Sunday, October 28, 2012

October 22-28, 2012 Hall of Fame teammates of Dave Parker

Q.         Who led the majors in stolen bases in his 20th big league season?
Hint:     He played for five more years in the majors.
Hint:     He had two full minor league seasons after that.
Hint:     He’d still play today if anyone would sign him.
Twint:    Despite his insistence, he IS the greatest of all time.
A.         Rickey Henderson (20th yr. 1998; 1,406 SB, which is 468 ahead of Lou Brock.  Worded another way, if you added Ichiro’s SB total to Brock’s, you STILL wouldn’t have as many as Rickey had by himself.  Indeed the greatest.)
FCR -    Elijah Kaplan, Teaneck, NJ

Q.         Who owns the American League’s longest hitting streak since World War II?
Hint:     He was drafted as a pitcher out of high school by the Cardinals, but chose to become a Golden Gopher instead.
Twint:    He became the sixth member of the exclusive 3,000-hit, 500-stolen base club.
A.         Paul Molitor (39 consec G in 1987; University of Minnesota; 3,319 H + 504 SB, joining Honus Wagner 3,420/723, Eddie Collins 3,315/744, Lou Brock 3,023/938, Ty Cobb 4,189/897 & Rickey Henderson 3,055/1,406)
FCR -    Jesse-Douglas Mathewson, Memphis, TN

Q.         Who was the last out in Nolan Ryan’s last no-hitter? (…assuming the 7th was his last)
Hint:     Ironically, this player’s first major league hit was off Nolan Ryan.
Hint:     It came in his first at-bat in the majors.
Twint:    He has the most Gold Gloves and the second most Silver Slugger Awards at his position.
A.         Roberto Alomar (01-May-1991; 1st H 22-Apr-1988; 10 GG, 4 SS, behind Ryne Sandberg’s 7)
FCR -    Ron Kaufman, Thornhill, ON

Q.         Which player belted a record seven doubles in All-Star game competition?
Hint:     He is the only member of the 3,000-hit club to collect 1,000 hits in each league.
Twint:    He was the first outfielder to win multiple Gold Glove Awards in each league.
A.         Dave Winfield (H: 1,976 AL, 1,134 NL; 2 NL GG, 5 AL GG)
FCR -    Peter Cottrell, Gaithersburg, MD

Q.         Who surrendered Dave Winfield’s 3,000th hit?
Hint:     He also surrendered two of the most famous ninth-inning home runs of his generation.
Twint:    Among American League Cy Young Award winners in the past thirty years, only Pedro Martinez had a lower ERA.
A.         Dennis Eckersley (Winfield’s 3,000th: 16-Sep-1993; HR to Kirk Gibson in G 1 1988 WS, HR to Roberto Alomar 9th inning, G 4 1992 ALCS; 1.91 ERA in 1992, Martinez 1.74 in 2000)
FCR -    David Ramsden, Barcelona, Spain

Q.         What shortstop regularly said that his goal was winning a Gold Glove Award in the Nationals League while Ozzie Smith was still playing?
Hint:     He finally won three Gold Glove Awards, all during Smith’s final years in the majors.
Hint:     He hit his first career grand slam just after The Naked Cowboy streaked across Cinergy Field.
Twint:    In addition to nine Silver Slugger Awards, he won the NL MVP five years after his team won the World Series
A.         Barry Larkin (GGs 1994-96; GS 20-Apr-2001; SS 1988-92, 94-95, 98-99, MVP 1995)
FCR -    David Krassin, New York

Q.         Who was the first player to collect four hits in a World Series game twice in the same series?
Hint:     A teammate that same year bested him by setting a World Series record with five hits in a game.
Twint:    His brother had the shortest career in major league history.  Seriously.  The shortest.
A.         Robin Yount (4 H in 1982 WS in G 1 &5; Paul Molitor 5 H in G 1; Brother Larry came into a game 15-Sep-1971.  Since he was announced as a relief pitcher for the Astros in the 9th inning, he officially entered the game, but did not throw a major league pitch because he hurt his arm warning up. He was never recalled to the majors after that so he is listed with one game played but no batters faced.)
FCR -    Stephen Klatsky, Washington, DC

Q.         Who owns the most career victories for any pitcher not born in the United States?
Hint:     He was the first post-expansion pitcher to surrender two inside-the-park home runs in one game.
Hint:     Both were by the same batter.
Twint:    There might have been better curveballs thrown, but his is legendary.
A.         Bert Blyleven (287 W; IPHRs to Dick Allen 31-Jul-1972;
FCR -    David Krassin, New York

Q.         Who was the last player to hit all of his team's home runs in a World Series for the winning side?
Hint:     The only players with more games played for his franchise are two Hall of Famers.
Twint:    He had some pop.
A.         Willie Stargell (3 HR 1979 WS; Clemente & Wagner, each w/2,433 G to Stargell’s 2,360; Nickname “Pops”)
FCR -    Madison McEntire, Bryant, AR

Q.         Which manager stuck out the most times as a player?
Hint:     He came within one home run for setting the career record for Latino players.
Hint:     He ended his career tied as the leader.
Hint:     His son became a popular baseball color man on ESPN.
Twint:    He collected six runs batted in, accounting for all of his team's run as they won both ends of a double header on his 30th birthday.
A.         Tony Perez (1,867 K, 12th all-time; 379th HR on 04-Oct-1986 tied him w/Orlando Cepeda.  Record currently held by Alex Rodriguez @ 647 or Sammy Sosa @ 609, whichever one you feel is more Latino; Son Eduardo Perez; 14-May-1972 G 1 & G 2)
FCR -    Rick Fink, Edison, NJ

Q.         Who was the first pitcher to represent four different teams in All-Star Game competition?
Hint:     He has seen his ornithological appellation relegated to sobriquet status.
Twint:    He earned his 308th career save by completing Nolan Ryan's 308th career victory.
A.         Rich Gossage (AS for 1975-76 White Sox, 1977 Pirates, 1978, 80, 81 & 82 Yankees, 1984-85 Padres; “Goose”; S #308 23-Jul-1991; 124 W)
FCR -    David Krassin, New York

WEEKLY THEME – Hall of Fame teammates of Dave Parker

Player             w/Parker on the
Alomar            1991 Blue Jays
Blyleven          1978, 79, 80 Pirates
Eckersley        1988, 89 Athletics
Gossage         1977 Pirates
Henderson       1989 A’s
Larkin              1984, 85, 86, 87 Reds
Molitor            1990 Brewers
Perez              1984, 85, 86 Reds
Stargell           1973-82 Pirates
Winfield           1991 Angels
Yount              1990 Brewers

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – No one

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