Sunday, July 10, 2016

July 4-10, 2016 Close but incorrect guesses on last Monday's question

Q. Who is the only player to finish in the top 10 in the National League both batting average and home runs in the same season 12 times during his career?
Hint: As a result, he is the only player to rank in the top 30 in career hits, singles, doubles, triples and home runs.
Hint: He was 18-5 as a minor league pitcher before injuring his pitching arm..
Hint: He was runner-up in National League MVP balloting 3 consecutive seasons.
Hint: Six seasons later, he came in second again.
Hint: He still wasn’t through, garnering MVP votes in 3 of the next five seasons.
- Here are the 12 seasons:
- His pitching career ended when he fell heavily on his left arm while making a catch in center field in a minor league game 11-Aug-1940, playing for the Daytona Beach Islanders.  Combining this  with his 6-6 record in 1938 with the Williamson Colts and 9-2 with the 1939 Williamson Red Birds of the Mountain State League, he had an impressive combined 33-13 minor league pitching record before the mishap.
- 2nd in NL MVP voting 1949 (behind Jackie Robinson); 1950 (behind Jim Konstanty); and 1951 (behind Roy Campanella) .  Also WON the MVP 1943, 46 & 48.
- 2nd a fourth and last time in 1957, this time to Hank Aaron.
FCR - Dave Black, Highlands Ranch, CO
Incorrect answers:  Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Frank Robinson

Q. Who was the first player to win the All-Star MVP award and pre-All-Star HR Derby in the same year?
Hint: For good measure, he won that season’s league MVP as well.
Hint: Albert Pujols is poised to take from him a record he took from Hank Aaron.
- Passed Aaron’s 328 career double plays grounded into in 2001, the final year of his career.  However, Albert Pujols, at his current rate, will easily pass Ripken’s 350 by 2017.
FCR - Adrian Fung, Toronto, ON
Incorrect answers:  Barry Bonds, Garrett Anderson, Frank Thomas, Ken Griffey, Jr., Dale Murphy, Sammy Sosa

Q. Whose record for career grand slams did Alex Rodriguez recently break?
Hint: Baseball writers attempted unsuccessfully to give him the nickname “Slambino”.
Hint: His record of most RBI in a single American League season seems safe for now.
Hint: He also still holds the record for most runs in a season by a player at his position.
- A-Rod hit his 24th GS 20-Sep-2013
- He played with Babe Ruth, the Bambino, so along with all his grand slams, it seemed a natural fit.
- 185 RBI in 1931
- 167 R in 1936
FCR - Dave Black, Highlands Ranch, CO
Incorrect answers:  Manny Ramirez, Hack Wilson, Willie McCovey

Q. What batting maven owns 9 out the top 10 season batting averages for his franchise?
Hint: … including spots 1 through 9?
Hint: His first major league hit came 24 years to the day before his son’s first hit (both doubles).
Hint: He and a fellow 40-year-old teammate shared outfield duties at the same time, the only time that has occurred this century.
- Mark Loretta’s .335 in 2004 comes in at 10th place.
- First hit: 8th-inning 19-Jul-1982; Son Tony Jr.’s 1st H: 19-Jul-2006
-  Played with Rickey Henderson on the 2001 San Diego Padres.
FCR - Timothy Kearns, Washington, DC
Incorrect answers:  George Sisler, Ken Griffey, Ken Griffey, Jr., Ty Cobb, Tris Speaker, Tim Raines, Mel Ott

