Monday, April 11, 2016

April 4-10, 2016 Players, born, raised, educated and debuted in St. Louis and played in the majors for 10 years

Q.       What Hall of Fame hurler was compared to a train long before Nolan Ryan was?
Hint:   His other, more common, nickname is mispronounced by 90% of people.  (In a random survey of Horsehide Trivia acquaintances.)
Hint:   He finished his final full minor league season with 100 decisions, going 72-25-3, including both league & non-league games.  It was also the team’s  final season as a minor league franchise.
Hint:   He reached the 300-victory total before any other pitcher in history.
- Called “The Little Steam Engine”
- Multiple versions exist for the “Pud” nickname AND its pronunciation.  In one, it rhymes with “stood”, because Galvin turned opposing batters in to pudding.  Another camp claims it is the truncation of the “pudgy” which fairly accurately describes his physique.  The former theory has more research backing, but fewer converts.
- Final minor league year 1878 w/Buffalo.
- Notched his 300th W 04-Jun-1888, 2 years ahead of fellow Hall of Famer Tim Keefe.
FCR - Terence Vent, Spokane, WA
Incorrect answers:  Walter Johnson, Old Hoss Radbourn

Q.       Who won the first American League Rookie of the Year Award?
Hint:   He led his league in home runs and RBI one year, but lost the league MVP Award to a player who had been crafty enough to win the Triple Crown the season prior and play for a first-place team both years.
Hint:   When he pinch-hit grand slams in each league, the only player who had done that before was Jimmie Foxx.
Hint:   He broke his franchise’s record for home runs in a season four consecutive seasons.
- AL ROY in 1949 (Previous ROY awards were for MLB; both happened to be NL.)
- 1957:  Led AL with 114 RBI and 42 HR’s.  Mickey Mantle was that year’s MVP.
- PH GS 21-Jun-1961 for first baseman J.C. Martin of CHW off Johnny Antonelli of CLE then again 26-May-1963 for P Chris Short of PHI off Bill Henry of CIN
- HR totals of 24, 25, 29 & 42 (1954-57) failed to sway his team's parsimonious owner when requesting a pay increase.  He was me the  the infamous line: “We finished next to last with you; we can finish next to last without you.” [Calvin Griffith]
FCR - Richard Tharp, Gaithersburg, MD
N.B.:  Thanks to reader Dr. Paul Scimonelli of Columbia, Maryland for his help with this question.  His biography of Sievers ( will be out soon.
Incorrect answers:  Mickey Vernon, Jackie Jensen, Walt Dropo, Al Rosen, Jackie Robinson, Larry Doby, Walter Johnson

Q.       Who was the target of Chris Berman’s nickname game when Berman inserted “innocent until proven…” between his first and last name?
Hint:   He is the left fielder watching the spaceship fly overhead in the movie “Men in Black”.
Hint:   He tied his franchise’s record for doubles in a season and broke its record for RBI in the same season.
Hint:   He used his middle name, not his first, in all his transactions.  (Who would DO that?!)
- Bernard Innocent Until Proven Gilkey.
- Clip from movie
- 44 2b & 117 RBI for the 1996 Mets
FCR - Mark Kanter, Portsmouth, RI
Incorrect answers:  Albert Pujols, Butch Huskey, Bobby Kielty, Ron Guidry, Jim Edmonds

Q.       Who was the first left-handed pitcher to win 200 career games without ever winning 20 games in a season?
Hint:   He was one of two Dodgers to throw no-hitters between the last of Sandy Koufax’ and the first (and only) of Fernando Valenzuela’s.
Hint:   He was the winning pitcher in the only World Series loss of Ron Guidry’s career.
Hint:   He pitched under the management of Danny Murtaugh, Chuck Tanner and Jim Leyland.  (No truth to the rumor that he also played for Fred Clarke.)
- Career totals:  220/191          
- No-no:  27-Jun-1980 vs. SFG
- Guidry’s WS loss - 25-Oct-1981, G 5
- Murtaugh 1974-76; Tanner 1977-78; Leyland 1990 (Clarke was, um… earlier 1900-15)
FCR - Mark DeLodovico, Rockville, MD
Incorrect answers:  Don Sutton, Andy Messersmith, Claude Osteen, Don Drysdale, Johnny Podres, Woody Fryman, Tommy John, Burt Hooten, John Candelaria

