Sunday, February 8, 2015

February 2-8, 2015 Player who filed for Bankruptcy

Q.         What major leaguer homered the most in the 1960s?
Hint:     Only Hank Aaron had more RBI over that same time span.
Hint:     He had nearly 1,000 fewer at bats than Aaron during that ten-year period.
Twint:    If you go to the Mall of America, you can find the chair he hit with the longest home run hit at Metropolitan Stadium.
Twint:    He is a double unique.
A.            HARMON KILLEBREW (393 HR 1960-69 [List]; 1,013 RBI to Aaron’s 1,107; 4,994 AB to Aaron’s 5,912; HR is said to have traveled 522 ft, it hit a chair that was later moved to MOA when Met was torn down in 2014; No other player in the annals of major league history has had a first name of Harmon nor a last name of Killebrew.)
FCR -    Chuck Durante, Dover, DE
Incorrect answers:  Frank Robinson, Ernie Banks, Willie Mays, Eddie Mathews, Dave Kingman, Willie Stargell

Q.         What former Redbird was traded in spring training with another equally undistinguished player, but which player would be the MVP that season with their new team?
Hint:     All four players involved in the trade had long (10+ years) if unremarkable major league career with the one exceptional year noted above.
Hint:     He had an historic walk-off home run on a 13-pitch at-bat to give his eventual World Series winning team a key victory.
Hint:     With his last home run of that season, he victimized the same team with another three run extra-inning shot.
Hint:     He was a backup first baseman for the same team for nine seasons, which may not be a record, but is interesting in its own quiet way.
Twint:    After retirement he was a trustee for Sparky Anderson's C.A.T.C.H charity and helped manage the assets for the Detroit Tigers Clubhouse Scholarship Fund.
A.         DAVE BERGMAN (Attended Illinois State University, traded by the Philadelphia Phillies 24-Mar-1984 with Willie Hernandez to the Detroit Tigers for Glenn Wilson and John Wockenfuss; W-O HR 04-Jun-1984; 3-R W-O HR 07-Sep-1984)
FCR -    Doug Greenwald, San Francisco, CA
Incorrect answers:  Mike Matheny, Dick Groat, Ron Fairly, Dick Nen, Joe Carter

Q.         Who was the last player to hit over .390 in a season while qualifying for the batting title?
Hint:     He has the fourth highest career batting average for players with a minimum of 10,000 plate appearances.
Hint:     The man he faced the most in the majors, with over 100 PA, a first-ballot Hall of Fame pitcher, never struck him out even once.
Twint:    On the other hand, he struck out 5 times in 18 plate appearances against an even more recent Hall of Fame inductee.
A.         TONY GWYNN (BA .394 1994; BA .338 behind only Cobb .366, Speaker .345 and Ruth .342; He faced Greg Maddux 107 times without a K, hitting .415, while he hit only .111 against Randy Johnson)
FCR -    David Krassin, New York, NY
Incorrect answers:  George Brett, Rod Carew, Joe Jackson, Ted Williams

Q.         Who was the first relief pitcher to reach 300 saves?
Hint:     That same year he was replaced in September by a rookie—a move that eliminated him from appearing in his team’s only World Series appearance.
Hint:     As if to prove the adage that “you can’t succeed if you don’t fail”, he is second all-time on the list of career blown saves.
Twint:    His father, an Ohio steel worker, was in the minors on the same team with Stan Musial.
A.         ROLLIE FINGERS (He created the 300 save club 21-Aug-1982; 02-Sep-1982 forearm injury sidelined him the rest of the season and rookie Pete Ladd took his spot as closer for the Milwaukee Brewers 1982 AL-pennant winning team; Career .491 W-L percent going 114-118; 109 BS to Goose Gossage’s 112; 1938 Williamson Colts roster shows Fingers and Musial, though no playing information for Fingers)
FCR -    Douglas Sher, Charleston, SC
Incorrect answers:  Dan Quisenberry, Troy Percival, Jeff Reardon, Rich Gossage, Lee Smith, Elroy Face, Trevor Hoffman, Dennis Eckersley

