Sunday, June 4, 2017

2017-05-29 Alphabetic Continuation

Q.        Who is the only player to win the Rawlings/SABR Platinum Glove Award more than once in the American League?
Hint:     He is the only National League player to collect 200 hits in a season without even one of them being a triple.
Hint:     After winning a home run title in his 7th year in the majors, he was traded and took over the locker of a recently retired two-time batting champion.
-  200 H, 0 3b in 2004 for LAD (It’s been done 6 times in the AL.)
-  48 HR for LAD in 2004
-  Took the locker that had belonged to Edgar Martinez
FCR -  Scott Mattson, Shawnee, Kansas
Incorrect answers:  Yoenis Cespedes, Rafael Palmeiro

Q.        What pennant-winning manager averaged more than 99 wins a season for the Dodgers?
Hint:     The season immediately after he was the Dodgers’ manager, he managed an American League team to more than 100 losses.
Hint:     Of his 16 years managing in the majors, 7 of them were partial years.
-  Won 96, 97 & 105 for BRO in 1951, 52 & 53 respectively (99.33)
-  Skippered the 1955 Washington Senators to a 53-101 record
FCR -  Gary Sarnoff, Alexandria, Virginia
Incorrect answers: 

Q.        What young speedster never had fewer than 10 triples in a season until his 11th year?
Hint:     He was the first to lead the American League in triples for 3 consecutive seasons.
Hint:     A famous teammate once took a famous swing at him, missed, broke his hand and drew a 5-week suspension for his efforts.  Swinger and swingee are now enshrined in Cooperstown.
Hint:     A player listed by baseball-reference as the first major leaguer ever, prevented this guy from being a double-unique.
A.         ELMER FLICK
-  10+ 3b 1898-1907
-  Led in 3b w/CLE 1905-07
Errant punch thrown by Nap Lajoie, HOF 1939.  Flick HOF 1963.
Elmer White debuted 04-May-1871
FCR -  Fred Worth, Arkadelphia, Arkansas
Incorrect answers:  Sam Crawford, Rod Carew, Burt Shotton, Don Mattingly, Joe Torre, Mike Scioscia, Tris Speaker, Hank Aaron, Luis Aparicio

Q.        Who is the all-time major league leader for sacrifice flies in a single season?
Hint:     He hit the last grand slam for his team before they move cities and the first one for them in their new home.
Hint:     A year later he won one of the first Lou Gehrig Memorial Awards.
A.         GIL HODGES
-  19 SF in 1954
-  GS for the Brooklyn Dodgers 01-Aug-1957 and for the Los Angeles Dodgers 23-Aug-1958
-  Won the 1959 LGMA, the 5th ever awarded
FCR -  Richard Marston, Newport Beach, California
Incorrect answers:  Alvin Dark, Eddie Murray, Harmon Killebrew

Q.        What former Wildcat was the first batter with a career entirely in the modern era to retire with more than 100 career hits without ever hitting a triple?
Hint:     He never played on a team that finished the season higher than 7th in the standings.
Hint:     He was teammates with 4 Hall of Famers and the son of another one.
Hint:     He is buried in a humble unmarked grave in Louisville.
-  116 H 1930-31, 34; U. of Kentucky
-  1930 CHW 7th, 1931 CHW 8th, 1934 PHI 7th
FCR -  Scott Mattson, Shawnee, Kansas
Incorrect answers:  Earl Averill, Dave Sisler

Q.        Which Hall of Famer earned fame as an Indiana fairgrounds bicycle racer?
Hint:     He also operated a roller skating rink before his career got started.
Hint:     He scouted out a famous hidden Indian.
Hint:     He attended the same law school as did Miller Huggins.
-  Before his career in law
-  He ruled that Tommy Henrich be a free agent in 1937 because of having been hidden illegally in the CLE farm system.  Henrich won 4 rings w/NYY.
FCR -  Adam Foldes, New York City
Incorrect answers:  Hughie Jennings

Q.        What burly Hollywood native marks the initials of three people in the outfield dirt prior to every game:  Mike Adenhart, Lacey Warner and his mother?
Hint:     In his locker, he proudly displayed a photo of himself as a toddler being held by his mother.
Hint:     He is now in his third stint with his team, enjoying the leadership status of a veteran.
Hint:     During his first stint, he was an All-Star team starter.
Hint:     He became only the sixth catcher ever to have more than one home run in a postseason game.
A.         MIKE NAPOLI
-  B. in Hollywood, FloridaNick Adenhart, a young pitcher when Napoli was with the LAA, was killed in a car accident at age 22.  Lacey Warner was an 8-year-old who died of a complication during open heart surgery.  Napoli befriended her during his time w/BOS.
-  Played w/TEX 2011-12 & then 2015 before going to the WS in 2016 w/CLE.
-  2 HR in G 3 of the 2008 ALDS off former WS MVP Josh Beckett
FCR -  Fred Worth, Arkadelphia, Arkansas
Incorrect answers: 

Q.        Whose string of 7 straight bloop hits helped coin the phrase “Texas Leaguer”?
Hint:     They were accomplished in the first 7 at -bats of his professional career based on a verbal contract entered into that very morning.
Hint:     Playing in the outfield for Connie Mack’s A’s one season he led the majors in strikeouts with a total that has already been reached this year and would not place him in the top 5,000 all-time.
Hint:     In the winter before his last season, he invested in a traveling vaudeville show, but disbanded the troupe, embarrassed when his own parents refused to come to see it.
Hint:     A BLTR, he played for 6 teams in the majors over the span of 8 seasons.
-           Read the story of Pickering’s debut here:  Texas Leaguer
-           75 k in 1903
-           One newspaper writer called it, “Pickering’s Polluted Pollywogs – Picturesque, Pestilential Posers, the Perihelion Pinks of Piccadilly”.
FCR -  Mike McCroskey, Sugar Land, Texas
Incorrect answers: 

Q.        What ballplayer was played by Anthony Perkins in the movie Fear Strikes Out?
Hint:     He was also portrayed therein by
Hint:     He made a name for himself several ways, but perhaps the most notable was when he hit his career 100th home run, he ran the bases backwards to celebrate.
Hint:     He hit it off a future World-Series-winning manager.
Hint:     He was the first (and so far only) only Red Sox player to collect six hits in a 9-inning game.
Hint:     He won Gold Gove Awards with two different American League teams.
A.         JIMMY PIERSALL  Obit
-           Fear Strikes Out, IMDB
-           100th HR 23-Jun-1963 off Dallas Green
-           6 H 10-Jun-1953 (He went hitless in the 2nd G.) Pete Runnels (30-Aug-1960, 15 innings), Jerry Remy (3,4-Aug-1981, 20 innings)
-           GG with BOS and CLE
FCR -  Ken Auerbach Bonita Spring, Florida
Incorrect answers: 

WEEKLY THEME – Alphabetical Continuation

We decided not to extend the string with …

First Correct Respondent to Identify ThemeBill Hickman, Rockville, Maryland

Incorrect theme guesses:

Thur        -  Players who died exactly 2 days before their birthdays
               -  All were members of teams with cats as mascots, i.e. Wildcats, Bearcats, Tigers, etc.

Sat          -  Branch Rickey association

Sun         - Players who were known for professional entertainment activities outside baseball.

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