Sunday, December 4, 2011

November 28 through December 4, 2011 Major leaguers who played in the World Series and managed a World Series team but never won either way.

[This week’s theme, questions and hints are from Gregg Gaylord of Chicago.]

Q.         Who was the starting shortstop for the American League in the first All-Star game?
Hint:     He batted .300 or higher and had 100 or more RBI eight times.
Twint:    He was inducted in the Hall of Fame with Hank Greenberg.
A.         Joe Cronin (1933 ASG; BA 1930-33, 37-39, 41; RBI 1930-34; 37, 39, 40; HOF 1956)
First Correct Respondent – Walt Cherniak, Woodbine, MD

Q.         Who called the pitches as Carl Hubbell consecutively struck out five future Hall of Famers in the 1934 All Star game?
Hint:     He wasn’t “roamin”, (… or Roman, or even crepuscular for that matter) but he did hit a famous walk off home run as dusk set in.
Twint:    He was the catcher when Babe Ruth “called his shot”.
Twint:    He and Nap Lajoie were born in the same small town.
A.         Gabby Hartnett (1934 ASG; Called shot G 3 top of the 5th in the 1932 WS; Woonsocket, Rhode Island)
FCR -    Frank DiPrima, Morristown, NJ

Q.         Who played more years in the majors than any other former Badger?
Hint:     A former league batting champion, he was once traded for a league home run champion.
Hint:     He married a former Miss Wisconsin.
Twint:    He had the honor of being the final out twice in Sandy Koufax no-hitters.
Twint:    In high school, he once drop-kicked a 52-yard field goal.
A.         Harvey Kuenn (15 yrs. In MLB University of Wisconsin; Koufax NH 11-May-1963 and 09-Sep-1965; Colavito for Kuenn 17‑Apr‑1960; All-American Badger 1951, Dixie Sarchet, Miss WI/USA pageant 1954; October 1948 football Lutheran High)
FCR -    Gary Sarnoff, Arlington, VA

Q.         Whose uniform number was the first ever retired by the Cincinnati Reds?
Hint:     A seat at Fenway is painted red because of a pitch he threw to Ted Williams.
Hint:     That same year he gave up 32 home runs to lead the American League.
Twint:    A Cancer Center in Seattle is named in his honor.
Twint:    Mickey Mantle was the first player to with the award named for him.
A.         Fred Hutchinson (Reds Retired #1, 1965 N.B.  Williard Hershberger's number was retired by the Reds in 1940, but then it was reactivated in 1942.; 09-Jun-1946 Williams hit the longest home run ever hit into the Fenway bleachers; Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center; The Hutch Award)
FCR -    John Rickert, Terre Haute

Q.         Who, as a third base coach, slid into third base as the runner he directed also slid into third?
Hint:     He debuted in the majors at the age of seventeen with the team for whom he was a batboy as a child.
Hint:     He once swapped his managers job with a radio broadcaster.
Hint:     Another time, he stepped down as manager with his team in third place, then watched from the broadcast booth as his team came back to win the pennant.
Twint:    His surname hardly described his personality.  His nickname was considerably more descriptive.
A.         “Jolly” Charlie Grimm (Arthur Daley, in his Sports of the Times column 20-Jun-1956; Batboy and ML debut 1917 Phil A’s; 1960 swap with Lou Boudreau; mid-1938 when Gabby Hartnett took over the third place Cubs)
FCR -    Bill Lewers, McLean, VA

Q:         What shortstop holds the record by participating in nine career triple plays?
Hint:     He also has the record for most put outs in a season by a shortstop with 425.
Hint:     He was named “King of Baseball” at the 1963 Winter Meetings.
Twint:    He was “Mr. Baseball” in his home State of Indiana.
Twint:    He died eating a hot dog while working as a scout in Florida at age 84.
A.         Donie Bush (9 TP tied with 2nd baseman Bid McPhee; 1914, 425 PO, tied with Hughie Jennings 1895; King of Baseball; Mr. Baseball; d. 28-Mar-1972)
FCR -    J. R. Richardson, Clarksville, MD

Q.         What catcher tagged out Lou Gehrig and Dixie Walker at home plate with one swipe of the glove?
Hint:     The only time he was selected for All-Star competition, he rode the bench as a future Hall of Famer caught all nine innings.
Hint:     He was behind the plate for three no-hitters.
Twint:    He once demanded that umpires check Babe Ruth’s bat after Ruth had hit two home runs against Garland Buckeye.
Twint:    His brother is in the Hall of Fame.
A.         Luke Sewell (DP tag 29-Apr-1933; 1937 ASG, Bill Dickey; No-hitters:  Wes Ferrell on 29‑Apr‑1931, Vern Kennedy on 31-Aug-1935, Bill Dietrich on 01-Jun1937; Ruth/Buckeye HR flap 11-Jun-1927; Brother Joe)
FCR -    David Letizia, Washington, DC

Q.         Who made the cover of Sports Illustrated prior to the 1978 season as “This Year’s Phenom”?
Hint:     He did little to thwart the cover jinx.
Hint:     He played for a team that owned a record of 24 wins to one loss in one stretch.
Twint:    Thirty years later, a team that he was managing had an also very impressive fourteen to one run.
Twint     Denied a meal by his manager between games of a doubleheader, he said about his double that hit the top of the wall in the second game “If I’d have had a sandwich, I’d have hit a home run.”
A.         Clint Hurdle (SI cover 20-Mar-1978; 24-1 run 1977 Royals, 31-Aug to 25-Sep [Hurdle only played in 3 of those G]; 14-1 run 2007 Rockies, 16-Sep to 01-Oct; Double-header fast with the 1984 Tidewater Tides, Mgr. Bob Schaefer)
FCR -    David Krassin, New York

Q.         Who replaced Don Zimmer thirteen years after Zimmer replaced him?
Hint:     He and Don Larsen were traded to the Yankees in a thirteen-player deal with the Orioles.
Hint:     He debuted on a team with Satchel Paige the year Satchel led his league in GAMES FINISHED—not complete games, as previously stated.
Twint:    Rogers Hornsby was his first manager.
Twint:    He managed Juan Marichal, Bucky Dent and Fergie Jenkins in the majors.
A.         Derrell Johnson (Mid-1982 he replaced Zimmer as Rangers Mgr. then replaced by him on the 1976 Red Sox; Part of 13 player deal transacted from 17-Nov- and 01-Dec-1954;  Debuted 20-Apr-1952, Paige had 35 GF; Hornsby was Browns manager for the first 51 games of 1952; Juan Marichal, Fergie Jenkins, Bucky Dent)
FCR -    Brian Engelhardt, Reading, PA

WEEKLY THEME – Major leaguers who played in the World Series and managed a World Series team but never won either way.

                     Played on                       Managed
Hurdle            1980 Royals                     2007 Rockies
Kuenn            1962 Giants                      1982 Brewers
Johnson        1961 Reds                       1975 Red Sox
Hutchinson     1940 Tigers                      1961 Reds
Cronin            1933 Senators                  1933 Senators & 1946 Red Sox
Grimm           1929 & 1932 32 Cubs        1932, 35 & 45 Cubs
Sewell            1933 Senators                  1944 Browns
Hartnett          1929, 32, 35 & 38 Cubs     1938 Cubs
Bush              1909 Tigers                      1927 Pirates

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Dave MacEntee, Beacon, NY (after the midweek bonus)

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