Sunday, February 16, 2014

Februarty 10-16, 2014 Non-Hall of Famers with 160 triples

Q.         Who had complete seasons where he hit .387, .408 and .395 without winning a batting title?
Hint:     He still holds the record for the most hits in his first 1,000 at-bats.
Hint:     He is the first native of South Carolina to receive a Hall of Fame vote.
Twint:    He died four days before he was to appear on the Ed Sullivan Show.
A.         Joe Jackson (BA 1911-13, finish all 3 years behind Ty Cobb; 389 H in 1st 1,000 AB; Received 2 HOF votes in 1936; D. 05‑Dec‑1951, scheduled for Toast of the Town on 09‑Dec‑1951)
FCR -    Bob Flynn, Paradise Valley, AZ
Incorrect answers:  Harry Heilmann, Nap Lajoie, Ty Cobb, Bill Terry, Hack Wilson, Tris Speaker, Sam Crawford

Q.         Who was the first Brooklyn player to win an MVP award?
Hint:     He still holds the National League career record for sacrifice hits.
Hint:     He was the starting first baseman for the team that defeated the Black Sox.
Twint:    Before making it in The Show, he was a Mountaineer, a Mogul, a Volunteer, a Turtle and a Mud Hen.
Twint:    Baseball Magazine said he “… is easily one of the greatest infielders baseball has ever seen”.
Twint:    His MVP award came while playing for a team with a losing record.
A.         Jake Daubert (1913 MVP Chalmers Award; 1919 Reds; Daubert’s Minor League record; 392 SH, 1919 WS; Baseball Magazine selection reference from SABR BIO)
FCR -    Elijah Kaplan, Teaneck, NJ
Incorrect answers:  Don Newcombe, Dolph Camilli, Babe Herman, Jack Fournier, Frankie Frisch, Jackie Robinson

Q.         Who was the first batter to lead his league in triples and home runs in the same season?
Hint:     He did it twice.  No one else has ever done that and he did it eleven years apart.
Hint:     He was the first player with 100 career home runs.
Hint:     He amassed more than 600* stolen bases and at one time held the single-season record.
Twint:    He changed his last name to play baseball to elude his mother’s prohibition against it.
Twint:    He accumulated the most at-bats of anyone in the 1880s.
A.         Harry Stovey (HR + 3b 1880 & 1891, Other players to lead their leagues in HR +3b the same year are:
Tip O’Neill – 1887,
Tommy Leach – 1902,
Harry Lumley – 1904,
Jim Bottomley – 1928,
Mickey Mantle – 1955,
Willie Mays – 1955, &
Jim Rice – 1978;
            100th HR 1890; 509 SB*, 68 in 1886; B. Harry Duffield Stowe; 4,483 AB 1880-1889)
            * Actually, only 508 SB are official.  Horsehide Trivia extrapolated another minimum 92 from the years 1880-1885 when numbers on SB are unreliable.  From 1886-1890, he averaged 78 SB per year when he was older and, presumably, slower.
FCR -    Pete Wood
Incorrect answers:  Ty Cobb, Home Run Baker, Sam Crawford, Joe Jackson, Honus Wagner, Roger Connor, Sam Thompson, Tris Speaker, Buck Freeman, Dan Brouthers, Max Carey, George Taylor, Happy Felsch

Q.         Who was the first manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers?
Hint:     The year prior to and after his Dodger years, he managed the Superbas.
Hint:     As a New York Giant, he once led his league with 80 runs batted in.
Hint:     In 1894, he established the National League record of 42 consecutive games with a hit.
Twint:    He was also the first starting short stop for the Chicago Orphans.
Twint:    He earned his nickname Bad Bill.
A.         Bill Dahlen (1910-13 managerial record, officially called the Dodgers 1911-12; 1904 RBI leader; Only DiMaggio’s record of 56 bests Dahlen’s among right handers; 1898 CHC)
FCR -    Bill Carle, Lee's Summit MO
Incorrect answers:  Ned Hanlon, Wee Willie Keeler, Honus Wagner, Bill McGunnigle, Roger Connor, Jake Stahl, Rabbit Maranville

