Sunday, April 29, 2012

April 23-29, 2012 Selected New England natives who played for the Red Sox at Fenway Park

In honor of Fenway Park’s 100th birthday Last Friday, this week’s trivia master is Saul Wisnia.  He is a longtime SABR member (Boston chapter) and the author of several books on baseball, including his most recent – Fenway Park:  The Centennial (  Wisnia blogs about all things Fenway at

Q.         Which home run champion was nearly killed by a pitch at Fenway Park in 1967?
Hint:     When he hit his 100th career home run, he was the youngest American League player to reach that milestone.
Hint:     He was a member of Boston’s 1967 and 1975 American League champions, but played in neither World Series.
Twint:    He played in the Boston outfield with his brother for two seasons.
A.         Tony Conigliaro (HR champ in 1965 w/32; Hit by California’s Jack Hamilton 18-Aug-1967; He did not play again until 1969; Reached 100 homers on 23-Jul-1967, at age 22 years, 197 days; Teamed with brother Billy in the 1969-70 Red Sox outfield.)
FCR -    Steve Haas, Clarksville, MD

Q.         Which Red Sox manager won his first twelve games as a big league skipper?
Hint:     He was the winning manager in baseball’s longest professional game.
Hint:     He was one of the last players signed by the Boston Braves.
Twint:    Pinch-hitting, he had a triple in his only at-bat at Fenway Park.
A.         Joe Morgan (Started 12-0 and 19-1 after taking the helm of the Red Sox in July 1988, a hot streak known as “Morgan Magic”; Managed AAA Pawtucket to a 33-inning win over Rochester 18‑Apr- and 23‑Jun‑1981; He was signed by the Boston Braves in 1952; Hit his Fenway triple off Boston’s Jerry Casale 12-Sep-1959 while w/ the KC A’s.)
FCR -    Rev. Gerry Beirne, Narragansett, RI

Q.         Who pitched in the most games ever at Fenway Park?
Hint:     After winning in double figures for five straight years with the Red Sox, he saved 33 games his first season as a closer.
Hint:     He had a 0.00 ERA in five World Series appearances.
Hint:     He pitched in the two most infamous games in Red Sox history.
Twint:    His reign as Red Sox career saves leader was broken by Jonathan Papelbon.
A.         Bob Stanley (Pitched in 637 games for the Red Sox, nearly half of them at Fenway). His 1986 WS ERA was perfect because the last two runs of G 6 were charged to Calvin Schiraldi;  He also pitched in the 1978 AL East playoff game vs. the Yankees [Sawks faithful require no further details on either game.] 132 S broken on 01-Jul-2009).
FCR -    Bob Chan, Oakland

Q.         Whose first major league at-bat was as a pinch-hitter for Carl Yastrzemski?
Hint:     He and Yaz were teammates for parts of four seasons.
Hint:     He replaced an All-Star at his position and was a two-time All-Star himself.
Twint:    He hit a home run in Game Seven of the 1986 World Series.
A.         Rich Gedman (Pinch-hit for Yastrzemski on 07-Sep-1980.  He flied out in that at-bat but later had 2 H in the game; Played with Yaz 1980-83; Replacing AS C Carlton Fisk in Boston’s lineup, Gedman was an AS 1985-86; Homered in G 7 of the 1986 WS to give Boston a 2-0, 2nd inning lead.)
FCR -    Henry Hascup, Lodi, NJ

Q.         Which Red Sox hitter had the game-winning RBI at Fenway Park in the final game of the 1912 World Series?
Hint:     He played third base on three Red Sox World Series champions.
Hint:     He won a fourth World Series while with the Indians.
Twint:    He was baseball coach and athletic director at the University of Vermont for many years.
A.         Larry Gardner (Sacrifice fly off Christy Mathewson in the bottom of the 10th of Game 8, 16‑Oct‑1912).  He was a perfect 4-0 in World Series, winning with the Red Sox in 1912-15-16 and with the Indians in 1920.)
FCR -    Dave Serota, Kalamazoo

