Sunday, June 19, 2016

June 13-19, 2016 Hall of Famers who played in the 1892 Championship Series

Q. Who was the first person to be the second pitcher to throw his third no-hitter?
Hint: It’s true what his friends called him as a youngster.
Hint: Most baseball historians agree that he owns at least 8 unbreakable major league career pitching records.
- Larry Corcoran was the 1st major league pitcher to throw 3 no-hitters, the last one 27-Jun-1884, over 3 years before Cy Young threw his first.  Young’s were
18-Sep-1897; 05-May-1904; & 30-Jun-1908.  The additional pitchers who have since thrown as many as 3 career no-hitters are Bob Feller, Sandy Koufax and  Nolan Ryan.  Active pitchers Justin Verlander, Homer Bailey, Max Scherzer & Jake Arrieta have 2 each and could possibly be penciled onto this elite list.
- Young’s middle name is True.
- Young holds the all-time career record in:
Wins 511
Losses 316
Games started 815
Complete games 749
Innings pitched 7,346
Hits surrendered 7,092
Earned runs 2,147
Batters faced 29,565
(These seem safe.)
FCR - Dan Silverberg, Aventura, FL
Incorrect answers:  Nolan Ryan, Sandy Koufax, Bob Feller, Randy Johnson

Q. What Hall of Famer’s .440 batting average in 1894 has never been beaten or equaled?
Hint: Not entirely satisfied, he took home the other two legs of a Triple Crown as well.
Hint: His record of 374 total bases that year was never equaled by any other 19th century player.
Hint: In fact, it took an increase in the number of games in the regular-season schedule to 145 games before his record was broken.  He did it in 125 games.
N.B. Only qualifying seasons are considered.
FCR - Scott Matteson, Shawnee, KS
Incorrect answers:  Wee Willie Keeler, Joe Jackson

Q. Who holds the record for triples in a season among switch-hitters?
Hint: He was the last 19th century player to collect more RBI in a season than the number of games he played (minimum 100 RBI)?
Hint: He still owns the longest consecutive-game hitting streak by a Giant, either the New York or San Francisco flavor.
Hint: At that time, it was the all-time longest hitting streak in the history of the majors.
Hint: Among shortstops, only Honus Wagner and Bert Campaneris stole more bases in a career.
- 27 3b in 1893 (7th all-time)
- 130 G, 136 RBI in 1897
- 33 G H streak 1983
- 619 SB (Wagner had 723, Campy 649)
FCR - Kim Agan, Bountiful, UT
Incorrect answers:  Wee Willie Keeler, Roger Connor

Q. What Hall of Famer might as well have been nicknamed “First” since he was:
A.) The first player sold for $10,000;
B.) The first player to hit a home run on Opening Day;
C.) The first author of a sport autobiography;
D.) The first to effectively use signs between pitcher and catcher;
E.) The first to effectively employ the hit-and-run play; and
F.) The first manager to win a pennant in the Players League..
Hint: Also a master of subterfuge, he once substituted himself in at catcher while a pop-up was mid air.
Hint: Another ploy of his was to take a shortcut home from 2B when he was sure the umpire wasn't looking.
Hint: He said, “That was my last slide”, as he was accidentally dumped from a stretcher in a Boston hospital.
- 14-Feb-1887: Purchased by the Boston Beaneaters from the Chicago White Stockings for $10,000.
FCR - Adrian Fung, Toronto, ON
Incorrect answers:  John McGraw, Albert Spaulding, Billy Phillips, Monte Ward, Babe Ruth, Cap Anson

Q. What Hall of Fame hurler began his career with 5 straight seasons of more than 400 innings pitched each year?
Hint: In 7 out of the next 8, he exceeded 300 every year.
Hint: During the only year where his innings pitched were enough to lead the league, he had a particularly rough day, allowing 11 runs in the first inning.
Hint: He became the first native of Wisconsin to be inducted to the Hall of Fame.
- 400+ IP 1890-94
- 300+ IP 1895-1904 (Only 231.1 in 1900; Did not play in 1901-02)
- Led the NL in IP in 1897 w/368.0; 11-R 1st inning 21-Sep-1987
- HOF 1949
FCR - Dave Serota, Kalamazoo, MI
Incorrect answers:  Amos Rusie, Burleigh Grimes, Ty Cobb , Warren Spahn, Chief Bender
Q. What former Twin Hall of Famer is considered by Bill James (and many others) to be least worthy of all enshrinees?
Hint: His 0-8 career pitching record probably doesn’t help.
Hint: His 15-12 career record as a manager, while above .500, is hardly a strong recommendation.
Hint: His 44th and last career home run was of the inside-the-park variety.
Hint: In an unlikely coincidence, his mother’s maiden name is identical to that of the mother of a fellow Hall of Famer.
- Part of the brace of outfielders called “The Heavenly Twins”.  The other “Twin” was Hugh Duffy.
- Managed the 1890 St. Louis Browns of the  American Association.
- IPHR 05-Jun-1986
-Their mothers’ maiden names was Sarah Healy.  Though they were contemporaries and played against each other, their moms’ maiden names probably did not come up in conversation.
FCR - Joe Matocha, Meriden, CT
Incorrect answers:  Cesar Tovar, Sam Rice, Kirby Puckett, Clark Griffith, Calvin Griffith, Lloyd Waner

Q. Who was the only player to collect a hit against Addie Joss in Joss's major league debut?
Hint: His uncanny prowess in bunt-fouling potential 3rd strikes prompted a major rule change.
Hint: He was the first player to collect 2,000 hts in a 10-year span.
Hint: He once had a season of 213 hits of which exactly zero were home runs.
- Joss’s debut:  26-Apr-1902                         
- Rule call a bunted 3rd strike... a strike: 1894
- Hits: 2,058 from 1892-1901
- 1898:  210 H, 0 HR
FCR - Dave Serota, Kalamazoo, MI
Incorrect answers:  Ty Cobb, Wee Willie Keeler, Joe Sewell, George Sisler, Roy Thomas, George Sisler

Q. What Hall of Fame hurler won more than 300 games in only 12 seasons?
Hint: Dad was his brother.
Hint: In fact, he had 2 brothers & 2 cousins who played in the majors.
Hint: He was the last pitcher to win 50 games in a season.
Hint: He was confined to the Flint Asylum for the Insane & later taken to the McLean psychiatric facility in Belmont, MA, where he died.
- 328 W* 1882-94
was actually 5 years younger than John
- Joining them as major leaguers were brother Walter and cousins Mert Hackett and  Walter Hackett
- 53-16 in 1885
*At Horsehide Trivia, we believe that a pitching “win” is really a team effort and not the best indicator of a pitcher’s prowess.  Nevertheless, it is a very comfortable statistic to work with and has been used by the baseball world for well over a century.  We will continue to consider it a useful measure and allow someone else to lead the revolution for its elimination.
FCR - Adrian Fung, Toronto, ON
Incorrect answers:  Pud Galvin, Hoss Radbourne, Jack Chesbro, Fred Clarke, Kid Nichols, Dan Brouthers

THEME FOR THE WEEK - Hall of Famers who played in the 1892 Championship Series, the only major league postseason series available that year.  It would be another decade before the debut of the modern World Series.

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – No one

Incorrect theme guesses:
Monday   - Pitchers who won 20 games in a season for more than one team

Tuesday - First group of Hall of Fame players enshrined who played the majority of their careers in the 19th century.

Thursday - Hall of Famers who played on Boston pennant winners

Saturday - 1891 all star team

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