Monday, May 28, 2012

May 21-27, 2012 “There no ‘i’ in this team” Team

Q.         Who is the only batter to hit fifty doubles and fifty home runs in the same season?
Hint:     He probably hit fifty other things as well.
Hint:     He was the first player to earn $10,000,000 in a season.
Twint:    He had the longest active consecutive games played streak on the day Cal Ripken, Jr. finally sat out.
A.         Albert Belle (50 HR, 50 2b in 1995; Famous for his temper, he was known to strike objects and people; $11,000,000 in 1997; 327 consec. G as of 20-Sep-1998, finally did not play 11-Jun-1999 after 392 G)
FCR -    Dave Wise, Hyde Park, NY

Q.         Before Josh Hamilton did it earlier this month, who was the last player to hit four home runs in a single game?
Hint:     His first home run that day was the 300th of his career.
Hint:     He was the first position player to earn $15,000,000 in a season.
Hint:     Among New York Mets, only Mike Piazza, Darryl Strawberry and David Wright have a higher career slugging percentage.
Twint:    He holds the all-time home run and RBI records among players born in Puerto Rico.
A.         Carlos Delgado (4 HR 25-Sep-2003; $19,400,000 in 2002; Mets slg. .506; 473 HR, 1,512 RBI, in both cases, breaking the record held by Juan Gonzalez)
FCR -    Larry Creeden, Boulder City, NV

Q.         Who was the first player to lead his league in triples for three straight years?
Hint:     It wasn’t achieved in the National League until 1979.
Hint:     He was finally elected to the Hall of Fame at age 87.
Twint:    His team turned down the opportunity to trade him directly for Ty Cobb.
A.         Elmer Flick (3b 1905-07, Gary Templeton 1977-79; HOF 1963)
FCR -    John Robertson, Cambridge, ON

Q.         Who was the first catcher to hit thirty home runs in a season?
Hint:     His crepuscular circuit clout off Mace Brown is one of the most famous home runs in baseball history.
Twint:    He won a league Most Valuable Player Award, but the only category he ever led his league in was strikeouts.
A.         Gabby Hartnett (37 HR in 1930; “Homer in the Gloamin’”; MVP in 1935, 77 K in 1925)
FCR -    Walt Cherniak, Woodbine, MD

Q.         Whose most memorable All-Star at-bat was a strikeout?
Hint:     He received league Most Valuable Player votes in three consecutive seasons.
Hint:     Hardly anyone remembers the home runs he hit for the White Sox.
Hint:     He retired abruptly after raising his career batting average to .300.
Twint:    Among West Virginia natives, only Bill Mazeroski, George Brett and Toby Harrah have been on more All-Star teams.
Twint:    He frequently offers insightful, incisive comments on the game on ESPN’s “Baseball Tonight”.
A.         John Kruk (K vs. Randy Johnson in 1993 ASG; MVP votes 1991-93; 2 CWS HRs 1995; Final H 30-Jul-1995)
FCR -    Matt Gibson, Barboursville, WV

Q.         Whose basketball nickname “Shaker” carried over to his career in the majors?
Hint:     He once led the American League in triples.
Hint:     He was a mover too.
Twint:    He attended the same high school as Jackie Jensen, Chick Gandil and Bill Rigney.
Twint:    Not to mention Gertrud Stein, Jack London, David  Carradine and Ed Meese.
A.         Lloyd Moseby (15 3b in 1984; Oakland High School)
FCR -    Ira Kotel, Short Hills, NJ

Q.         Who is the only post-expansion player with over 400 games played to play his only American League game for the Yankees?
Hint:     Huh?  (Sorry about that wording.)
Hint:     His team won the World Series his first year in the majors, but he didn't make their postseason roster.
Twint:    His father Jim played in the Negro Leagues.
A.         Nate Oliver (NYY G 10-Apr-1969; 1963 Dodgers; Father Jim Oliver)
FCR -    No one (completely understandable)

Q.         What former Badger and London native allowed the famous game-winning home run to David Ortiz in Game Four of the 2004 American League Championship Series, sparking the Red Sox to rally back from the brink of elimination?
Hint:     Ironically, he had been drafted by the Red Sox and began his major league career with them.
Hint:     He pitched for seven teams in his fourteen-year big league career.
Twint:    He has been a player and a coach for his native country in the World Baseball Classic.
A.         Paul Quantrill (Ortiz HR 17-Oct-2004, Boston avoided elimination, advanced and won its first World Series since 1918.; WBC 2005
FCR -    Mark Kanter, Portsmouth, RI

