Monday, November 29, 2010

Answers for the Week of November 22, 2010

Q.         Who played the most seasons for the Boston Red Sox?
Hint:     He was the last batter to win the Triple Crown.
Hint:     His late son was a AA All-Star, but never made it to the majors.
Twint:    His mother’s maiden name is Skonieczy.
A.         Carl Yastrzemski (23 yrs 1961-83; Son Mike was an All-Star for the Birmingham Barons in 1986, passed away in 2004 following complications from hip surgery)
First Correct Respondent – Dave Serota, Kalamazoo, MI

Q.         Who was the only person to both play and manage 500 games for the Cincinnati Reds?
Hint:     He was 17-time National League All-Star.
Hint:     He won two Gold Glove Awards at one position and a Silver Slugger Award at another.
Twint:    He was pictured on his son’s rookie card.
A.         Pete Rose (2,722 G played, 786 managed, 217 in both categorized; 1982 Fleer “Pete and Re-Pete”; GG OF 1969-70, SS 1b 1981)

FCR -    Chris Strohmier, Brookville, IN

Q.         What batter holds the record for the most seasons with 200 hits?
Hint:     He won a Gold Glove Award every season he played in the majors.
Twint:    For only two seasons in his 10-year career did he not receive Most Valuable Player votes.
A.         Ichiro Suzuki (2001-10 [Tied with Pete Rose]; no MVP votes in 2005, 10)

FCR -    John Groulx, Canada

Q.         Out of deference to whom does Albert Pujols refuse the nickname “El Hombre”?
Hint:     He was the first to make the All-Star team 20 times.
Twint:    He’s quite the harmonica player.
Twint:    In his final full year in the minors, he had an 18-5 record and a 2.62 ERA with 19 complete games.
A.         Stan Musial (Pujols explained that there can only be one “The Man”, whatever language it’s spoken in; AS 1943-44, 46-61 et seq; Often plays the harmonica at Hall of Fame induction ceremonies; 1940 Daytona Beach Islanders)

FCR -    Eugene Schwartz, New York

Q.         Who was the Giants’ career home run leader for 33 years?
Hint:     You ought to know this.  Everyone ought to.
Twint:    This Cajun was seldom ragin’.
A.         Mel Ott (Became the Giants in 1932 and was passed by Willie Mays 1965; Born and raised in Louisiana.)

FCR -    Larry Creeden, Boulder City, NV

Q.         What former All-Star Game Most Valuable Player invited President George W. Bush to his wedding?
Hint:     Bush accepted and attended.
Hint:     He is the oldest player to hit a grand slam in a major league game.
Hint:     He is the oldest player to hit a pinch hit home run in a major league game.
Hint:     He is the oldest player to hit a home run in a major league game.
Twint:    He played his last game as a shortstop in 1987, his last game at second base in 1997 and his last game at third base in 2007.
A.         Julio Franco (AS MVP 1990; Wedding 2004; 03-Jun-2004 45 yrs 286 days, 20-Apr-2006 47 yrs 239 days)

FCR -    Buzz Brehm, Canby, OR

Q.         Who was the first National League player to receive six bases-on-balls in a game?
Hint:     The only trade in his career was a famous one while he was still in the minors.
Twint:    He hit for the cycle the same day Barry Bonds tied Mickey Mantle on the career home run list.
A.         Jeff Bagwell (20‑Aug‑1999; Traded from Boston to Houston for Larry Anderson 30‑Aug‑1990; 18‑Jul‑2001)

FCR -    Craig Hixon, Roanoke

Q.         Who collected his 3,000th career hit on the day the U.S. first bombed targets inside Afghanistan?
Hint:     He was the first regular-season Designated Hitter in Padres history.
Twint:    He’d likely protest being the answer to a Saturday question.
A.         Rickey Henderson (2b off John Thompson 07-Oct-2001; 12-Jun1997)

