Sunday, July 29, 2012

July 23-29, 2012 Players whose defensive plays helped insure a perfect game for a teammate

Q.         Whose uniform number inspired George Costanza’s bizarre choice for his first child’s name?
Hint:     He became discouraged early in his professional career and decided he’d rather mine lead and zinc.  His father’s stern pep talk turned him around.
Hint:     Ironically, his next professional team was the Miners.
Twint:    Penicillin, only recently available at the time, once saved his life.
Twint:    His father must not have been a purebred.
A.         Mickey Mantle’s (Seven; Members of his family worked in the lead and zinc mines near his home in Oklahoma; 1950 Joplin Miners; Developed osteomyelitis following a high school football injury; Father Elvin “Mutt” Mantle)
FCR -    Doug Wilkins, San Francisco

Q.         Who did Kramer promise would hit two home runs?
Hint:     The second one was ruled a triple plus an error.
Hint:     He is the only player to ever play in World Series sweeps in both the National League and the American League.
Twint:    He became the oldest major leaguer to steal twenty bases and hit twenty homeruns in the same season.
A.         Paul O'Neill (2 HRs; 1990 WS, 98 WS, 99 WS; 20-20 at 38 yrs 181 days 25-Aug-2001)
FCR -    Steve Van Wagener, Bethesda, MD

Q.         What Gold Glove winner was moved from his primary position and also used as a designated hitter just three years later?
Hint:     He had been a second-team All-American at Texas A&M.
Twint:    His Gold Glove win interrupted what likely would have been an eleven-year string of Gold Glove wins by Roberto Alomar.
A.         Chuck Knoblauch (GG 1997; Alomar won GGs @ 2b 1991-96 & 1998-2001)
FCR -    Arieh Siegal, Austin

Q.         Who was hit on the elbow by a Randy Wolf pitch on a check swing last night?
Hint:     He was called back from first base and told that it was ruled that he had swung on the pitch.
Hint:     He was out since it was the third strike.  Replays showed he had not gone around and that the call was in error.
Hint:     His elbow is bruised, but he feels OK today, is ready to play but is uncertain about his future with the team.
Twint:    Because of his speed and because he was born in the 50th state, he’s often called “The Flyin’ Hawaiian”.
A.         Shane Victorino (Play; Rumors abound that he will join Ichiro in the Yankee outfield)
FCR -    John Wilson, Mesa, AZ

Q.         What Boston player/manager committed suicide during spring training of the 1907 season?
Hint:     Teammates had heard him speak of it, but to this day no one knows the real reason.
Hint:     He hit three triples in the first modern World Series.
Twint:    He hit .354 in his rookie year in 1897.
A.         Chick Stahl (Drank 4 oz of carbolic acid 28-Mar-1907; 1903 WS)
FCR -    Mark Pattison, Washington, DC

Q.         Who owns the single-season highest batting average for any American League player in the league’s history?
Hint:     Even though he won the Triple Crown that year, it was only the third best season of his career.
Hint:     He was possibly the most athletic Athletic of them all.
Twint:    He was so popular in Cleveland that the team was collectively called by his first name.
A.         Napoleon Lajoie (.426 in 1901, the AL’s first year; WAR ratings higher in 1906 & 1910, Cleveland Naps 1903-14.)
FCR -    John Robertson, Cambridge, ON

Q.         Who was the first Oakland A’s outfielder to win a Gold Glove award?
Hint:     He then won the next two at the same position.
Hint:     A Hall of Fame catcher tied him for the triples crown in 1972 as a result of a controversial fan interference call.
Hint:     He and his wife own a successful real estate brokerage in Bend, Oregon.
Twint:    His sale with Rollie Fingers to the Boston Red Sox was voided once cooler heads had prevailed, but not, how, however, before he had been issued his uniform.
A.         Joe Rudi (GG OF 1974-76 [N.B. Vic Power, 1958, was the first A’s player to garner a Gold Glove.]; 9 3b in 1972, tied with Carlton Fisk; Wife Sharon & he operate Nelson Real Estate in Bend; Commissioner Bowie Kuhn voided sale by A’s owner Charlie Finley 1976)
FCR -    Andrew Milner, Bryn Mawr, PA

