Monday, July 24, 2017

2017-07-17 Current members of the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum Board of Directors


Q.        Who is the on African-American player ever to win a batting Triple Crown in the majors?
Hint:     In his 21-year Hall of Fame career, it was the only season where he led in any of the Triple Crown categories.
Hint:     Of one of his minor league stops, he said, “I got my first taste of racial bigotry in Ogden.”
-  1966 AL TC with BAL; 49 HR, 122 RBI, .316 BA.  The HR were a personal high.
-  Played 72 games in 1953 for the Class C Ogden Reds
FCR -  R.D. Lerner, Silver Spring, Maryland

Q.        Who is the only second baseman to win more than one MVP under the current voting system?
Hint:     In both MVP years, it was a teammate who kept him from winning unanimously.  Both of those teammates were MVPs in their own right in different seasons.
Hint:     One team he played with changed their name after he’d been with them for 2 seasons.
Hint:     His Hall of Fame manager called him, “… the greatest offensive player I ever managed.”
A.         JOE MORGAN
-  MVPs 1975 (Where Pete Rose got 2 first-place votes), 1976 (Where George Foster got 5 first-place votes)
-  Rose, MVP in 1973; Foster, MVP in 1977
HOU was the Colt 45’s 1962-64, but since then have been the Astros
-  Quote from Sparky Anderson (Note that Sparky also gave similar verbal evaluations of Peter Rose, Johnny Bench, George Foster, Tony Perez, Tom Seaver, Alan Trammel, Kirk Gibson, Willie Hernandez, Jack Morris, Lou Whitaker, Lance Parrish, Enos Cabell and probably several others.  And he believed it every time.)
FCR -  David Skelton, Woodway, Texas
Incorrect answers:  Rogers Hornsby, Jeff Kent, Pete Rose, Roberto Alomar, Craig Biggio

Q.        With 28, who is the Padres all-time leader for single-season sacrifice hits?
Hint:     He’s also 3rd, 4th and tied for 39th on the same list.
Hint:     He was the first player to start at a middle infield position for the Padres for 4 consecutive seasons.
Hint:     He holds the MLB career record for assists by a shortstop.
A.         OZZIE SMITH
-  28 sac H in 1978, 23 in 1980, 22 in 1979 & 10 in 1981 (However, he led the majors in games and plate appearances in that strike-interrupted season.)
-  SS starter for SDP 1978-81
-  8,375 A
FCR -  David Skelton, Woodway, Texas
Incorrect answers:  Garry Templeton Bill Almon

Q.        Who played on the losing team in the MLB All-Star game a record 15 times?
Hint:     He was the first player to hit for the cycle for his franchise.
Hint:     He depicted in a Norman Rockwell painting.
Hint:     He should have been playing in a higher league according to Pete Rose.
-  The NL dominated AS play during his career 1955-77.  He was also twice on the victorious AS team (1962 [2nd G] and 1971) and played in one tie, 1961 [2nd G].
-  Cycle 15-Jul-1960
-  Robinson traveled to Rockwell’s studio in 1971 for the painting, entitled Gee, Thanks Brooks, commissioned by Harry Figge, Jr., owner of the conglomerate that included Rawlings Sporting Good.  Brooks and the artist became good friends during the process.  Robinson decided to auction the painting and then he donated the proceeds to the Constance & Brooks Robinson Charitable Foundation run by his four children.
FCR -  Charlie Vascellaro, Baltimore
Incorrect answers:  Frank Robinson, Ted Williams, Willie Mays, Stan Musial, Carl Yastrzemski, Hank Aaron, George Brett, Mickey Mantle, Tony Gwynn, Rod Carew

Q.        What Hall of Fame pitcher’s nickname is based on his most frequent pitching grip?
Hint:     His brother also pitched in the majors and even made the All-Star team once.
Hint:     He was one of the star attractions of SABR 40.
Hint:     He threw the 3rd of the 10 no-hitters the Padres have been victims of.
A.         PHIL NIEKRO
-  “Knucksie” for his knuckleball
-  Brother Joe was an AS in 1979
-  No-no :  05-Aug-1973.
FCR -  Dennis Cullen, Durham
Incorrect answers:  Gaylord Perry, Mordecai Brown

