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)

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