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

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