Q.         Who scored the only and winning run in the famous seventh game of the 1962 World Series?
Hint:     It was his only run of the Series.
Hint:     After making the last out of the 1957 World Series, he redeemed himself in the postseason of the following year with two home runs and seven runs batted in.
Hint:     He was inducted into the Polish-American Hall of Fame in 1980.
Hint:     Although he attended Purdue University on a football scholarship, he set a Big Ten Conference record by hitting .500 for the baseball team.  The record stood for a decade.
Twint:    Playing against his former teammates, his 1963 World Series batting average was 182 points better than his regular season average.
Twint:    Following his career, he was employed in his native Chicago as a Community Relations Representative by the White Sox.
A.         Bill Skowron, who passed away on Friday (16-Oct-1962; 1963 = .203/.385)
FCR -    Mark Kanter, Portsmouth, RI

Q.       Which Red Sox hit a game-winning homer at Fenway Park the same day he graduated from college?
Hint:    He was an All-American quarterback at Boston University.
Hint:    He died of a massive pulmonary embolism at age 26 in 1955.
Twint:  The Red Sox Rookie of the Year Award is named for him.
A.       Harry Agganis (Beat Tigers with a HR on 06-Jun-1954 at Fenway, then drove one mile up the road to get his diploma at BU.  In signing to play baseball, he turned down Cleveland Browns owner Paul Brown for the chance to replace football Hall of Fame quarterback Otto Graham.)
FCR -  Paul Hirsch, Danville, CA

Q.         What pitcher was put in a Fenway holding cell for fighting the same day he signed with the Red Sox?
Hint:     He pitched one of two Red Sox no-hitters in 1962.
Hint:     He struck out 17 men in one game in 1961.
Twint:    He was the only Red Sox twenty game winner between 1953 and 1967.
A.         Bill Monbouquette (Locked up with his father for beating up some nasty drunks in Fenway’s bleachers on the day he signed with the Red Sox in 1955; No-hitter 01‑Aug‑1962; 17 K G 12-May-1961; Mel Parnell 21-8 in 1953, Jim Lonborg 22-9 in 1967)
FCR -    Jim Casey, Savannah

WEEKLY THEME – Selected New England natives who played for the Red Sox at Fenway Park

Conigliaro            Revere, Massachusetts              Bio
Morgan                Walpole, Massachusetts
Stanley                Portland, Maine
Gedman               Worcester, Massachusetts
Gardner               Enosburg Falls, Vermont
Agganis               Lynn, Massachusetts

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Mark DeLodovico, Rockville, MD (right after missing the Tuesday question)

Sunday, April 22, 2012

April 16-22, 2012 American League Rookie of the Year Award winners who threw right but batted left

Q.         What major league manager is currently serving a suspension imposed by his own team?
Hint:     Few people remember the twelve games he played for the Orioles.
Twint:    He once declaimed, "If I can do it [manage in the majors], anybody can do it," then turned to a reporter and told him, "Not you.  You're not smart enough."?
A.         Ozzie Guillen (1998 Orioles)
FCR -    Harvey Judkowitz, Miami, FL

Q.         Who is the only major leaguer to have just his first name appear regularly on the back of his uniform?
Hint:     He didn’t get 200 hits last year.
Twint:    He has had seven hitting streaks of 20 or more games.
A.         Ichiro Suzuki (184 H in 2011 after 10 straight years of 200+)
FCR -    Matt Repplinger, Denver

Q.         Who is the only Hall of Famer with a thousand games at second base and a thousand games at first base?
Hint:     Billy Martin said of him, "He could bunt .330 if he tried."
Hint:     Only Ty Cobb has more American League batting titles.
Twint:    He spent three seasons in the low minors, never even reaching AA then was never called back to the minors in his nineteen-year major league career.
A.         Rod Carew (1,130 G @ 2nd, 1,184 G @ 1st; 7 batting titles to Cobb’s 11; Minors 1964-66)
FCR -    Quentin Wittrock, Minneapolis

Q.         Who is the only player to win league batting titles in each of his first two seasons?
Hint:     He was the first player to hit a home run as a designated hitter.
Twint:    He borrowed his brother’s identity to appear younger to major league scouts.
A.         Tony Oliva (1964-65; DH HR 06-Apr-1973; Pedro Oliva)
FCR -    Chuck Durante, Wilmington, DE

