Monday, October 17, 2016

Oct 10-16, 2016 2,000 hits while playing for the Senators/Twins franchise

Q. Who was the last player to hit 40 home runs in a season for the original Senators?
Hint: He was also the first Twins player to hit 40 in a season.
Hint: Although he hit 40 home runs in a season eight times, he never reached 50.
Hint: All-told he ended his career with 573.
- 42 HR for 1959 Senators
- 46 HR for 1961 Twins
- 40+ HR in 1959, 61-64, 67, 69-70
FCR - Dave Wise, Hyde Park, NY
Incorrect answers:  Bob Allison

Q. Which Hall of Famer hit for the cycle during the game in which Bert Blyleven reached 3,000 strikeouts?
Hint: He was hit by a pitch in his final major league plate appearance.
Hint: Between 1970 and 2000, he was the only player to lead his league in hits for three consecutive seasons.
Hint: I stood on the field during the retirement ceremony for his #34.
- Cycle 01-Aug-1986
- HBP 1st inning 28-Sep-1995
- Led AL in H 1987 (tied w- Kevin Seitzer) - 1989
- #34 retired 25-May-1997
FCR - Adrian Fung, Toronto, ON
Incorrect answers:  Bert Blyleven, Wade Boggs, Rod Carew, Steve Garvey, Paul Molitor, Tony Oliva, Cal Ripken, Robin Yount

Q. Which Hall of Famer was listed, erroneously, it turns out, as “converted” to Judaism in Adam Sandler’s Hanukkah Song?
Hint: His 19th and final season in the majors was the only year in which he was not an All-Star.
Hint: As his team’s broadcasters were fond of pointing out during his last season, he could go 0-for-500 and still retire with a batting average over .300.
Hint: He actually could have gone 0-for-861 without slipping under .300.
FCR - Kellen Nielson, Blanding, UT
Incorrect answers:  Wade Boggs, Hank Greenberg, Tony Gwynn, Sandy Koufax, Ted Williams

Q. Whose catch in the 1925 World Series remained a point of dispute, even 50 years later, after his signed affidavit affirming the catch was unsealed?
Hint: He retired with a career hits total closest to 3,000 without reaching the mark.
Hint: He spent his last season as an Indian after playing 19 years in Washington.
Hint: During WWII he employed displaced Japanese-Americans who had been relocated from the West Coast.
- Affidavit stated “At no time did I lose possession of the ball.”
- 2,987 career hits
- Played for 1934 Indians under former teammate Walter Johnson
FCR - Richard Marston, Newport Beach, CA
Incorrect answers:  Cap Anson, Sam Crane, Sam Crawford, Goose Goslin, Bucky Harris, Harry Hooper, Joe Judge, Heinie Manush

Q. Who snared Harry Hooper’s curving smash down the first base line, flipping to Walter Johnson for the last out in Johnson’s no-hitter?
Hint: Every year from 1921-30, he finished first or second in the American League in fielding percentage by a first baseman.
Hint: His third season was cut short by a broken leg and his fourth was curtailed by WWI.
Hint: He spent 20 years as head coach at Georgetown.
- No-hit save 01-Jul-1920
- Broke leg 18-Aug-1917 vs. Tigers
- 1918 season ended 01-Sep-1918 due to WWI
- Georgetown coach 1937-58, except for 1945-46
FCR - John Plywaczewski (via Facebook)
Incorrect answers:  Goose Goslin, Joe “Moon” Harris

Q. Who is the only Senators/Twins player to steal 50+ bases for 2 consecutive seasons?
Hint: For good measure, he did it a third season as well.
Hint: A long-time coach, he died during spring training 1953.
Hint: Walter Johnson was his roommate.
- >50 SB 1911-13 (58, 88 & 75 SB respectively)
FCR - Dave Wise, Hyde Park, NY
Incorrect answers:  George Case, Goose Goslin, Bucky Harris, Sam Rice, Cesar Tovar

THEME FOR THE WEEK - Players with 2,000 hits for the Senators/Twins franchise

Rice 2,889
Puckett 2,304
Judge 2,291
Milan 2,100
Carew 2,085

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Brian Wood, Pacific Grove, CA

Incorrect theme guesses:
Tuesday - Players who hit 49 HR in a season but never 50
HOF members who are the only members born in their state (or country)
Over 500 HR but never won a World Series
Led league in HR more than seven times
Dubious Triple Crown: HR, RBI, K’s
Players who hold their franchise records for home runs in one season in two different cities
Top 6 home run hitters currently in the Hall of Fame
Members of the 500 home run club who played for a franchise that relocated
Players one year shy of playing their entire career with one team
Wednesday - Twins Hall of Famers
Thursday - Twins players with retired numbers
Twins Hall of Fame inaugural class
Hall of Fame first-round draft picks who started their career with the Twins
Hall of Fame first-round draft picks who went into the Hall as Twins
Members of the Twins Hall of Fame
Friday   - Senators/Twins Hall of Famers
Played for the Senators/Twins but won a WS with a team in another city
Players in the top 10 in WAR for the Senators/Twins
Saturday - Players who led the Senators/Twins franchise in each of their World Series appearances.
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