Sunday, May 1, 2011

April 25-May 1, 2011 Pitchers who won 20 game for a last place team.

Q.         What former Cardinal, Giant, Indian, Twin and White Sox pitcher is the Philadelphia Phillies career leader in wins?
Hint:     He is also their leader in career strikeouts.
SABR Hint:       ...also in wild pitches.
Twint:    He twice held the career MLB strikeout record before ceding it for good.
Twint:    He is now in fourth place on the all-time list.
A.         Steve Carlton (241 W; 3,031 K; 120 WP; 4,136 K)
First Correct Respondent – Rick Zucker, St. Louis

Q.         Who is the only pitcher in major league history to walk more than 2,500 batters?
Hint:     He is also the only one to walk more than 2,000 batters.
SABR Hint:       Frankly, no one else even has 1,900.
SABR Hint:       …or even 1,850.
Twint:    He used to soak his hands in pickle juice after games.
A.         Nolan Ryan (2,795 BB [S. Carleton has 1,833; 17 K 15-Jul-1973)
FCR -    Stephan Bonfield, Calgary, AB

Q.         Who was the last pitcher to get his 300th win while pitching for the New York Yankees?
Hint:     He was the winning pitcher of the 7th game of the 1983 College World Series.
SABR Hint:       He was the first pitcher to throw a one-hitter in the LCS.
Twint:    A strikeout artist, he has four sons, each of whose first names begins with the letter K.
A.         Roger Clemens (13-Jun-2003; 1983 NCAA; LCS 14-Oct-2000; sons Koby, Kory, Kacy, and Kody).
FCR -    Al Blumkin, Brooklyn

Q.         Who was the only pitcher besides Roger Clemens to win his 300th game while a Yankee?
Hint:     He twice played in the LCS, thirteen years apart, but never played in a World Series.
SABR Hint:       He the original manager of the Colorado Silver Bullets women’s baseball team.
Twint:    His nickname is based on his most famous pitch.
A.         Phil Niekro (06-Oct-1985; Bullets Mgr; NLCS 1969 & 1982; “Knucksie”)
FCR -    David Krassin, New York

Q.         Who was the first St. Louis Browns player to earn $25,000 in a year?
Hint:     He was the starting pitcher for the American League in the All-Star game one year.
SABR Hint:       Of him, Ted Williams said, “He could throw anything up there and get me out.”
Twint:    The U.S. Postal Service issued a special post mark in his honor.
A.         Ned Garver (1951 ASG; 1996 a commemorative post mark in Ney, Ohio in his honor.)
FCR -    John Rickert, Terre Haute

Q.         Whose no-hitter ought really to have been a one-hitter, because a batter-runner failed to touch first base after hitting a ball off the wall.
Hint:     The batter/runner, the opposing team’s pitcher, standing at second base, was called out for not touching first.
Hint:     In his next game, he gave up only one hit and only then because a ball that bounced off the third baseman’s chest was ruled a hit.
SABR Hint:       He surrendered the first of Ruth’s 60 home runs in 1927.
Twint:    In his rookie year, he pitched in eighteen major league games without a win or a save.
A.         Howard Ehmke (07-Sep-1923, Opposing pitcher batter/runner Slim Harris, next game 11-Sep-1923:  The lone base runner was erased on a double play; Howie Shanks 3rd baseman; Ruth HR 15-Apr-1927; 1915 Buffalo Blues of the Federal League)
FCR -    John Shiffert, Morrow, GA

Q.         Whose famous nickname was shared with his father who ladled out free soup to the needy from his restaurant?
Hint:     He is the only pitcher to strikeout the side on nine pitches in an extra inning.
Hint:     He hit 24 home runs for a minor league team and the next year won 22 games for the same team.
SABR hint:        He gave up six home runs in a single game, tying the 20th century record.
SABR hint:        He was still the winning pitcher.
SABR hint:        The six home runs were by only three players, all now Hall of Famers.
Twint:    As a scout, he signed Ralph Kiner.
A.         Sloppy Thurston (22-Aug-1923 12th inning:  Beauty McGowan, Chick Galloway, Sammy Hale; HRs 13-Aug-1932 by Bill Terry [3], Mel Ott [2] and Fred Lindstrom [1].)
FCR -    Dave MacEntee, Beacon, NY

Q.         Who pitched the last no-hitter of the 19th century?
Hint:     He stayed in shape by pitching batting practice for his team for forty years after his retirement from the majors.
SABR Hint:       He was once called baseball’s best piano player.
Twint:    His nickname, according to one account, was earned because he used to carry noodle soup to his father for lunch.
Twint:    His father worked in a piano factory.
A.         Noodles Hahn (12-Jul-1900; BP as late as 1946)
FCR -    John Rickert, Terre Haute

Q.         Whose best season saw him leading the league in innings pitched, games started, complete games, hits allowed and losses?
Hint:     During his big season, the Braves made a technical play for his services.
SABR Hint:       The ensuing court case led to John K. Tener’s resignation as National League president.
Twint:    He was the winning pitcher in Babe Ruth’s first game as a Yankee.
A.         Scott Perry (06-Aug-1918; 14-Apr-1920)
FCR -    Dave MacEntee, Beacon, NY

WEEKLY THEME – Pitchers who won 20 game for a last place team.

Pitcher       Team          Year     Record    Team’s
Carlton        Phillies        1972       27-10      59-97
Clemens     Blue Jays    1997       21-7       75-86
Ehmke        Red Sox     1923       20-17      61-91
Garver        Browns       1951       20-12      52-102
Hahn           Reds          1901       22-19      52-87
Niekro         Braves        1979       21-20      66-94
Perry          A’s             1918       21-19      52-76
Ryan           Angels        1974       22-16      68-94
Thurston     White Sox   1924       20-14      66-97

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Paul Vastola, Fanwood, NJ (after the Niekro question)

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