FCR -    James Shimer, Nottingham, PA

Q.         What recently unemployed Hall of Famer was the final out in the first triple play that began with a strikeout.
Hint:     He is only of only two players under 5’8” to hit 20 home runs in a season.
Twint:    He was the first winner of the Commissioner’s Trophy.
A.         Joe Morgan (06-Apr-1978 1-2-5-2 Driessen struck out, Foster and Morgan out stealing; 26 HR in 1973, Yogi Berra was the other; ASG MVP renamed the Commissioner’s Trophy in 1972)

FCR -    Jay Berman, Manhattan Beach, CA

Q.         Who was the first player to hit 60 career home run against the Mets?
Hint:     He was the 200th person inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Hint:     He was the first player to hit 30 home runs before the All-Star game twice.
Twint:    Only he and Johnny Mize hit their first World Series home runs after turning 39 years of age.
Twint:    He founded Black Athletes dedicated to finding the cause of sickle cell anemia.
A.         Willie Stargell (HOF induction 12-Jan-1988; 30 Pre-AS HRs 1971, 73; WS HR 10-Oct-1979 39 years 7 months 3 days)

FCR -   Gregg Gaylord, Chicago

Q.         Who broke Steve Garvey’s record for consecutive errorless games by a first baseman?
Hint:     He has been a standout at five different positions for his team, the only one he’s played for in the majors.
Hint:     He founded
Twint:    Although he’s often thought to be of Greek extraction, he actually has Romanian Jewish ancestry.
A.         Kevin Youkilis (194, extended to 234 by Youkilis, a record since broken by Casey Kotchman in 2010, who extended the record to 278; 1b, 2b, 3b, RF, LF; Hits for Kids)

FCR -    P.L. Cohen, Brooklyn

WEEKLY THEME – Batters with unusually memorable batting stances

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme –  Joe Ullian, Santa Barbara (following the Franco question)

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Answers for the Week of November 15, 2010

Q.         Who is the only outfielder with nine World Series championships to his credit?
Hint:     He is the only All-Star to have two brothers who were also All-Stars (besides, of course, them).
Twint:    He twice married movie actresses.
Twint:    I’m told he jolted.
A.         Joe DiMaggio (WS W’s 1936-39, 41, 47, 49-51.  He might have won 10.  He was in the service when the Yankees also won in 1943.; Brothers Vince & Dom; Wives Dorothy Arnold [nee Olson] and Marilyn Monroe [nee Norma Jeane Mortenson, but baptized Norma Jeane Baker; “Joltin’ Joe”)
First Correct Respondent – Dave Serota, Kalamazoo, MI

Q.         Who won 13 consecutive Gold Glove Awards at shortstop?
Hint:     He wowed them in Walla Walla.
Twint:    He was born in the same town as three other Hall of Famers, but was a high school teammate of another Hall of Famer in a different city.
Twint:    He and that high school teammate were the only players with 100 hits in the 1981 and 1994 strike-shortened seasons.
A.         Ozzie Smith (GG 1980-92, 1977 Walla Walla, WA Padres; Mobile, AL—Satchell Paige, Hank Aaron, Willie McCovey, Locke HS in Watts, CA w/Eddie Murray)
FCR -    Paul Rupright, Cleveland

Q.         Who is the Dodger’ franchise career leader in games, at-bats, hits, doubles and triples?
Hint:     He was the first player to collect 2,000 career hits for them.
Twint:    He was the only National League player to compile 5,000 at-bats for a single team during the 1910s.
Twint:    The most prominent baseball publication during his career said, “[He] is the easiest, most graceful of outfielders with no close rivals."
A.         Zach Wheat (2,000th 25-Jun-1922; 5,064 AB 1910-1919. “Baseball” magazine 1917)
FCR -    Jim McCoy, Melrose, MA

Q.         What pitcher ended the Yankees' 12-game World Series winning streak?
Hint:     He played for the same team for his entire 16-year major league career, but played for seven minor league teams in two organizations.
Twint:    He afforded many a teammate to eat well.
A.         Carl Hubbell (WS W 30-Sep1936; Nickname was “The Meal Ticket”)
FCR -    Morris Buenemann, Florissant, MO

