Sunday, June 30, 2013

June 24-30, 2013 Rickey Henderson's Minor League Managers

Q.         Who is the only All-Star Game MVP to win four batting crowns during his career?
Hint:     His hard slide into second base one day when he was a Detroit Tiger nearly ended Tony Fernandez’ career.
Hint:     He was a Panther and Hawk (NOT a Saluki) before he was a Ranger.
Twint:    He had to share the ASG MVP honor.
A.         Bill Madlock (1975 ASG MVP, batting titles 1975-76 w/CHC, 1981, 83 w/PIT; Fernandez incident 24‑Sep-1987 3rd inning; Eisenhower HS, Decatur, IL, [Southeastern Illinois College NOT Southern Illinois U.], MLB debut with TEX 07‑Sep‑1973; Shared 1975 ASG MVP w/Jon Matlack)
FCR -    Walt Cherniak, Woodbine, MD

Q.         Who was the first shortstop to win a World Series Most Valuable Player Award?
Hint:     His birth name was Russell Earl O’Dey, but a whole nation game him a new middle name.
Hint:     He finished second in the Rookie-of-the-Year Award voting for his first full season.
Twint:    He appeared, wearing a swimsuit, in the September 1983 issue of Playgirl magazine.
A.         Buck Dent (1978 WS MVP; Boston fans, often referred to as “Red Sox Nation” were particularly unhappy with his performance in the 1978 playoff game, where his home run in the 7th inning provided the margin of victory.  They dubbed him Bucky F*****g Dent; 2nd in 1974 ROY voting to Mike Hargrove)
FCR -    Paul Hirsch, Danville, CA

Q.         Who broke Johnny Bench’s record for doubles in a season by a catcher?
Hint:     When he had an RBI in the World Series, it marked the first time that both a father and son had World Series RBIs.
Hint:        He started the All-Star Game for a team in each league, only the second catcher to do so.
Twint:     He had the only hit in Nolan Ryan's eighth career one-hitter.
Twint:    His manager, Dick Williams, once said of him, "He needed a diaper.  He would whine when he didn't feel he was getting enough attention and cry when he felt he got too much."
A.         Terry Kennedy (42 2b for the 1982 Padres; RBI in G 4 of the 1984 WS, Father Bob Kennedy drove in a run in G 2 of the 1948 WS; AS for the 1981, 83, 85 Padres & 1987 Orioles; Ryan 1-hitter 11‑Aug‑1982)
FCR -    Steve Bonfield, Calgary, AB

Q.         Who drove in the winning run for the Pirates in the deciding game of the 1971 World Series?
Hint:     He led the National League in pinch-hits in 1969, falling one short of the league record.
Hint:     He guided three teams to Puerto Rican Winter League championships.
Twint:    His surprise bunt in Game One of the 1962 World Series drove in Willie Mays, ending Whitey Ford's World Series consecutive scoreless World Series innings streak at 33.2.
Twint:    He had the highest batting average (among non-pitchers) in the 1962 World Series.
A.         Jose Pagan (8th inning RBI 2b in 1971 WS Game 7; 19 PH in 1969; ; PRWL champs Bayamon Cowboys 1975-76, Arecibo Wolves, Ponce Lions .368 [7-19] 1962 WS AVG, Jack Sanford led all batters with .429 AVG in 7 AB)
FCR -    David Girdany, Bedford, PA

Q.         Who was the first player to hit a home run in his first major league at-bat for the Senators?
Hint:     He was the last player to hit a triple for the Seattle Pilots.
Hint:     It was his only triple that year.
Twint:    He had one of the Dodgers’ four hits in the final game of the 1966 World Series before they succumbed to the Baltimore Orioles.
Twint:    He was then thrown out trying to steal second.
A.         John Kennedy (Debut HR 05‑Sep‑1962; Pilots 3b 25‑Sep‑1969; WS H 09‑Oct‑1966)
FCR -    Art Springsteen, Sunapee, NH

Q.         What pitcher’s heavily tattooed arms forced Major League Baseball to institute a rule requiring pitchers to cover their arms during games?
Hint:     The rule now bears his name, at least in the minds of the media and public.
Hint:     Last year he founded his Legacy Baseball/Softball and Personal Training in Clearwater, Florida.
Twint:    Originally drafted by the Giants, he chose to go to college.
Twint:    He later pitched for them in the majors, but was in the Dodgers organization when San Francisco won it first World Series.
FCR -    Mark Kanter, Portsmouth, RI

