Sunday, February 9, 2014

February 3-9, 2014 Ten steals of home since the Deadball Era

Q.         Besides Al Kaline, who is the only Hall of Famer native to Baltimore?
Hint:     He was the first player to hit 38 home runs in a season.
Twint:    A Canadian took charge of his early training.
A.         Babe Ruth (b. 06-Feb-1895, 216 Emory Street, Baltimore, Maryland; Hit his 38th HR of the year 02-Aug‑1920 [He would also hit 16 more HR that season.]; Ruth’s mentor was Brother Matthias Boutelier, b. 11‑Jul‑1872 in the small fishing village of Lingan, near Sydney on the NE coast of Nova Scotia.)
FCR -    Ken Auerbach, Bronxville, NY
Incorrect:  Jimmie Foxx, Stan Musial

Q.         Who larruped?
Hint:     He was a known mama’s boy.
Twint:    He is universally acclaimed as the best first baseman of all time.
A.         Lou Gehrig (Called Larrupin’ Lou by the media; Had a well-known very close relationship with his mother, Anna Christina Fack Gehrig)
FCR -    Christopher Bell, New York, NY
Incorrect:  Nap Lajoie, Charlie Gehringer, Lou Boudreau

Q.         Which Hall of Famer caught a touchdown pass in the Bears vs. College All-Stars game in 1941?
Hint:     He was the first player from his major league team to win the Rookie of the Year Award.
Twint:    He excelled at tennis and swimming during his time at a PAC-8 school.
Twint:    He played against Ted Williams in high school.
A.         Jackie Robinson (Played at UCLA; ROY 1947)
FCR -    William Dickerson III, Atlanta, GA
Incorrect:  Alvin Dark, Jackie Jensen

Q.         Who was the first member of the 3,000-hit Club to have a sub-.300 batting average before his 30th birthday and an above-.300 batting average after his 40th?
Hint:     He is the only post-expansion American League player to collect 100 RBI while hitting fewer than ten home runs that same season.
Hint:     He had eight consecutive multi-hit games against the Yankees one year.
Twint:    He scored the winning run the most famous walk-off home run in indoor World Series history.
A.         Paul Molitor (1996: 113 RBI, 9 HR; 2+H vs. NYY  06-, 07-, 08-, 09-, 28-, 29-, 30‑Jun, 09- & 10‑Sep‑1985; WS HR by Joe Carter on 23‑Oct‑1993, he was on 1b, scoring behind Rickey Henderson [Molitor had also homered earlier that game, falling a double short of what would have been the first WS cycle.])
FCR -    Josh Sullivan, Tomball, TX
Incorrect:  Barry Bonds, Ty Cobb, Alan Trammel, Tony Gywnn, George Brett, Rod Carew, Robin Yount, Wade Boggs, Dave Winfield, Carl Yastrzemski, Kirby Puckett

Q.         In major league baseball’s modern era, who is the only National League player to lead his league in home runs in his rookie season?
Hint:     He was the first National League hitter to hit a total of 100 home runs in two consecutive seasons.
Hint:     He is the only Hall of Famer born in the state of New Mexico.
Hint:     Unbelievably, he led the National League in home runs his first SEVEN years in the league.
Hint:     In one of those seasons, he also led in runs, bases-on-balls, slugging, on-base percentage, OPS and OPS+, but only finished tenth in MVP voting.
Hint:     Hall of Fame pitcher Warren Spahn said of him "…he could wipe out your lead with one swing."
Twint:    He said, "Someone asked me how come I signed up with the Mets (as a broadcaster), since they weren't going to win many games. I said: 'I've got a lot of experience with losing.'"
Twint:    Jeff Idelson, President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum said, "His engaging personality and profound knowledge of the game turned him into a living room companion for millions of New York Mets fans who adored his game broadcasts."
Twint:    Nevertheless, he was well-known for his on-air malapropisms.
Twint:    The web site Baseball Almanac has assembled a fair sampling of his best ones:
A.         Ralph Kiner (Rookie in 1946 w/23 HR; 54 HR in 1949, 47 in 1950; B. Santa Rita, NM 1922; Led NL in HR 1946-1952; Stat yr. 1951)
FCR -    Dave Serota, Kalamazoo, MI
Incorrect:  Johnny Mize