Q.         Who was the first National League pitcher to record two victories in All-Star game play?
Hint:     He is the only pitcher with 200 losses for his franchise.
Twint:    He might have been the winner of the Cy Young Award, had the award begun a year sooner.
A.         Bob Friend (ASG W 1956, 60; 218 L for Pittsburgh)
FCR -    Fred Brillhart, Mechanicsburg, PA

Q.         Who was only the third American (after Wally Yonamine and Joe Lutz) to manage in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball League?
Hint:     His only All-Star team selection came as a result of controversial ballot-stuffing, even though he had received MVP votes the prior season.
Twint:    He married the daughter of a perennial All-Star catcher.
Twint:    Four times he collected his team’s only hit in a major league game.
A.         Don Blasingame (Mgr. 1978-82; AS 1958; father-in-law was Walker Cooper;)
FCR -    Larry Creeden, Boulder City, NV

Q.         Who was the first visiting player to hit a home run into the upper deck at Three Rivers Stadium?
Hint:     He homered in three consecutive National League Championship Series.
Twint:    He was runner-up in the National League Most Valuable Player balloting to Reds Joe Morgan in 1975 and then George Foster in 1977.
Twint:    In 1989, he was inducted into the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame.
A.         Greg Luzinski (18-Apr-79 off Don Robinson 483'; LCS HRs 1976-78; NP-A HOF)
FCR -    John Read, Shaker Heights, OH

Q.         Who was invited to the White House 16 years after his career?
Hint:     He openly denied being triskaidekaphobic.
Twint:    He appeared four times on the Ed Sullivan Show.
A.         Ralph Branca (Nixon visit 1972; Wore #13 and posed with a black cat on Friday, 13-Apr-1951)
FCR -    Charlie O’Reilly, Rutherford, NJ

Q.         Who earned his nickname because of his freckles?
Hint:     He began his career with a team that seemingly never lost and ended it with a team that seemingly never won.
Hint:     He made the All-Star team in his rookie year, but never again in his eight-year career in the majors.
Twint:    He is listed as the "baseball throwing instructor" for the movie "The Natural".
A.         Spec Shea (Career; filmography; ASG 1947)
FCR -    Henry Hascup, Lodi, NJ

Q.         Who hit a dramatic home run against the Red Sox to help lead his team to the World Series for the first time in their history?
Hint:     He finished a strong third place in Rookie of the Year Award voting, but has never made an All-Star team in his seven seasons in the majors.
Hint:     A baseball scout with 50 years of professional experience called him Joe DiMaggio’s twin.
Twint:    He is of pre-dominantly Italian and French ancestry but has Syrian lineage through his paternal grandmother.
A.         Rocco Baldelli (HR off Paul Byrd 13-Oct-2008; Scout Al Lamacchia)
FCR -    David Krassin, New York

WEEKLY THEME – Players whose nicknames suggest NBA teams.

Name              Nickname                       NBA Team
Baldelli            Woonsocket Rocket       Houston Rockets
Blasingame     Blazer                             Portland Trail Blazers
Branca            Hawk                              Atlanta Hawks
DiMaggio        The Yankee Clipper         Los Angeles Clippers
Friend             Warrior                           Golden State Warriors
Hubbell           King Carl                        Sacramento Kings
Luzinski           The Bull                          Chicago Bulls
Shea               The Naugatuck Nugget    Denver Nuggets
Smith              The Wizard of Oz            Washington Wizards
Wheat             Buck                              Milwaukee Bucks

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – No one

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Answers for the Week of November 8, 2010

Q.         Who was the first relief pitcher to save 150 games for the Yankees?  (Not in the same season.  That would be a record.)
Hint:     He led the American League in saves three times.
Twint:    From 1975 through 1985, pitching for four different teams, he only once recorded an ERA over 2.90.
Twint:    He surrendered George Brett’s famous “pine tar” home run.
A.         Rich Gossage (Brett HR 24-Jul-1983)
First Correct Respondent – Elkan Katz, Philadelphia

Q.         Who is the only pitcher Kirk Gibson faced in the 1988 World Series?
Hint:     He was the first pitcher with 150 career wins and 150 career saves.
Twint:    He is the first pitcher to achieve 40 saves in a season four times.
A.         Dennis Eckersley (15-Oct-1988; 197 W 390 S)
FCR -    Dave Serota, Kalamazoo, MI

