Sunday, June 24, 2012

June 18-24, 2012 All-Star lefties who have pitched for the Rangers and Phillies

Q.         Who is the best starter in the majors without a victory this season?
Hint:     He was good enough last year to finish 3rd in the Cy Young Award voting.
Twint:    He won a Cy Young Award in the other league, but that seems so long ago.
A.         Cliff Lee (0-3 as of Monday; CYA 2008)
FCR -    Michael Berry, Culver City, CA

Q.         Who is the oldest major leaguer to get a run-batted-in?
Hint:     He’s also the oldest to get two such.
Twint:    He’s playing in the Orioles’ minor league system right now and doing OK.
A.         Jamie Moyer (RBIs 16-May-2012; 1-1 w/1.50 ERA)
FCR -    J.R. Richardson, Clarksville, MD

Q.         Whose intro music was from the three-chord recording hit of the group The Troggs?
Hint:     It was not at his request.
Hint:     A single pitch led to his trade for Jeff Juden and Doug Jones.
Hint:     He is currently a charismatic studio analyst for the MLB Network.
Twint:    He and the city of Philadelphia have kissed and made up (mostly).
A.         Mitch Williams (“Wild Thing”; Juden/Jones trade 02-Dec-1993)
FCR -    Bob Newton, Bethesda, MD

Q.         Who was the first relief pitcher to win the American League Cy Young Award?
Hint:     He authored a very successful non-fiction book about a championship season.
Hint:     He has kept his facial hair style long after it passed from favor in professional baseball.
Twint:    He is the manager of the Patriots.
A.         Sparky Lyle (CYA 1977; “The Bronx Zoo”; Somerset Patriots of the Atlantic League)
FCR -    Arieh Siegal, Austin

Q.         Once the Fall Classic was underway, who was guaranteed a World Series championship ring in 2011, no matter which team prevailed?
Hint:     He was once ejected from a game for arguing after he was asked to remove his earring.
Hint:     His 20-year career in the majors might have been 21 had he not missed a full season recovering from Tommy John surgery.
Twint:    It might also have only lasted 12 seasons without the surgery.
A.         Arthur Rhodes (Played for both the Cards and Rangers in 2011; Earring ejection 25‑Aug‑2001; Missed 2007 recovering from surgery)
FCR -    Kevin Johnson, Broken Arrow, OK

Q.         Who was the first pitcher to appear in all seven games of a World Series?
Hint:     As a batter, he collected exactly one hit for five consecutive seasons.
Twint:    He is the author of the famous quote, "There isn't enough mustard in the world to cover that hotdog!"
A.         Darold Knowles (1973 WS; 1 H 1967-71; Quote refers to teammate Reggie Jackson)
FCR -    Bill Carle, Lee’s Summit, MO

Q.         Whose team won the World Series despite his ERA in that Series of 40.50?
Hint:     The next season, he became the first 20th century player to collect a hit in the World Series after having no hits during that regular season.
Twint:    He was the last of the 1963 Colt 45’s to pitch in the majors.
A.         Joe Hoerner (1967 WS w/the Cardinals; Final game 05-Aug-1977;
FCR -    Randall Chandler, Germantown, TN

WEEKLY THEME – All-Star lefties who have pitched for the Rangers and Phillies

Pitcher            Rangers        Phillies
Hoerner        1976           1970-72
Knowles       1977           1966
Lee              2010           2011-
Lyle              1979-80       1980-82
Moyer          1989-90       2006-10
Rhodes        2011           2006
Williams       1986-88       1991-93

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Arieh Siegal, Austin (after the Williams question)

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

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