Sunday, July 8, 2012
July 2-8, 2012 300-game winners with fewer than 200 losses
Q. Who is the only pitcher to win the Cy Young Award with four different teams?
Hint: He was the first baseball player to have his uniform number retired by the University of Texas.
Twint: He was the first American League pitcher to strike out 100 batters in twenty consecutive seasons.
Twint: In addition, he was the first American League pitcher to strike out 100 batters in fifteen consecutive seasons.
Twint: He was also the first American League pitcher to strike out 100 batters in ten consecutive seasons.
A. Roger Clemens (CYA 1986, 87, 91 for Boston, 1997-98 for Toronto, 2001 for New York & 2004 for Houston; #21 in Feb 1993; 100 K 1986-2006. He also went over 100 K in 1984.)
FCR - Kenny Fink, Ocala, FL
Q. Who is the only pitcher to strike out three hundred batters in each of four consecutive major league seasons?
Hint: No one has reached that total in a season even once since then.
Hint: He won the Cy Young Award each of those seasons.
Hint: He was, before Felix Hernandez in 2010, the only Cy Young Award winner the Mariners had ever had.
Twint: His collegiate game total was second only to Tom Seaver’s at their school.
FCR - David Krassin, New York
Q. Which Hall of Famer headed two literary societies and was class president at Bucknell University?
Hint: He’s the only former Herring in the Hall of Fame.
Hint: He was a Phenom in more ways than one.
Twint: His time spent on the Reds is known, but little heralded.
FCR - Bill Kreifeldt, Midvale, UT
Q. Which pitcher led his league in earned run average a record nine times?
Hint: He also led the league in strikeouts in each of his first seven major league seasons.
Twint: He was the first pitcher to lead the American League in bases-on-balls and strikeouts in the same season.
A. Lefty Grove (ERA lead 1926, 29-32, 35-36, 38-39; K lead 1926-31; 1926 131 BB, 116 K)
FCR - Fred Brillhart, Mechanicsburg, PA
Q. Whose 69 shutouts are the most in history by a left hander?
Hint: He was once quoted saying, “There are only so many pitches in this old arm, and I don't believe in wasting them throwing to first base.”
Twint: He was born very near the site of the bloodiest battle in U.S. history, only twelve years after it took place.
A. Eddie Plank (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania)
FCR - Blake Sherry, Dublin, OH
Q. Which Hall of Famer pitched so much one season he often could not comb his hair with his pitching hand?
Hint: He said it was worth it since he had 59 victories (not a typo) and led his team to the pennant.
Twint: The Washington Post had breathlessly claimed the year before, that he could pitch ambidextrously.
Twint: He played for the Red Stockings, but not in Boston or Cincinnati.
FCR - Andrew Milner, Bryn Mawr, PA
Q. Who is the only National League pitcher to win five consecutive Opening Day games for the same team?
Hint: Two of his younger brothers pitched in the majors.
Hint: Confusingly, one of those brothers was nicknamed “Dad”.
Hint: Two of his younger brothers played baseball for Harvard.
Hint: Additionally, two of his cousins also played in the majors.
Twint: It is reported that he once pitched a fresh lemon instead of a ball to encourage an umpire to call the game on account of darkness.
A. John Clarkson (Opening Day Ws: 1888-92 for the Boston Beaneaters; Brothers Arthur “Dad” Clarkson, Walter Clarkson, Cousins Mert Hackett, Walter Hackett)
FCR - Al Blumkin, Brooklyn
WEEKLY THEME – 300-game winners with fewer than 200 losses
Pitcher Career Ws Ls
Clemens (1984-2007) 354 184
Johnson (1988-2009) 303 166
First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Arieh Siegal, Austin (after the Mathewson question)
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