Sunday, November 23, 2014

Week of November 17-23, 2014 World Series Home Runs off Whitey Ford

Q.         Who was the only player to win Rookie of the Year with a New York Giant and a New York Yankee finishing 2nd and 3rd in the same voting respectively?
Hint:     He was later traded to the New York Giants, but chose to retire rather than accept that indignity.
Twint:    He once “called out” the Yankees for not racially integrating sooner.
A.         JACKIE ROBINSON (1947 ROY vote, only one award for the majors; NYG Larry Jansen 2nd, NYY Spec Shea 3rd; charged the NYY organization, but not the players, with racism on NBC)
FCR -    Doug Greenwald, San Francisco, CA
Incorrect answers: 

Q.         What former Compton High School quarterback holds the National League record for career World Series home runs?
Hint:     He holds the record for most homers against any single pitcher.
Hint:     Two of those homers were the last two hit in Ebbetts Field.
Twint:    His first two career homers came in the first game of a doubleheader, the first of which was hit inside-the-park.
A.         DUKE SNIDER (19 HR off Robin Roberts; 22-Sep-1957 he had two 2-R homers; 1st inning IPHR and 7th inning 2-R shot both off Curt Simmons 2-May-1948(1))
FCR -    Doug Greenwald, San Francisco, CA
Incorrect answers:  Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, Stan Musial, Hank Aaron, Roy Campanella

Q.         Who won the first Gold Glove given to a first baseman?
Hint:     Along with Willie Mays and Roy McMillan, he took the honor the first three years it was awarded.
Hint:     Dal Maxville broke his infamous record of futility by going 0-22 in the 1968 World Series.
Twint:    Unlike Maxville, he did manage to get an RBI on a line drive off the man who finished 2nd in the AL MVP voting that year.
A.         GIL HODGES (1957-9 GG Awards; Hodges went 0-21 in the 1952 WS; Allie Reynolds won game 7, the same game Hodges got his RBI, and finished second to Bobby Shantz for the AL MVP)
FCR -    Roy Glasser, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Incorrect answers:  Ted Kluszewski, Vic Power

Q.         Whose near-fatal kidney ailment led to a 42-year broadcasting career after nine years as a productive player in the majors?
Hint:     He won his state’s prep Player of the Year honors in football and basketball, the first player to receive both awards in different sports in the same year.
Hint:     His home run in the ninth inning of a World Series seventh game was too little too late.
Twint:    His high school teammate was Dick Musial, Stan’s son.
A.         MIKE SHANNON (Played 1962-1970 for STL, Has been in the broadcast booth for them since 1972; Attended Christian Brothers College HS in Clayton, MO, a suburb of St. Louis; WS HR off Mickey Lolich [WS MVP] 10-Oct-1968)
FCR -    Mike McCroskey, Sugar Land, TX
Incorrect answers:  Jerry Coleman, Pee Wee Reese, Tony Kubek, Ron Santo, Ralph Kiner, Bill Skowron, Joe Garagiola, Bob Feller, Rex Barney, Jim Gilliam, Ken Harrelson

Q.         Who holds the Dodger franchise record for most triples in a season by a catcher?
Hint:     Four times he hit at least seven three-baggers in a season—the only catcher to do it more than once wearing a Dodger uniform.
Hint:     His first career home run was the only walk-off home run he would hit in his fourteen-year stay in the majors.
Twint:    He wrote an autobiography about great days and “Other Days with Others”.
A.         JOHN ROSEBORO (Nine 3B 1958, 7 each ’59, ’62-3; HR 19-July-1957 against the Cubs driving in Hodges and Cimoli, Roseboro’s 12th G, but only his 1st @ C [Incidentally, it was Gil Hodges Night.; From Glory Days with the Dodgers and Other Days with Others, referring to his encounter with Juan Marichal who infamously retaliated against a Roseboro “brush-back throw-back” by hitting Roseboro on the head with his bat.)
FCR -    Mel Williams, Middlebury, IN
Incorrect answers:  Steve Yeager, Mike Piazza, Mickey Owen, Paul Lo Duca, Duke Ferrell, Bruce Edwards, Tommy Corcoran, Mike Scioscia

