Sunday, July 15, 2012
July 9-15, 2012 Pitchers who won 20 games in their last season in the majors
(Monday & Tuesday used for relaying the Preliminary and Quarter-final rounds of the SABR 42's Trivia Contest)
Q. What pitcher had a record of 36-40 with 4 saves over his first 6 seasons in the majors, only pitched for six more years, but still made it to the Hall of Fame on the first ballot?
Hint: Perhaps it was because of his 8 Hall of Fame teammates.
Twint: Hollywood tough-guy actor Richard Widmark was, for a time, his father-in-law.
A. Sandy Koufax (HOF teammates: Roy Campanella, Pee Wee Reese, Jackie Robinson, Duke Snider, Tom Lasorda, Dick Williams, Don Drysdale & Don Sutton; Married to Anne Heath Widmark 1969-82)
FCR - Bob Kimball, Washington, DC
Q. Who holds the American League record of more than ten pitching victories in seventeen consecutive seasons?
Hint: His career winning percentage is better than that of Jim Palmer, Juan Marichal, Kid Nichols or Joe McGinnity.
Hint: He twice took perfect games into the ninth inning.
Twint: His nickname, while physiognomically or academically inappropriate, makes sense if you pronounce his family name the way his grandfather did.
A. Mike Mussina (11 or more wins 1992-2008; W% .6383; Perfect games broken up in the ninth 30-May-1997 & 02-Sep-2001)
FCR - Arieh Siegal, Austin
Q. What minor league teammate of Ty Cobb was called up to the majors with Cobb?
Hint: Cobb debuted on a Wednesday. This guy played his first game that Sunday.
Hint: His nephew’s son also played in the majors.
Hint: His main pitch, the knuckleball, was the source of his nickname.
Twint: He won 90 games in the last four seasons of the deadball era.
A. Eddie Cicotte (Debut 03-Sep-1905, Cobb on 30-Aug-1905; Grandnephew Al Cicotte; “Knuckles”; 90-48 1917-20)
FCR - John Shiffert, Morrow, GA
Q. Who was the first American League pitcher to lose three games in a single World Series?
Hint: His broad shoulders and neck earned him the nickname "the biggest and littlest man in baseball."
Hint: In Salt Lake City in 1915 he pitched over 400 innings, won over 30 games and nearly got 300 strikeouts.
Twint: His namesake in the Negro Leagues was credited with seventeen career no-hitters, including a perfect game.
A. Lefty Williams (3L 1919 WS; 418.2 IP, 33-12 & 294 K for the AA 1915 SLC Bees; The other Lefty Williams)
FCR - Kevin Johnson, Broken Arrow, OK
Q. Who was the winningest pitcher on the 1903 Superbas?
Hint: He came to Brooklyn from the Oakland Clamdiggers of the Pacific Coast League where he had won 35 games the previous year.
Hint: After the 1903 season, the team wanted him back, but he declined, sending a note to the team (with the unsigned contract for the 1904 season) that declared, "I do not like living in the East and will not report."
Twint: No other pitcher has even won 20 games in his only season in the majors.
FCR - Larry Creeden, Boulder City, NV
WEEKLY THEME – Pitchers who won twenty games in their last season in the majors
Koufax 1966 27-9
Mussina 2008 20-9
Schmidt 1903 21-13
First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Gregg Gaylord, Chicago (after the Mussina question)
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