Sunday, November 4, 2012

October 29-November 4, 2012 Baserunners who scored on a famous home run

N.B.  Bill Deane wrote in with an important correction for this week:  "Neither Combs nor Sewell scored on the "Called Shot" homer, since it was a solo shot in the fifth inning."  Keep that in view.

Q.         Who led the majors in stolen bases in his 20th big league season?
Hint:     He played for five more years in the majors.
Hint:     He had two full minor league seasons after that.
Hint:     He’d probably play today if anyone would sign him.
Twint:    Despite his insistence, he IS the greatest of all time.
A.         Rickey Henderson (20th yr. 1998; 1,406 SB, which is 468 ahead of Lou Brock.  Worded another way, if you added Ichiro’s SB total to Brock’s, you STILL wouldn’t have as many as Rickey had by himself.  Indeed the greatest.)
FCR –   Jesse-Douglas Mathewson, Memphis, TN

Q.         Who has the American League’s longest hitting streak since World War II?
Hint:     He was drafted as a pitcher out of high school by the Cardinals, but chose instead to become a Golden Gopher.
Twint:    He became the sixth member of the exclusive 3,000-hit, 500-stolen base club.
A.         Paul Molitor (39 consec G in 1987; University of Minnesota; 3,319 H + 504 SB, joining Honus Wagner 3,420/723, Eddie Collins 3,315/744, Lou Brock 3,023/938, Ty Cobb 4,189/897 & Rickey Henderson 3,055/1,406)
FCR -    Walt Cherniak, Woodbine, MD

Q.         What major league batter once went 115 consecutive games without striking out?
Hint:     His 49 home runs seldom draw any attention.
Hint:     His consecutive-games-played streak was once the second-best all time.
Twint:    His cousin was credited with invented with a pitch so slow it got its own name.
A.         Joe Sewell (115 G, no K between 12-Sep-1931 & 28-Jul-1932; 49 careers HR; 1,103 Consec. G from 13-Sep1922 thru 30-Apr-1930; Cousin Rip Sewell is credited with invented the Eephus pitch.)
FCR -    Rick Zucker, St. Louis, MO

Q.         What Hall of Fame centerfielder was called “The Kentucky Colonel”?
Hint:     In fact, he played for the Colonels.
Hint:     No American Leaguer had more triples in a season between the end of the Deadball Era and the end of World War II.
Twint:    He played with Ruth and was married to Ruth.
A.         Earle Combs (B. Pebworth, KY; Played for the 1922 & 1923 Louisville Colonels; 23 3b in 1927; Teammate Babe Ruth, wife & high school sweetheart Ruth McCollum.
FCR -    Fred Worth, Arkadelphia, AR

Q.         What third baseman was one of the first three teammates to hit 40 home runs in a single season?  (I am open to better wording on that one.  I hope you know what I am asking.)
Hint:     Only eighteen lefties have ever hit more home runs in a major league career.
Twint:    The look he projected on some of his baseball cards was more page-boy than Hank Bauer.  (No, not Mitchell Page.)
A.         Darrell Evans (41 HR w/Hank Aaron’s 40 and Davey Johnson’s 43 on the 1973 Atlanta Braves; Haircut)
FCR -    David Knox, Pinson, AL

Q.         Who was the last player mobbed on the field by fans following a dramatic postseason home run?
Hint:     He was the first player drafted in the 1970s.
Twint:    He was the first ever Cleveland Indians position player to win the Rookie of the Year Award.
A.         Chris Chambliss (HR ALCS G 5 14-Oct-1976, He actually only touched the earth where home plate had once securely resided before it was absconded with by ecstatic revelers.  Security has tightened up considerably since then.; Drafted by Cleveland in January 1970, 1st overall; ROY 1971)
FCR -    Quentin Wittrock, Minneapolis, MN

Q.         Who replaced Mickey Mantle as the Yankees’ clean-up hitter during Mantle’s final year in the majors?
Hint:     Fellow future All-Star Reggie Smith was his double play partner on their high school baseball team.
Hint:     One year in the majors, he accepted over 300 chances in the field without making an error.
Twint:    In different seasons, he led the American League in runs, walks and at-bats.
Twint:    He has two World Series championships on his player résumé.
Twint:    He played on Chet Brewer's traveling All-Star teams in the 1960s.
A.         Roy White (13-Aug-1968 first hit in the 4th spot in the order; Played with Smith at Centennial High School in Compton, CA; 314 OF Ch in 1971; Led AL w/104 R in 1976, w/99 BB in 1972 and w/639 AB in 1973; WS W 1977, 78)
FCR -    Walt Cherniak, Woodbine, MD

