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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