Monday, April 24, 2017

2017-04-17 Pitchers with more than one double-digit-strikeout World Series game

Reader Scott Matteson from Shawnee, Kansas sent us this week’s theme.

Q.        Which Hall of Famer is the only pitcher to win nine (9!) Opening Day games for the same team, all complete games?
Hint:     He managed the Cleveland Indians to a .516 winning percentage, finishing every year in the first division.
Hint:     He was born in Kansas, grew up in California, but many people seem to think he’s from Idaho.
-  All for the Washington Senators 1910-1926
-  CLE 1933 = 4th; 1934 3rd; 1935 = 3rd.
-  B. in Humboldt, Kansas; Attended school in southern California, not far from the famous Tar Pits.  He was first scouted in Idaho where he worked for the phone company and played for the local team.
FCR -  Jim Casey ( !), Savannah
Incorrect answers:  Bob Feller, Bob Lemon, Early Wynn, Ralph Houk, Gaylord Perry

Q.        Who was the first National League pitcher to amass 3,000 career strikeouts?
Hint:     He was the first pitcher to win the Cy Young Award for a team with a losing record.
Hint:     Surrendered a home run to the first batter he ever faced in the majors.
A.         BOB GIBSON
-  3,000th K = Cesar Geronimo 17-Jul-1974; career K’s = 3,117.  Only 3 pitchers achieved 3,000 K in fewer innings of the 16 pitchers who reached that plateau.  Amazingly, Geronimo was also Nolan Ryan’s 3,000th!
CYA for STL, 76-96 in 1970
-  HR in debut by the immortal Jim Baxes 15-Apr-1959, the first of the 17 homers in Baxes’ one-year major league career.
FCR -  Jerry Mora, Prescott, Arizona
Incorrect answers:  Steve Carlton, Ferguson Jenkins, Greg Maddux, Walter Johnson, Warren Spahn, Nolan Ryan

Q.        What Ivy League alumnus is the only left-handed pitcher to throw no-hitters in 3 consecutive seasons?
Hint:     Less than a year before the start of his greatest season, he almost lost the index finger on his pitching hand to amputation.  An experimental procedure saved the finger.
Hint:     When he was excelling in his high school years, his parents didn’t even know he played baseball.
-  No-hitters 1962-63-64 …OR… 1963-64-65.  Enrolled briefly at Columbia University in New York, but left when the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles.
-  Injured finder after game on 30-Jun-1962.  Won CYA & MVP in 1963.
-  Was a star in local sand lot action in Brooklyn
FCR -  Rick Steinheiser, Gilbert, Arizona
Incorrect answers: 

Q.        Who is the only Baltimore Oriole pitcher to lead the American League in strikeouts for a season?
Hint:     In a bizarre stat, he is the only 20th century pitcher to issue more bases-on-balls than hits allowed in consecutive seasons for different teams (normal minimums apply).
Hint:     He surrendered Ted Williams' 2,000th career hit.
Hint:     His full-page portrait from “Sport” magazine is the first one of an athlete I ever hung up on my bedroom wall.
A.         BOB TURLEY
-  185 K in 1954
-  1954 for BAL = 181 BB/176 H; 1955 for NYY 177 BB/168 H
Williams’ H = 11-Aug-1955
FCR -  Bill Carle, Lee’s Summit, Missouri
Incorrect answers:  Jim Palmer, Ned Garver, Johnny Schmitz, Hal Brown, Milt Pappas, Hoyt Wilhelm, Steve Barber, Billy O’Dell, Mike Cuellar, Don Larsen, Bobo Newsome

Q.        What hurler broke Whitey Ford’s record of 10 postseason pitching victories?
Hint:     He broke his multiple-game errorless streak during the same game in which his teammates tied the major league record of hitting 8 home runs while giving up none.
Hint:     A SABR chapter president devoted an entire website expounding why this pitcher was not Hall of Fame worthy.  It didn’t work.
Hint:     Three times he’s led his league in games started, but he’s also led his league in saves at least once.
A.         JOHN SMOLTZ
-  Broke Ford’s record with his 11th postseason win 30-Sep-1998 (All of Ford’s wins were World Series wins.)
-  262-game errorless streak broken 28-May-2006
-  Led NL w/35 GS in each of 1992, 1997 & 2006.  Led MLB in saves w/55 in 2002.
FCR -  Jake Hopper, Houston
Incorrect answers:  Tom Glavine, Catfish Hunter, Greg Maddux, Andy Pettitte

Q.        What four-time World Series champion was the first foreign-born pitcher to start an Opening Day game for the New York Yankees?
Hint:     The former Cy Young Award winner that he replaced in the Yankees rotation later made a shoe commercial mocking (honoring?) his pitching motion.
Hint:     He was the majors’ first pitcher to win his first 8 pitching victories.
Hint:     While defecting from Cuba, he was stranded on the Caribbean island of Anguilla Cay for 3 days before being picked up by the U.S. Coast Guard.
-  WS rings 1998, 1999 & 2000 w/NYY and 2005 w/ CHW
David Cone (CYA 1993 w/KCA) made an Adidas TV ad.  Had replaced Cone in rotation with his MLB debut 03-Jun-1998.
-  Postseason W’s 1998-2000
-  Stranded and rescued 1997
FCR -  Rich Klein, Plano, Texas
Incorrect answers:  Mariano Rivera, Livan Hernandez

WEEKLY THEME – Pitchers with more than one double-digit-strikeout World Series game

Pitcher              WS        Game        Date       K’s
Gibson              1964        5            12-Oct      13
        "                 1967        1            04-Oct      10
        "                    "            7            12-Oct      10
        "                 1968        1            02-Oct      17
        "                    "            4            06-Oct      10
Hernandez        1999        1            23-Oct      10
        "                 2000        3*          24-Oct      12
Johnson            1924        1*          04-Oct      12
        "                 1925        1            07-Oct      10
Koufax              1963        1            02-Oct-    15
        "                 1965        4            11-Oct      10
        "                    "            7            14-Oct      10
Smoltz               1996        5            24-Oct      10
        "                 1999        4*          27-Oct      12
Turley                1956        6            09-Oct      11
        "                 1958        5            06-Oct      10


First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme –  ¯\_()_/¯

Incorrect theme guesses:

Tues       -  Guys who lost & won 20 games in consecutive seasons.
               -  Top 7 strikeout leaders
               -  Numerical order of pitchers to strike out 3000

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