Sunday, September 20, 2015

September 14-20, 2015 Pitchers who led the majors with an ERA under 2.00, yet didn’t win the Cy Young Award that year

(Monday's questions were attached to last week's theme.)

Q.         After Vida Blue, who was the youngest player to win the Cy Young and League MVP the same season?
Hint:     No pitcher that young has won 24 games in a season since.
Hint:     Nor did he in any season in his career after that.
Twint:    Though he did win the Cy Young Award again the very next year.
Twint:    And 5 more times.
- Age 23, 1986 24-4 CYA and AL MVP.
- CYA 1986-87 and 1991(BOS), 1997-98 (TOR), 2001(NYY), 2004 (HOU)
FCR -    Mark DeLodovico, Rockville, MD
Incorrect answers:  Bobby Shantz, Dwight Gooden, Sandy Koufax, Fernando Valenzuela, Ron Guidry, Denny McClain, Hal Newhouser, Dean Chance

Q.         Who holds the record for most seasons played in the modern era?
Hint:     Though he won 300 games, he never led a single season in wins or win-loss percent.
Hint:     He did, however, lead the majors one season in losses.
Twint:    Ironically, his only World Series ring was gained by his giving up a hit and gaining a save.
Twint:    He is a descendent of John Hancock.  Yes, THAT John Hancock!)
A.         NOLAN RYAN
- 324-292 career record.
- 1976 led the majors with 18 losses.
- NYM 1969 WS title, he gave up no runs.
- But first though, he loaded the bases with two outs in the 9th with a walk, single and another walk before getting the final out by Paul Blair striking out looking to end the 3rd game won 5-0 by NYM.  It was the only World Series appearance of his career.
- His mother’s maiden name was Martha Lee Hancock.  (Few names more American than that!)
FCR -    Will McCracken, Bradenton, FL
Incorrect answers:  Jim Kaat, Phil Niekro, Gaylord Perry, Early Wynn, Mike Morgan, Carl Yastrzemski, Brooks Robinson, Don Sutton, Steve Carlton, Dennis Eckersley, Julio Franco

Q.         Who was the last pitcher who appeared in a Cincinnati Reds uniform to be voted into the Hall of Fame by the BBWAA?
Hint:     His first ever World Series pitch resulted in a home run by Don Buford.
Hint:     Buford also got an RBI single off of him, but those two hits were Buford’s only hits in the 5 games he played that Series.
Twint:    98.83
A.         TOM SEAVER
- 1977-1982 with the Reds. HOF inducted 1992
- Game 1, 1969 WS, bottom of the 1st.
- RBI single off Seaver bottom 4th1969 WS team stats.
- 98.83% of the votes to gain entry in to the Hall of Fame is the highest percent of any player, with Nolan Ryan second at 98.79%
FCR -    Charlie Riordan, Chevy Chase, MD
Incorrect answers:  Gaylord Perry, Tony Cloninger

Q.         What one-time Toronto Blue Jay appeared in more games in the 1970’s than any other starting pitcher?
Hint:     The first Cy Young vote he ever received, deprived Tom Seaver of a unanimous decision.
Hint:     With that single vote, he finished second for the award – the highest he would place in his entire career.
Twint:    He is the only NL pitcher to lead his league in losses four consecutive years.
Twint:    Of his last game he said “I was not embarrassed because I got beat around out there. I’ve done that before.”
A.         PHIL NIEKRO
- 406 Games 1970-79
- 1969 NL CYA, he got the only other vote.
            - 1977-1980 L20/18/20/18.  Pedro Ramos did it in the AL 1958-61.
               - He retired with an “A” on his cap, his final start 27-Sep-1987 was a 15-6 loss (not his) to SFG.
FCR -    Paul Goodson, Cheyenne, WY
Incorrect answers:  Fergie Jenkins, Dave Stieb, Jim Clancy, Doyle Alexander, Bill Singer, David Cone, Roger Clemens, Jack Morris, Joey Jay, Bert Blyleven, Jeff Reardon, Mike Marshall

