Sunday, January 8, 2012
January 2-8, 2012 Pitchers who surrendered career home run #600 to a batter
Q. Who is the only pitcher to win a Cy Young Award after his brother had won one?
Hint: In a true sample of sibling rivalry, he went on to win another one.
Hint: He further topped his brother by winning 300 games and being elected to the Hall of Fame.
Twint: He was the first to win a Cy Young Award in each league.
A. Gaylord Perry (Jim Perry CYA 1970; Gaylord CYAs 1972 for the Indians and 1978 for the Padres, HOF 1991)
FCR - Dave Serota, Kalamazoo, MI
Q. What former All-Star pitched his last inning of the 2011 season with a broken leg?
Hint: He was hit by a line drive, but was able to pitch to four more batter before collapsing.
Hint: He won a World Series ring in the same season he led the league in losses.
Hint: Taking the safe route, his team didn’t even let him make a postseason appearance that year.
Twint: He has appeared 34 times as a pinch-hitter.
A. Jason Marquis (14-Aug-2011; WS 2006)
FCR - Mike McCroskey, Sugar Land, TX
Q. Who succeeded Roy Halladay as Opening Day starter for the Toronto Blue Jays?
Hint: He had not appeared at all in the majors the previous season.
Hint: He did in five minor league games that year.
Hint: In five games in his first season in the bigs, he did not allow a single run.
Twint: Tommy John surgery caused him miss 2009.
Twint: His only major league home run was a grand slam on the Fourth of July.
A. Shaun Marcum (05-Apr-2010; Debut season 2005; HR 04-Jul-2011)
FCR - Bob Stuart, Scarborough, ON
Q. Who played for four teams for four seasons in the National Basketball Association, but had an even longer major league career?
Hint: He gave up five runs in a third of an inning in his first major league appearance.
Hint: He pitched a shutout for the Devil Rays after teammates, 349 games earlier, had thrown back-to-back shutouts.
Hint: It was the second and final shutout of his career.
Twint: He ranks second in Cougar history in rebounds.
Twint: He was drafted six times for baseball but only once in basketball.
A. Mark Hendrickson (Played for four NBA teams, Played for 5 teams in the majors over 10 seasons; MLB Debut 06-Aug-2002; ShO 06‑Apr‑2006;
FCR - Robert Workman, Ashburn, VA
Q. Who was the architect for Toronto’s SkyDome?
Hint: Yes, I know. They’ve re-named it the Rogers Centre.
Hint: He also designed the Canadian Government Pavilion at Expo ’67 in Montreal.
Twint: His daughter Caroline said the creation of SkyDome almost killed him while driving his company to the edge of bankruptcy.
Twint: He also collaborated on the well-known Sharp Centre for Design, Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto.
FCR - Mike McCroskey, Sugar Land, TX
Q. Who was on the roster at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas but never played a game for them because of a medical red shirt for Tommy John surgery?
Hint: He is one of only ten major leaguers born in his state.
Hint: His father played for the three Super Bowl champions.
Twint: He owns the longest run from scrimmage in Highlands Ranch High School football history.
Twint: He also owns the record for strikeouts in a game for the school.
A. Daniel Schlereth (UNLV 2005, b. 09-May-1986 in Anchorage, AK; Father Mark Schlereth; HS run 96 yds., 19 K)
FCR - Paul Hirsch, Danville, CA
Q. Who struck out Bobby Bonds to give Bonds the season strikeout record?
Hint: In the seventh inning of the same game, he surrendered a home run to George Foster’s pinch hitter.
Hint: Five of his first ten home runs given up were to Hall of Famers.
Twint: He threw a minor league no-hitter before coming to the majors.
A. Mike Corkins (22-Sep-1969, Bonds’s 176th K, passing Dave Nicholson; Willie Mays PH for Foster; HR log; No-no for Elmira 12-Aug-1969)
FCR - No one
Q. Who surrendered Chris Carpenter’s first major league home run?
Hint: When he wasn’t drafted until the 58th round of the MLB draft, he accepted a baseball scholarship at Baylor University where he went 21-14 and had 288 strikeouts in three seasons.
Twint: He led his high school baseball team to the Texas 5A state championship.
Twint: He has been a Warthog, a Hillcat, a Bat and a Duck.
A. Kip Wells (HR 01-Oct-2009, N.B. Carpenter is stuck at 2; HS Sr. yr 1995)
FCR - John Michael Pierobon, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Q. Who surrendered more career home runs anyone else in the 53-years history of the St. Louis Browns?
Hint: He is the only one with 100 in that category.
Hint: He once led the American League with shutouts without a winning record that year.
Hint: Jimmie Foxx considered him the toughest pitcher to hit in the American League.
Hint: He won ten or more games for seven consecutive seasons, but never had a winning record in that time.
Twint: He perfected the “nickel curve”, which later became known as the “slider”.
A. George Blaeholder (142 HRs; 1929 4 ShO, 14-15)
FCR - Larry Creeden, Boulder City, NV
WEEKLY THEME – Pitchers who surrendered career home run #600 to a batter. This week’s theme and data were supplied by loyal reader David Vincent.
Pitcher Batter Date Venue
*Marquis wore Sosa’s old number for the Cubs that day.
First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Joe Ullian, Santa Barbara (after the Tuesday question)