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.
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.
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
First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Barry Kramer, Reisterstown, MD
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