Monday, February 25, 2013

February 18-24, 2013 "Downton Abbey" Roles

Q.         What Rookie of the Year would have been sent down but for the insistence of his Hall of Fame manager?
Hint:     He wore uniform #33 for five different teams in the majors, two of them twice.
Hint:     He attended the same high school as another Hall of Famer.
Twint:    He passed Mickey Mantle’s record of hitting home runs from both sides of the plate in the same game.
A.         Eddie Murray (ROY 1977, Mgr. Earl Weaver; #33 for BAL [2X], LAD [2X], NYM, CLE & ANA; Locke HS near Watts in South L.A. just before Ozzie Smith went there; SH HR [11X], Mantle [10X], both since passed by Mark Teixeira and Nick Swisher [12X])
FCR -    Doug Pepper, Tulsa, OK

Q.         Who was the last pitcher to win fifty games in a season?
Hint:     He was also the last to win 45 games in a season.
Hint:     Dad was his brother.
Twint:    He was, for a time, confined to the Flint Asylum for the Insane.
Twint:    He was later taken to the McLean psychiatric facility in Belmont, MA, where he died.
A.         John Clarkson (53-16 in 1885; 49-19 in 1889; Bro:  Arthur Hamilton “Dad” Clarkson)
FCR -    Steve Van Wagener, Bethesda, MD

Q.         What Hall of Famer is given credit for turning Babe Ruth into an everyday player?
Hint:     He discovered Fred Clarke when Clarke was a newsboy in Des Moines.
Hint:     He signed Honus Wagner and claimed Wagner was the greatest player of them all.
Hint:     He signed Tony Lazzeri despite Lazzeri’s epilepsy.
Twint:    He presided over the building of the first great New York Yankee dynasty.
A.         Ed Barrow (Red Sox mgr. 1918-20; Signed Wagner to the 1897 Louisville Colonels)
FCR -    Al Blumkin, Brooklyn, NY

Q.         Who is the career leader in home runs for second basemen?
Hint:     Hardly anybody remembers him as a Blue Jay.
Hint:     He was traded for a future Cy Young Award winner.
Hint:     He as traded another time for a perennial All-Star, Gold Glove winner and top-10 MVP vote-getter.
Twint:    He was the last 20th century player to collect five hits on Opening Day.
A.         Jeff Kent (351 HR; Played for Toronto 1992; Traded that year for David Cone; Traded 1996 for Matt Williams; 5 H 31‑Mar‑1998)
FCR -    Art Springsteen, Sunapee, NH

Q.         What Yankee pitcher was (very) recently diagnosed with a bulging disc in his upper neck?
Hint:     When called up to the majors, he chose uniform number 65 because he wanted to wear a number ending in five and every lower number ending in five was taken or retired.
Hint:     His seven scoreless innings virtually ended the Twins’ 2010 season.
Twint:    The Yankees obtained him using the draft pick they were awarded when Andy Pettitte went to the Astros.
A.         Phil Hughes (Disc injury; (Uni # 5‑Joe DiMaggio, 15‑Thurman Munson, 25‑Jason Giambi, 35‑Mike Mussina, 45‑Carl Pavano, 55‑Hideki Matsui; ALDS 09‑Oct‑2010 G3)
FCR -    Robert Pfuhler, Staten Island, NY

Q.         What former Texas Ranger standout owns and operates a floatation and massage therapy spa?
Hint:     He once hit a foul ball that A’s outfielder Garry Hancock caught and dropped.  However, the umpires ruled that the catch stood, allowing Wayne Tolleson to score from third, giving the former Cornhusker a sacrifice fly, ending the game with the winning run.
Hint:     He twice led American League first basement in assists.
Twint:    When he started three double plays in a game, it tied the major-league record for first basemen.
A.         Pete O’Brien (At Peace; Dropped fly sac 09‑Jun‑1984, played at U of Nebraska; Led AL in assists 1983, 87; 3 DPs 22‑May‑1984)
FCR -    Abbey Garber, Dallas, TX

Q.         Who led the National League in singles the first two years the Yankees won pennants?
Hint:     He was a “double unique” for four years until his brother briefly came up to the majors.
Hint:     With a powerful arm, he led the National League three times in assists from left field and twice led in double plays.
Twint:    He and his brother were both Ducks.
A.         Carson Bigbee (161 1b in 1921 and 166 in 1922; Brother Lyle; Assists 1920-22, DPs 1921-22; U. of Oregon)
FCR -    Damian Begley, New York, NY

