Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Answers for the Week of October 11, 2010

Q.         What “Old Roman” was (is) blamed for the Black Sox scandal?
Hint:     A current major league park used to bear his name.
Twint:    His major league hosiery’s original color was brown, not black.
A.         Charles Comiskey (His penurious treatment of his players was, they claimed, the main reason they accepted bribes to purposely lose the 1919 World Series; Comiskey Park became U.S. Cellular Field in 2003.  The Chicago White Sox have played there or in its predecessor park for over a century; His major league playing career started with the St. Louis Brown Stockings)
First Correct Respondent - Cappy Gagnon, South Bend, IN

Q.         Who was the first player to hit home runs in three consecutive at-bats?
Hint:     He was the first first baseman to record two unassisted double plays in one game.
Hint:     He was the first player to hit four doubles in one game.
Twint:    Ironically, he was the first white child born in Marshalltown, IA.
A.         Cap Anson (1884)
FCR -    Art Springsteen, Sunapee, NH

Q.         Who owns the highest winning percentage of all 19th century managers? (500 W min.)
Hint:     It’s second all-time, behind only Joe McCarthy’s.
Twint:    He grew up in England playing cricket.
Twint:    He is credited with giving the New York Gothams the nickname they still retain, the Giants.
A.         James Mutrie (W pct. .611)
FCR -    Mark DeLodovico, Rockville, MD

Q.         Who is the only manager to guide seven major league teams during his career?
Hint:     He alone managed in the National League before the American Association came into existence and after the American League began competition.
Twint:    He was handsome enough, but no Beauty.
A.         Frank Bancroft (7 teams; Not to be mistaken for Hall of Famer Dave “Beauty” Bancroft)
FCR -    Al Blumkin, Brooklyn

Q.         Who was Brooklyn’s first major league pennant-winning manager?
Hint:     He managed five Hall of Famers.
Twint:    He won for the borough in consecutive years in different leagues.
A.         Bill McGunnigle (1888 Bridegrooms; Managed Connie Mack, Jake Beckley, Ned Hanlon, Pud Galvin, and Fred Clarke; 1888 AA, 1889 NL)
FCR -    Ken Bell, Chicago

Q.         Who was the SECOND Canadian-born major league manager?
Hint:     He was the last manager in Kansas City in the 19th century.
Twint:    He’s from Alexander Graham Bell’s home town.
A.         Bill Watkins (b. Brantford, ON; KC Cowboys 1889)
FCR -    Al Blumkin, Brooklyn

Q.         Who was the first player whose nickname was “Death to Flying Things”?
Hint:     He was the first player for a Brooklyn team to have ten doubles in a season.
Hint:     He had to retire as a player due to his weight problem.
Twint:    A team he managed had players suspended for gambling.
A.         Jack Chapman (10 2b 1874)
FCR -    Mike Henderson, Silver Spring, MD

WEEKLY THEME – Managers of the World Series played between the champions of the American Association and the National League 1884-1890.

Anson               1885, 1886
Bancroft           1884
Chapman          1890
Comiskey         1885, 1886, 1887, 1888
McGunnigle       1889, 1890
Mutrie               1884, 1888, 1889
Watkins            1887

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Al Blumkin, Brooklyn (Thursday afternoon)

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