Sunday, November 9, 2014

November 3-9, 2014 Teams with 100 victories but no postseason

Q.         What season began the Cubs’ current fruitless run of no World Series championship?
Hint:     It was player/manager Frank Chance’s first full season as skipper where the team didn’t at least go to the World Series.
Hint:     The ERA for the entire pitching staff that year was a microscopic 1.74, second best all-time in modern day play.
Hint:     The record, BTW, was set by them, two years earlier.
Twint:    Only two players on the team hit more than two home runs that year.
A.         1909 CHICAGO CUBS (Last WS championship W:  1908; 1907 ERA 1,73; 4 HR ea:  Frank Schulte, Joe Tinker)
FCR -    Morris Buenemann, Florissant, MO
Incorrect answers:  1907, 1908, 1910, 1911, 1914, 1915

Q.         Playing on which team did Maury Wills set the single-season plate appearances record that would stand for over a decade?
Hint:     They also had the first ever Cy Young Award winner from a team in their time zone.
Twint:    Wills also broke Ty Cobb’s single-season, modern era stolen base record that year.
A.         1962 LOS ANGELES DODGERS (759 PA, broken by Pete Rose in 1974; CYA Don Drysdale, Pacific Time Zone; 104 SB to Cobb’s 96 in 1915)
FCR -    Douglas Sher, Charleston, SC
Incorrect answers:  Pittsburgh Pirates, Montreal Expos

Q.         No team that Casey Stengel managed, ever won as many games as his 1962 Mets lost.  Which team came closest?
Hint:     A rookie pitcher won twenty games for them to lead the team that year.
Hint:     In his seven additional seasons in the majors, that young pitcher would never again come close to that performance.
Twint:    They were the first Yankee team to have a league MVP without winning the pennant.
A.         1954 NEW YORK YANKEES (1962 NYM lost 120, 1954 NYY won 103; Bob Grim, 20-6; MVP: Yogi Berra)
FCR -    Steve Schwartz, Chico, CA
Incorrect answers:  1952 NYY, 1953 NYY, 1956 NYY, 1858 NYY, 1961 NYY, 1962 NYY

Q.         Which of manager Dusty Baker’s twenty teams won the most games?
Hint:     A home run by Mike Piazza on the final day of the regular season took the wind out of their sails.
Hint:     Two members of that team have become successful major league managers.
Hint:     Another has become one of the most respected pitching coaches.
Twint:    It was the last year before the advent of the Wild Card.
Twint:    It was Baker’s first year as a manager.
A.         1993 SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS (103 W; Mgrs. Matt Williams, Bud Black;  Pitching coach Dave Righetti; Wild card put in place in 1994, first implemented in 1995)
FCR -    Morris Buenemann, Florissant, MO
Incorrect answers:  1991 SFG, 2001 SFG, 2003 SFG, Frank Robinson, Tony LaRussa

Q.         What team finished only three games behind the Yankees, yet the only league leader they had in ANY offensive category was in Fewest At-bats per Strikeouts?
Hint:     The four pitchers in their starting rotation averaged nineteen wins apiece.
Hint:     Their staff leader took home the Cy Young Award, the sixth time this franchise had boasted that honor.
Twint:    Their manager and two of their players would end up in the Hall of Fame.
A.         1980 BALTIMORE ORIOLES (Rich Dauer 29.3 AB/K; Pitchers’ Ws:  Stone 25, McGregor 20, Flanagan 16, Palmer16; HOF’ers:  Mgr. Earl Weaver, Eddie Murray, Jim Palmer)
FCR -    Charlie Vascellaro, Baltimore, MD
Incorrect answers:  1953 CLE

Q.         What team’s leading hitter had an average that was more than 70 points higher than any he’d had before and any he would have later in his seventeen-year major league career?
Hint:     The highest previous average for a year belonged to Ted Williams.
Hint:     Some credited the diluted talent because of the league that year, but that doesn’t explain why most other players didn’t experience similar performance spikes.
Hint:     Their pitching staff had three in the top six in the league in wins.
Hint:     The team had made two dramatic, historic trades in the prior two years with the team closest to it geographically.
Twint:    No team in the history of their franchise had won more game at that point.
A.         1961 DETROIT TIGERS (Norm Cash .361 [Williams hit .388 in 1958.]; Winning pitchersFrank Lary 23, Jim Bunning 17 & Don Mossi 15; Trade with the Indians. Harvey Kuenn for Rocky Colavito after the 1959 season.  Manager Jimmy Dykes for Joe Gordon during the 1960 season.; 101-61)
FCR -    Andrew Milner, Bryn Mawr, PA
Incorrect answers:  1978 BOS

Q.         What team traded an All-Star catcher, an All-Star shortstop to the Pirates in exchange for shortstop who would make it to the Hall of Fame?
Hint:     Among their eight starting position players were four future Hall of Famers.
Hint:     Three of the remaining four finished in the top ten of MVP voting for that season.
Hint:     The eighth starter would play on four future All-Star teams and receive MVP votes in six of his eighteen major league seasons.
Twint:    Their Hall of Fame manager had managed and played in each of the three previous seasons, but sat himself down this year.
A.         1942 BROOKLYN DODGERS (BRO traded Pete Coscarart (SS) and Babe Phelps (C) to PIT for Arky Vaughan.  BRO HoFers: Billy Herman, Pee Wee Reese, Joe Medwick and Vaughn, Mickey Owen, Pete Reiser & Dolph Camilli received MVP votes that year; 8th player was Dixie Walker; Mgr. Leo Durocher)
FCR -    Richard Tharp, Gaithersburg, MD
Incorrect answers:  1940 BRO, 1928 WSH

Q.         On which team did Baby Doll, Hooks, Pug and Razor all play?
Hint:     Two teammates of theirs would later square off as managers of the 1st and 2nd place teams in one of the American League’s closest races ever.
Hint:     Another teammate would go to eject more players from World Series games than any other umpire.
Twint:    The manager and two outfielders were also Cooperstown-bound.
FCR -    Steve Bonfield, Calgary, AB
Incorrect answers:  1922 SLB, 1927 SLB

WEEKLY THEME – Teams with 100 or more wins in a season and no postseason games played.

Team                              Year     Wins      Winner  Wins
Chicago Cubs                 1909     104        PIT       110
Detroit Tigers                  1915     100        BOS     101
Brooklyn Dodgers          1942     104        STL      106
New York Yankees          1954     103        CLE      111
Detroit Tigers                  1961     101        NYY     109
Los Angeles Dodgers     1962     102        SFN      103
Baltimore Orioles            1980     100        NYA     103
San Francisco Giants      1993     103        ATL      104

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Robert Workman, Ashburn, VA

Incorrect theme guess:  The theme must be years the sum of whose digits is a prime number. 1+9+0+9=19

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