Sunday, January 13, 2013

January 7-13, 2013 Twenty-two years between 1st & last HRs

Q.         Who holds the career record for games played, at-bats, plate appearances, times on base, singles and outs made?
Hint:     He was traded only once, straight-up for Tom Lawless.
Hint:     He was the oldest player in the league for each of his last three seasons.
Hint:     Phil Niekro, in the other league, was the oldest in the Majors for those three seasons.
Twint:    The baseball world celebrated him breaking a revered record on 11-Sep-1985, but research shows that he most likely broke the record three days earlier.
A.         Pete Rose (3562 G, 14053 AB, 15890 PA, 5929 TOB, 3215 1B, 10328 OM; NL old man 1984-86; Niekro 2yrs 2wks older; traded for Lawless 16-Aug-1984; 4192nd H 11-Sep-1985, research has shown that Cobb may have “only” had 4,189 career H, which means Rose passed him on 08-Sep-1985)
FCRs -  Steven Elsberry, Windsor Heights, IA  @ 1:24:19 a.m.
            Mark Linneman, Sacramento, CA         @ 1:35:43 a.m.
            Rick Gross, Miami, FL                        @ 1:35:49 a.m.
            Alan Work, White Plains, NY               @ 1:35:58 a.m.
            Donald Harrison, Fairfield, CT             @ 1:36:05 a.m.
            Steve Van Wagener, Bethesda, MD     @ 1:36:12 a.m.
                             @ 1:36:19 a.m.
            Vickie Riggsbee, Raleigh, NC             @ 1:36:25 a.m.
            Jess Forrest, Chicago, IL                    @ 1:36:32 a.m.
            Blake Sherry, Dublin, OH                    @ 1:41:23 a.m.

Q.         Which Hall of Famer, more famous for his bat than his glove, holds the AL record for most career errors committed by an outfielder?
Hint:     He also holds the record for most career steals of home.
Hint:     He had an intense rivalry with teammate Sam Crawford.
Hint:     He observed, years after his retirement, “In legend I am a sadistic, slashing, swashbuckling despot who waged war in the guise of sport.”
Hint:     Few of his contemporaries would disagree.
Twint:    Trivia list member Norm Coleman regularly performs a one-man show as this famous Tiger.
A.         Ty Cobb (271 E; 54 steals of home; Norm “Ty Cobb” Coleman)
FCR -    Alan Work, White Plains, NY              @ 7:55:13 p.m.
            Matt Gibson, Barboursville, WV         @ 7:55:40 p.m.
            Michael Daponde, Sacramento, CA   @ 7:55:48 p.m.
            Bob Yahr, Milwaukee, WI                   @ 7:57:27 p.m.
            Bob Wilber, Spokane, WA                 @ 7:58:04 p.m.
            Andrew Milner, Bryn Mawr, PA           @ 7:58:04 p.m.
            Phil Hertz                                          @ 7:58:34 p.m.
            Paul Hirsch, Danville, CA                   @ 7:58:38 p.m.
            Glenn Vasey, Lancaster, PA              @ 7:58:46 p.m.
            Rockwell Hoffman, Glenside, PA       @ 7:59:27 p.m.

Q.         Who won two legs of the NL Triple Crown in 1957?
Hint:     He had won the third leg the prior season.
Hint:     Statues of him reside outside Turner Field, Miller Park and Carson Park (in Eau Claire, WI).
Hint:     He holds the record for most home runs hit for one franchise.
Hint:     He threw out the first pitch at both the 2000 and 2002 All-Star Games.
Hint:     He received the Presidential Citizens Medal from President Bill Clinton and the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush.
Hint:     Although he has twice endorsed Barack Obama, the President has not given him any awards (yet).
Twint:    When he was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1982, only Ty Cobb had received a higher percentage of votes.
A.         Hank Aaron (44 HR, 132 RBI in 1957; .328 AVG led the NL in 1956; 733 HR as a Milwaukee/Atlanta Brave; 97.8% HOF vote, 2nd at the time to Cobb’s 98.2%)
FCR -    Rick Brody, Austin, TX                      @ 3:38:42 a.m.
            Al Blumkin, Brooklyn, NY                  @ 4:58:43 a.m.
            Steve Haas, Clarksville, MD              @ 5:01:28 a.m.
            Art Springsteen, Sunapee, NH           @ 5:13:27 a.m.
            Mitch Nolan, Langhorne, PA              @ 5:17:18 a.m.
            Dave Mason, Ottawa, ON                  @ 5:37:03 a.m.
            Christopher Bell, New York, NY         @ 5:37:46 a.m.
            Rick Fink, Edison, NJ                       @ 6:01:41 a.m.
            Matt Gibson, Barboursville, WV         @ 6:02:30 a.m.
            John Wanamaker, Binghamton, NY    @ 6:07:22 a.m.

