Sunday, March 31, 2013

March 25-31, 2013 Players who are among the top 20 in career caught stealing, but not in the top 20 in stolen bases.

Q.         Who would have been the first ever American League pitcher ever to throw two no-hitters in one season had it not just been done the year before?
Hint:     He is the only pitcher to lead the American League in shutouts for both the Tigers and the White Sox.
Hint:     Pitching 237 innings for the Analusia Bulldogs of the D-level Alabama-Florida League, he struck out an outstanding 420 batters.
Hint:     That was thought at the time to be a record for organized baseball until the 513 of Matt Kilroy’s for the Orioles of 1886 was verified by researchers.
Twint:    In spite of his two high points in 1952, his record for the season was 5-19 and the Tigers lost more games than they ever had, 104.
Twint:    He was more than a journeyman pitcher:  Twice selected to the All-Star Team, three times receiving MVP votes, twice led the league in shutouts and once in strikeouts.
Twint:    He worked in the Pirates’, Braves’ and Tigers’ organization following retirement
A.         Virgil Trucks (2 No-hitters 15‑May & 25‑Aug‑1952, Allie Reynolds No-nos on 12‑Jul‑ & 28‑Sep‑1951; ShO leader in 1949 [DET] & 1954 [CHW];
FCR -    Gerry Nemeth, Cleveland, OH

Q.         Who was the last major leaguer to win a batting title without hitting a home run?
Hint:     In 1979, he was traded for four players.
Hint:     Panama's National Stadium is named for him.
Twint:    He was an 18-time All-Star.
A.         Rod Carew (.318 in 1972; 03‑Feb‑1979, traded for Ken Landreaux, Brad Havens, Paul Hartzell and Dave Engle; Stadium)
FCR -    Jeff Korrell, Van Nuys, CA

Q.         Who hit 32 homers in his only season with the New York Yankees?
Hint:     He's mentioned in Terry Cashman's "Talkin' Baseball" song.
Hint:     He was part of the first ever trade of $100,000 players.
Twint:    He led the NL in total bases in 1973.
A.         Bobby Bonds (32 HR 1975; 22‑Oct‑1974 traded from the San Francisco Giants to the New York Yankees for Bobby Murcer; 1973 TB: 341)
FCR -    Michael Frank, New York, NY

Q.         Who is the only player to hit for the cycle twice as a Houston Astro?
Hint:     He made his major league debut at age 19.
Hint:     He won five consecutive Gold Gloves in the outfield.
Twint:    Leo Durocher called him the next Willie Mays.
A.         Cesar Cedeno (20-‑Aug‑1972 & 09‑Aug‑1976; 20‑Jun‑1970; 1972-1976)
FCR -    Steve Schwartz, Chico, CA

Q.         Who holds the New York Yankees' record for singles in a season?
Hint:     He was elected to the Sacramento Hall of Fame in 2012.
Hint:     He is a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks' coaching staff.
Twint:    He was on-deck when Kirk Gibson hit his game-winning home run in the bottom of the ninth to win Game 1 of the 1988 World Series.
A.         Steve Sax (171 1b in 1989; WS G 15—Oct‑1988)
FCR -    Bob Wilbur, Spokane, WA

Q.         Who led the league in triples four times, the last time when he was 38 years old?
Hint:     He won both the Branch Rickey Award and the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award.
Hint:     He led centerfielders in double plays four times.
Twint:    The only All-Star appearance in his seventeen‑year career was in 1991.
A.         Brett Butler (3b leader 1983, '86, '94 & '95; Rickey Award 1996, Gehrig Award 1996; CF DPs 1984, '85, '91 & '95; 1991 ASG)
FCR -    John Wilson, Mesa, AZ

Q.         Who is the oldest player to win a Gold Glove at shortstop?
Hint:     He's also the oldest player to hit a double and a triple in the same game.
Hint:     Many believe him to be a lock for the Hall of Fame.
Twint:    He has the most career hits for a player born in Venezuela.
A.         Omar Vizquel (2006 at age 39; 27‑Jul‑2012 @ age 45; 2,709 hits)
FCR -    Paul Hirsch, Danville, CA

