Sunday, January 15, 2012

January 9-15, 2012 Players who names are also U.S. state capitals

Q.         What two-sport athlete was MVP of the All-Star Game the year he led the league in strikeouts?
Hint:     It’s OK if you don’t know.  He knows.
Twint:    It was his only All-Star game appearance.
Twint:    He was named for tough-guy actor Vince Edwards.
A.         Bo Jackson (1989 AS G; Vincent Edwards)
FCR -    Michael Daponde, Sacramento

Q.         Who pitched the first perfect game in recorded professional baseball history?
Hint:     It was his third shutout in nine days.
Hint:     He had a successful medical practice after his baseball career.
Twint:    He was major league baseball’s first full-time left-handed pitcher.
Twint:    He was the first Brown University athlete named to that school’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
A.         Lee Richmond (Perfecto 12-Jun-1880; Brown HOF)
FCR -    Tom Kennedy, Houston

Q.         Who leads all active players in career stolen bases?
Hint:     His over-the-wall catch of Barry Bonds's drive momentarily prevented Bonds from tying Babe Ruth on the career home run list.
Hint:     He is one of only four players with 100 career stolen bases for each of three different teams.
Hint:     He was named after a Dominican Hall of Famer.
Twint:    He has led his league seven times in being caught stealing.
A.         Juan Pierre (554 SB; Catch 09-May-2006; 100 SB w/Dodgers, Rockies & Marlins.  Others to do so:  Tommy Harper, Brett Butler & Otis Nixon; Named for Juan Marichal)
FCR -    Rod Nelson, Detroit

Q.         What pitcher has more career games and saves than any other pitcher in the history of the Kansas City Royals franchise?
Hint:     He once struck out three Texas Rangers batters on nine pitches in the eighth inning of a 5-2 win.
Hint:     Major league All-Star Rick Reed was his teammate at Marshall University.
Twint:    He was inducted into the Royals' Hall of Fame in 2003, his first year of eligibility.
A.         Jeff Montgomery (686 G, 304 S; 29-Apr-1990, striking out Incaviglia, Petralli & Bosley;
FCR -    J.J. McCoy, Washington, DC

Q.         Who hit the first inside-the-park home run in the history of the Washington Nationals?
Hint:     According to some Mets fans, he single-handedly kept them out of the 2007 postseason.
Hint:     After ten seasons in the majors, he is rated with the highest range factor of any right fielder active in 2011, yet never won a Gold Glove.
Twint:    His collision with a star teammate in 2006 ended that teammate’s season.
A.         Austin Kearns (IPHR 12-May-2007; 2007 strong stretch run:  4/11 (with 2 home runs) in a September series sweep over the Mets; Active 2.41 (1st); Collision with Nick Johnson 23-Sep-2006)
FCR -    John Michael Pierobon, Ft. Lauderdale., FL

Q.         Who, when he shut the Rangers out for eight innings, became the fourth youngest pitcher to start and win a World Series game?
Hint:     He is the youngest left-hander to do so.
Hint:     He finished his stellar high school career by hitting a walk-off inside-the-park home run to win state title
Hint:     He earned state Player of the Year honors subsequently.
Twint:    He shut out the Colorado Rockies for seven innings in his last appearance of 2011.
A.         Madison Bumgarner (21 years and 91 days on 31-Oct-2010; HS title in 2007 for South Caldwell HS in Hudson, NC; 27-Sep-2011)
FCR -    Elijah Kaplan, Teaneck, NJ

Q.         Who hit the 50th home run off Hall of Famer Bert Blyleven, capping Blyleven’s unenviable record of surrendering the most home runs in a season?
Hint:     During his career, he was teammates with Hall of Famers Carlton Fisk, Tom Seaver, Eddie Murray and Wade Boggs.
Twint:    He had a knack for late-inning home runs, his first career homer coming off Charlie Hough in the 7th inning of a game.
Twint:    His final career homer, true to form, came off Rick Aguilera in the 8th inning of a game a few weeks before his retirement.
A.         Darryl Boston (HR 04-Oct-1986, Blyleven’s record has been approached but not broken in the subsequent 25 seasons; 1st HR 19-May-1985, last 20-Jun-1994, final game 11-Aug-1994)
FCR -    Paul Hirsch, Danville, CA

Q.         What Kansas Baseball Hall of Fame enshrinee won over 150 games in the minor leagues?
Hint:     After his retirement from baseball he worked for 18 years for the Columbus, Kansas police department and was a deputy sheriff for Cherokee County, Kansas.
Twint:    Though he spent just parts of three seasons in the majors, he played with two Hall of Famers.
Twint:    …and another two who, in my opinion, should be in the Hall.
A.         Raleigh Aitchison (Zach Wheat, Casey Stengel; Jake Daubert, Ed Reulbach)
FCR -    Prisco Panza, Milford, CT

Q.         What former Cougar and Cape Cod alumnus led his college team in ERA, home runs and runs batted in during the same season?
Hint:     As a result, he was named Conference USA Player of the Year as well as the Dick Howser Trophy winner and the Brooks Wallace Award winner.
Twint:    He underwent Tommy John surgery the spring after being chosen fourth overall in the major league draft.
A.         Brad Lincoln (University of Houston, junior year 2006, Conference USA, Howser Trophy, Wallace Award; 2006 MLB draft)
FCR -    Jared Lobdell, Elizabethtown, PA

Q.         Who was purchased, sight-unseen by owner Charles Comiskey, upon the recommendation of former White Sox player Frank Isbel?
Hint:     Although The Sox paid a pretty penny for his putative performance, he played poorly and was never placed in the program.
Hint:     This shortstop’s eight major league games came in the final year his team was nicknamed for a teammate of his.
Hint:     An active SABR chapter is named for another of his teammates.
Twint:    His fielding prowess allowed him a nineteen-season minor league career in spite of a lackluster .593 OPS.
A.         Bruce Hartford (21-Aug-1916; 1914 Naps, Napoleon Lajoie; Jack Graney, Jack Graney Chapter; minors 1910-1927)
FCR -    Al Blumkin, Brooklyn

WEEKLY THEME – Players whose names represent U.S. state capitals

Jackson            (Mississippi)
Pierre                (South Dakota)
Richmond         (Virginia)     Bio
Bumgarner        (Wisconsin)
Kearns              (Texas)
Aitchison          (North Carolina)
Hartford            (Connecticut)
Lincoln              (Nebraska)
Montgomery     (Alabama)

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Al Blumkin, Brooklyn (after the Richmond question)

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