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
MONDAY YET AGAIN
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.
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.
FCR - Frank DiPrima, Morristown, NJ
TUESDAY ONE MORE TIME
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
WEDNESDAY, THIS TIME WITH FEELING…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Moreno. Bench 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.
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.
FCR - Jay Berman, Manhattan Beach, CA
WEEKLY THEME – First DHs in the National League, by team
NLDH Team Date
First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Sean Canon, Norwood, OH
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