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."
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.
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:
First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – No one