Sunday, January 18, 2015
January 12-18, 2015 Three-homer games five or more times
Q. Who is the only player to collect 100+ RBI in three consecutive years for three different teams?
Hint: He had been the Sporting News College Player of the Year before going pro.
Hint: He was the first major leaguer to use bats made by the Original Maple Bat Corp.
Twint: He was the first Blue Jay to hit a home into the fifth deck at Sky Dome.
A. JOE CARTER (105 RBI for CLE in 1989, 115 for SDP in 1990, 108 for TOR in 1991; SNCPOY 1981, 1st maple bat use 1997; 5th deck HR 27-Jul-1996)
FCR - Kirk Colwell, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Incorrect answers: Robin Ventura, Pete Incaviglia, Greg Vaughn, Reggie Jackson, Milton Bradley, Reggie Sanders, Dave Winfield, Adam Dunn, Bobby Bonds, Gary Sheffield
Q. Who leads all Puerto Rican-born players in career home runs?
Hint: …in career runs-batted-in?
Hint: …in bases-on-balls?
Hint: Alas, he also leads in strikeouts.
Hint: In the game where he hit his 300th career home run, he also hit three more.
FCR - Bill Deane, Cooperstown, NY
Incorrect answers: Orlando Cepeda, Roberto Clemente, Juan Gonzalez, Sammy Sosa, Mark Teixeira
Q. What home run champion had a batting average lower than that of his league’s Cy Young Award winner that season?
Hint: His hit the first and third home runs surrendered by that pitcher surrendered that same year.
Hint: Besides Hall of Famers Lou Gehrig and Jimmie Foxx, he is the only player with eight RBI in three different games.
Twint: He was a tops moundsman for Hall of Fame coach Rod Dedeaux.
Twint: Slugger Jim Thome recounts his childhood memories of seeking this player’s autograph.
A. DAVE KINGMAN (1982 w/37 HR, hit .204 while NL CYA Steve Carlton hit .218 [Note: Several readers found that CYA Bob Gibson outhit HR champ Johnny Bench .303 to .293 in 1970.]; HR off Carlton Autograph story)
FCR - Eugene Schwartz, Weston, CT
Incorrect answers: Duke Snider, Al Rosen, Harmon Killebrew, Willie Mays, Ralph Kiner, Hank Aaron, Graig Nettles, Mark Reynolds
Q. Who is the only player to have over 700 plate appearances in a season where he hit 60 home runs?
Hint: He twice led the majors in RBIs, and twice led his league in homers, but not in the same years.
Hint: Despite his nickname, he never won or played in a “Majors Championship”.
Twint: And really, you shouldn’t blame Bartman for that. There is still the matter of the goat.
A. SAMMY SOSA (stats 66/63/64HR with 722/712/711PA 1998/99/2001; RBI 158/160 1998/2001, HR 50/49 2000/2002; Cubs announcer Chip Caray called him “Slammin’ Sammy”, the same nickname as Sam Snead who won 7 Major Championships to Sosa’s WS goose egg; Cubs “Billy Goat Curse”)
FCR - Charles Vascellaro, Baltimore, MD
Incorrect answers: Jimmie Foxx, Mark McGwire
Q. Who ended Don Mattingly’s five-straight-Gold-Glove streak?
Hint: It was the only such honor of his career.
Hint: He holds the record for most total homers hit in two consecutive seasons.
Twint: Of him it was said "He hit a pop-up against us one day that went so high . . . all nine guys on our team called for it."
A. MARK McGWIRE (1b GG 1990 after 1985-89 Donnie Baseball’s first streak of GG wins. He then won 91-94; 135 homers [70/65 HR 1998-99]; Quote by Marlins coach Rich Donnelly)
FCR - Dean Kloner, New York, NY
Incorrect answers: Wally Joiner, Fred McGriff, Cecil Fielder
Q. Who was the first National League position player to come in second in MVP voting in back-to-back seasons?
Hint: His first sports passion was tennis and he won a county championship as a young man.
Hint: At age fifteen, he was playing on a college varsity baseball team.
Hint: At age seventeen, he was signed to a major league contract after a scout watched him for only one game.
Twint: He is the only player to hit fifty home runs in a season with fewer than fifty strike outs.
Twint: He finished his career with five consecutive World Series championship rings.
FCR - Jan Finkel, Swanton, MD
Incorrect answers: Eddie Murray, Mike Trout, Babe Ruth, Eddie Collins
WEEKLY THEME – Three-homer games five or more times
Slugger Date Victim(s)
Carter* 29-Aug-1986 B. Stanley, S. Stewart, T. Seaver
28-May-1987 W. Gardner, J. Leister, T. Bolton
24-Jun-1989 C. Hough
19-Jul-1989 G. Gonzalez, A. Anderson
23-Aug-1993 J. Hernandez, A. Lopez
Delgado 04-Aug-1998 T. Stottlemyre, E. Gunderson, D. Patterson
06-Aug-1999 R. Helling, J. Zimmerman
04-Apr-2001 P. Wilson, D. Creek, K. Hill
20-Apr-2001 M. Suzuki, T. Cogan, R. Hernandez
25-Sep-2003** J. Sosa, J. Kennedy, L. Carter
Kingman 04-Jun-1976 B. Hooton, A. Downing
14-May-1978 D. Rau, M. Garman, R. Rhoden
17-May-1979 R. Lerch, D. Bird, R. Reed
28-Jul-1979 P. Falcone, N. Allen
16-Apr-1984 M. Young, E, Vande Berg
Sosa 05-Jun-1996 T. Mulholland, R. Springer
15-Jun-1998 C. Eldred
09-Aug-2001 M. Hampton, G. White
22-Aug-2001 M. Suzuki, R. Coppinger
23-Sep-2001 T. Redding
10-Aug-2002 S. Chacon, M. Corey
McGwire 27-Jun-1987 K. Schrom, E. Vande Berg, S. Bailes
11-Jun-1995 Z. Smith
14-Apr-1998 J. Suppan, B. Manuel
05-May-1998 T. Green, W. Gomes
18-May-2000 C. Schilling, W. Gomes
Mize 13-Jul-1938 J. Turner
20-Jul-1938 S. Castleman, B. Lohrman
13-May-1940 J. Vander Meer, E. Riddle, M. Shoffner
08-Sep-1940 R. Sewell, D. Lanahan, D. MacFayden
24-Apr-1947 J. Sain
15-Sep-1950 A. Houtteman
** 4-HR G
First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Carl Morton, Vernal, UT
Incorrect theme guesses:
Monday - Most RBI not in the Hall of Fame
Thursday - Retired players who hit three home runs in a game more than three times and are not in the Hall of Fame
Friday - Players who matched their league leading rbi total in a different season where they did not lead the league
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