Sunday, November 22, 2015
November 16-22, 2015 Players who scored runs in games where their teams were no-hit
Q. Whose curmudgeonly on-air style limited his appearance to a single televised pre- and post-game broadcast during the 2015 World Series?
Hint: Carl Yastrzemski trails him by almost 2,000 as the career leader in plate appearances.
Hint: Ichiro tied (and almost broke) his record of ten 200-hit seasons.
Twint: He is one of only eight players to cross home plate safely in a game 2,000 times.
A. PETE ROSE
- Rose = 15,890 PA; Yaz = 13,992
- Ichiro fell a mere 16 hits short of doing it for an 11th season w/184 H in 2011
- 2,165, good for 6th place, but trailing the leader, Rickey Henderson, by over 100
FCR - Mark Mapes, Madison, WI
Q. What Hall of Famer was the first Chicago Cubs player to win the Rookie of the Year Award?
Hint: The second one, though not a Hall of Famer, was right behind him.
Hint: He was the last player hit-by-pitch by Sandy Koufax before the Dodgers moved into Dodger Stadium.
Twint: Only he, Willie Mays and Ernie Banks did Kirby Puckett list as his on-field heroes during Puckett’s Hall of Fame induction speech.
- HBP 20-Sep-1961
FCR - J.R. Richardson, Clarksville, MD
Incorrect answers: Ernie Banks, Ken Hunt, Ken Hubbs, Ryne Sandberg, Ron Santo
Q. Who was the first American League MVP to wear glasses while playing in the year he won?
Hint: He is the only player to win more home run titles for the White Sox than Bill Melton.
Hint: He once said, "I'll play first, third, left; I'll play anywhere except Philadelphia."
Twint: He was traded for Jim Essian twice in a six-month span.
A. DICK ALLEN
- AL MVP 1972 (Led the league in HR, RBI, BB, SLG, OBP, OPS & OPS+) [FURTHER RESEARCH REVEALS THAT ZOIILO VERSALLES WAS LIKELY BESPECTACLED IN HIS 1965 MVP YEAR. EVEN FURTHER RESEARCH SHOWS THAT 1965 OCCURRED BEFORE 1972. Sadly, he doesn’t fit our theme.]
- HR titles in 1972 & ’74 (Melton only won once—1971)
- Jim Essian trades 03-Dec-1974 & 05-May-1975 (Other players were involved.)
FCR - Charlie Vascellaro, Baltimore, MD
Incorrect answers: Greg Luzinski, Ron Kittle
Q. Who is the first catcher to catch 100 games in fifteen seasons?
Hint: He stopped Johnny Bench's ten-year run of National League Gold Glove awards at catcher.
Hint: He won a Gold Glove for all three teams he played for.
Twint: His son won four Gold Glove Awards.
A. BOB BOONE
- 15 total, 1973-89,
- GG 1979-89 for PHI; 1982, 86-88 for CAL; 1989 for KCR
- Bret Boone won 1998 CC for CIN; 2002-04 for SEA
FCR - Bill Carle, Lee’s Summit, MO
Incorrect answers: Gary Carter, Jim Sundberg, Ivan Rodriguez, Ted Simmons, Benito Santiago, Tony Pena, Carlton Fisk
Q. Who was the first native of Connecticut to receive a Hall of Fame vote?
Hint: A Hall of Fame opposing manager once said of him, “In a pinch he hits better than anybody in our league outside of Cobb.”
Hint: He received MVP votes for the first four years that any kind of MVP award existed.
Hint: In one six-year stretch, he played in the World Series five times; on the winning side four.
Twint: If things were divided evenly, he’d have been worth a hypothetical $25,000.
A. JACK BARRY
- Received HOF votes in 1938 & ‘39
- Quote from Hughie Jennings
- Received MVP votes 1911-14
- In the World Series 1910, ’11, ’13, ’14 & ’15, winning all but fluky 1914
- Played SS in what was called “The $100,000 Infield” which was comprised of Eddie Collins @ 2b, Frank Baker @ 3b & Stuffy McInnis @ 1b. Collins and Baker are in the Hall of Fame.
FCR - Paul Goodson, Cheyenne, WY
Incorrect answers: Frank Baker, Eddie Collins, Roger Connor, Jim O’Rourke
Q. What do-wop/soul/motown-type recording artist once led the National League in doubles?
Hint: He was the first batter Hall of Famer Bert Blyleven ever faced in the majors.
Hint: He homered.
Hint: Blyleven still got the win.
Twint: A contemporary major leaguer had a name very similar to his. They played the same positions and were (and are) often mistaken for each other.
Twint: When the Braves made plans to move to Atlanta, he said publicly that he’d play with the team but would not move his family south.
A. LEE MAYE
- Led the NL w/44 2b in 1964. His musical recording career happened before, during & after his major league career. He usually sang under his full name Arthur Lee Maye.
FCR - Mark DeLodovico, Rockville, MD
Incorrect answers: Cesar Tovar
Q. Who was the first Los Angeles Dodger to hit three home runs in a single game?
Hint: The first of those was the first inside-the-park homer ever hit in the L.A. Coliseum.
Hint: The third one was an eleventh-inning walk-off.
Hint: The SoCal press sometimes referred to him as “Big D”.
Twint: He was once a Saint and is now fittingly a pastor in his hometown of Oklahoma City.
Twint: His record for consecutive errorless outfield games wasn’t broken for 28 years.
A. DON DEMETER
- 3-HR day 21-Apr-1959
- Teammate Don Drysdale owned the sobriquet “Big D” a little longer
- Played for the St. Paul Saints 1957-58.
- Played 266 errorless OF games Sep-1962 to Jul-1965, broken by Darren Lewis 16‑Jul‑1993.
