Sunday, July 28, 2013

July 22-28, 2013 Pitchers who won the Dick Howser Trophy

Q.         Who surrendered the home run that was Derek Jeter’s 3,000th hit?
Hint:     He was the first overall pick of the 2007 draft.
Twint:    He has finished 2nd and 1st in the two years he received Cy Young Award votes.
A.         David Price (09‑Jul‑2011; CYA 2012, 2nd 2010)
FCR -    Mark DeLodovico, Rockville, MD

Q.         What former Dirtbag led the American League in winning percentage in 2012?
Hint:     It’s estimated that he forfeited as my as $60,000,000 by re-signing with his current team, saying, “Come on, it's $85 million. It's more money than I ever thought I would make in my life.”
Twint:    He has finished in the top five in Cy Young Award voting in each of past three years.
A.         Jered Weaver (Long Beach Statue U. Dirtbags, .800, 20-5, tied with David Price; Signed a 5-yr, $84+ million deal in Aug-2011; CYA voting: 5th, 2nd, 3rd)
FCR -    Paul Hirsch, San Diego, CA

Q.         Who was called “the most-hyped pick in draft history” by ESPN?
Hint:     His favorite number is not 160.
Twint:    In spite of not playing his team’s full schedule, he won the Silver Slugger Award that year.
A.         Stephen Strasburg (#1 overall pick 2009; Nationals management limited him to 160-180 innings in 2012 to aid him in his recovery from “Tommy John” surgery.  His season ended at 159.1 innings and the Nationals lost in the first round of the playoffs; Silver Slugger awarded to the best offensive player at each position in each league.)
FCR -    Frank Workman, Lake Forest Park, WA

Q.         Against what pitcher did Adam Dunn tie then break the single-season record for strikeouts by a batter?
Hint:     It’s a standard that had lasted for almost as long as Roger Maris’ home run record did.
Hint:     He was a high school basketball teammate of Carlos Quinton and Luke Walton.
Twint:    Since being an All-Star in his sophomore season, he has played in the minors for four different organizations.
Twint:    He only played for one team in the majors.
A.         Mark Prior (Dunn K #190 30‑Sep‑2004 in the 7th inning, the 3rd time that game Prior had struck him out, breaking the mark of 189 set by Bobby Bonds in 1970;
FCR -    Dan Laquet, Belleville, IL

Q.         What former Tiger was the first overall pick in the 1996 draft?
Hint:     He pitched more than 400 innings in his first two seasons in the majors.
Hint:     Just this year, his estranged wife donned a bullet-proof vest, armed herself with several lethal weapons and broke into his home and confronted him for money.
Twint:    In July 2005, his wife was ejected from the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas for excessive cursing.
A.         Kris Benson (1996 Draft, Clemson University Tigers; 199.2 IP in 1999, 217.2 IP in 2000; Wife Anna)
FCR -    Brian Wood, Pacific Grove, CAs

Q.         Which former Marlins pitcher has a baseball field named after him in Hialeah, Florida?
Hint:     He is the last White Sox pitcher to pitch seven innings in eight consecutive starts.
Hint:     At the University of Miami in 1989, he no-hit the University of Maine and was named Baseball America "Freshman of the Year".
Twint:    No other Miami alum has more pitching victories in the majors.
Twint:    His son currently plays on the Miami baseball team.
A.         Alex Fernandez (Field; 7‑inning Gs 26‑Aug, thru 01-Oct‑1995; Son Alex Fernandez, Jr.)
FCR -    Jim Blue, Pittsburgh, PA

Q.         Who was the first pitcher to throw a complete-game shutout and hit a home run in his major league debut?
Hint:     His 16-8 record won him Rookie-of-the-Year honors, beating out a player who has already appeared in this week’s questions.
Twint:    He was the first pitcher to win a game 1-0 at Coors Field.
Twint:    He was also a standout for the Bears.
A.         Jason Jennings (Debut 23-Aug-2001; ROY 2002, beat Prior et al; W 09‑Jul‑2005, Baylor Bears 1997-999)
FCR -    Joe LeBritton, Dripping Springs, TX