Q. Who was the first Hall of Fame batter never to have a sacrifice bunt in his career?
Hint: He is the only member of the 500-home-run club to hit a major league grand slam as a teenager.
Hint: His first big league skipper had managed a World Series winner 79 years before one led by the manager of his last team.
Hint: One year he had 5 multi-home run games in May alone.
- He did manage 77 sacrifice flies. (Frank Thomas, inducted in 2014 also had a Hall of Fame career without a sacrifice bunt.)
- GS 21-June-1956.  He turned 20 the following week.  He hit 10 more during the course of his 22-year major league career.
- His first team in the majors was the 1954 Washington Senators led by Bucky Harris who had managed the 1924 Senators to their only championship.  Killebrew finished with Jack McKeon’s Kansas City Royals in 1975.  McKeon would go on to manage the Florida Marlins to their 2nd World Series title in 2003.
- 2 HR each game 01-, 02-, 09-, 12- & 17-May-1959.  He had 5 additional homers that month.
FCR - Andrew Distler, New York, NY
Incorrect answers:  Hank Aaron, Jimmie Foxx, Ted Williams, Mel Ott, Ken Griffey, Jr., Reggie Jackson, Robin Yount, Mickey Mantle, Alex Rodriguez, Babe Ruth, Al Kaline, Eddie Mathews, Willie Mays, Joe DiMaggio

Q. Who was the first American League center fielder since Fred Lynn to be named MVP?
Hint: He was the first player to collect 4 hits in a World Series game twice in the same series.
Hint: He was honored with Baseball Digest’s Player of the Year Award the same season as that World Series.
Hint: That year he was similarly recognized by the American League and the Sporting News.
Hint: He played one more game in the majors as a teenager than Mel Ott did.
- 4 H/G 1982 WS G 1 & G 5
- 242 G as a teenager; Ott 241
FCR - Alex Poterack, Providence, RI
Incorrect answers:  Paul Molitor, Mike Trout, Ken Griffey, Jr., Kirby Puckett, Josh Hamilton, Jermaine Dye, Joe Carter

Q. Who was the 2nd player (Willie Stargell was the 1st) to hit 2 balls into the upper deck @ Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh?
Hint: Orlando Merced kept him from joining Orlando Cepeda and Frank Robinson as the only unanimous ROY & MVP winners when he (Merced) received a single (1) first place ROY vote.
Hint: In his only Gold Glove season, he also won the Silver Slugger Award.
Hint: Not getting into the Hall on his first try was a step backwards, but he had experienced thousands of those during his career.
- HR’s were 05-May-1991 off Bob Kipper and 29-May-1996 off Danny Darwin.
- Orlando Merced received one 1st-place vote for 1991 NL ROY, Bagwell got the rest; Bagwell was the unanimous NL MVP in 1994.
- 1994 GG & SS (Also MVP)
- It was his batting style to step backwards just before hitting the ball.  This is fun too.
FCR - Dave Serota, Kalamazoo, MI
Incorrect answers:  Greg Luzinski, Mike Schmidt, Dave Parker, Barry Bonds, Bobby Bonilla, John Milner, Cal Ripken, Albert Pujols, Andre Dawson

Q. Who was the first post-expansion player to collect more than 100 in each of these statistical categories in a single season:  Bases-on-Balls, Runs scored, Runs-Batted-In and  Extra-Base Hits?
Hint: Amazingly, two other players reached those totals the very next season and yet it has not been done since.  Only 3 players did it earlier, each only once and each in the Hall of Fame.
Hint: His doubles total that season ranks in the all-time Top Ten.
Hint: He finished a distant 5th in MVP voting that year, the highest finish in his 17-year career.
Hint: His retirement preceded the retirement of a player in another sport, a player with whom he is closely linked.
Hint: His uniform number, now  retired by his team, was a tribute to former Chicago Cubs first baseman Mark Grace.
- 2000 season:  103 BB, 138 R, 147 RBI, 103 EBH.  The RBI and EBH totals led the league.
- In 2001 Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa reached these totals.  The 3 HOFers to do it were Babe Ruth (1921), Lou Gehrig (1927) & Hank Greenberg (1937).
- His total of 59 doubles that year ranks 7th all-time.
- Bested in the  NL MVP voting by winner Jeff Kent (392) as well as Barry Bonds (279), Mike Piazza (271) and Jim Edmonds (208)  Helton received 198.
- Helton was first-string quarterback at University of Tennessee, but when Peyton Manning showed up, he realized he had no chance, quite the team and focused on baseball.
- Uniform #17.  Grace wore it with CHC and ARI
FCR - Barry Nelson, Guilderland, NY
Incorrect answers:  Eddie Mathews, Andres Galarraga, Nomar Garciaparra, Larry Walker, Albert Belle, Sammy Sosa, Barry Bonds, Ryne Sandberg, Joe Morgan, Luis Gonzalez, Wade Boggs, Norm Cash, Rafael Palmeiro

