate pork chops three times a day?
Hint: The first professional team he played on won the World Series.
Twint: At the time of his retirement, he was the last-active Major Leaguer to have appeared in the Negro Leagues.
Twint: More than a few retired players still take credit for developing his batting stance.
A. Hank Aaron (Indianapolis Clowns team owner Sid Pollock with the dietary claim; played for Indianapolis Clowns, last game 03-Oct-1977 [3 days after Minnie Minoso’s 1976 PH appearance], later surpassed by Minoso’s 1980 PH appearances; Aaron batted cross-handed when he came to the pros.)
FCR - John Wanamaker, Binghamton, NY
Q. Who, matching the theme of this week, led his league in batting with a .361 average in 1961?
Hint: His record for leadoff home runs in the National League was broken by Bobby Bonds.
Hint: He went one-for-ten in the Pan Am games, playing for the U.S.
Twint: He passed Mickey Mantle to set a new career strikeout record.
Twint: He hit .189 in his first collegiate season—.500 in his second.
Q. Who, as a third base coach, slid into third base as the runner he directed also slid into third?
Hint: He debuted in the majors at the age of seventeen with the team for whom he was a batboy as a child.
Hint: He once swapped his managers job with a radio broadcaster.
Hint: Another time, he stepped down as manager with his team in third place, then watched from the broadcast booth as his team came back to win the pennant.
Twint: His surname hardly described his personality. His nickname was considerably more descriptive.
A. “Jolly” Charlie Grimm (Arthur Daley, in his Sports of the Times column 20-Jun-1956; Batboy and ML debut 1917 Phil A’s; 1960 swap with Lou Boudreau; mid-1938 when Gabby Hartnett took over the third place Cubs)
FCR - Bill Lewers, McLean, VA
Q: What shortstop holds the record by participating in nine career triple plays?
Hint: He also has the record for most put outs in a season by a shortstop with 425.
Hint: He was named “King of Baseball” at the 1963 Winter Meetings.
Twint: He was “Mr. Baseball” in his home State of Indiana.
Twint: He died eating a hot dog while working as a scout in Florida at age 84.