Sunday, May 6, 2012

April 30-May 6, 2012 Players on the losing side of an All-Star Game at least ten times

Q.         Whose Topps baseball card is the most valuable one in their pantheon?
Hint:     He was one of the “M & M” Boys.
Twint:    He said, "My biggest regret is that I didn't hit .300 for my career."
A.         Mickey Mantle (1952 Tops #311; w/Roger Maris; hit .298)
FCR -    Rev. Gerry Beirne, Narragansett, RI

Q.         Whose Oakland A’s career home run record did Mark McGwire break?
Hint:     He lost 35 of his collection of 97 cars in a warehouse fire.  They were uninsured.
Twint:    He stirred things everywhere and not just as a straw.
A.         Reggie Jackson (McGwire’s 269th HR 14-Sep-1995; Cars)
FCR -    Matt Gibson, Barboursville, WV

Q.         Who broke Jimmie Foxx’s record for career home runs by a right-handed American League batter?
Hint:     He was the first batter to hit a home run over the left-field roof at Tiger Stadium.
Hint:     He hit it off a Hall of Fame pitcher.
Twint:    He hit his only inside-the-park home run 15 years before he retired.
A.         Harmon Killebrew (535th HR 17-Aug-1972 [since passed by Alex Rodriguez]; HR 03‑Aug‑1962 off Jim Bunning, Roof 94’ high 340’ from home plate; IPHR 04-Jul-1961)
FCR -    Fred Brillhart, Mechanicsburg, PA

Q.         Who was the first National Leaguer to win the Most Valuable Player award three times?
Hint:     He held the record for National League hits for over nineteen years.
Hint:     His penultimate career hit was singled passed the feet of the player who would later break his record.
Twint:    He was noted for his harmonica play.
A.         Stan Musial (MVP 1943, 46, 48; Passed Honus Wagner on 29-April-1962 with his 3,421st H, his 5th hit of the day.  He was passed by Pete Rose on 10-Aug-1981)
FCR -    Bill Carle, Lee's Summit, MO

Q.         Who was the first player to win a Gold Glove award for the Tigers?
Hint:     He never played a minor league game.
Twint:    He is the only Hall of Famer not named Babe Ruth born in the city of Baltimore.
A.         Al Kaline (GG 1957; b.19-Dec-1934)
FCR -    Fred Worth, Arkadelphia, AR

Q.         Which Triple Crown winner missed being a unanimous Most Valuable Player winner by a single vote?
Hint:     His first game for Minneapolis was protested because he was not eligible to play until the player he replaced reported for military duty.
Twint:    He played in the Junior World Series against Havana.
A.         Carl Yastrzemski (Sole other 1967 MVP vote went to Cesar Tovar; Lee Howell entered the U.S. Army 15-Sep-1959.  Yaz only played for the Minneapolis Millers in the postseason; 1959 Junior World Series)
FCR -    John Wanamaker, Binghamton, NY

Q.         Who was the first Angel to compile a 25-game hitting streak?
Hint:     He attended the same high school as did Manny Ramirez, but did not play for their baseball team.
Hint:     He was already playing semi-pro baseball at the time.
Twint:    He was born in a strictly racially segregated environment
A.         Rod Carew (Streak 23-May to 21-Jun-1982; George Washington High School in New York City; Played for the Bronx Cavaliers, who played in Macombs Dam Park and Crotona Park in New York; b. 01-Oct-1945 on a racially segregated train as it traveled near Gatun in the Canal Zone, Panama.)
FCR -    Tom Blaha, Bowling Green, OH

Q.         Which player, after hitting the left-field foul pole, was called out at third base?
Hint:     He released an eponymous Chardonnay wine in 2008, all proceeds going to his community.
Hint:     He met his wife on a team flight between Kansas City and Boston.
Twint:    Politician Gordon Beard said of him, “They didn’t name a candy bar after him, but in Baltimore, they name their children after him.”
Twint:    Umpire Ed Hurley said, “He plays third base like he came down from a higher league.”
A.         Brooks Robinson (02-Aug-1964 erroneously call out by field umpire John Rice; charity wine called Brooks Robinson Chardonnay with all of his proceeds donated to the Baltimore Community Foundation in a fund created in the name of Brooks and his wife Connie Robinson.)
FCR -    Randall Chandler, Germantown, TN

WEEKLY THEME – Players on the losing side of an All-Star Game at least ten times:

Carew               13
Jackson            12
Kaline               10
Killebrew           10
Mantle              11
Musial               10
Robinson          15
Yastrzemski      12

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – No one

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