Sunday, November 17, 2013
November 11-17, 2013 Pirates who received Cy Young Award votes
Q. Who was the first Cy Young Award winner not to win more than twenty games in his award-winning season?
Hint: Sixteen years in the majors and he only played for one team.
Hint: His son, also a former major leaguer, was baseball coach at a NCAA D-1 university.
Hint: His nickname was “The Deacon” but he was really an elder.
Twint: He was the only pitcher in the 1950s to throw 18 innings in a single game.
Twint: The MLB ELO rater has him just ahead of Mike Boddiker.
A. Vern Law (CYA 1960, 20-9; Pittsburgh Pirates; Head baseball coach at Brigham Young University, Son Vance served as from 2000 to 2012; Elder is a priesthood rank in the Mormon church; ELO rating #253 among pitchers)
FCR - Steve Bonfield, Calgary, AB
Most common incorrect answer: Tom Seaver
Q. Who was the losing pitcher in the game where Bream slid safely into home?
Hint: You know full well what game I mean!
Hint: His son has been a major league pitcher for four seasons with Toronto.
Twint: He is currently the pitching coach for the Single-A Hillsboro Hops.
FCR - Mark Pattison, Washington, DC
Most common incorrect answer: Stan Belinda
Q. Off which pitcher did Pete Rose get the first of his 4,256 hits?
Hint: He got more hits than Rose did that day.
Hint: He played for the Yankees when they finished last and the Mets when they had an even worse record.
Hint: He once led the league in ERA pitching for a last-place team.
Twint: He was a Boilermaker in his own home town and was inducted into the Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame in 1979.
A. Bob Friend (Rose hit, a 3b, 13‑Apr‑1963; 1966 NYY 70‑89, 1966 NYM 66‑95; 2.83 ERA for the 60-94 1955 Pirates; Purdue Boilermakers, West Lafayette, IN; IBBHOF0
FCR - Makoto Ozawa, Scarsdale, NY
Most common incorrect answers: Eric Show, Lindy McDaniel
Q. What 6’ 7” hurler led the National League in winning percentage in his third full year, but also led in home runs surrendered?
Hint: He owns the record for the most pitching wins AND losses at Three Rivers Stadium.
Hint: He attended La Salle Academy in lower Manhattan and led his team to a basketball championship in 1971.
FCR - Ira Kotel, Short Hills, NJ
Most common incorrect answers: Bruce Kison, Kent Tekulve, Jim Bibby
Q. Who led the National League in win-loss percentage in “the year of the pitcher”?
Hint: Two years after he was a World Series hero, he set a record for the worst pitching WAR in history.
Twint: He had a condition so pronounced that subsequent victims were said to have had his “disease”.
A. Steve Blass (18-6, .750 [Bob Gibson was .710.] in 1968; 2 W in 1971 WS followed by WAR of ‑ 4.00 in 1973; His “disease” was the sudden and persistent inability to throw straight.)
FCR - Dan Silverberg, Aventura, FL
Most common incorrect answers: Bob Gibson, Nelson Briles, Juan Marichal, Bob Moose
Q. Whose record for career National League pitching appearances did John Franco break?
Hint: Franco also broke his record for appearances without ever starting a game.
Hint: He had a sixteen-year major league career, but only one All-Star Game.
Hint: He never got into the game.
Twint: His coach at that college became the winningest baseball coach in NCAA III history.
A. Kent Tekulve (1,050 G to Franco’s 1,119; AS 1980; Marietta College, Marietta, OH; Coach Don Schaly)
FCR - Tony Nicolo, Portsmouth, VA
Most common incorrect answer: Elroy Face
Q. Who was the first pitcher to toss a no-hitter for the Texas Rangers?
Hint: He was a rookie when he did it.
Hint: He was traded to the Rangers from the Cardinals just six weeks prior.
Twint: His nephew played football against my son in high school in Phoenix.
Twint: This same nephew fourteen years in the NBA, leading it three times in games played.
FCR - Frank Workman, Lake Forest Park, WA
Most common incorrect answer: [none]
Q. Who was the first pitcher to win three consecutive Silver Slugger awards?
Hint: He was the first pitcher to start a game as designated hitter on an American League team.
Hint: As a child, he developed a debilitating osteomyelitis after being impaled by a pair of rusty scissors while on a slip and slide.
Twint: After his career in the majors, he became a very good professional golfer, and won the American Century Celebrity Golf Classic eight times.
Twint: He earned over a million dollars on various golf tours.
A. Rick Rhoden (Consecutive SS 1984-86, Mike Hampton won 5 1999-2003; 11-Jun-1988 DH start batted 7th; He wore a brace until age 12; 8 ACCGC wins; golf history and earnings)
FCR - Makoto Ozawa, Scarsdale, NY
Most common incorrect answers: Don Robinson, Rick Reuschel
Q. Who had twenty saves in each of four straight seasons, right after the save became an official stat?
Hint: He became the 5th starting pitcher for the Houston Astros when Don Larsen was traded to Baltimore?
Hint: Though he had some success as a starter, it wasn’t until his skipper Danny Murtaugh put him in as a reliever that he started to thrive in the majors.
Twint: His mastery of the palm ball was largely responsible for his longevity in the Bigs.
