Sunday, March 1, 2015
February 23-March 1, 2015 Texas Rangers with 200 hits in a season
Q. Who hit the most career home runs without ever having won a league HR title?
Hint: He won a Gold Glove Award as a first baseman during a season in which he played 100 more games at designated hitter than at first base.
Hint: He was born in Cuba, raised in Miami, went to college in Mississippi.
Twint: He played the most career games without ever appearing in a World Series.
A. RAFAEL PALMEIRO (569 HR, never finished higher than 2nd ; 1999 DH GG [28 G 1B, 128 G DH]; 2,831 G, [+22 postseason G] 0 WS G)
FCR - Mark Kanter, Portsmouth, RI
Incorrect answers: Edgar Martinez, Orlando Cepeda, David Ortiz, Andre Dawson, Eddie Murray
Q. Who broke Joe DiMaggio’s Yankees’ record for most home runs in a season by a right-handed hitter?
Hint: His home run on 03-Sep-2008 was the first play reviewed under the new MLB instant replay rule.
Hint: The home run call was upheld.
Hint: He had a “Saberhagenesque” MVP run.
Twint: After Tim Conroy in 1978, he was the next player to debut as an 18-year-old.
A. ALEX RODRIGUEZ (48 HR in 2005; AL MVP 2005-2007-2009, similar to Bret Saberhagen’s dominant years in 1985, 1987 and 1989)
FCR - David Wallack, Greenwood Village, CO
Incorrect answers: Jason Giambi, Mark Teixeira, Tino Martinez, Gary Sheffield
Q. Who, in 2006, became the oldest player to appear in a postseason game?
Hint: He was the oldest player in the league for each of his last four Major League seasons.
Hint: He was a teammate of Pete Rose and Carlos Gomez.
Twint: He is currently a player-manager in Japan.
A. JULIO FRANCO (48yrs 51 days in 2006 NLCS Game 2; oldest player in NL 2004-07; teammate of Rose on 1982 Phillies, CarGo on 2007 Mets; P-M for semi-pro Ishikawa Million Stars)
FCR - Ticker Warner, Spottsylvania, VA
Incorrect answers: Jamie Moyer, Jesse Orosco, David Wells, Juan Samuel
Q. After being led by sluggers Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire for seven straight years from 1986-92, who topped the A’s in home runs in 1993 with just 22?
Hint: He made his Major League debut as a 20-year-old CF in-between Pete Incaviglia and Gary Ward.
Hint: He was traded for Jose Canseco and Cecil Fielder.
Hint: He wore 12 numbers during his career, including #21 for five different teams.
Twint: He was one of six players on the 2012 Hall of Fame ballot who did not receive a single vote.
A. RUBEN SIERRA (debut 01-Jun-1986; traded for Canseco 31-Aug-1992, traded for Fielder 31-Jul-1996; wore 3, 14, 16, 21, 22, 24, 25, 28, 29, 38, 44 & 47, wore 21 for Rangers, A’s, Tigers, Mariners & Twins; Jeromy Burnitz, Brian Jordan, Terry Mulholland, Phil Nevin & Tony Womack also received no HOF votes)
FCR - Doug Greenwald, San Francisco, CA
Incorrect answers: Harold Baines, Oddibe McDowell, Rickey Henderson, Dave Henderson, Juan Gonzalez
Q. When Reggie Jackson claimed to have an IQ of 160, which teammate asked, “Out of what, a thousand?”
Hint: Piling on, he told Reggie, “No wonder you’re all mixed up. You got a white man’s first name, a Spanish man’s second name and a black man’s third name.”
Hint: He was the leadoff hitter in the 1976 All-Star Game but could not be found during the National Anthem. He was napping in a space between the dugout and clubhouse.
Hint: He played for the Cowboys before he got to the majors.
Twint: He was a college teammate of Bucky Dent and reunited with him on the Yankees and Rangers.
Twint: He led the American League with 70 steals in 1975.
Twint: No American Leaguer had topped that total going back to Ty Cobb’s 96 in 1915.
A. MICKEY RIVERS (Ethnic observation based on Jackson’s full name, Reginald Martinez Jackson; 1969 Magic Valley Cowboys; teammate with Dent at Miami-Dade College, 1977-79 Yankees and 1982-83 Rangers)
FCR - Dean Kloner, New York, NY
Incorrect answers: Deion Sanders, Rickey Henderson, Bobby Bonds, Billy North, Deion Sanders, Ron LeFlore, Rick Monday, Joe Rudi, Pete Rose, Danny Tartabull, Fred Lynn
Q. What pinch-hitter got the game-winning hit in the Blue Jays’ second- and fourth-ever postseason games?
Hint: He was the first Expos player to collect 200 hits in a season.
Hint: His Expos record for RBI in a season only lasted one year.
Twint: He won a Silver Slugger in each of the first three years of the award, each time at a different position.