Q.         Who was the highest ever draft pick out of Conference USA, chosen just behind Evan Longoria?
Hint:     He is the only University of Houston player to win the American Baseball Coaches Association Player of the Year Award.
Hint:     He had Tommy John surgery after pitching only six games as a professional and missed the entire 2007 season.
Twint:    His major league debut was with the Pirates.  He was the starting pitcher but had two hits in three at-bats.
Twint:    Although he surrendered five earned runs in six innings, he escaped with a no-decision.
A.         Brad Lincoln (Pick #4 in 2006, Conf. USA; ABCA; Debut 09‑Jun‑2010)
FCR -    Rod Nelson, Detroit, MI

Q.         Which Longhorn was a first-team All-American in 2010 and 2011 after being a first-team Freshman All-American in 2009?
Hint:     As a freshman he was also a member of the College World Series All-Tournament Team.
Hint:     He started his 2011 college season by throwing two complete-game shutouts.
Twint:    He was unanimously selected Big 12 Pitcher of the Year in 2011.
Twint:    In high school he was a baseball letterman at two schools and was named to the Texas All-State team all four years.
Twint:    He has yet to pitch in the majors.
A.         Taylor Jungmann (2009 CWSATT; ShOs vs. U-Maryland 18‑Feb‑2011 & vs. U-Hawaii 25‑Feb‑2011; Big 12 POY 2011; Georgetown HS & Rogers HS)
FCR -    Tommy Garber, Austin, TX

Q.         Who is the only the second player in 26 years to win the Dick Howser Award while attending a junior college?
Hint:     He was not recently traded to the Orioles.
Hint:     He was drafted as a shortstop by the Red Sox but converted to a pitcher when he moved up to A ball.
Twint:    He is a native of Brooklyn and his most recent professional team was in 2008 for the Newark Bears, at the time members of the Atlantic League.
A.         Frank Rodriguez (Howser Award 1991 playing for Howard College [Alex Fernandez won in 1990 representing Miami-Dade Community College]; His namesake, Frankie Rodriguez was traded from the Brewers to the Orioles on Wednesday of this week; Drafted 2nd round 1990; Newark Bears, now in the Can-Am League)
FCR -    Eric Frost, Pearland, TX

WEEKLY THEME – Pitchers who won the prestigious Dick Howser Trophy, considered by many to be the Heisman Trophy of baseball.

Benson          1996       Clemson
Fernandez      1990       Miami-Dade Community College
Jennings        1999       Baylor
Jungmann      2011       Texas
Lincoln           2006       Houston
Price              2007       Vanderbilt
Prior              2001       Southern California
Rodriguez      1991       Howard College
Strasburg       2009       San Diego State
Weaver          2004       Long Beach State

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Joe Ullian, Santa Barbara, CA

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Sunday, July 21, 2013

July 15-21, 2013 Horsehide Trivia answers from selected weeks in 2008

Q.         What links the following players?
Jerry Adair
Bobby Avila
Foster Castleman
Andy Etchebarren
Dick Kryhoski
Tim Nordbrook
Buddy Peterson
Boog Powell
Jim Pyburn
Dave Skaggs
Gene Stephens
Marv Throneberry

Twint:    It’s often done in the Winter Olympic Games.

A.         Orioles who wore uniform number 8 before 1981 (Figure 8)
Player            Year (s)
Kryhoski        1954
Pyburn           1955, 56, 57
Peterson        1957
Castleman      1958
Adair             1959
Avila              1959
Thomas         1960
Stephens       1960, 1961
Throneberry    1961, 62
Etchebarren   1962, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75
Powell           1964
Nordbrook     1976
Skaggs          1977, 78, 79, 80

FCR -    Mike Spatz, Ellicott City, MD

Q.         What is the common theme among the following players?
Johnny Podres
Paul Molitor
Jack Morris
Curt Schilling
Dave Stewart
Gene Tenace
Pat Borders

Twint:    Before, during and after

A.         World Series MVP winners in uniform for the 1993 World Series
Podres       1955 WS MVP for Brooklyn       Phillies pitching coach
Molitor        1993 WS MVP for Toronto         Blue Jays 3b/DH
Morris         1991 WS MVP for Minnesota     Blue Jays SP
Schilling      2001 WS MVP for Arizona         Phillies SP
Stewart       1989 WS MVP for Oakland        Blue Jays SP
Tenace        1972 WS MVP for Oakland        Blue Jays Bench coach
Borders      1992 WS MVP for Toronto         Blue Jays C

FCR -    Mark Hayne, Dumfries, VA

Q.         What is the common theme of the following players?
Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown
Sam Rice
Billy Herman
Chuck Klein
Edd Roush
Amos Rusie
Max Carey
Sam Thompson

Twint:    Who’s your daddy?

