Monday, August 18, 2014

August 11-17, 2014 Questions supplied by the late Clem Comly

Clem Comly, our friend and colleague passed away recently.  Clem was a tireless researcher a dyed-in-the-wool Phillies fan, yet as kind a person as you’d ever want to know.  For years he forwarded to Horsehide Trivia interesting baseball facts that he had come across during his research.  Many were too esoteric even for our readers or didn’t fit in with any sort of theme.  However, to honor Clem and give your baseball brains a run for their money, this entire week will be comprised of questions he sent in. We’re not sure if he would be more pleased if you missed them than if you got them.

Q.         All three of the Alou brothers debuted with the Giants.  What other franchise did they also all play for at some point in their careers?
A.         Oakland A's (Felipe 1970-71, Matty 1972, Jesus 1974)
FCR -    Chuck Durante, Dover, DE
Incorrect answers:  NYY, PIT, SDP, MTL, STL, ATL, NYM, CHC, PHI, HOU

Q.         Who was the last Philadelphia Athletic voted AL MVP?
A.         BOBBY SHANTZ (1952)
FCR -    Mark Kanter Portsmouth, RI
Incorrect answers:  Jimmie Foxx, Chuck Klein, Mickey Vernon, Lefty Grove, Al Simmons, Farris Fain, Eddie Collins

Q.         Who started his career with a record 17 straight 11+ win seasons?
A.         DON SUTTON (1966-1982)
FCR -    Davan Mani, Sandy Springs, GA
Incorrect answers:  Greg Maddux, Tom Seaver, Walter Johnson, Andy Pettitte, Mike Mussina, Cy Young, Mel Harder, Mickey Lolich, Robin Roberts, Nolan Ryan

Q.         Name the three Hall of Famers who pitched for the Indians in the 1954 World Series.
A.         BOB LEMON, HAL NEWHOUSER, EARLY WYNN (Bob Feller did not pitch in that WS)
FCR -    Daniel Solzman, Louisville, KY
Incorrect answers:  Feller, Satchel Paige, Al Lopez, Hoyt Wilhelm, Sal Maglie, Mike Garcia

Q.         From 1960-66 11 pitchers received Cy Young Award votes but only three pitched in the American League. Who were these three AL Cy Young Award vote recipients?
A.         WHITEY FORD (1961 winner), FRANK LARY (1961 3rd place finisher), DEAN CHANCE (1964 winner)
FCR -    Gene Rudzinski, Buffalo, NY
Incorrect answers:  Mudcat Grant, Jim Kaat, Jim Palmer, Jim Bunning, Camilio Pascual, Allie Reynolds, Dick Bosman, Ralph Terry, Luis Arroyo, Sam McDowell, Dick Radatz, Bo Belinsky, Milt Pappas, Jim Perry, Gary Peters, Wally Bunker, Bob Turley, Jim Lonborg, Chuck Estrada, Jim Bouton, Jim Monbouquette, Dave McNally

Q.         Charlie Manuel is the most recent person to manage both the Indians and Phillies. Name the three other men to manage both teams.
A.         STEVE O'NEILL(CLE 1936-37, PHI 1953-54), PAT CORRALES (CLE 1984-87, PHI 1982-83), TERRY FRANCONA (CLE 2013-14, PHI 1997-2000)
FCR -    Jim Lovelace, Kent, OH
Incorrect answers:  Frank Robinson, John McNamara, Jeff Torborg, Tris Speaker, Mike Hargrove, Jim Lefebvre, Joel Skinner, Bob Skinner, Eddie Sawyer, Gene Mauch, Jim Fregosi

Q.         Which Brooklyn native played only a single game for the Dodgers, going 0-1 while hitting into a double play as a pinch-hitter for Carl Furillo on 01-May-1949?
A.         CHUCK CONNORS (Rifleman replaces Reading Rifle:  box
FCR -    Frank Workman, Lake Forest Park, WA
Incorrect answers:  Jack McKeon, Walt Alston, Johnny Berardino

Q.         Johnny Sain was one of the most famous pitching coaches in major league history. For which teams did he coach?  (You must get all of them for full credit.)
A.         1959 Athletics; 1961-63 Yankees; 1965-66 Twins; 1967-69 Tigers; 1970-75 White Sox; 1977, 85-86 Braves
FCR -    Terry Alan Martin, Carleton, MI
Incorrect answers:  Many

Q.         Which four states are represented by teams in the Texas League?
OK (Tulsa Drillers), and
FCR -    Leonard Levin, Providence, RI
Incorrect answers:  New Mexico, Louisiana, Illinois, California, Kansas, Arizona

Q.         Who was the last pitcher to win at least 20% of his manager’s career games won (minimum 500 managerial wins)?
A.         JIM KAAT (112 of Sam Mele's 524 wins)
FCR -    No one
Incorrect answers:  Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Walter Johnson, Steve Carlton, Christy Mathewson, Jim Palmer, Christy Mathewson

Q.         Babe Ruth, Jimmie Foxx and Ted Williams are the only 500 home run club members to pitch in the majors. FOUR (not three) other members of the 400 home run club have also pitched in the majors. Name them.
A.         JOSE CANSECO (29-May-1993)
FCR -    Victor Piacentile, Yorktown Heights, NY
Incorrect answers:  Dave Winfield, Jason Giambi, Rocky Colavito, Andre Dawson, Chipper Jones, Carl Yastrzemski, Bill Terry, Billy Williams, Eddie Mathews, Wade Boggs

Q.         What Hall of Fame pitcher's only statistical "black ink" came when he led the American League in intentional bases-on-balls and games finished in 1952?
FCR -    Cappy Gagnon, South Bend, In
Incorrect answers:  Hoyt Wilhelm, Whitey Ford, Bob Lemon, Bob Feller, Bobby Shantz, Early Wynn

Q.         Which are the only teams to play a major league game in Hawaii?
A.         St. Louis Cardinals & San Diego Padres (19-Apr [1] & [2] and 20-Apr-1997)
FCR -    Bob Muse, San Diego, CA
Incorrect answers:  PIT, LAD, SFG

Q.         Which three teammates had the most (total) career hits the last time they appeared together in the lineup?
A.         TY COBB, TRIS SPEAKER and EDDIE COLLINS (11,013 collective hits on 30-Aug-1928 [all three appeared in the game as unsuccessful pinch-hitters])
FCR -    Andrew Milner, Bryn Mawr, PA
Incorrect answers:  Yount, Molitor, Gantner, Pete Rose, Tony Perez & Dave Concepcion; Jeter, Alex Rodriguez &, Ichiro; Murray, Ripken & Palmeiro; Cobb, Speaker & Barry; Gwynn, Henderson & Magadan; Yount, Molitor & Dave Parker; Rose, Perez & Vinson; Rose, Perez & Morgan; Rose, Bowa& Schmidt

Several years ago Clem told us that this was his favorite trivia question. We haven’t heard differently, so we conclude our memorial week with:
Q.         Who is the only player to appear in 100 games in a season at each of the four infield positions?
A.         DENIS MENKE (1b: 1971; 2b: 1968; 3b: 1972-73; SS: 1964, 66-67, 69-70)
FCR -    Bill Deane, Cooperstown, NY
Incorrect answers:  Jim Gantner, Rollie Zeider, Hubie Brooks, Cesar Tovar, Gil MacDougald, Honus Wagner, Pete Rose

WEEKLY THEME – Questions supplied by the late Clem Comly.

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