Sunday, February 12, 2017

2017-02-06 Pitchers with a 20-Loss/200-Strikeout season

Q.        What pitcher won 38 games by a score of 1-0?
Hint:     He threw an additional 72 shutouts during his storied career.
Hint:     He is the only player to win both the Chalmers and League MVP awards.
-  110 career shutouts, the all-time record
FCR -  David de la Fuente, San Francisco
Incorrect answers:  Christy Mathewson, Steve Carlton, Pete Alexander, Cy Young, Nolan Ryan, Lefty Grove

Q.        Who is the only American League pitcher to twice pitch 2 complete-game victories in a single day?
Hint:     He assisted in the construction of the original Comiskey Park by traveling to several other major league parks to get construction ideas.
Hint:     He is the last pitcher to win 40 games in a season.
Hint:     His career ERA is the most sterling of all-time.
A.         ED WALSH
-  2 X 2 = 26-Sep-1905 and 29-Sep-1908 (Joe McGinnity did it thrice in the NL, all in the month of August 1903.)
-  40-15 in 1908 when his team only won 88 that year.  He also hit one of their 3 (not a typo) home runs that season.
FCR:       Kevin Epstein, San Antonio
Incorrect answers:  Cy Young, Kid Nichols, Bobo Gibson, Hoss Radbourn

Q.        Who is the only in the expansion era to account for over 45% of his team’s victories in a single season?
Hint:     He was the second National Leaguer to claim a third Cy Young Award.
Hint:     He leads all pitchers in major league history in pickoffs.
-  Carlton had 27 W, PHI had 59 = 46%
-  He was also the first person to win 4 CYA.
-  145 career pickoffs.  No one else even has 100.
FCR -  David de la Fuente, San Francisco
Incorrect answers:  Tom Seaver, Clayton Kershaw, Denny McLain

Q.        Which 300-game winner started his career as a reliever?
Hint:     He won 121 games after turning 40.
Hint:     He holds the National League career record for wild pitches.
A.         PHIL NIEKRO
-  Rookie in 1964, didn’t become a regular started until 1967.
-  He actually won 16 games in the season where he was 46.
-  200 WP in the NL & another 26 in the AL
FCR -  Bill Deane, Cooperstown
Incorrect answers:  Nolan Ryan, Dazzy Vance, Warren Spahn, John Smoltz

Q.        Of the Hall of Famers native to the state of Maryland, who is the oldest by birth?
Hint:     He was the first 20th century pitcher to earn 20 pitching victories in a season for the Braves.
Hint:     Four years later, he lost more games that year than has any other pitcher in the 20th century, or the 21st for that matter.
Hint:     He bought and ran a hotel in his hometown after his playing days.
A.         VIC WILLIS
-  B. 12-Apr-1876
20-17 in 1901
- 12-29 in 1905
FCR -  Fred Worth, Arkadelphia, Arkansas
Incorrect answers: Johnny Sain, Lefty Grove, Warren Spahn, Addie Joss, Gaylord Perry

Q.        What MLB team owner bought his team from a businessman who was his direct competitor in the same industry?
Hint:     He was recruited out of high school by his hometown major league team.
Hint:     He then played 2nd base in the minor leagues of the team he later owned.
Hint:     Among his teammates in the minors were Charlie Lau, Coot Veal, Bert Shepard and Jose Valdivielso.
Hint:     He is beloved in his hometown for making the difficult decision to keep the major league team in place in spite of less-than-promising economic conditions.
Hint:     He is in the hockey Hall of Fame as he also owned an NHL team.  You’ll find his name on the Stanley Cup.
A.         MIKE ILITCH who passed away today.  Read here.
-  A pizza mogul himself, he bought the Detroit Tigers from Tom Monaghan for $85 million in August 1992.
Minor league career ended by injury.
-  Owned the Detroit Red Wings hockey team.
FCR -  Barry Nelson, Guilderland, New York
Incorrect answers: 

Q.        Whose 2,679 strikeouts are the most in major league history by an American League left-handed pitcher?
Hint:     With more than 1,000 plate appearances as a batter, his first and only career home run was in the World Series.
Hint:     He remains the only non-knuckle baller to pitch more than 370 innings in a season since the Deadball Era.
Hint:     He is the favorite player of the president of SABR’s oldest chapter.
-  He added another 153 with the Mets and Padres at the end of his career.  Frank Tanana is a close 2nd w/2,669 and at 2,598, CC Sabathia is within striking distance..
-  WS HR 03-Oct-1968 off Nelson Briles of STL.
-  376.0 IP in 1971 (Knuckleballer Wilbur Wood floated 376.2 IP the next year.)
Dave Raglin, President of the Bob Davids Chapter of the Society of American Baseball Research, grew up a Tigers fan and is a founding and supporting member of the Mayo Smith Society.
FCR -  Adam Balutis, Arlington, Virginia
Incorrect answers:  Whitey Ford, Lefty Grove, Eddie Plank, Wilbur Wood, Vida Blue, Hal Newhouser, Lefty Gomez

Q.        Who was the first Houston Colt 45 selected as an All-Star?
Hint:     He struck out Ted Williams, Moose Skowron, Jackie Jensen and Mickey Mantle in All-Star competition—Williams on 3 pitches!
Hint:     He once hit a 475-foot home run in the minors.
Hint:     A high-school rival and he were rookies on the same team in the majors, but it was the other guy, who led the majors in strikeouts, who was voted Rookie of the Year.
ASG 1962 (DNP)
-  K’ed Skowron, Jensen (That’s year’s MVP) & Williams (That year’s batting champ.) in the 1958 ASG; Mantle in ’68.
-  Long HR hit 07-July 1955 at Syracuse’s MacArthur Stadium that helped secure a 3-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
FCR -  Timothy Doherty
Incorrect answers:  Jim Wynn, Hal Woodeshick, Don Wilson, Bobby Shantz, Ken Johnson JR Richard, Joe Morgan

Q.        Who was the first pitcher to throw a perfect 3-up, 3-down opening inning in a modern World Series game?
Hint:     He was the first pitcher to win a 1-0 game with his own extra-inning home run.
Hint:     He and his brother were the first siblings to play for the Red Sox (Americans).
Hint:     Instead of a short nickname, his was long.
A.         TOM HUGHES
3rd WS G, 1903, three infield groundouts
-  Solo HR 03-Aug-1906 hit off Fred Glade in the 10th
-  Brother Ed
-  “Long Tom” Hughes
FCR -  Rick Fink, Edison, NJ
Incorrect answers:  Jack Morris, Cy Young, Wes Ferrell

WEEKLY THEME – Pitchers with a 20-Loss, 200-strikeout season.

Player        Year       K’s       L’s      Team
Carlton      1973       223*     20*       PHI
Farrell        1962       203      20        HOU
Hughes      1901       225      23        CHC
Johnson    1916       228**   20        WSH
Lolich         1974       202      21*       DET
Niekro        1977       262*     20**     ATL
     ʺ            1979       208      20**     ATL
Walsh        1910       258      20*       CHW
Willis          1902       225**   20        BSN
*Led league  **Led majors

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Nobody

Incorrect theme guesses:

Wed        -  List of pitchers who won highest percentage of their team's games in one season.
               - All-Time strikeout leaders

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