Sunday, December 23, 2012

December 17-23, 2012 Players with the same names as Supreme Court Chief Justices

Q.         Who was the first Orioles pitcher to win 25 games in a season?
Hint:     No pitcher had more wins in a season in the 1980s.
Twint:    He was a Cubs broadcaster for 20 years.
A.         Steve Stone (25-7 in 1980; At the mike for the WGN TV 1983-2000, 03-04)
FCR -    Andrew Milner   Bryn Mawr         PA

Q.         Who was the first major league player who had also played in the Little League World Series?
Hint:     He got his fourth major league win by inducing Stan Musial to pop out with a pitch he had never thrown before at that level.
Hint:     …even though it was his fifth season in the majors.
Twint:    He was the next Reds pitcher to earn twenty victories in a season since Ewell Blackwell did it in 1947.
A.         Joey Jay (LL in Middletown, CT 1948; 1st W 13-Jun-1958, change-up called by C Del Crandall;
FCR -    Larry Creeden, Boulder City, NV

Q.         Who is the only reliever in major league history to accumulate 200 innings in relief in a season?
Hint:     He made his debut with the Dodgers in the game where Hank Aaron hit his 715th career home run.
Twint:    He was the first Expo to lead the National League in saves.
A.         Mike Marshall (208.1 IP in 1974, all in relief; LAD debut 08-Apr-1974; 31 Saves in 1973)
FCR -    Quentin Wittrock, Minneapolis, MN

Q.         Who was the first New York Yankee to hit three triples in a game?
Hint:     He led his league in errors at his position several times, but was considered by contemporary observers to have the best glove ever at his position.
Twint:    In spite of this high regard, he has as much chance of being elected to the Hall of Fame as does Joe Jackson.  Perhaps less.
A.         Hal Chase (30-Aug-1906 [They were called the Highlanders in 1906.]; Led in E 1905, 09, 11, 12, 13, 15, 17; He was banned from baseball for chronic bribery.)
FCR -    Bob Chan, Oakland, CA

Q.         Who holds the record for doubles in a season by a switch-hitter?
Hint:     The only time in his entire twelve-year major league career that his team went to the postseason, he was on the DL.
Hint:     In college, he went both north and south.
Twint:    He was paid $10,000,000 salary in 2012 even though he played only seventeen games.
A.         Brian Roberts (56 2b in 2009; 2012 Orioles; Attended the University of North Carolina and the University of South Carolina)
FCR -    Bill Carle, Lee’s Summit, MO

Q.         Who was the first player to play twenty seasons in the major leagues, tying Cap Anson for the honor?
Hint:     He is still the player with the most career World Series at-bats without striking out.
Twint:    He believed the earth was flat and convinced at least one of his teammates of that "fact".
A.         Deacon White (1871-1890; 58 AB in 1887 WS, his only postseason year)
FCR -    Blake Sherry, Dublin, OH

Q.         Who was the only Wyoming native to collect 100 career pitching victories at the time this question was entered into the Horsehide Trivia database?
Hint:     He is the only lefty to suffer twenty losses in a season for the Cubs.
Twint:    He was the last pitcher to give up a home run at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
Twint:    He was the first post-WWII Cubs pitcher to earn twenty wins in a season.
A.         Dick Ellsworth (b. 22-Mar-1940 in Lusk, WY, Tom Browning, born in Casper since compiled 123 W; 9-20 in 1962, 8-22 in 1966; 22-10 in 1963)
FCR -    Fred Worth, Arkadelphia, AR

Q.         Who is the director of the Baseball Heritage Museum?
Hint:     He is a member of Cleveland Blues Vintage Base Ball Club.
Hint:     The year he hit .242 for the Indians, it was twelve points higher than the American League average.
Twint:    Although he remained slender throughout his career, he was known as a food connoisseur.
A.         Vern Fuller (BHM; CBVBBC; 1968 AL BA:  .230)
FCR -    John Michael Pierobon, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Q.         Whose first career hit was a double off Cliff Lee in 2012?
Hint:     He will likely not be rooting for Notre Dame on January 6.
Twint:    He became the second freshman to lead the University of Alabama baseball team in average.
A.         Josh Rutledge (2b off Lee 13-Jul-2012; 1st Alabaman: Dave Magadan [1981])
FCR -    Mike McCroskey, Sugar Land, TX

WEEKLY THEME – Players with the same names as Supreme Court Chief Justices

Chase               Salmon P. Chase
Fuller                Melville Fuller
Ellsworth           Oliver Ellsworth
Jay                   John Jay
Marshall            John Marshall
Roberts            John G. Roberts, Jr.
Rutledge           John Rutledge
Stone               Harlan F. Stone
White                Edward Douglas White

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Joel Lipman, Wilmington, DE

Horsehide Trivia blog has the questions and answers from this week as well as from previous weeks:

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