Q.         Who was the first native of Cuba selected to the National League All-Star team?
Hint:     The All-Star games that year, in his third season, were his only one in his nineteen-year major league career.]
Hint:     Had he been hit by just one more pitch, instead of merely leading the league in that category, the Phillies might have won the pennant.
Twint:    His six steals of home for the Phillies is tied for second place on their all-time list. [Unverified]
A.         Tony Taylor (1960 AS games at Municipal Stadium and Yankee Stadium, two days apart for the Phillies; 13 HBP in 1964)
FCR -    Bill Carle, Lee’s Summit, MO

Q.         Who was the first native of Canada to score a run in an All-Star game?
Hint:     Twice he led the National League in assists by a right fielder and six other times he was among the league leaders.  His throwing arm was respected.
Hint:     His name appears in the Top Ten in virtually every offensive category for the Montreal Expos and yet that is not where he had his best years.
Twint:    He won the MVP by such a wide margin one year that only two other players even received first place votes.
A.         Larry Walker (1998 ASG, 3rd inning for the NL; 1997 National League MVP, Walker 22, Piazza 3, Bagwell 3)
FCR -    Alex Holzman, Philadelphia

Q.         Which future Lou Gehrig Memorial Award winner was the first Dodger to hit 40 doubles in a season since the team decamped from Brooklyn?
Hint:     He was the first Los Angeles Dodger to hit for the cycle.
Hint:     In Long Beach for the 2011 SABR Convention, he held an impromptu question and answer session outside for more than an hour after his speaking assignment ended.
Hint:     In 2007, the Rawlings Company named him to the Gold Glove team as the greatest defensive first baseman in the last half century.
Hint:     He is the lone winner who has not been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Twint:    He hosted Dodger Talk on KABC in the mid-1980s.
A.         Wes Parker (47 2b in1970; Cycle 07-May-1970; All-time Rawlings Gold Glove team)
FCR -    Matt Repplinger, Denver

Q.         When caught with a corked bat, which light-hitting former Rookie of the Year winner infielder claimed it was hardly “an endorsement of the cork industry”?
Hint:     In his second major league game, he tied a record with eleven assists as a third baseman.
Hint:     He was inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in 2010, even though he never finished higher than 13th in league MVP balloting.
Twint:    His manager gave him a nickname based on a character in a Bud Light commercial.
A.         Chris Sabo (ROY 1988, corked 29-Jul-1996; 11 assists on 07-Apr-1988; nicknamed “Spuds” by Pete Rose)
FCR -    Ken White, Charlotte

Q.         Of whom did Ozzie Guillen claim, “If you play against him, you hate him.  If you play with him, you hate him a little less.”?
Hint:     Ozzie appears to have company:  In the spring of 2012, he was named the most hated player in the majors by a survey of his peers in Men’s Health magazine.
Hint:     He has been active in both Total Nonstop Action (TNA) and WWE wrestling.
Twint:    His heads-up play with two out in Game Two of the 2005 ALCS resulted in Pablo Ozuna scoring the winning run.
A.         A. J. Pierzynski (Most hated in the July 2012 issue; Ran to first after an apparently dropped 3rd strike on 12-Oct-2005, Ozuna pinch-ran & scored on Joe Crede’s double)
FCR -    Paul Hirsch, Danville, CA

Q.         Before Minnie Minoso in 1952, who was the last White Sox player to win an American League stolen base title?
Hint:     His career ended when he broke his leg tripping over home plate.
Twint:    He had attempted suicide two years earlier during spring training, allegedly after news of an affair broke.
Twint:    Rumor had it that his paramour was married to teammate Red Faber.
A.         Johnny Mostil (AL SB titles 1925-26; broken leg 19-May-1929; attempted suicide 09-Mar-1927)
FCR -    Gary Sarnoff, Alexandria, VA

Q.         Who was the first outfielder inducted into the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame?
Hint:     He was the only 20th century player to hit a home run in his first major league at-bat for the Rangers.
Hint:     He received almost half of his $34M career earnings between the time he played his final game and his retirement announcement.
Twint:    He is the only Major Leaguer to have played baseball for the University of Montevallo.
Twint:    His all-out style of play resulted in numerous surgeries, including vertebrae fusion.
A.         Rusty Greer (TEX HOF 2007; HR 16-May-1994)
FCR -    Jim McCoy, Melrose, MA

