Sunday, April 28, 2013

April 22-28, 2013 Pitchers leading the league in strikeouts with 100 more than the runner-up

Q.         Who threw out the honorary first pitch at Opening Day at Dodger Stadium this year?
Hint:     This Hall of Famer had try-outs with the Giants and Pirates but never played for either.
Hint:     He made a throwing error on the first batted ball he fielded in the majors.
Hint:     His next batter was a future fellow Hall of Famer.  He walked.
Twint:    He became dominant on the mound after taking the advice of a teammate to slow his pitches down.
Twint:    He is the youngest person ever elected to the Hall of Fame.
A.         Sandy Koufax (2013 pitch; Debut game error 24-Jun-1955; Walked Henry Aaron; Pitching advice came from catcher Norm Sherry; Age at HOF election :36 yrs 20 days)
FCR -    Chuck Durante, Dover, DE

Q.         Who was the first pitcher to throw a no-hitter after his fortieth birthday?
Hint:     It was a perfect game.
Hint:     His 300th victory was with the Giants and was a rain-shortened affair that probably shouldn’t have been played.
Twint:    His nickname was the result of a collision with a teammate.
A.         Randy Johnson (Perfecto 18‑May‑2004, 40 yrs 251 days old [N.B. Warren Spahn threw a no-hitter in 1961, 5 days after his 40th birthday.  Nolan Ryan then threw his last TWO no-hitters after he was 40.  Cy Young, however did it first in 1908.]  No idea where I got my original research.]; 300th 04‑Jun‑2009; “You’re a big unit!” exclaimed collidee Tim Raines during BP in 1988.)
FCR -    Dan Gurrola, Torrance, CA

Q.         Who held the modern, single-season strikeout record for a record 61 years?
Hint:     He pitched for Orphans and Colonels alike.
Twint:    It was well known that he would leave games, in uniform, to chase fire engines.
A.         Rube Waddell (349 K in 1904, almost broken by Bob Feller w/348 in 1946, but broken by Sandy Koufax w/382 in 1965; Louisville Colonels in 1897 & 99, Chicago Orphans [Cubs] in 1901)
FCR -    R.J. Lesch, Adel, IA

Q.         Who upstaged Rickey Henderson on the day Henderson declared himself the “greatest of all-time”?
Hint:     He is the only player to have his number retired by three different teams.
Twint:    In addition to his seven no-hitters, he also threw twelve one-hitters and eighteen two-hitters.
A.         Nolan Ryan (Pitched his record-extending 7th no-hitter on 01-May-1991 when Henderson broke Lou Brock’s career stolen bases record; Uni #30 Angels, #34 Astros & Rangers)
FCR -    David Ramsden, Barcelona, Spain

Q.         Who was only the second American League pitcher to start the All-Star Game and win that game's MVP honors?
Hint:     His career Adjusted ERA+ is the highest in history for a pitcher with over ten starts.
Hint:     Despite his small stature, he was called up to the majors partly because his older brother was doing well on the same team.
Hint:     The MLB television channel deemed his best season superior even to Walter Johnson’s best season.
Twint:    During one seven-year period, he led his league in ERA five times.
A.         Pedro Martinez (ASG 11‑Jul‑1999; Mariano Rivera with exactly 10 GS has an Adj. ERA+ of 205, easily eclipsing Martinez’ 154; Debut with LAD 24‑Sep‑1992, brother Ramon; “Baseball's Greatest Pitching Seasons: The Prime Nine Revisited”; ERA leader 1997, 99, 2000, 02 & 03)
FCR -    Bob Kimball, Washington, DC

Q.         What pitcher led the National League in strikeouts for a record seven consecutive seasons?
Hint:     With zero wins in eight starts (twenty appearances) in the first four years of his career in the majors, he was an unlikely candidate for the Hall of Fame.  Yet there he is.
Hint:     His professional career began with the Prohibitionists.
Twint:    He was the first pitcher to win the Most Valuable Player Award in the National League.
A.         Dazzy Vance (K leader 1922-28;1912 York [PA] Prohibitionists; NL MVP 1924)
FCR -    Fred Worth, Arkadelphia, AR

Q.         Who was the first pitcher to start five Opening Day games for the Houston Astros?
Hint      He struck out fifteen batters in his major league debut.
Twint:    Though his career was ended untimely, only Roy Oswalt and Nolan Ryan have more strikeouts for the Astros.
A.         J.R. Richard (Opening Day starts 1976-80; Debut 05‑Sep‑1971; Ryan’s Ks 1,866, Oswalt’s 1,593, Richard’s 1,493 in a 10-yr career)
FCR -    Bill Chuck, Brookline, MA

WEEKLY THEME – Pitchers leading the league in strikeouts with 100 more than the runner-up

Pitcher           Year     Team         Ks        Runner-up            Team             Ks          Diff
Johnson        1993     Mariners    308       Mark Langston     Angels           196        112
                     1999     D’Backs    364       Kevin Brown         Dodgers        221        143
                     2000     D’Backs    347       Chan Ho Park       Dodgers        217        130
Koufax          1965     Dodgers    382       Bob Veale            Pirates           276        106
Martinez         1999     Red Sox    313       Chuck Finley        Angels           200        213
J.R. Richard   1979     Astros       313       Steve Carlton       Phillies           213        100
Ryan              1973     Angels      383       Bert Blyleven        Twins             258        125
                     1974     Angels      367       Bert Blyleven        Twins             249        118
Vance            1924     Robins      262       Burleigh Grimes    Robins           135        127
Waddell         1903     A’s            302       Bill Donovan        Tigers            187        115
                     1904     A’s            349       Jack Chesbro       Highlanders    239        110

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