Q.         Who is the only 20th century player to collect seven hits in a nine-inning game?
Hint:     He had two hits in each of the first and fifth innings.
Hint:     His manager thought him so exhausted after this effort that he put in a pinch-runner for him after the 7th hit.
Twint:    He was a major plank in the Lumber Company, but never lived up to his career heights after leaving them for a free agency contract.
Twint:    Much of his compensation for his free agency contract was paid in the three years after he was released and out of the majors.
A.         Rennie Stennett (7 H 15-Sep-1975; Willie Randolph pinch-ran;
FCR -    Abbey Garber, Dallas

Q.         Who was the first Blue Jays pitcher to strike out 100 batters in consecutive seasons?
Hint:     He was the victim of his brother’s first major league victory.
Twint:    He is the son of minor leaguer John Underwood and the husband of LPGA golfer Christine Morra.
A.         Tom Underwood (100+ K 1978-89; Brother Pat 31-May-1979)
FCR -    John Rickert, Terre Haute

Q.         What active player is second all time for his former franchise in career runs, hits, total bases, doubles, home runs, RBI, single and extra-base hits?
Hint:     He left them for a large free agent contract and has not been able to perform at nearly the same level.
Hint:     While attending Bowie High School, he signed a letter of intent to play to play football for the University of Texas as a wide receiver.
Twint:    He is the Honorary Commissioner of the Toronto Rookie League, a baseball league for underprivileged children.
A.         Vernon Wells (Blue Jays offensive stats)
FCR -    Ira Kotel, Short Hills, NJ

WEEKLY THEME – “There no ‘i’ in this team” Team.  The initials of this week’s answers proceed up through the alphabet, skipping i (and stopping short of x, y & z).

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Arieh Siegal, Austin [after the Harnett question]

Horsehide Trivia blog has the questions and answers from this week as well as from previous weeks:

Sunday, May 20, 2012

May 14-20, 2012 Giants pitchers who won 300 games

Q.         Who was traded away by the team for whom he would only get one of his 373 (not 363) major league wins?
Hint:     His induction into baseball’s Hall of Fame was in the class just before John McGraw’s.
Twint:    He began as a Red and ended as a Red.  The single win for them was the last of his career.
A.         Christy Mathewson (HOF 1936)
FCR -    Bob Newton, Bethesda, MD

Q.         Which pitcher won more games than any other lefty in history?
Hint:     This guy really DID have 363 career wins.
Hint:     He led the National League in strikeouts for four consecutive seasons.
Twint:    He won the Cy Young Award the second year it was awarded.
A.         Warren Spahn (6th on the career wins list; K lead 1949-52; CYA 1957)
FCR -    Jim Harris, Alexandria, VA

Q.         What pitcher is the all-time leader in strikeouts per nine innings pitched?
Hint:     Although he led the American League in bases-on-balls in his first three years in the junior circuit, he led the National League in strikeouts for four consecutive seasons, the last pitcher to do so.
Hint:     He also the last American League pitcher to lead the league in strikeouts for four consecutive seasons.
Twint:    He pitched for six different major league teams, though never any teams named for birds.
Twint:    He did once, however, explode a bird with a pre-season pitch.
A.         Randy Johnson (10.61K/9IP; AL BB 1990-92, NL K 1999-2002; Bird)
FCR -    Alan Miller, Oakland

Q.         Who is the second winningest left-handed pitcher of all time?
Hint:     Although only second in career strikeouts by a lefty, he is the all-time leader in bases‑on‑balls by a lefty.
Twint:    His refusal to speak to the media during most of his career endeared him to very few.
A.         Steve Carlton (329 W; 4.136 K, 1,833 BB)
FCR -    Paul Hirsch, Danville, CA