Q.         Which player, in 1878, has been cited as the first player to turn an unassisted triple play in a Major League game?
Hint:     The location of Ezra Sutton is crucial to the claim.
Hint:     There is now no question that he won the first batting Triple Crown.
Hint:     At the time, however, Abner Dalrymple was incorrectly declared the batting titlist and runs-batted-in were not yet officially tabulated.
Twint:    An accomplished pickpocket, he was arrested at age 65.
Twint:    search of his home turned up numerous purses, pocketbooks and pairs of glasses.
Twint:    His police department friends and sterling reputation helped him avoid incarceration.
A.         Paul Hines (“UTP” 08-May-1878; Sutton is said to have passed third base when Hines, who had caught Jack Burdock’s line drive in left field, stepped on third base.  By rules of the day, Sutton, who had been on second, was retired along with lead runner Jack Manning.  Other accounts have Sutton not yet reaching third when Hines touched the bag.  Regardless of Sutton’s position, Hines threw to second baseman Charlie Sweasy “to make sure,” which may or may not have been the third out.)
FCR -    Walt Cherniak, Woodbine, MD

Q.         Who was the first player to hit a grand slam on the first pitch he saw in the Major Leagues?
Hint:     His home run the next day broke up Kevin Millwood’s no-hit bid in the 5th inning.
Twint:    He was only the third Indians batter to hit home runs in each of his first two games.
Twint:    He was the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year in 2003.
A.         Kevin Kouzmanoff (1st pitch GS HR 02-Sep-2006; Millwood spoiler 03-Sep-2006; Earl Averill [16- & 17-Apr-1929] and Josh Bard [23- & 24-Aug-2002] also homered in their first two games; Played for Nevada, now in the Mountain West Conference)
FCR -    Paul Sekula, Arlington, VA

Q.         Who was the first Diamondbacks player to switch-hit home runs in a game?
Hint:     His three pinch-hit home runs in 2005 tied for the most in the majors that year.
Twint:    After two years in the minors he officially retired from baseball, announced in a four-word Tweet by a Padres minor league broadcaster.
Twint:    He unretired earlier this year to play a few games for the Atlantic League Sugar Land Skeeters, but is not currently on their roster.
A.         Alex Cintron (SHHR 08-Jul-2004; Tweet:  “Alex Cintron has retired.”; Skeeters)
FCR -    Mark DeLodovico, Rockville, MD

Q.         Which Tigers shortstop was traded to the Indians to make way for Alan Trammell?
Hint:     His 9th inning, two-out double ruined Ken Holtzman’s no-hitter.
Hint:     A friendlier scorer might have charged center fielder Bill North with an error on the play.
Twint:    His father was a basketball standout at Manhattan College.
A.         Tom Veryzer (traded to CLE 09-Dec-1977 for Charlie Spikes; ruinous 2b 09-Jun-1975; father John Veryzer played for Manhattan College in the late 1940s)
FCR -    Clem Comly, Wallingford, PA

Q.         Who threw the first pitch in the first game ever played in the National League?
Hint:     His first year and last year in the majors were in Philadelphia, but in different leagues, neither of which still exists.
Twint:    As a manager, he won a pennant at age 30.
A.         Lon Knight (1st P 22-Apr-1876; 1875 Philadelphia Athletics of the National Association, 1885 Philadelphia Athletics of the American Association [although his last game was played for the Providence Grays;  Pennant with the 1883 Philadelphia Athletics)
FCR -    Jared Lobdell, Elizabethtown, PA

Q.         Who is the reigning MVP of the Venezuelan Winter League?
Hint:     By pinch-running on Opening Day he became the first player to make his major league debut in 2008.
Hint:     The next year he became the first player to collect five hits in a game for the Gwinnett Braves.
Twint:    He was the first batter in Mississippi Braves history.
A.         Gregor Blanco (PR 30-Mar-2008; 5 H Gwinnett game 31-Aug-2009; 2005 Mississippi Braves leadoff batter)
FCR -    Frank DiPrima, Morristown, NJ

Q.         Which second baseman set the American League record for highest fielding percentage with .995 in 1980?
Hint:     The only time he led the league in a batting category was in 1979 when he led the AL in sacrifices.
Twint:    After being traded for Tom Brunansky, he split time at second base with Bobby Grich.
A.         Rob Wilfong (25 SH in 1979; 2B platoon w/Grich for 1982-86 Angels)
FCR -    Damian Begley, New York