Q.       Who is the only player in MLB history with more than 500 career RBI and fewer than five (5!) home runs?
Hint:   He was behind the plate when one of history’s most famous pitches was thrown.
Hint:   In his baseball career, he was a player, a manager, farm director for two different teams, general manager and assistant and general counsel to the Office of the Commissioner.
- 536 RBI; 4 HR’s
- Was the Yankee catcher when pitcher Carl Mays threw the fateful pitch that killed Ray Chapman on 16-Aug-1920.
- Played 19 seasons, was legal counsel for Commissioner Chandler in 1946           
FCR - Gary Moore, Walker, MI
Incorrect answers:  Mickey Owen, Ralph Houk, Rube Walker, Rick Ferrell

MIDWEEK BONUS (Mistakenly connected to this week’s theme)
Q.       Who was the only pitcher in the 1950's to follow a 20-win season with a 20-loss season?
Hint:   He boasted a 6-pitch arsenal and was called "The Thomas Edison of the Mound".
Hint:   He surrendered Johnny Mize's 300th career home run.
Hint:   He appeared in the World Series while on furlough from the Army.
- 20-16 in 1951 then 14-21 in 1952
- Mize HR 05-May-1949.  Mize also hit the first HR Dickson ever surrendered 11-Jul-1942
- Played in 1943 WS while on leave from military      
FCR - Bill Carle, Lee’s Summit, MO
Incorrect answers:  Eddie Lopat, Robin Roberts, Bobo Newsom, Mel Stottlemyre, Warren Spahn, Early Wynn, Bob Friend, Ned Garver, Bob Turley, Bobby Shantz, Virgil Trucks

Q.       Who was the next Phillies pitcher to lead the league in wins after Grover Cleveland Alexander?
Hint:   It was more than a decade later.
Hint:   After baseball, he was a Deputy Sheriff in Vigo County, Indiana.
Hint:   When he decided to run for Sheriff in 1968, his opponent and eventual victor was former basketball player Clyde Lovellette.
- 1931 NL lead with 19 wins, tied with two pitchers possibly even less well-remembered than he:  Bill Hallahan of the WS champion STL and Heinie Meine of PIT.
- Alexander last led the NL in wins in 1917
- Click here to see him in uniform
- The attention drew media attention across the country, not only because both were former professional athletes, but because of their heights:  Elliott was 6’5” and Lovellette was 6’9”.        
FCR - John Wills, San Francisco, CA
Incorrect answers:  Robin Roberts, Steve Carlton, Curt Simmons

Q.       Who was the first 20th-century player to collect 200 in a season for 4 consecutive years?
Hint:   In a year when there were three major-league baseball teams in his hometown, he was the only native on any of the three teams.
Hint:   Two of his teammates also exceeded 200 hits in the first two years of his string.  One of those teammates did it the third year as well.
Hint:   He signed with the Buffaloes, but never played for them—never even showed up.
- 200+ H 1920-23 (202, 236, 207 & 202)
- Baby Doll Jacobson had 216 & 211; George Sisler had 257, 216 & 246
- Houston Buffaloes of the Texas League in 1913     
FCR - Tom Zocco, Rocky Hill, CT
Incorrect answers:  Wee Willie Keeler, George Sisler, Wilbert Robinson, Bill Terry, Lou Gehrig

Q.       Who held the Dodgers’ record for pitching appearances in a season until it was shattered by Mike Marshall?
Hint:   When he changed his name from the German one he was given at birth, he likely didn’t know it would be one of the most popular names in major league history.
Hint:   He is buried in the same cemetery as a certain 8-time batting champ.
- Miller appeared in 74 games in 1964, breaking the record of 70 that Ron Perranoski had set just two seasons prior.  Mike Marshall then pitched in 92 games in 1973 then set the all-time and still-standing record of 106 in 1974.
- Name at birth was Robert Lane Gemeinweiser.  There are 3 other players with the same first and last name in baseball-reference, two of whom were contemporaries for two seasons.
- Interred in Dearborn Memorial Park in Poway, California, as are Tony Gwynn and 16-year major league veteran Deron Johnson.
FCR - Ralph Fessler, Ellicott City, MD
Incorrect answers:  Ralph Branca, Mark Eichhorn, Ron Perranoski, Jim Brewer, Phil Regan