Q.         Who was the catcher in the game when the Yankees were no-hit by a Hall of Fame pitcher?
Hint:     His 425-foot homer in the seventh inning was the only run of the game.
Hint:     He set the American League season home run record for catchers that same year.
Hint:     He was known for wearing an out-sized catcher’s mitt designed by his manager, who had himself been a major league catcher.
Hint:     He was behind the plate for Jim Bunning in Bunning’s perfect game.
Twint:    It was ironic that his debut in the majors was as a Yankee.
Twint:    Regarded as the slowest runner in the league, he still once hit an inside-the-park home run.
A.         Gus Triandos (Holy Wilhelm no-hitter 20‑Sep‑1958; 30 HR in 1958; Mgr was Paul Richards; Bunning no-no 21-Jun-1964; Debut 13‑Aug‑1953; IPHR 31‑Aug‑1957)
FCR -    Joel Lipman, Wilmington, DE

Q.         Who was the Oakland A's first designated hitter?
Hint:     He recorded more putouts than any other major league outfielder from 1973-1976.
Hint:     His fight with Reggie Jackson in 1974 was called the second most celebrated fight of the year after the George Foreman and Joe Frazier fight.
Twint:    He also played for the Dodgers and the Giants.
A.         Bill North (DH 06‑Apr‑1973; 1,706 putouts; Fight 05‑Jun‑1974)
FCR -    Jim Casey, Savannah, GA

Q.         Who hit the Colorado Rockies' first home run IN COLORADO?
Hint:     He was an analyst for ESPN's Baseball Tonight.
Hint:     He was mentioned as a managerial candidate for the Rockies prior to the 2013 season.
Twint:    His son plays for the Colorado Rockies.
A.         Eric Young (HR 09‑Apr‑1993 [The first ever Rockies HR was two days earlier by Dante Bichette at Shea Stadium.]; Analyst 2007-2010; Eric Young, Jr.)
FCR -    David Krassin, New York, NY

Q.         Who was the first 20th century player with three consecutive 70-steal seasons?
Hint:     His slow trot cost Lee Lacy a home run.
Hint:     His batting practice line-drive ended Steve Kemp's season.
Twint:    He retired in 1986 with fifty more triples than homers.
Twint:    He was the lead-off hitter for the WS Champion 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates.
A.         Omar Moreno (71 SB in 1978, 77 in ’79 & 96 in ’80; Lacy hit GS HR in the bottom of the 8th on 14‑May‑1982.  However, he passed Moreno between 1st & 2nd and was called out at 2nd.  All three runners scored and Lacy was credited with all 3 RBI; Injury 08‑Sep‑1983—line drive broke Kemp's cheek bone; Career 87 3b, 37 HR; ’79 Bucs)
FCR -    John Michael Pierobon, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Q.         Whose likeness was the first baseball picture I ever taped up on my wall?
Hint:     He is the only Orioles pitcher to lead the American League in strikeouts.
Hint:     After striking out against him three times in a row, Roy Campanella jokingly suggested that he was throwing with the aid of a gun.
Hint:     He threw the first pitch in major league history at Memorial Stadium.
Hint:     He remains the only 20th century hurler to be credited with more walks than hits for consecutive seasons for different teams.
Hint:     Only once in his twelve-year career did he receive Cy Young Award votes.
Twint:    He won the Cy Young Award and World Series MVP in same season.
A.         Bob Turley (The photo was a full page torn from a Sport magazine 1958; 185 K in 1954; Memorial Stadium debut 15‑Apr‑1954; CYA votes 1958; WS MVP 1958)
FCR -    Paul Hirsch, Danville, CA

WEEKLY THEME – Players who are among the top 20 in career caught stealing, but not in the top 20 in stolen bases. (

Player       CS     Rank                Top 20 SB                      SB
Butler       257      3rd                                1.    Rickey Henderson    1,406
Carew       187      9th                                 2.    Lou Brock                   938
Moreno     182    11th                                 3.    Billy Hamilton              914
Cedeno    179    12th                                 4.    Ty Cobb                     897
Sax          178    13th                                 5.    Tim Raines                  808
Bonds      169    16th                                 6.    Vince Coleman            752
Young      168    17th                                 7.    Arlie Latham                742
Vizquel     167    18th                                 8.    Eddie Collins              741
North        162    19th                                 9.    Max Carey                  738
                                             10.    Honus Wagner            723
                                             11.    Joe Morgan                689
                                             12.    Willie Wilson               668
                                             13.    Tom Brown                 657
                                             14.    Bert Campaneris         649
                                             15.    Kenny Lofton              622
                                             16.    Otis Nixon                  620
                                             17.    George Davis             619
                                             18.    Dummy Hoy               596
                                             19.    Juan Pierre                 591
                                             20.    Maury Wills                 586

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – No one, but several people came close
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