Sunday, July 27, 2014

July 21-27, 2014 Hall of Fame players who participated in the Addie Joss benefit game

Q.         Who has won more American League batting titles than any other player?
Hint:     He was only four votes shy of being elected unanimously to the Hall of Fame.
Hint:     In 1999, his dentures sold at auction for $7,475.  (I’m guessing the opening bid was $4,189.)
Twint:    This year's SABR convention will open on the 109th anniversary of his major league debut.
A.         TY COBB (12 titles, most in MLB history; 222/226 in 1936; Auction; 30-Aug-2014)
FCR -    Ted Rosenholm, Granby, MA
Incorrect answers:  Rod Carew, Ted Williams, Rogers Hornsby

Q.         Who is the only major leaguer to have a U.S. high school named for him?
Hint:     No two pitchers combined have more career Opening Day shutouts.
Hint:     He once threw an eighteen-inning shutout.
Twint:    His family moved to California when he was 13 where he finished high school.
A.         WALTER JOHNSON (Walter Johnson High School, However, hardly unique. We discovered today through the diligent research of our readers that:
- Roberto Clemente Community Academy opened in Chicago in 1973,
- Animo Jackie Robinson Charter High School opened in Los Angeles in 2006 and
- that the Borough of Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania houses, as you might guess, the Jim Thorpe Area High School;
7 OD ShO, no one else has more than 3.)
FCR -    Richard Tharp, Gaithersburg, MD
Incorrect answers:  Bob Feller, Pete Alexander, Carl Hubbell, Warren Spahn, Cal Ripken, Steve Garvey, Carl May, Nolan Ryan, Christie Mathewson, Vernon Law, Cy Young

Q.         Who is the only player to rank in the Top 5 in Offensive WAR for two different franchises?
Hint:     He is credited with turning an otherworldly 143 career double plays from center field?
Hint:     It’s only fitting that he rank high in Gray Ink.
Twint:    He is sixth all-time in career batting average, a position he’s not likely to relinquish anytime soon.
A.         TRIS SPEAKER (#1 for CLE, #5 for BOS; Gray Ink; .345)
FCR -    PJ Shelley, Bedford, KY
Incorrect answers:  Carlos Beltran, Frank Robinson, Honus Wagner, Ken Griffey, Jr.

Q.         What Ivy League graduate made his major league debut under an alias and later captained the most infamous team in baseball history?
Hint:     When at bat, he kept his gum on his hat button until two strikes, then would remove it and commence chewing.
Hint:     His son played in the majors with the same team he broke in with.
Twint:    In 1914, Connie Mack sold him for the unprecedented sum of $50,000 to the White Sox.
A.         EDDIE COLLINS (Columbia U., played as Eddie T. Sullivan, captain of "Black Sox" of 1919; Eddie Collins, Jr., Philadelphia A’s)
FCR -    David de la Fuente, San Francisco, CA
Incorrect answers:  Lou Gehrig, Edd Roush, Buck Weaver, Kid Gleason, George Sisler, Connie Mack. Frankie Frisch, Dick Sisler

Q.         Who is the only player to lead his league in triples more than five times?
Hint:     No one has ever broken his record of 12 inside-the-park home runs in a season.
Hint:     Yeah.  He was fast.
Twint:    He was the first batter to lead different leagues in home runs.
A.         SAM CRAWFORD (6 3b titles; HR titles: NL 1901, AL 1908 [since accomplished also by Fred McGriff])
FCR -    Dave Gilbert, Gaithersburg, MD
Incorrect answers:  Joe Jackson, Rickey Henderson, Ty Cobb, Rod Carew, Jose Reyes, Cool Papa Bell, Willie Wilson, KiKi Cuyler, Cal Ripken, Sr.

Q.         What Maryland-born Hall of Famer gets credit for scouting and recruiting another Maryland native who made to the Hall?
Hint:     His nickname would have been more applicable to guy he scouted.
Hint:     He was the second-highest-paid player on the 1922 Yankees.
Twint:    He became the first Hall of Famer to pinch-hit for another Hall of Famer in the World Series.
A.         FRANK BAKER (Jimmie Foxx; Foxx 534 HR, Baker 15; $16,000 to Ruth’s $52,000; WS PH for Waite Hoyt, 1922, G 3 8th inning, 0 out, ground out to 1b)
FCR -    Scott Lindholm, Davenport, IA
Incorrect answers:  Babe Ruth, Bullet Joe Rogan

Q.         Who was the first American League shortstop inducted into the Hall of Fame?
Hint:     He once pitched a shutout for the Cleveland Spiders.
Twint:    He still holds the worst career managerial winning pct. among managers with at least 200 MLB games managed.
A.         BOBBY WALLACE (HOF 1953; .287, 62-154)
FCR -    Bill Deane, Cooperstown, NY
Incorrect answers:  Ernie Banks, Honus Wagner, George Davis, George Wright. Lou Boudreau, Cap Anson, Joe Sewell, Nap Lajoie, Hughie Jennings, Monte Ward, Luke Appling

WEEKLY THEME – Hall of Fame players who participated in the Addie Joss benefit game 24‑Jul‑1911

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – James Richardson, Belton, TX (after Speaker)

Incorrect theme guesses:

               -  Hall of Fame players who have their own museum
               -  Players who had career stats changed after their careers ended
               -  Players with more hits than Jeter
               -  Players who have played themselves in a Movie or Movies

Tuesday   -  First HOF inductees
               -  Players who led their leagues 8+ years in a row
               -  Hall of Famers with 90% of the vote
               -  Winners of the original MVP award (Chalmers Award)

               -  Hall of Famers who retired in 1927
               -  Players who were at the first (baseball) Hall-of-Fame Induction

Thursday  -  Players who are the all-time leader in win shares at their on-field position
               -  Players with the most games in which they both hit a triple and had a stolen base

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