Sunday, April 21, 2013

April 15-21, 2013 A line-up of [mostly] alternating, opposite-hand (BLTR/BRTL) players

Q.         Who was the Oakland A’s leadoff batter during the Loma Prieta World Series?
Hint:     He hits home runs and stole bases in four consecutive decades.
Twint:    For my money, he was the greatest of all time (if not, perhaps, the most self-effacing)
A.         Rickey Henderson (1989 Earthquake WS; SB & HR in the 1970s, 80s, 90s & 2000s)
FCR -    Joe Thompson, Splendora, TX

Q.         Who received the most votes in the first-ever Hall of Fame ballot?
Hint:     He and Vice-President Richard Nixon presided over the first major league game held at Candlestick Park.
Twint:    He was the first batter Babe Ruth struck out in 1921.
Twint:    It was one of only two Ruth would get that season.
A.         Ty Cobb (222 votes, Ruth & Wagner each had 215; Candlestick debut 12-Apr-1960; Ruth’s K 13‑Jun‑1921)
FCR -    Kevin Warren, Briarcliff Manor, NY

Q.         Who is credited with receiving the first-ever intentional bases-on-balls?
Hint:     He is the only player in major league history to hit for the cycle and pitch in the same game.
Hint:     He attended both Boston College and Holy Cross.
Twint:    He was accused of leading a revolt against Cap Anson.
A.         Jimmy Ryan (IBB 1896; Cycle 28‑Jul‑1888)
FCR -    Paul Hirsch, Danville, CA

Q.         Who is the most recent player to lead the junior circuit in batting for four consecutive seasons?
Hint:     He is one of two Hall of Famers to player in the longest professional baseball game in history.
Twint:    He is the only major league batting champ to lose the International League batting title on the last game of one season and win the title on the last day of the following season.
A.         Wade Boggs (AL batting champ 1985-88; Long game 23‑Jun‑1981; IL 1980, 81)
FCR -    Judah Kaplan, Teaneck, NJ

Q.         Whom does Bill James rate behind only Rogers Hornsby as baseball’s greatest second baseman?
Hint:     Ironically, no other member of the 3,000-hit club has fewer doubles.
Hint:     He spent a lot of time there on defense, however, more than anyone else ever.
Twint:    He started his career under the name of Sullivan in order to maintain his college eligibility.
Twint:    He is the longest-tenured general manager in Red Sox history.
A.         Eddie Collins (438 2b; 2,650 G at 2B; BOS GM 25‑Feb‑1933 to 29‑Sep-1947)
FCR -    Edward Pappas, Rochester Hills, MI

Q.         Who was the first player to have eighty pinch-hit at-bats in a season?
Hint:     He is the only player with 500 hits with each of four teams.
Hint:     He is the only player ever traded for Jesus Alou.
Twint:    He was fined when he refused to play following the assassination of presidential candidate Robert Kennedy.
A.         Rusty Staub (81 PH AB in 1983)
FCR -    Glenn Horowitz, New York, NY

Q.         Who was the first player to collect 200 career stolen bases for the Yankees?
Hint:     He was the first alumnus of the Federal League to win a National League batting title.
Hint:     His middle name seems like a misnomer since he only had 57 in a fifteen-year career.
Twint:    Cy Young and Babe Ruth called him the best first baseman they ever saw play.
A.         Hal Chase (248 SB for NYY; NL batting title 1916, played in Buffalo of the Federal League for the Buffeds and Blues; Harold Homer Chase)
FCR -    R.J. Lesch, Adel, IA

Q.         Who was the catcher on the first team to win a professional baseball championship?
Hint:     He played seven years in the majors, all but one for teams based in Philadelphia.
Hint:     He played for Philadelphia in three different leagues.
Twint:    He served in the Civil War in the same Company as Dick McBride.
FCR -    Michael Berry, Culver City, CA

Q.         Who is the only pitcher with five consecutive seasons of 300 strikeouts?
Hint:     He didn’t have the first of them until his fourteenth professional season.
Hint:     He had fourteen seasons of 200 strikeouts and another seven seasons with over 100 strikeouts.
Twint:    He has more strikeouts than any lefthander in history.
Twint:    Clip
A.         Randy Johnson (300 K 1998-2002; Professional debut w/ the 1985 Jamestown, NY Expos; 4,875 K)
FCR -    Joe Thompson, Splendora, TX

Q.         What former LCS MVP was fired from his position as a high school baseball coach only ten games into the 2013 season?
Hint:     In a previous job, his professionalism was called into question when he called a star player’s professionalism into question.
Hint:     Not that he was nasty; he was just speaking his mind.
Twint:    He is one of the few major league pitchers who can claim an Immaculate Inning.
A.         Rob Dibble (1990 NLCS MVP w/teammate Randy Myers, fired from Calabasas High School in Calabasas, CA 27‑Mar‑2013; In the majors, he was known as one of the “Nasty Boys”;  In August 2010, he Dibble criticized Washington Nationals rookie pitcher Stephen Strasburg for missing a start due to an injury: "Suck it up, kid. This is your profession. You chose to be a baseball player. You can't have the cavalry come in and save your butt every time you feel a little stiff shoulder, sore elbow."
FCR -    Tim Phares, Laurel, MD

WEEKLY THEME – A line-up of alternating, opposite-hand (BLTR/BRTL) players

Player          Pos.     Bats  Throws
Henderson    LF        R       L
Cobb           CF        L       R
Ryan            SS        R       L
Boggs          3b        L       R
Collins          2b        L       R
Staub           RF        L       R
Chase          1b        R       L
Malone         C          L       R
Johnson       SP        R       L
Dibble          RP        L       R

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme

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

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