A.         Hall of Famers born in Indiana

Brown               Nyesville, IN
Carey                Terre Haute, IN
Herman             New Albany, IN
Klein                 Indianapolis, IN
Rice                  Morocco, IN
Roush               Oakland City, IN
Rusie                Mooresville, IN
Thompson        Danville, IN

N.B. Oscar Charleston & Ford Frick were also born in the Hoosier State, but were not able to be included here.

FCR -    John Rickert, Terre Haute, IN

Q.         What common theme connects the following players?
Tony Oliva
Orlando Cepeda
Rico Carty
Gates Brown
Billy North
Terry Crowley
Tommy McCraw
John Ellis
Ollie Brown
Ed Kirkpatrick
Mike Andrews
Ron Blomberg
Twint:    It’s now been more than a generation.

A.         The batters who were the first to play as DH for each American League team
Andrews       White Sox    07‑Apr-1973
Blomberg     Yankees       06‑Apr‑1973
O. Brown      Brewers        06‑Apr‑1973
G. Brown      Tigers           07‑Apr‑1973
Carty            Rangers       07‑Apr-1973
Cepeda        Red Sox       06‑Apr‑1973
Crowley        Orioles         06‑Apr‑1973
Ellis             Indians         07‑Apr‑1973
Kirkpatrick    Royals         06‑Apr‑1973
McCraw        Angels         06‑Apr‑1973
North            A’s               06‑Apr‑1973
Oliva            Twins           06‑Apr‑1973

FCR -    Chuck Durante, Dover, DE

Q.         What is common to all those in this list?
Hank Aaron
Willie Mays
Livan Hernandez
Harmon Killebrew
Warren Spahn
Catfish Hunter
Joe Torre
Camilo Pascual
Junior Gilliam
Jim Finigan
Twint:    They blossom where planted.
A.         Players who were All-Stars for their teams before and after those franchises moved cities

Aaron           (MLW 1955-65; ATL 1966-73)
Finigan         (PHA 1954; KCA 1955)
Gilliam          (BKN 1956; LAD 1959)
Hernandez    (MON 2004; WSN 2005)
Hunter          (KCA 1966-67; OAK 1970, 72-74)
Killebrew      (WSH 1959; MIN 1961, 1963-1971)
Mays            (NYG 1954-58; SFG 1959-71)
Pascual        (WSH 1959-60; MIN 1961-62, 64)
Spahn          (BSN 1947, 49-52; MLW 1953-54, 56-63)
Torre            (MLW 1963-65; ATL 1966-67)

FCR -    Larry Creeden, Boulder City, NV

Q.         What did all these guys do?
Napoleon Lajoie
Hugh Duffy
Ross Barnes
Cal McVey
Benny Kauff
Fred Dunlap
Hick Carpenter
Twint:    Somebody had to do it.
A.         They were the first hits leader for each Major League.

Player         Year        League                            Team                                 Hits
McVey        1871     National Association       Boston Red Stockings            66
Barnes        1876     National League              Chicago White Stockings       138
Carpenter    1882     American Association     Cincinnati Red Stockings       120
Dunlap        1884     Union Association           St. Louis Maroons                 185
Duffy          1890     Players League               Chicago Pirates                     191
Lajoie         1901     American League            Philadelphia Athletics             232
Kauff          1914     Federal League               Indianapolis Hoosiers            211

FCR -    Bill Deane, Cooperstown, NY

Q.         What difficult accomplishment did all these men achieve?
Babe Ruth
Spud Chandler
Andy Pettitte
Joe McGinnity
Urban Shocker
Deacon Phillippe
Dizzy Dean
Jay Powell
Dave Foutz

