Sunday, October 13, 2013

October 7-13, 2013 Pitchers who wore uniform #00

Q.         What All-Star pitcher threw a complete-game victory to open the 1940 World Series?
Hint:     He became the highest-paid pitcher in the majors the next year, but responded by losing 20 games.
Hint:     He often referred to himself in the third person.
Twint:    He had five separate stints with the American League team based in Washington, DC.
Twint:    He owns the highest ERA (5.08) of any pitcher in a twenty-win season.
A.         Bobo Newsom (G 1 1940 WS; 12-20 in 1941, earning $35,000*; Senators 1935-37, 1942, 1943, 1946-47, 1952; 20-16 for the Browns in 1938 w/.5.08 ERA)
FCR -    David Serota, Kalamazoo, MI

Q.         Which former Yankee bullpen ace was nicknamed the Gay Reliever?
Hint:     He led the American League in pitching appearances in consecutive seasons and in games-finished for three such.
Hint:     He was voted to the American League All-Star team as a rookie.
Hint:     He comes from the same home town as a famous golfer with an army.
Twint:    He won the inaugural Babe Ruth Award for his performance in the 1949 World Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers, winning game three of the Series.
A.         Joe Page (55 G in 1948, 60 G in 1949, 44 GF in 1947, 38 GF in 1948 & 48 GF in 1949; AS in 1944; Latrobe, Pennsylvania, Arnold Palmer; BRA voted on by the NYC BBWA)
FCR -    James Shimer, Nottingham, PA

Q.         What Dodger, with an intentionally-obfuscated mandible, is known for his sesquipedalian yet esoteric media interlocutions?
Hint:     He is also a double ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction surgery survivor.
Twint:    He led the National League in saves in 2010.
Twint:    He secured the saves title in a win on the final day of the season, giving his team the division title.
Twint:    The team they beat that day would have won the division and their team’s closer would have led in saves if the game had gone the other way.
A.         Brian Wilson (Beard, beard; UCL a/k/a Tommy John surgery in 2003 & 2011; Pivotal game 03‑Oct‑2013.  The other reliever was Heath Bell of the Padres.)
FCR -    Walt Cherniak, Woodbine, MD

Q.         Whose baseball card from the 1952 Topps set was almost always in the worst shape?
Hint:     One in mint condition once sold at auction for over $80,000.
Hint:     He was the starting right fielder for the Braves for their first-ever home game in Milwaukee.
Hint:     Minor League Los Angeles Angels President Pants Rowland once said he’d stake his reputation on him.
Hint:     It was over his head in left field that Bobby Thomson’s famous home run flew.
Hint:     He was born in Wisconsin, but both his parents were born in Czechoslovakia.
Twint:    He played in four World Series for three different teams.
Twint:    He lost his starting outfield job on the Braves to Hank Aaron.
A.         Andy Pafko (His card was #1 in the set and so was usually placed on top and took the most abuse.  Typical card; County Stadium debut 14‑Apr‑1953; Played on the 1943 Angels; B. 21‑Feb‑1921 in Boyceville, WI; Played in WS with 1945 Cubs, 1952 Dodgers & 1957-58 Braves. [Pafko’s death leaves Lennie Merullo as the only living person who has played in the World Series in a Chicago Cubs uniform.])
FCR -    Johnny Palmer, Los Angeles, CA

Q.         Whom did Tony Gwynn name as the pitcher he least liked to face on account of his nasty sinker and pin-point location control?
Hint:     His father was a teammate of Stan Musial’s.
Twint:    People often mention him in the same breath with Carlos May.
A.         Omar Olivares (Ed Olivares played with the 1960 & 1961 Cardinals; May’s uniform revealed his birthday 17-May-1948 and Olivares’ uniform #00 bore, in a sense, his initials)
FCR -    Ray Luurs, Blaine, MN

Q.         What pitcher was credited with the first Red Sox victory of the historic 2004 American League Championship Series?
Hint:     Despite this, he would not pitch in the 2004 World Series though he got a ring.
Hint:     In fact, the 1.1 innings pitched for the Game Four win was the last appearance of his eleven-year major league career.
Twint:    He received a large ovation when he appeared for Opening Day 2005 to claim his ring.
Twint:    He was also allowed to carry the 2007 World Series trophy on Opening Day 2008.
A.         Curt Leskanic (Game 4 extra innings BOS victory that started their comeback from a 3-G ALCS deficit on 17‑Oct‑2004; OD 2005; OD 2008)
FCR -    Alex Poterack, Providence, RI

Q.         Who is the only pitcher other than Greg Maddux to beat the Giants in the League Division Series and then lose to them in the League Championship Series?
Hint:     He pitched the top of the 12th and 13th innings to earn the win for the Mets in Game 3 of their 2000 National League Division Series.
Hint:     In the top of the 13th, with men on first and second, he got Barry Bonds to pop out to end the inning.
Hint:     In the bottom of the 13th, Benny Agbayani ended the game with a solo walk off home run.
Hint:     It was the only post-season win of his twelve-season major league career.
Twint:    After the 2001season with the Mets, he appeared in the 2002 post season with the Cardinals and lost the fourth game of the National League Championship Series by giving up a two-run home run to series MVP Benito Santiago.
A.         Rick White (Game 3 2000 NLDS G07‑Oct‑2000, Game 4 2002 NLCS 13‑Oct‑2002; Maddux’ L 04-Oct-1989, W 05-Oct-2002)
FCR -    John Michael Pierobon, Ft., Lauderdale  FL

WEEKLY THEME – Pitchers who wore uniform #00

Pitcher         Team            (Years)
Leskanic       Brewers        (00, 01)
Newsom       Senators      (43, 46, 47)
Olivares        Cardinals      (93)
                    Phillies         (95)
Page            Pirates         (54)
White           Indians         (04)
                    Pirates         (05)
                    Reds            (06)
                    Phillies         (06)
Wilson          Dodgers       (13)

*Reports differ.  Some have him at $32,500 that year.

First Correct Respondent to Identify ThemeSteve Schwartz, Chico, CA

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

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