Sunday, September 9, 2012

September 3-9, 2012 Hall of Famers who played for the Phillies, but for fewer than 50 games

Q.         Which Hall of Famer was a Parade Magazine All-American in 1977 as a high school quarterback?
Hint:     He was the first player to have both a 40-home run and a 50-stolen base season during his career.
Hint:     He signed a contract making him the highest-paid player in baseball.
Hint:     He retired two years later, midway through his record-setting deal.
Twint:    His last game at Wrigley Field was also the last game at which Harry Caray sang "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" during the seventh-inning stretch.
Twint:    Last year Baseball America named him Minor League Manager of the Year.
A.         Ryne Sandberg (54 SB in 1985, 40 HR in 1990, other 40/50 players Brady Anderson & Barry Bonds; $28.4M extension signed in Mar-1992; Retired 1994, returned 1996; last Wrigley game 21-Sep-1997, Caray died the following off-season; 2011 BA Mgr of the Year for The Iron Pigs of Lehigh Valley)
FCR -    Ira Kotel, Short Hills, NJ

Q.         Who has more pitching victories than any other black pitcher?
Hint:     He was a star on his high school hockey team.
Hint:     He is the last pitcher to win 25 games in a season yet not win the Cy Young award that year.
Twint:    At no time has he sung for the Black-Eyed Peas or done commercials for Weight Watchers.
A.         Fergie Jenkins (284 W; Chatham Vocational High School; 25 W 1974, AL CYA to Catfish Hunter)
FCR -    Frank DiPrima, Morristown, NJ

Q.         Who extended his single-season RBI record 69 years after he set it?
Hint:     Babe Ruth correctly predicted that this record would outlast his own season home run record.
Hint:     He also held the National League season home run record for 68 years.
Twint:    On his first days in the majors, he wore his Hall of Fame manager’s uniform because there was no other small enough.
Twint:    He had no estate when he passed away and his funeral expenses were donated.
A.         Hack Wilson (191st RBI in 1930 credited in 1999; 56 HR in 1930 passed by Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa in 1998; John McGraw’s uniform
FCR -    Bill Carle, Lee’s Summit, MO

Q.         Who was the first manager of the Milwaukee Brewers in the American League?
Hint:     He was the first player to win a batting Triple Crown for Boston.
Hint:     His Hall of Fame manager at first mistook him for an aspiring bat boy.
Twint:    Ted Williams said he never wanted to break this player’s single-season batting average record because, “…I like him a lot.”
Twint:    He and his co-heavenly twin both coached at Boston College.
A.         Hugh Duffy (1901 Brewers; TC 1894* Turns out he did NOT win the Triple Crown in 1894.  Thanks to Arieh Siegel for pointing out that Sam Thompson had the RBI llead at 147; Mgr. Cap Anson; Other Heavenly Twin: Tommy McCarthy)
FCR -    Kevin Johnson, Broken Arrow, OK

Q.         Who was the first native of Wisconsin to be inducted into the Hall of Fame?
Hint:     Although he finished 532 of the 562 career games he started, he once stated, resorting to hyperbole, “The biggest strain my arm ever underwent was at the Polo Grounds when I counted 30,000 tickets.”
Hint:     He started the most Opening Days for the Boston Braves.
Twint:    In his obituary, he was quoted as saying that he was proudest of never having been lifted for a reliever.  (It wasn’t true, but, hey, let him have that memory.)
A.         Kid Nichols (HOF 1949)
FCR -    Andrew Milner, Bryn Mawr, PA

Q.         Who was the first non-Caucasian elected to the Hall of Fame?
Hint:     Racist Ty Cobb called him the “…brainiest pitcher I ever saw.”
Hint:     He attended the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, Jim Thorpe’s alma mater.
Hint:     He retired from baseball in 1950 and died four years later, but not before being elected to the Hall of Fame.
Twint:    Connie Mack often used him as a third base coach because of his sign-stealing ability.
A.         Chief Bender (Chippewa [sometimes called “Ojibwa”] Indian, HOF 1953)
FCR -    Jim Casey, Savannah, GA

Q.         Who is credited with developing the hit-and-run play?
Hint:     His record as a pitcher was 0-8 with a 4.99 ERA.
Hint:     Baseball guru Bill James calls him the worst player in the Hall of Fame.
Twint:    As a 55-year-old player-manager, he put himself in as a pinch hitter and got a single.
Twint:    He was, however, thrown out trying for second.
A.         Tommy McCarthy (Single minor league at-bat for the 1913 Newark Bears)
FCR -    Kevin Johnson, Broken Arrow, OK

WEEKLY THEME – Hall of Famers who played for the Phillies, but for fewer than 50 games

Player          Games
Wilson            7
Jenkins           8
Sandberg      13
Nichols          21
McCarthy       26
Duffy            34
Bender          48

First Correct Respondent to Identify ThemeBarry Kramer, Reisterstown, MD

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

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