Q.         Who is the only pitcher other than Cy Young Award winner Randy Jones to win 20 games in a season for the Padres?
Hint:     He has the highest career win-loss percentage in Padres history.
Hint:     He has the most wins in a season for the Indians since Bob Feller’s 26 in 1946.
Twint:    He was the last Indians pitcher to start 40 games in a season.
Twint:    He is the missing link between Alvin Dark and Neil Armstrong.
A.         Gaylord Perry (21 W in 1978, Jones w/20+ W 1975-76; .660 win-loss pct.; 24 W in 1972; 40 starts in 1972; Moon story)
FCR -    Bill Carle, Lee’s Summit, MO

Q.         Who was the first Giant to win the Triple Crown?
Hint:     He holds the record for committing the most career errors at his position.
Twint:    He is the only pitcher to win his 300th career Major League game in the Players League.
Twint:    Before Don Sutton faced Phil Niekro in 1986, he and Pud Galvin were the last pitchers to oppose each other as starters after each had won his 300th game.
A.         Tim Keefe (1888 NL pitching TC; 166 E as a P; 300th W 04-Jun-1890 for the PL NY Giants; Keefe vs. Galvin 21-Jul-1892)
FCR -    Peter Beagle, Oakland

Q.         Which Hall of Famer was the starting pitcher in the first Major League game played at the Polo Grounds?
Hint:     He was the first pitcher to lead his league in (most) walks for three consecutive seasons.
Hint:     Batting for an injured Hank O’Day, he is credited by some historians as having been the Major Leagues’ first pinch-hitter.
Twint:    He was the first pitcher to strike out the first nine batters in a Major League game.
A.         Mickey Welch (Polo Grounds [SE] inauguration 01-May-1883; 1884-86 NL BB Ldr; PH 10-Sep-1889; 1st 9 batters K’ed 28-Aug-1884)
FCR -    Jared Lobdell., Elizabethtown, PA

WEEKLY THEME – Giants pitchers who won 300 games

Pitcher              As a Giant      Total Wins
Carlton                        1             329
Johnson                      8             303
Keefe                      191             342
Mathewson              372             373
Perry                         95             314
Spahn                         3             363
Welch                      238             307

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Greg Gaylord, Chicago

Horsehide Trivia blog (has the questions and answers from this week as well as from previous weeks:

Sunday, May 13, 2012

May 7-13, 2012 Bespectacled relief pitchers

Q.         What pitcher holds the record for the most saves in a season?
Hint:     A few weeks later after this accomplishment, he signed a three-year, $37 million contract with a new team.
Twint:    K-Rod
A.         Francisco Rodriguez (62 S in 2008 with the Angels; Signed with the Mets 10-Dec-2008; Nicknamed “Frankie” and “K-Rod”)
FCR -    Michael Daponde, Sacramento

Q.         Who converted 84 consecutive save opportunities?
Hint:     He reached the career 100 saves plateau in fewer appearances than any other pitcher in history.
Twint:    He is the only pitcher to win the Cy Young Award while having a losing season.
A.         Eric Gagne (Between 28-Aug-2002 and 05-Jul-2004, he converted 84 consecutive save chances; 100th S 05-Sep-2003 in his 203rd career G; CYA 2003 w/ a record of 2-3)
FCR -    Tom Kennedy, Houston

Q.         Who edged out Dan Quisenberry and Kent Hrbek for major awards in the same season?
Hint:     His team’s dominance probably put him over the top.
Twint:    He was 1-9 in his only stint as a starter.
A.         Guillermo (“Willie”) Hernandez (1984 AL MVP & CYA; 1984 Tigers were 104-58; Started for the 1980 Cubs)
FCR -    J.R. Richardson, Clarksville, MD

Q.         Who was the first pitcher to win a league Most Valuable Player Award with fewer than 20 wins?
Hint:     It was the only year in his eleven-year MLB career that he made the All-Star squad.
Hint:     He was teammates with Mickey Mantle, Stan Musial, Billy Herman and Bucky Walters during his career.
Twint:    He still whizzed them, or so his nickname would imply.
A.         Jim Konstanty (MVP 1950 w/16-7 record; 1950 ASG; 1950 Phillies nicknamed “The Whiz Kids”)
FCR -    Paul Hirsch, Danville, CA

Q.         Who was known as “The Terminator”?
Hint:     Dennis Eckersley replaced him as the Cardinals closer.
Hint:     He claimed he was just a simple carpenter from Missouri.
Twint:    In his retirement from baseball, he is very involved in the Special Olympics.
A.         Tom Henke (1995-96 Cardinals)
FCR -    Walt Cherniak, Woodbine, MD

