Sunday, September 16, 2012
September 10-16, 2012 Last active players of a franchise after relocation
N.B. This week’s questions, hints and theme come to us from Mark Pattison, resident of the nation’s capital. (No, not Ottawa.)
Q. Who was “The Killer”?
Hint: He was the first player to clear the left-field roof at Tiger Stadium.
Twint: He was an All-Star at three different positions.
FCR - Arieh Siegal, Austin, TX
Q. Disney’s famous VW was adorned with a certain number because it was the uniform number of which player?
Hint: A fellow Hall of Famer once said of his preferred approach when at the plate against him, “Hit him before he hits you.”
Twint: One of his high school baseball teammates was actor Robert Redford.
FCR - Jim Casey, Savannah, GA
Q. Which Hall of Famer was the first rookie to hit three home runs in one game?
Hint: He is one of only a handful of Hall of Famers to retire as a World Series champion.
Twint: His on-field, in-game fight with Frank Robinson was noted for its mano-a-mano viciousness.
A. Eddie Mathews (3 HR 27-Sep-1952; HOF ret. WS champs: Joe DiMaggio, Johnny Mize; Fight w/Robinson 15-Aug-1960)
FCR - Bill Garrod, Edgewood, WA
Q. What pitcher won 318 major league games primarily as a knuckleball artist?
Hint: He is the only pitcher to hurl a shutout for his 300th big-league win.
Twint: He gave up the only homer that his brother, also a knuckleball specialist, ever hit in the majors.
FCR - Steven Young, Middletown, MD
Q. Who succeeded Bobby Thomson in centerfield?
Hint: Many believe he might have broken Babe Ruth’s career home run record were it not for the conditions in the ballpark he called home over 12 seasons.
Twint: In the 1960s he made a TV public service announcement warning kids against blasting caps. “Remember now, don’t touch them.”
A. Willie Mays (Candlestick Park 1960-72; PSA)
FCR - Fred Brillhart, Mechanicsburg, PA
Q. Who was the first of the tandem who hit back-to-back inside-the-park homers in an American League game?
Hint: He once played an entire doubleheader at shortstop without a single fielding chance.
Twint: He can be considered the best palindromic position player in big-league history. (Yes, better than Robb Nen.)
A. Toby Harrah (Consec. IPHRS w/Bump Wills off Mike Torrez, 27-Aug-1977 off the Yankees’ Mike Torrez [Done in the NL 23‑Jun‑1946 by Marv Rickert and Eddie Waitkus both off Nate Andrews, Thanks to Blake Sherry for that one.] ; Double-header: 25-Jun-1976a & 25-Jun-1976b; Palindrome)
FCR - Bill Carle, Lee’s Summit, MO
Q. Who captained his team to five consecutive division titles?
Hint: His kid brother also played in the majors and though their careers were of sixteen and nine years respectively, they only overlapped by 53 days.
Twint: He is now the CEO of Middleton Doll Co., makers of hand-painted collectible dolls.
FCR - Arieh Siegal, Austin, TX
Q. What nephew of All-Star Larry Bowa is on a team with two other players with his same last name?
Hint: He was selected 3rd in the 1996 draft by the Yankees, right after they took Eric Milton and Jason Coble.
Twint: His on-base percentage is in the top ten among active players.
FCR - Bob Kimball, Washington, DC
Q. Who was the first player to lead each existing major league in triples?
Hint: His record of 27 triples as a rookie has stood for over a century.
Twint: He should not be confused with the manager of the same name who concluded his managerial career more than a decade before our mystery man’s playing career began.
Twint: He should also not be confused with the manager of the same name who seemed to be missing an “m”.
A. Jimmy Williams (Pittsburgh, NL, 1899, 28; Baltimore, AL, 1901-02, 21 each year; Mgr. Jimmy Williams; Jimy Williams; )
FCR - Bill Garrod, Edgewood, WA
Q. Who twice in a three-week period spoiled the Indians’ Mike Garcia’s no-hit bids?
Hint: He was his team’s lone representative in the 1957 All-Star Game.
Hint: It was the only All-Star selection in his eleven-year career and he never got in the game.
Twint: It was inevitable that he got caught up in the A’s-Yankees trade winds of the late 1950s.
A. Joe DeMaestri (Garcia’s one-hitters: 16-May- & 05-Jun-1954; ’57 Kansas City A’s; Trade 11‑Dec‑1959: Traded by Kansas City with Kent Hadley and Roger Maris to New York for Hank Bauer, Don Larsen, Norm Siebern and Marv Throneberry)
FCR - Wayne McCombs, Claremore, OK
Q. Who is part of the only father-son set who respectively led their major league in losses in a season?
Hint: He is the only starting pitcher in major league history to have a 3-foot-7-inch tall teammate.
Twint: He is one of only six major leaguers with the middle name Xavier.
A. Duane Pillette (Father Herman, 19 L 1923, Duane 14 L 1951; Short teammate the day he started: Eddie Gaedel on 19-Aug-1951; Middle name w/X: Fran Healy, Francis Healy, Jeff Pfeffer, Carney Flynn, Jimmy Myers)
FCR - Tom Zocco, Rocky Hill, CT
Q. Who, with seeming gladness, traded in his birth name of Claude for the moniker he was known by throughout his professional career?
Hint: After he retired, he earned a degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, only the second ex-big leaguer ever to do so.
Twint: He made his major league debut as a third baseman.
Twint: In a dozen subsequent seasons after a position shift, he never bettered his third base fielding percentage, but equaled it three times.
A. Skip Lockwood (Ret. 1980, MIT 1983, Art Merewether, 1925; Fldg % @ 3b 1.000)
FCR - Jason Carbone, Newark, DE
Q. Who led the American League in stolen bases in Ty Cobb’s first full season in the majors?
Hint: His last at-bat in the majors was the groundout that capped Addie Joss’ perfect game.
Twint: He should not be confused with the pitcher of the same name in the early 1960s.
Twint: Nor should he be confused with the 1980 independent presidential candidate nor the 1980s country singer who share the same name.
A. John Anderson (39 SB in 1906; Joss’s perfecto 02-Oct-1908; John Anderson; John B. Anderson, John D. Anderson)
FCR - Damian Begley, New York
WEEKLY THEME – Last active players of a franchise after relocation
Anderson 06-Oct-1903 1901 Milwaukee Brewers->St. Louis Browns
Bando 19-Nov-1976 (breaks three-way tie of November 1) free-agency granting with Joe Rudi and Bert Campaneris by virtue of his later signing with a different team)
DeMaestri 11-Dec-1959 1954 Philadelphia->Kansas City A’s
Drysdale 05-Aug-1969 1957 Brooklyn->Los Angeles Dodgers
Harrah 08-Dec-1978 1971 Washington Senators->Texas Rangers
Johnson 31-Jul-2009 2004 Montreal Expos->Washington Nationals
Killebrew 16-Jan-1975 1960 Washington Senators->Minnesota Twins
Lockwood 22-Oct-1973 1969 Seattle Pilots->Milwaukee Brewers
Mathews 31-Dec-1966 1952 Boston->Milwaukee Braves (Was still with team when it transferred from Milwaukee to Atlanta)
Mays 11-May-1972 1957 New York->San Francisco Giants
Niekro 07-Oct-1983 1965 Milwaukee->Atlanta Braves
Pillette 08-Jul-1955 1953 St. Louis Browns->Baltimore Orioles
Williams 11-5-1907 1902 Baltimore Orioles->New York Highlanders->Yankees
First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Arieh Siegal, Austin (after the Harrah question)
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