Sunday, November 18, 2012

November 12-18, 2012 Ten stolen bases and fifty home runs in the same season


Q.         Who claimed to have had a better year than the president?

Hint:     The amount of his salary demands one year were only because he thought $1,000 per week sounded pretty cool.

Twint:    He broke the single-season home run record four times.

A.         Babe Ruth (Quote attributed to Ruth following the 1929 season.  U.S. presidents made $75,000 per year between 1909 and 1948.  Ruth went from $70,000 in 1929 to $80,000 in 1930; From 1922 to 1926, the Yankees paid Ruth $52,000 per season; HR record 1919 w/29, 1920 w/54, 1921 w/59 & 1927 w/60)

FCR -    Bob Dorrill, Kingwood, TX



Q.         Whose .365 is the highest season batting average ever by a switch-hitter?

Hint:     He never accumulated 200 hits in a season.

Hint:     He was the first American League batter to lead the league in home runs and triples in the same season.

Twint:    He drove a car with Oklahoma license plate number “77-7777”.

A.         Mickey Mantle (.365 in 1957; Career high in H 188 in 1956; HR/3b 1955, Tied w/teammate Andy Carey for 3b lead)

FCR -    Bob Kimball, Washington, DC



Q.         Whose baseball team has paid him no less than $20 million per season for the past twelve consecutive seasons?

Hint:     He played for the U.S. in the 1992 World Junior Championship, where he led the team with 16 RBI, scored 15 runs, hit .264 and slugged .509 as the team won Silver.

Twint:    A player he was once traded for made the assist in the final out of Matt Cain’s perfect game.

A.         Alex Rodriguez (traded for Joaquin Arias [PTBNL in the Alfonso Soriano trade] 23-Apr-2004)

FCR -    Derek Norin, Arlington, VA



Q.         What’s rookie’s arrival in the majors was so highly anticipated that a wire service photo of him making his way from Sioux City, Iowa was distributed to the national press?

Hint:     He was a basketball and football star in high school.  The skyhook was his signature move on the court and he could kick and throw for over fifty yards on the gridiron.

Hint:     His first major league hit, a home run, was hit off a future Hall of Famer.

Twint:    He was the first player to receive over 400 votes for the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.

A.         Willie Mays (1st HR vs. Warren Spahn on 28-May-1951; 409 HOF votes [94.7%] in 1979)

FCR -    Arieh Siegal, Austin, TX



Q.         Who is the only* player to win MVP awards in consecutive seasons for teams in different divisions?

Hint:     Although he was only 6th in Rookie of the Year voting, two other Rookie of the Year Award winners were born in the same city he was, a city of fewer than 200,000 souls.

Hint:     He later more than compensated for an only very good debut.

Hint:     A hint of his future stardom was when he was named the Carolina League Player of the Month.

Twint:    He chose to attend college after high school because the Giants signing offer was under the dollar goal he had set for himself.

A.         Barry Bonds (MVP 1992 Pittsburgh Pirates, NL East, 1993 SF Giants NL West; ROY Ken Hubbs 1962, Alvin Davis 1984, Riverside, CA; Attended Arizona State University & graduated in 1986 w/a degree in criminology; CLPOM 1985, playing for ;  Giants offered & $70K, he wanted $75K.)

FCR -    David Krassin, New York, NY

*Bill Deane points out that when considering the question alone, Frank Thomas also qualifies because the White Sox moved from the AL West to AL Central between those years.



Q.         Whose rookie card helped launch the Upper Deck company?

Hint:     He hit the last home run in the Kingdome, ensuring his place in history by robbing Juan Gonzalez of a home run later in the same game.

Hint:     His ten-year run of Gold Glove Awards ended when he switched leagues.

Twint:    He broke his wrist while making a highlight-reel catch on Kevin Bass’s line drive, severely abridging his season.

Twint:    His dad spent one season as a Rockies coach.

A.         Ken Griffey, Jr. (1989 card; last Kingdome HR 27-Jun-1999; AL OF GG 1990-99; Bass catch 26-May-1995; Ken Sr. COL CO in 1996)

FCR -    David de la Fuente, San Francisco, CA



Q.         Who was the only American League player with at least 10 doubles, triples, home runs and stolen bases in 1990?

Hint:     He was once ejected and suspended for using a corked bat.

Hint:     After a thorough investigation by MLB it was found to be the only one of his 77 bats to have been altered.

Hint:     The Rangers gave him a $3,500 signing bonus even though their Dominican scout’s report described him as “malnourished”.

Hint:     He hit his first career home run off of Roger Clemens, and the two retired within two weeks of each other 18 years later.

Hint:     It was the only home run he would hit against The Rocket.

Twint:    Friends and close family call him Mikey.

Twint:    He twice led the league in home runs, both times hitting more than 15 fewer homers than his top single-season total.

A.         Sammy Sosa (26 2B, 10 3B, 15 HR, 32 SB in 1990; corked ejection 03-Jun-2003; 1st HR 21-Jun-1989, last game 29-Sep-2007, Clemens’ last regular-season game 16-Sep-2007, last ML game [ALDS] 07-Oct-2007; NL HR ldr 2000 [50] & 2002 [49], top HR year 66 in 1998)

FCR -    Alan Work, White Plains, NY



Q.         Who is the only player to lead off four consecutive games with home runs?

Hint:     He set the American League record for most consecutive successful stolen base attempts only to see Tim Raines break the record later that season.

Hint:     He hit an All-Star double off of a pitcher he had previously been traded with.

Hint:     Baseball America listed him as the top prospect in the AL East in 1988.

Hint:     His 1993 season was shortened by chicken pox.

Twint:    Only Cal Ripken Jr. appeared more often in the Orioles lineup during Ripken’s record-setting consecutive games streak.

Twint:    He became known for his “Luke Perry” sideburns.

A.         Brady Anderson (leadoff HR 18- 19- 20- and 21-Apr-1996; 36 consecutive SB in 1995; 1997 AS 2B vs. Curt Schilling [traded w-Anderson for Mike Boddicker on 29-Jul-1988; 1330 G during Ripken’s streak)

FCR -    Damian Begley, New York, NY



Q.         Who was the first player to have 100 RBI in a season in which he played in both leagues?

Hint:     That same year, he became the first player to hit forty home runs in a season while playing for two teams.

Hint:     Two seasons down the road, he was named Comeback Player of the Year.

Twint:    His cousin won a no-quite-fully-deserved American League Most Valuable Player Award.

A.         Greg Vaughn (HR, RBI 1996; COPY 1998; Cousin Mo Vaughn, ALMVP 1995 when most baseball historians now agree it should have gone to Albert Belle)

FCR -    Michael Daponde, Sacramento, CA



WEEKLY THEME – Ten stolen bases and fifty home runs in the same season


Player         HR     SB     Year

Anderson    50      21      1996

Bonds        73      13      2001

Griffey        56      20      1998

                 56      15      1997

Mantle        54      12      1961

                 52      10      1956

Mays          51      24      1955

Rodriguez   54      24      2007

                 52      18      2001

Ruth           59      17      1921

                 54      14      1920

Sosa          66      18      1998

Vaughn       50      11      1998


First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – No one


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