Sunday, May 8, 2011
May 2-8, 2011 Rookie of the Year Award winners who never hit for a higher batting average after their rookie season.
N.B. Gregg Gaylord of Chicago has supplied us with this week’s theme and questions.
Q. Who was the first player to hit two home runs in an inning twice?
Hint: He, Bobby Richardson and Charles Schultz will forever be linked.
SABR Hint: He still holds the record for career grand slams by a National Leaguer.
Twint: He played for three California-based teams.
A. Willie McCovey (12-Apr-1973 & 27-Jun-1977; “Peanuts” comic strip 22-Dec-1962; 18 NL GS; San Francisco, San Diego & Oakland)
First Correct Respondent - Mark Jones, Birmingham
Q. Who was the first Braves player to win the Rookie of the Year Award?
Hint: His single started the rally that ended with the “Shot heard ‘round the world”.
Hint: He was regular-season teammates with Warren Spahn, Willie Mays, Stan Musial, Ernie Banks and Robin Roberts.
SABR Hint: He was once drafted by the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles.
Twint: He managed in the World Series with teams from each league, winning once.
FCR - Cappy Gagnon, South Bend
Q. What former Cardinals All-Star was an MVP, leading the league in HR, RBI, BB, OBP, and SLG?
Hint: The batting title that year went to a player who hit no home runs.
SABR Hint: He hit the first regular-season home run indoors, accounting for all the runs in the game.
SABR Hint: He also committed the first indoors error.
Twint: When he was growing up, no one ever called him Richie. It simply wasn’t his name.
A. Dick Allen (MVP in 1972; Rod Carew .318 w/ 0 HR; (HR at the Astrodome 12-Apr-1965; Error in the 9th inning)
FCR - Jim Casey, Savannah
Q. Who hit the first regular-season home run for the Florida Marlins?
Hint: It was the team’s sixth game, their first on the road.
SABR Hint: He holds the record for the longest hitting streak by a player at his position.
Twint: He was signed as a free agent 11 times.
A. Benito Santiago (HR 12-Apr-1993; 34 G streak by a C 1987;
FCR - Randall Chandler, Germantown, TN
Q. Who, when he retired, was his team’s all-time leader in stolen bases with 252?
Hint: In the Vietnam War, in the middle of his career, he earned a Bronze Star as platoon leader.
SABR Hint: He was regarded by some as the fastest player in Baltimore Oriole history.
SABR Hint: That claim, though made by his Hall of Fame manager, was easily gainsaid by several teammates.
Twint: He was a Trojan.
A. Al Bumbry (Service from July 1969 to June 1971; Fleet of skeptical teammates included Don Baylor, Paul Blair, Mark Belanger, Rich Coggins et al; Attended Troy State University)
FCR - John Rickert, Terre Haute
Q. Who appeared as the double for actor Tab Hunter in distance shots in the movie “Damn Yankees”?
Hint: Hunter's character was left-handed, so this right-hander was outfitted with a mirror-image Nats uniform and the film was reversed in production.
SABR Hint: The previous season, he had led the league in home runs, runs batted in and total bases and finished behind only Mickey Mantle and Ted Williams in slugging percentage.
Twint: He was only one of seven players to don the uniforms of both the original and expansion Washington Senators.
FCR - Jim Casey, Savannah
Q. Whose thirteen hits in consecutive calendar days is still a major league record?
Hint: He went on this tear only six weeks after being traded with another All-Star for a Hall of Famer.
SABR Hint: His parents moved from Mostar to Moosup.
Twint: A Husky, he was drafted by the Steamrollers and the Bears.
A. Walt Dropo (13 H 14-, 15a- & 15b-Jul-1952; Traded 03-Jun-1952 with Johnny Pesky [and others] for George Kell [and others]; His Serbian parents emigrated from Mostar, then Kingdom of Yugoslavia [Bosnia and Herzegovina] to Moosup, CT; drafted in the first round of the Draft by the Providence Steamrollers with the fourth overall pick; also drafted by the Chicago Bears in the 9th round of the 1946 NFL Draft after starring in three sports at the University of Connecticut.)
FCR - Peter Baughman, Columbia, CT
Q. Whom did Mike Scioscia call the “Ozzie Smith of the American League”?
Hint: He was on the losing team in three perfect games.
SABR Hint: He was on deck as Joe Carter faced Mitch Williams in the ninth inning of Game Six of the 1993 World Series.
SABR Hint: His playing career ended when Carter homered.
Twint: He once had a consecutive games played streak that stretched to 392 games.
A. Alfredo Griffin (Perfect games 15-May-1981 by Len Barker, 16-Sep-1988 by Tom Browning & 28-Jul1991 by Dennis Martinez)
FCR - David Krassin, New York
Q. Who is, in all probability, the most tattooed player today in major league baseball?
Hint: He appeared in three consecutive World Series with three different teams, winning twice.
SABR Hint: The next year he was with the team that lost in the NLDS to the eventual champions.
Twint: In his major league debut—on opening day of the season—he picked up his first big league hit and an RBI with a two-run single off Pedro Martinez.
A. Eric Hinske (Tats; WS in 2007 w/ the Red Sox, 08 w/ the Rays & 09 w/ the Yankees; 2010 NLDS w/ the Braves; Debut 01-Apr-2002)
FCR - David Krassin, New York
Q. Who broke Ron Santo’s consecutive games Cubs hitting streak?
Hint: He once injured his hamstring running for third and was tagged out crawling to third.
Hint: It was the final out of the game.
Hint: He missed a month of play during his best season.
SABR Hint: He played for six teams in the majors, but was never traded.
Twint: Teammate Dwight Smith got two votes, preventing his Rookie of the Year Award from being unanimous.
FCR - David Krassin
WEEKLY THEME – Rookie of the Year Award winners who never hit for a higher batting average after their rookie season.
Allen .318 1964
Bumbry .337 1973
Dark .322 1948
Dropo .322 1950
Griffin .287 1979
Hinske .279* 2002
McCovey .354 1959
Santiago .300 1987
Sievers .306 1949
Walton .293** 1989
*Currently has a higher average
** Had higher averages, but never in a season with enough at-bats to qualify for a batting title
First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Al Blumkin, Brooklyn