Sunday, June 17, 2012

June 11-17, 2012 Players who had a World Series teammate brother

Q.         Whose 43-year-old franchise never went to the postseason without him?
Hint:     They went seven times while he played for them.
Hint:     It’s been over 25 years.
Twint:    He won batting titles in three different decades*.
A.         George Brett (Royals last postseason appearance was in in 1985 when they won the World Series; Batting titles in 1976, 1980, 1990)
FCR -    Jason Schmidt, New York

Q.         Who pitched for his for his local high school team even though he had dropped out of school in the 4th grade?
Hint:     His academic status didn’t prevent him from being featured on the cover of Time magazine.
Hint:     About school, he explained, "I got as far in school as the Second Reader, only I didn't learn it all."
Hint:     In the majors, he once pitched a three-hit shutout on the same day his rookie teammate brother pitched a no-hitter.
Twint:    He responded to critics of his vocabulary with, "A lot of folks that ain't saying ain't, ain't eatin’."
A.         Dizzy Dean (Time cover 15-Apr-1935; Paul Dean’s no-hitter 21-Sep-1934; Dizzy’s ShO)
FCR -    Bill Carle, Lee’s Summit, MO

Q.         Who was the first Pittsburgh Pirates player to win the league Most Valuable Player Award?
Hint:     He was the first 20th century National League player to collect 200 hits in a season for four consecutive years.
Hint:     He also had 200 hits in four of the next seven seasons.
Twint:    He hit .401 for the San Francisco Seals in 1925.
A.         Paul Waner (200 H 1927-30)
FCR -    David Girdany, Bedford, PA

Q.         Who was the first to collect 200 hits in a season for the Atlanta Braves?
Hint:     He managed an existing major league franchise to the best winning percentage in its history.
Twint:    He also guided the San Francisco Giants to the 2nd best winning percentage in their history.
A.         Felipe Alou (218 H 1966; .649 for the 1994 Montreal Expos; .621 for the 2003 San Francisco Giants)
FCR -    Art Springsteen, Sunapee, NH

Q.         What pitcher earned a World Series victory on the day his father died?
Hint:     He was the reigning league MVP at the time.
Hint:     Although Stan Musial hit .579 off him, he never had a home run in nineteen at-bats.
Twint:    He is the only pitcher to take the loss in consecutive All-Star games.
A.         Mort Cooper (WS W 06-Oct-1943; 1942 MVP; ASG losses 1943, 43)
FCR -    Tal Smith, Houston

Q.         Who was the winning pitcher in the fastest nine-inning game ever played in major league history?
Hint:     Three years later, he no-hit the Phillies.
Hint:     He led the National League in losses for the Braves, was traded to the Giants where he led the league in wins and was traded back to the Braves where he once again led the league in losses.
Hint:     The second time he led the league in losses with the Braves, he also led the league in shutouts.
Twint:    His brother Clark pitched in the minor leagues.
A.         Jesse Barnes (Shortest game 28-Sep-1919 0h 51 min; No-hitter 07-May-1922; 1924 Braves 20 L 4 ShO
FCR -    Tom Kennedy, Houston

WEEKLY THEME – Players who had a World Series teammate brother

Player                   Brother         Year Team
Alou                 Matty          1962 Giants
Barnes              Virgil           1922 Giants
Brett                 Ken            1980 Royals
Cooper             Walker        1942 Cardinals
                                          1943 Cardinals
                                          1944 Cardinals
Dean                Paul            1934 Cardinals
Waner               Lloyd          1927 Pirates

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Arieh Siegal, Austin

Horsehide Trivia blog (has the questions and answers from this week as well as from previous weeks:

*By at least one commonly-accepted definition of a decade.

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