Sunday, September 7, 2014

September 1-7, 2014 Players with 20 career Total Bases in All-Star games

Q.         Who was the National League Most Valuable Player Award after losing all of the previous season to military service (and most of the one prior to that)?
Hint:     He holds the single season National League record for home runs hit during the 1950s.
Hint:     Despite this (and partly due to military service), his home run total is seventh highest in that decade.
Twint:    He is named for Miller Huggins' law school professor.
A.         WILLIE MAYS (1954 MVP vote; 51 HR in 1955; 250 HRs 1950-59 though he only played 7 full seasons in that span.  Trails Snider 326, Hodges 310, Mathews 299, Mantle 280, Musial 266 & Berra 256; William Howard Taft)
FCR -    Michael Remillard, Harrisburg, PA
Incorrect answers:  Ralph Kiner, Stan Musial, Roy Campanella, Jimmie Foxx

Q.         Who captured a season RBI title in the 1930s with the fewest for any AL leader that decade?
Hint:     He did it in his rookie season.
Hint:     A decade later, he won the RBI title with the most for an AL leader that decade.
Hint:     Only one American League player and one National League player have eclipsed that season total in the 65 seasons since.
Twint:    After his rookie year, he was an All-Star every year he appeared in more than six games.
A.         TED WILLIAMS (145 RBIs 1939, 159 RBI 1949 tied with teammate Vern Stephens; Manny Ramirez AL165 RBI in1999 then Sammy Sosa NL160 RBI in 2001; Williams missed 1943-45 for WWII, had only 6 G in 1952 when he went to Korea.  He did make the AS team in 1953 despite playing in only 37 G.)
FCR -    Rock Zucker, St. Louis, MO
Incorrect answers:  Joe DiMaggio, Hank Greenberg, Stan Musial, Al Simmons, Chuck Klein, Lou Gehrig

Q.         Who is the only National League player to win the MVP award at two different positions? (Considering the outfield as one position.)
Hint:     At the advanced age of 37 he led the majors with 26 intentional bases on balls.
Hint:     His home run total that year was an unthreatening seventeen.
Twint:    He and Ken Griffey attended the same Pennsylvania high school which has been merged out of existence.
A.         STAN MUSIAL (NL MVP 1943, '48/OF, 1946/1B; IBB; Donora HS now Ringgold HS)
FCR -    Chuck Durante, Dover, DE
Incorrect answers:  Ernie Banks, Craig Biggio, Robin Yount, Pete Rose, Barry Bonds, Dale Murphy, Willie Stargell, Mike Schmidt

Q.         Who is the career leader for his 114-year-old franchise in home runs, RBI, hits, singles, bases on balls, runs created, times on base and even strikeouts but never once led in those categories in a single season?
Hint:     He's not even in the top ten seasons in any of them (for that franchise).
Hint:     He wasn't just hit by wild pitches in his career, he wrote a children's book with that title.
Twint:    He led the American League in doubles just before Don Mattingly's three consecutive doubles titles.
Twint:    My neighbor has a license plate with his likeness on it.  (…not a license plate cover—a state-issued license plate!)
A.         CAL RIPKEN (Milwaukee/St. Louis/Baltimore franchise; 47 2b 1983, Mattingly led 84-86; Wild Pitch:  His books are written to help children deal with anger management, bullying and self confidence.  MD tags w/#8)
FCR -    Mark DeLodovico, Rockville, MD
Incorrect answers:  Al Kaline, Jim Thome, Brooks Robinson, Albert Pujols, Todd Helton, Paul Konerko, Ernie Banks, Norm Cash, Craig Biggio, Deacon McGuire, Ty Cobb, Luis Aparicio

Q.         Who was the first player to collect his 3000th hit playing for the Twins?
Hint:     Exactly three years later to the day, Paul Molitor would also get his 3000th hit wearing a Twins uniform.
Hint:     In a rather amazing coincidence, he drove in Hall of Fame player Kirby Puckett with a single for that milestone which he hit off Hall of Fame closer Dennis Eckersley.
Twint:    He wrote a book about baseball that was endorsed on the cover by – oddly enough – George Steinbrenner.
A.         DAVE WINFIELD (3,000 hit club 16-Sep-1993, Molitor in 1996; 3,000th H video on 16‑Sep-1993, He and Puckett were both inducted into the HOF 2001; Dropping the Ball, 2007)
FCR -    Jason Cloutier, Harford, CT
Incorrect answers:  Rod Carew, Paul Molitor, Tony Oliva, Robin Yount, Harmon Killebrew

Q.         Who is the only American League third baseman to take home the Hickok Belt as the best professional athlete in the U.S.?
Hint:     Despite playing for the same franchise for over twenty years, he doesn't have the franchise lead in any career offensive category.
Hint:     That sting is somewhat removed by his representing them for fifteen consecutive years in the All-Star game.
Twint:    He holds the record for hitting into the most triple plays with four.  No one else has even done it more than twice since the 1920s.
Twint:    Sparky Anderson said he was seeing this player in his sleep, and added "If I dropped this paper plate, he'd pick it up on one hop and throw me out at first"
Twint:    And Johnny Bench said "I will become a left-handed hitter to keep the ball away from that guy."
A.         BROOKS  ROBINSON (1970 Hickok winner; SABR List of batters that started a triple play; Sparky's and other quotes after losing the 1970 WS to the O's)
FCR -    Rich Klein, Plano, TX
Incorrect answers:  George Brett, Clete Boyer, Cal Ripken, Chipper Jones, Eddie Matthews

Q.         Who is the only first baseman to post a 1.000 fielding average in a season? (150 G)
Hint:     He also had seasons of .999 and .998.
Hint:     He is the only player with three consecutive seasons with fewer than 100 runs while collecting at least 200 hits.
Hint:     …and he did it twice.
Twint:    He moved from third base to first due to a shoulder separation suffered as a Michigan State defensive back.
Twint:    He was the first player to collect more than twenty career RBI in the NLCS.
Twint:    He was the only player to participate in the game Hank Aaron hit his 715th HR and the game Pete Rose got his 4,192nd hit.
A.         STEVE GARVEY (1.000 fielding 1984; <100 R, >200 H 1974-76, 78-80; Aaron G 08‑Apr‑1974, Rose G 11-Sep-1985)
FCR -    Mark Linneman, Sacramento, CA
Incorrect answers:  Keith Hernandez, Rod  Carew, Don Mattingly, John Olerud, Mickey Vernon, Kevin Youkilis, Wes Parker, Hal Chase, Harmon Killebrew, Ferris Fain, George Sisler, Joe Torre, Roy Sievers

WEEKLY THEME – Players with 20 career Total Bases in All-Star games.

All-Star       Total bases
Mays            40
Musial          40
Williams       30
Garvey         23
Ripken         22
Robinson     22
Winfield        20

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – No one

Incorrect theme guesses:

Tuesday   -  500 HR hitters to miss at least a season due to military service
               -  Hall of Famers to miss at least a season due to military service.

               -  Multiple MVP winners

Saturday  -  First Regular from Each Current Team in the Hall of Fame
               -  Teenagers
               -  Guys who never played in the minors

Sunday    -  All-Star Game MVPs
               -  Won gold glove in a year that they played in every game of the season

               -  100 RBI's in Gold Glove season
Horsehide Trivia blog has the questions and answers from this week as well as from previous weeks:

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