Sunday, May 4, 2014

April 28, 2014 All-Star Tallstops

Q.         Until the election of Greg Maddux, which Hall of Fame inductee had the largest number of votes in a single year?
Hint:     Over a period of 903 games, he played in a record 8,264 consecutive innings.
Hint:     This broke the 95-year-old record of 5,152 established by George Pinkney in 1890.
Hint:     His dad pulled him from the game that ended the streak saying "What the hell—he couldn’t hit a twenty-run homer."
Twint:    He IS “Iron Man”.
A.         Cal Ripken (Maddux 555 HOF votes, Ripken 537; SABR article "Ripken's Record for Consecutive Innings Played"; On, 14-Sep-1987, down 17-3, Cal Ripken, Sr., his manager, answering why he pulled him.)
FCR -    Dave Wise, Hyde Park, NY
Incorrect answers:  Lou Gehrig, Tom Seaver, Cy Young, Nolan Ryan, Stan Musial, Christy Mathewson, Snuffy Stirnweis, Sandy Koufax

Q.         Who was the first career New York Yankee to get 3,000 hits?
Hint:     He holds the Yankee career records for hits, strike outs, stolen bases, singles, times on base, hit by pitch, games played, at bats, ground into double plays and plate appearances.
Hint:     Along with Hank Aaron, he also holds the major league record for consecutive seasons with 150 hits.
Hint:     Despite often being #1, he will always be number 2.
Twint:    Had there then existed instant replay, his only home run in his inaugural postseason would most definitely been ruled NOT to have cleared the wall—without helping hands.
A.         Derek Jeter (Yankee career leaders; 17 seasons 150+hits tied in 2012; most likely will retire #2 at the end of this season; his 1996 solo postseason home run was aided by Jeffrey Maier)
FCR -    Michael Daponde, Sacramento, CA
Incorrect answers:  Lou Gehrig, Dave Winfield, Frankie Frisch, Hector Lopez

Q.         Who, except for a single vote cast for Frank Malzone, would have been the unanimous choice for Rookie of the Year?
Hint:     In that same rookie season, he was the starting left fielder in front of his hometown crowd though it represented a road game for his team.
Hint:     He grounded into a double play that scored the only run in the game where Bobby Richardson snagged Willie McCovey's World Series ending line-out.
Twint:    He is the only Ford Frick Award winner to take the honor the same year his former team won a World Series.
A.         Tony Kubek (2009 FFA winner; ROY 1957; 1957 WS MLN 4-3 over NYY; Game 7 1962 WS box)
FCR -    Art Springsteen, Sunapee, NH
Incorrect answers:  Tom Tresh, Moose Skowron, Gil MacDougald, Yogi Berra, Phil Rizzuto, Joe Gordon, Harvey Kuenn, Orlando Cepeda, Matty Alou, Willie McCovey, Luis Aparicio

Q.         Who pulled off the only unassisted triple play in the majors between the careers of Walter Johnson and Jim Thome?
Hint:     Two days after he did it, he was traded to the White Sox for Tim Cullen.
Hint:     Ironically, he had been traded from the White Sox to Washington for Cullen earlier that year—the first time players had been swapped twice for each other by the same teams in the same season.
Hint:     Five years earlier he was traded to the White Sox in a deal that included future Hall of Fame players Louis Aparicio and Hoyt Wilhelm.
Twint:    He was the 1st base coach for the Milwaukee Brewers from 1980-1983.
A.         Ron Hansen (UTPs, 30-Jul-1968 in 11-1 L to CLE, UTPs by Johnny Neun 31-May-1927 & Mickey Morandini 09-Sep-1992; Cullen trade 02-Aug-1968; 1st Cullen trade: 13-Feb-1968;  Trade w/Aparicio & Wilhelm 14-Jan-1963; Brewers managers/coaches)
FCR -    Eric Stone, Los Gatos, CA
Incorrect answers:  Mickey Morandini, Eddie Brinkman, Bill Wambsganss