Q.         Who led the White Sox in postseason RBI and OPS in 2008?
Hint:     Earlier this year his highlight-reel “catch” was convincing enough to fool umpire Mike DiMuro.
Hint:     DiMuro did not even ask to see the ball, which ended up in the hands of a front-row fan.
Twint:    Three days later he made his debut as a pitcher, getting the last two outs in mop-up duty during a 14-7 loss.
Twint:    His main claim to fame is his reason for inclusion in this week’s questions.
A.         Dewayne Wise (5 RBI, 1.232 OPS in 2008 ALDS; Phantom catch 26-Jun-2012; P debut 29-Jun-2012)
FCR -    Alex Holzman, Philadelphia

WEEKLY THEME – Players whose defensive plays helped insure a perfect game for a teammate

Blanco           Matt Cain                13-Jun-2012    Catch of Schafer’s liner in the 7th
Cintron           Randy Johnson         18-May-2004  Fielded Hampton’s slow roller in the 6th
Greer              Kenny Rogers           28-Jul-1994     Catch of Hudler’s liner in the 9th
Hines             John Ward               17-Jun-1880    Notable outfield catch
Knight            Lee Richmond          12-Jun-1880    Made a great catch
Knoblauch      David Wells              17-May-1998  Threw out Coomer in the 8th
Kouzmanoff   Dallas Braden           09-May-2010  Snagged Pena’s foul at the dugout steps
Lajoie            Addie Joss                02-Oct-1908    Great infield play in the 3rd to nip Walsh on a grounder Joss had stabbed at and missed
Mantle           Don Larsen              08-Oct-1956    Catch of Hodges’s liner in the 4th
Mostil             Charlie Robertson      30-Apr-1922    Catch of Veach’s liner in the 2nd
O'Neill*           David Cone              18-Jul-1999     Diving catch of Guerrero’s pop fly
Parker            Sandy Koufax          09-Sep-1965    Dug out a throw in the dirt from Wills to retire Krug in the 6th
Pierzynski       Philip Humber           21-Apr-2012    Passed ball, throw to first to get Ryan in the 9th
Rudi               Jim Hunter               08-May-1968  Catch of Carew’s drive in the 7th
Sabo              Tom Browning          16-Sep-1988    Strong throw to nip Marshall in the 5th
Stahl              Cy Young                05-May-1904  Fine fielding play (Patsy Dougherty & Buck Freeman also are credited with excellent defensive plays in that game)
Taylor            Jim Bunning             12-Jun-1964    Threw out Gonder from his knees in the 5th
Veryzer           Len Barker               15-May-1981  Threw out Griffin** in the 1st
Victorino         Roy Halladay           29-May-2010  Caught Lamb’s deep fly ball in the 9th
Walker           Dennis Martinez        28-Jul-1991     Played a bad throw from DeShields into an out at first base, nipping Griffin**
Wilfong          Mike Witt                 30-Sep-1984    Foley ground out to him to end the game.  It was the final at-bat of Foley’s major league career.
Wise               Mark Buehrle           23-Jul-2009     Spectacular catch at the wall in the 9th of what would have been a home run for Gabe Kapler

*Paul O’Neill is the only player to be on the winning side in three perfect games:  Browning’s, Wells’s and Cone’s.
**Alfredo Griffin is the only player in history to be victimized three times.  He was on the losing sides of the perfectos thrown by Barker, Browning & Martinez.
N.B. Bunning’s game was on Fathers’ Day, Braden’s was on Mothers’ Day.

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Paul Sekula, Arlington, VA (after the Taylor question)

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Sunday, July 22, 2012

July 16-22 Players who played for three different New York City major league teams

Q.         What Hall of Famer hit the second grand slam in World Series history?
Hint:     It was his fifth World Series.
Hint:     When he hit for the cycle dur9ing the season four years earlier, his home run that day was a grand slam.
Hint:     It was a “natural” cycle, with single, double, triple and home run coming in that order.
Hint:     He also stole a base that same day.
Twint:    Only 42 at the time of his death, he died after falling down a flight of stairs at his home during an epileptic seizure.
A.         Tony Lazzeri (WS GS 02-Oct-1936; Cycle/SB 03-Jun-1932)
FCR -    Andrew Milner, Bryn Mawr, PA

Q.         Who was the first pitcher to surrender a World Series home run to another pitcher?
Hint:     Worse yet, he had given up a grand slam two innings earlier, also a World Series first.
Hint:     Later in his baseball career, he replaced Casey Stengel as the Dodgers manager.
Twint:    He had two separate stints with the Cardinals and three such with the Pirates.
A.         Burleigh Grimes (1920 WS G 5 10-Oct-1920 HR by Jim Bagby; WS GS by Elmer Smith; Mgr. 1937-38, Stengel was the Dodgers mgr 1934-36)
FCR -    Alex Swingle, New York

