Sunday, December 16, 2012

December 10-16, 2012 Hall of Fame pitchers with ERAs over 6.00 in their final seasons

This week’s quiz was authored Barry Sparks of York, PA.

Q.         Who tossed seven shutouts his rookie season?
Hint:     He led the National League in ERA five times in a six-year span.
Hint:     He won the National League Triple Crown for pitchers three times.
Hint:     Named for one president, he was played by another.
Twint:    His record of sixteen shutouts in a season seems safe for now.
A.         Pete Alexander (ERA titles 1911; 1915, 1916, 1917, 1919 & 1920; TC 1915, 1916 and 1920; Named for Grover Cleveland Alexander, but Ronald Reagan played him in a 1952 bio-pic The Winning Team; 16 ShO 1916)
FCR -    Gene Schwartz, New York, NY

Q.         Who has the most career pickoffs since 1957 when MLB started keeping the stat?
Hint:     He's the only pitcher to toss a complete game shutout and hit a homer in the same game in three different decades.
Hint:     Although he was a perfectionist known for his intense concentration, he never tossed a perfect game or even a no-hitter.
Twint:    He holds the record for most career starts by a left-handed pitcher.
A.         Steve Carlton (145 pickoffs; HR/ShO 27-Jul-1968, 09-Aug-1972, 13-Sep-1982; 709 GS)
FCR -    Mike McCroskey, Sugar Land, TX

Q.         Who threw the first pitch in the first game for the New York American League team, just after they moved from Baltimore?
Hint:     He received a total of only nine votes for the Hall of Fame from 1936 through 1945, yet was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1946?
Hint:     Joe Tinker say was "one of the six toughest pitchers I've faced.”
Twint:    His spitball once helped him win fourteen consecutive games.  Who wouldn’t be happy with that?
A.         Jack Chesbro (NY Hilltoppers [Highlanders] 22-Apr-1903; W streak in 1904, Nickname “Happy Jack”)
FCR -    Dave Serota, Kalamazoo, MI

Q.         What spitballer won two World Series games at age 38?
Hint:     He led the National League in victories twice, once with the Dodgers and once with the Pirates.
Hint:     Shortstop Dick Bartell described him as "the meanest, toughest hard-boiled pitcher I ever faced."
Twint:    He succeeded Casey Stengel as the manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers.
A.         Burleigh Grimes (2-0 in 1931 World Series; 22 W in 1922, 25 W in 1928; managed Dodgers in 1937-38)
FCR -    Paul Sekula, Arlington, VA

Q.         Who was the first Hall of Famer to give part of his acceptance speech in a language other than English?
Hint:     About him, Branch Rickey said, "No pitcher has made such magnificent use of his God-given equipment."
Hint:     He appeared on the cover of Time magazine.
Twint:    He pitched six complete games and earned six victories in 10 Opening Day starts.
A.         Juan Marichal (HOF 1983, Time 10-Jun-1966)
FCR -    Frank Workman, Lake Forest Park, WA

Q.         Who was the youngest pitcher to win 300 games?
Hint:     He averaged 27.3 wins per season for his first ten seasons.
Hint:     He was inducted into the Hall of Fame 43 years after his final season.
Twint:    He once pitched two complete games in the same day against the Cincinnati Reds.
A.         Kid Nichols (30 yrs and 9 mos old; 1904; HOF 1949 2 W 1905)
FCR -    Gene Schwartz, Weston, CT

Q.         Who has pitched the most career innings of any post-1920s pitcher?
Hint:     He surrendered more career home runs than Stan Musial hit, but none of them to Musial.
Hint:     He won the Gold Glove for pitchers five different times.
Twint:    He tossed a complete game shutout for his 300th win, beating his future team at Exhibition Stadium.
A.         Phil Niekro (5,404 innings; 482 HR to Stan Musial's 475; 300th W 06-Oct-1985)
FCR -    John Wilson, Mesa, AZ

Q.         Who said, "Most pitchers are too smart to manage."?
Hint:     He hit one of his three career homers the same day he notched his first major league victory.
Hint:     He was unprotected in the expansion draft, passed on by the Royals and Seattle Pilots (not the Mariners), but went on to earn a spot in the Hall of Fame.
Twint:    He surrendered 303 career home runs, but never back-to-back homers.
A.         Jim Palmer (HR 16-May-1965 vs. Jim Bouton)
FCR -    Paul Greenwell, Fort Worth, TX

Q.         Which Hall of Fame pitcher started his career with a 39-96 won-loss record?
Hint:     He ended his career with 48 more wins than losses.
Twint:    He was the pitching coach for the 1962 New York Mets.
Twint:    He posted a 7-2 World Series record.
A.         Red Ruffing (Career record 273-225)
FCR -    Art Springsteen, Sunapee, NH

Q.         Who holds the all-time record for issuing most walks in a season?
Hint:     He was known as the fastest pitcher of his day.
Hint:     His beaning of a future Hall of Famer led to the pitching mound distance being moved from 50 feet to 60 feet, 6 inches.
Twint:    He was inducted into the Hall of Fame 76 years after his final season.
A.         Amos Rusie (289 BB in 1890; Hughie Jennings, HOF 1977)
FCR -    Fred Worth, Arkadelphia, AR

Q.         Who had the second shortest career of any 300-game winner?
Hint:     He was only the third pitcher to win 300 games and did it in only 11 seasons.
Hint:     He was the first pinch-hitter in major league history, according to the Hall of Fame.
Twint:    He was inducted into the Hall of Fame 81 years after his final season.
A.         Mickey Welch (13 seasons, 1880-92, pinch-hit for Hank O’Day on Aug. 10, 1889; HOF 1973)
FCR -    Rick Fink, Edison, NJ

WEEKLY THEME – Hall of Fame pitchers with ERAs over 6.00 in their final seasons

Pitcher          Year         W-L         Inn            H           BB          K           ERA
Alexander   1930        0-3       21.2       40         6          6         9.14
Carlton        1988        0-1         9.2       20         5          5       16.76
Chesbro      1909        0-5       55.2       77       17         20         6.14
Grimes        1934        4-5       53.0       63       26         15         6.11
Marichal      1975        0-1         6.0       11         5          1       13.50
Nichols       1906        0-1       11.0       17       13          1         9.82
Niekro         1987        7-13    138.2      163       66         64         6.30
Palmer        1984        0-3       17.2       22       17          4         9.17
Ruffing       1947        3-5       53.0       63       16         11         6.11
Rusie          1901        0-1       22.0       43         3          6         8.59
Welch         1892        0-0         5.0       11         5          1       14.40

N.B.  If by some miracle, Roberto Hernandez and Jose Mesa make it to the Hall this year, they would also qualify.

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