Sunday, May 26, 2013

May 20-26, 2013 2013 Milwaukee Brewer Fan Bobblehead Giveaways

Q.         Which Hall of Fame player leads all other Hall of Fame players in career home runs?
Hint:     He also leads all other Hall of Fame players in career RBIs.
Twint:    Of the four years he won the season National League home run title, he precisely matched his uniform number three times.
Twint:    In 1969 he also matched his uniform number, but lost the National League home run title title to Willie McCovey.
A.         Hank Aaron (2,297 career RBI; Except his rookie year [#5], he wore #44 his entire career and led the NL w/44 HR in ‘57, ’63 & ’66 while finishing one behind McCovey in ’69.  He also lead in ’67 w/39 HR.)
FCR -    Michael Daponde, Sacramento, CA

Q.         Who, after winning his only batting title, was traded to the Cleveland Indians for a player who had just won his only home run title?
Hint:     This is the only time in major league history where reigning batting and home run titlists were swapped.
Hint:     He later took over a 23-24 team and managed them to a .626 winning percentage.
Twint:    That same year he lost the World Series in seven games.
A.         Harvey Kuenn (Batted .353 in 1959, Trade for Rocky Colavito w/42 HR in ‘59; 72-43 with the 1982 Brewers after he replaced Buck Rodgers; Cardinals won ’82 WS 4-3).
FCR -    Harvey Judkowitz, Miami, FL

Q.         Whose team home run title did Prince Fielder eclipse when he led the league with 50?
Hint:     He also led his league that year.
Hint:     His career batting average of .225 was moderated by an on-base percentage .324.
Twint:    He was the first ever player drafted by the Seattle Pilots in 1969.
Twint:    One would never mistake him for a sunny day with clear blue skies.
A.         Gorman Thomas (Held Brewers team record of 45 HR – later tied by Richie Sexon – from 1979-2007; 1979 AL HR title; 21st pick, 1st round; Nicknamed “Stormin’ Gorman” )
FCR -    Paul Hirsch, Danville, CA

Q.         Who tied Reggie Jackson for the American League home run title in 1980?
Hint:     This made him the first non-U.S. born player to win an American League home run title.
Hint:     He also led the American League in intentional bases on ball and won the Silver Slugger that year.
Hint:     In my personal opinion, no major leaguer has ever had a sweeter swing.
Twint:    His catch in the eighth inning of game five of the ALCS may have kept the California Angels out of the World Series that year.
Twint:    He was inducted into the 2012 Latino Hall of Fame.
A.         Ben Oglivie (41 HR 1980; B. Colon, Panama; 19 IBB 1980; Up by one with one on, his catch was the 3rd out in a 4-3 game; 2012 Latino Hall of Fame)
FCR -    Walt Cherniak, Woodbine, MD

Q.         Who hit 500-ft. home runs within eight days of each other and off two World Series MVPs?
Hint:     He won eight Gold Glove Awards at first base.  Only Keith Hernandez and Don Mattingly won more.
Hint:     He wore a necklace that he claimed was composed of the second basemen’s teeth.
Twint:    His 1968 season was one of the worst offensive performances ever for a first baseman.
A.         George Scott (HRs 26‑Apr off Whitey Ford & 04‑May‑1966 off Larry Sherry; GG 67,68, 71-76; 1968: .171 BA, .236 OBP, 25 RBI, 3 HR in 124 G w/350 AB)
FCR -    Jeff Bergida, Albany, NY

Q.         Who was the most recent third baseman to win National League Rookie of the Year Award?
Hint:     After that season, he never played third base again.
Hint:     Undrafted out of high school, he won the Baseball America Freshman of the Year Award.
Twint:    He and Sandy Koufax share the same family birth name, though they aren’t related.
Twint:    He shares a nickname with Hank Greenberg and Al Rosen.
A.         Ryan Braun (Attended U. of Miami, FOY 2003; Koufax né Sanford Braun; “Hebrew Hammer”).
FCR -    John Rickert, Terre Haute, IN

Q.         Who tied Ichiro Suzuki in 2008 for the major league lead in reaching base on an error?
Hint:     He stole 31 bases in AAA ball one season, an unusual feat for a 6'-6'' player.
Hint:     Greenwood High School (Bowling Green, KY) retired his jersey and it hangs from the rafters of the school gym.
Twint:    In 2008, the fans selected him as the final player and in 2010 he was selected the starting right fielder for the National League All-Star teams.
Twint:    He failed to get a hit in those games in a total of five times at bat, accumulating three strikeouts in the process.
A.         Corey Hart (14x ROE; 31SB/7CS in 2005 with the Nashville Sounds of the PCL; 2008 ASG, 2010 ASG)
FCR -    Michael Daponde, Sacramento, CA

Q.         Who was the next Minnesota Twin to hit for the cycle since Kirby Puckett?
Hint:     It’s been done twice since then.
Hint:     He never appeared in an All-Star game, won a Gold Glove or Silver Slugger or received a single Rookie-of-the-Year or Most Valuable Player vote, yet he was signed to a four-year contract worth $28.3 million.  (Yes.  His agent is Scott Boras.)
Hint:     He was traded by the Mets with three other players for Johan Santana.
Twint:    The next year, he was traded for J.J. Hardy.
Twint:    He has appeared in 10 games as a “Timber Rattler”.
A.         Carlos Gomez (Hit for the cycle -07‑May‑2008 after Puckett 01‑Aug‑1986; In 2009 Jason Kubel and Michael Cuddyer hit for the cycle for the Twins; Salary runs through 2016; Mets to Twins 02‑Feb‑2008 and Twins to Brewers 06‑Nov‑2009; 2010, ’11, ‘12 w/Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, Midwest League)
FCR -    Jason Schmidt, New York, NY

Q.         Who broke Ichiro Suzuki’s season singles record?
Hint:     He won the batting title and Most Valuable Rookie in the same season.
Twint:    He was the fastest in Nippon Professional Baseball history to reach 500 hits.
Twint:    He is a double unique.
A.         Norichika Aoki (166 1b in the Japan League in 2005, Ichiro had set the mark at 151; 500 H in 373 G; No player in the history of MLB ever with that first name or last name)
FCR -    John Rickert, Terre Haute, IN

Q.         Which Polish starter debuted the same day his team retired a Hall of Fame player’s number 19?
Hint:     It also marked the debut of German and Italian starters for the same team.
Hint:     Eventually American and Mexican starters were added.
Hint:     He has appeared in every home game for the team this year.
Twint:    His trademark is a blue and red striped top with a blue baseball cap.
Twint:    When his Italian teammate was hit with a bat by Pittsburgh Pirate Randall Simon, he stopped to help his teammate rather than take the victory.
A.         Polish Racing Sausage, Milwaukee Brewers Sausage Racer (Debut race 24‑May‑1994 when Robin Yount’s number #19 was retired; Bratwurst and Italian sausage were the other two “original” racing sausages adding the Hot Dog and the Chorizio over the next decade; Simon incident report: 09‑Jul‑2003)
FCR -    Jason Schmidt, New York, NY

WEEKLY THEME – 2013 Milwaukee Brewer Fan Bobblehead Giveaways Complete list 2013 Brewer Bobbleheads Link

Aaron         07‑Jul
Aoki           07‑Apr
Braun          26‑May
Gomez        09‑Jun
Hart            05‑May
Kuenn         04‑Aug
Oglivie        15‑Sep
Sausage     23‑Jun
Scott          21‑Apr
Thomas      01‑Sep

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

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

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