FCR - Mark Kanter, Portsmouth, RI
Incorrect answers: Willie Davis, Don Drysdale, Duke Snider, Wally Moon, Tommy Davis, Dusty Baker
Q. Who managed the Tigers between Les Moss and Sparky Anderson?
Hint: He played on three World Series-winning teams in the 1960’s despite a postseason batting average of .133.
Hint: He served the Tigers as coach for 24 seasons, eighteen at first base and six years at third base.
Twint: He led the Western League with 14 triples one season.
Twint: He was once traded for an ugly bird
- 1963, ’65 Dodgers & 1968 Tigers
- Tigers’ coach 1972-95; 19 years as first-base coach and 5 years as third-base coach
- Triples crown playing for Class A Pueblo in 1957
- Traded by the Dodgers to the Tigers for Phil “The Vulture” Regan 15-Dec-1965
FCR - Maxwell Kates, Toronto, ON
Incorrect answers: Alan Trammel, Ralph Houk, Alex Grammas
Q. Who replaced Alvin Dark as manager, guiding that team to an 18-41 record to finish the season?
Hint: He himself was replaced by Ken Aspromonte the next year.
Hint: Right after his debut as a player, his missed three years and most of a fourth to military service.
Hint: He then had a very productive decade as a middle infielder.
Hint: An All-Star in the minors, he played for teams as varied as the Cloverleafs and the Leafs.
Twint: He compiled a respectable record of 2,185-1,987 over 33 seasons as a skipper in the minors.
Twint: That total ranks him fourth all-time for minor league victories as a manager.
Twint: He retired for good after winning the Florida State League championship for the Lakeland Tigers.
A. JOHNNY LIPON
- Managed CLE during the 1971 season.
- Minor league All-Star in 1941 when he led the Michigan State League with 176 hits and 35 HR’s for the Muskegon Reds, and tied for the league lead with 115 RBI. He was named the league's all-star shortstop.
- He was a minor league manager in the Indians’, Pirates’ and Tigers’ systems from 1959 thru 1992.
FCR - Jim Turner, Tallahassee, FL
Q. Who is the only Detroit Tiger to lead the majors in triples between Barney McCosky in 1940 and Curtis Granderson in 2007?
Hint: He did it in his rookie season.
Hint: Twice he finished as high as third in the AL in stolen bases against tough competition though: It was Luis Aparicio who led both those years.
Twint: His unwanted record of most strikeouts by a batter in a single season was broken by Harmon Killebrew the year after he set it.
Twint: His first major league hit was home run off Jim Perry.
A. JAKE WOOD
- Led AL in 3b w/14 in 1961
- 3rd in AL SB in 1961, ‘62
- 141 K in 1962
- 1st H 11-Apr-1961
FCR - Richard Tharp, Rockville, MD
Incorrect answers: Hoot Evers, Dick Wakefield, Dick McAuliffe, Jim Northrup, Ron LeFlore, Harvey Kuenn
Q. Who’s first major league hit came when hit pinch-hit for Hall of Famer Waite Hoyt?
Hint: It came in the first loss during the first season the Yankees won a pennant.
Hint: In spite of a .316 career batting average, he has never received a single Hall of Fame vote.
Twint: He is buried where more major leaguers are interred than in any other city.
Twint: He is included in virtually every fantasy baseball team that is animal-based.
-1st H 14-Apr-1921
- Not H of F eligible with only 393 career AB’s
- Buried in Colma, California
FCR - Dave Serota, Kalamazoo, MI
Incorrect answers: Wally Pipp, Lloyd Waner, Bob Meusel , Roger Peckinpaugh, Earle Combs
Q. Who was the last former Brooklyn player to play on a Canadian expansion team?
Hint: He was not on the team, however, for their postseason celebrations.*
Hint: When he was with Cleveland, he hit two triples in a game, becoming the first Indians batter to do so in more than five seasons.
Hint: He is a native of Venezuela, but went to a Dominican high school.
- Played 20 games for the Brooklyn Cyclones of the A-level New York-Pennsylvania League at the end of the 2007 season.
- Played in 91 G for TOR in 2015 with a line of .273/.321/.372 and did not make the postseason roster [*CORRECTION: WAS ON ALDS AND ALCS ROSTERS.]
- Attended High School: Dr. Domingo Badarraco Bermudez in Venezuela
FCR - No one
Incorrect answers: Sandy Amoros
Q. Which New York Mets player got his final career hit on the last day of play in 1994, just before the work stoppage settled over the majors like a fetid miasma?
Hint: During his brief stint with the Orioles, he hit his first major league home run off Jack Morris.
Hint: His father had six RBI in two sips of coffee as a Chicago Cub.
Twint: He played every position in the bigs except centerfielder and pitcher.
Twint: He passed away earlier this year after a ten-year fight with leukemia.
- Last H 11-Aug-1994
- 1st HR 12-Sep-1990
- D. 01-Mar-2015
FCR - Paul Goodson, Cheyenne, WY
Incorrect answers: Kevin McReynolds, Howard Johnson
WEEKLY THEME – Players with a run scored in a major league game where their teams were no-hit (in the Retrosheet era)
Player Game No-Hit by How scored …
**Relieved in 6th by Francisco Barrios
First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme –
Incorrect theme guesses:
Monday - National Leaguers who played the most consecutive games (say 600 or more)
Tuesday - Players who have broken up multiple no-hitters. (i.e., were the only players on their teams to get hits in those games)
- NL ROY in the 1960's
- Next wild theme guess: Players who were the only player on their team with a hit in a game in which they got at least 3 hits.
Wed - Chicago players who hit at least 30 homeruns in a season
Saturday - Pinch hitters
Sunday - All have nicknames involving birds for Thanksgiving
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