Q.         Who holds the record for most hits in a season without a home run?
Hint:     He had 239 hits in only 129 games.
Hint:     He was the heart of the Baltimore Orioles when they won three consecutive pennants.
Twint:    He owns the highest career batting average for the 19th century.
A.         Willie Keeler (239 in 1897, 0 HR; Orioles 1894, 95, 96; .381 1892-1900)
FCR -    Ken Auerbach, Bronxville, NY

Q.         What pitcher led the American League in wins the year the first time the Yankees set the American League record for team wins in a season?
Hint:     He was pitching batting practice to major leaguers at age 15.
Twint:    He claimed, "The secret of success as a pitcher lies in getting a job with the Yankees."
A.         Waite Hoyt (22 W in 1927, Yankees won 110 G)
FCR -    Bob Kimball, Washington, DC

Q.         What former Purple Eagle came within two outs of breaking Cark Hubbell’s National League record for consecutive scoreless innings?
Hint:     He surrendered half of Chuck Connors’ career home runs.
Twint:    He was the losing pitcher in Don Larsen's 2-0 perfect game in the 1956 World Series.
A.         Sal Maglie (45.0 IP in 1950, Hubbell 45.1 IP in 1933; Connor HR 26-Aug-1951; WS L 08‑Oct‑1956)
FCR -    Prisco Panza, Milford, CT

Q.         Who recorded the highest ERA of any pitcher in a twenty-win season?
Hint:     Former record holder Clark Griffith signed him to pitch for the Senators five separate times, in part because he was Griffith's favorite pinochle partner.
Hint:     He is the only pitcher other than Walter Johnson to win an American League strikeout title for the Senators.
Twint:    He won Game One of the 1940 World Series.  His father, who had been able to watch the game, passed away the following morning.
A.         Bobo Newsom (1938:  20-16 W-L, 5.08 ERA; [Griffith had once held the record of highest ERA for a 20-game winner at 4.92 & 21-14 for the Colts in 1892.] 113 K in 1942; WS G 1 02-Oct-1940 )
FCR -    Bob Dorrill, Kingwood, TX

Q.         Who was the first player to collect six runs-batted-in in one inning?
Hint:     This if you backdate the modern definition of run-batted-in.
Hint:     A well-known base running error of his once cost his teammate Moose McCormick a run scored.
Twint:    McGraw loved the kid, as he often said.
A.         Fred Merkle (6 RBI 1st inning, 13-May-1911; McCormick’s run would have been the winning run 23‑Sep‑1908.  Merkle famously headed to the centerfield clubhouse thinking the game over.  The Cubs retrieved the ball and stepped on second for a force out which forced a replay.  The Cubs won the replayed game and went on to their 2nd and last WS championship.)
FCR -    Steve Bonfield, Calgary, AB

Q.         Whose career batting average is the highest among all people born in the state of California?
Hint:     He was the first pinch-hitter in All-Star competition.
Twint:    A bridge over McCovey Cove is named in his honor.
Twint:    I’ve eaten at his place.  In fact, I had an O’Doul’s with my meal.
A.         Lefty O’Doul (BA .349; PH 1933 ASG NL 6th inning; Lefty O'Doul Bridge; Lefty O'Doul's Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge)
FCR -    Frank DiPrima, Morristown, NJ

Q.         Whom does SABR refer to as “the Deion Sanders of the Deadball Era”?
Hint:     One of the strongest players of his day, he credited his strength to long hours in the coal mines beginning at age eleven.
Twint:    Though found innocent of legal charges against him, (The jury took less than an hour to return a not-guilty verdict.) Commissioner Landis banned him from the majors for life.
A.         Benny Kauff
FCR -    Ken Auerbach, Bronxville, NY

Q.         Who is the only shortstop to lead the Dodgers in doubles, triples, home runs and slugging percentage in the same season?
Hint:     He had, however, no respect for his Hall of Fame manager, telling a reporter years later, “I had him long enough.  All he thought of was himself.  All he did was tell stories to reporters.  He didn’t know what he was doing.”
Hint:     He was the second baseman behind Johnny Vander Meer in both his consecutive no‑hitters.
Twint:    He played for World Series champions in 1940 and 1947.
A.         Lonny Frey (1935 Dodgers 11HR, 11 3b, 35 2b, .437 SLG; Manager Casey Stengel; Vandy’s no-nos:  11-, 15-Jun-1938; WS 1940 & 1947)
FCR -    Fred Worth, Arkadelphia, AR