Q.         Who was last year’s volcanic manager?
Hint:     In his first full season as a major league manager, he led his team to thirteen consecutive victories to start the season.
Hint:     That season, he won Manager of the Year awards from Baseball America and Sports Illustrated.
Twint:    He was selected by the Italian National Team to be a coach in the 2009 World Baseball Classic.
A.         Tom Treblehorn (Managed the Class A Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, 2008-2012; 1987 Milwaukee Brewers)
FCR -    John Michael Pierobon, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Q.         What American League catcher had the top fielding range in both 1982 and 1983?
Hint:     This former Bulldog managed AA and AAA teams to their respective league championships.
Twint:    He hit well against the following All-Star Pitchers: Jack Morris (.450), Len Barker (.429), Dennis Eckersley (.400), Rick Sutcliffe (.333) and Charlie Hough (.300).
A.         Rick Sweet (RF 6.81 in 1982 and 6.69 in 1983; Won w/AAA 1993 Tucson Toros, 1998 AA Harrisburg Senators, led the AAA Louisville Bats to division titles 2008-10)
FCR -    Mark DeLodovico, Rockville, MD

WEEKLY THEME – Rickey Henderson’s minor league managers

Mgr                  Team                               Managed       Henderson’s time there
Dent                 Ft. Lauderdale Yankees    1985-86          1985
J. Kennedy       Jersey City A’s                 1978              1978
T. Kennedy       San Diego Surf Dawgs     2005-06          2005
Madlock           Newark Bears                   2003-04          2003-04
Pagan               Ogden A’s                       1979-80          1979
Sweet               Portland Beavers              2001, 02, 03   2001
Treblehorn         Boise A’s                         1976              1976
Treblehorn         Modesto A’s                    1977              1977

Henderson credits Treblehorn with refining his base stealing prowess.

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – No one

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Sunday, June 23, 2013

June 17-23, 2013 Pitchers who surrendered home runs to batters who weren't born at the time of the pitcher's debut

Q.         Who won an unprecedented seven Cy Young Awards with four different teams?
Hint:     He was the most recent starting pitcher to be voted American League Most Valuable Player before Justin Verlander in 2011.
Twint:    He was recently acquitted of perjury charges.
Twint:    Mike Piazza, needless to say, is not his best friend.
A.         Roger Clemens (Won CYA w/Red Sox 86, 87, 91; Blue Jays 97,98; Yankees 2001; Astros 2004; MVP 1986; Acquittal 18‑Jun‑2012; Clemens beaned Piazza (some say intentionally) and that same season threw a jagged broken bat at him in Game 2 of the 2000 World Series.)
FCR -    Ira Kotel, Short Hills, NJ

Q.         Who is the all-time career pitching leader in strike outs and bases on balls?
Hint:     He holds the record for the lowest career number of hits per nine innings pitched (minimum 1,000 IP).
Hint:     He was elected to the Hall of Fame with one of the highest percentages ever.
Twint:    He pitched in the majors longer than anyone.
Twint:    In his only World Series appearance, he earned a save with the 1969 Mets.
A.         Nolan Ryan (5,714 K, 2,795 BB, 6.5553 H/9IP; HOF 1999 w/98.8% of the votes; 27 seasons in the Bigs; Game 3 ’69 WS pitched 2.1 scoreless innings to preserve a 5-0 Mets win)
FCR -    Frank DiPrima, Morristown, NJ

Q.         What Hall of Famer was named after President Warren Harding?
Hint:     He went 3-2 in consecutive World Series against the Yankees.
Hint:     The three wins he pitched were all complete games, including two 10-inning victories.
Twint:    Teammate Eddie Mathews homered in the bottom of the 10th for the first of his 10-inning walk off World Series victories.
Twint:    Mathews drove in Johnny Logan who scored the winning run.
A.         Warren Spahn (B. 23‑Apr‑1921, a month after President Harding’s inauguration; ’57 WS 1-1, ‘58 WS 2-1; G 4 ’57 WS included Johnny Logan doubling in tying run and Mathews walk-off HR bottom 10th; ‘58 WS G 1 CG 10 innings, G 4 CG SHO.)
FCR -    Alan Chen, Denver, CO

Q.         Which Hall of Famer won his only Cy Young Award with a 22-10 record at age 39?
Hint:     It was the only year he got even a single Cy Young vote.
Hint:     The same year, his team lost the World Series.
Twint:    He had exactly 300 career victories when he retired in 1963.
Twint:    He admitted he wore coveralls to his first professional tryout.
Twint:    He was widowed at age 22, left with an infant son.
A.         Early Wynn (CYA 1959; 1959 WS White Sox vs. Dodgers; W-L 300-244)
FCR -    Mark Kanter, Portsmouth, RI

