Sunday, September 13, 2015
September 7-13, 2015 Players on the Oakland A's team for their 5 consecutive Division Championships 1971-75
Q. Which Hall of Famer is the only non-pitcher to win the World Series MVP twice?
Hint: In every season of his 21-year major league career that he played a full schedule, he struck out 100 times.
Hint: He is the last Baltimore Oriole to lead the American League in slugging percentage.
Twint: He received exactly one (1) first-place vote to prevent Robin Yount from being a unanimous choice as the 1982 AL MVP.
- WS MVP’s 1973, ‘77
100+ K’s 1967-97, minus only 1967, 81 & 87
- 1976 SLG .502
FCR - Mike Massaroli, Staten Island, NY
Incorrect answers: Brooks Robinson, Cal Ripken, Boog Powell, Eddie Murray
Q. Which Hall of Famer posted the lowest ERA in his Cy Young award-winning season?
Hint: He led his Upland, California American Legion team to the 1964 U.S. national title.
Hint: He once pitched the last 22% of a no-hitter. 67% of that was strikeouts. Still no save.
Twint: Answering a player salary question, A’s owner Charlie Finley said, "(X) not only got a substantial increase in salary, but his 1973 contract also includes a year's supply of the very best mustache wax available."
- No-hitter: 28-Sep-1975, pitched the 8th & 9th following teammates Vida Blue (5 IP, Win), Glenn Abbott (1 IP) and Paul Lindblad (1 IP)
FCR - Judah Kaplan, Teaneck, NJ
Incorrect answers: Dennis Eckersley, Bob Gibson, Steve Carlton, Jim Palmer, Orel Hershiser, Tom Seaver, Rich Gossage, Dean Chance, Wilbur Wood
Q. What Cardinal had a 1.35 ERA in two World Series starts one fall but lost out to his batterymate Darrell Porter for series MVP honors?
Hint: He was double-unique until Luis debuted in 1995.
Hint: Most people agree he was truly unique.
Hint: He comes from the world’s most prolific city for producing major leaguers.
Hint: The year he led National League pitchers in victories, he was named Comeback Player of the Year.
Hint: He started and finished his major league career with the Astros.
Twint: He was ejected from a World Series game by the umpire, who, in that same Series, made one of the worst umpiring calls ever.
Twint: The most famous quote that is widely attributed to him is, “There is one word in America that says it all, and that word is, 'You never know. '”
- 1982 WS
- 20 W in 1984
- Ejected from G 7 1985
FCR - Timothy Kearns, Washington, DC
Incorrect answers: Rick Reuschel
Q. Who is the only catcher to lead the American League and the National League in bases-on-balls?
Hint: He was tied with Babe Ruth for most bases-on-balls received in a single World Series until they both gave way to Barry Bonds’s 13 in 2002.
Twint: He was the first bench coach in the history of the Toronto Blue Jays.
A. GENE TENACE
- Bench coach for mgr. Cito Gaston of TOR 1992-95
FCR - Wayne Patterson, Washington, DC
Incorrect answers: Bob Boone, Darrell Porter, Jimmie Foxx, Ted Simmons, Gary Carter, Mike Piazza,
Q. Which 20th-century player had the fewest hits in the year he led the league in that offensive category (full seasons only)?
Hint: As a 47-year-old, he collected seventeen stolen bases in the 1989-90 Senior Professional Baseball League season.
Hint: He is the first player who later became an All-Star who homered twice in his debut game in the majors.
Twint: Before Greg Harris did it in 1995, he had been the last one to pitch with each hand in a professional game
Twint: He was not afraid of the products of the Acme company.
- 177 H in 1968
- Debut 23-Jul-1964
- Nickname “Roadrunner”
FCR - Mike McCroskey, Sugarland, TX
Incorrect answers: Carl Yastrzemski, Charlie Hollacher, Al Oliver, Lou Brock, Rickey Henderson, Bob Nieman
Q. Who was the first member of the Oakland A’s to win a Gold Glove?
Hint: He hit the first home run in the Kingdome.
Hint: He became a real estate agent in Baker City, OR after retiring from baseball.
Hint: It’s ironic that he ended up in real estate because the area where he was born was the hardest hit area of the Great Recession.
Twint: He led the American League in hits in in 1972 and in doubles in 1974.
A. JOE RUDI
- GG’s 1974, 75, 76
- Born in Modesto, CA
- 181 H in 1972; 39 2b in 1974
FCR - Frank Workman, Lake Forest Park, WA
Incorrect answers: Bill North, Dick Green, Carney Lansford, Sal Bando, Rick Monday
Q. After Brooks Robinson, who was the next third baseman to amass 200 career home runs?
Hint: No American Leaguer has ever led the league in doubles in a full season with fewer than he did.
Hint: His brother homered in the championship game of the college World Series.
Hint: His son was an eight-year college head baseball coach of a D-1 university in North Carolina.
Twint: When he finally agreed to grow a moustache to comply with his team owner’s wishes, it only took him a couple of hours.
A. SAL BANDO
- Hit 32 2b in 1973, as did Pedro Garcia
- Brother Chris
FCR - Bill Deane, Cooperstown, NY
Incorrect answers: Evan Longoria, George Brett, Graig Nettles, Bill Melton, Brian Roberts, Jim Fregosi
Q. Who is the only MVP of a minor league from a franchise representing the city of York?
Hint: He was called “The Little Roberto Clemente” and in fact played in three games with Clemente.
Hint: He played with Jeter in six games.
Hint: His brother and cousin made it to the majors, but they never played in a game with him in “the show”.
Hint: His nickname was “adorable”.
Twint: His contribution was a major factor in bringing a World Series championship to California franchise on which Sandy Koufax did not play.
Twint: He was arrested 20 years after his playing days for dealing controlled substances.
- Nickname “Cuqui” translates to “cute” or “adorable”
- He hit the game-winning pinch-single in the 9th inning of Game 4 of the 1972 World Series.
- Arrested in 1997 for dealing cocaine and heroin; conviction not found
FCR - Paul Goodson, Cheyenne, WY
Incorrect answers: Danny Tartabull, Gene Clines
WEEKLY THEME – Players on the Oakland A's teams for their five straight Division Championship seasons: 1971-75
First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Judah Kaplan, Teaneck, NJ
Incorrect theme guesses:
Monday - Players or HOFers who have had their numbers retired by 2 teams
- Players or HOFers who went to college on non-baseball scholarships
Tuesday - Hall of Famers whose uniform number is retired by two teams
- Oakland A's WS MVPs
Wed - World Series MVPs who started their MLB career with Oakland
- Athletics World Series MVPs
Thursday - Members of 1974 champion Oakland A's who received MVP votes in 1975
- Guys who started on all 3 A's championship teams of that era
Friday - Athletics associated with the 1975 All-Star team
- Starting lineup for the first Oakland A's World Series game
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