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.
A.         Rabbit Maranville (SS Putouts; 23 years in the senior circuit; WS 1914 & 1928; Mgr. of the Cubs)
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.

Barrow        1953      Bio
Day             1995      Bio
Giles           1979      Bio
Landis         1944      Bio
Maranville    1954      Bio
Pennock      1948      Bio
Rixey          1963      Bio
Wright         1937      Bio

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – No one

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