Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Answers for the Week of October 18, 2010

Q.         Who was the first pitcher to win the Cy Young Award unanimously?
Hint:     He is the only pitcher to strike out 18 batters in a game in the 1950s.
Twint:    He was selected with the final pick in the 2007 Israel Baseball League draft.
Twint:    He once said, “Can nice guys win? Sure, nice guys can win—if they're nice guys with a lot of talent. Nice guys with a little talent finish fourth and nice guys with no talent finish last."
A.         Sandy Koufax (1963 CYA; 18K 31-Aug-1959 against the Giants.  Reader Scott Schleifer correctly pointed out that Warren Spahn struck out 18 in a 15-inning loss to the Cubs on Flag Day 1952; Quote: Almanac.)
First Correct Respondent - Chuck Durante, Dover, DE

Q.         Who led the National League in home runs five times during the 1980s?
Hint:     He played his first Major League game on the day Denny McLain played his last.
Twint:    He ate three slices of wheat toast with butter before every game (except double headers).
A.         Mike Schmidt (NL HR leader 1980-81, 83-84, 86; debut 12-Sep-1972)
FCR -    Art Springsteen, Sunapee, NH

Q.         Who was the only National League manager to win 100 or more games in a season in the 1960s and the 1970s?
Hint:     His fastball earned him the nickname “Smokey.”
Twint:    In his Major League debut, he replaced Hall of Famer Johnny Mize.
A.         Walter Alston (102 W in 1962 and 1974; debut 27-Sep-1936)
FCR -    Frank Workman, Lake Forest Park, WA

Q.         Who hired baseball clown Max Patkin as a coach in 1946?
Hint:     He arranged to buy the Phillies in 1942 and stock the team with Negro League stars before Judge Landis halted the deal.
Twint:    In 1937 he planted the ivy that still grows on the outfield wall at Wrigley Field.
A.         Bill Veeck
FCR -    Tony Szabelsk, Addison, IL

Q.         Which former catcher served as head baseball coach at University of Michigan while he pursued his law degree?
Hint:     His brother was the scout who discovered Hall of Famers Walter Alston and Enos Slaughter.
Twint:    He once proclaimed, “the the ultimate human experience is to witness the flawless execution of a hit-&-run.”
A.         Branch Rickey (UMich coach 1910-13; brother Frank Rickey a long-time scout for several teams)
FCR -    Art Springsteen, Sunapee, NH

Q.         Who was just the second pitcher (after Cy Young) to win 100 games and strike out 1,000 batters in both the American League and National League?
Hint:     He had a 10-2 record against the Senators, which probably emboldened him in his stand against the Senate this year.
Twint:    He is also one of only five players to throw a no-hitter in both leagues.
Twint:    His son is a federal judge for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky.
A.         Jim Bunning (106 w in NL, 118 in AL, 1,449 K in NL, 1,406 AL; R-KY; On February 25, 2010 Bunning objected to a proposal of unanimous consent for an extension of unemployment insurance, COBRA, and other federal programs, citing that this extension was not pay-as-you-go.  He proposed an amendment which sought to find the funds to pay for the bill from the Stimulus Bill of 2009, and declared that he supported the unemployed, but that a bill such as this only adds to the growing deficit and that it should be paid for immediately; son is David L. Bunning)
FCR -    Dave Serota, Kalamazoo, MI

Q.         Who is the only manager to manage the Yankees to losses in consecutive World Series?
Twint:    Between 1900-07, he was the only player other than Roy Thomas to lead the National League in Bases-on-Balls.
Twint:    He was honored with the first monument in Yankee Stadium.
A.         Miller Huggins (1921-22 WS losses to NY Giants; led NL in BB in 1905, tied Thomas for lead in 1907; 30-May-1932 monument unveiling.)
FCR -    Rich Klein, Plano, TX

Q.         Which judge stalled his decision on the case between MLB and the Federal League until the latter had collapsed?
Hint:     He also seized control of the Eastland disaster court case (in which over 800 employees of the Western Electric Co. & their family members died), then limited the historical documentation of the disaster by sealing court records.
Twint:    He earned fame in his youth as a fairgrounds bicycle racer in Indiana.
A.         Kenesaw Mountain Landis (sat on MLB vs. FL case in 1915; seized & sealed Eastland case Jul-1915 [His name came from a misspelling of Kennesaw Mountain in Georgia, where his father, a physician, fought on the Union side and lost a leg during the American Civil War at the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain.])
FCR -    John Wanamaker, Binghamton, NY

WEEKLY THEME – Hall of Famers who attended college in Ohio

Alston         Miami University
Veeck         Kenyon College

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Matthew Dicker, Arlington, VA (Wednesday in the wee hours)

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