Sunday, February 5, 2012

January 30-February5, 2012 Tom Seaver's Hall of Fame Teammates

Q.         What port-sided hurler captured a higher percentage of his team’s victories than any other since the Deadball Era?
Hint:     In fact, his record is the best in baseball’s modern era.
Twint:    The media called him “Lefty”.
Twint:    He didn’t return the call.
A.         Steve Carlton (27-10 in 1972 or 45.8% of the Phillies’ 59 wins; He was famously silent with the media.)
FCR -    Ken White, Charlotte, NC

Q.         Who was the first American League player to win the Rookie of the Year Award unanimously?
Hint:     His teammate married his sister.
Twint:    He remains the only catcher to lead the American League in triples.
A.         Carlton Fisk (ROY 1972; Sister Janet Marie married teammate Rick Miller; 9 3B in 1972)
FCR -    John Rickert, Terre Haute

Q.         Who said, “I could feel my hat flying off, but I saw the ball heading straight to Davey Williams at second.”?
Hint:     He hit over 450 career home runs, but only one in postseason play.
Hint:     In 2007 he received an honorary doctorate degree from an Ivy League university.
Twint:    He tossed baseballs into the stands while riding in a convertible around the edge of the field during the ceremonies prior to the 2007 All-Star Game in San Francisco.
Twint:    No one has a longer stretch between 50-home run seasons that he does.
A.         Willie Mays (660 HRs in the regular season, 1 HR in the 1971 NLCS; Degree from Dartmouth [He also received a degree from Yale.]; 2007 ASG; 50 HRs in 1955 & 65)
FCR -    John Rickert, Terre Haute

Q.         What 65-year-old team owner was drafted in ’65?
Hint:     He is known to a younger generation more for his postseason grimaces.
Twint:    Most people are impressed with the seven no-hitters he threw in the majors.
A.         Nolan Ryan (He turned 65 yesterday)
FCR -    Christopher Bell, New York

Q.         Whose record for career walks by a National Leaguer did Barry Bonds break?
Hint:     He holds the National League All-Star game record with a seven-game hitting streak.
Twint:    He was the first player to win two “Baseball Digest” Player of the Year Awards.
A.         Joe Morgan (1,799 BB passed by Bonds with his 75th walk on 11-Jun-2002; consecutive hits 1972, 73-77; BBGPOY 1975-76)
FCR -    Frank DiPrima, Morristown, NJ

Q.         Which future major league batting champ lost the International League batting title on the last game of one season, only to win the title on the last day of the next season?
Hint:     He hit the first home run ever for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
Twint:    He had one of the most famous horse rides in the history of the majors.
A.         Wade Boggs (IL batting title 1981; HR 31-Mar-1998; Jumped on the back of a NYPD horse in the celebration following the Yankees’ victory of the 1996 World Series.
FCR -    David Stinson, Silver Spring, MD

Q.         Who, at age ten, gave his neighbors autographed copies of his baseball card, telling them the cards would one day be valuable?
Hint:     Those cards are today no doubt very valuable indeed.
Twint:    He caught at least 100 games for thirteen straight seasons, tying Bill Dickey’s record.
A.         Johnny Bench (100 G 1968-80)
FCR -    Dave Williams, Glastonbury, CT

Q.         Who is the only player to ground into thirty double plays in three separate seasons?
Hint:     It didn’t keep him out of the Hall of Fame.
Hint:     He’s the only player in major league history to have 200 hits and 39 home runs in three consecutive seasons.
Twint:    A youth baseball facility in Roxbury, Massachusetts and a youth recreation center in Anderson, South Carolina, both bear his name.
A.         Jim Rice (GIDP:  31 in 1983, 36 in 84, 35 in 85; HOF 2010; 1977-79)
FCR -    J. R. Richardson, Clarksville, MD

WEEKLY THEME – Hall of Fame Teammates of Tom Seaver

Bench         Reds               1978-82
Boggs        Red Sox          1986
Carlton        White Sox       1984-86
Fisk            White Sox       1986
Mays          Mets               1972-73
Morgan       Reds               1978-79
Rice            Red Sox          1986
Ryan           Mets               1968-71

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Gregg Gaylord, Chicago

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