Q.         Which player joined the Mets after team owner Horace Stoneham admitted he could not guarantee any post-retirement income?
Hint:     Though his total dropped each year, he led the National League in stolen bases each year from 1956-59.
Hint:     He also led the league with the most times caught stealing for the first two of those years.
Hint:     He was the first player to score 2,000 runs in the National League.
Hint:     Hank Aaron and Barry Bonds are the only others to do so.  [N.B.  Pete Rose also did it.]
Twint:    When the Giants moved to San Francisco he bought two homes there, but ended up living in Atherton, CA.
A.         Willie Mays (traded to Mets 11-May-1972; 40, 38, 31 & 27 SB respectively; 2000th R 26-Sep-1971; Aaron 2,107 NL R, Bonds 2,227 NL R, Rose  2,1655 NL R; Atherton)
FCR -    Al Blumkin, Brooklyn, NY                  @ 2:05:12 a.m.
            Damian Begley, New York, NY          @ 2:09:53 a.m.
            Bob Stuart, Scarborough, ON            @ 2:10:26 a.m.
            Rick Brody, Austin, TX                      @ 2:20:26 a.m.
            John Null, Sugarland, TX                   @ 2:21:53 a.m.
            Michael Daponde, Sacramento, CA   @ 2:22:12 a.m.
            Bob Archer, Sacramento, CA             @ 2:24:29 a.m.
            Rod Nelson, Detroit, MI                     @ 2:32:59 a.m.
            Saul Wisnia, Newton Center, MA        @ 2:43:26 a.m.
            Alan Chen, Denver, CO                     @ 2:43:36 a.m.

Q.         Who is the only player to amass 100 walks, 100 stolen bases and 100 runs in the same season more than once?
Hint:     He also holds the record for most times caught stealing in a season.
Hint:     He won a Gold Glove Award before he became notorious for his showboating “snatch catches”.
Hint:     The A’s retired #24 in his honor, though it was only one of four numbers he wore for the team.
Hint:     Bill James claimed, “If you could split him in two, you’d have two Hall of Famers.”
Twint:    He was twice traded for Eric Plunk.
A.         Rickey Henderson (100 BB, SB & R 1980, 82-83, Billy Hamilton [1891] is the only other player to do so; 42 CS in 1982; 1981 GG; also wore 22, 35 & 39 for OAK; traded for Plunk 05-Dec-1984 & 21-Jun-1989)
FCR -    Pete Cottrell, Gaithersburg, MD         @ 6:03:05 p.m.
            Will McCracken, Bradenton, FL          @ 6:03:22 p.m.
            Matt Gibson, Barboursville, WV         @ 6:03:31 p.m.
            David Krassin, New York, NY            @ 6:03:57 p.m.
            Alan Work, White Plains, NY              @ 6:03:58 p.m.
            Fred Worth, Arkadelphia, AR             @ 6:04:29 p.m.
            Jack Kelly, Lexington, KY                 @ 6:04:30 p.m.
            Blake Sherry, Dublin, OH                   @ 6:05:08 p.m.
            Elijah Kaplan, Teaneck, NJ                @ 6:05:28 p.m.
            Arieh Siegal, Austin, TX                     @ 6:05:43 p.m.

