Monday, November 2, 2015

Oct. 26-Nov. 1, 2015 Pitchers with 5 hits in a game

Thanks to Joe Haardt of McLean, Virginia for this idea.

Q.         Who built a “house” without so much as lifting a hammer or saw?
Hint:     Historians now believe that the candy bar was in fact named after him.
Twint:    He hit 708 home runs in the American League.
A.         BABE RUTH
Yankee Stadium, constructed partly because gate receipts surged when Ruth played.
Baby Ruth candy bar.  The Curtiss Candy Company disingenuously claimed it was named after Ruth Cleveland, daughter of President Grover Cleveland, who died at 12.
-  The other 6 HR were hit as Ruth closed out his career with the Braves, 3 in one game.
FCR -    David Girdany, Somerset, PA
Incorrect answers: 

Q.         Who was the last Yankees pitcher to lose 20 games in a season?
Hint:     The year before, he had hit an inside-the-park grand slam.
Hint:     He was the first Yankees pitcher to win five games in the month of April.
Twint:    He had two sons who also pitched in the majors.
12-20 in 1966, (After decades of dominance, the Yankees finish last that year.)
-  IPHR GS 20-Jul-1965 off Bill Monbouquette
Todd and Mel, Jr. were his boys who pitched in the majors.  The combined total of 302 wins in the most by any father-son pitching combination in history.
FCR -    Ira Drucker, Brooklyn, NY
Incorrect answers:  Jim Bouton, Jack Chesbro, Red Ruffing, Bobby Shantz, Bob Turley

Q.         Who is the only pitcher to hit a grand-slam in each league?
Hint:     One season, his 49 pinch-hit at bats led the National League.
Hint:     He once finished ahead of a triple-crown winner in MVP voting.
Hint:     …ahead of an offensive triple crown winner.     
Twint:    He surrendered pitcher Bobo Newsom’s sole career home run
-  Grand slams 22-Jul-1939 off Nels Potter of the A’s & 02-May-1943 off Al Javery of the Braves
1934 AL MVP voting, Lou Gehrig had 54 vote/points—Rowe had 59 (Mickey Cochrane won w/67)
FCR -    Andrew Milner, Bryn Mawr, PA
Incorrect answers:  Tommy Byrne, Tony Cloninger, Wes Ferrell, John Franco, Carl Hubbell, Red Lucas, Don Newcombe, Gary Peters, Charlie Robertson, Red Ruffing, Earl Wilson, Rick Wise

Q.         Who was General Manager of the New York Mets when they won their first World Series?
Hint:     He played in high school, in college and in the majors all in New York City.
Hint:     He had several weapons on the mound, but none like the one he worked on in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
Hint:     The origin of his nickname is the source of some speculation.
Twint:    He was primarily responsible for signing Richie Ashburn for the Mets for their inaugural season in 1962.
Twint:    His respect from the Mets organization was such that an award named after him is presented to the franchise’s top rookie in spring training.
-  Played for Fordham Prep High School, Fordham University and then played for the Yankees for 12 seasons.
-  Was on the team that developed the atomic bomb for the U.S. military.
-  Was called “Grandma Murphy” possibly because he seemed to be as annoyed by the very things that might annoy an aged woman.
-  The Johnny Murphy Award has been handed out since 1972.
FCR -    Larry Hayes, San Francisco, CA
Incorrect answers:  Ed Barrow, Bing Devine, Joe Gordon, Donald Grant, Whitey Herzog, Casey Stengel, George Weiss, Fred Wilpon

Q.         Which starting pitcher had the highest (measurable) ERA in a World Series deciding game?
Hint:     He was twice traded for players who would become Hall of Famers.
Hint:     He had to be removed from a game when he cut his hand on some glass while wiping off the bench in the dugout.
Twint:    He was the major league first pitcher to surrender six home runs to a batter in a single season.
Twint:    Some accounts say that player was his cousin.
Twint:    In any case, that player became a Hall of Famer.
-  .1 IP, 4 ER, 108.00 ERA 15-Oct-1925
-  Traded for Rabbit Maranville 27-Oct-1924 (other players involved), for Burleigh Grimes 11-Feb-1928 (straight up)
-  Cut hand 02-Jul-1925
-  Gave up 6 dingers to George “High Pockets” Kelly in 1923, all of ‘em over the wall.
FCR -    Dr. John Wills, San Francisco, CA
Incorrect answers: Doyle Alexander, Joaquin Andujar, Hank Borowy, Karl Spooner, John Tudor, Lefty Williams, Smoky Joe Wood

Q.         Who was the last pitcher to face Ty Cobb in the majors?
Hint:     He came up to the majors with the Yankees just before Lou Gehrig played game #1 of 2,130 straight.
Hint:     He was often sent down at the wrong times and as a result, never got to experience the postseason in spite of having many teammates with rings.
Twint:    His win/loss record in twelve years in the majors was 63-56.
Twint:    His win/loss record in twelve years in the minors was 106-85.
Cobb was 0-for-1 as a pinch-hitter 11-Sep-1928
FCR -    Mike McCroskey, Sugarland, TX
Incorrect answers:  Lefty Grove, Tom Zachary

Q.         Who was the first ex-Horned Frog to play more than ten years in the majors?
Hint:     He was only the second Cincinnati Reds righty pitcher to lead the NL in wins.
Hint:     A bit of his glory was dimmed since his total of twenty wins was tied by three other NL pitchers.
Hint:     Beginning in his sophomore year, he averaged thirty starts per season for each of the next five years.
Twint:    He averaged over twenty starts per season in the next five seasons.
-  Alum of Texas Christian University, Ft. Worth, TX; 12-year MLB career
-  20 wins in 1926 led the NL
FCR -    Cappy Gagnon, South Bend, IN
Incorrect answers:  Tom Browning, Pat Dobson, Hod Eller, Slim Sallee

Pitcher              Date                     R     RBI   HR
Aldridge         06-May-1922    1      1      0
Donohue        22-May-1925    1      3      1
Johnson        01-Aug-1928    0      1      0
Murphy          28-Aug-1936    3      5      0
Rowe             14-Aug-1935    3      4      0
Ruth              09-May-1918    1      0      0
Stottlemyre    26-Sep-1964    1      2      0

Note:  In this list, Ruth was the only losing pitcher (Walter Johnson was the winner.); The other six got the W.

WEEKLY THEME – Pitchers who got 5 hits in a game.

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Tom Zocco (after the Johnny Murphy question)

Incorrect theme guesses:

Monday   -  Players who made the last out in a World Series
               -  Players who have pitched in and hit a home run in the World Series

Questions (including incorrect guesses) archived here:

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