Sunday, October 18, 2015

October 12-18, 2015 20-year major leaguers who never played in a World Series

Q.         Who was the first player from the National League Eastern Division to be voted league MVP in a season where his team finished in last place?
Hint:     By Wood from ivy he was pulled.
Twint:    He was the first Expo position player to be elected Rookie of the Year.
-  MVP 1987, playing for CHC who were 76-85, Finished 6th out of 6 teams in NL East
FCR -    Mark DeLodovico, Rockville, MD
Incorrect answers:  Ernie Banks, Steve Carlton, Ralph Kiner, Arky Vaughan, Lou Boudreau

Q.         Who was the first American League shortstop to win a batting title?
Hint:     It wasn’t the only title he would win, but his batting average of .388 that year is the highest any shortstop has ever hit.
Hint:     He once drove in more than 125 runs hitting fewer than 10 home runs the same season, the last player to do so.
Hint:     Dick Groat is the only shortstop ever to lead his league more times in errors for a season.
Twint:    He has been called the greatest hypochondriac ever to play baseball.
Twint:    He also complained about his home field, claiming that it must have been built on a garbage dump.  Turns out it had been.
-  .388 in 1936
-  1936:  128 RBI, 6 HR
-  Led AL in errors 5 X
-  Original Comiskey Park was built on top of a former garbage dump.  Appling helped bring this to light by tripping over a copper kettle that worked its way to the surface.
FCR -    Cappy Gagnon, South Bend, IN
Incorrect answers:  Joe Cronin, Honus Wagner, Arky Vaughan, Nomar Garciaparra, Vern Stephens, Zoilo Versalles, Lou Boudreau, Pete Runnels, Alex Rodriguez

Q.         Who was the last native of Cuba to appear in an All-Star game for the National League in the 20th Century?
Hint      He was also the last native of Cuba to appear in an All-Star game in the 20th Century for the American League as well.
Hint:     Three of his college teammates went on to become major league All-Stars.
Hint:     He led the American League in hits, runs and doubles, but in three different seasons.
Twint:    His 15-year-old son Patrick was his team’s batboy on the night he collected his 3,000th career hit.
Twint:    His was one of the most famous finger wags in baseball history.
-  191 H in 1990; 49 2b in 1991; 124 R in 1993
Wag (click to view)
FCR -    Mark Kanter, Portsmouth, RI
Incorrect answers:  Minnie Minoso, Rey Ordonez, Tony Taylor, Rico Carty

Q.         Who is the only player to win multiple batting titles for the original American League Senators?
Hint:     He was the last player to hit for the cycle for them.
Twint:    Whitey Ford never mentioned his name with a smile on his face.
Twint:    He lost two seasons due to military service as did many in his generation.
-  Hit .353 in 1946 & .337 in 1953
-  Cycle 19-May-1946
-  He is the only batter to homer off Ford twice in a single game:  25-Sep-1950
-  Served in the U.S. Navy 1944-45
FCR -    Jeff Fink, Howell, NJ
Incorrect answers:  Goose Goslin, Rod Carew, Heinie Manush, Pete Runnels, Cecil Travis, Harry Heilmann, Sam Rice

Q.         In the long history of the Cincinnati Reds, who ranks behind only Adam Dunn in the measure of at-bats per home run?
Hint:     He ranks ahead of Frank Robinson, Johnny Bench and Ted Kluszewski on that list.
Hint:     He’s also 7th in Reds’ career home runs.
Hint:     In his MVP year, he set the record for home runs in the month of April.
Hintlet:  If you bother to look this up, don’t respond—we already know the answer.  Just enjoy the journey.  We get enough e-mails.
Twint:    A Hall of Famer and two major league brothers are alumni of his high school.
Twint:    A former teammate of his is one of the most beloved, popular players who will likely never enter the Hall of Fame.
Twint:    A former teammate of his is one of the most hated players and will likely never enter the Hall of Fame.
A.         KEN GRIFFEY, Jr.
-  AB per HR (From Baseball-Reference)
#      Player                        AB/HR    PA
1.     Adam Dunn              13.8        4,562
2.   Ken Griffey, Jr.    16.0      3,904
3.     Eric Davis                  16.1        3,819
4.     Frank Robinson       17.1        6,408
5.     Wally Post                 17.6        3,314
6.     George Foster          18.3        5,010
7.     Lee May                    19.3        3,069
8.     Johnny Bench          19.7        8,674
9.     Jay Bruce                  19.8        4,600
9.     Ted Kluszewski        19.8        5,403
-  210 HR’s for the Reds (Big Klu is 5th w/251)
-  MVP 1997, 13 HRs in April (since broken)
-  Played with Edgar Martinez 1989-99
-  Played with Alex Rodriguez 1994-99
FCR -    Damian Begley, New York, NY
Incorrect answers:  Eric Davis, Ted Kluszewski, Joey Votto, Tony Perez, George Foster, George Crowe, Ryan Howard, Frank McCormick, Joe Morgan, Kevin Mitchell, Edd Roush