Q.         What Braves pitcher got lost driving to the stadium on his first scheduled start after receiving his driver’s license?
Hint:     He circled the city three times in a rented car before running out of gas.
Hint:     He had two brothers who also pitched in the majors.
Hint:     He and one of his brothers each pitched rain-shortened no-hitters.
Hint:     After hitting the lead-off batter with the first pitch of a game, opposing pitchers threw at him all four times he batted.  He was hit only once and ended up winning the game.
Twint:    In 1991, he was one of four Yankees forced to get haircuts to meet team grooming standards.
Twint:    He had four additional brothers who played in the minors.
A.         Pascual Perez who died on Thursday (Atlanta reader Calvin Johnson wrote to say, “I was at Atlanta Fulton County Stadium that night when he circumnavigated Atlanta's Perimeter Highway, Interstate 285, waiting for him to show up.  After that, whenever Perez would circle the bases as part of his pre-game ritual, he would don a Braves warm-up jacket with I-285 emblazoned across the back!  He was good-humored about this incident, always a character, and this is a tragic loss for us here in Atlanta who remembered him fondly.”; Brothers Melido and Carlos; Pascua’s no-no 24-Sep-1988, Melido’s no-no 12‑Jul‑1990; 12-Aug-1984 plunked Alan Wiggins and was then thrown at by the Padres’ staff.)
FCR -    Rick Gross, Miami, FL

Q.         Who was the only player between Babe Ruth and Rick Ankiel to hit his first home run as a pitcher and later hit another home run as a position player?
Hint:     Bill James designated an award in his name for the most over-hyped player for a decade.
Hint:     His more productive seasons were spent on WWII service teams.
Hint:     Before he had ever played a game in the majors, a New York sports writer wrote of him, “All he has to do is sit at home, wait until he’s eligible and he’s a cinch to make the Hall of Fame.”
Twint:    In the U.S. Army as a pitcher, he went 25-0, averaged fifteen strikeouts a game and batter .567.
A.         Clint Hartung (1st HR 02-Jun-1947, as pos. player 15-Aug-1952)
FCR -    Art Springsteen, Sunapee, NH

Q.         Who was the first player to team with Rickey Henderson to begin a game with two home runs?
Hint:     His only World Series home run is largely forgotten.
Hint:     He had a brother who played in the majors and two cousins who played in the NFL.
Twint:    He attended the same high school as had Ted Williams, but now lives in London.
A.         Mike Davis (HR 09-Sep-1983; WS HR G 5  20-Oct-1988; Brother Mark, Cousins Dave Grayson [Sr. & Jr.] played pro football.)
FCR -    Jim McCoy, Melrose, MA

Q.         Who was the first National League player to hit a hundred career home runs after homering in his first major league at-bat?
Hint:     He is the last person in major league baseball with his nickname.
Twint:    His fiery temper saw him ejected, but led to Ernie Banks’ managerial debut.
A.         Whitey Lockman (1st HR 05-Jul-1945 off George Dockins, 100th HR 18-Aug-1955 off Karl Spooner; Ejection as Cubs Mgr on 08-May-1973; Ret. From the Marlins front office in 2001.)
FCR -    Randall Chandler, Germantown, TN

Q.         Which American League shortstop hit both of his homers in the 1979 season on the same day?
Hint:     They were the first two home runs of his major league career.
Hint:     One of his salient trademarks was his omnipresent toothpick.
Twint:    You likely don’t think of him as an Expo.
A.         U L Washington (HR 21-Sep-1979; Expo in 1985)
FCR -    David Krassin, New York

Q.         Who replaced the injured Colby Rasmus on the Team USA roster for the 2008 Olympics?
Hint:     Bronze medal that time, but not too long thereafter he earned the equivalent of MLB gold.
Hint:     He would have had a second ring, but he was traded to a last place team two months too early.
Twint:    The player for whom he was traded had had a “triple-hit” hit this last postseason.
A.         Nate Schierholtz (WS w/SF 2010; Traded with minor leaguers Tommy Joseph & Seth Rosin July 312012 for Hunter Pence.)
FCR -    Paul Hirsch, Danville, CA

WEEKLY THEME – Baserunners who scored on a famous home run

Baserunner           Date             HR Hitter                Significance
Chambliss         02-Oct-1978      Bucky Dent             Playoff series winner
Combs             01-Oct-1932      Babe Ruth               Called shot
Davis                15-Oct-1988      Kirk Gibson             WS game 1 win
Evans               08-Apr-1974      Hank Aaron             715th career HR
Hartung             03-Oct-1951      Bobby Thomson   Pennant winner
Henderson        23-Oct-1993      Joe Carter               WS winner
Lockman           03-Oct-1951      Bobby Thomson   Pennant winner
Molitor              23-Oct-1993      Joe Carter               WS winner
Schierholtz        05-Sep-2007      Barry Bonds            762nd career HR
Sewell               01-Oct-1932      Babe Ruth               Called shot
Washington       24-Jul-1983       George Brett           Pine tar HR
White                02-Oct-1978      Bucky Dent             Playoff series winner

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Bill Garrod, Edgewood, WA

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

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