Q.         In 2004, who was rated by ESPN as the third-best all-around athlete of all time, behind only Jim Brown and Jim Thorpe?
Hint:     He was the 1972 Alaska Goldpanners team MVP, the year before winning the College World Series MVP.
Hint:     Although he was a pitcher in college, he made his Major League debut as a right fielder.
Hint:     During his first season in the Majors, he bought blocks of tickets to distribute to families who could not afford to attend games.
Hint:     With an average attendance of only 7,500 fans per game, there were plenty of tickets available.
Twint:    His accidental radio invitation to all the children in San Diego was the impetus for open All-Star batting practices.
Twint:    He is now an ESPN analyst.
A.         Dave Winfield (ESPN athlete rankings; ESPN Baseball Tonight analyst; After buying his by-then-usual block of tickets for the 1978 All-Star Game, he went on the air and invited “all the kids of San Diego” to attend.  The Winfield Foundation brought the unexpectedly large crowd into batting practice, launching the now-popular event.)
FCR -    Dave Krassin, New York, NY                      @ 3:35:09 p.m.
            Bob Newton, Bethesda, MD                       @ 3:35:37 p.m.
            Bob Wilber, Spokane, WA                          @ 3:36:46 p.m.
            Gene Rudzinski, Buffalo, NY                      @ 3:36:53 p.m.
            Art Springsteen, Sunapee, NH                    @ 3:37:17 p.m.
            Doug Rose, Crestwood, KY                       @ 3:51:15 p.m.
            Steve Van Wagener, Bethesda, MD            @ 3:38:32 p.m.
            John Wilson, Mesa, AZ                              @ 3:38:54 p.m.
            John Michael Pierobon, Ft. Lauderdale, FL  @ 3:39:21 p.m.
            Rockwell Hoffman, Glenside, PA                @ 3:40:27 p.m.

Q.         Who was the first player to retire with 3,000 hits and 400 home runs in the American League?
Hint:     Only Cal Ripken Jr. has joined him since.
Hint:     His career games played record was broken the year after he retired.
Hint:     He signed what is believed to be the first half-million dollar contract.
Twint:    He replaced Ted Williams as Red Sox left fielder.
A.         Carl Yastrzemski (3,419 H, 452 HR; Ripken 3,184 H, 431 HR; GP record broken by Pete Rose 29-Jun-1984; signed 3-year contract for $167,000/yr. [$500,000 total] in 1971)
FCR -    John Rickert, Terre Haute, IN             @ 12:24:13 a.m.
            Arieh Siegal, Austin, TX                     @ 12:26:49 a.m.
            Matt Gibson, Barboursville, WV         @ 12:26:55 a.m.
            Peter Beagle, Oakland, CA                @ 12:36:52 a.m.
            Ron Kaufman, Thornhill, ON              @ 12:27:47 a.m.
            Jimmy Goggin, Williamsburg, VA      @ 12:28:28 a.m.
            Paul Hirsch, Danville, CA                   @ 12:29:13 a.m.
            Judah Kaplan, Teaneck, NJ               @ 12:31:27 a.m.
            Bob Kimball, Washington, DC           @ 12:32:33 a.m.
            Jerry Kahn, Queens, NY                    @ 12:46:27 a.m.

Q.         Who was the first player to appear in 162 games in a season without playing in the field?
Hint:     He is the only player to appear in 500 games for four different teams.
Hint:     He is also the only player to get 500 hits for four teams.
Hint:     He was once traded for Donn Clendenon, but Clendenon threatened to retire rather than report to his new team.
Hint:     Bowie Kuhn intervened and the teams worked out alternative compensation.
Twint:    He received a three-minute standing ovation from a record-setting crowd in his first game back in Montreal after returning to the Expos.
A.         Rusty Staub (162 G as DH in 1978; 500 G for Mets [942], Colt .45s/Astros [833], Tigers [549] & Expos [518]; 500 H for Colt .45s/Astros [742], Mets [709], Tigers [582] & Expos [531]; traded for Clendenon 22-Jan-1969; 59,000-fan ovation 27-Jul-1979)
FCR -    Mark DeLodovico, Rockville, MD      @ 12:17:22 a.m.
            Ron Kaufman, Thornhill, ON              @ 12:19:41 a.m.
            Madison McEntire, Bryant, AR           @ 12:28:52 a.m.
            Paul Meagher, Washington, DC         @ 12:30:33 a.m.
            John Null, Sugarland, TX                   @ 12:34:38 a.m.
            Rod Nelson, Detroit, MI                     @ 12:43:14 a.m.
            Tony Nicolo                                      @ 12:46:36 a.m.
            Bradley Curtis, Roseville, CA             @   1:05:06 a.m.
            Michael Daponde, Sacramento, CA   @   1:35:14 a.m.
            Ken Auerbach, Bronxville, NY            @   1:38:08 a.m.

