Sunday, August 7, 2011
August 1-7, 2011 Hall of Famers who died the same year they were inducted
Q. Who was the first commissioner of baseball?
Hint: He was the son of a Civil War doctor and named this son after the battle site where he was wounded.
SABR: Two of his brothers represented the state of Indiana in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Twint: He enrolled in Cincinnati's YMCA School of Law after covering court cases for the Logansport (IN) Journal.
A. Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis (Commissioner 1921-44)
First Correct Respondent - Patrick Fazzone, Arlington, VA
Q. Which manager converted Babe Ruth from pitching to the outfield?
Hint: Before Terry Francona did it in 2004, he was the last manager to lead the Red Sox to a World Series Championship.
SABR: He also managed the Tigers, preparing them for Ty Cobb.
Twint: He is credited with discovering Honus Wagner.
A. Ed Barrow
FCR - Dave Williams, Glastonbury, CT
Q. What National League President was responsible for bringing baseball to the west coast?
Hint: The NLCS championship trophy is name in his honor.
SABR: His son, now honorary NL president, performs his only duty in that role when he presents the trophy named for his father to that year’s pennant winner.
Twint: He was the first Reds General Manager to win back-to-back pennants.
A. Warren Giles (1939-40)
FCR - Chris Bell, New York City
Q. Who was the shortstop on the first fully professional baseball team?
Hint: Two of his sons became golf champions.
SABR: He is the only person to play at the top level of cricket and baseball.
Twint: His son Beals won an Olympic Gold Medal in tennis in 1904.
A. George Wright (Cricket 1883-84)
FCR - Jim McCoy, Melrose, MA
Q. Who was the first pitcher to win a major league game before turning 20 and after turning 40?
Hint: He was farm director of the Red Sox before becoming General Manager of the Phillies.
SABR: Connie Mack’s son Earle caught a no-hitter thrown by this (at the time) first baseman, bringing him to the attention of the Tall Tactician.
Twint: In 1915, he was given his outright release by the A’s after coming within one out of throwing the first Opening Day no hitter.
A. Herb Pennock (14-Apr-1915 lost the no-hitter when Harry Hooper hit a scratch single)
FCR - J.R. Richardson, Clarksville, MD
Q. Who leads all shortstops in career putouts?
Hint: Pete Rose broke his National League longevity record in 1986.
SABR: He played in two World Series, fourteen years apart. [Not “won”. Sorry.]
Twint: His managerial career lasted less than two months.
FCR - Kenny Fink, Ocala
Q. Who holds the record for career losses by a lefty?
Hint: Steve Carlton broke his National League left-handed longevity record in 1986.
SABR: Upon his Hall of Fame election, he said, “They’re really scraping the bottom of the barrel, aren’t they?”
Twint: He was considered the best golfer among baseball players during his career.
A. Eppa Rixey (251 L; 21 years in the NL)
FCR - Bradley Curtis, Roseville, CA
Q. Who holds the record for appearing in the most East-West All-Star Games?
Hint: As a pitcher, he holds the record for the most strikeouts in a game in both the Puerto Rican League and the Negro National League (II).
SABR: He landed on Utah Beach, Normandy on D-Day.
Twint: Immediately following his military discharge in February 1946, he threw an Opening Day no-hitter.
A. Leon Day (7 E-W ASG; 18, 19 Ks; No-no for the Newark Eagles)
FCR - Rod Nelson, Detroit
WEEKLY THEME – Hall of Famers who died the same year they were inducted.
First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – No one