Sunday, May 25, 2014

May 19-25 Players with 2,000 hits and at least one pitching victory

Q.         Who was in second place on the all-time career home run list during the Kennedy administration?
Hint:     He was the first player to be voted league MVP in consecutive years.
Hint      He surpassed 100 RBI for thirteen consecutive seasons, averaging 134 during that span.
Hint:     He was on the World-Series-winning team in the first two years of that streak.
Twint:    His dimples are as prominent as his muscles.
A.         Jimmie Foxx (534 HR behind Ruth’s 714; MVP 1932-33; WS 1929-30; Dimples)
FCR -    Abbey Garber, Dallas, TX
Incorrect answers:  Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle, Ernie Banks, Hank Greenberg, Roger Maris, Babe Ruth, Frank Howard, Willie Mays, Frank Robinson, Harmon Killebrew, Mel Ott, Lou Gehrig

Q.         Who is the only St. Louis Browns player to win the MVP award?
Hint:     He is the last player to hit for the cycle in the same season he hit over .400.
Hint:     He missed an entire season because a sinus infection that affected his eyesight.
Twint:    He had two sons who played in the majors.
A.         George Sisler (MVP 1922; Missed the 1923 season; .407 in 1920, cycle 08-Aug-1920; Sons Dick and Dave)
FCR -    Eric Johnston, Ellicott City, MD
Incorrect answers:  Dick Sisler, Tris Speaker, Roy Sievers, Jim Bottomley, Stan Musial, Rogers Hornsby, Harry Heilman, Dizzy Dean, Joe Medwick, Ken Williams, Bob Dillinger

Q.         Who used Bob Feller's bat to steady himself?
Hint:     Legend says he used to broadcast that he was throwing a curve because he would stick out his tongue.
Twint:    He is listed at 6'2" and 215#.
A.         Babe Ruth (Bat/cane [Eddie Robinson claims that the bat was his, not Feller’s.]; Ht/wt)
FCR -    Jerry Miller, Thousand Oaks, CA
Incorrect answers:  Herb Score, Bob Lemon, Satchel Paige, Cy Young, Bill Veeck, Early Wynn, Herb Score, Allie Reynolds

Q.         Whose inside-the-park, walk-off home run was the first home run in the history of the Giants’ franchise?
Hint:     He was the first pitcher with twenty victories in a season for the Providence Grays.
Twint:    He was Amos Rusie's attorney in Rusie's suit against Andrew Freedman in 1896.
A.         Monte Ward (HR 02-May-1883 off Jim Whitney of the Beaneaters 1st for the NY Gothams; 22-13 for PRO in 1878; Freedman, Giants owner at the time.)
FCR -    Mike McCroskey, Sugar Land, TX
Incorrect answers:  Angel Pagan, Rube Foster, Pud Galvin, Juan Marichal, Christy Mathewson

Q.         Who was the first player to compile a thirty game hitting streak for the AL Senators?
Hint:     He had the most at-bats in the majors during the decade of 1921-30.
Twint:    He was given the name we know him by, when team owner Clark Griffith could not remember the player's name.
Twint:    He is the only major league ever born in Morocco.
A.         Sam Rice (H streak [31] from 23-Aug-1924 to 24-Sep-1924; 6,184 H 1920-29; Given name: Edgar Charles Rice; B. 20-Feb-1890 in Morocco, IN)
FCR -    Jim Casey, Savannah, GA
Incorrect answers:  Roy Sievers, Goose Goslin, Joe Judge, Nap Lajoie, Joe Cronin, Heinie Manush, Eddie Brinkman, Mickey Vernon, Roger Peckinpaugh, Clyde Milan

Q.         Who became an umpire in 1915, but returned to playing by the end of the season?
Hint:     He hurled three shutouts pitching for the Cleveland Spiders.
Hint:     He still holds the worst career managerial winning percentage among managers with at least 200 MLB games managed.
Twint:    He was the first American League shortstop inducted into the Hall of Fame.
A.         Bobby Wallace (ShOs 1895-96; %: .287 [62-154]; HOF 1953)
FCR -    Fred Worth, Arkadelphia, AR
Incorrect answers:  Cy Young, George Davis, Hank O'Day, Smokey Joe Wood