Q.         Who was the second relief pitcher elected to the Hall of Fame?
Hint:     It wasn’t always about the facial hair.
Twint:    He is the only pitcher to win an MVP award for an expansion team.
A.         Rollie Fingers (HOF election 1992, Hoyt Wihelm 1985; Sported [sports] an ostentatious handlebar moustache; 1981 MVP playing for Milwaukee)
FCR -    Richard Nicholson, Richmond, VA

Q.         Whose season save total, set over 25 years ago, still stands as his franchise’s record?
Hint:     His delivery style was more iconic than his facial hair.
Hint:     He is the only relief pitcher to finish behind another relief pitcher in the MVP voting.  [Not quite true, he was actually third.]
Twint:    When he set his team’s season saves record, it was also the all-time major league record.
Twint:    He rivals Lefty Gomez as baseball’s all-time quotester.
A.         Dan Quisenberry (45 S in 1983, tied in 1993 by Jeff Montgomery; Threw with a submarine delivery; 1984 3rd to Willie Hernandez; sample of quotes)
FCR -    Andrew Milner, Bryn Mawr, PA

Q.         Which Hall of Fame broadcaster was the voice of the Seattle Mariners from their inception through the 2010 season?
Hint:     My, oh my!
Hint:     He worked for the Armed Forces Network in Los Angeles and New York before anchoring himself in the L.A. market in the late 1960s and early 1970.
Twint:    Before working for the Mariners, he was a broadcaster for UCLA football.
Twint:    His home run call was, "It will fly away!"
Twint:    In 2008, he was honored with the Ford Frick Award, the broadcasters’ equivalent of the Hall of Fame.
A.         Dave Niehaus, who passed away Wednesday afternoon (
FCR -    Paul Hirsch, Danville, CA

Q.         What BRTL pitcher titled his autobiography “Screwball”?
Hint:     He was the first pitcher to collect five career LCS saves.
Hint:     He once collaborated on a syndicated comic strip.
Twint:    Few people outside of his family called him Frank Edwin and yet it was as a mammary mauler that he got his nickname in the first place.
A.         Tug McGraw (Bats right, throws left; Comic strip “Scroogie”)
FCR -    Fran Zimniuch, Philadelphia

Q.         Who made his major league debut as a replacement for Barry Bonds?
Hint:     The Division III college where he played baseball now competes in Division I.
Hint:     A $500,000 donation from his foundation to their program resulted in their field being named after him.
Twint:    He was a two-time Academic All-American in college.
A.         Joe Nathan (Debut 21-Apr-1999 when Bonds went on the DL; SUNY Stonybrook; Save It Foundation, Joe Nathan Field)
FCR -    P.L. Cohen, Brooklyn

Q.         Who was signed as a free agent by the Yankees, released by them, re-signed by them and then re-released by them all in the same season?
Hint:     He managed one win and one save that season.
Twint:    After admitting to using cocaine, he was suspended for 60 days near the end of his career.
Twint:    It’s unlikely he pities fools.
A.         Al Holland (1986; nicknamed Mr. T.)
FCR -    No one

Q.         Who was the first modern pitcher to appear in 50 games for ten consecutive seasons?
Hint:     They were his first ten seasons in the majors.
Hint:     He fell three appearances shy of making it 11 seasons in a row.
Hint:     He very recently earned yet another World Series ring.
Twint:    He had a teammate who was a monster of a Spartan.
A.         Ron Perranoski (1961-70; Special assistant to SF Giants GM Brian Sabean since 2000; Dick “Monster” Radatz at Michigan State)
FCR -    Raymond Cunningham, Wallkill, IL

WEEKLY THEME – Relief pitchers who received Cy Young Award votes, but finished behind their own teammates who won the award.

