Sunday, January 20, 2013

January 14-20, 2013 Members of the Baseball Hall of Fame Board of Directors

This week’s quiz is another fine contribution from reader Barry Sparks of York, Pennsylvania.

Q.         Whose final major league home run was a 10th inning, pinch-hit walk-off homer off Cleveland Indians' hurler Dave LaRoche?
Hint:     He never played high school baseball; he was playing second base in a church league when he was discovered.
Hint:     Johnny Pesky said of this Hall of Famer, "If he could run, he would be the perfect player."
Twint:    He is part owner of the Atlantic League Southern Maryland Blue Crabs.
A.         Brooks Robinson (HR 09-Apr-1977; Crabs)
FCR:     Steve Schwartz, Chico, CA

Q.         Whose team had a flag erected with the word "Here" in recognition of a feat of his at his home ballpark?
Hint:     Roberto Clemente considered him and Stan Musial to be the best hitters he ever saw.
Hint:     Although he only stole 20 bases or more in a season three times, he was considered one of the most feared baserunners of his time.
Twint:    He homered in the first game he managed.
A:         Frank Robinson (Only ball out of Memorial Stadium 08‑May‑1966; Player/mgr HR 08‑Apr‑1975 for the Cleveland Indians)
FCR:     Jim Casey, Savannah, GA

Q.         Who did Bill James say was the best percentages player in baseball history?
Hint:     He led the league in walks, on-base percentage and runs scored the first year he was traded from the team that he broke into the majors with.
Hint:     His career stolen base percentage is greater than 80 percent.
Twint:    He finished with as many career home runs as Brooks Robinson.
A.         Joe Morgan (1972 Cincinnati Reds after playing 1963-71 with the Houston Astros; 689 SB, 162 CS, 80.9%; 268 home runs)
FCR:     Will McCracken, Bradenton, FL

Q.         What pitcher led the National League in bases-on-balls allowed the only season he topped the league in strikeouts?
Hint:     He surrendered the most hits in the National League for three consecutive seasons, although he averaged nearly 19 wins during that time span.
Hint:     His annual golf outing raises money for abused or neglected children.
Twint:    He won 100 games after turning 40.
A.         Phil Niekro (262 K, 164 BB in 1977; 1977-79 with 56 wins)
FCR:     Eric Johnston, Ellicott City, MD

Q.         Whom did Hank Aaron call, "the toughest pitcher I ever faced"?
Hint:     Reggie Jackson said, "Blind men come to the ballpark to hear him pitch."
Hint:     He was the first National League player from a last place team to win Rookie of the Year.
Twint:    Although he never pitched for the Yankees, he won his 300th game in Yankee Stadium.
A.         Tom Seaver (Aaron/Seaver; ROY 1967; 04-Aug-1985)
FCR: J.J. McCoy, Washington, DC

Q.         Who is an adjunct faculty member at Marquette University Law School, lecturing on sports law and policy?
Hint:     The Milwaukee Brewers recently announced they would build a statue of him outside Miller Park.
Hint:     In 1970, he purchased the bankrupt Seattle Pilots franchise.
Twint:    Official baseball historian Jerome Holtzman called him "the best commissioner in the history of baseball."
A.         Bud Selig (Marquette prof.; statue; Pilots)
FCR:     Doug Rose, Crestwood, KY

A.         Who was the Toronto Blue Jays' first employee?
Hint:     He was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 2002.
Hint:     His name in on the Blue Jays' Level of Excellence at Rogers Centre.
Twint:    He served as president of the Canadian Football League's Toronto Argonauts in 1996 and 1997.
A.         Paul Beeston (President of the Toronto Blue Jays)
FCR:     Sean Fink, Edison, NJ

Q.         Who hired Michael Jordan as a baseball player during his sabbatical from basketball?
Hint:     In 2012, he paid the cost of a new Olympic gold medal for White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez, who had won it playing for Cuba in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.  Ramirez had unfortunately lost it.
Hint:     A Brooklyn native, he was in the stands the day Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier.
Twint:    In 2012, he suggested that major league baseball should contract two teams.
A.         Jerry Reinsdorf (Owner of the Chicago White Sox; Ramirez; Robinson G 15-Apr-1947)
FCR:     Paul Hirsch, Danville, CA