Q.         What Pirates pitcher had served in both the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy in World War I, even though he grew up in Canada?
Hint:     He came back to the minors three years after final major league game and was one of his team’s pitching leaders at 11-10.
Hint:     His brother also (very) briefly played in the majors.
Twint:    His real first and middle names were Ralph Fenton.
Twint:    Dawson led the Pirates with 24 relief appearances in 1928, garnering seven of his eleven career victories.
A.         Joe Dawson (B. Bow, WA, but grew up in British Columbia; 11-10 w/1932 KC Blues; Brother Rex)
FCR -    Bradley Curtis, Roseville, CA

Q.         Who is the next player in this string?  Nick Esasky, Buddy Bell, Chris Sabo, Tony Fernandez, ______________
Hint:     He played for the U.S. Olympic team in 1988.
Twint:    He is the assistant hitting coach for the Pirates.
A.         Jeff Branson (Reds regular 3rd basemen—he took over in 1995; 1988 Olympic team)
FCR -    Derek Norin, Arlington, VA

Q.         Who earned his call up to the Cubs by amassing 216 hits in 157 games for Omaha?
Hint:     The next season was his first full year in the majors and proceeded to lead the league only in times caught stealing and strikeouts.
Hint:     He cut down his strikeouts by almost a third the following year, but still led the league.
Twint:    He played for a university that has since dropped its baseball program.
Twint:    He is their only alumnus ever to reach the majors.
A.         George Grantham (216 for the 1922 Omaha Buffaloes; 28 CS, 92 K for the NL in 1923; 63 K for the NL in 1924; Northern Arizona U.)
FCR -    Damian Begley, New York, NY

Q.         Who was the first player to hit a home run in his only postseason plate appearance?
Hint:     He had the lowest batting average of any player with at least 1,500 at bats in the 1970s.
Twint:    During the only season in which he had double-digit doubles, he tied a Major League record by hitting four in a game.
A.         Jim Mason (HR in 1976 WS Game 3; .203 [322-for-1,584] in the 70s.; 4 2b 08-Jul-1974)
FCR -    Al Blumkin, Brooklyn, NY

Q.         What diminutive lefty is the only player to hit for the cycle against the Brooklyn Superbas?
Hint:     He held the Southern Association hit streak record from 1925 to 1945.
Hint:     He bred show dogs and ran a pool hall after retiring from baseball.
Twint:    He was recently featured on the cover of the Ebbets Field Flannels catalog.
A.         Johnny Bates (Cycle 26-Apr-1907; 46 consecutive games in 1925, broken by Harry Chozen in 1945)
FCR -    Skip Nipper, Nashville, TN

Q.         Who was the last manager of a Washington-based team in the National Association?
Hint:     He won only one of the eight games he managed.
Twint:    His Major League career ended in Boston the next year, with an 0-4 performance at bat.
A.         Bill Parks (1-7 as manager of the 1875 Washington Nationals; 0-4 for the Boston Red Stockings on 22-Apr-1876)
FCR -    Larry Creeden, Boulder City, NV

WEEKLY THEME – Downton Abbey roles

Player          Downton Abbey role
Barrow         Thomas Barrow, Footman, valet
Bates           John Bates, Valet
Bigbee         Charles Carson, Butler
Branson       Thomas Branson, Son-in-law
Clarkson       Richard Clarkson, Family physician
Dawson        Gwen Dawson, Kitchen Maid
Grantham     Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham
Hughes        Elsie Hughes, Housekeeper
Kent             Jimmy Kent, Footman
Mason          Daisy Mason, Kitchen Maid
Murray          George Murray, Lord Grantham’s Lawyer
O’Brien         Sarah O'Brien, Housekeeper
Parks           Ethel Parks, Various professions

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Jeff Bergida, Albany, NY (after the Hughes question)

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Sunday, February 17, 2013

February 11-17, 2013 National League Hall of Famers who played DH

Q.         Who is the only Brave to play 1,000 games for the team in Milwaukee and 1,000 games for the team in Atlanta?
Hint:     He made Milo Hamilton’s call immortal.
Twint:    He and his brother hit more home runs than any other brother combination in major league history.
A.         Hank Aaron (Indianapolis Clowns 1952, last ML season 1976; Hamilton’s 715th HR call 08-Apr-1974; He & Tommie hit 768 HR.)
FCR -    Paul Hirsch, Danville, CA