Q.       Who was the first left-handed pitcher to win 20 games in a season for the original St. Louis Browns?
Hint:   It came a year after he led the league in ERA and a year before he led the same league in losses.
Hint:   He owns no-hitters in two leagues.
Hint:   He won 165 games in the minors after his major league career.
Hint:   He also umpired in the minor leagues.
- 27- 23 in 1894
- 3.18 ERA in 1893 (Ironically, the year the distance between the batter and pitcher was expanded to 60 feet, 6 inches, as it remains today)
- No-hitters: 04-Oct-1891 pitching for the St. Louis Browns of the American Association in his first major league start (He had appeared in relief prior to that.) and on 22-Apr-1898, pitching for the Cincinnati Reds of the National League.
FCR - Dave Serota, Kalamazoo, MI
Incorrect answers:  Eddie Plank, Lefty Stewart

Q.       Who holds the record for assists in a single game by a third baseman?
Hint:   The year he hit 17 triples, it was only good for a tie for 4th in the league.
Hint:   In one game that same year, he stole 2nd, 3rd & home in the same inning
Hint:   Not wearing a helmet one year in spring training, he was knocked unconscious by a pitch to the head thrown by one of baseball’s faster pitchers ever.
- 12 assists 18-Jun-1910         
- 17 triples 1910
- Steals on 25-Aug-1910.  It was the first steal of home in extra innings by a National Leaguer in the 20th century.
- Beaned by Smoky Joe Wood in 1913 (Of course, nobody wore a helmet in 1913.)
FCR - Dave Serota, Kalamazoo, MI
Incorrect answers:  Eddie Collins, Jimmy Collins, Don Zimmer, Home Run Baker, John McGraw, Ron Santo, Tommy Leach

Q.       Who was the first to play for four different major league St. Louis teams?
Hint:   He was the first pitcher to get a round tripper against “Big Six”.
Hint:   He was the first pitcher to win 50 games as a St. Louis Brown.
Hint:   He did so in the first 4 years of the team’s existence in St. Louis.
- 4 STL teams: 1897-98 NL STL Browns, 1899 STL Perfectos, 1900-01 STL Cardinals,  - 1902-05 AL STL Browns.
- 51 W 1902-05
- Jack Powell would pass the 50 W mark in 1906.
FCR - Mike McCroskey, Sugar Land, TX
Incorrect answers:  Silver King, Dizzy Dean, Jack Powell

THEME FOR THE WEEK - Players who were A.) born, B.) raised, C.) educated, D.) had their major league debuts in St. Louis, MO and E.) played for ten seasons in the majors.  We found no other city that can make that claim about that many players.

B./St. Louis
MLB Debut
[Likely in St. L]
[Likely in St. L]
[Likely in St. L]
[Likely in St. L]
Univers. City HS
Beaumont HS
Ritenour HS
Soldan HS
Beaumont HS
[Likely in St. L]
St. Malachy’s
*Died in St.L

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – No one

Incorrect theme guesses:
Monday   - Pitchers with most opening day starts for a single team

Tuesday - All-Stars from Saint Louis, Missouri
            - Players born in St. Louis, Missouri.
            - Players born in St. Louis who began their major league careers with a team from St. Louis.
            - Players who were born in St. Louis and began their ML careers in St. Louis
            - Never played in a postseason for STL

Wednesday       - Best Berman nicknames
            - Players who were born in St. Louis, played for a St. Louis team and still live in the
greater St. Louis area

Thursday           - Phillies season stats leaders at Shibe Field

Sunday - Played for the Browns in both the NL and later incarnation as the AL Browns

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