Pitcher               Year          Placed        Teammate             Team
Eckersley           1990           5th          Bob Welch               A’s
Fingers               1978           8th          Gaylord Perry           Padres
Gossage            1978           5th          Ron Guidry               Yankees
Holland              1983           6th          John Denny              Phillies
McGraw              1980           6th          Steve Carlton            Phillies
Nathan               2004           4th          Johan Santana          Twins
Nathan               2006           5th          Johan Santana          Twins
Perranoski          1970           7th          Jim Perry                  Twins
Quisenberry        1985           3rd          Bret Saberhagen       Royals

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – No one

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Answers for the Week of November 1, 2010

Q.         Who was the first player to win both the Rookie of the Year award and Most Valuable Player award?
Hint:     Only one player in the majors still wears his number 42.
Twint:    In the major league games of April 15th of 2009 and 2010, ALL players wore his number.
A.         Jackie Robinson (ROY 1947, MVP 1949; Mariano Rivera)
First Correct Respondent - Chuck Durantem, Dover, DE

Q.         Who won consecutive Most Valuable Player awards for the Big Red Machine?
Hint:     For each of nine consecutive seasons, he stole 40 or more bases.
Twint:    A Hall of Fame teammate said of him, “When he’s healthy, he’s the finest ballplayer I ever played with.  He could win ballgames in more ways than anybody.”
Twint:    He is the only player to homer twice on his 40th birthday.
Twint:    Ten years after winning the All Star Game MVP, he won the National League “Comeback Player of the Year” Award.
A.         Joe Morgan (MVPs 1975-76, SB 1969-77; Quote from Johnny Bench; Birthday HR 91‑Sep‑1983 off Dickie Noles and Lee Smith; ASG MVP 1972, CBPOY 1982)
FCR -    Randall Chandler, Germantown, TN

Q.         Who was the first American League Championship Series Most Valuable Player?
Hint:     His Hall of Fame manager said of him, “I don't think anybody, anywhere, is his equal on the artificial turf.”
Twint:    Cal Ripken hit a chopper over the mound thinking he had his first big league hit, but this player’s incredible throw sent Cal back to the dugout shaking his head.
Twint:    He holds his franchise record of eight Gold Gloves.
Twint:    He spent all 18 years of his career with a single team.
A.         Frank White (ALCS MVP 1980; Quote from Whitey Herzog; Ripken game 12-Aug-1981; Kansas City Royals; GG 1977-82, 86-87; 1973-90)
FCR -    Blake Sherry, Dublin, OH

Q.         Who, despite being ranked by Bill James as the thirteenth best all time at his position, received only 2.9% of the vote his first year of eligibility for the Hall of Fame?
Hint:     The second of his four daughters was born on the day he won his only World Series championship.
Twint:    From April 1978 until he retired in 1995, he and his double play partner formed the longest lasting SS-2B combination in MLB history.
A.         Lou Whitaker (HOF vote in 2001; daughter born 14-Oct-1984; DP combo with Alan Trammell)
FCR -    Fred Brillhart, Mechanicsburg, PA

Q.         A true believer that “you can’t walk off the island”, among his countrymen, which Dominican native had the fewest walks during a 30-HR season?
Hint:     He started his professional career in Japan.
Twint:    He was once traded for the reigning MVP.
A.         Alfonso Soriano (23 BB 39 HR in 2002; started career in Hiroshima Toyo Carp Dominican academy and played briefly for the Carp in NPB; traded for Alex Rodriguez following the 2003 season)
FCR -    Ira Kotel, Short Hills, NJ

Q.         Who was the only second baseman other than Chuck Knoblauch to win an American League Gold Glove award between 1991 and 2001?
Hint:     He joined the Level of Excellence in 2008.
Twint:    He was an All-Star and won a Gold Glove award every year he played for the Blue Jays.
A.         Roberto Alomar (1991-96, 98-2001 AL GG @ 2B; Blue Jays Level of Excellence at Rogers Centre; AS & GG for TOR 1991-95)
FCR -    Larry Farin, Plano, TX