Q.         Who was the first National League player to hit his 400th career home run during the 1970s?
Hint:     He holds the National League career record for grand slams.
Hint:     He hit two triples in his first major league game off a future Hall of Famer.
Twint:    He became the National League’s left-handed home run king when he hit his 513th career home run off of Dennis Lamp on 14‑Jun‑1979.
A.         Willie McCovey (400th HR 15‑Jul‑1973; 18 GS; Debut 30‑Jul‑1959; HR 513 14‑Jun‑1979, passing Eddie Mathews)
FCR -    Paul Hirsch, Danville, CA

Q.         Who was the first American League player to hit his 400th career home run during the 1970s?
Hint:     He was the first National League player to play in 1,000 consecutive games.
Twint:    He was the only batter to work Sandy Koufax to a full count in Koufax's perfect game.
A.         Billy Williams (400th HR 12‑Jun‑1975; 1,000th straight G 30‑Apr‑1970; Full count 09‑Sep‑1965)
FCR -    Saul Wisnia, Newton Center, MA

Q.         Which player's autobiography was sub-titled, "An Inspiring Story of Success at the Game of Life and Baseball"?
Hint:     He is the only player to hit two home runs in an inning for two different teams.  (ERROR!  See below…)
Hint:     Jose Mesa surrendered his 400th career homer.
Twint:    He won an outfielders Gold Glove for a team that now occupies a different city.
A.         Andre Dawson (2 HRs in same inning both times done for Montreal:  30-Jul-1978 and 24-Sep-1985; 400th HR 15—Apr‑1993; GG for Montreal Expos 1980-83)
FCR -    Matt Gibson, Barboursville, WV

Q.         Who was Stephen Strasburg’s college baseball coach?
Hint:     His .313 batting average is the lowest to win a National League batting title.
Twint:    His first 100-RBI season came when he was 37 years old.
A.         Tony Gwynn (San Diego State U.; .313 in 1988; 119 RBI in 1997)
FCR -    Pete Cottrell, Gaithersburg, MD

Q.         Who is the only Cincinnati Red with more stolen bases than Barry Larkin?
Hint:     A Hall of Famer himself, he partnered with another Hall of Famer for 21 years.
Twint:    Barry Bonds broke his record for career bases-on-balls for a National Leaguer.
A.         Joe Morgan (406 SB to Larkin’s 379 [Bid McPhee had 568 for that franchise, however, all but 316 were earned for the AA’s Cincinnati Red Stockings]; John Miller [Technically not a Hall of Famer, but winner of the Ford Frick Award in 2010.] and he teamed as broadcasters for ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball 1990-2010; 1,799 NL BB)
FCR -    Bob Newton, Bethesda, MD

Q.         Who holds the record for doubles in All-Star competition?
Hint:     He is the only member of the 3,000 hit club to collect 1,000 hits in each league.
Hint:     He once quipped, “I have no problem with Bruce Springsteen.”
Twint:    He once evolved from “Mr. May” to “Mr. Jay”.
A.         Dave Winfield (7 AS 2b; 1,134 H in NL, 1,976 H in AL; Quote in response to a question about conflict with “The Boss”; Led the 1992 Toronto Blue Jays to WS championship ending his reputation for performing better at the beginning of a season.)
FCR -    Judah Kaplan, Teaneck, NJ

Q.         Who is the last second baseman to capture a league home run crown?
Hint:     He once held the record for consecutive errorless games among second basemen (a record now held by Placido Polanco).
Twint:    He won a Baseball Digest Player of the Year Award in the 1980s and again in the 1990s.
A.         Ryne Sandberg (40 HR 1990; GG 9 straight years 1983-91; BB Digest POY 1984 & 1990)
FCR -    Dave Wise, Hyde Park, NY

Q.         Who is the only player to win an MVP the year after he was traded from a National League team to another National League team?
Hint:     He wasn’t a malingerer.  It was his knee!
Twint:    A trunk full of marijuana likely delayed his election to  the Hall of Fame.
A.         Orlando Cepeda (MVP in 1967 with the Cardinals after being traded by the Giants for Ray Sadecki 08-May-1966; Drug bust 1975, HOF 1999)
FCR -    Jim McCoy, Melrose, MA