Q.         Who threw a shut out at age 46, making him then the oldest player to do so at that time?
Hint:     He was the last active player to play with the Milwaukee Braves.
Hint      He was also the last active player born in the 1930s.
Twint:    His father taught both his broth and him to throw a knuckleball.
Twint:    In 1967 he led the National League with an ERA of 1.87 but didn’t get a single Cy Young Award vote.
A.         Phil Niekro (CG SHO 06‑Oct‑1985 NYY vs. TOR, 8-0; B. 01‑Apr‑39, Final G 27‑Sep‑1987; Father Joe Niekro, Sr, brother Joe Jr.; 1967 NL CYA)
FCR -    Chuck Durante, Dove, DE

Q.         What pitcher won the clinching game that gave the New York Yankees their first ever World Series championship?
Hint:     He was a teammate of Babe Ruth on both the Red Sox and the Yankees.
Hint:     He is one of three pitchers to win a game in his teens and in his forties.
Twint:    He was posthumously elected to the Hall of Fame in 1948, having passed away earlier that year, perhaps the first to “benefit” from his own demise.
A.            Herb Pennock (1923 WS G 6; W/Ruth 1915-17, 19 BOS & ’23-33 NYY; 3-3 age 18-19 with the 1912-13 Philadelphia A’S; 2-0 w/BOS in 1934; D. 30‑Jan‑1948, HOF 1948).
FCR -    John Robertson, Cambridge, ON

Q.         Who pitched for the Dodgers in consecutive World Series losses to the Yankees, then three years later pitched for the losing Yankees against the World Series-winning Dodgers?
Hint:     He once committed three errors in one play, thought to be the only such occurrence in the history of the major leagues.
Hint:     Despite that, he went on to win that game 16-3, Yankees over the Brewers.
Twint:    He was quoted as saying: "When they operated, I told them to put in a Koufax fastball.  They did, but it was Mrs. Koufax's."
Twint:    He won 20 games in a season three times after the surgery, having reached only 16 wins once in the prior 12 seasons.
A.         Tommy John (1977 WS, 1978 WS, 1981 WS; 3 E one play 27‑Jul‑1988 v Brewers).
FCR -    David Krassin, New York, NY

Q.         Who, with a 216-216 record, had the most wins for a .500 pitcher?
Hint:     His fastball was so unimpressive that the Dodgers decided to make him a knuckleballer.
Hint:     In his major league debut, however, he managed—to everyone’s surprise especially the batter’s—to end the game with the bases loaded by striking out Willie Stargell with a fastball.
Twint:    He was born in Hawaii before it became a state.
A.         Charlie Hough (B. 05‑Jan‑1948 Honolulu, HI, statehood cam 21-‑Aug‑1959; taught the knuckler by Goldie Holt prior to 1970 season; Debut 12‑Aug‑1970).
FCR -    Jim Lovelace, Kent, OH

Q.         What player chosen by the Oakland A’s as the fourth pick in the draft, played 13 years and 248 games before achieving a winning season of 14-10?
Hint:     His .431 winning percentage is the lowest career mark of any pitcher with 400 starts.
Hint:     Despite this, he lasted 22 seasons in the majors.
Twint:    Despite a weak 1-0 record regular season record with the 2001 Diamondbacks, he played in all three post-season series with an ERA of 0.00 in the World Series.
A.         Mike Morgan (1978 Draft; 14-10 WL 1991; 2001 WS 4.2 IP, 0.00 ERA, 1 single)
FCR -    David Krassin, New York, NY

WEEKLY THEME – Pitchers who surrendered home runs to batters who weren't born at the time of the pitcher's debut.