Q.         Who recently instructed his family not to attend the induction ceremony if he were somehow voted into the Hall of Fame posthumously?
Hint:     Further, he also told them not to accept the honor at all.
Hint:     Stressing how slim he thought he chances to be, he suggested that in order to gain entry, he might have to… move to Alaska.”
Hint:     In his only World Series, he went 2-0, pitching 25 of his team’s total 65.1 innings.
Twint:    He was the starter for the first “Game 6” – the one that ended in a “wave” to victory.
A.         LUIS TIANT
- Luis discussed his lack of Hall of Fame induction with “Red Sox Gameday Live” with Tom Caron, Dennis Eckersley and Steve Lyons.
- Full quote: “You know what I’m going to have to do?  I’m going to have to move to Alaska,” Tiant joked, when responding to his status outside the Hall.  “Maybe they’ll put me in the Hall of Fame over there.”
- 1975 WS
- Game 6 1975 WS BOS vs CIN, Fisk hit his iconic 13th inning walk-off homer “waving” it fair over the fence.
FCR -    Joe Matocha, Meriden, CT
Incorrect answers:  Jim Kaat, Bill Lee, Jack Morris, Lew Burdette

Q.         Who was charged with the loss in the final game in in what was arguably the greatest comeback in post-season history?
Hint:     In the two games he started that series, he went 0-1, giving up nine runs in 3.1 IP for an ERA of 21.60.
Hint:     In his only other World Series he went 0-2, gave up the most runs of any of his teammates, but still had a ring to show for it.
Twint:    He is the only Texas Ranger to win more than 20 games since Fergie Jenkins won 25 in 1974.
A.         KEVIN BROWN
- Game 7 NYY loss to BOS 2004 ALCS that completed the comeback from being down 0‑3.
- 1997 FLA WS victors over CLE.
 - 21-11in 1992
FCR -    Rich Klein, Plano, TX
Incorrect answers:  Jeff Weaver, Mariano Rivera, Jim Bunning, Pedro Martinez, Ralph Terry, Charlie Root, Sheriff Blake, Esteban Loaiza

WEEKLY THEME – Starting pitchers who led the majors with an ERA under 2.00, yet didn’t win the Cy Young that year. (Qualifiers in the CYA era.)

Pitcher       Year        ERA     Placed     Winner____
Brown         1996        1.89         2nd       John Smoltz
Clemens*    1990        1.93         2nd       Bob Welch
   "              2005        1.87         3rd       Chris Carpenter
Niekro         1967        1.87         ~         Mike McCormick
Ryan           1981        1.69         4th       Fernando Valenzuela
Seaver        1971        1.76         2nd       Fergie Jenkins
Tiant*          1968        1.60         ~         Denny McClain
   "              1972        1.91         6th       Gaylord Perry*
*Led league in pitchers’ WAR

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Bill Deane, Cooperstown, NY

Incorrect theme guesses:

Wed        -  Pitchers from the University of Texas
               -  Pitchers with lots of strikeouts
               -  Leaders in individual game strikeouts
               -  Strikeouts:  Single game, season, career

Thursday  -  Pitched for the Mets in 69 WS
               -  3,000-K Club
               -  How about pitchers with the most 200 strikeout seasons
               -  Right-handed pitchers with at least 3,000 strikeouts and 1 World Series ring

Sunday    -  Last 6 pitchers to lead the league in strikeouts with a losing record
               -  Folks pitching effectively after forty, and getting extra base hits
               -  Pitchers who pitched a no hitter and a one hitter in consecutive starts
               -  All won 20 games before they were 25 years old
               -  200-strikeout seasons in their 20s, 30s, and 40s
                  Most consecutive games allowing 2 or fewer runs
               -  Pitchers lost a World Series with more than 1 team
               -  Only pitchers since 1965 with seasons of 250+ Ks and sub-2.00 ERA
               -  Players who led the league in Era at least twice and racked up at least 1000 strikeouts in that span
               -  200 games and had a season with an ERA under 2.00 from after 1965 to 1999
               -  ERA leaders from 1985-1995

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