Q.         Who was the only member of the Big Red Machine in uniform with the Reds when they won the World Series in 1990?
Hint:     He played more than ten seasons in the majors after his last All-Star Game.
Hint:     He managed for parts of two seasons in the majors, the second coming in the year after he was elected to the Hall of Fame.
Twint:    He met former teammate Pete Rose at first base when Rose got his 3,000th hit.
A.         Tony Perez (Coach in 1990; Last ASG 1976, Ret. 1986; Mgr. 1993 Reds, 2001 Marlins, HOF in 2000; Rose’s 3,000th H 05‑May‑1978)
FCR -    Doug Rose, Crestwood, KY

WEEKLY THEME – National League Hall of Famers who played at least once played a game as a designated hitter in the majors.

Name       G @ DH
Aaron            202
Cepeda         168
Dawson        171
Gwynn            15
McCovey          9
Morgan             5
Perez              82
Sandberg         1
Williams        251
Winfield        419

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – No one

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Sunday, February 10, 2013

February 4-10, 2013 Managers who won 75 games in the majors, but only managed one year.

By Barry Sparks, who has now become, it seems, a regular contributor.

Q.         What Paire was portrayed as a Peach?
Hint:     She was, however, a Millerette, a Daisy, and Belle and a Chick.
Hint:     She played on championship teams nine of the twelve years of the league’s existence.
Hint:     She is included in a permanent display at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
Hint:     Usually her team’s best athlete, she played shortstop and third base, but mostly catcher.
Hint:     The son of one of her teammates played for nine years in the majors.
Twint:    Geena Davis played her in the movie.
Twint:    There really IS crying in baseball, especially at times like this.  (If there’s no crying, then you’re not doing it right.)
FCR -    Bob Wilber, Spokane, WA

Q.         Who was the first player to play on four winning World Series teams?
Hint:     Connie Mack called him "the greatest shortstop there ever was".
Hint:     He missed the entire 1918 season because he joined the military to serve in WW I.
Twint:    He compiled a record of 616-150-6 for an .802 won/loss percentage during a 40-year college coaching career.
A.         Jack Barry (1910, 1911, 1913 and 1915; Holy Cross, 1921-1960).
FCR -    Ron Liebman, Flushing, NY

Q.         Whose home run-turned-double turned Harvey Haddix' near-perfect game into a loss?
Hint:     He was the first player to hit a home run over the center field wall at the Polo Grounds?
Hint:     He once slugged the third in a series of back-to-back-to-back-to-back home runs.
Hint:     When he retired in 1966, he had the fifth most career home runs for a first baseman.
Twint:    Despite his 336 career homers, he was only named as an All-Star one year.
A.         Joe Adcock (Haddix G 26‑May‑1959; Polo Grounds HR 29‑Apr‑1953; 4 HR 7th inning @ Cincinnati 08‑Jun‑1961: Aaron, Mathews, Adcock & Frank Thomas; Foxx [534]; Gehrig [493]; Hodges [370]; Mize [359]; Adcock [336]; AS 1960)
FCR -    Chuck Durante, Dover, DE

Q.         Who was the first pitcher to toe the mound the day Yankee Stadium opened?
Hint:     He returned to throw out the first ball in remodeled Yankee Stadium in 1976.
Hint:     His 15 strikeouts in a game was a team record for 59 years.
Twint:    His nicknames included "Sailor Bob" and "Bob the Gob."
A.         Bob Shawkey (18‑Apr‑1923; 15‑Apr‑1976; Struck out 15 Athletics 27‑Sep‑1919, record was broken by Ron Guidry with 18 Ks vs. California, 17‑Jun‑1978).
FCR -    Tim Phares, Laurel, MD

Q.         Who was the first player to sign with the expansion Los Angeles Angels?
Hint:     He was their Opening Day catcher.
Hint:     He caught Don Cardwell's no-hitter while with the Cubs.
Twint:    He was Bob Buhl's personal catcher with the Braves.
A.         Del Rice (11‑Apr‑1961; Cardwell’s No-no: 15‑May‑1960)
FCR -    Chuck Durante, Dover, DE