Q.         What pitcher was the first to appear in 1,000 games without ever starting?
Hint:     Mariano Rivera passed him this year on a key leader board.
Twint:    He took over as the Pirates' closer after Rich Gossage signed with the Yankees.
A.         Kent Tekuve (1,050 G, 0 starts; Rivera logged his 1,051st G last Monday)
FCR -    Mark Jones, Birmingham, AL

Q.         Who is the only active pitcher to win the Rolaids Relief Award in both leagues?
Hint:     Only Rollie Fingers, Lee Smith and Randy Myers have duplicated that feat.
Hint:     He holds his franchise’s record for consecutive shutout innings pitched.
Twint:    His nickname is “Papa Grande”, but you wouldn’t be wrong to call him Joe Greenvalley.
Twint:    In 2011, he was a perfect 49 for 49 in save opportunities.
A.         Jose Valverde (RRA 2011 w/Detroit & 2007 w/Arizona)
FCR -    Mark DeLodovico, Rockville, MD          

Q.         Who delivered the line, “No matter how far out of first we are, it's cool.  You know, it keeps us from getting shut out at our favorite hotels and restaurant-type places.”?
Hint:     He wore #99 for the Indians.
Twint:    Life imitates art.
A.         Rickey Vaughn (Fictional pitcher in the movie “Major League”; Charlie Sheen portrayed him and has delivered quotes even more bizarre.)
FCR -    Abbey Garber, Dallas, TX

Q.         Who holds the American League record for most wild pitches in an inning?
Hint:     It’s more than the most strikeouts he ever had in an inning.
Hint:     He earned a suspension for daring to pitch inside to Big Papi.
Twint:    The Florida Marlins set a record by having four different pitchers achieve at least thirty saves in a season for four consecutive seasons.
Twint:    His was the record-setting fourth.
A.         Kevin Gregg (4 WP 25-Jul-2004; Suspension 18-20-Jul-2011; 2004 Armando Benitez 47 S, 2005 Todd Jones 40 S,2006 Joe Borowski 36 S, 2007 Gregg 32 S)
FCR -    Joe Haardt, McLean, VA

Q.         Which pitcher earned the victory in the All-Star Game even though he gave up a single to the only batter he faced?
Hint:     He threw the first no-hitter in Trenton Thunder history.
Twint:    He was the first National League reliever to earn ten decisions in his team’s first forty games.
Twint:    He ended the season leading that team in wins.
A.         Tyler Clippard (2011 ASG; No-hitter 17-Aug-2006, Thunder; 2010 Washington Nationals)
FCR -    Jesse-Douglas Mathewson, Greenbelt, MD

Q.         Whose autobiography was entitled, “I Can See Clearly Now”?
Hint:     A baseball Hall of Famer was named for him.
Hint:     His Hall of Fame manager once said of him, “If he ever hit you in the head, you’d be in the past tense.”
Twint:    The Angels had hoped to make him the face of the franchise.
A.         Ryne Duren (Book; Ryne Sandberg, Casey Stengel; 1961 Angels)
FCR -    Brian Engelhardt, Reading, PA

Q.         Who, after Paul Assenmacher in 1991, was the next Cubs reliever to strike out 100 batters in a season?
Hint:     It was the only season he reached that level.
Hint:     He landed on the DL after severely bruising and spraining his knee by kicking a fan.
Hint:     He is a member of a professional paintball team, the Tampa Bay Damage.
Twint:    He once landed on the Disabled List as a result of breaking up a dog fight.
Twint:    He attended Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, but did not play baseball for them.
A.         Kyle Farnsworth (107 K in 2001)
FCR -    No one

WEEKLY THEME – Bespectacled relief pitchers

Clippard            Pix
Duren               Pix
Farnsworth        Pix
Gagne              Pix
Gregg               Pix
Henke               Pix
Hernandez         Pix
Konstanty         Pix
Rodriguez         Pix
Tekulve             Pix
Valverde           Pix
Vaughn             Pix

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Arieh Siegal, Austin, TX

Sunday, May 6, 2012

April 30-May 6, 2012 Players on the losing side of an All-Star Game at least ten times

