Monday, June 20, 2011
June 13-19, 2011 Batters with three grand slams in a calendar month.
Q. Whose two-run triple over Curt Flood's head gave Detroit the 1968 World Series title?
Hint: He played center field when Mayo Smith moved Mickey Stanley to shortstop.
Hint: Both the Chicago Bears and New York Titans tried to sign him as a quarterback before he signed with the Tigers.
Hint: He played professional softball with former Tigers teammate Norm Cash.
SABR Hint: After Ty Cobb, he was the next Tiger to go six-for-six in a game.
Twint: From 1985-1994, he was a color analyst on the PASS Sports cable television service.
First Correct Respondent – Alan Work, White Plains, NY
Q. Who owns the best career slugging percentage for the New York Mets?
Hint: He was the first regular-season designated hitter in Dodgers history.
SABR Hint: He played for three teams in California and one in Florida.
Twint: Among NY Mets batters, only Ed Kranepool has hit into more double plays.
A. Mike Piazza (SLG .542, DH 12-Jun-1997)
FCR - Alan Work, White Plains, NY
Q. Who was the first Cincinnati Reds player to hit for the cycle in the expansion era?
Hint: He was the first Orioles player to compile a thirty-game hitting streak.
SABR Hint: Eleven years earlier, he had become the fastest to compile a 30/30 season.
Twint: Marge thought he malingered.
FCR - Randall Chandler, Germantown, TN
Q. Which Detroit Tiger, who was later a teammate of Ted Williams, is the only player to be struck out by Teddy Ballgame during Williams’ lone major league pitching appearance?
Hint: He struck out on three pitches.
Hint: He is the only Red Sox manager that did not earn at least one win for the team.
SABR Hint: Sammy Sosa broke his record for home runs in one month.
Twint: In one game, he struck, looking, four times against rookie Boo Ferriss.
A. Rudy York (K 24-Aug-1940; 20 HR by Sosa in June 1998, York had hit 18 HR August 1937; 4K 13-May-1945)
FCR - John Rickert, Terre Haute
Q. Who was the first native of Jamaica to get a hit for the American League in an All-Star game?
Hint: He was also the first native of Jamaica to get a hit for the National League in an All-Star game.
Hint: He is the only native of Jamaica to get a hit in a major league All-Star game.
SABR Hint: He began what should have been the second triple play in World Series history.
SABR Hint: Umpire Ted Davidson admitted after the game that he had blown the call.
Twint: After retiring from baseball, he changed the spelling of his last name.
Twint: It’s the original family spelling.
FCR - Jim Casey, Savannah
Q. Who advanced to first base on a passed ball after becoming a Hall of Fame pitcher's 3,000th career strikeout victim?
Hint: His major league career began in Canada and ended in Japan.
SABR Hint: He was the last 20th century player to collect an extra-base hit in four consecutive innings.
Twint: He managed the Tigers for their last season in Tiger Stadium.
FCR - Bill Garrod, Edewood, WA
Q. Who hit into Randy Velarde’s unassisted play?
Hint: He was implicated in a sign-stealing scandal with teammate Alex Rodriguez.
Hint: He was nicknamed “Roy Hobbs” for his success as a later-in-life rookie.
SABR Hint: He is the hitting coach for the Lake Elsinore Storm.
Twint: He was placement player during the 1994-95 stoppage.
FCR - Jim Casey, Savannah
Q. Who correctly predicted Matt Tuiasosopo’s first major league home run?
Hint: He also correctly predicted which at-bat and what the count would be.
Hint: Dave Niehaus said, just before the pitch, “I’ve never been so excited for a 3-1 count.”
SABR Hint: He was one of the base runners put out in John Valentin’s unassisted triple play.
Twint: He made four errors in one game, tying the major league record for third basemen.
Twint: His replacement in the field tied that same record three days later.
FCR - David de la Fuente, San Francisco
WEEKLY THEME – Batters with three grand slams in a calendar month.
First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Jim Moyer, Ellicott City, MD (after the Piazza question)
N.B. This week’s questions were already planned at written at the time of Jim Northrup’s passing. We simply moved him to the top of the week.