Sunday, February 10, 2013
February 4-10, 2013 Managers who won 75 games in the majors, but only managed one year.
By Barry Sparks, who has now become, it seems, a regular contributor.
Q. What Paire was portrayed as a Peach?
Hint: She was, however, a Millerette, a Daisy, and Belle and a Chick.
Hint: She played on championship teams nine of the twelve years of the league’s existence.
Hint: She is included in a permanent display at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
Hint: Usually her team’s best athlete, she played shortstop and third base, but mostly catcher.
Hint: The son of one of her teammates played for nine years in the majors.
Twint: Geena Davis played her in the movie.
Twint: There really IS crying in baseball, especially at times like this. (If there’s no crying, then you’re not doing it right.)
FCR - Bob Wilber, Spokane, WA
Q. Who was the first player to play on four winning World Series teams?
Hint: Connie Mack called him "the greatest shortstop there ever was".
Hint: He missed the entire 1918 season because he joined the military to serve in WW I.
Twint: He compiled a record of 616-150-6 for an .802 won/loss percentage during a 40-year college coaching career.
A. Jack Barry (1910, 1911, 1913 and 1915; Holy Cross, 1921-1960).
FCR - Ron Liebman, Flushing, NY
Q. Whose home run-turned-double turned Harvey Haddix' near-perfect game into a loss?
Hint: He was the first player to hit a home run over the center field wall at the Polo Grounds?
Hint: He once slugged the third in a series of back-to-back-to-back-to-back home runs.
Hint: When he retired in 1966, he had the fifth most career home runs for a first baseman.
Twint: Despite his 336 career homers, he was only named as an All-Star one year.
A. Joe Adcock (Haddix G 26‑May‑1959; Polo Grounds HR 29‑Apr‑1953; 4 HR 7th inning @ Cincinnati 08‑Jun‑1961: Aaron, Mathews, Adcock & Frank Thomas; Foxx ; Gehrig ; Hodges ; Mize ; Adcock ; AS 1960)
FCR - Chuck Durante, Dover, DE
Q. Who was the first pitcher to toe the mound the day Yankee Stadium opened?
Hint: He returned to throw out the first ball in remodeled Yankee Stadium in 1976.
Hint: His 15 strikeouts in a game was a team record for 59 years.
Twint: His nicknames included "Sailor Bob" and "Bob the Gob."
A. Bob Shawkey (18‑Apr‑1923; 15‑Apr‑1976; Struck out 15 Athletics 27‑Sep‑1919, record was broken by Ron Guidry with 18 Ks vs. California, 17‑Jun‑1978).
FCR - Tim Phares, Laurel, MD
Q. Who was the first player to sign with the expansion Los Angeles Angels?
Hint: He was their Opening Day catcher.
Hint: He caught Don Cardwell's no-hitter while with the Cubs.
Twint: He was Bob Buhl's personal catcher with the Braves.
FCR - Chuck Durante, Dover, DE
Q. Who has the lowest career batting average of any major leaguer with more than 5,000 at-bats?
Hint: He received votes for the Chalmers Award in 1911, 12, 13 and 14 despite never batting more than .235 in any those seasons.
Hint: He was nicknamed "Pinch" for his ability to hit in the clutch.
Twint: He was the Washington Senators regular shortstop from 1908-16.
FCR - Tom Zocco, Rocky Hill, CT
Q. Whom did Ty Cobb describe as "the best catcher to ever wear shoe leather"?
Hint: He received a U.S. patent in 1908 for an inflatable, contoured chest protector.
Hint: He caught three balls thrown from the Washington Monument by pitcher Ed Walsh as a publicity stunt in 1910.
Twint: He and his son became the first father-son combination to appear in the World Series. Not the same Series. That would be a record.
A. Billy Sullivan, Sr. (1906 World Series with Chicago White Sox and Billy Sullivan, Jr., 1940 with the Detroit Tigers).
FCR - Rick Fink, Edison, NJ
Q. Who lost his starting shortstop position to Robin Yount in 1974?
Hint: He never hit a home run in 1,408 plate appearances during his seven-year major league career.
Twint: He is a native of Grand Forks, North Dakota.
Twint: He was named the American Association Manager of the Year in 2012.
Twint: His past came to light slowly.
FCR - Saul Wisnia, Newton Center, MA
Q. Who was, following three separate seasons, named The Sporting News' Minor League Manager of the Year?
Hint: He won the Junior World Series as manager of the American Association's Indianapolis Indians.
Hint: Although he was known by his middle name, his first name was "Major".
Twint: He was Roger Maris' first major league manager.
A. Kerby Farrell (1954, 1956 and 1961; 1956; Cleveland Indians 1957)
FCR - Al Blumkin, Brooklyn, NY
WEEKLY THEME – Managers who won 75 games in the majors, but only managed one year.
N.B. Cookie Rojas managed the 1988 California Angels to a 75-79 record, but he also managed one game for the 1996 Florida Marlins
First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Steve Schwartz, Chico, CA (after the Adcock question)
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