Sunday, November 24, 2013

November 18-24, 2013 Players with 10 stolen bases in World Series play

Q.         Who was “The Freshest Man on Earth”?
Hint:     He is the career leader for errors at third base.
Hint:     He was the first man from New Hampshire to make it to the majors.
Hint:     As third base coach, he would run up and down the baseline hurling invectives at the pitcher.
Twint     Because of this, the rules were changed and the coaching box created.
Twint:    He once turned a somersault to evade a tag, landing perfectly on the base.
A          Arlie Latham (SABR BIO; 822 E, Billy Nash 2nd with 615; Somersault multiple versions of the story including pulling the trick over Cap Anson, scoring the winning run by evading the tag at home plate, and pulling off a bunt single)
FCR      Makoto Ozawa, Scarsdale, NY
Most common incorrect answer:  Red Rolfe

Q.         Who is the career National League stolen base leader?
Hint:     He made his major league debut in the same game as did teammate and future Rookie of the Year Ken Hubbs.
Hint:     Ten days later, he became the last pinch-runner in a game at the Los Angeles Coliseum.
Twint:    He is one of the very few players to win the Roberto Clemente Award, the Lou Gehrig Award and the Hutch Award.
Twint:    He became the first active player to have an award named after him.
A.         Lou Brock (938 NL SB; Debut 10‑Sep‑1961; PR 20‑Sep‑1961 for Cuno Barragan; MLB Awards:  Clemente, Gehrig, Hutch;  Lou Brock Award for annual NL SB leader, begun in 1974)
FCR -    Blake Sherry, Dublin, OH
Most common incorrect answers:  Maury Wills, Vince Coleman

Q.         Who was the starting first baseman for the first team in the modern era to win back-to-back World Series?
Hint:     He also managed the team.
Hint:     He argued that Merkle had committed a boner, and that the winning run hadn’t scored.
Twint:    He and his teammates essentially won the argument, and the game was replayed with his team beating the Giants and eventually winning the pennant by one game over them.
Twint:    He was the final man in a famous poem about a gonfalon bubble.
FCR -    Matt Repplinger, Denver, CO
Most common incorrect answers:  Rogers Hornsby, Bill Terry, Fred Clarke, Connie Mack

Q.         What Hall of Famer had a broadcasting career that lasted more than three times longer than his playing career?
Hint:     He was the mystery guess of the first-ever episode of “What’s My Line?”
Twint:    In 1999, the minor league Staten Island Yankees named their mascot "Scooter the Holy Cow" after him.
A.         Phil Rizzuto (13 years playing: 1941-42, 1946-56, 40 years broadcasting: 1957-96; WMY episode 02-Feb-1950 [the day I was born])
FCR -    Tim McCarthy, Washington, DC
Most common incorrect answers:  Ralph Kiner, Dizzy Dean, Herb Score, Joe Garagiola, Waite Hoyt, Harry Heilman, Jerry Coleman

Q.         Who was the first Columbia University graduate elected by the writers to the Hall of Fame?
Hint:     He holds the career record for sacrifice hits—an astonishing 512.
Hint:     At Connie Mack’s suggestion, he made his major league debut under the name of “Eddie Sullivan” in order to help him keep his amateur status.
Twint:    The ruse failed, and he was disqualified from playing ball his final year of college.
Twint:    He and owner Tom Yawkey were responsible for the Red Sox becoming the last team in the majors to integrate.
A.         Eddie Collins (Columbia undergrad 1903-07, HOF BBWAA 1939, beating Lou Gehrig by a few months and Monte Ward by a few years; Jack Daubert second at 392 SH; He and Yawkey had a sham tryout for Jackie Robinson and other black player in 1945.  Robinson would later call Yawkey “One of the most bigoted guys in baseball”, which hurt the Red Sox who were the last to integrate in 1959)
FCR -    Dave Johnson, Swarthmore, PA
Most common incorrect answer:  Lou Gehrig

Q.         Who replaced Don Fehr as the Executive Director of the Major League Baseball Players Association?
Hint:     He will be succeeded by for former Tigers slugger Tony Clark.
Hint:     He received his law degree from Harvard Law School.
Hint:     He negotiated the deal that insured 21 years of labor peace in the majors.
Twint:    He spoke out against players whose PED use was well-documented.
Twint:    He was arbitration counsel for the National Hockey League Players Association.
A.         Michael Weiner (Obit; Clark’s career; NHLPA)
FCR -    Andy Milner, Bryn Mawr, PA

Q.         Who holds the record for the most major league home runs hit in the 19th century?
Hint:     He was a key part of the Gothams becoming the Giants.
Hint:     As a left-handed rookie third baseman, he committed 60 errors in 83 games.
Hint:     That was not the most errors he had in a season.
Twint:    His career home run record stood until Babe Ruth eclipsed it in 1921.
Twint:    He was the career home run record holder for 26 years.
A.         Roger Connor (138 HR hit 1880-97; 6’3” a giant in his day; 71 E in 1884)
FCR -    Dave Johnson, Swarthmore, PA
Most common incorrect answer:  Ed Delahanty

Q.         Who stole Max Carey's long-standing consecutive stolen bases record with his 32nd consecutive steal in 1975?
Hint:     He added six more before he was caught.
Hint:     He’s the last Rhode Island native to receive a Hall of Fame vote.
Twint:    He is currently a coach with his sixth major league team (although his continuing there is anything but certain).
Twint:    He has a record of 144-195 in his three years as a major league manager.
A.         Davey Lopes (32nd SB 09‑Aug‑1975, Carey’s record was set in 1922, Four others have since passed that mark and Vince Coleman is the current record holder at 50 in a row; 2 HOF votes in 1993; Coach for TEX, BAL, SDP, WAS, PHI, LAD; Managed MIL 2000‑02.)
FCR -    Rich Klein, Plano, TX
Most common incorrect answers:  Tony Womack, Jerry Remy

Q.         What Hall of Famer and Penn State alumnus ended his career just after the pitching mound distance was increased to 60’6”?
Hint:     He had a hand in the birth and demise of two separate major leagues.
Hint:     The three major league teams he managed finished in second place half the years he managed, but never won a title.
Twint:    After an appropriate interval off 84 years, Jim Bunning matched a feat of his.
A.         Monte Ward (Retired after the 1894 season, mound distance increased for the 1893 season; Famously managed BWW of the Players League in 1890 and was business manager of BTT of the Federal League in 1914; Pitched a National League perfect game 17‑Jun‑1880, Bunning’s perfecto 21‑Jun‑1964.)
FCR -    Jason Hoagland, Columbus, OH
Most common incorrect answer:  Harry Wright

WEEKLY THEME – Player with ten World Series stolen bases

Thief                  SBs    World Series
Brock                 14       1964, 67, 68
Chance               10       1906, 07, 08, 10
Collins                14       1910, 11, 13, 14, 17, 19
Connor*              12       1888, 89
Latham*              28       1885, 86, 87, 88
Lopes                10       1974, 77, 78, 81
Rizzuto               10       1941, 42, 47, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 55
Ward*                 16       1888, 89

*Pre-modern era

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Makoto Ozawa, Scarsdale, NY

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