Sunday, June 5, 2011

May 30-June 5, 2011 World Series Most Valuable Players who played on different team the prior season.

Q.         Who was the manager of a major league franchise when it moved from one country to another?
Hint:     He was born in Texas, but raised in California.
SABR Hint:       His Hall of Fame cap is from a team in yet a third state.
Twint:    There’s no evidence he ever met Flip Wilson, but his nickname is “The Judge”.
A.         Frank Robinson (Montreal Expos 2002-04/Washington Nationals 2005-06; b. Beaumont, TX, raised in Oakland, CA; HOF cap show the Baltimore Orioles)
First Correct Respondent – Dean Sullivan

Q.         For whom did fans participate in the “Molly Watch”?
Hint:     He played more than 40% of his Hall of Fame career games as a Designated Hitter.
SABR Hint:       Only he, Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner and Eddie Collins finished their careers with 3,000 hits, a .300 lifetime batting average, and 500 stolen bases.
Twint:    He has won the Hutch Award, the Babe Ruth Award, the Lou Gehrig Award, and the Branch Rickey Award.
A.         Paul Molitor (“Watch” referred to the daily media tracking of his 1987 39-game hitting streak; 43.5% of G as DH; 3,319 H, .306, 504 SB; Hutch Award 1987, Babe Ruth Award 1993, Lou Gehrig Memorial Award 1997; Branch Rickey Award 1998)
FCR -    Judah Kaplan, Silver Spring, MD

Q.         What former Cougar went to the World Series with three different teams?
Hint:     He was the first pitcher to make fourteen consecutive Opening Day starts.
SABR Hint:       His record of 24 wild pitches in a season was broken by teammate.
Twint:    He led the Northern League in ERA in 1996, even though he retired half-way through the season.
A.         Jack Morris (1984 Tigers, 1991 Twins, 1992-93 Blue Jays; Alumnus of Brigham Young University, the Cougars; Opening Day starts 1980-93; WP record by Juan Guzman in 1993 w/ 26; 2.61 ERA for the St. Paul Saints)
FCR -    J.R. Richardson, Clarksville, MD

Q.         What pitcher holds the modern-day record for strikeouts in a season by a right-handed National Leaguer?
Hint:     He’s the last right-handed National Leaguer to have consecutive 300 strikeout seasons.
SABR Hint:       His .846 postseason winning percentage is a major-league record among pitchers with at least 10 decisions.
Twint:    He was born in the coldest of U.S. states, but graduated from high school in the hottest.
A.         Curt Schilling (319 K in 1997 for the Phillies; 300 K 1998; b. in Alaska, graduated from high school in Arizona)
FCR -    Ray Palen, New York

Q.         Who was the first player to have ten home runs and ten doubles by the end of April?
Hint:     He fractured his leg when he fouled a ball off his shin in the 2001 ALDS.
SABR Hint:       He played in five World Series games in his rookie year, but only hit .118.
Twint:    He had to go on the Disable List after he tore cartilage in his knee while getting into a car.
A.         Jermaine Dye (10/10 April 2000; WS 1996; Car “accident” Aug-1998)
FCR -    Larry Creeden, Boulder City, NV

Q.         Who is the youngest pitcher to win the opening game of a World Series?
Hint:     Six days earlier, he had become the first pitcher to strike out fifteen batters in a National League Championship Series game.
SABR Hint:       His brother was an American League Championship Series Most Valuable Player.
Twint:    While he was with the Giants, he was arrested for battery, allegedly swinging golf clubs at an elderly warehouse owner.
A.         Livan Hernandez (22 yrs, 7 mos, 28 days on 18-Oct-1997; 15 k in NLCS 12-Oct-1997; Orlando Hernandez ALCS MVP 1999; arrest 08-Jan-2003)
FCR -    John Rickert, Terre Haute, IN

Q.         Whose record did Ryan Howard tie when he hit his third home run in the five-game 2008 World Series?
Hint:     He briefly held the record for strikeouts in a season by a National Leaguer.
Hint:     He finished second in Rookie of the Year voting even though he’d only played in 80 games.
SABR Hint:       After retirement from baseball, he earned a law degree and practiced in Dayton, Ohio.
Twint:    The graduate student who helped him adjust to college life was Martin Luther King, Jr.
A.         Donn Clendenon (3 HR 1969 WS [5-game]; 173 K 1968 broken 1969 by Bobby bonds; Juris Doctor degree from Duquesne U. in 1978; W/ Dr. King at Morehouse U.)
FCR -    Al Blumkin, Brooklyn

WEEKLY THEME – World Series Most Valuable Players who played on different team the prior season.

Player              WS MVP w/           Prior Year
Clendenon        1969 Mets             1968 Pirates
Dye                  2005 White Sox     2004 A’s
Molitor              1993 Blue Jays      1992 Brewers
Morris               1991 Twins            1990 Tigers
Robinson          1966 Orioles          1965 Reds
Schilling            2001 D’Backs        2000 Phillies

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – No one

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