Sunday, June 10, 2012

June 4-10, 2012 Players receiving 1,000 total Hall of Fame votes without being elected


Q.         Who hit the first home run for the New York Metropolitans?
Hint:     He later managed them to World Series glory on an almost mythical level.
Twint:    He was Don Drysdale's first roommate with the Dodgers.
A.         Gil Hodges (HR 11-Apr-1962; 1969 WS Champs)
FCR -    Bob Newton, Bethesda, MD

Q.         Who holds the National League record for the most consecutive games played?
Hint:     No first baseman posted a fielding average of 1.000 in a full season before he did it in 1984.
Hint:     Only he and two Hall of Famers can boast of being All-Star Game Most Valuable Players twice.
Twint:    One year, he began with a 21 game hitting streak and ended a 20 game hitting streak on the final day of the season.
A.         Steve Garvey (1,207 G 03-Sep-1975 thru 29-Jul1983 [the last G he played in ‘83]; 1.000 F% 1984; ASG MVP 1978 & 1984; Streaks 1978)
FCR -    Reif Faulkner, Lakewood, CO

Q.         Of the 95 natives of the District of Columbia to play in the majors, only three ever made All-Star appearances.  Name the only one to do it seven times.
Hint:     He shattered one of baseball’s most sacred records.
Twint:    He was the first manager to guide a team against a team his son was on.
Twint:    Based on their scouting intel, the Topps baseball card company unwisely decided not to sign him to a contract.
A.         Maury Wills (AS 1961-66; 104 S in 1962 breaking Ty Cobb,47-year-old record of 96)
FCR -    Jim Casey, Savannah

Q.         Nolan Ryan broke whose modern record of pitching 26 seasons in the majors?
Hint:     No left-hander in the modern era threw more career wild pitches.
Twint:    He surrendered the first home run at Anaheim Stadium.
Twint:    He still got the victory.
A.         Tommy John (26 yrs: 1963-74, 76-89, Ryan 1966, 68-93; 187 WP; HR to Rick Reichardt 19‑Apr‑1966)
FCR -    Frank DiPrima, Morristown. NJ

Q.         Who holds the America League record for most career putouts by a pitcher?
Hint:     He is the only American League pitcher to throw ten innings in a World Series Game Seven.
Hint:     He once pitched a 10-inning shutout, halting Don Mattingly's 24-game hit streak in the process.
Twint:    His American League record of 24 wild pitches in a season (while with a previous team) was broken by a (current) teammate.
A.         Jack Morris (387 PO; G 7 27-Oct-1991 => He is, however, only the most recent.  Here are the others:
Cy Young              1903    Boston
Eddie Cicotte        1919    Chicago
Stan Coveleski      1920    Cleveland
Hal Newhouser       1945    Detroit
Johnny Kucks        1956    New York
Bill Terrry               1962    New York
Mickey Lolich        1968    Detroit
Bret Saberhagen    1985    Royals
; SHO 27-Sep-1986 [It was also his 20th win of the season.]; WP surpassed by Blue Jays Juan Guzman in 1993 w/26)
FCR -    Bob Newton, Bethesda, MD

Q.         Even though he didn’t join them until 1952, who had the most at-bats for the Tigers in the 1950s?
Hint:     He later managed the Brewers to their lone World Series appearance.
Twint:    His right leg had been amputated just a few months before he took over the team.
A.         Harvey Kuenn (4,372 AB; 1982 Brewers; amputation Feb-1980)
FCR -    Paul Hirsch, Danville, CA

Q.         Who was the last manager of the St. Louis Browns?
Hint:     As a position player, he finished 6th on his team in batting average yet still won that year’s Most Valuable Player Award.
Hint:     Seven of his teammates also received MVP votes that season.
Twint:    He was considered a pioneer because he was tall for a middle infielder.
Twint:    He made the All-Star team seven times even though he never had a season where he hit over .280.
A.         Marty Marion (1953 Browns; 1944 NL MVP; 6’2”)
FCR -    Michael Frank, New York

Q.         Who was the reigning American League MVP when Roger Maris broke Babe Ruth’s single-season home run record?
Hint:     He appeared in more World Series than any other player in the 1960s.
Twint:    He turned down an athletic scholarship from the University of Oklahoma for a $5,000 signing bonus to play professional baseball close to home.
A.         Roger Maris (WS in 1960, 61, 62, 63, 64, 67 & 68; Signed with the Indians and played for the 1953 Fargo-Moorehead Twins)
FCR -    Paul Hirsch, Danville, CA

Q.         Who set the American League record for hits by a rookie?
Hint:     He led the majors in hits that year and then led the AL in four of the next six seasons.
Hint:     After he was done leading the league in hits, he led it in slugging percentage.
Twint:    He was the first ever player to hit a home run as a designated hitter.
Twint:    He hit it off a Hall of Fame pitcher.
A.         Tony Oliva (217 H in 1964 [record now held by Ichiro with 242 in 2001]; SLG 1971 .546; DH HR 06-Apr-1973 off Catfish Hunter)
FCR -    P.L. Cohen, Brooklyn

Q.         What ophidian slugger was the first position player to sign a $1,000,000-per-year contract?
Hint:     … not counting Moses Malone or Bobby Hull.
Twint:    He once had two 22-game hitting streaks in the same season.
Twint:    He won an MVP playing with a broken jaw.
A.         Dave Parker (“Cobra”; $5M 5-yr contract Jan 1979; Streaks, MVP 1978)
FCR -    Abbey Garber, Dallas

Q.         Whom did The Sporting News choose as the Pitcher of the Year notwithstanding the fact that Sandy Koufax beat him out for the Cy Young Award?
Hint:     He was a Flying Dutchman.
Twint:    His broadcasting career of over 22 years is still not as long as his playing career in the majors.
A.         Jim Kaat (TSN AL POY 1966, last year the CYA was awarded for both leagues; Hope College Flying Dutchmen; 25 yrs 1959-83)
FCR -    Gregg Gaylord, Chicago

Q.         Fill in the blank:  Rollie Fingers, Jeff Reardon, ______________, Trevor Hoffman.
Hint:     He was scouted by Buck O’Neil.
Twint:    Until 2008 he held the all-time record for major league games finished by a pitcher.
Twint:    He is now third on that list.
A.         Lee Smith (Career saves leaders; 802 GF; Trevor Hoffman 856, Mariano Rivera 892)
FCR -    Jason Schmidt, New York

WEEKLY THEME – Players receiving 1,000 total Hall of Fame votes without being elected

Player       Votes     (From-To)
Garvey      2,312      (1993-2007)
Hodges     3,010      (1969-1983)
John         1,885      (2003-2011)
Kaat          1,591      (1989-2003)
Kuenn       1,502      (1977-1991)
Marion       1,010      (1956-1973)
Maris         1,642      (1974-1988)
Morris       2,588      (2000-2012)
Oliva         2,138      (1982-1996)
Parker       1,174      (1997-2011)
Smith        2,329      (2003-2012)
Wills          1,680      (1978-1992)

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Gregg Gaylord, Chicago

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