Sunday, January 26, 2014

January 20-26, 2014 Teenage Grannies

Q.         Who was the only slugger to hit forty home runs each season 1961-64?
Hint:     He was the second Hall of Famer born in the Mountain Time Zone.
Hint:     He twice won two legs of the Triple Crown, once taking home the MVP.
Twint:    He blasted the longest home run ever hit at the Twins' old park—Metropolitan Stadium—a shot that landed in the second deck of the bleachers.
A.         Harmon Killebrew (B. Payette, ID, HOF 1985 [Ralph Kiner HOF 1975]; MVP)
FCR -    Dave Williams, Glastonbury, CT
Incorrect answers:  Mickey Mantle, Ernie Davis, Roger Maris, Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Rocky Colavito, Hank Aaron, Frank Robinson, Al Kaline

Q.         Besides Babe Ruth, who was the only Hall of Famer born in Baltimore?
Hint:     His 1.055 OPS in the World Series helped his team to the title, the only one of his career.
Twint:    The year he debuted, he was the third youngest player in the AL.
Twint:    The year he retired, he was the third oldest player in AL.
A.         Al Kaline (WS 1968 DET; Debut 1954, Ret. 1974)
FCR -    Doug Greenwald, San Francisco, CA
Incorrect answers:  Robin Yount, Cal Ripken, Hank Greenburg, Malone, David Ortiz, Tommy Lasorda

Q.         What Hall of Famer is the only switch-hitter to collect more than 25 triples in a season?
Hint:     At the heart of his career, he hit over .300 for nine consecutive seasons.
Hint:     He hit .299 the next year.
Hint:     In the 131-year history of the Giants, no one has had a longer hitting streak.
Twint:    He replaced a legendary player/manager at shortstop.
A.         George Davis (27 3b in 1893; .300+ 1893-1901; 33 straight games in 1893; Became the SS for the NYG in the wake of Monte Ward)
FCR -    Dave Serota, Kalamazoo, MI
Incorrect answers:  Sam Crawford, Ozzie Smith, Mel Ott, Frankie Frisch, Rod Carew, Ross Youngs, John McGraw, Willie McCovey, Bill Terry

Q.         Who was the first Babe Ruth League baseball player to make it to the majors?
Hint:     He led the majors in doubles his first two full seasons in the majors.
Twint:    He was a high school teammate of Hall of Famer Frank Robinson.
A.         Vada Pinson (BRL; Played together at McClymonds High in Oakland, CA)
FCR -    Art Springsteen, Sunapee, NH
Incorrect answers:  Carl Yastrzemski, Cesar Cedeno, Craig Biggio, Cal Ripken, Al Oliver, Joey Jay

Q.         Who is the only Cub to win a batting title the same season the team went to the World Series?
Hint:     He had a cycle for the Tractors in his first professional game.
Hint:     He is the only National Leaguer to play a majority of games at a position other than the one he played while winning the MVP award the year before.
Hint:     He’s the only player who was active during the careers of both Sam Rice and Roberto Clemente.
Twint:    He once hit a home run then the next batter homered with the exact same ball.
A.         Phil Cavarretta (1945 WS; Cycle 1934 for Peoria; MVP 1945 @ 1b, 86 @ OF 1946; Played 1934-1955; HR 30‑Jul‑1943, 2nd HR by Bill Nicholson, Cavarretta’s HR was off the foul pole and returned to play)
FCR -    Doug Greenwald, San Francisco, CA
Incorrect answers:  Ernie Banks, Stan Hack

Q.         Which slugger dated Mamie Van Doren after she broke off her engagement with Bo Belinsky?
Hint:     The first game of his final season was also Hank Aaron's American League debut.
Twint:    Shiner!
A.         Tony Conigliaro (Van Dorn; Aaron’s AL debut 08-Apr-1975; Black eye)
FCR -    Walt Cherniak, Woodbine, MD
Incorrect answers:  Jim Fregosi, Bo Belinsky, Rico Petrocelli, Lee Meyers, Jim Gentile, Rick Reichart, Harmon Killebrew, Ralph Kiner, Ken Harrelson

Q.         Who is the all-time International League record holder in seasons, games, hits and triples?
Hint:     Ironically he never led the IL in any offensive category for a single season.
Hint:     His final major league game was fifteen years after his first, but he played in only 64 games during that span.
Twint:    For 47 years he held the record for being the youngest player to hit a grand slam in the Bigs.
A.         Eddie Onslow (IL records: 17 yrs, 2,109 G and 2,445 H; Debut 07‑Aug‑1912, last G 14‑Sep‑1927; GS 22-Aug-1912 @ 19 yrs, 186 days [Al Kaline @ 19 yrs, 174 days])
FCR -    Andrew Milner, Bryn Mawr, PA
Incorrect answers:  Mike Fiore, George Quellich, Buzz Arlett, Fritz Maisel, Crash Davis

Q.         Who was the last pitcher to win thirty games in a season for a Louisville major league team?
Hint:     He was the first to win twenty after the team migrated to the National League.
Hint:     He is only pitcher to start three postseason games for Louisville.
Twint:    He led all American Association players in WAR in 1890 (all positions).
Twint:    His photograph is consistently confused with that of Dan Shannon.
Twint:    His brother-in-law was his teammate one year.
A.         Scott Stratton (34-17 in 1890; 21-19 in 1892; 3 starts in 1890 WS; WAR 11.4 in 1890; Correct Shannon pix, Correct Stratton pix & pix; Brother-in-law Bill Anderson)
FCR -    Dave Serota, Kalamazoo, MI
Incorrect answers:  Guy Hecker, Jim Devlin, Ed Delehanty, Toad Ramsey, Deacon Phillippe, Vic Willis, Rube Waddell

WEEKLY THEME – Teenagers who hit grand slams in the majors.  Thanks to David Vincent for this data.

Teen             Date              Yrs -  Days
Cavarretta     16-May-1936    19 - 301
Conigliaro     03-Jun-1964     19 - 147
Davis           30-May-1890    19 - 280
Kaline           11-Jun-1954     19 - 174
Killebrew      21-Jun-1956     19 - 357
Onslow         22-Aug-1912    19 - 186
Pinson         18-Apr-1958     19 - 250
Stratton        27-May-1889    19 - 237

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Makoto Ozawa, Scarsdale, NY (after the Wed. Q.)

Incorrect theme guesses:

               -  Players whose numbers have been retired by the Minnesota Twins
               -  Back end of Carew's steals of home

Tuesday   -  Players to hit more than 20 HRs while in their teens.
               -  HoFers whose last name begins with K.
               -  HoFers who never played in the minors
               -  Bonus Babies
               -  Players to hit .300 or better in their teens
               -  Hall of Fame players who were "bonus babies" and made their major league debut while they were still in their teens
               -  Hall of famers from the 60's who played in one World Series
               -  Bonus Babies that made the Hall of Fame

                    -  Hall of Fame players who made their major league debut before their 20th birthday
               -  Players with at least 1,000 career RBI

Sunday    -  Batters who reached the major leagues as teenagers.

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

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