Q.         Who was the first player to collect 2,000 hits in a ten-year span?
Hint:     His ability to bunt-foul potential third strikes prompted the rule change to call a bunted third strike a strikeout.
Twint:    He was the first native of West Virginia to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
A.         Jesse Burkett (2,058 H 1892-1901; B. 04-Dec-1868 Wheeling, WV [Had only been a state for 5 years when he was born.] HOF 1946)
FCR -    Dave Serota, Kalamazoo, MI
Incorrect answers:  Willie Keeler, Dickie Pierce, Ty Cobb, Cap Anson, Willie Keeler, Joe Sewell, King Kelly, John McGraw, Ross Barnes, Eddie Collins, Rogers Hornsby, Ichiro Suzuki, Pete Rose, Nap Lajoie, Billy Hamilton

Q.         Which outfielder was accused of leading a revolt against Cap Anson in the late 1890s?
Hint:     He has more lifetime major league runs scored than any other eligible player not in the Hall of Fame (excepting players on the ballot this year).
Hint:     He hit for the cycle twice, once in a game where he was pitching.
Twint:    He received the first known intentional bases-on-balls.
A.         Jimmy Ryan (1,643 R; Cycles in 1888 and 1891; Walked by Jouett Meekin in 1896)
FCR -    Andrew Distler, New York, NY
Incorrect answers:  George Van Haltren, Mike Tiernan, Hoss Radbourne, Ed Delahanty, John McGraw, Tom Brown

Q.         What Orioles manager once led the National League with 21 triples in a year?
Hint:     As did Frank Robinson, Rickey Henderson, Vada Pinson and Curt Flood, he was born in the Central Time Zone, but grew up in Oakland, California.
Hint:     According to Bill James, he had the majors' best outfield throwing arm for an entire decade.
Twint:    His major league debut was as a pitcher.  He issued sixteen bases-on-balls, probably a record.
Twint:    Twelve times in his career he hit over .300 yet never received a single MVP vote.
A.         George Van Haltren (254 OF Assists 1890-99; B. 30-Mar-1866 St. Louis, MO; Debut 27-Jun-1887; Career ended in 1903, 8 years before MVP awards were instituted.)
FCR -    Ken Auerbach, Bronxville, NY
Incorrect answers:  John McGraw, Hank Bauer, Wilbert Robinson, Ned Hanlon, Bobby Wallace, Willie Keeler, Paul Blair, Hugh Duffy, Lee Mazzilli, Johnny Oates

Q.         Who was the second player, Honus Wagner being the first, to steal home twice in a single game?
Hint:     In his only year in the Federal League he led his third-place team in hits, doubles, triples, home runs and runs batted in.
Hint:     Hall of Fame first baseman Frank Chance predicted that one day this guy would be the “greatest first baseman in the business”.
Twint:    John McGraw agreed, once declaring that he “…was worth the entire [St. Louis] team."
A.         Ed Konetchy (182 3B; 30-Sep-1907 steals; Led the 1915 Pittsburgh Rebels w/181 H, 31 2b, 18 3b, 93 RBI and 10 HR; SABR BIO quotes)
FCR -    Andrew Milner, Bryn Mawr, PA
Incorrect answers:  Hal Chase, George Sisler, Joe Tinker, Sam Crawford, Benny Kauff

WEEKLY THEME – Players with 2,000 hits and one pitching win (or more).

Player               Hits      Wins
Burkett            2,850         3
Foxx               2,646         1
Konetchy        2,150         1
Rice                2,987         1
Ruth               2,873       94
Ryan               2,502         6
Sisler              2,812         5
Van Haltren     2,532       40
Wallace           2,309       24
Ward              2,104     164

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – No one

Incorrect theme guesses:

               -  Hall of Famers that played for Cornelius McGillicuddy at one time
               -  HOFers who started their careers at other positions than they were primarily known for

               -  HOFers that ended their careers with the Boston Braves
               -  HOFers with ties to Branch Rickey

               -  Hall of Famers with four-letter last names
               -  Hall of Fame, started with no number, then took #3
               -  Former pitchers that won batting titles
               -  Hall of fame hitters who also had at least one game as a starting pitcher

Sunday    -  HOF'ers that played in Cleveland but were not inducted as Nap's, Spiders, etc...

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