Q.         Who has the lowest career batting average of any major leaguer with more than 5,000 at-bats?
Hint:     He received votes for the Chalmers Award in 1911, 12, 13 and 14 despite never batting more than .235 in any those seasons.
Hint:     He was nicknamed "Pinch" for his ability to hit in the clutch.
Twint:    He was the Washington Senators regular shortstop from 1908-16.
A.         George McBride (.218 in 5,526 AB; Chalmers Awards 1911, 1912, 1913 & 1914)
FCR -    Tom Zocco, Rocky Hill, CT

Q.         Whom did Ty Cobb describe as "the best catcher to ever wear shoe leather"?
Hint:     He received a U.S. patent in 1908 for an inflatable, contoured chest protector.
Hint:     He caught three balls thrown from the Washington Monument by pitcher Ed Walsh as a publicity stunt in 1910.
Twint:    He and his son became the first father-son combination to appear in the World Series.  Not the same Series.  That would be a record.
FCR -    Rick Fink, Edison, NJ

Q.         Who lost his starting shortstop position to Robin Yount in 1974?
Hint:     He never hit a home run in 1,408 plate appearances during his seven-year major league career.
Twint:    He is a native of Grand Forks, North Dakota.
Twint:    He was named the American Association Manager of the Year in 2012.
Twint:    His past came to light slowly.
A.         Tim Johnson (AA MOY; Came forth about the source of his player-inspiring stories.)
FCR -    Saul Wisnia, Newton Center, MA

Q.         Who was, following three separate seasons, named The Sporting News' Minor League Manager of the Year?
Hint:     He won the Junior World Series as manager of the American Association's Indianapolis Indians.
Hint:     Although he was known by his middle name, his first name was "Major".
Twint:    He was Roger Maris' first major league manager.
A.         Kerby Farrell (1954, 1956 and 1961; 1956; Cleveland Indians 1957)
FCR -    Al Blumkin, Brooklyn, NY

WEEKLY THEME – Managers who won 75 games in the majors, but only managed one year.

Barry            1917 Boston Red Sox            90-62      Bio
Johnson       1998 Toronto Blue Jays          88-74      Bio
Shawkey      1930 New York Yankees         86-68      Bio
McBride       1921 Washington Senators     80-73      Bio
Sullivan        1909 Chicago White Sox         78-74      Bio
Farrell           1957 Cleveland Indians           76-77      Bio
Adcock        1967 Cleveland Indians           75-87      Bio
Rice             1972 California Angels            75-80      Bio

N.B. Cookie Rojas managed the 1988 California Angels to a 75-79 record, but he also managed one game for the 1996 Florida Marlins

First Correct Respondent to Identify ThemeSteve Schwartz, Chico, CA (after the Adcock question)

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Sunday, February 3, 2013

January 28-February 3, 2013 Leaders on Contracted NL Teams

Q.         For what famous Hall of Fame pitcher is the Cy Young Award named?
Hint:     He won 511 games in the majors, a record that is likely never to be equaled.
Twint:    Is your confidence up?  Good.
A.         Cy Young
FCR -    Rick Gross, Miami, FL

Q.         Who was the best hitter on the best team of the 1890s?
Hint:     It was his consecutive-games-hitting record that Joe DiMaggio broke in 1941.
Twint:    Of his 216 hits one season, 206 were singles.
A.         Willie Keeler (NL Baltimore Orioles, .381 for the 1800s; Hit in 45 consecutive G 1896-97; 216 H in 1898)
FCR -    Paul Hirsch, Danville, CA

Q.         Who is the only pitcher to win a batting title?
Hint:     Two years earlier, he had won the ERA title.
Hint:     Two years before that, he had led the league in WHIP as a rookie.
Twint:    In 1884, he set the American Association single season records for wins, innings pitched and complete games.
Twint:    He completed the pitcher's triple crown by leading the league in ERA and strikeouts.
A.         Guy Hecker (AA record for W-52, IP-670 & CG-72; ERA-1.80, Ks-385)
FCR -    John Rickert, Terre Haute, IN

Q.         Who holds the career record for assists by a catcher?
Hint:     Only Cap Anson and Nolan Ryan played in more major league seasons.
Hint:     He caught 97 games at age 40 for a team that finished a game and a half out of first.
Twint:    A record he had held since 1907 was broken by Matt Stairs in 2010.
A.         Deacon McGuire (1,860 assists; 26 years, Anson had 27, Ryan 28; 1904 New York Highlanders; Stairs record of 12 teams for a position player)
FCR -    John Rickert, Terre Haute, IN

