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.
A.         Doug Drabek (1992 NLCS, G 7, Son Kyle Drabek; 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.
Twint:    He was the “Candy Man”, but he wasn’t John Candiotti or Sammy Davis, Jr.
A.         John Candelaria (W-L % .800 in 1977, 29 HR; 60‑47 @ Three River Stadium; La Salle Academy)
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:    Ban Johnson, Jim Tracy and Terry Mulholland attended the same college he did.
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.
A.         Jim Bibby (No-no 07‑Jul‑1973; Nephew Mike Bibby)
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.
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”.
A.         Luke Walker (Ferguson HR 18‑Jul‑1971; 197 K in the Southern League in 1965)
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
Bibby             1980         28            0          3rd                  Carlton        PHI
Blass              1972         35            0          2nd         Carlton        PHI
Candelaria      1977         17            1          5th         Carlton        PHI
Drabek           1990       118          26          1st                  Drabek        PIT
                     1992           1            0          5th                  Maddux      CHC
Ellis                1971           9            0          4th         Jenkins        CHC
Friend             1958           3            3          3rd         Turley         NYY
Giusti             1974           1            0          9th         Marshall      LAD
Law               1960           8            8          1st        Law            PIT
Liriano           2013           3            0          9th         Kershaw      LAD
McWillliams    1983           7            0          5th                  Denny         PHI
Rhoden          1986           2            0          5th                  Scott           HOU
Robinson        1978           1            0          8th         G. Perry       SDP
                     1970           8            0          4th         Gibson         STL
Smiley            1991         26            0          3rd                  Glavine        ATL
Tekulve          1979         14            1          5th         Sutter          CHC
                     1978         12            0          5th         G. Perry       SDP
Walker           1970           1            0         10th         Gibson         STL

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Andrew Pregler, Syracuse, NY (after the Candelaria question)

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

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