Q.         Who had to purchase a replica jersey to play in the All-Star game because he’d left his uniform in his car at the airport?
Hint:     He received less that 3% of the Hall of Fame votes in his only year on the ballot in spite of a career OPS+ that matched Roberto Alomar’s, while playing just twelve fewer games at second base.
Twint:    Although his team has not officially retired it, no player has worn his uniform number since he retired in 1995.
A.         Lou Whitaker (1985 ASG he left his uniform in his car at the airport in Detroit. When he realized his error, an emergency uniform was flown in but lost in transit.  Whitaker was forced to purchase a replica jersey from a vendor, write the number 1 on the back, wear a Cleveland Indians batting helmet, and borrow a glove from Cal Ripken Jr.. To add insult to injury, Whitaker went 0-2 in the game; HOF vote 2.9% in 2001; No. 1)
FCR -    David Krassin, New York

Q.         Whose 57th and final career home run came in his final at-bat off a monster over a monster?
Hint:     He was struck in the throat by Bill Virdon's bad-hop grounder in the 1960 World Series.
Twint:    He was the first broadcast Hall of Famer [Ford Frick Award winner] to call games for a Canadian team.
A.         Tony Kubek (HR 03-Oct-1965 over Fenway Park’s Green Monster off Dick “The Monster” Radatz; WS G 13-Oct-1960; TV color announcer for the Toronto Blue Jays)
FCR -    Abbey Garber, Dallas

Q.         Whose game-winning postseason home run was so exuberantly acclaimed by an adoring crowd that he almost didn’t score because of the fans smothering him as he approached home plate?
Hint:     He was the first player drafted in the 1970s.
Hint:     He is currently the batting coach for the Mariners.
Twint:    His first name is Carroll.
A.         Chris Chambliss (1976 ALCS 14-Oct off Mark Littell of the Royals; Drafted 1st overall pick of the 1970 MLB Draft; Carroll Christopher Chambliss)
FCR -    Kenny Fink, Ocala

Q.         Who was the first Seattle Mariner to accumulate 1,000 career hits?
Hint:     During his career, he was a Gull and a Buffalo.
Twint:    He added “PTL” after his name whenever he signed autographs.
A.         Alvin Davis (1,000th H 22-Jul-1990; 1984 Salt Lake City Gulls, 1992 Osaka Kinetsu Buffaloes; A deeply religious man, Davis was adding “Praise The Lord”)
FCR -    Tim Swindle, Tucson

Q.         Who was the first Baltimore Orioles [AL] with 200 hits in a season?
Hint:     He hit his first home run in the majors off Hall of Famer Catfish Hunter.
Hint:     The next batter, also a rookie, proceeded to do the same.
Twint:    He left the Orioles as their career stolen base leader.
Twint:    He only stole two more bases in the rest of his playing days in the majors.
A.         Al Bumbry (205 H in 1980; 1st HR 09-May-1973; Rich Coggins followed with his 1st career HR; 252 SB on the Orioles list at the end of 1984.  He now trails Brady Anderson [307] and Brian Roberts [274].)
FCR -    Dave Raglin, McLean, VA

Q.         Who played in the World Series in 2007, 2008 and 2009 for three different teams?
Hint:     He hit his only triple for the Braves in his first at-bat for the team.
Hint:     He majored in Special Education at the University of Arkansas.
Twint:    After an advertisement in The Globe and Mail, he was called “The Big Fish”.
A.         Eric Hinske (WS 07, 08, 09; Ad by Bushnell said “Eric Hinske eats fish tonight” as the Jays were playing the Florida Marlins.
FCR -    Dave Williams, Glastonbury, CT

Q.         Who was the first player chosen in the first round of the major league draft whose father had also been chosen in the first round?
Hint:     Both were Top Ten picks.
Hint:     His $1,200,000 signing bonus, modest at the time, was nevertheless more than his father’s cumulative earnings during a nine-year major league career.
Twint:    His father took some of members of the Texas Rangers to watch him [the son] play on his high school team.
Twint:    Some of those watching later became his teammates.
A.         Ben Grieve (Was the 2nd pick in the 1994 Draft.  His father Tom Grieve was the 6th pick in the 1966 Draft)
FCR -    Paul Greenwell, Fort Worth