Home Run            Batter                    Birthdate            Pitcher         Debut
23‑Sep‑1933         Mel Almada           07‑Feb‑1913       Pennock       14‑May‑1912
25‑May‑1934        Hal Trosky             11‑Nov‑1912       Pennock       14‑May‑1912
21‑Aug‑1962         Boog Powell          17‑Aug‑1941       Wynn           13‑Sep‑1939
28‑Sep‑1962         Joe Pepitone         09‑Oct‑1940        Wynn           13‑Sep‑1939
21‑Jun‑1964         Rusty Staub          01‑Apr‑1944        Spahn          19‑Apr‑1942
30‑Apr‑1965         Tony Perez            14‑May‑1942       Spahn          19‑Apr‑1942
31‑Aug‑1965         Alex Johnson        07‑Dec‑1942       Spahn          19‑Apr‑1942
13‑Jul‑1986          Ruben Sierra          06‑Oct‑1965        Niekro          15‑Apr‑1964
13‑Sep‑1986         Jose Canseco       02‑Jul‑1964         Niekro          15‑Apr‑1964
31‑May‑1987 (X2)  Mark McGwire        01‑Oct‑1963        John            06‑Sep‑1963
05‑Jul‑1988          Ruben Sierra          06‑Oct‑1965        John            06‑Sep‑1963
22‑Jun‑1990         Ken Griffey            21‑Nov‑1969       Ryan            11‑Sep‑1966
19‑Sep‑1990         Ken Griffey            21‑Nov‑1969       Ryan            11‑Sep‑1966
26‑Apr‑1991         Carlos Baerga        04‑Nov‑1968       Ryan            11‑Sep‑1966
28‑Jul‑1991          Travis Fryman        25‑Mar‑1969        Ryan            11‑Sep‑1966
26‑May‑1992        Ivan Rodriguez       27‑Nov‑1971       Hough          12‑Aug‑1970
27‑Aug‑1992         Kevin Koslofski     24‑Sep‑1966       Ryan            11‑Sep‑1966
22‑Jun‑2002         Vernon Wells         08‑Dec‑1978       Morgan        11‑Jun‑1978
21‑Jun‑2007         Troy Tulowitzki       10‑Oct‑1984        Clemens       15‑May‑1984
18‑Aug‑2007         Cameron Maybin    04‑Apr‑1987        Clemens       15‑May‑1984

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – No one

Sunday, June 16, 2013

June 10-16, 2013 Players who hit 50 home runs in a season at age 25 or younger

Q.         Who holds the career World Series records for home runs, runs scored, bases on balls, strike outs, runs batted and total bases?
Hint:     He holds the career record for home runs hit by a switch hitter.
Twint:    He is the only Yankee Hall of Fame player from Oklahoma.
Twint:    He was an M&M boy.
A.         Mickey Mantle (WS records: 18 HR, 42 R, 43 BB, 54 Ks , 40 RBI & 123 TB; 536 HR; HOF OK; Mantle and Maris)
FCR -    Gene Schwartz, Weston, CT

Q.         What rookie hit the fly ball caught by Joe DiMaggio that led to Mickey Mantle’s knee injury in the 1951 World Series?
Hint:     He holds the record for hitting home runs in the most different innings.
Hint:     His 16th inning home run off Warren Spahn ended the longest ever shutout duel by two major league pitchers.
Twint:    His first major league hit was also a home run off Warren Spahn.
Twint:    In the same game, he struck out with two men on base, and then popped out with a runner on base to end the game in a 4-1 loss.
A.         Willie Mays (5th inning G 2; HR hit in 16 different innings; Spahn vs Marichal; 1st HR 28‑May‑1951)
FCR -    Harvey Judkowitz, Miami, FL

Q.         Who was credited with a shared no-hitter despite only facing the first batter and issuing him a base-on-balls?
Hint:     The pitcher who relieved him, threw out the man on base and then proceeded to retire the next 26 batters.
Twint:    With two outs in the bottom of the 9th in the seventh inning of a World Series, he was caught stealing second to end the game and the Series.
Twint:    In that same game seven he had a home run and four bases on balls in the 3-2 loss.
A.         Babe Ruth (No-no 23‑Jun‑1917, heavy lifting done by teammate Ernie Shore; 1926 WS, G 7 12‑Oct, giving the St. Louis Cards their first championship)
FCR -    R.J. Lesch, Adel, IA

Q.         Who was a catcher in nine and pitcher in two of his twenty seasons in the majors, but won an MVP as a first baseman?
Hint:     Connie Mack moved him to first where he played most of his remaining career.
Twint:    He was discovered by Franklin Baker.
Twint:    In his final season he pitched in 9 games and 22.2 innings with a 1.59 earned run average for the Athletics.
Twint:    He made Ogden Nash’s line up.
A.         Jimmie Foxx (Fielding stats, 1B 1919G C 108G, P 10G; Home Run Baker discovered the young Foxx; 1-0 in 9 starts, 1945 Phillies; Line Up for Yesterday)
FCR -    Bill Carle, Lee’s Summit, MO

