Sunday, August 4, 2013

July 29-August 4, 2013 First National League DHs, by team

Q.         Who was “Skates”?
Hint:     He helped three different teams win World Series Championships.
Twint:    He was National League Comeback Player of the Year the year he led the lead in on‑base percentage.
A.         Lonnie Smith ("Skates" due to his somewhat unorthodox footwork; 3 Champs:  1980 Phillies, 1982 Cardinals, 1985 Royals; NL CPY 1989, OBP .415 w/ATL)
FCR -    Jared Lobdell, Elizabethtown, PA

Q.         Who was “Boomer”?
Hint:     He won eight Gold Glove Awards for his play at first base, including six in a row.
Hint:     He earned two-thirds of a Triple Crown one year.
Twint:    He earned three trips to the All-Star game.
Twint:    His foray in the Mexican League was featured in a Sports Illustrated article.
Twint:    He wore a necklace which he once identified to a reporter as being composed of "… second baseman's teeth".
Twint:    He had a bobblehead day in his honor this year in Milwaukee, 21‑Apr‑2013.
Twint:    Early in his second year, a Fenway fan yelled, "C'mon Twiggy, hit one out of here."
Twint:    He did exactly that, sending a drive into the net off the Tigers’ Joe Sparma.
A.         George Scott (GG 1968, 69, 17-76; AS 1966, 75 &77; SI article; Bobblehead; Sparma HR 10‑Apr‑1966)
FCR -    Michael Daponde, Sacramento, CA

Q:         Which former Philly slugger was “The Bull”?
Hint:     He hit the only home run in the 1980 National League Championship Series.
Hint:     That 6th inning homer provided the winning margin of 3-1 in the opener of the series.
Hint:     In game 4 of that same series, he also had a pinch hit double in the top of the 10th to again provide the winning margin.
Twint:    In 1989 he was inducted into the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame.
A.         Greg Luzinski (Only HR; Game 1; Game 4; NPASHF)
FCR -    Jason Schmidt, New York, NY

Q.         Who was called “Amazing” by his homies in two cities?
Hint:     He had the most total regular season hits in the 1990s.
Hint:     Despite this, he never had a 200-hit season.
Twint:    On his own web site, he talks about frankly about his incarceration.
A.         Mark Grace (1,754H, Rafael Palmeiro 2nd at 1,747; Grace’s web site, Web article)
FCR -    Frank DiPrima, Morristown, NJ

Q.         Who was the highest-paid player in the majors every full season he was with the Mets?
Hint:     Three different Pirates have led the league in doubles since he did it, but when he did it, the Pirates went to the playoffs.
Twint:    Thomas Boswell of the Washington Post said this player reminded him of both Willie McCovey and Willie Stargell.
A.         Bobby Bonilla ($:1992-94 [As of July 1, 2011, the Mets will pay $1.19 million a year for 25 years as part of a buyout of the $5.9 million the team owed him in 2000.]; 44 2b in 1991; Boswell)
FCR -    Chuck Durante, Dover, DE

Q.         Who was the first player to hit a home run in each of his first two World Series at-bats?
Hint:     As a result of his performance at the plate that year, he won the 1972 World Series MVP.
Hint:     The next year, he tied Babe Ruth’s then World Series record of 11 bases-on-balls.
Twint:    He and teammate Rollie Fingers both joined the Padres in 1977.
A.         Gene Tenace (Later equaled by Andruw Jones 1996 WS; BB WS record later set by Barry Bonds with 13)
FCR -    Jim Lovelace, Kent, OH

Q.         Which player competed on the professional foosball tour during the 1994-95 players strike?
Hint:     He was the only player to get a hit in each of his franchise’s first four games.
Twint:    No Rockies player has ever had more hits in a season that he did in 1998.
A.         Dante Bichette (Hits for COL: 05-, 07-, 09- & 10-Apr-1993; 219 H in 1998)
FCR -    Andrew Sturgill, Newark, DE

Q.         Which member of the Big Red Machine was nicknamed “The Cobra”?
Hint:     When Pete Rose was asked how good of a hitter this player was.  Rose said “He hits about like me.”
Hint:     He is in the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame.
Twint:    Ironically, he played third base for the Reds his first two seasons until he was moved to first to allow Mr. Rose to take over at third.
Twint:    He claims that chopping wood in his younger years aided his batting.
A.         Dan Driessen (Cobra reference; Reds HOF)
FCR -    Steve Kohlhagen, Charleston, SC

Q.         Who started at second base for the Washington Nationals their first regular-season game in Robert F. Kennedy Stadium?
Hint:     He is one of only two players to DH for a franchise domiciled in two different cities.
Hint:     He won the National League Silver Slugger Award in 2003, ending a run by Jeff Kent.
Twint:    He received his career’s highest salary in a year where his OPS+ was 35% below the league norm.
A.         Jose Vidro (14-Apr-2005; DH in Montreal/Washington, Wil Cordero also did this; OPS+ 64 in 2008)
FCR -    Derek Norin, Arlington, VA

Q.         What former Muckdog and Boll Weevil is a likely candidate for Comeback Player of the Year in 2013?
Hint:     He has spent more seasons in the majors than any of the five other players who are alumni of Georgia Perimeter College.
Twint:    In his early professional career, his hustle was compared to that of a young Peter Rose.
A.         Marlon Byrd (1999 Batavia Muckdogs, 2000 Piedmont Boll Weevils; GPC; Dickie Noles made the comparison to Rose)
FCR -    Leanne Rohrbach, Minnapolis, MN