Q.         Who hit the first grand slam at Anaheim Stadium?
Hint:     This should be somewhat easy since you already know this week’s theme.
Twint:    Though he played over 800 games at other positions and fewer than 70 at catcher, he was behind the plate for a no hitter.
A.         Curt Blefary (GS 06-Jun-1967, off Lou Burdette who had just come into the game in the 9th inning; 27-Apr-1968, 66 G @ C, 808 elsewhere)
FCR -    Gregg Gaylord, Chicago

WEEKLY THEME – American League Rookie of the Year Award winners who threw right but batted left.

ROY                 Year
Blefary              1965
Bumbry             1973
Carew               1967
Chambliss         1971
Davis                1984
Grieve               1998
Guillen              1985
Hinske              2002
Kubek               1957
Oliva                 1964
Suzuki              2001
Whitaker           1978

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Jeff Bergida, Albany, NY

Sunday, April 15, 2012

April 9-15, 2012 Major league pitchers with the highest cumulative career wages

Q.         Who was the first reliever to reach 300 saves pitching only for one team?
Hint:     His postseason ERA is a difficult-to-believe 0.70.
Hint:     His career WHIP is bested only by those Hall of Famers Addie Joss and Ed Walsh.
Twint:    Derek Jeter said about him, "He's the most mentally tough person I've ever played with."
Twint:    Alex Rodriguez said about him, "To me, he's the greatest modern day weapon I have seen or played against."
A.         Mariano Rivera (300th S 28-May-2004 [Troy Percival tied that mark two months later.]; WHIP [walks & hits per inning pitched] 1.0019, Joss 0.9678, Walsh 0.9996)
FCR -    Daryl Syng, Washington, DC

Q.         Who is the only pitcher with 200 career wins and 150 career saves?
Hint:     Only he and Dennis Eckersley had both a 20-win season and a 50-save season during their respective careers.
Twint:    Tiger Woods claims that he is the best golfer he knows who is not on the PGA tour.
A.         John Smoltz (Woods as quoted on the “Mike and Mike” show on EPN radio)
FCR -    Chuck Durante, Dover, DE

Q.         What pitcher holds the American League record for most seasons with ten or more consecutive victories with seventeen?  [N.B.  The word “consecutive” was inadvertently omitted.  Didn’t seem to bother many.]
Hint:     His career win-loss record is 117 above .500.
Hint:     Since 1920, only he and Sandy Koufax finished their careers with twenty-win seasons.
Twint:    Although he never won the Cy Young Award, he finished in the Top Six in voting for it nine times.
Twint:    He is of Slavic descent, but due to the spelling of his last name, which was Americanized by his ancestors, he is often misidentified as an Italian-American.
A.         Mike Mussina (10+ W 1992-2008; 270-153; 20-9 in 2008, his only season with 20 W)
FCR -    Bill Carle, Lee’s Summit, MO

Q.         Who, among starting pitchers, owns the highest ERA+ in history?
Hint:     He body-slammed Reggie Sanders after ending his perfect game bid by hitting Sanders with an eighth-inning inside fast ball.
Hint:     He is perhaps better remembered for another well-executed body slam.
Twint:    He’s not your daddy, despite what he implied.
A.         Pedro Martinez (ERA+; Sanders encounter 13-Apr-1994; Took down Don Zimmer 11-Oct-2003; “Who’s your daddy?” comment shouted to Yankee Stadium fans 28-Sep-2004)
FCR -    John Shiffert, Morrow, GA

Q.         In 2005, who submitted a record $22,000,000 annual salary arbitration request?
Hint:     In a voice-over appearance as himself on the TV show The Simpsons, he was hypnotized into believing he was a chicken.
Twint:    He pitched for the Philadelphia A’s in the 1994 movie Cobb.
A.         Roger Clemens (The sides settled before the arbitration hearing for a record $18,000,0022, 22 being his uniform number; Simpsons episode 20-Feb1992 [Scroll to 3:22 for Clemens.  He did his own clucking.])
FCR -    Paul Hirsch, Danville, CA

