Sunday, September 21, 2014

September 15-21, 2014 Pitchers who beat Bob Gibson in 1968

Q.         Who is the winningest black pitcher in major league history?
Hint:     He is also the winningest Canadian pitcher.
Hint:     He hit exactly one home run in his rookie season and hit it off an eventual Hall of Famer.
Hint:     It was the first home run given up in that pitcher's career.
Twint:    He tossed the first shutout in the history of Toronto’s Exhibition Stadium.
A.         FERGIE JENKINS (Sutton's pitching HR log; TO ShO 24-Apr-1977)
FCR -    Jon Lee, Albuquerque, NM
Incorrect answers:  Dennis Martinez, Dave Stewart, Ken Hill, Bob Gibson, Satchel Paige, CC Sabathia

Q.         Who was the first pitcher to win 25 games in a season for the Los Angeles Dodgers?
Hint:     He is also the first Dodger to accumulate his 200th win in Los Angeles.
Hint:     He received MVP votes four seasons of his fourteen-year career, but the only Cy Young Award votes he received were in the year he won the award.
Twint:    He was on The Donna Reed Show 16-Apr-1964The Flying Nun 17-Sep-1969 and The Brady Bunch in 25-Sep-1970, among other shows, all playing himself.
Twint:    … which makes sense—he grew up next to Hollywood.
A.         DON DRYSDALE (1962 25 W; Career W #200 26-Jun-1968; MVP votes in 1957, 62, 63 & 65, CYA 1962)
FCR -    Dave Serota, Kalamazoo, MI
Incorrect answers:  Fernando Valenzuela, Don Newcombe, Sandy Koufax, Don Sutton, Bob Welch

Q.         Prior to CC Sabathia who was the last Cleveland Indian to win the Cy Young Award?
Hint:     In the 1970s he had two fewer wins than Jim Palmer who led the decade with most wins.
Hint:     He did, however, lead the decade with the most complete games.
Twint:    He founded the Limestone College baseball program and was head coach from 1988-91.
A.         GAYLORD PERRY (1972 CYA [Sabathia 2007]; 184 W to Palmer's 186; 197 CG; Limestone College Gaffney, SC)
FCR -    Bob Muse, San Diego, CA
Incorrect answers:  Sam McDowell, Luis Tiant, Cliff Lee, Bert Blyleven, Jim Perry

Q.         Who is the only pitcher to start thirty games in a season twenty times?
Hint:     He holds the National League record for most career at-bats without a home run.
Hint:     His first thirteen decisions against the Chicago Cubs were losses.
Twint:    He surrendered the first career home runs of two Hall of Fame pitchers.
A.         DON SUTTON (1,354 NL AB; K'd Nolan Ryan 12-Apr-1980 & Fergie Jenkins 23‑Apr‑1966)
FCR -    Kevin Epstein, Austin, TX
Incorrect answers:  Cy Young, Phil Niekro, Warren Spahn, Nolan Ryan, Robin Roberts, Greg Maddux

Q.         What pitcher appeared in more games as a Pittsburgh Pirate than anyone else?
Hint:     He once had eighteen pitching victories in a season where he didn’t start a single game.
Twint:    He holds the Pirates' record for career saves.
A.         ROY FACE (802 G; 18-1 in 1959; 188 S)
FCR -    Jim McCoy, Melrose, MA
Incorrect answers:  Vern Law, Kent Tekulve, Herb Score

Q.         Who trailed only Tom Seaver in becoming the first 20-game winner for a National League expansion team?
Hint:     Seaver beat him by less than two weeks.
Hint:     He still holds the single-season and career records for innings pitched for the franchise.
Twint:    He and Robin Yount are the only All-Stars to attend Taft High School.
A.         LARRY DIERKER (20th W 17-Sep-1969 for HOU, Seaver's 20th W 05-Sep-1969; 305.1 IP 1969, 2,294.1 IP career; Taft HS Woodland Hills, CA)
FCR -    Kevin Warren, Briarcliff Manor, NY
Incorrect answers:  J.R. Richard, Steve Rogers, Fergie Jenkins, Don Wilson

Q.         What rookie pitcher, in only his ninth major league start, gave up a lead-off single then retired the next 26 in a row.
Hint:     He only faced 27 batters total since the runner was caught stealing for the first out.
Hint:     His starts before and after that outing were also complete game shutouts.
Hint:     Having three Hall of Fame teammates didn't hurt.
Hint:     He was once traded for a Hall of Famer.  (Others were involved.)
Twint:    His nickname, "The Fleming Flame", was based on the place he came from.
A.         WOODIE FRYMAN (Near perfecto 01-Jul-1966, 1b and CS by Ron Hunt; ShO 26-Jun & 05-Jul; Teammates Roberto Clemente, Willie Stargell & Bill Mazeroski; Traded by PIT for Jim Bunning 15-Dec-1967, Harold Clem, Bill Laxton and Don Money also went to PHI; Born in Fleming County, KY)
FCR -    Bob Chan, Oakland, CA
Incorrect answers:  Fernando Valenzuela, Milt Pappas, Ernie Shore, Mark Fidrych, Von McDaniel, Larry Jaster, Bill Singer, Steve Avery, Jim Bunning, Floyd Bannister, Dick Ellsworth, Bob Welch, Babe Ruth, Karl Spooner

Q.         Who was bested only by Bob Gibson for the National League ERA title in 1968?
Hint:     Five American League qualifiers, however, had better ERAs than his that year.
Hint:     The only other time he led even his team in ERA was the final season of his thirteen-year major league career.
Twint:    He was starting pitcher in the (modern) Milwaukee Brewers' first victory.
A.         BOBBY BOLIN (1.99 ERA; ALers: Tiant 1.603, McDowell 1.807, McNally 1.945, McLain 1.955, John 1.979 [ to his 1.987]; ERA w/BOS in 1973:  2.70; Brewers' W 11‑Apr‑1970)
FCR -    Jimmy Goggin, Williamsburg, VA
Incorrect answers:  Don Drysdale, Jerry Koosman, Juan Marichal, Bob Veale, Steve Blass, Luis Tiant, Denny McLain

WEEKLY THEME – Pitchers on the winning end of Bob Gibson's 9 losses in 1968.  It often took a heroic effort to beat him.  His 3-5 record at the end of May (albeit with a 1.52 ERA) that year did not presage greatness.

Jenkins       20-Apr        *Shutout     **No-hitter
Dierker        12-May
Fryman       17-May*
Drysdale     22-May*
Perry          28-May
Face           24-Aug
Bolin           06-Sep
Perry          17-Sep* **
Sutton        22-Sep*

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Randall Chandler, Germantown, TN

Incorrect theme guesses:

Monday-  Hall of Famers who never appeared in a World Series

Tuesday   -  Pitchers who won 20 games in the same season that they led the league in home runs hit by a pitcher

               -  HOF pitchers who won or lost 1-0 games played by the 1968 Cubs
               -  Starting pitchers in Cubs' 1-0 losses in 1968
               -  Cy young Award winning hall of Fame pitchers who had 4 consecutive years of pitching over 300 innings

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

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