Sunday, June 23, 2013

June 17-23, 2013 Pitchers who surrendered home runs to batters who weren't born at the time of the pitcher's debut

Q.         Who won an unprecedented seven Cy Young Awards with four different teams?
Hint:     He was the most recent starting pitcher to be voted American League Most Valuable Player before Justin Verlander in 2011.
Twint:    He was recently acquitted of perjury charges.
Twint:    Mike Piazza, needless to say, is not his best friend.
A.         Roger Clemens (Won CYA w/Red Sox 86, 87, 91; Blue Jays 97,98; Yankees 2001; Astros 2004; MVP 1986; Acquittal 18‑Jun‑2012; Clemens beaned Piazza (some say intentionally) and that same season threw a jagged broken bat at him in Game 2 of the 2000 World Series.)
FCR -    Ira Kotel, Short Hills, NJ

Q.         Who is the all-time career pitching leader in strike outs and bases on balls?
Hint:     He holds the record for the lowest career number of hits per nine innings pitched (minimum 1,000 IP).
Hint:     He was elected to the Hall of Fame with one of the highest percentages ever.
Twint:    He pitched in the majors longer than anyone.
Twint:    In his only World Series appearance, he earned a save with the 1969 Mets.
A.         Nolan Ryan (5,714 K, 2,795 BB, 6.5553 H/9IP; HOF 1999 w/98.8% of the votes; 27 seasons in the Bigs; Game 3 ’69 WS pitched 2.1 scoreless innings to preserve a 5-0 Mets win)
FCR -    Frank DiPrima, Morristown, NJ

Q.         What Hall of Famer was named after President Warren Harding?
Hint:     He went 3-2 in consecutive World Series against the Yankees.
Hint:     The three wins he pitched were all complete games, including two 10-inning victories.
Twint:    Teammate Eddie Mathews homered in the bottom of the 10th for the first of his 10-inning walk off World Series victories.
Twint:    Mathews drove in Johnny Logan who scored the winning run.
A.         Warren Spahn (B. 23‑Apr‑1921, a month after President Harding’s inauguration; ’57 WS 1-1, ‘58 WS 2-1; G 4 ’57 WS included Johnny Logan doubling in tying run and Mathews walk-off HR bottom 10th; ‘58 WS G 1 CG 10 innings, G 4 CG SHO.)
FCR -    Alan Chen, Denver, CO

Q.         Which Hall of Famer won his only Cy Young Award with a 22-10 record at age 39?
Hint:     It was the only year he got even a single Cy Young vote.
Hint:     The same year, his team lost the World Series.
Twint:    He had exactly 300 career victories when he retired in 1963.
Twint:    He admitted he wore coveralls to his first professional tryout.
Twint:    He was widowed at age 22, left with an infant son.
A.         Early Wynn (CYA 1959; 1959 WS White Sox vs. Dodgers; W-L 300-244)
FCR -    Mark Kanter, Portsmouth, RI

Q.         Who threw a shut out at age 46, making him then the oldest player to do so at that time?
Hint:     He was the last active player to play with the Milwaukee Braves.
Hint      He was also the last active player born in the 1930s.
Twint:    His father taught both his broth and him to throw a knuckleball.
Twint:    In 1967 he led the National League with an ERA of 1.87 but didn’t get a single Cy Young Award vote.
A.         Phil Niekro (CG SHO 06‑Oct‑1985 NYY vs. TOR, 8-0; B. 01‑Apr‑39, Final G 27‑Sep‑1987; Father Joe Niekro, Sr, brother Joe Jr.; 1967 NL CYA)
FCR -    Chuck Durante, Dove, DE

Q.         What pitcher won the clinching game that gave the New York Yankees their first ever World Series championship?
Hint:     He was a teammate of Babe Ruth on both the Red Sox and the Yankees.
Hint:     He is one of three pitchers to win a game in his teens and in his forties.
Twint:    He was posthumously elected to the Hall of Fame in 1948, having passed away earlier that year, perhaps the first to “benefit” from his own demise.
A.            Herb Pennock (1923 WS G 6; W/Ruth 1915-17, 19 BOS & ’23-33 NYY; 3-3 age 18-19 with the 1912-13 Philadelphia A’S; 2-0 w/BOS in 1934; D. 30‑Jan‑1948, HOF 1948).
FCR -    John Robertson, Cambridge, ON