Q.         Which San Francisco Giants pitcher was awarded a 2010 World Series ring at the official ring ceremony though he hadn’t played for the team in over 10 years?
Hint:     He achieved only one post-season win in his long career, but was able to strike out Roberto Clemente, Willie Stargell, and Al Oliver  in that game.
Hint:     Alas, he lost the last game of that series though he did manage to again strike out Clemente (twice), Stargell and Oliver.
Hint:     As young boys, he and brother Jim had plowed the family fields with a mule.
Twint:    Just out of high school, in an exhibition game arrange by major league scouts, he not only won the game, he struck out 17 consecutive batters at one point.
Twint:    The opposing pitcher was ex-major leaguer Tommy Byrne.
Twint:    He claims to be the world’s second most famous peanut farmer.
A.         GAYLORD PERRY (1971 last year as a SFG, while Mays, McCovey and Cepeda also were present 09-Apr-2011 - Marichal and Monte Irvin weren’t present, but got their ring at a later date; G1 1971 NLCS 5-4 over PIT; G 4 1971 NLCS lost 9-5, he gave up 7 ER; U.S. President Jimmy Carter was no doubt the world’s most famous peanut farmer.)
FCR -    Jeff Hare, Honolulu, HI
Incorrect answers:  Dave Dravecky, Mike Krukow, Barry Zito

Q.         Who hit the most home runs in the 1993 World Series that ended with a Joe Carter walk-off home run?
Hint:     His performance matched those of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Barry Bonds for a single World Series.
Hint:     After that series, he never played 100 games in a season again.
Twint:    His son is engaged to a “Soprano”.
A.         LENNY DYKSTRA (4 HR 1993 WS, Carter and Molitor had 2 each; Reggie Jackson and Chase Utley hold the record of 5; 1994-96 GP 84/62/40 his final 3 years in the Bigs; His son Cutter Dykstra is engaged to Jamie-Lynn Sigler who played Meadow Soprano)
FCR -    David Krassin, New York, NY
Incorrect answers:  Paul Molitor

Q.         What pitcher struck out more batters in a season that any other National League right-hander in the 20th century?
Hint:     His four World Series victories are shared among three different teams.
Twint:    His general manager once opined, "Every fifth day [he] has the opportunity to go out and be a horse on the mound.  Unfortunately on the other four days he tends to say things which are detrimental to the club and clearly self-serving."
Twint:    Many have theorized that his continued public pugnacity has kept him from election to the Hall of Fame.
Twint:    It’s unlikely that any player has had his in-game hosiery more closely examined.
A.         CURT SCHILLING (319 Ks for the 1997 Phillies; WS W’s for 1993 PhilliesG 5, 2001 DiamondbacksG 1, 2004 & 2007 Red SoxG 2 & G 2; GM Ed Wade [Wade traded Schilling to ARI in July 2000.]; Blood was visible through his sanitary sock on the mound of G 6 of the 2004 ALCS as New England held its collective breath.  He sold that very sock at auction for over $90,000.)
FCR -    Ray Palen, Selden, NY
Incorrect answers:  Nolan Ryan, Warren Spahn, Randy Johnson, Tom Seaver, Roger Clemens, Kevin Brown, Robin Roberts, Bob Gibson

Q.         Who led all third basemen in homers during the 1970s?
Hint:     He is the only player all-time to top Brooks Robinson for most assists in a season by a third baseman.
Hint:     He also holds the record for most double plays turned in a year from the hot corner.
Twint:    After catching a crucial famous Carl Yastrzemski foul pop-up, he admitted, “The toughest part of the play was not fainting.”
A.         GRAIG NETTLES (252 HR 1970-79 [Mike Schmidt had 235 1972-79.]; 412 assists 1971; 54 DP 1971; Various Yankee quotes; Quote after making the final out in the famous 1978 NYY/BOS playoff game)
FCR -    Eric Stone, Los Gatos, CA
Incorrect answers:  Mike Schmidt, Darrell Evans, Ron Santo, Buddy Bell, Ron Cey, Richie Hebner, Sal Bando