Q.         Who is the only player in major league history to be on the team with three different franchises when each moved to another city?
Hint:     His native country no longer exists.
Hint:     He was the first American League player to hit two bases-loaded triples in a single game.
Twint:    According to SABR, he reached base as often as did Joe DiMaggio.
Twint:    He was once thought to be a four-decade player.
A.         ELMER VALO
-  Played with the Philadelphia A’s 1940-43; 1946-54.  Played with the Kansas City A’s in 1956 THEN played with 1957 Brooklyn Dodgers and the 1958 Los Angeles Dodgers
       THEN played with the 1960 Washington Senators and the 1961 Minnesota Twins (whew!)
   He also played with the Phillies, Indians and Yankees.
-  Born Imrich Valo in Rybník Czechoslovakia 05-Mar-1921, now part of Slovakia as Czechoslovakia split into Slovakia and the Czech Republic 01-Jan-1993.  He is improperly listed in Baseball-Reference as a native of Poland.
-  11,177 people saw him hit two bases-clearing triples 01-May-1949 in Philly.
-  A plate appearance for the 1939 A’s may or may not have happened.  If it did occur, it remains undocumented.
FCR -    Rich Klein, Plano, TX
Incorrect answers:  Eddie Mathews, Cesar Tovar, Don Mincher, Bob Cerv

Q.         Who is the only Atlanta Brave to take Randy Johnson deep in postseason play?
Hint:     The only other homer he hit off the Big Unit was the final home run of the slugger’s career.
Hint:     In that game, he and a teammate became the last Mets to hit homers off Johnson.
Twint:    He was of Divine Providence.
Twint:    Perhaps that goes a ways to explaining his baseball longevity.
2001 NLCS, Game 5 4th inning solo shot.
-  It was his 173rd career home run and the only home run he hit that year.
04-May-2007 Franco hit a 2nd inning and Paul LoDuca a 4th inning HR
-  Attended Divine Providence High School San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic
-  Though his actual age is disputed, his final game (17-Sep-2007) was, according to the birth date accepted by MLB, a few weeks after he turned 49.
FCR -    Rich Klein, Plano, TX
Incorrect answers:  Robin Ventura, Fred McGriff, Gus Bell, David Justice, Gary Sheffield

Q.         Until Mike Trout, who was the only Angel to lead the American League in bases on balls?  [ERR - Chone Figgins led the AL in BB in 2009.]
Hint:     Unlike Trout’s, it was the only league leading stat of his career.
Hint      In his only All-Star at bat, he got a hit off a future Hall of Famer, but was later tagged out at home by another future Hall of Famer.
Hint:     In that play, he was bitten by a cobra.
Twint:    Despite his nickname, he didn’t turn green when he got angry.
1987, 106 BB tied with Dwight Evans, Trout led the AL with 110 BB 2013
1979 ASG he got a single off Bruce Sutter and was tagged out at home by Gary Carter to end the inning.
-  He was gunned down by Dave Parker who helped the NL preserve the tie through 8 in a game eventually won by the senior circuit.
-  Nicknamed “The Hulk” when he bulked up with his weight lifting regimen.
FCR -    Larry Hayes, San Francisco, CA
Incorrect answers:  Don Baylor, Bobby Abreu*, Tim Salmon, Wally Joyner, Jim Fregosi, Eddie Yost, Bobby Grich, Albie Pearson, Leon Wagner
*Interestingly, Abreu led the majors, but led neither league in 2006.  He was walked 91 times for the Phillies then 33 for the Yankees.  He finished with good BB numbers with the Phillies, but they came during Barry Bonds's reign.

Q.         What pitcher led the 1920’s Boston Braves in ERA? (100 game min.)?
Hint:     After the 1930 season he would never pitch again.
Hint:     Five years later, he returned as a full time position player, averaging 120 a year over the next six seasons and finishing his career with a .286 batting average.
Hint:     He had a grand total of two career home runs, both hit the same season, both hit against the same team, both hit in the top of the third inning, each with a man on base.
Hint:     … and on consecutive days!
Twint:    He coached on the Braves for ten years and briefly managed them in 1949.
-  3.60 ERA 1921-1929, 157 G
-  Career stats .286 BA, .329 OBP in 1,172 games.
-   Homers 24th and 25th September, 1939 against the NYG.
Coaching record (scroll down)
FCR -    Don Wells, Bartlett, TN
Incorrect answers: 

WEEKLY THEME – Players with 20+ years of major league service (as of 1903) as position players without ever playing in a single World Series game.

Appling      20     1930-43; 45-50
Cooney     20     1921-30; 35-44
Dawson     21     1976-96
Downing    20     1973-92
Franco       23     1982-94; 96-97; 1999; 2001-07
Griffey       22     1989-2010
Palmeiro    20     1986-2005
Valo           20     1940-43; 46-61
Vernon      20     1939-1960

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Steve Schwartz, Chico, CA (After Palmeiro)

Incorrect theme guesses:

Monday   -  Early theme guess- guys with Bird nicknames

Tuesday   -  HOF players who played their last games for Chicago teams
               -  Hall of Famers who never played in a World Series

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