Q.         Who pitched for the Dodgers in consecutive World Series losses to the Yankees, then three years later pitched for the losing Yankees against the World Series-winning Dodgers?
Hint:     He once committed three errors in one play, thought to be the only such occurrence in the history of the major leagues.
Hint:     Despite that, he went on to win that game 16-3, Yankees over the Brewers.
Twint:    He was quoted as saying: "When they operated, I told them to put in a Koufax fastball.  They did, but it was Mrs. Koufax's."
Twint:    He won 20 games in a season three times after the surgery, having reached only 16 wins once in the prior 12 seasons.
A.         Tommy John (1977 WS, 1978 WS, 1981 WS; 3 E one play 27‑Jul‑1988 v Brewers).
FCR -    David Krassin, New York, NY

Q.         Who, with a 216-216 record, had the most wins for a .500 pitcher?
Hint:     His fastball was so unimpressive that the Dodgers decided to make him a knuckleballer.
Hint:     In his major league debut, however, he managed—to everyone’s surprise especially the batter’s—to end the game with the bases loaded by striking out Willie Stargell with a fastball.
Twint:    He was born in Hawaii before it became a state.
A.         Charlie Hough (B. 05‑Jan‑1948 Honolulu, HI, statehood cam 21-‑Aug‑1959; taught the knuckler by Goldie Holt prior to 1970 season; Debut 12‑Aug‑1970).
FCR -    Jim Lovelace, Kent, OH

Q.         What player chosen by the Oakland A’s as the fourth pick in the draft, played 13 years and 248 games before achieving a winning season of 14-10?
Hint:     His .431 winning percentage is the lowest career mark of any pitcher with 400 starts.
Hint:     Despite this, he lasted 22 seasons in the majors.
Twint:    Despite a weak 1-0 record regular season record with the 2001 Diamondbacks, he played in all three post-season series with an ERA of 0.00 in the World Series.
A.         Mike Morgan (1978 Draft; 14-10 WL 1991; 2001 WS 4.2 IP, 0.00 ERA, 1 single)
FCR -    David Krassin, New York, NY

WEEKLY THEME – Pitchers who surrendered home runs to batters who weren't born at the time of the pitcher's debut.

Home Run            Batter                    Birthdate            Pitcher         Debut
23‑Sep‑1933         Mel Almada           07‑Feb‑1913       Pennock       14‑May‑1912
25‑May‑1934        Hal Trosky             11‑Nov‑1912       Pennock       14‑May‑1912
21‑Aug‑1962         Boog Powell          17‑Aug‑1941       Wynn           13‑Sep‑1939
28‑Sep‑1962         Joe Pepitone         09‑Oct‑1940        Wynn           13‑Sep‑1939
21‑Jun‑1964         Rusty Staub          01‑Apr‑1944        Spahn          19‑Apr‑1942
30‑Apr‑1965         Tony Perez            14‑May‑1942       Spahn          19‑Apr‑1942
31‑Aug‑1965         Alex Johnson        07‑Dec‑1942       Spahn          19‑Apr‑1942
13‑Jul‑1986          Ruben Sierra          06‑Oct‑1965        Niekro          15‑Apr‑1964
13‑Sep‑1986         Jose Canseco       02‑Jul‑1964         Niekro          15‑Apr‑1964
31‑May‑1987 (X2)  Mark McGwire        01‑Oct‑1963        John            06‑Sep‑1963
05‑Jul‑1988          Ruben Sierra          06‑Oct‑1965        John            06‑Sep‑1963
22‑Jun‑1990         Ken Griffey            21‑Nov‑1969       Ryan            11‑Sep‑1966
19‑Sep‑1990         Ken Griffey            21‑Nov‑1969       Ryan            11‑Sep‑1966
26‑Apr‑1991         Carlos Baerga        04‑Nov‑1968       Ryan            11‑Sep‑1966
28‑Jul‑1991          Travis Fryman        25‑Mar‑1969        Ryan            11‑Sep‑1966
26‑May‑1992        Ivan Rodriguez       27‑Nov‑1971       Hough          12‑Aug‑1970
27‑Aug‑1992         Kevin Koslofski     24‑Sep‑1966       Ryan            11‑Sep‑1966
22‑Jun‑2002         Vernon Wells         08‑Dec‑1978       Morgan        11‑Jun‑1978
21‑Jun‑2007         Troy Tulowitzki       10‑Oct‑1984        Clemens       15‑May‑1984
18‑Aug‑2007         Cameron Maybin    04‑Apr‑1987        Clemens       15‑May‑1984

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – No one

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