Q.         What former Padre is now a special assistant on the team where his brother coaches?
Hint:     He is the only pitcher in major league history to win ten games in 20 consecutive seasons.
Twint:    Only he had ERAs under 2.00 during both strike years of the 1990s (among qualifiers).
Twint:    He passed Steve Carlton to move into the Top Ten on the all-time career pitching victories list.
A.         Greg Maddux (Texas Rangers; 10 W years 1988-2007; W #330 30-Aug-2006; 1.56 in 1994, 1.63 in 1995)
FCR -    Jim Hartley, Silver Spring, MD

Q.         Who did Nolan Ryan say was the “next Nolan Ryan”?
Hint:     His mullet only contributed to his good looks.
Twint:    This San Francisco ace got his 300th victory on a rain-soaked afternoon in Washington.
Twint:    He helped parody the mania for home runs with a 1998 TV ad for Nike.
A.         Randy Johnson (300th W 04-Jun-2009; Nike ad)
FCR -    David Krassin, New York

WEEKLY THEME – Major league pitchers with the highest cumulative career wages, all of them over $130,000,000.  (Numbers include 2012 compensation.)

Clemens       $150,601,000
Johnson         175,550,019
Maddux         153,845,000
Martinez         146,259,585
Mussina         144,533,619
Rivera            144,441,825
Smoltz           135,657,946

Salary information from

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Gregg Gaylord, Chicago

Sunday, April 8, 2012

April 2-8, 2012 Batters who hit home All-Star home runs in their home parks

Q.         For whom did the Red Sox first retire a uniform number?
Hint:     He was named after U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt.
Twint:    He won the Triple Crown in 1938.
A.         Ted Williams (1984, same year as Cronin, but the chronological retired number list at Fenway Park listed Williams’s #9 first; AA TC for 1938 Minneapolis Millers [.366, 43 HR, 142 RBI])
FCR -    Bill Carle, Lee’s Summit, MO

Q.         Who was the first player with 3,000 career hits and 500 career home runs?
Hint:     His uniform number was retired in both Atlanta and Milwaukee.
Twint:    His brother was a Braves coach in the early 1980s.
A.         Hank Aaron (3,000th hit 17-May-1970, game 2; #44 retired by Braves & Brewers; Tommie Aaron 1979-84 Braves coach)
FCR -    Rev. Gerry Beirne, Narragansett, RI

Q.         For whom did the Cardinals first retire a uniform number?
Hint:     The team would not retire another number for 11 years after.
Hint:     He ranks fifth in career HBP for the Cardinals, sixth in career batting average and seventh in career pinch-hits.
Twint:    He leads the team in career G, AB, PA, R, H, TB, EBH, 1B, 2B, 3B, HR, RBI, BB, RC, WAR, etc…
A.         Stan Musial (#6 retired in 1963; Dizzy Dean’s 17 retired in 1974)
FCR -    Art Springsteen, Sunapee, NH

Q.         After Earl Averill in 1975, who was the next position player for whom the Indians retired a uniform number?
Hint:     Among members of the Hall of Fame, he was the first to play in the Japanese League (NPB).
Twint:    He was the first black player to appear in an American League game.
A.         Larry Doby (#14 retired in 1994, pitcher Mel Harder’s #18 was retired in 1990; 1962 Chunichi Dragons; debut 05-Jul-1947)
FCR -    Bill Deane, Cooperstown, NY

Q.         Which player wore #9 as a rookie, but had a different number retired in his honor 16 years later?
Hint:     His older and younger brothers were both Major League All-Stars.
Twint:    When he retired he was fifth on the career home run list.  He is now 73rd.
A.         Joe DiMaggio (#9 in 1936, #5 retired by Yankees in 1952; 361 career HR, behind Ruth, Foxx, Ott & Gehrig in 1952, now just three ahead of Lance Berkman, who will likely pass him this season)
FCR -    Bill Carle, Lee’s Summit, MO

Q.         Who is the only former Senator for whom the Twins have retired a uniform number?
Hint:     He was the first Twins team captain.
Twint:    He was the first player elected to an All-Star team at three different positions.
A.         Harmon Killebrew (#3, retired in 1975, played for WS1 1954-60; Twins captain 1961; 1959 & 61 AS 3B, 1963-64 AS LF, 1965 AS 1B)
FCR -    Alan Work, White Plains, NY