Q.         What Red Sox slugger got his 1,000th RBI in the fewest games since Ted Williams?
Hint:     After hitting .385 one season in the minors, but dropped to .256 as a player/manager the next year.
Hint:     He played one game in the Mexican League, but left for personal reasons.
Twint:    He played for seven minor league teams before his major league debut, four minor league team during his career in The Bigs and seven teams afterward.
Twint:    He was his brother’s manager in the minors.
Twint:    He has been a commercially successful author multiple times.
A.         JOSE CANSECO (1,000th RBI with his 320th career HR off Bobby Witt on Flag Day 1996, his 1,296th G; Hit .385 with the 2010 Laredo Broncos then managed and played with the 2011 Yuma Scorpions; Was 2/5 in a preseason G with the 2012 Quintana Roo Tigers of the Mexican League, but the league suspended him when he refused to undergo a drug test; Managed twin brother Ozzie in Yuma; “Strength Training for Baseball”, “”Juiced” & “Vindicated”, these last two being best-sellers)
FCR -    No one
Incorrect answers:  Fred Lynn, Bobby Doerr, Vern Stephens, Manny Ramirez, Boomer Scott, Jackie Jensen, David Ortiz, Dwight Evans

Q.         Who is the only Chicago Cubs player to lead the National League in doubles more than once in the 20th century?
Hint:     Despite this, he doesn’t even appear in the Cubs’s Top 10 for most doubles in a season.
Hint:     He held the major league single-season assists record at first base until Albert Pujols topped it by a single assist.
Twint:    He was the last Cub to win a batting title in the 20th century.
A.         BILL BUCKNER (2B leader 1981,’83 with 35/382B; Led NL w/.324 in 1980; Pujols topped him with 185 1b A in 2009 and still holds the record.)
FCR -    Barry Nelson, Guilderland, NY
Incorrect answers:  Mark Grace, Billy Herman, Phil Cavarretta, Frank Chance, Derrek Lee

Q.         Who is the only pitcher to win the American League MVP unanimously?
Hint:     Ironically, his first Major League appearance was a complete game win over the team that originally signed him.
Twint:    The last batter he ever faced in a major league game was Pete Rose.
Twint:    Though not in the Hall of Fame himself, his father-in-law is a member.
A.         DENNY McLAIN (Debut 21-Sep-1963 CG win 4-3 over CHW; Father-in-law Lou Boudreau, Married Sherry Boudreau [twice]; Faced Rose 12-Sep-1972, Rose singled.)
FCR -    Mark Kanter, Portsmouth, RI
Incorrect answers:  Nolan Ryan, Justin Verlander, Roger Clemens, Vida Blue, Dennis Eckersley, Hal Newhouser

Q.         Who tossed the famous ball to first for what should have been the first out in the 9th inning of the 1985 World Series?
Hint:     He holds the Giants modern era record for the longest consecutive game hitting streak.
Hint:     For a while, he was the latest recipient of the coveted Willie Mac Award
Hint:     After a stint in the American League, he said, “I hate that damn league!  Every game lasts 3½ to 4 hours.  No wonder the fans are bored over there."
Twint:    His mouth proved to be his biggest enemy, costing him his job as a St. Louis local sports talk host.
A.         JACK CLARK (Clark fielded the ball and his toss was called late, though replay showed he made the throw in time; 1978 he hit safely in 26 consecutive, though George Davis hit 33 in 1893 to hold the franchise all-time record; In fact, he was the first ever to get the award in 1980 named after Willie McCovey.  He was only the latest one to get it until it was awarded to Larry Herndon in 1981; AL quote after he was traded by the NYY (where he spent one season) to the NL SDP; After seven shows he was fired for accusing Albert Pujols and Justin Verlander of using PED’s without proof)
FCR -    David Krassin, New York, NY
Incorrect answers:  Todd Worrell, Will Clark

WEEKLY THEME – Eleven players who have declared bankruptcy (There are surely others.)


First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Dave Washburn, Marietta, GA (after the Fingers Q.)

Incorrect theme guesses:   Saturday  - Players who struggled with cancer

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

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