Q. Who is the only player to lead a 100-year-old franchise in career offensive WAR and defensive WAR?
Hint: He once hit 10 home runs in his team’s first 12 games one season.
Hint: He is the home run leader in three different U.S. presidential administrations.
- Offensive WAR 90.9 (Hall of Famer Ed Delahanty is a distant 2nd with 58.9) ; Defensive WAR 17.9 (barely edging out  Chase Utley’s 17.0)
- 10 HR 1976
- Lead HR hitter during the administrations of Gerald Ford (87 HR 1974-77); Jimmy Carter (152 HR 1977-81& Ronald Reagan (259 HR 1981-88)
- BTW, The only person to lead in both categories for a younger franchise is Evan Longoria of the Tampa Bay Rays.
FCR - Alex Drude, Mill Valley, CA
Incorrect answers:  Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, Ernie Banks, Roberto Clemente, Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Johnny Bench

Q. Whose cycle was the last of the 20th century?
Hint: One year he hit 20 home runs in his team’s first 40 games.
Hint: He passed Babe Ruth on the career doubles list on Mothers' Day.
Hint: He is the proud owner of a 30-game hitting streak.
- Cycle 05-Jul-2000
- 20 HR 03-Apr-2001 through 17-May-2001
- Hit is 507th double on Sunday, 14-May-2006; finished with 596, 16th all-time.
- Hitting streak 11-Apr-1999 through 18-May-1999
FCR - Tom Urban, Tallahassee, FL
Incorrect answers:  Chuck Klein, Jimmy Rollins, Miguel Cabrera, Carlos Beltran, Todd Helton, Barry Bonds

WEEK’S THEME - Very close but incorrect guesses on last Monday’s question where George Brett was the correct answer. Bagwell

For a complete comparison, click HERE.  Helton and Gwynn were very close and Musial and Gonzalez were not far off the pace.  Musial’s dominance is amazing considering that his franchise has been in business since 1882 and has 16 other Hall of Famers it can claim.

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Rick Fink, Edison, NJ

Incorrect theme guesses:
Monday   - Players who lived the longest after making the Hall of Fame

Tuesday  - Hall of Famers from Pennsylvania
- Players who played in more than 1000 consecutive games
- Players with the longest consecutive games played streaks
- Career leaders in games played by position
- Voted in on first round Hall of Famers!

Wed - Batting leaders for their organizations also selected for the all century team
- All won the Lou Gehrig award for sportsmanship
- Modern era players surpassing HOF's achievements
- How about longest consecutive games-played streaks
- HOFers voted in by BBWA who played their entire careers with one franchise
- Hall of Famers who played 2000+ games for one franchise
- Hall of Famers with the longest consecutive games played streaks
- Hall of gamers who played their entire careers for on team
- Hall of Famers with the longest consecutive games played streaks
- Hall of Famers who played for one team their whole career with over 2000 games
  for the franchise
- played the most consecutive games by position
- consecutive games played by decade

Thurs - HOF teenagers who lead their clubs in career statistics and hit double digits in HRs as teenagers
  • Players who played their entire careers for the same franchise.
  • Each man is the career hits leader for his team

Friday - Career at-bat leader for his principal (or only) franchise

Sunday - Leading a franchise in RBI and XBH
- All played for only one team
- Leaders of games played for their franchise who played in World Series for that franchise
- Players who played for only one franchise in their career and for at least 15 years and
 led the league in RBI at least once.
- Players who won all star MVPs in their home park
- First player for their franchise to have been selected to 3 consecutive All-Star Games
- Players who homered in all-star game and postseason in same year
- First player on their respective team to have their number retired
- Most consecutive games played for their franchises
- They each had a final inning game-winning hit in a World Series game
- A walk-off hit or a walk-off RBI in a WS game

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