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

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
1892-97        Baltimore Orioles         Keeler        1,097      Bio
1887-99        Cleveland Spiders        McKean      2,012      Bio
1882-99        Louisville Colonels       Wolf           1,497      Bio
1891-99        Washington Senators   McGuire        992      Bio

Years           Team                           Pitcher        Wins
1892-97        Baltimore Orioles         McMahon      130      Bio
1887-99        Cleveland Spiders        Young           241      Bio
1882-99        Louisville Colonels       Hecker          173      Bio
1891-99        Washington Senators   Mercer            95      Bio

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Patrick Lyons, Manchester, NJ (after the McGuire question)

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

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