Q.         Who was the first manager to win a World Series Championship in both leagues?
Hint:     When retired, he was third all-time in managerial wins.
Hint:     He, Frank Chance and John McGraw are the only National League managers with consecutive World Series championships.
Hint:     He was a coach for the expansion San Diego Padres in 1969.
Hint:     He once said, "I only had a high school education and believe me, I had to cheat to get that."
Hint:     He had a reputation for projecting Hall of Fame careers for middling major league prospects (e.g., Chris Pittaro, Barbaro Garbey).
Hint:     He is the only Hall of Famer born in South Dakota.
Hint:     He was the batboy for USC in the 1948 college World Series.
Hint:     He was the first manager to win the Manager of the Year award twice.
Twint:    He holds the record for most games played for major leaguers who played only one season.
Twint:    He once said, "Me carrying a briefcase is like a hotdog wearing earrings."
Twint:    He said, "I understand people who boo us.  It's like going to a Broadway show. You pay for your tickets and expect to be entertained.  When you're not, you have a right to complain."
Twint:    He said, "My idea of managing is giving the ball to Tom Seaver and sit down and watch him work."
A.         Sparky Anderson who passed away today (Cin. 1975, Det. 1984; 2,194 W; 1975-76; Coach; Bridgewater, SD; MOY 1984, 87; 152 G in 1959)
FCR -    Alan Work, White Plains, NY

Q.         Who was the first non-US native to hit a home run for the American League in an All Star Game?
Hint:     He and his double play partner were parodied by the popular movie titled “The Days of Wine and Roses”.
Twint:    During his time with the Phillies he played at least one game at all nine fielding positions.
Twint:    Despite his first name, he’s not a monster.
A.         Cookie Rojas (1972 AS HR against Bill Stoneman; DP partner Bobby Wine)
FCR -    Abbey Garber, Dallas

Q.         Who is the only player in the history of baseball with 3,000 hits, 600 doubles, 400 stolen bases, and 250 home runs?
Hint:     His arm guard is in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Twint:    You could say that he and several of his Astros teammates were “Killer”.
Twint:    He is the only player in MLB history to be elected to the All Star game at both catcher and second base.
A.         Craig Biggio (arm guard in HOF for career HBP record; “Killer B’s” w/ Bagwell, Bell & Berkman; 1991 AS C, 1992, 94-98 AS 2B)
FCR -    Bob Yahr, Milwaukee

Q.         Who broke up two Bob Feller no-hitters; one in 1939 and the other in 1946?
Hint:     He retired from his 47-year professional baseball career after coaching the Blue Jays in 1981.
Twint:    He was signed to pro ball by Eddie Collins on the same scouting trip that brought in Ted Williams.
Twint:    Babe Ruth, referring to the Red Sox in 1946, said he—and not Ted Williams—was the number one player on the team.
A.         Bobby Doerr (25-May-1939 & 31-Jul-1946)
FCR -    Joe Merth, Grove City, OH

Q.         Which manager said of Ralph Kiner before Kiner ever played a game: “Kiner looks like he's going to be the best [outfielder] we’ve ever had.”?
Hint:     As a player he struck out more than 18 times only twice during his 17+ season career.
Twint:    He skipped the minor leagues, going straight from college to the majors.
A.         Frankie Frisch (Kiner quote in 1946; K’ed 28 times in 1921, 24 times in 1924; went directly from Fordham to NY Giants in 1919)
FCR -    Fred Brillhart, Mechanicsburg, PA

WEEKLY THEME – Second basemen who homered in an All-Star game.

Big thanks to Gregg Gaylord, long-time reader from Chicago, for this week’s theme and questions.  Gregg was certainly no one would decipher this week’s theme.  Several people did.

Alomar off Andy Benes 1993
Alomar off Trevor Hoffman 1998
Biggio off Dennis Martinez 1995
Doerr off Mort Cooper 1943
Frisch off General Crowder 1933
Frisch off Lefty Gomez 1934
Morgan off Jim Palmer 1977
Robinson off Vic Raschi 1952
Rojas off Bill Stoneman 1972
Schoendienst off Ted Gray 1950
Soriano off Eric Gage 2002
Soriano off Roger Clemens 2004
Whitaker off Doc Gooden 1986
White off Mike Scott 1986*

Soriano also homered in the 2007 game, but he had morphed into an outfielder by then.

*White was a pinch-hitter when he homered, but played 2nd base in the bottom of the same inning.

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Abbey Garber, Dallas (Friday morning)