Sunday, December 4, 2011
November 28 through December 4, 2011 Major leaguers who played in the World Series and managed a World Series team but never won either way.
[This week’s theme, questions and hints are from Gregg Gaylord of Chicago.]
Q. Who was the starting shortstop for the American League in the first All-Star game?
Hint: He batted .300 or higher and had 100 or more RBI eight times.
Twint: He was inducted in the Hall of Fame with Hank Greenberg.
First Correct Respondent – Walt Cherniak, Woodbine, MD
Q. Who called the pitches as Carl Hubbell consecutively struck out five future Hall of Famers in the 1934 All Star game?
Hint: He wasn’t “roamin”, (… or Roman, or even crepuscular for that matter) but he did hit a famous walk off home run as dusk set in.
Twint: He was the catcher when Babe Ruth “called his shot”.
Twint: He and Nap Lajoie were born in the same small town.
A. Gabby Hartnett (1934 ASG; Called shot G 3 top of the 5th in the 1932 WS; Woonsocket, Rhode Island)
FCR - Frank DiPrima, Morristown, NJ
Q. Who played more years in the majors than any other former Badger?
Hint: A former league batting champion, he was once traded for a league home run champion.
Hint: He married a former Miss Wisconsin.
Twint: He had the honor of being the final out twice in Sandy Koufax no-hitters.
Twint: In high school, he once drop-kicked a 52-yard field goal.
A. Harvey Kuenn (15 yrs. In MLB University of Wisconsin; Koufax NH 11-May-1963 and 09-Sep-1965; Colavito for Kuenn 17‑Apr‑1960; All-American Badger 1951, Dixie Sarchet, Miss WI/USA pageant 1954; October 1948 football Lutheran High)
FCR - Gary Sarnoff, Arlington, VA
Q. Whose uniform number was the first ever retired by the Cincinnati Reds?
Hint: A seat at Fenway is painted red because of a pitch he threw to Ted Williams.
Hint: That same year he gave up 32 home runs to lead the American League.
Twint: A Cancer Center in Seattle is named in his honor.
Twint: Mickey Mantle was the first player to with the award named for him.
A. Fred Hutchinson (Reds Retired #1, 1965 N.B. Williard Hershberger's number was retired by the Reds in 1940, but then it was reactivated in 1942.; 09-Jun-1946 Williams hit the longest home run ever hit into the Fenway bleachers; Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center; The Hutch Award)
FCR - John Rickert, Terre Haute
Q. Who, as a third base coach, slid into third base as the runner he directed also slid into third?
Hint: He debuted in the majors at the age of seventeen with the team for whom he was a batboy as a child.
Hint: He once swapped his managers job with a radio broadcaster.
Hint: Another time, he stepped down as manager with his team in third place, then watched from the broadcast booth as his team came back to win the pennant.
Twint: His surname hardly described his personality. His nickname was considerably more descriptive.
A. “Jolly” Charlie Grimm (Arthur Daley, in his Sports of the Times column 20-Jun-1956; Batboy and ML debut 1917 Phil A’s; 1960 swap with Lou Boudreau; mid-1938 when Gabby Hartnett took over the third place Cubs)
FCR - Bill Lewers, McLean, VA
Q: What shortstop holds the record by participating in nine career triple plays?
Hint: He also has the record for most put outs in a season by a shortstop with 425.
Hint: He was named “King of Baseball” at the 1963 Winter Meetings.
Twint: He was “Mr. Baseball” in his home State of Indiana.
Twint: He died eating a hot dog while working as a scout in Florida at age 84.
A. Donie Bush (9 TP tied with 2nd baseman Bid McPhee; 1914, 425 PO, tied with Hughie Jennings 1895; King of Baseball; Mr. Baseball; d. 28-Mar-1972)
FCR - J. R. Richardson, Clarksville, MD
Q. What catcher tagged out Lou Gehrig and Dixie Walker at home plate with one swipe of the glove?
Hint: The only time he was selected for All-Star competition, he rode the bench as a future Hall of Famer caught all nine innings.
Hint: He was behind the plate for three no-hitters.
Twint: He once demanded that umpires check Babe Ruth’s bat after Ruth had hit two home runs against Garland Buckeye.
Twint: His brother is in the Hall of Fame.
A. Luke Sewell (DP tag 29-Apr-1933; 1937 ASG, Bill Dickey; No-hitters: Wes Ferrell on 29‑Apr‑1931, Vern Kennedy on 31-Aug-1935, Bill Dietrich on 01-Jun1937; Ruth/Buckeye HR flap 11-Jun-1927; Brother Joe)
FCR - David Letizia, Washington, DC
Q. Who made the cover of Sports Illustrated prior to the 1978 season as “This Year’s Phenom”?
Hint: He did little to thwart the cover jinx.
Hint: He played for a team that owned a record of 24 wins to one loss in one stretch.
Twint: Thirty years later, a team that he was managing had an also very impressive fourteen to one run.
Twint Denied a meal by his manager between games of a doubleheader, he said about his double that hit the top of the wall in the second game “If I’d have had a sandwich, I’d have hit a home run.”
A. Clint Hurdle (SI cover 20-Mar-1978; 24-1 run 1977 Royals, 31-Aug to 25-Sep [Hurdle only played in 3 of those G]; 14-1 run 2007 Rockies, 16-Sep to 01-Oct; Double-header fast with the 1984 Tidewater Tides, Mgr. Bob Schaefer)
FCR - David Krassin, New York
Q. Who replaced Don Zimmer thirteen years after Zimmer replaced him?
Hint: He and Don Larsen were traded to the Yankees in a thirteen-player deal with the Orioles.
Hint: He debuted on a team with Satchel Paige the year Satchel led his league in GAMES FINISHED—not complete games, as previously stated.
Twint: Rogers Hornsby was his first manager.
Twint: He managed Juan Marichal, Bucky Dent and Fergie Jenkins in the majors.
A. Derrell Johnson (Mid-1982 he replaced Zimmer as Rangers Mgr. then replaced by him on the 1976 Red Sox; Part of 13 player deal transacted from 17-Nov- and 01-Dec-1954; Debuted 20-Apr-1952, Paige had 35 GF; Hornsby was Browns manager for the first 51 games of 1952; Juan Marichal, Fergie Jenkins, Bucky Dent)
FCR - Brian Engelhardt, Reading, PA
WEEKLY THEME – Major leaguers who played in the World Series and managed a World Series team but never won either way.
Played on Managed
First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Dave MacEntee, Beacon, NY (after the midweek bonus)