Q.         Who stole four bases in a game in his rookie season, tying a franchise record?
Hint:     Seven years later, he was named the Comeback Player of the Year.
Hint:     That same season, he hit 35 home runs to tie Dave Kingman for most hit by an Oakland designated hitter.
Twint:    He won MVP awards in two separate seasons in the minors, at A and AA levels.
A.         John Jaha (4 SB 12‑Sep‑1992; CPOY 1999; MVPs 1989 A California League, 1991 AA Texas League)
FCR -    Mark Hayne, Dumfries, VA

Q.         Who is the only player on the rosters of both Marlins World Series championship teams?
Hint:     He went four-for-four in the Marlins’ inaugural game, a home victory over the Dodgers.
Hint:     Originally a pitcher at UCLA, he was drafted by the Royals as a first baseman.
Hint:     His less familiar nickname is “Niner”.
Twint:    He met his wife Cindy when they were both in a professional racquetball tournament.
A.         Jeff Conine (WS 1997, 2003; 4/4 05‑Apr‑1993)
FCR -    Doug Pepper, Tulsa, OK

Q.         Who was the first batter to homer in three consecutive pinch-hit plate appearances?
Hint:     Two Hall of Famers attended his alma mater high school.
Hint:     He was replaced at second base on the Dodgers by Davey Lopes.
Twint:    He was once thrown out at second base by Johnny Bench after teammate Omar Moreno received a base-on-balls.
A.         Lee Lacy (02-, 06- & 17‑May‑1978, received a BB pinch-hitting during the string 07‑May [The record was matched in 1979 by Del Unser.]; Ernie Lombardi & Frank Robinson attended McLymonds High School in Oakland, CA; Lopes at 2nd in 1973; Lacy had tried to steal 2b on a 3-1 pitch that went for ball 4 to MorenoBench threw to 2b anyway.  Lacy left the bag after umpire Dick Stello signaled out then was truly tagged out by Dave Concepcion as he strayed from the base.)
FCR -    Dan Laquet, Belleville, IL

Q.         Who was Nolan Ryan’s 4,000th strike out victim?
Hint:     The victim was a Met and former Astro.
Hint:     He became a Met when traded by the Astros for future Cy Young winner Mike Scott.
Twint:    In the 1986 World Series, his batting position matched his initials.
Twint:    His uncle is the recently deceased former major league catcher Matt Batts.
A.         Danny Heep (11-July-1985; 10-Dec-1982 trade; DH 1986 WS; Batts)
FCR -    Mark Kanter, Portsmouth, RI (from the SABR convention in Philadelphia)

Q.         Who was the starting third baseman for the first place Montreal Expos during the 1994 strike-shortened season?
Hint:     Along with Astro teammates Bagwell, Biggio and Bell, he was a “Killer B”.
Hint:     He was the Astros hitting coach from mid-2006 until mid-2010.
Twint:    He is currently the minor league hitting coordinator for the Padres.
A.         Sean Berry (1994 Expos line up; Let go from HOU that had some of the worst hitting stats in the majors; SDP minors coaching staffs)
FCR -    Jim Casey, Savannah, GA

Q.         Whose bat and home run ball are in the Hall of Fame cited as the 10,000th home run in Giants history?
Hint:     It was his first home run as a Giant.
Hint:     As a rookie, he was the first Milwaukee Brewer shortstop after Robin Yount moved to the outfield.
Hint:     He and Candy Maldonado share the Giants record for most pinch hit home runs.
Twint:    He and Jackie Robinson were born in the same small burg in southern Georgia.
A.         Ernie Riles (Controversy over Riles or Clark hitting the 10KHR; HR log; 4PH HR; injuries moved Yount to CF; both born in Cairo, GA)
FCR -    Steve Van Wagener, Bethesda, MD

Q.         Despite a well-deserved reputation for both physical and verbal confrontations, what former Indian earned his nickname “Dirty” for routinely having the dirtiest uniform on the team?
Hint:     He hit a bottom of the fifth go ahead home run for the Padres in Game 2 of the 1984 World Series – the only game the Padres ever won in the Fall Classic.
Hint:     After a Dodger pitcher was fined for intentionally hitting Joe Lefebvre with a pitch, he said of Tommy Lasorda “They ought to fine that fat little Italian, too.  He ordered it.”
Twint:    In the infamous Padres v. Braves August 12, 1984 brawl, he went up in the stands after getting hit in the head with a full can of beer.
A.         Kurt Bevacqua (“Dirty Kurt”; 10-Oct-1984 WS Game 2; Brawl account)
FCR -    Jay Berman, Manhattan Beach, CA

WEEKLY THEME – First DHs in the National League, by team

NLDH            Team            Date
Berry             Astros          16‑Jun‑1997
Bevacqua      Padres         09‑Oct‑1984         (World Series)
Bichette         Rockies        12-Jun-1997
Bonilla           Pirates         09‑Jul‑1991          (All-Star Game)
Byrd              Nationals      13-Jun-2005
Conine           Marlins         11‑Jul‑1995          (All-Star Game)
Driessen        Reds            16‑Oct‑1976         (World Series)
Grace            Cubs            13‑Jul‑1993          (All-Star Game)
Heep             Mets            21-Oct-1986         (World Series)
Jaha              Brewers        08-Jun-1998
Lacy              Dodgers       10‑Oct‑1978         (World Series)
Luzinski         Phillies         14‑Oct‑1980         (World Series)
Riles              Giants          14-Oct-1989         (World Series)
Smith             Braves         19‑Oct‑1991         (World Series)
Tenace           Cardinals      12-Oct-1982         (World Series)
Vidro             Expos          16‑Jun‑1997

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Sean Canon, Norwood, OH

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

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