Sunday, October 21, 2012

October 15-21, 2012 Players with 3 HR in a game where their teams only scored 3 runs

Q.         Whose 160 home runs were the most in the history of Baltimore's Memorial Stadium?
Hint:     He received the most MVP votes in the 1980s, measured by voting points.
Hint:     In fact, he received more such votes than anyone who never won the award.
Twint:    He’s in the club of 500 home runs and 3,000 hints.  There are only four members.
A.         Eddie Murray (1,088 MVP voting points 1980-85, including 1st–place votes in 1983 & 84; 500 HR/3,000H Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Rafael Palmeiro)
FCR -    Abbey Garber, Dallas, TX

Q.         Who was the first National League player to win an MVP award after his 35th birthday?
Hint:     He hit at least thirty home runs six times, yet failed to total 300 for his career.
Twint:    He hit the first home run at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
Twint:    He hit 13 home runs against the Pirates in 1954.
A.         Hank Sauer (Coliseum HR 18-Apr-1958)
FCR -    Fred Brillhart, Mechanicsburg, PA

Q.         Who was the first player to collect 300 career home runs for the Orioles?
Hint:     Until Jason Giambi “broke” it, he held the record for the fewest triples by any player with a 2,000-game career.
Hint:     He won the MVP award the year after finishing 2nd in the voting.
Twint:    His brother played in the Orioles minor league organization.
Twint:    His step-brother played in the majors for six seasons.
Twint:    His brother played with him in the Little League World Series.
A.         Boog Powell (300th HR 13-Sep-1974 off future teammate Dick Bosman; 11 3b in 2,042 G, Giambi has 9 in 2,613 G; MVP 1970; Brother Charles Powell; Step-brother Carl Taylor)
FCR -    Bill Kreifeldt, Midvale, UT (and Sun City, AZ)

Q.         Which player's 6th career leadoff home run was also the home run that placed him in the 300/300 club?
Hint:     Only he and Willie Mays won Gold Glove Awards for their play in center field after the age of 35.
Twint:    He is an alumnus of the same school as are Dave Stieb and Duane Kuiper.
A.         Steve Finley (300th HR 14-Jun-2006, 300th SB 02-May-2004; b. 1965, GG 2000; Southern Illinois University)
FCR -    Paul Sekula, Arlington, VA

IN MEMORIAM (Not conneted with the week’s theme)
Q.         Who will forever be “The Walking Man”?
Hint:     Billy Beane would have loved this guy.
Hint:     At the time of his retirement, he was fourth on the all-time walk list behind only Babe Ruth, Williams and Mel Ott.
Hint:     He currently ranks eleventh, but had far fewer plate appearances than anyone in the top ten.
Hint:     His 838 consecutive games played streak came to an end when he came down with tonsillitis.
Hint:     He had at least one home run in fourteen consecutive seasons.
Hint:     He had more at-bats for the Washington Senators in the 1950s than any other player.
Twint:    His managerial career lasted exactly one game.
Twint:    It was a 9-3 loss to the White Sox.
Twint:    He was also a coach in the majors for 21 years, including for the Miracle Mets in 1969.
A.         Eddie Yost (1,614 career BB; 9,175 PA; HR streak 1948-61; G streak ended 11‑May‑1955; Mgr. of Senators 22-May-1963)
FCR -    Bob Elliott, Mississauga, ON

Q.         Who was the Mets right fielder in their inaugural major league game?
Hint:     He had double-digit triples in his first two seasons in the majors, including leading the league in his second year, but never had more than seven in any of the remaining 13 years of his career.
Twint:    He was the second major league player to have a son and grandson play in the majors.
A.         Gus Bell (Mets’ 1st G 11-Apr-1962; Grandsons David and Mike)
FCR -    Kevin Johnson, Broken Arrow, OK

Q.         Which current Jewish major leaguer began his professional career playing for Brooklyn?
Hint:     His dad pitched in the majors for eleven years, but never for Brooklyn.
Twint:    He shares an Alma Mater with All-Star Paul Konerko.
A.         Ike Davis (2008 Brooklyn Cyclones; Father Ron Davis; also Konerko attended Chapparal High School in Scottsdale.)
FCR -    David Krassin, New York

Q.         What Texas Rangers manager owns the highest winning percentage in franchise history?
Hint:     He succeeded a Hall of Famer manager to accomplish it.
Twint:    In the Air Force during World War II, he managed a baseball team whose members included Howie Pollett and Hall of Famer Enos Slaughter.
A.         Del Wilber (As mgr 1-0 07-Sep-1973, succeeded Whitey Herzog) N.B. This week’s theme was brought to our attention by (new, enthusiastic) reader Del Wilber, who just happens to be the namesake son of Saturday’s answer.
FCR -    Bob Wilber, Spokane, WA (his son and Del’s brother, and, BTW, not the only correct respondent),

Q.         What catcher with sixteen years in the majors, won league championships in four of the nine full seasons he managed in the minors, but never got the chance to manage in the Bigs?
Hint:     He was an All-Star the year before he joined the Pirates and the year after he left them, both times with the Cubs.
Hint:     He didn’t get into the game either year.
Twint:    He was a coach with the Minnesota Twins in their first year of existence.
Twint:    He’s the last person to qualify for this week’s theme.
A.         Clyde McCullough (Managerial career; AS 1948, 52; 1961 Twins)
FCR -    Randall Chandler, Germantown, TN

WEEKLY THEME –  Players with 3 home runs in a game where their teams only scored 3 runs

Bell                21-Jul-1955             Bio
Davis             28-Jul-2012             Bio
Finley            28-Apr-2004            Bio
Murray           14-Sep-1980            Bio
Powell           27-Jun-1964            Bio
Sauer             11-Jun-1952            Bio
Wilber            27-Aug-1951, G 2    SABR Bio

Those are the only eight times it has happened since 1918, probably ever.

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Joe Ullian, Santa Barbara, CA (after the Finley question)

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

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