A. AL OLIVER (walk-off single in 1985 ALCS Game 2, game-winning double in Game 4; 204 H in 1982 for MON; 109 RBI in 1982, Andre Dawson had 113 in 1983; 1980 OF SS, 1981 DH SS, 1982 1B SS)
FCR - Rich Klein, Plano, TX
Incorrect answers: Warren Cromartie, Rusty Staub, Jason Giambi, Tim Raines, Joe Carter
Q. Who was the manager of the silver medal-winning Team USA at the 1999 Pan-American Games?
Hint: After seven complete years in the majors, he was traded and immediately paid big dividends for his new team, winning six consecutive Gold Gloves.
Hint: Over that span he also made four All-Star teams, won a Silver Slugger Award and five times received MVP votes.
Twint: Frank Robinson was teammates with him and his dad; Barry Larkin was teammates with him and his son.
A. BUDDY BELL (Frank Robinson played with Gus Bell on the 1956-61 Reds and with Buddy Bell on the 1974-76 Indians; Barry Larkin played with Buddy Bell on the 1986-88 Reds and with Mike Bell on the 2000 Reds)
FCR - David Krassin, New York, NY
Incorrect answers: Davey Johnson, Bill Madlock
Q. Who was the first black to play on a Chicago major league team?
Hint: In that same game, he hit the second home run of his career. On the other team, Mickey Mantle hit his first.
Hint: He had actually debuted in the majors two years earlier.
Hint: He was the first native of Cuba to play in an All-Star game.
Hint: Along with Willie Mays and Al Kaline, he was one of the three outfielders to receive the very first Gold Glove Award. He would win it twice again.
Hint: Although his last appearance in the majors was carefully scripted, one can still safely say that he played in the majors in five (5!) decades.
Hint: Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda said of him, "[He] was the Jackie Robinson for all Latinos; the first star who opened doors for all Latin American players. He was everybody's hero. I wanted to be [him]. Clemente wanted to be [him]."
Hint: At 53 years old, he is the oldest player to get a hit in a major league game. [FURTHER RESEARCH SHOWS HIM TO BE THE 4TH OLDEST.]*
Hint: One observer noted, “As soon as he gets on base, which is often, a sort of restless hum sweeps across the stands.”
Hint: A life-size statue of him stands within sight of the field as U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago.
Twint: J. G. Taylor Spink quoted Ted Williams as saying that he (today’s honoree) could become the greatest player of modern times.
Twint: His skull was fractured by a pitch thrown by young Yankees phenom Bob Grim.
Twint: Although he received Hall of Fame inductions in Mexico and his native Cuba, he became, and died as, an American citizen.
A MINNIE MINOSO (CHW debut 01-May-1951; MLB debut 19-Apr-1949; GG 1957, 59, 60; B. 29-Nov-1925—last H 12-Sep-1976; Pitch to the head by Grim18-May-1955)
FCR - Harvey Judkowitz, Miami, FL
2 – Jim O’Rourke Dob 01-Sep-1850 H @ 54 yrs 21 days on 22-Sep-1904
Big thanks to Bill Deane for this data.
Incorrect answers: Gene Baker, Larry Doby
Q. Who hit a 9th-inning, 2-out, game-winning 2-run triple in the All-Star Game?
Hint: It was the first triple he had hit in more than a year.
Hint: It earned him the All-Star MVP Award.
Hint: He lost his fielding position to a highly-touted rookie the year after winning a Gold Glove.
Hint: Two years later he moved to DH when he lost his new fielding position to a yet better glove man.
Twint: Between 2004 and 2010 he was the only player to beat Ichiro for the AL hits title.
A. MICHAEL YOUNG (AS 3B 11-Jul-2006, previous 3B 08-Jul-2005; 2008 GG at SS, moved to 3B for Elvis Andrus; moved to DH in 2011 for Adrian Beltre; led AL in H in 2005 [Dustin Pedroia tied Ichiro in 2008])
FCR - Kevin Epstein, San Antonio, TX
Incorrect answers: Brian Downing, Hank Blalock, Edgar Martinez, Maury Wills
WEEKLY THEME – Texas Rangers with 200 hits in a season
Bell 200 1979
Franco 201 1991
Oliver 209 1980
Palmeiro 203 1991
Rivers 210 1980
Rodriguez 201 2001
Sierra 203 1991
Young 204 2003
" 216 2004
" 221 2005
" 217 2006
" 201 2007
" 213 2011
First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Douglas Sher, Charleston, SC (after Sierra)
Incorrect theme guesses:
Tuesday - Latin players with the most HR.
Wed - Hispanic/Latino players who spent at least part of their career with the Texas Rangers
- Played in the All-Star game wearing Texas Rangers uniforms
- Players who won batting championships as Texas Rangers
- Hispanic or Latin Players with at least 20 years in the Bigs
- Texas Rangers who have won a Silver Slugger award
- Hispanic Rangers All-Stars
- Texas Rangers players to lead the American League in an offensive category
Thursday - Players who spent part of their careers with the Rangers
- Players who received MVP votes with the Rangers
Friday - Players with the highest single season batting averages for the Texas Rangers
- Select Texas Rangers with single season batting averages over .300
Saturday - Rangers with 20 game hit streaks
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