A. Dave Giusti (20+ saves 1970-73); 1965 trade of Larsen near the end of his career back to the franchise he broke in with)
FCR - John Rickert, Terre Haute, IN
Most common incorrect answers: Roy Face, Kent Tekulve, Dick Radatz, Bruce Kiso006E
Q. Who was named as an injury replacement for Jose Contreras for the 2006 AL All-Star team?
Hint: He was once traded in a poof with Boof for the least liked man in baseball.
Hint: Seven years later, he no-hit the team with that the disliked player played on.
Hint: He won Rookie of the Month honors in consecutive months in his first complete season in the majors.
Twint: He was the AAA International League Rookie of the Year in 2005.
Twint: He and Mariano Rivera were named the Comeback Players of the Year this season.
A. Francisco Liriano (2006 ASG; Traded w/Boof Bonser & Joe Nathan for A.J. Pierzinski 14‑Nov‑2003; No-hit CWH 03‑May‑2011; AL ROM Jun & Jul 2006; IL MVP with Rochester; CBPOY)
FCR - Jared Wexler, Hackensack, NJ
Most common incorrect answer: Jason Schmidt
Q. Who was the first pitcher to win a game for the Pirates in their last World Series appearance?
Hint: In that game, he relieved Burt Blyleven in the seventh inning and proceeded to load the bases with three walks.
Hint: He gave up Mike Schmidt’s 500th career home run.
Twint: In 1990 he became the first pitcher in twenty years to hit a pinch-hit homer.
Twint: He was the loser in the first nine-inning no-hitter ever pitched at Veteran’s Stadium.
A. Don Robinson (Game 2, 1979 WS vs. BAL; 18-Apr-1987 500th homer; pinch hit 19-Jun-1990 vs SDP; Terry Mulholland no-no 15-Aug-1990 vs SFG;
FCR - John Read, Shaker Heights, OH
Most common incorrect answers: Kent Tekulve, Bruce Kison
Q. After being traded to the New York Yankees, what pitcher was named American League Comeback Player of the Year?
Hint: He tied Catfish Hunter for the second most wins on the team that year.
Hint: Unusual for a pitcher in the modern era, he pinch-ran 43 times in his time with the Pirates, fifteen times for Hall of Famers.
Hint: His first name is not a nickname, contrary to popular belief.
Twint: He was traded after being suspended the prior year for refusing to pitch from the bullpen.
Twint: The Yankees were forced to accept him in the trade, but as a result were able to acquire Willie Randolph.
A. Dock Ellis (Sporting News Comeback Award 1976; Pinch-ran for Stargell 9, Mazeroski 5, Clemente 1; Doc Medich sent to PIT for Ellis, Ken Brett and Randolph)
FCR - Terry Alan Martin, Wyandotte, MI
Most common incorrect answer: Doc Medich
Q. Who was the last left-handed pitcher to earn twenty victories in a season for the Pirates in the twentieth century?
Hint: He appeared in 63 games in his rookie season.
Hint: He was converted to a starter the next year and his ERA dropped from 5.76 to 3.25.
Hint: He surrendered the only home run of Tom Glavine’s career.
Twint: He broke his pitching arm while warming up to start a game in 1997.
Twint: He was traded shortly thereafter.
A. John Smiley (20-8 in 1991; 63 G in 1987; Glavine’s HR 10‑Aug‑1995; Broken humerus 20‑Sep‑1997 Esteban Loaiza started in his place)
FCR - Steve Bonfield, Calgary, AB
Most common incorrect answer: John Candelaria
Q. What pitcher was awarded the win in the game that ended Pete Rose’s 44-game hitting streak?
Hint: Though Gene Garber is best remembered for striking Rose out in the 9th, it was this pitcher’s fantastic snag of a Rose line drive in the second inning that was a key to ending the streak.
Hint: It was his rookie year with the Braves and he started with seven consecutive victories in games where he got a decision, finishing the season 9-3.
Twint: He finished with nine or more wins only three other times in his thirteen-year career, ending with a 78-90 record.
Twint: He was drafted by Atlanta as the sixth pick of the 1st round of the 1974 amateur draft.
A. Larry McWilliams (01-Aug-1978 Gene Garber struck Rose out in the 9th; 1978 game log; career stats;
FCR - Damian Begley, New York, NY
Most common incorrect answers: Bob Walk, Rick Mahler, Pascal Perez
Q. What lefty lost a no-hit bid with two outs in the ninth inning by the first home run of Joe Ferguson’s career?
Hint: He led the Southern League in strikeouts before being called up to begin a nine-year major league career.
Hint: Ferguson hit 121 more. (Not that day. That would be a record.)
Twint: His middle name is not “Sky”.
FCR - David Girdany, Somerset, PA
Most common incorrect answer: Bob Veale
WEEKLY THEME – The only Pittsburgh Pirate pitchers who have ever received Cy Young Award votes. Only Law and Drabek have won the award and no Pirates received even a token vote between 1992 and 2013. (That might help explain a certain drought.)
Pitcher Year Vote Pts 1st-Pl vts Pos Winner Team
First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Andrew Pregler, Syracuse, NY (after the Candelaria question)
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