Q.         Which Hall of Famer played in eight World Series without hitting a home run but homered from both sides of the plate in All-Star competition?
Hint:     He received MVP votes in nine of his nineteen major league seasons.
Hint:     He never received even one such vote in the minors.
Twint:    He is the last National League player-manager to lead his team to a World Series championship.
Twint:    No National Leaguer had more at-bats than he did in the decade 1920-29.
A.         Frankie Frisch (ASG LH-HR: 06‑Jul‑1933, RH-HR 10‑Jul‑1934; Never played in the minors; 1934 WS Champs; 5,554 AB 1920-29)
FCR -    John Rickert, Terre Haute, IN
Incorrect:  Mickey Mantle, Phil Rizzuto, Eddie Murray, Bernie Williams

Q.         Which player, with his career since World War I, has the most career hits without ever appearing in the World Series?
Hint:     He did not play high school baseball because he was working in a grocery store to help support his family.
Hint:     He was so fast, he was even BORN at a high rate of speed.
Twint:    He once won the American League batting title without hitting a single home run.
Twint:    He was the first post-WWII player to win three consecutive American League batting titles.
A.         Rod Carew (3,053 H; B. on a moving train; Batting title w/.318 in 1972, 0 HR; 4 batting titles 1972-75)
FCR -    Randall Chandler, Germantown, TN
Incorrect:  Ernie Banks, Cool Papa Bell, Rafael Palmeiro, Tim Raines, Nap Lajoie [Correct as originally written], Ichiro Suzuki, Billy Williams, Vada Pinson, Robin Yount, Luke Appling, Eddie Collins, Rickey Henderson, Al Kaline

Q.         Who was Duke University’s first All-America basketball player?
Hint:     He is the only Red Sox player to collect four consecutive doubles in a game.
Hint:     He regularly teamed with a Hall of Famer to beat two other Hall of Famers.
Twint:    He was a long-time member of SABR and a favorite speaker.
A.         Billy Werber (Duke; 4 2b 07‑Jul‑1935; Played bridge with Bill Dickey against Babe Ruth & Lou Gehrig; SABR connectionspix)
FCR -    Daniel Solzman, Louisville, KY
Incorrect:  Dick Groat, Jackie Jensen, Gene Conley, Ace Parker, Chuck Connors

Q.         Who was the first player ever to come to bat for the home team in an All-Star game?
Hint:     His portrayal in "42" emphasized his belligerent side.
Hint:     From 1926 to 1943, he had more stolen bases than any other player, leading the American League four times.
Twint:    He won the pre-game 100-yard dash against Carl Reynolds on 25‑Aug‑1931.
A.         Ben Chapman (ASG 06‑Jul‑1933; Played by Alan Tudyk in "42" mocking Jackie Robinson’s chances of succeeding in the majors; 286 SB 1930-1941; Reynolds race)
FCR -    Andrew Milner, Bryn Mawr, PA
Incorrect:  Ty Cobb, Luke Appling, Ray Schalk, Enos Slaughter, Eddy Stanky, Bill Terry

WEEKLY THEME – Ten career steals of home since the end of the Deadball Era

Thief           #         Years
Carew         17       (1967-85)
Chapman    15       (1933-46)
Frisch         19       (1919-37)
Gehrig        15       (1923-39)
Molitor        10       (1978-98)
Robinson    19       (1947-56)
Ruth           10       (1914*-34)
Werber        10       (1930-42)

*The date of Ruth’s first steal of home could not be documented to our satisfaction, so please humor us and stipulate that the Deadball Era was over the moment the Babe first stole home.

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

Incorrect theme guesses:

Monday   -  Grew up in an orphanage or institution
               -  NY Yankees who have had their numbers retired
               -  Members of Murders Row
               -  Players who barnstormed in the off-season
               -  Hall of Famers who never appeared in an All-Star game
               -  Members of the first All-Star team
               -  Yankees who led the league in total bases
               -  Famous duos with the most homers together
               -  Teammates of Gehrig’s barnstorming team
               -  HOFers who did not go by their first names?  George Seaver, Lynn Ryan, Vernon Gomez, Robert Grove for example

               -  HoFers who had biopics? Dean or Alexander next?
               -  Players whose numbers are retired at Yankee Stadium.

Saturday  -  Something to do with stealing home plate

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

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