Twint:    Positive X X

A.         Players who pitched in ten major league seasons without a losing season record

Pitcher               Career       Years
Chandler       109   -  43        1937-47
Dean             150   -  83        1930, 1932-41, 1947
Foutz            147   -  66        1884-1894
McGinnity      246   - 142       1899-1908
Pettitte          201   - 113       1995-2008
Phillippe        189   - 109       1899-1911
Powell            36   -  23        1995-2005
Ruth               94   -  46        1914-21, 1930, 1933
Shocker        187   - 117       1916-1928

FCR -    Joe Ullian, Santa Barbara, CA

Q.         What’s so special about this list?
Babe Ruth
Nick Altrock
Lefty Williams
Boo Ferriss
Vean Gregg
Harry Coveleski
Tex Hughson
Frank Owen
Russ Ford

Twint:    Why stop now?

A.         Pitchers with multiple 20-win seasons, but with fewer than 100 career wins
Altrock        (1905-06; 83)
Coveleski    (1914-16; 81)
Ferriss        (1945-46; 65)
Ford           (1910-11 [and 1914 FL]; 99)
Gregg         (1911-13; 92)
Owen          (1904-06; 82)
Ruth           (1916-17; 94)
Hughson     (1942, 46; 96)
Williams      (1919-20; 82)

FCR -    Al Blumkin, Brooklyn, NY

WEEKLY THEME – Horsehide Trivia answers from selected weeks in 2008 (Specifically, the weeks in 2008 where Steve Schwartz of Chico, California was first to guess the theme.)

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Joe Merrill, Brunswick, ME

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Sunday, July 14, 2013

July 8-14, 2013 First-ballot Hall of Famers inducted with another first-ballot Hall of Famer since the original 1935 group was elected

Q.         Who holds the career record for home runs by a shortstop?
Hint:     He wrote a book titled “Hothead” claiming it was based on his own life.
Hint:     He voluntarily ended his own record streak on September 20, 1998?
Twint:    He was managed by his father in three different major league seasons.
A.         Cal Ripken Jr. (345 SS HR [N.B. A-Rod was closing in before he was switched to 3b.]; 2,362 consecutive games played; Cal Ripken, Sr. managed BAL 1985, 87 and 88)
FCR -    Sean Fink, Edison, NJ

Q.         Who was the first Major League Baseball Rookie of the Year?
Hint:     Only he and Alvin Dark were so honored before there were separate American and National League awards.
Twint:    The award now bears his name.
A.         Jackie Robinson (ROY 1947, Dark 1948, Jackie Robinson Award)
FCR -    Matt Gibson, Barboursville, WV

Q.         Who has the highest single season American League batting average since Ted Williams hit .406?
Hint:     He was voted his league’s MVP that year.
Hint:     That season, his team lost the World Series to the Philadelphia Phillies.
Twint:    His older brother is still the youngest pitcher ever to appear in a World Series.
Twint:    He was named his former team’s hitting coach 30-May-2013.
A.         George Brett (BA .390 1980 KCR; AL MVP 1980; PHI over KCR 4-2; Ken Brett 19.020yo 08-Oct-1967)
FCR -    David Wallack, Greenwood Village, CO

Q.         Who drove in what would prove to be the winning run in Game 7 of the 1975 World Series?
Hint:     Though only a career .271 hitter, he topped his league four times in on-base percentage.
Hint:     When he hit his career high of 27 home runs in a season, he led the majors in on base percentage, slugging percentage, OPS, OPS+ and sacrifice flies.
Twint:    His last World Series appearance was also the last for Pete Rose, Mike Schmidt, and Tony Perez.
Twint:    They lost that series to Baltimore four games to one.
A.         Joe Morgan (Top 9th RBI to provide winning margin in CIN 4-BOS 3 victory; OBP led 1972, 74-76; 27HR 1976, OBP/SLG/OPS/OPS+/SF, .444/.576/1.020/186/12; 1983 WS all with PHI)
FCR -    Michael Daponde, Sacramento, CA

