Sunday, October 12, 2014

October 6-12, 2014 Hall of Famers who played under Hall of Famer GM Pat Gillick

Q.         What Hall of Fame second baseman had three more career hits than Lou Gehrig, playing the same number of seasons as did the Iron Horse?
Hint:     He is one of only two full-time second basemen to win the All-Star game Most Valuable Player Award.
Hint:     His career batting average is exactly .300.
Twint:    Among American Leaguers, only Alex Rodriguez has topped his runs in a season since he led the league with 138 in 1999.
A.         ROBERTO ALOMAR (2,724 to Gehrig’s 2,721; AS MVP 1998 [J. Morgan 1972])
FCR -    Walt Cherniak, Dayton, MD
Incorrect answers:  Charlie Gehringer, Ryne Sandberg, Joe Morgan, Nellie Fox, Joe Gordon

Q.         Who is currently Special Assistant to the Executive Director of the Major League Baseball Players Association?
Hint:     Not many people can rock brown and yellow.  He did.
Hint:     Did OK in gold too (gopher version).
Hint:     Joe Garagiola called him “… the stretch limo of baseball players.”
Twint:    He compiled a record seven doubles in All-Star competition.
A.         DAVE WINFIELD (San Diego Padres’ uniforms had that combination of colors during his 8 years there [1973-80]; Attended and competed for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers)
FCR -    Michael William Newman, Fairfield, CT
Incorrect answers:  Sandy Alomar, Joe Garagiola Jr., Javier Vasquez, Tony Clark

Q.         What Rookie of the Year Award winner received Most Valuable Player Award votes for each of the next eight seasons, never, however, winning the award?
Hint:     Five of the players who won in those years, are now in the Hall of Fame.
Hint:     Five times he finished in the top five MVP voting, twice garnering second place.
Hint:     Possibly because he earned more total MVP votes during that period than any of these other players, he was also elected to the Hall.
Twint:    He played high school baseball with a teammate who is also now in the Hall.
A.         EDDIE MURRAY (ROY 1978; MVP votes 1979-85; HOFers Jim Rice [1978] : George Brett [1980], Rollie Fingers [1981], Robin Yount [1982], Cal Ripken [1983]; HOF 2003;  Played with Ozzie Smith @ Locke High School in the Los Angeles area)
FCR -    Dave Pugh, Baltimore, MD
Incorrect answers:  Jackie Robinson, Paul Molitor, Cal Ripken, Ryne Sandberg, Billy Williams, Ralph Kiner, Andre Dawson, Tony Oliva, Ozzie Smith

Q.         Since the onset of World War One, only one pitcher has thrice uncorked four or more wild pitches in a game.  Can you guess who?
Hint:     His enshrinement in Cooperstown helps to demonstrate that this is not his only claim to fame.
Hint:     For example, he has won both the Lou Gehrig Award and the Roberto Clemente Award.
Twint:    He was charismatic and accommodating at SABR 40.
Twint:    One of his close boyhood friends was basketball Hall of Famer John Havlicek.
A.         PHIL NIEKRO (>= 4 WP/G:  30-Jun-1969 [4], 14-Aug-1969 [4] & 04-Aug-1979 [6]; HOF 1997;  1979 Lou Gehrig Award, 1980 Roberto Clemente Award, SABR 40 was the 40th international convention of the Society of American Baseball Research, held in Atlanta 4-8 Aug-2010)
FCR -    Geehoon Hong, Bayside, NY
Incorrect answers:  Nolan Ryan, Randy Johnson, Dave Stewart, Sandy Koufax, Bert Blyleven, Ryne Duren, Hoyt Wilhelm

Q.         Who was the first player to score one hundred runs in consecutive seasons for the Oakland A's?
Hint:     He tacked on a third to make it three in a row, a mark later tied by Jason Giambi.
Hint:     He holds one of baseball’s most revered, most unbreakable records.
Hint:     Another of his career records is one that only Alex Rodriguez has a shot at.
Twint:    In W.A.R., as measured by, for the A’s franchise, his number are ahead of such notables as Jimmie Foxx, Lefty Grove and Eddie Collins.
Twint:    His style in the outfield led some to make snap judgments about him.
A.         RICKEY HENDERSON (100+ R 1982-84 [He led the AL the next two seasons w/146, 130, but w/NYY.]; 1,406 career SB; Career record for R @ 2,295—A-Rod on hold @1,919; A’s WAR in photos:; Snap catches that Little League coaches hate: [and related tics])
FCR -    Jake Hopper, Houston, TX
Incorrect answers:  Bert Campaneris, Reggie Jackson, Jimmie Foxx

Q.         Who is the only player to be granted first base on catcher’s interference in an All-Star game?
Hint:     He scored the run that clinched a famous World Series.
Twint:    He is the only player to collect 200 hits during the season he joined the 3,000 hit club.
Twint:    His batting average one season was the best by any designated hitter for a whole decade.
A.         PAUL MOLITOR (1991 ASG; G 6 in 1993 WS on Joe Carter’s HR; 225 H in 1996; .339 in 1994)
FCR -    Mark Hayne, Dumfries, VA
Incorrect answers:  Mark Grace, Mookie Wilson, Enos Slaughter, Bobby Bonilla , Ed Aarmbrister, Ray Knight

Q.         Who was the first American League player to be name MVP while playing for a team with a losing record?
Hint:     In major league history, no one else has hit into more double plays.
Hint:     There’s only one player, a Hall of Famer, who has won more Silver Slugger Awards at their position.
Twint:    He was the first shortstop to play ninety consecutive games without making an error.
Twint:    He was also the first shortstop in American League history to hit 30 home runs, .300 and have 100 RBI in a season.
Twint:    For fourteen consecutive seasons, he played in every one of his team’s games.
A.         CAL RIPKEN (MVP 1991 BAL [67-95, 6th of 7 in div.]; 350 GIDP; 8 SS, Barry Larkin has 9; Ø E in 1990; 30/.300/100 yr. 1991; Streak 1983-98)
FCR -    Jim Lovelace, Kent, OH
Incorrect answers:  Ernie Banks, Harmon Killebrew, Walter Johnson, Andre Dawson, Frank Thomas, Brooks Robinson

WEEKLY THEME – Hall of Famers who played under Hall of Famer GM Pat Gillick

1977-94 Toronto Blue Jays (Alomar, Henderson, Molitor, Niekro, Winfield)
1995-98 Baltimore Orioles (Alomar, Murray, Ripken)
2000-03 Seattle Mariners (Henderson)
2006-08 Philadelphia Phillies (none yet)

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Josh Sullivan, Tomball, TX

Incorrect theme guesses:

Monday   -  Players whose name rhymes with a type of cookie

Tuesday   -  Players who played for 6 or more teams & won only World Series ring(s) with the Blue Jays
               -  Members of the Toronto Blue Jays who hit game-winners in the World Series

Sunday    -  Hall of famers who made 3 errors in one game

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