Q.         Which Hall of Famer won his only career batting title by .0002 over Ted Williams?
Hint:     The Arkansas State University baseball field and the Swifton, AR post office are named after him.
Twint:    He and fellow Hall of Famer Al Kaline formed the Tigers TV broadcasting team from 1975-96.
A.         George Kell (.3429 to .3427 in 1949)
FCR -    Jim Dunbar, Corinth, NY

Q.         Who has hit the most career Major League home runs while wearing a Washington jersey?
Hint:     Three seats in the distant upper deck at RFK stadium are painted white in his honor.
Twint:    His career ended with a single game as a Lion.
A.         Frank Howard (237 for Senators, Roy Sievers is second with 184, Ryan Zimmerman currently fourth with 128; Sec 536 Row 5 Seat 17, Sec 538 Row 4 Seat 19 & Sec 542 Row 3 Seat 3 to mark the landing spots of some of his longest home runs; 1 AB for 1974 Taiheiyo Club Lions)
FCR -    Henry Hascup, Lodi, NJ

Q.         Of whose 1954 World Series drive did one sportscaster observe, “It would have been a home run in any other park, including Yellowstone.”
Hint:     He is the only player to score fewer than 50 runs during a 100-RBI season.
Twint:    He missed part of the 1955 season when he was stricken with polio.
A.         Vic Wertz (“The Catch”; 45 R, 103 RBI in 1960)
FCR -    Paul Hirsch, Danville, CA

Q.         Who is the only switch-hitter to boast a career .300 batting average with 400 or more home runs?
Hint:     He was the youngest player in the league when he debuted, and missed significant time after severely injuring his knee.
Twint:    He hit a HR in his 1st at-bat during the inaugural World Baseball Classic.
A.         Chipper Jones (.304 AVG, 454 HR; youngest player in the NL when he debuted in 1993, passed by Cliff Floyd 1 week later, tore ACL during spring training 1994)
FCR -    David Krassin, New York, NY

Q.         Who was the first catcher to win the Baseball America Minor League Player of the Year Award?
Hint:     He twice won the Sporting News Minor League Player of the Year Award.
Hint:     He was a teammate of Jaret Wright, and his father was a teammate of Wright’s father, Clyde.
Twint:    He and his brother were teammates in both the minors and Majors.
A.         Sandy Alomar Jr. (BBAMLPOY 1989; SNMLPOY 1988-89; Sandy Alomar Sr. & Clyde Wright teammates on 1969-73 Angels)
FCR -    David Krassin, New York, NY

Q.         Who replaced Ken Keltner as the Indians’ regular third baseman?
Hint:     He won the Texas League MVP Award a year before winning his only World Series ring as a player.
Hint:     He won another World Series ring as Yankees president in 1978.
Twint:    He was an assault boat navigator during the first wave of landings in the battle for Okinawa.
A.         Al Rosen (replaced Keltner in 1950; TX Lg MVP 1947, WS ring 1948)
FCR -    Glenn Horowitz New York

Q.         Who is the only non-Hall of Famer for whom the Dodgers have retired a uniform number?
Hint:     He played for the Baltimore Elite Giants from 1946-50.
Twint:    The Dodgers wore black armbands in his memory during the 1978 World Series.
A.         Jim Gilliam (#19 retired in 1978)
FCR -    Peter Baughman, Columbia, CT

WEEKLY THEME – Batters who hit home All-Star home runs in their home parks.  Note that two different pairs were on the same day.

Aaron               1972           Atlanta Stadium
Alomar              1997           Jacobs Field
DiMaggio          1939           Yankee Stadium
Doby                1954           Cleveland Stadium
Gilliam              1959           L.A. Coliseum
Howard             1969           R.F.K. Stadium
Jones               2000           Turner Field
Kell                   1951           Briggs Stadium
Killebrew           1965           Metropolitan Stadium
Musial               1948           Sportsman Park III
Rosen               1954           Cleveland Stadium
Wertz                1951           Briggs Stadium
Williams            1946 (2)      Fenway Park

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Gregg Gaylord, Chicago, IL