Q.         To whom was Jim Bouton referring when a fan asked him how he pitched to this player, Bouton answered “Reluctantly”?
Hint:     Bouton also said the best way to pitch to him was “underground”.
Hint:     He is the only player to hit a home run completely out of Memorial Stadium.
Twint:    In his first season with the Orioles he nearly drowned when his teammates, not believing him when he said he couldn’t swim, pushed him into a swimming pool.
A.         Frank Robinson (Jim Bouton quotes; 8-May-1966, 451ftHR; traded to Baltimore, saved by Andy Etchebarren; “Close don’t count” Time Magazine 31-Jul-1973)
FCR -    Fred Worth, Arkadelphia, AR

Q.         Which player established the record of five hits in a single World Series game?
Hint:     They were all singles.
Hint:     He is the only player to reach 3,000 hits with a triple.
Twint:    In the 1993 World Series, he had a slugging percent of 1.000 and a batting average of .500 in 24 at bats getting two doubles, two triples and two home runs.
Twint:    Like Joe Mauer, he was once a Raider.
A.         Paul Molitor (Game 1 1982WS; 5 singles, 2RBI, 1R; 1993WS; 16-Sep-1996; Cretin-Derham Hall HS Raiders)
FCR -    David Krassin, New York, NY

Q.         When Roger Clemens was asked to name the game’s three most dangerous hitters, he said this player is the first, fourth and seventh?
Hint:     He has more hits in the 1980s than any other player.
Twint:    For the same decade, he is second only to Rickie Henderson in runs scored.
Twint:    He shot the manager of the Chicago Cubs.
A.         Robin Yount (Clemens quote; 1731 H 1980-89; 957R with Henderson at 1111R confirmed on play index; While hunting quail with Cubs Manager Dale Sveum and former teammate, Yount accidentally shot him while trying to unload on a quail)
FCR -    Fred Worth, Arkadelphia, AR

Q:         When a Yankee scout reacted badly during negotiations, whose father said “Nobody throws a pencil in my house.  Get the hell out and never come back”?
Hint:     After that, instead of going pro, he attended an NCAA Division-1 college with a scholarship that was half baseball and half basketball.
Twint:    While at Notre Dame, he signed with a major league team with a bonus of $108,000 and an offer to pay the rest of his college education, and his father increased his allowance from $2 to $3 a week.
Twint:    As a high school basketball player he broke the Long-Island record for average points per game held previously by Jim Brown.
A.         Carl Yastrzemski’s (His father countered a $60K offer from scout Ray Garland with a $100K offer.  Garland flipped his pencil in the air hitting the ceiling and said “$100,000?  Are you crazy?  The Yankees will never pay that.”; Attended ND 1957-58; Bridgehampton HS)
FCR -    Lou Schiff, Deerfield Beach, FL

Q:         Who said that the best moment of his career was when he hit a walk off home run driving in Johnny Logan in the 11th inning to clinch the National League pennant?
Hint:     In the World Series that year, he hit .393 with 3 home runs and a triple in 28 at bats.
Twint:    They won the Series in 7, but he was not bestowed the honor of Most Valuable Player of the Series.
Twint:    That honor went to a pitcher.
A.         Hank Aaron (MLN 4-STL 2 on 23-Sep-1957; 1957 WS stats and MVP; WS MVP Lew Burdette)
FCR -    Andrew Milner, Bryn Mawr, PA

Q:         Who was the first catcher named by the BBWAA as Rookie of the Year?
Hint:     In his second trip to the World Series he experienced what he said was “…the most embarrassing moment of my life.”
Twint:    He is a baseball player with a contradictory name.
Twint:    He once hosted a baseball instruction television show for kids with Tommy Lasorda and the San Diego Chicken.
A.         Johnny Bench (ROY 1968; 1972 WS struck out on a 3-2 count when Rollie Fingers, at the direction of Dick Williams; faked an intentional walk to Bench and threw a slider for strike three; He did a lot of squatting and was seldom benched; TV show “The Baseball Bunch”)
FCR -    Harvey Judkowitz, Miami, FL

Q:         Whose son that got his first major league hit 24 years to the day that Dad got his first major league hit?
Hint:     Both hit doubles.
Hint:     Both of their teams lost the game by the identical score of 7-6.
Twint:    He led his league in batting average eight times, and led total hits seven times, but never won a Most Valuable Player award.
Twint:    He did however, win the Branch Rickey, Lou Gehrig and Roberto Clemente Awards over the course of his career.
A.         Tony Gwynn (Tony/Tony Jr. debuts 19-Jul-2006 and 19-Jul-1982; 1995 Branch Rickey Award, 1998 Lou Gehrig Memorial Award, 1999 Roberto Clemente Award)
FCR -    Michael Berry, Culver City, CA