Q.         Whose Topps baseball card is the most valuable one in their pantheon?
Hint:     He was one of the “M & M” Boys.
Twint:    He said, "My biggest regret is that I didn't hit .300 for my career."
A.         Mickey Mantle (1952 Tops #311; w/Roger Maris; hit .298)
FCR -    Rev. Gerry Beirne, Narragansett, RI

Q.         Whose Oakland A’s career home run record did Mark McGwire break?
Hint:     He lost 35 of his collection of 97 cars in a warehouse fire.  They were uninsured.
Twint:    He stirred things everywhere and not just as a straw.
A.         Reggie Jackson (McGwire’s 269th HR 14-Sep-1995; Cars)
FCR -    Matt Gibson, Barboursville, WV

Q.         Who broke Jimmie Foxx’s record for career home runs by a right-handed American League batter?
Hint:     He was the first batter to hit a home run over the left-field roof at Tiger Stadium.
Hint:     He hit it off a Hall of Fame pitcher.
Twint:    He hit his only inside-the-park home run 15 years before he retired.
A.         Harmon Killebrew (535th HR 17-Aug-1972 [since passed by Alex Rodriguez]; HR 03‑Aug‑1962 off Jim Bunning, Roof 94’ high 340’ from home plate; IPHR 04-Jul-1961)
FCR -    Fred Brillhart, Mechanicsburg, PA

Q.         Who was the first National Leaguer to win the Most Valuable Player award three times?
Hint:     He held the record for National League hits for over nineteen years.
Hint:     His penultimate career hit was singled passed the feet of the player who would later break his record.
Twint:    He was noted for his harmonica play.
A.         Stan Musial (MVP 1943, 46, 48; Passed Honus Wagner on 29-April-1962 with his 3,421st H, his 5th hit of the day.  He was passed by Pete Rose on 10-Aug-1981)
FCR -    Bill Carle, Lee's Summit, MO

Q.         Who was the first player to win a Gold Glove award for the Tigers?
Hint:     He never played a minor league game.
Twint:    He is the only Hall of Famer not named Babe Ruth born in the city of Baltimore.
A.         Al Kaline (GG 1957; b.19-Dec-1934)
FCR -    Fred Worth, Arkadelphia, AR

Q.         Which Triple Crown winner missed being a unanimous Most Valuable Player winner by a single vote?
Hint:     His first game for Minneapolis was protested because he was not eligible to play until the player he replaced reported for military duty.
Twint:    He played in the Junior World Series against Havana.
A.         Carl Yastrzemski (Sole other 1967 MVP vote went to Cesar Tovar; Lee Howell entered the U.S. Army 15-Sep-1959.  Yaz only played for the Minneapolis Millers in the postseason; 1959 Junior World Series)
FCR -    John Wanamaker, Binghamton, NY

Q.         Who was the first Angel to compile a 25-game hitting streak?
Hint:     He attended the same high school as did Manny Ramirez, but did not play for their baseball team.
Hint:     He was already playing semi-pro baseball at the time.
Twint:    He was born in a strictly racially segregated environment
A.         Rod Carew (Streak 23-May to 21-Jun-1982; George Washington High School in New York City; Played for the Bronx Cavaliers, who played in Macombs Dam Park and Crotona Park in New York; b. 01-Oct-1945 on a racially segregated train as it traveled near Gatun in the Canal Zone, Panama.)
FCR -    Tom Blaha, Bowling Green, OH

Q.         Which player, after hitting the left-field foul pole, was called out at third base?
Hint:     He released an eponymous Chardonnay wine in 2008, all proceeds going to his community.
Hint:     He met his wife on a team flight between Kansas City and Boston.
Twint:    Politician Gordon Beard said of him, “They didn’t name a candy bar after him, but in Baltimore, they name their children after him.”
Twint:    Umpire Ed Hurley said, “He plays third base like he came down from a higher league.”
A.         Brooks Robinson (02-Aug-1964 erroneously call out by field umpire John Rice; charity wine called Brooks Robinson Chardonnay with all of his proceeds donated to the Baltimore Community Foundation in a fund created in the name of Brooks and his wife Connie Robinson.)
FCR -    Randall Chandler, Germantown, TN

WEEKLY THEME – Players on the losing side of an All-Star Game at least ten times:

Carew               13
Jackson            12
Kaline               10
Killebrew           10
Mantle              11
Musial               10
Robinson          15
Yastrzemski      12

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – No one