Q.         Alfonso Soriano was the second player to hit his 200th career home run at RFK Stadium.  Who was the first?
Hint:     He was also the first player to hit ten home runs in a span of 20 at-bats.
Hint:     Only he, Frank Robinson, Dick Allen and Mark McGwire won a Rookie of the Year Award in one league and a home run title in the other.
Twint:    He was the only player to win a home run title for that franchise in that city.
A.         FRANK HOWARD (200th FR 14-Apr-1968, Soriano’s 200th 13-Aug-2006; HR run 12‑15‑May‑1968 [That certainly was not the WEEK of the Pitcher!]; HRs Title 1968, 70)
FCR -    Dean Kloner, New York, NY
Incorrect answers:  Vlad Guerrero, Carlos Delgado, Dick Allen, Jason Bay, Carlos Beltran, Miguel Cabrera

Q.         Who had a higher batting average than any other qualifying catcher in the “Year of the Pitcher”?
Hint:     …or any other player on his team?
Hint:     He once came to bat in a major league regular-season game when his brother was the home-plate umpire.
Twint:    He figures in a famous Danny Kaye song.
Twint:    He was in the first trade between the Giants and Dodgers since they moved west.
A.         TOM HALLER(.285 in 1968; Brother Bill Haller umped in the majors 1961, 63-82, worked the game on 14-Jul-1972; Kaye’s “The Dodger Song” describing a fictionalized Giants/Dodgers game; Traded with Francis Kacheta from SFG to LAD for Ron Hunt & Nate Oliver on 13-Feb-1968.  It was the first trade between those two teams since they moved from New York)
FCR -    Kevin Warren, Briarcliff Manor, NY
Incorrect answers:  Dick Dietz, Bill Kunkel, Bill Haller

Q.         Who became a deputy sheriff in Berks County, Pennsylvania after retiring from baseball?
Hint:     He took his only major league team to court because of how they released him.
Hint:     He won a substantial settlement, but eliminated his chances of working in baseball.
Hint:     Though he would become a major league All-Star in the outfield, his minor league manager tried to convert him into a pitcher.
Hint:     Accuracy was a problem and he was too good a hitter not to have in the lineup on a daily basis.
Twint:    He won a National League batting title, hitting 33 points higher than his teammate who  won the MVP.
A.         CARL FURILLO (Sued the Dodgers in 1960; Minor league mgr. Fresco Thompson, AS in 1952, 53; Hit 345 in 1953, MVP teammate Roy Campanella hit .312)
FCR -    Bob Kimball, Sutton, MA
Incorrect answers:  Curt Flood, Rocky Colavito, Dick Allen, Buck Weaver

WEEKLY THEME – Guys with a World Series home run off Hall of Famer and holder of numerous World Series records:  WHITEY FORD

Year           Batter            Date           Gm     Inning
1955          Furillo         28-Sep-1955      1      2nd
                 Snider         28-Sep-1955      1      3rd
1956          Robinson     03-Oct-1956      1      1st
                 Snider          03-Oct-1956      1      3rd
1962          Haller           08-Oct-1962      4      2nd
1963          Roseboro     02-Oct-1963      1      2nd
                 Howard        06-Oct-1963      4      5th
1964          Shannon      07-Oct-1964      1      6th

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Steve Schwartz, Chico, CA

Incorrect theme guesses:

Tuesday   -  "The Boys of Summer"
               -  Dodger Heroes

Wed.       -  Players on the last BROOKLYN Dodger team (1956) to have the number 4 as part of their uniform number.
               -  Players that played for all the Dodger pennant winners from 1947 to 1956
               -  Players in more than one World Series with the Brooklyn Dodgers
               -  Dodger players on the field when Bobby Thomson hit “The Shot Heard Round the World”?
               -  Members of the 55 Dodgers WS Team
               -  Men who played with the Brooklyn Dodgers during all four of their 1950s World Series
               -  Dodgers staring line up in the 1952 World Series
               -  Ebbets Field all-time hits leaders (>1500)?
               -  Home run in game 7 of WS being on losing team

Saturday  -  Two-sport college athletes

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

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