Sunday, January 22, 2017
2017-01-16 Retired 500 Home Run Club members who hit more on the road
Q. Who was the first player to homer from both sides of the plate in a game more than 10 times?
Hint: He is only the second switch-hitter to join the 500-Home-Run Club.
Hint: He is very thankful to Felipe Lira.
Hint: He famously said, after getting glasses 10 years into his major league career, “I found out there are a lot of ugly people out there.”
A. EDDIE MURRAY
- 11th G 21-Apr-1994.
- Murray’s 500th HR was off Lira 21-Sep-1996.
FCR - Kevin Warren, Briarcliff Manor, New York
Incorrect answers: Chipper Jones, Mickey Mantle
Q. Which player hit the most home runs while Dwight D. Eisenhower was President of the U.S.?
Hint: Nobody else played more games for the Milwaukee Braves.
Hint: He was the first backwards K Nolan Ryan ever achieved in the majors.
- 2,122 G for MLN
- ꓘ on 11-Sep-1966, Ryan’s 2nd strikeout
FCR - Michael Green, Las Vegas
Incorrect answers: Henry Aaron, Mickey Mantle, Harmon Killebrew
Q. Who led his league in home runs a colossal twelve (12!) times?
Hint: Mike Schmidt is second on that list with 8.
Hint: The player he admired the most and tried to style his batting stance after, was Joe Jackson.
A. BABE RUTH
- 1st HR title in 1918 w/11; Last one 1931 w/46
- 2nd place no shame on this list!
FCR - Jake Hopper, Houston
Incorrect answers: Honus Wagner, Ty Cobbs, Ralph Kiner, Frank Baker
Q. Who is history’s all-time leader in on-base percentage?
Hint: More than five years before his actual retirement, he announced his retirement in an article in a national magazine.
Hint: He turned down an honorary degree from Harvard.
A. TED WILLIAMS
- .482 OBP. If you saw him at the plate, you were going to see him on base essentially ½ the time. Astounding.
- Announced in the Saturday Evening Post
- When Ted was told that Fred Astaire and Katherine Hepburn also turned down Harvard he replied he was in pretty good company.
FCR - Chuck Durante, Dover, Delaware
Incorrect answers: John McGraw, Alex Rodriguez, Ty Cobb, Barry Bonds, Rickey Henderson
Q. Whose career included 500+ home runs and 500+ stolen bases?
Hint: He and his Hall of Fame cousin attended and played for the same university.
Hint: He had a famous fight with an MVP teammate.
A. BARRY BONDS
- No one else in in that club: 762 HR/514 SB
- Scuffled with Jeff Kent.
FCR - Kellen Nielson, Blanding, Utah
Incorrect answers: Ken Griffey, Jr., Mickey Mantle, Reggie Jackson, Willie Mays
Q. Who attended a D-1 college on a football scholarship, but was invited to Cooperstown with a 90+% vote on his first year eligible?
Hint: He owns the first steal of home in a postseason game that wasn’t a World Series game.
Hint: He regrets not having insured his cars that one time, but admits to regretting little else.
- Played football and baseball at Arizona State University. His name appeared on a robust 93.6% of the ballots cast by the writers in 1993. He was the only one they elected that year.
- Car collection destroyed in warehouse fire 05-Aug-1988. He later admitted that they were all uninsured.
FCR - Joe Merrill, Montpelier, Vermont
Incorrect answers: Jackie Robinson, Frank Thomas, Joe Morgan, Ken Griffey, Jr., Ty Cobb, Rickey Henderson, Dave Winfield, Deion Sanders, Rod Carew
Q. What three-time MVP received not a single vote for Rookie of the Year?
Hint: He finished in the top 5 in MVP voting an additional six (6!) times.
Hint: His career stats are impressive: OPS is over .970; OPS+ is over 170.
Hint: He was an All-Star every season but two in his lengthy career.
Hint: He committed 55 errors at shortstop during his last year in the minors.
Hint: Martha Stewart (Yes, THAT Martha Stewart!) sometimes babysat his kids.
- MVP’s in 1956, 57 & 62; Additional top 5 finishes in 1952 (3rd), 55 (5th), 58 (5th), 60 (2nd), 61 (2nd) and 64 (2nd).
- Missed being an AS only in 1951 & 66.
FCR - Jim Lovelace, Kent, Ohio
Incorrect answers: Stan Musial, Mike Schmidt, Willie Mays, Alex Rodriguez, Yogi Berra, Ernie Banks, Cal Ripken
Q. Who is the only player to have a single season slugging percentage over .700 in each league?
Hint: It led the league both times.
Hint: Five times in his career he had more than 100 bases-on-balls.
Hint: He waxed lugubriously lachrymose at an inauspicious moment.
A. MARK McGWIRE
- .730, OAK, 1996; .752, STL, 1998
- Gave Congress a tearful testimony
FCR - Saul Wisnia, Newton Center, Massachusetts
Incorrect answers: Frank Robinson, Jim Thome, Tim Raines, Barry Bonds
Q. Who was the last 20th century American League player to go an entire season (min 20 AB) without collecting a hit?
Hint: He did draw five walks in his 25 plate appearances that year.
Hint: Not since Maris and Mantle had done it in their magical season of 1961 had a player racked up 40 home runs and 110 RBI in his team’s first 100 games of the season.
Hint: He was the only player to compete in the All-Star Home Run Derby in both 2004 and 2005. He improved considerably, but still didn’t win.
A. DAVID ORTIZ
- 0-20 in 1999
FCR - Mark Hayne, Dumfries, Virginia
Incorrect answers: Josh Hamilton, Jose Canseco, Mark McGwire, Manny Ramirez, Juan Gonzalez, Sammy Sosa
WEEKLY THEME – Retired 500-HR Club members who hit more on the road.
Slugger Home Away Total
Bonds 379 < 383 = 762
Jackson 280 < 283 = 563
Mantle 266 < 270 = 536
Mathews 238 < 274 = 512
McGwire 285 < 298 = 583
Murray 242 < 262 = 504
Ortiz 241 < 300 = 541
Ruth 347 < 367 = 714
Williams 248 < 273 = 521
Among active players, Albert Pujols would also qualify:
Pujols 277 < 314 = 591
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