Q.         Who is the first New York Yankee to win two Most Valuable Player awards since Roger Maris managed the feat 1960-61?
Hint:     He is the only Texas Ranger to lead his league in home runs for three consecutive seasons.
Hint:     He did it his first three years with the team.
Twint:    Through the 2013 season, he led all other active players in career Wins Above Replacement.
A.         Alex Rodriguez (MVP 2005, 2007; HR lead: 2001-2003 52/57/47HR; Active Player WAR 116.00)
FCR -    David Krassin, New York, NY
Incorrect answers:  Alfonso Soriano, Mark Teixeira

Q.         Who finished second to Ryan Braun for the National League Jackie Robinson Award?
Hint:     He broke Ernie Banks’s record for homers by an NL rookie shortstop.
Hint:     He and former Red Sox player John Valentin are the only two players in Major League history to record an unassisted triple play and hit for the cycle.
Hint:     Not in the same game.  That would be a record.
Twint:    He graduated from the same high school as former commissioner Peter Ueberroth.
A.         Troy Tulowitzki (2007 ROY 126 to Braun's 128 votes; 24 HR to Banks's 19; "Tulo hits for fifth cycle in Rockies history; Fremont High School alumni)
FCR -    Paul Healey, Minneapolis, MN
Incorrect answers:  Starlin Castro, Aaron Hill, Kelly Johnson, Barry Larkin, Nomar Garciaparra, Hanley Ramirez, Eric Bruntlett, Alex Rodriguez

Q.         Who was the first player on his team to have a 20 HR-20 SB season since Alfonso Soriano did it?
Hint:     For good measure, he repeated the feat the next year.
Twint:    He is the only National League infielder to win a Silver Slugger Award in each of the past two seasons.
Twint:    This year he had the unusual honor of losing an inside-the-park home run on replay.
A.         Ian Desmond (2012 25 HR/21 SB, 2013 20 HR/21 SB, Soriano had a 46/41 season in 2006; SS awards; 04-Apr-2014 reviewed IPHR which cost his team a run in a 2-1 loss to ATL)
FCR -    Jim Harris, Washington, VA
Incorrect answers:  Jimmy Rollins, Ian Kinsler, Alfonso Soriano, Mike Trout, Nelson Cruz, Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson, Paul O'Neill, Derek Jeter

WEEKLY THEME – Tall (6 ft 3 in or more) Shortstops selected to the All-Star Game.

SS                    Hgt       ASG at SS
Desmond          6' 3”      2012
Hansen             6' 3”      1960 both games
Jeter                 6' 3”      1998-2002, 2004, 2006-12
Kubek               6' 3”      1958, 59, 1961 both games
Rodriguez         6' 3”      1996-98, 2000-3
Ripken              6' 4”      1983-1996
Tulowitzki          6' 3”      2010-11, 2013

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – No one

Incorrect theme guesses:

      -     Pitchers with most wins.
      -     Pitchers with most shutouts
      -     Pitchers with most innings pitched
      -     Pitchers with most strikeouts per 9 innings
      -     Pitchers with most games started
      -     Pitchers with most walks
      -     Pitchers with most losses
      -     Pitchers with most earned runs
      -     Pitchers with most wild pitches
      -     Pitchers with most batters faced
      -     Pitchers with most strikeouts
      -     Pitchers with fewest hits per 9 innings 
      -     Pitchers with most hit batsmen
      -     HoF'ers from Texas
      -     People who have publicly stated that they want to be Derek Jeter

               -  Most hits with one team
               -  Members of the 3,000 hit club who played their entire career with one team
               -  All-time hit leaders for the original eight AL franchises
               -  Most games at each position
               -  Most at-bats at each position
                  ROY winners to accrue 3,000 hits with just one team
               -  Players who spent their entire careers of 20 years or more with one team
               -  Shortstops over six feet tall
               -  Shortstops over 5'10" tall
               -  Shortstops who hit the most career HRs
               -  Shortstops who hit the most career base hits

               -  ROY winners who won a World Series before appearing in 400 games
               -  SS who were Rookie of Year
               -  ROYs who mostly played shortstop
               -  Rookie of the year shortstops spent their career on one team
               -  AL ROY SS’s

               -  Tall shortstops with 20 homer seasons
               -  SS with more Walks than K's in a single year?
               -  SS with more chances than AB's in a single year?
               -  SS with the same number of steals as HR in a single year

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

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