Q.        Who was the only major league baseball commissioner born in the same state where (according to the Mills Commission) baseball was born?
Hint:     He followed a commissioner who was later voted into the Hall of Fame.
Hint:     He received Ivy League degrees from Cornell and Harvard, the latter a Magnum Cum Laude law degree.
A.         ROB MANFRED
-  Born in Rome, New York, 57 miles NW of CooperstownThe Mills Commission was a contrived farce pretending to determine absolutely where and when baseball was “invented”.  See “Baseball in the Garden of Eden” by John Thorn or “Baseball Before We Knew It” by David Block.
-  Succeeded recently elected Hall of Famer Bud Selig.
FCR -  Frank Workman, Lake Forest Park, Washington
Incorrect answers:  Bowie Kuhn, Bart Giamatti, Fay Vincent, Happy Chandler, Ford Frick

Q.        What former IRS tax attorney and member of the Basketball Hall of Fame does not hide his preference for baseball?
Hint:     In fact, the program for his Springfield induction shows him holding his most treasured baseball possession.
Hint:     At Carlton Fisk’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cooperstown, Fisk refused to acknowledge his presence, possibly because he called Fisk a ‘prima donna’.
Hint:     He attended school in Foggy Bottom, but did not play baseball for them.
-  Basketball Hall of Fame 2016 induction ceremony program
-  Attended GWU in Washington, DC
-  Feud with Fisk stemmed mostly from how Fisk was released from the White Sox mid-season in 1993.
FCR -  Bob Kimball, Sutton, Massachusetts
Incorrect answers:  Red Auerbach, Elgin Baylor, Larry O’Brien

Q.        Whose juvenile baseball jersey was Eddie Gaedel wearing in his only major league plate appearance?
Hint:     A former Bulldog, he has owned multiple avian baseball franchises.
Hint:     A non-baseball franchise he owns has a direct tie to the film “Field of Dreams”.
Hint:     His father was a protégé of Branch Rickey’s and sold soda pop at Robison Field.
Hint:     He has served on the President's Intelligence Advisory Board.
A.         WILLIAM O. DeWITT, Jr.
-  His father, Bill DeWitt, owned the St. Louis Browns in 1951 and used young Jr.’s jersey which fit Gaedel, sort of.
-  An alum of Yale University; received an MBA from Harvard; has owned shares of the Baltimore Orioles and currently owns a majority share in the St. Louis Cardinals and the Memphis Redbirds.
-  James Earl Jones, co-star of the movie “Field of Dreams” is the principal spokesman for Arby’s.  DeWitt owns 63 Arby's franchises estimated at $50.4 million.   [Well, well, well.  It appears that yours truly has been duped!  I foolishly bought into the rumor that Irving Rameses "Ving" Rhames was dead.  Not only is he not, but it is HE and not J.E. Jones voicing the Arby’s commercials.  I’m assuming with DeWitt’s approval.  The cosmic connection, therefore, never happened.  Apologies.]
-  Father, Bill DeWitt, once worked the aisles at Robison Field which was the home of the Cards from 27-Apr-1893 until 06-Jun-1920.
-  Appointed by Pres. George W. Bush in 2003 to the PIAB.
FCR -  David Ramsden, Barcelona
Incorrect answers:  Phil Wrigley, Bill Veeck, Mike Veeck, Lee MacPhail, Augie Busch, Ted Turner

Q.        What accountant was employee #1 of the expansion Toronto Blue Jays?
Hint:     He was once also the team president and CEO of the Canadian Football League’s Toronto Argonauts.
Hint:     In addition, he has served on the Board of Directors of the Shakespearean Festival located on the banks of the Avon River in Stratford, Ontario.
Hint:     He is the recipient of multiple honorary degrees from prestigious universities.
Hint:     He was, for seven years at the turn of the century, president of Major League Baseball.
-  Hired 10-May-1976
-  Is very involved in many Civic ventures
-  Stratford, Ontario is the largest Shakespearian festival outside the UK.
-  President of MLB from 1998 to 2005.
FCR -  Adrian Fung, Toronto
Incorrect answers:  Gord Ash, Pat Gillick, Bill Giles, Jackie Autrey

WEEKLY THEME – Current member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum Board of Directors

Remaining members of the Board:
Jane Forbes Clark – Chairman
(Joe L. Morgan – Vice Chairman)
Kevin S. Moore – Treasurer

First Correct Respondent to Identify ThemeJim Turner, Tallahassee (after Niekro)

Incorrect theme guesses:

Tues       -  Reds MVPs
               -  Players who were MVP and led their teams to win the World Series after being traded.
               -  Players from Oakland, California
               -  African-American MVPs with multiple World Series appearances
               -  African American Two Time MVPs
               -  African American players from Oakland

Thursday-  Players who have served on the HOF's Board of Directors
               -  Player who made the All-Star team after age 40
               -  Men who served on the Vets' Committee
               -  Hall of Fame players that hit home runs in 3 decades

Sunday    -  All were with teams that have birds for mascots.

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