Q.         Who ended Honus Wagner’s run of four consecutive batting titles?
Hint:     That same year he led the league in runs, RBIs, on base percent, slugging, OPS, OPS+ and total bases.
Hint:     Despite dominating the league offensively, he didn’t get a single MVP vote.
Hint:     He once hospitalized an umpire with a vicious punch that earned him the stiffest penalty given in the previous 34 years in the majors.
Twint:    At the age of 19, he jumped from sandlot ball directly to the majors, replacing the injured John Titus to take over the Phillies left field spot.
Twint:    He didn’t appear in the minors until the end of his 16-year career in the majors.
A.         Sherry Magee (1910 BA .331; There WAS no MVP award of any kind in 1910, the Chalmers Award was first awarded in 1911; Punched umpire Bill Finneran, earning a fine & suspension from NL president Tom Lynch; Titus‘ right field spot was taken by left fielder Shad Barry, opening left for Magee; Minor league history)
FCR -    Daniel Solzman, Louisville, KY
Incorrect answers:  Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Rogers Hornsby, Heinie Zimmerman

Q.         Who lead the National League in home runs in spite of being 5'6" and weighing 135 pounds?
Hint:     He was the first home run leader in his franchise's history.
Hint:     His four career inside-the-park grand slams are second only to Honus Wagner's five.
Twint:    He broke his ribs in a home-plate collision with Jake Beckley.
Twint:    The injury caused him to move from the infield to the outfield upon his return.
A.         Tommy Leach (6 HR in 1902, he eventually filled out to 150 lbs.; 1st Pirate to do so; Collision in 1905)
FCR -    Jan Finkel, Swanton, MD
Incorrect answers:  Jim Wynn, Hack Wilson, Mel Ott, Wee Willie Keeler, Lipman Pike

Q.         Who was the first Angels player to hit for the cycle?
Hint:     He was manager for four different major league teams.
Hint:     As a player, he was a six-time All-Star and received MVP votes in eight of his eighteen seasons in the majors.
Hint:     Although he only garnered four Hall of Fame votes (1%), he was once traded for a player who received 98.8% of the votes in his first year of eligibility.
Hint:     So great was his perceived value at the time that three other players were included in the trade for him.
Twint:    In high school, he won eleven varsity letters, earning All-League honors in football, basketball and baseball in addition to running sprints and jumping for the track team.
Twint:    In 1988 the Angels retired his uniform number 11.
A.         Jim Fregosi (Cycle 28‑Jul‑1964; Managed CAL, CWS, PHI & TOR; Traded for Nolan Ryan, Frank Estrada, Don Rose & Leroy Stanton 10‑Dec‑1971)
FCR -    Frank Workman, Lake Forest Park, WA
Incorrect answers:  Mike Scioscia

Q.         Who was the first manager of the National League's Baltimore Orioles?
Hint:     He only lasted eleven games, managing the team to a record of 1-10.
Hint:     The previous year, while in the American Association, he was their only position player to hit over .300.
Twint:    According to the Society for American Baseball Research, he was the premier leadoff hitter of the late 19th century.
Twint:    In his latter days as a Pittsburgh Pirate scout, he was lauded by club owner Barney Dreyfuss for "never signing a single prospect for the Pirates".
A.         George Van Haltren (1892 BLN; .318 1891 AA BLN; SABR BIO; Dreyfuss was pleased he never gave the team a "bum steer")
FCR -    Fred Worth, Arkadelphia, AR
Incorrect answers:  Ned Hanlon, John McGraw, Bill Craver, Wee Willie Keeler

Q.         Who has the most career triples among players not enshrined in the Hall of Fame?
Hint:     He never led the league in triples in a 15-year major league career.
Hint:     He only appeared once in the postseason and batted a weak .174.
Twint:    His nicknames included the Candy Kid, the LaCrosse Lulu, the Big Bohemian, Edward the Mighty and Big Ed.
A.         Ed Konetchy (182 3b, 15th all-time; 1920 WS w/Brooklyn)
FCR -    Bill Suphan, Scottsdale, AZ
Incorrect answers:  Steve Finley, Willie Wilson, Ron Santo, Tim Raines, Jake Beckley, Craig Biggio, Vada Pinson, Sam Crawford, Ed Delahanty

WEEKLY THEME – Non-Hall of Famers with 160 triples

Player          3bs       Rank
Dahlen         163       33rd
Daubert        165       29th
Jackson       168       26th
Konetchy      182       15th
Leach           172       23rd
Magee          166       27th
Stovey         174       21st
Van Haltren   161       38th

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Makoto Ozawa, Scarsdale, NY (following the Wednesday question)

Incorrect theme guesses:

Tuesday   -  Players who had at least 7 hits in the 1919 World Series
               -  Participants in the 1919 World Series
               -  People who led the league in triples for two different teams
               -  Career .300 hitters not in the Hall of Fame
               -  Two-time triples champions not in the Hall of Fame
               -  Brooklyn MVP's
               -  MVP first basemen?

               -  Players that received in 1936 1st year of HOF votes that are not in the HOF
                  Players that received in 1936 1st year of HOF and received fewer votes in 1937

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

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