Sunday, October 23, 2011
October 17-23, 2011 The first ten players to hit two home runs in a World Series
Q. Whose last name developed into an adjective describing tremendous home runs, even while he was still a player?
Hint: His most famous statue shows him with a mitt that is not his and his most famous photo shows him with a bat that is not his.
Twint: He himself had no fewer than three nicknames in common usage before he retired.
A. Babe Ruth (“Ruthian”; Statue at Camden Yards with right-hander’s glove, photo [leaning on Bob Feller’s bat]; “The Bambino”, “The Sultan of Swat”, “The Caliph of Clout”, More of his nicknames)
First Correct Respondent - Dave Serota, Kalamazoo, MI
Q. Who is the only manager to win more than 35 World Series games?
Hint: He was once fined by the commissioner for allowing his picture to appear in a beer ad (his picture, not the commissioner’s).
Twint: He is the only man to wear the uniforms of, the Yankees, Giants, Dodgers and Mets while all were still New York teams.
Twint: He once teased Joe Garagiola saying, "When they list all the great catchers—you’ll be there, … listening!"
Twint: He had the only hit in what otherwise would have been the first ever Opening Day no-hitter.
A. Casey Stengel (37 WS W; $500 by Ford Frick for Rheingold Beer ad in 1962; Near‑no‑hitter H off Pete Schneider 16‑Apr‑1918)
FCR - J.R. Richardson, Clarksville, MD
Q. What Hall of Famer was purchased by the Yankees for half of what Alex Rodriguez made per plate appearance in 2011?
Hint: He led the league in home runs four times before the trade, but never again after becoming a Yankee.
Twint: A statue with his likeness was rumored to have been erected on the campus of University of Massachusetts.
Twint: He was an expert duck hunter and raised hunting dogs.
Twint: His son Franklin played baseball for the University of Maryland.
A. Frank Baker (15-Feb-1916 Yankees paid Athletics $37,500, A-Rod’s salary per plate appearance in 2011 $74,766.36; UMass staffers know of the rumor, but no one currently working there has ever seen the statue.)
FCR - Bill Garrod, Edgewood, WA
Q. Who is the only manager to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 100-win season?
Hint: He did it twice, but they only won the World Series in one of those seasons.
Twint: He took part in the Cherokee Strip, Oklahoma land dash in 1893, but was unable to stake a suitable claim.
A. Fred Clarke (1902, 1909)
FCR - Paul Hirsch, Danville, CA
Q. What Hall of Famer first honed his athletic skills by tossing fresh eggs against the side of the family's barn?
Hint: He was the first player in American League history to lead off consecutive games with home runs.
Hint: The games were played on the same day.
Hint: Those were half the home runs he had all season.
Hint: These were also ONLY THE 3rd AND 4th HOME RUNS
the first two of his then career eleven career home runs that had cleared the fence.
Twint: He holds the Red Sox franchise record for career stolen bases.
A. Harry Hooper (HRs 30-May-1913; 300 of his 375 SB were w/Boston AL)
FCR - Jim McCoy, Melrose, MA
Q. What Hall of Famer attempted to use a black and white striped bat during a game, but was stopped by the umpire.
Hint: He went three for four that day with his more conventional bat.
Hint: He was the team’s star and this was Opening Day.
Twint: He won World Series rings for different American League teams eleven years apart.
FCR - J.J. McCoy, Washington, DC
Q. Who was the first American Leaguer to hit to two triples in a World Series?
Hint: For good measure, he did it in the same game.
Hint: For even better measure, three teammates also hit triples in that same game.
Twint: Earlier that season, he’d hit three triples in a game.
A. Patsy Dougherty (WS G5 07-Oct-1903; 3b same G Cy Young, Chick Stahl, Jimmy Collins; 3bX3 05-Sep-1903)
FCR - Dave Serota, Kalamazoo
Q. Who led the Federal League in batting average and stolen bases in both of its major league seasons?
Hint: This led to his being call the Ty Cobb of the Federal League.
Twint: He is the only 20th century player to be picked off first base three times in one game.
Twint: His infield single spoiled spitballer Jimmy Lavender’s no-hit bid.
FCR - Rick Huhn, Westerville, OH
Q. Who is the only American League player to collect 120 runs batted in a season while hitting fewer than five home runs?
Hint: He’d had 118 the season prior with the same home run total.
Hint: He served as the athletic director and baseball coach for the University of Vermont from 1918-52.
Twint: No other player, born and raised in Vermont, had more years in the majors.
A. Larry Gardner (1921; 1920)
FCR - Tom Zocco, Rocky Hill, CT
Q. Who was the first Yankee to get a hit in Yankee Stadium?
Hint: He lost his starting spot to a Hall of Famer.
Twint: His team’s owner game him most of the credit for the franchise’s first World Series championship.
FCR - Bill Garrod, Edgewood, WA
WEEKLY THEME – The first ten players to hit two home runs in a World Series
First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Joe Ullian, Santa Barbara