Q.         Who holds the American Association career records for games played, total bases, hits, doubles and triples?
Hint:     He became captain of his team after the first players’ strike in major league history.
Twint:    His nickname was given to him by childhood friend and later major league star Pete Browning.
Twint:    He was also known as Willie and Jimmy during his playing days.
A.         Chicken Wolf (AA G-1,195, TB-1,921, H-1,438, 2b-214 & 3b-109; Cpt. of the 1889 Louisville Colonels; Browning)
FCR -    Al Blumkin, Brooklyn, NY

Q.         Whose nickname was derived from his propensity to be victorious, regularly and at a young age?
Hint:     His was the first documented suicide of a major leaguer in the 20th century.
Hint:     In his nine years in the majors, he never played on a team with a winning record.
Hint:     In fact, only one ever came within ten games of .500.
Hint:     Amazingly, never did any of these teams finish last in the league.
Twint:    Two seasons after leading the National League in pitching appearances, he had 112 hits as a batter for the same NL team.
A.         Win Mercer (Suicide; 47 G in 1897, 112 H in 1899)
FCR -    David Ramsden, Barcelona, Spain

Q.         Who was the first Atlanta Brave to win the Rookie of the Year Award?
Hint:     He was also the first player to win the Baseball Digest Rookie of the Year Award.
Hint:     He was the first black catcher to win either award.
Hint:     He was once traded to the Orioles for two future Orioles managers.
Hint:     He led off both the second and third innings of a game with a home run only to have both erased by a rainout in the fourth inning.
Twint:    He was the only player selected in the 1965 August Legion Phase of the amateur draft to make it to the majors.
Twint:    He reached double figures in home runs every year of his career on four different teams.
A.         Earl Williams (NL ROY 1970; BDROY 1971; Traded from the Braves to the Orioles30‑Nov‑1972 for Johnny Oates and Davey Johnson [other players were involved]; ALP draft: pick #6 [the last pick], by the Milwaukee Braves)
FCR -    Andrew Milner, Bryn Mawr, PA

Q.         Who was the first player in the National League to have 600 at-bats in a season?
Hint:     Four consecutive seasons he had over 100 RBI, never playing more than 135 games in any of those seasons.
Hint:     He was one of the talented players transferred to St. Louis from Cleveland, leaving in their wake the worst team in major league history.
Hint:     Though he never hit more than eight home runs in any season, his retired 11th all-time in career home runs.
Twint:    He competed in half of the Temple Cup games ever played.
Twint:    He had six Hall of Fame teammates.
A.         Ed McKean (603 AB in 1891; Temple Cup for the Cleveland Spiders of 1895-96; HOF mates:  George Davis, Bobby Wallace, Jesse Burkett, Buck Ewing, John Clarkson & Cy Young)
FCR -    Damian Begley, New York, NY

Q.         Who was the pitching half of the Dumpling Battery?
Hint:     His catcher and six additional teammates were eventually elected to the Hall of Fame.
Hint:     He won over 170 games before the age of thirty.
Hint:     John McGraw picked him as one of the six pitchers on his all-time baseball team, describing him as “one of the greatest hurlers who ever lived, whose best quality was his nerve and coolness under fire; one of the earliest money pitchers”.
Twint:    Injuries forced him out of the majors at age 29.
A.         Sadie McMahon (The Dumpling Battery was McMahon and Wilbert Robinson, both of whom had soft edges; HOF mates: Robinson, John McGraw, Joe Kelley, Hughie Jennings, Dan Brouthers, Willie Keeler & Ned Hanlon;
FCR -    Dan Silverberg, Aventura, FL

WEEKLY THEME – Team leaders in hits and wins for the four National League teams voted out of existence in 1899.

Years           Team                           Batter           Hits
1892-97        Baltimore Orioles         Keeler        1,097      Bio
1887-99        Cleveland Spiders        McKean      2,012      Bio
1882-99        Louisville Colonels       Wolf           1,497      Bio
1891-99        Washington Senators   McGuire        992      Bio

Years           Team                           Pitcher        Wins
1892-97        Baltimore Orioles         McMahon      130      Bio
1887-99        Cleveland Spiders        Young           241      Bio
1882-99        Louisville Colonels       Hecker          173      Bio
1891-99        Washington Senators   Mercer            95      Bio

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Patrick Lyons, Manchester, NJ (after the McGuire question)

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