Q:         To whom was announcer Jack Buck referring when he announced after this player’s Game 6 World Series extra-innings walk off home run “And we’ll see you tomorrow night!”?
Hint:     His team went on to win the World Series where both teams, for the first time in baseball history, had finished last in their respective divisions the previous season.
Twint:    He had a horrific career-ending injury when he was hit in the face by a Dennis Martinez pitch and suffered a broken jaw.
Twint:    After high school, he became a Brave.
A.         Kirby Puckett (26-Oct-1991 MIN v ATL walk off; 28-Sep-1995, his last major league season game; Bradley University Braves, Peoria, IL)
FCR -    Mark Kanter, Portsmouth, RI

Q:         Which Hall of Famer faced nearly 7,000 fewer batters than Cy Young, but had over twice Cy Young’s strike out total?
Hint:     He also pitched 99 fewer games than Cy Young.
Twint:    And yet, he never won the Cy Young Award.
Twint:    He was the last pitcher inducted into the Hall of Fame in the 20th Century.
A.         Nolan Ryan (BF/K/G Young 29,565/2,803/906, Ryan 22,575/5,714/807; HOF Induction 1999).
FCR -    Rick Zucker visiting Abbey Garber in Dallas, TX

Q:         Who is the only player in the 3,000 hit club with fewer than 1,500 hits for each of the teams he played for?
Hint:     He was once referred to on the air as “... the stretch limo of baseball players”.
Twint:    He never played a game in the minor leagues.
Twint:    He was once arrested for killing a seagull, but was provided a strong defense by Billy Martin.
A.         Dave Winfield (6 teams, 1,300 H was most with NYY; Martin said “They say he hit the gull on purpose.  They wouldn’t say that if they’d seen the throws he’d been making all year.  It’s the first time he’s hit the cutoff man”.)
FCR -    Mitchell Below, Oakland, CA

Q:         The year Mike Flanagan won the Cy Young Award, whom did he dub “Cy Old”?
Hint:     He gave up the most home runs of any pitcher in an All-Star Game.
Hint:     His teammates believed they would win when he ate pancakes for breakfast, earning him the nickname “Cakes”.
Twint:    In his 558-game career, facing 16,114 batters, he never gave up a grand slam.
A.         Jim Palmer (Flanagan responded when asked about another former Oriole CYA winner “Yeah, Palmer is Cy Old” he replied without cracking a smile; 3HR ASG 19-Jul-1977; 303HR allowed; Palmer interview, final question)
FCR -    Kevin Johnson, Broken Arrow, OK

Q:         What pitcher performed an age-related feat that has been equaled only by Kerry Wood?
Hint:     He is the first pitcher to win 24 games in a season before the age of 21.
Twint:    Only Nolan Ryan has thrown as many one-hitters.
A.         Bob Feller (Matched his age w/17 Ks in a G @ 17 13‑Sep‑1936, Wood w/20 Ks in a G @ 20 06‑May‑1998; 24 W 1939, age 20; 12 one‑hitters)
FCR -    Richard Schabowski, Saint Francis, WI

Q:         What former starter walked fewer than 100 batters in his last 670+ innings in the majors?
Hint:     He had over 350 major league starts before this streak began.
Twint:    During one six-season stretch, he struck out 458 and walked a mere 51.
A.         Dennis Eckersley (97 BB/674 IP 1988-98; 361 GS 1975-87; 6 yrs:  1988-93)
FCR -    R.J. Lesch, Adel, IA

WEEKLY THEME – First-ballot Hall of Famers inducted with another first-ballot Hall of Famer since the original 1936 group was elected.

Feller & J. Robinson      1962

Morgan & Palmer          1990

Brett, Ryan & Yount       1999

Puckett& Winfield          2001

Molitor & Eckersley       2004

Ripken & Gwynn            2007

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Bill Deane, Cooperstown, NY

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