Q.         What rookie pitcher led the majors with a .810% winning percentage?
Hint:     Although his team won the World Series that year, his 40.50 postseason ERA was likely not the reason.
Twint:    While working as a bellhop in a North Carolina hotel, he introduced himself to a legendary Yankee scout, who arranged a try-out resulting in his first professional contract.
A.         Johnny Allen (17-4 in 1932; Yankee scout Paul Krichell)
FCR -    Al Blumkin, Brooklyn, NY

Q.         Who was the first National League pitcher, and second pitcher overall (after Jim Bagby in the AL) to hit a home run in the World Series?
Hint:     When Cy Williams set the record for the most home runs in the month of May, it was he who surrendered the 15th, record-setting home run.
Hint:     He earned pitching victories in relief in three consecutive World Series.
Twint:    In 1961 he was presented with the King of Baseball award given by Minor League Baseball.
A.         Rosy Ryan (Williams’ 15th May HR: 27-May-1923; Relief Ws King of Baseball)
FCR -    Dave Williams, Glastonbury, CT

Q.         Who was the catcher in the longest game in major league history?
Hint:     He managed the Peoria Tractors to a 69-66 record, good for 4th place in the 1928 Three-I League.
Hint:     He was a founder of the Old Timers Baseball Players Association.
Twint:    Although never more than a part-time player, he had several fans clubs in Japan, where the passion for baseball was starting to grow.
A.         Ernie Krueger (26 innings 01-May-1920, played over the course of two days, ending in a tie)
FCR -    Jack Carlson, Beaver Creek, OH

Q.         What former Tar is the namesake of both a Power Ranger and a U.S. president?
Hint:     He began his career as a Millionaire.
Hint:     Though he played in the majors for sixteen years, the only time he got MVP votes is when he split the season between the Cubs and Braves.
Hint:     He finished 23rd and last in the voting, receiving exactly one vote.
Hint:     He later managed the St. Louis Browns to a pitiful .364 winning percentage over four and a half seasons, no doubt keeping his job due to a sympathetic owner.
Twint:    He was replaced as manager by one of the greatest hitters of all time who merely raised the winning percentage to .431 before being fired.
A.         Zack Taylor (Had attended Rollins College, President Zachary Taylor; Power Ranger Zack Taylor; 1915 Valdosta Millionaires; 1929 NL MVP voting; Managed the Browns 1946, 48-51, owner Bill Veeck; Replaced by Rogers Hornsby)
FCR -    J.R. Richardson, Clarksville, MD

WEEKLY THEME – Players who played for three different New York City major league teams (counting all boroughs) in the 20th century

Allen                 Yankees     1932-35
Bullpen Bio        Dodgers     1941-43
                        Giants         1943-44

Frey                 Dodgers     1933-36
Bullpen Bio        Yankees     1947-48
                        Giants         1948

Grimes              Robins        1918-26
Bio                   Giants         1927
                        Yankees     1934

Hoyt                 Giants         1918, 32
Bullpen Bio        Yankees     1921-30
                        Dodgers     1932, 37-38

Kauff                Highlanders 1912
Bio                   Tip-Tops     1915
                        Giants         1916-20

Keeler               Giants         1892-93, 1910
Bio                   Superbas    1899-1902
                        Highlanders 1903-09

Krueger            Yankees     1915
Bullpen Bio        Giants         1917
                        Robins        1917-21

Lazzeri             Yankees     1926-37
Bio                   Dodgers     1939
                        Giants         1939

Maglie              Giants         1945, 50-55
Bio                   Dodgers     1956-57
                        Yankees     1957-58

Merkle              Giants         1907-16
Bio                   Robins        1916-17
                        Yankees     1925-26

Newsom            Robins        1930
Bio                   Dodgers     1942-43
                        Yankees     1947
                        Giants         1948

O’Doul              Yankees     1919-20, 22
Bio                   Giants         1928, 33-34
                        Dodgers     1932-33
                        Robins        1931

Ryan                 Giants         1919-24
Bullpen Bio        Yankees     1928
                        Dodgers     1933

Taylor              Robins        1920-25
Bullpen Bio        Giants         1927
                        Yankees     1934

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Gregg Gaylord, Chicago (Almost had it after the Monday question, then got it on Wednesday and 20 or so more tries.)

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