Q.         Who was the last 20th century American League manager to win 100 games in back-to-back seasons?
Hint:     Ron Luciano ranked him first, second, third and fourth on his list of five most disliked managers.
Hint:     Among AL managers, only Joe McCarthy has more 100-win seasons.
Hint:     He popularized turning the bill of his cap around when arguing with umpires.
Hint:     His last season was the only one of his 18 managerial campaigns in which he did not have a winning record.
Hint:     He was the first post-WWII manager to be ejected from a World Series game.
Hint:     One of his pitchers claimed, “The only thing [he] knows about a curve ball is that he couldn’t hit one.”
Hint:     Four of his players went on to win the Manager of the Year Award.
Hint:     He once claimed, “I gave Mike Cuellar more chances than my first wife.”
Hint:     Sammy Stewart observed, “Having [him as our manager] gives us a four-game lead on everybody.”
Hint:     His rulebook-shredding, dirt-kicking, base-stealing tirades were infamous and, according to his players—inspiring.
Hint:     His wife had to track him down on the golf course to let him know he’d been elected to the Hall of Fame.
Hint:     When he suggested first baseman Pat Kelly, an evangelical minister, spend less time preaching and more time practicing Kelly asked, “Don’t you want me to walk with the Lord?,” to which he retorted, “I’d rather have you walk with the bases loaded!”
Twint:    His slogan, and the title of his 1982 autobiography was “It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.”
A.         Earl Weaver (102 W in 1979, 100 W in 1980; the other manager on Luciano’s list was not named; McCarthy’s 6 100 W seasons to Weaver’s 5; 1986 record 73-89; ejected from 1969 World Series Game 4; MoY winners Robinson [1989], Baylor [1995], Oates [1996] & Johnson [1997, 2012]) [Baltimore Sun; Washington Post; SABR Bio]
FCR:     Dan Silverberg, Aventura, FL

Q.         What baseball executive is the former president and CEO of Wal*Mart?
Hint:     In 2012, frustrated fans took out a full-page advertisement urging him to sell his major league team.
Hint:     He once walked out of a "Dateline" interview.
Hint:     In 2011, his team made a $30 million profit, the most in major league baseball, according to Forbes.
A.         David Glass (Owner of the Kansas City Royals)
FCR:     Mark Kanter, Portsmouth, RI

Q.         Who was the answer to the first question ever asked on Horsehide Trivia?
Hint:     His six home runs in All-Star competition is an all-time record.
Hint:     His 24 All-Star games is an all-time record.
Hint:     He is the only player to rank in the top 30 in singles, doubles, triples and home runs.
Hint:     He played over 1,000 games in the outfield and 1,000 games in the infield and won MVPs at each.
Hint:     He led his Pennsylvania high school basketball team to an undefeated season.
Hint:     He was the first player to collect 6,000 total bases.
Hint:     He is the only general manager to preside over a World Series champion in his lone season in that capacity.
Hint:     He broke the National League career runs record on the day the Mets played their first home opener.
Hint:     He is the last first baseman to lead the league in triples.
Hint:     Only Tony Gwynn and Honus Wagner have won more National League batting titles.
Hint:     He was the first player to receive 300 Hall of Fame votes in the year he was elected.
Hint:     Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick called him "Baseball's perfect knight".
Hint:     His custom bats were fashioned with the handles of Mel Ott's bats and the barrels of Jimmie Foxx's.
Hint:     Warren Spahn quipped, "Once he timed your fastball your infielders were in jeopardy."
Hint:     He was the first athlete inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians.
Hint:     When asked how good he was, Vin Scully said, "He was good enough to take your breath away."
Hint:     Albert Pujols refused to accept the sobriquet “El hombre” because he insisted there was only one “Man”.
Hint:     He is still the only pitcher in major league history to appear in a game, facing at least one batter but never recording an out, giving up a hit or a base-on-balls.
Hint:     He accomplished all this while giving up a season in the heart of his career to military service.
Twint:    He signed his first professional baseball contract when he was only sixteen years old.
Twint:    He did so after consulting with Miss Helen Kloz, his high school librarian, who advised him to follow his heart—"at least for a little while".
A.         Stan Musial (The question was “Which player, with 3,000 or more career hits, had the same number of hits at home and on the road?” [1,815 H ea., posted 12‑Mar‑1997]; 18th in 1b [10th when he retired], 3rd in 2b [2nd when he retired], 19th in 3b, 28th in HR @ 475 [6th when he retired]; OF 1,980 G, IF 1,016 G, MVPs 1943, 46, 48; 6,134 TB; Cardinals GM 1967; 1,869th R on 13‑Apr‑1962; 12 3b in 1951 [Paul Molitor played 46 G @ 3b in 1991]; 8 batting titles ea. for Gwynn & Wagner, 7 for Musial; 371 votes in 1969; HOFM 2000; P on 28‑Sep‑1952 when batter Frankie Baumholtz reached on an E by Solly Hemus; Mil. Service 1945)
FCR:     Jim Lovelace, Kent, OH

Q.         Who was the most famous bat boy for the St. Louis Browns?
Hint:     It wasn't hard for him to get the job—his father owned the team.
Hint:     Besides being the owner of a major league baseball team, he has owned or been part owner of teams in the NFL, American Basketball Association and the World Hockey Association.
Twint:    A close friend of President George W. Bush, he raised $200,000 for Bush's 2004 re-election campaign.
A.         Bill DeWitt, Jr., (Owner of the St. Louis Cardinals; Bill DeWitt, Sr.)
FCR:     John Burbridge, Mebane, NC

WEEKLY THEME – Baseball executives and former players who are members of the Baseball Hall of Fame Board of Directors.

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Bill Deane, Cooperstown, NY (after the Selig question)

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

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