Q.         Who was told by Branch Rickey "We finished last with you, we can finish last without you."?
Hint:     He, too, could turn a phrase with quotes such as “Two thirds of the earth is covered by water, the other third by Garry Maddox”.
Hint:     When he married a tennis star, Hank Greenberg was his best man.
Twint:    He has been a broadcaster with the New York Mets since their first season.
Twint:    He once joked that the reason he was hired as their broadcaster was because he had “losing experience”.
A.         Ralph Kiner (Team by Team Encyclopedia of Major League Baseball; Garry Maddox; Married Nancy Chafee 1951; 52 years with the NYM; Hired by George Weiss)
FCR -    Bill Carle, Lee’s Summit, MO

Q.         Whose hit off Troy Percival was the first to be officially reviewed with instant replay?
Hint:     In his major league debut, his team suffered the 10th unassisted triple play in the modern era.
Hint:     He holds the American League record of seven runs batted in for a single inning.
Twint:    He was the 1992 Gatorade Player of the Year.
Twint:    He wanted to play in the National League but because of the “even-odd” system of the draft, he ended up in the American League.
A.         Alex Rodriguez (2008-Sep-03 confirmed the HR; Debut 1994-Jul-08, UTP J Valentine; 7 RBI 2009-Oct-04; 1993 draft by SEA)
FCR -    Jack Sullivan, Louisville, KY

Q.         Who was ridiculed as being too fat for even the Athletics?
Hint:     As a twelve-year-old boy, he hit a batting practice home run at Tiger Stadium.
Hint:     In his third All Star Game appearance, he was named Most Valuable Player, based mostly on his three-run homer off C.J. Wilson.
Twint:    He is the only player to win the Home Run Derby in both leagues.
A.         Prince Fielder (The Money ball 2002 draft class; Batting practice HR; 2011 ASG; Derby wins 2009 MIL, 2012 DET)
FCR -    Jim Lovelace, Kent, OH

WEEKLY THEME - Players who hit 50 home runs in a season at age 25 or younger

Player       Age   HR      Year
Fielder       23      50       2007
Foxx         24      58       1932
Kiner         24      51       1947
Mantle       24      52       1956
Mays         24      51       1955
A-Rod       25      52       2001
Ruth          25      54       1920

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Jack Sullivan,m Louisville, KY

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Sunday, June 9, 2013

June 3-9, 2013 Hall of Famers who attended high school in the East Bay

Q.         Pops
A.         Willie Stargell
FCR -    Rick Zucker, St. Louis, MO

Q.         Eck
A.         Dennis Eckersley
FCR -    John Van Cleve, New York, NY

Q.         Hoop
A.         Harry Hooper
FCR -    Dave Raglin, McLean, VA

Q.         Bear
Twint:    He is credited with quintupling the salaries of major league umpires.
Twint:    When he attended law school at Villanova, he helped defray his expenses by coaching the freshman football team.
Twint:    He overplayed his hand when major league baseball accepted his mass resignation offer.
Twint:    He was the Executive Director of the National Association of Basketball Referees (NABR).
Twint:    He left NABR to head the Major League Umpires Association in 1978.
FCR -    David Krassin, New York, NY

Q.         Man of steal
A.         Rickey Henderson
FCR -    Alan Work, White Plains, NY

Q.         Chick
A.         Chick Hafey
FCR -    Frank Workman, Lake Forest Park, WA

Q.         Goofy
A.         Lefty Gomez
FCR -    Michael Frank, New York, NY

Q.         Little Joe
A.         Joe Morgan
FCR -    John Burbridge, Elon, NC

Q.         Bocci
A.         Ernie Lombardi
FCR -    Blake Sherry, Dublin, OH

Q.         Pencils
A.         Frank Robinson
FCR -    Mark DeLodovico, Rockville, MD

WEEKLY THEME – Hall of Famers who attended high school in the East Bay.

Eckersley     Washington Union HS     Fremont
Gomez         Richmond HS                 Richmond
Hafey           Berkeley HS                   Berkeley
Henderson    Technical HS                  Oakland
Hooper         St. Mary’s HS                 Moraga
Lombardi      McClymonds HS             Oakland
Morgan        Castlemont HS               Oakland
Robinson     McClymonds HS             Oakland
Stargell        Encinal HS                     Alameda

Randy Johnson will no doubt be eligible join this list in 2015.  He attended Livermore HS.

First Correct Respondent to Identify ThemeJoe Merrill, Brunswick, ME (after the Hooper Q.)

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