Sunday, May 12, 2013

May 6-12, 2013 Pitchers with 5,000 innings pitched, all after 1920 (the end of the Deadball Era)


Q.         Who has the most career wins for a lefty pitcher?
Hint:     If not for time lost in military service during World War II, he might have had substantially more.
Hint:     At age 42, he had a remarkable season with a record of 23-7.
Twint:    Teammate Johnny Sain’s and rain were wrongly considered the only winning alternatives to his pitching.
Twint:    In 1956, 1957 and 1958 he finished 3rd, 1st and 2nd in the Cy Young voting.
A.         Warren Spahn (363 W [tied for 3rd all-time]; missed the ‘43-’45 for WWII; Expression: “Spahn and Sain, then pray for rain.”)
FCR -    Christopher Bell, New York, NY

Q.         What two time Cy Young Award winner also has a Cy Young Award-winning older brother making them the only brothers to win the award?
Hint:     Despite 22 years in the majors, playing for eight different teams and winning over 300 games, he only appeared in one post-season series going 1-1.
Hint:     After that season, he was traded to the Cleveland Indians for Sam McDowell.
Twint:    While pitching for the Mariners in his 21st year in the majors, he was ejected for the first and only time for throwing a spitter.
Twint:    His five-year-old daughter Alison was asked if daddy threw a greaseball, and without blinking she replied “He throws a hard slider.”
A.         Gaylord Perry (Brother Jim Perry; 1971 NLCS vs Pittsburgh; He and Frank Duffy traded from SF to Cleveland for Sam McDowell after the 1971 season: Ejected August 23, 1982 Seattle vs. Boston)
FCR -    Bob Kimball, Washington, DC

Q.         Who, along with his brother, accumulated a combined 539 career wins—the most by brothers in the majors?
Hint:     Rick Monday said of his knuckler "It actually giggles at you as it goes by."
Hint:     He is one of only two pitchers since expansion to both win and lose 20 games in the same season.
Twint:    He pitched a shutout for his 300th victory in 1985.
Twint:    At age 45, that made him the oldest pitcher to throw a shutout.
A.         Phil Niekro (Brother Joe won 221 to his 318; 1979 he went 21-20 the other being Wilbur Wood 24-20 in 1973; He surpassed Satchel Paige but this record was surpassed by Jamie Moyer on 07-May‑2010 @ age 47.)
FCR -    Christopher Mund, Rocky Hill, CT

Q.         Of which pitcher, known for his strong work ethic, did Tommy Lasorda say “When you gave him the ball, you knew one thing—your pitcher was going to give you everything he had.”?
Hint:     Over a 23 year period, he never missed his turn in the pitching rotation for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland Athletics and California Angels.
Hint:     He now has an active career as a radio and television broadcaster having worked for the Braves and the Nationals.
Twint:    He was an All-Star Game MVP.
Twint:    In his final year, he missed the World Series when he was cut by the Dodgers in August of the 1988 season thus missing his final chance to play on a WS winning team.
A.         Don Sutton (Turns out Sutton’s streak was more myth than fact.  Read here.;1977 ASG MVP; Cut 09‑Aug‑1988 age 43; The Dodgers went on to beat Oakland 4-1 in the WS.  His other WS appearances in 74, 77 and 78 with the Dodgers  and 82 with the Brewers were all losses.)
FCR -    David Krassin, New York, NY

Q.         Who won the Cy Young Award with the Cubs, signed as a free agent with the Braves, and over the next three years racked up three more Cy Young Awards?
Hint:     His 18 Gold Glove award are an “absolute record” with Jim Kaat and Brooks Robinson winning 16 each.
Hint:     He is eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2014 where many consider him likely to be a “first ballot” inductee.
Twint:    His 17 consecutive 15-win seasons are the most ever, breaking the record of Cy Young himself, who had 15 such seasons.
Twint:    He debuted in the majors as a pinch runner, but remained in the game to take the team’s loss.
A.         Greg Maddux  (Cy Young winner 1992-1995; GG - 1990-2002, 2004-06 and 2007-08; 15 W 1988-2006; Debut 02‑Sep‑1986 bottom of the 17th inning appears as pinch runner, stayed in to pitch and yielded a HR in the top of the 18th to take the loss to the Houston Astros)
FCR -    John Rickert, Terre Haute, IN

Q.         Who has 37 complete games in his career where he allowed two hits or fewer?
Hint:     This is more than any other two pitchers combined.
Hint:     Reggie Jackson confessed that he feared this pitcher not because he could get him out, but because “he could kill me”.
Twint:    Despite this, he only received Cy Young votes in 8 of his 27 years.
Twint:    His best finish was second in the Cy Young, and he accomplished this only once.
A.         Nolan Ryan (Jim Palmer and Jim Maloney are second with 17 each; Cy Young votes 72-74, 77, 81, 83, 87 and 89. Finished 2nd 1973)
FCR -    Alan Work, White Plain,             NY

Q.         Who was traded from St. Louis to Philadelphia and that year won the pitching Triple Crown and the Cy Young Award?
Hint:     The next season, he was a twenty-game loser.
Hint:     He once barely bested teammate Bob Gibson who had a 2.18 ERA with a 2.17 ERA.
Twint:    He adopted a series of unusual (at the time) training exercises which included extending his pitching hand to the bottom of a large canister of rice.
Twint:    He ironically was a member of the World Champion Minnesota Twins in 1987, but never made their postseason roster, due to ineffectiveness.
A.         Steve Carlton (1973 W/ERA/K 27/1.97/310; 1973 W-L 13-20; 1969 Carlton/Gibson 2.17/2.18)
FCR -    Matt Gibson, Barboursville, WV

WEEKLY THEME – Pitchers with 5,000 innings pitched, all after 1920 (the end of the Deadball Era).

Spahn           5,243.2
Perry             5,350
Niekro           5,404
Sutton           5,282.1
Maddux         5,008
Ryan             5,386.0
Carlton          5,217.2

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – No  one

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