Sunday, February 3, 2013
January 28-February 3, 2013 Leaders on Contracted NL Teams
Q. For what famous Hall of Fame pitcher is the Cy Young Award named?
Hint: He won 511 games in the majors, a record that is likely never to be equaled.
Twint: Is your confidence up? Good.
A. Cy Young
FCR - Rick Gross, Miami, FL
MONDAY MORE SERIOUSLY
Q. Who was the best hitter on the best team of the 1890s?
Hint: It was his consecutive-games-hitting record that Joe DiMaggio broke in 1941.
Twint: Of his 216 hits one season, 206 were singles.
A. Willie Keeler (NL Baltimore Orioles, .381 for the 1800s; Hit in 45 consecutive G 1896-97; 216 H in 1898)
FCR - Paul Hirsch, Danville, CA
Q. Who is the only pitcher to win a batting title?
Hint: Two years earlier, he had won the ERA title.
Hint: Two years before that, he had led the league in WHIP as a rookie.
Twint: In 1884, he set the American Association single season records for wins, innings pitched and complete games.
Twint: He completed the pitcher's triple crown by leading the league in ERA and strikeouts.
A. Guy Hecker (AA record for W-52, IP-670 & CG-72; ERA-1.80, Ks-385)
FCR - John Rickert, Terre Haute, IN
Q. Who holds the career record for assists by a catcher?
Hint: Only Cap Anson and Nolan Ryan played in more major league seasons.
Hint: He caught 97 games at age 40 for a team that finished a game and a half out of first.
Twint: A record he had held since 1907 was broken by Matt Stairs in 2010.
A. Deacon McGuire (1,860 assists; 26 years, Anson had 27, Ryan 28; 1904 New York Highlanders; Stairs record of 12 teams for a position player)
FCR - John Rickert, Terre Haute, IN
Q. Who holds the American Association career records for games played, total bases, hits, doubles and triples?
Hint: He became captain of his team after the first players’ strike in major league history.
Twint: His nickname was given to him by childhood friend and later major league star Pete Browning.
Twint: He was also known as Willie and Jimmy during his playing days.
A. Chicken Wolf (AA G-1,195, TB-1,921, H-1,438, 2b-214 & 3b-109; Cpt. of the 1889 Louisville Colonels; Browning)
FCR - Al Blumkin, Brooklyn, NY
Q. Whose nickname was derived from his propensity to be victorious, regularly and at a young age?
Hint: His was the first documented suicide of a major leaguer in the 20th century.
Hint: In his nine years in the majors, he never played on a team with a winning record.
Hint: In fact, only one ever came within ten games of .500.
Hint: Amazingly, never did any of these teams finish last in the league.
Twint: Two seasons after leading the National League in pitching appearances, he had 112 hits as a batter for the same NL team.
A. Win Mercer (Suicide; 47 G in 1897, 112 H in 1899)
FCR - David Ramsden, Barcelona, Spain
Q. Who was the first Atlanta Brave to win the Rookie of the Year Award?
Hint: He was also the first player to win the Baseball Digest Rookie of the Year Award.
Hint: He was the first black catcher to win either award.
Hint: He was once traded to the Orioles for two future Orioles managers.
Hint: He led off both the second and third innings of a game with a home run only to have both erased by a rainout in the fourth inning.
Twint: He was the only player selected in the 1965 August Legion Phase of the amateur draft to make it to the majors.
Twint: He reached double figures in home runs every year of his career on four different teams.
A. Earl Williams (NL ROY 1970; BDROY 1971; Traded from the Braves to the Orioles30‑Nov‑1972 for Johnny Oates and Davey Johnson [other players were involved]; ALP draft: pick #6 [the last pick], by the Milwaukee Braves)
FCR - Andrew Milner, Bryn Mawr, PA
Q. Who was the first player in the National League to have 600 at-bats in a season?
Hint: Four consecutive seasons he had over 100 RBI, never playing more than 135 games in any of those seasons.
Hint: He was one of the talented players transferred to St. Louis from Cleveland, leaving in their wake the worst team in major league history.
Hint: Though he never hit more than eight home runs in any season, his retired 11th all-time in career home runs.
Twint: He competed in half of the Temple Cup games ever played.
Twint: He had six Hall of Fame teammates.
A. Ed McKean (603 AB in 1891; Temple Cup for the Cleveland Spiders of 1895-96; HOF mates: George Davis, Bobby Wallace, Jesse Burkett, Buck Ewing, John Clarkson & Cy Young)
FCR - Damian Begley, New York, NY
Q. Who was the pitching half of the Dumpling Battery?
Hint: His catcher and six additional teammates were eventually elected to the Hall of Fame.
Hint: He won over 170 games before the age of thirty.
Hint: John McGraw picked him as one of the six pitchers on his all-time baseball team, describing him as “one of the greatest hurlers who ever lived, whose best quality was his nerve and coolness under fire; one of the earliest money pitchers”.
Twint: Injuries forced him out of the majors at age 29.
A. Sadie McMahon (The Dumpling Battery was McMahon and Wilbert Robinson, both of whom had soft edges; HOF mates: Robinson, John McGraw, Joe Kelley, Hughie Jennings, Dan Brouthers, Willie Keeler & Ned Hanlon;
FCR - Dan Silverberg, Aventura, FL
WEEKLY THEME – Team leaders in hits and wins for the four National League teams voted out of existence in 1899.
Years Team Batter Hits
Years Team Pitcher Wins
First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Patrick Lyons, Manchester, NJ (after the McGuire question)
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