Q.         Whose record for hits by a Dominican was passed by Vladimir Guerrero in 2011?
Hint:     When passed by Guerrero, it was not the first time he had surrendered the record.
Hint:     He was the only player to collect an RBI in the 1990 All-Star Game.
Hint:     His career included two stints in the Japanese League (NPB), two stints in the Mexican League (LMB) and one stop in the Korean League (KBL).
Hint:     He hit over .400 during both of his LMB seasons.
Hint:     He was the last-active player to have been included in the Nintendo (NES) RBI Baseball video game.
Twint:    He was teammates with both Pete Rose and Jared Saltalamacchia.
Twint:    He was the last-active batter to face a pitcher who had also pitched to Ted Williams.
A.         Julio Franco (2586 H passed by Guerrero 26-Sep-2011; Passed by Tony Fernandez 20‑Jun‑1999, Retook the record with his second hit on 19‑Aug‑2002; 2 RBI in 1990 All-Star Game; 1995 & 1998 NPB, 1999 & 2001 LMB, 2000 KBL; RBI Baseball released in 1987; teammate w-Rose on 1982 Phillies, w-Salty on 2007 Braves; Jim Kaat vs. Williams: 27‑Sep‑1959, RBI single & RBI double; 22-Apr-1960, 0-1; Kaat vs. Franco: 25‑Apr‑1982, IBB)
FCR -    Bob Kimball, Washington, DC           @   3:28:42 p.m.
            Steven Young, Middletown, MD        @   3:29:08 p.m.
            Reif Faulkner, Lakewood, CO            @   3:29:37 p.m.
            Dan Silverberg, Aventura, FL             @   3:31:10 p.m.
            David Krassin, New York, NY            @   3:33:13 p.m.
            Derek Norin, Arlington, VA                @   3:33:31 p.m.
            David Knox, Pinson, AL                    @   3:33:52 p.m.
            J.J. McCoy, Washington, DC            @   3:34:03 p.m.
            Kevin Epstein, San Antonio, TX         @   3:34:35 p.m.
            Ron Kaufman, Thornhill, ON              @   3:36:56 p.m.

Q.         Before Frankie Hayes and Ray Mueller in 1944, who was the last player to catch all of his team’s games for a full season?
Hint:     Nolan Ryan was the first player to match his Major League longevity record.
Hint:     Matt Stairs broke his team-jumping record when Stairs played for his 12th Major League team in 2010.
Hint:     In 2011 Tim Wakefield broke his record as oldest Red Sox player.
Twint:    He had six stints as a Major League manager, but never had a winning record.
A.         Deacon McGuire (133 G [including 5 tied] for the 1895 Washington Senators, Hayes for the 1944 A’s, Mueller for the 1944 Reds)
FCR -    Mark DeLodovico, Rockville, MD      @ 12:13:11 a.m.
            Len Levin, Providence, RI                  @ 12:17:12 a.m.
            Jack Sullivan, Louisville, KY              @ 12:19:50 a.m.
            Dick Adams, Ellicott City, MD           @ 12:23:03 a.m.
            Bill Deane, Cooperstown, NY            @ 12:27:10 a.m.
            Darrell Hanson, Altoona, IA               @ 12:32:22 a.m.
            Tom White, Houston, TX                   @ 12:33:39 a.m.
            Dave Serota, Kalamazoo, MI             @ 12:39:42 a.m.
            Al Blumkin, Brooklyn, NY                  @   1:39:52 a.m.
            Damian Begley, New York, NY          @   2:38:05 a.m.

WEEKLY THEME – Players whose last Major League home run came more than 22 years after their first.

Player            First HR            Off                     Last HR            Off                      Elapsed      Total
Aaron           23-Apr-1954       Vic Raschi           20-Jul-1976        Dick Drago             22y 88d       755
Cobb            23-Sep-1905      Cy Falkenberg      16-May-1928     Mel Harder             23y 236d     117
Franco          09-Apr-1983       Tippy Martinez     04-May-2007     Randy Johnson       24y 25d       173
Henderson     17-Sep-1979       Steve Comer        20-Jul-2003        Woody Williams      23y 307d     297
Mays            28-May-1951     Warren Spahn      17-Aug-1973      Don Gullett             22y 81d       660
McGuire        13-Aug-1884      Larry McKeon      25-Jul-1907       Ed Siever                22y 346d       45
Rose             03-May-1963     Ernie Broglio        06-Sep-1985       Derek Bothello        22y 119d     160
Staub            03-Jun-1963       Don Drysdale       22-Jun-1985       Jeff Reardon           22y 19d       292
Winfield        21-Jun-1973       Ken Forsch          27-Jul-1995        Tim Belcher            22y 36d       465
Yaz              09-May-1961     Jerry Casale         10-Sep-1983       Rick Sutcliffe          22y 124d     452

N.B.: Stan Musial missed joining this elite group by a mere seven days.

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – No one.

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