Sunday, September 30, 2012
September 24-30, 2012 Batters who totaled 100 major league home runs during the 19th century
Q. Who hit .440 in a major league season?
Hint: Seriously, he hit .440.
Hint: Four additional batters hit over .400 that year.
Hint: No fluke that. He hit over .350 the year before and the year after.
Twint: He ended with a career .300+ average in four different major leagues.
A. Hugh Duffy (.440 in 1894; .363 in 1893, .353 in 1895;.326 in 14 years in the National League, .336 in a year in the American Association, .320 in the Players League’s only season, & .302 in the American League’s inaugural season)
FCR J.R. Richardson, Clarksville, MD
Q. Who was the first National League player with 200 hits in a season?
Hint: He did it in only 127 games.
Hint: He once hit 165 RBI in a season where he only played 119 games.
Twint: He established a record of hitting two bases-loaded triples in one game against Indianapolis, a mark that has been tied but not broken.
Twint: His great-grandfather served under Washington in the Revolutionary War.
A. Sam Thompson (203 H in 1887 [N.B. Tip O’Neill hit 225 in 124 G in the AA the same year.]; 165 RBI in 1895; Colonel William Washington, George Washington's nephew)
FCR - John Rickert, South Bend, IN
Q. Which Hall of Famer had the highest OPS+ of any 19th century player?
Hint: He was the first (THIRD, actually) player to win back-to-back batting titles?
Hint: In fact, he won league batting titles while playing for four different teams.
Hint: "[He] really was a great hitter, one of the most powerful batters of all time. . . I don't think I ever saw a stronger hitter." — John McGraw
Twint: Two years before he came to the majors, he accidentally killed catcher Johnny Quigley in a collision at home plate.
A. Dan Brouthers (Batting titles w/Buffalo Bisons, NL 1882 [.382], 1883 [.374], Boston Beaneaters, NL 1889 [.373], Boston Reds, AA 1891 [.350]), Brooklyn Superbas, NL 1892 [.335]; Quigley accident 07-Jul-1877)
FCR - Blake Sherry, Dublin, OH
Q. According to a long-standing legend, from what player did the Giants derive their name?
Hint: He was the first to hit a home run completely out of the Polo Grounds.
Hint: He hit it off a Hall of Famer, the premier pitcher of his day.
Twint: Five years earlier, almost to the day, he was the first to win a game with a grand slam with two out in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Twint: After baseball, he became a school inspector in the town where he was born.
Twint: He won the 1893 "Popular Player" competition held in New York City, receiving a gold watch and charm he treasured until his death nearly 40 years later.
A. Roger Connor (New York Gothams became the Giants in 1885 because of Connor at 6’3” & 220 lbs. as well as other players; HR 11-Sep-1886 off Charley Radbourn; GS 10‑Sep‑1881; Waterbury, CT
FCR - Mark DeLodovico, Rockville, MD
Q. Who is the only player to lead his league in home runs and triples in his rookie season?
Hint: He changed his name so his mother would not see his name in box scores.
Hint: Only he, Babe Ruth and Barry Bonds have held the career as well as the single-season home run records.
Twint: Many baseball historians maintain that he is the best player not yet in the Hall of Fame.
A. Harry Stovey (1880 14 3b, 6 HR; Ne “Stowe”. Mom was embarrassed that he was a baseball player. [John Rickert made the very sensible point that the person who hit the first ever major league home run, Ezra Sutton , was at that moment the career and season record holder. To insure his standing, he hit a second one in the same game 04‑May‑1871. Several readers pointed out that and Charley Jones also deserves that distinction, not to mention the 3 tied at the end of the 1st MLB season, 1871: Lip Pike, Fred Treacey & Levi Meyerle.] HOF potential)
FCR - Barry Zamoff, Washington, DC
Q. Who is the only pitcher to hit for the cycle?
Hint: He also did it as a position player.
Hint: He received the first recorded intentional bases on balls.
Hint: He played for three Chicago National League teams with three different names without ever playing for the Cubs.
Hint: In separate incidents, he slugged two reporters and a train conductor. (Those were probably not the only such incidents.)
Twint: After his career, he wrote (probably) an article stating, "Baseball is not a permanent business. Look in the newspapers and you will see that a baseball player 35 years of age is considered an old man."
A. Jimmy Ryan (Cycle as P 28-Jul-1888; Cycle as fielder 01-Jul-1891; IBB 1896 from Jouett Meekin; White Stockings 1885-89, Colts 1890-97, Orphans 1898-1900 [The team has been the Cubs since 1903.])
FCR - Paul Hirsch, Danville, CA
Hint: Who tied the major league record for errors in a game and then, a month later, tied the major league record for most runs in a game?
Hint: It was during his rookie season.
Hint: He played thirteen straight years for the New York Giants but never played under John McGraw.
Hint: Once, with major league games being played on adjacent fields, he hit a game-winning, 13th-inning home run that landed in the middle of the Players League game.
Hint: Cranks at both games cheered him on.
Twint: He is the Giants’ franchise career leader in triples and stolen bases.
Twint: "In the early days of the Giants the name of (his) was on the lips of every baseball fan, and to this day the old-timers talk about the long drives which Silent Mike used to make in Harlem." - from his obituary in the New York Times
A. Mike Tiernan (162 3b, 428 SB; 5 E 16-May-1887, 6 R 16-Jun-1887; HR 12-May-1890 off Kid Nichols)
FCR - Rick Fink, Lefty Fink’s better son*, Edison, NJ
*At least that’s the word on the street.
WEEKLY THEME – Batters who totaled 100 major league home runs during the 19th century
First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Joe Ullian, Santa Barbara, CA
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