Sunday, August 18, 2013

August 12-18, 2013 Expansion team managers who are in the Hall of Fame.

Q.         Who was the first American League catcher to win three league most valuable player awards?
Hint:     He played in 14 World Series with the New York Yankees.
Twint:    As a result, he won 10 rings – the most by any player in Major League Baseball history.
A.         Yogi Berra (MVP 51, 54, 55; WS 47. 49-53, 55-58, 60-63; Won 47, 49-53, 56,58,61,62)
FCR -    Chuck Durante, Dover, DE

Q.         What Reds player was considered an “old 30” and traded to Baltimore where in his first season with the Orioles he proceeded to win his league and World Series Most Valuable Player (MVP) awards, and the Triple Crown?
Hint:     He took 100% of the 1st place MVP votes that year.
Hint:     He also took all of the 1st place MVP votes in 1961.
Twint:    He was a unanimous choice for Rookie of the Year in 1956.
A.         Frank Robinson (09-Dec-1965 traded for Milt Pappas; NL ROY 1956 vote; 1966 MVP vote; 1961 MVP vote [Not quite unanimous. His teammate Joey Jay did get one first place vote—the only MVP vote of his 13-year career.]; 1956 ROY)
FCR -    Glenn Horowitz, New York, NY

Q.         Who said “Baseball has been good to me since I quit trying to play it”?
Hint:     He won his only World Series title in the “Suds Series”.
Hint:     He also helped the New York Mets win their first World Series title.
Hint:     In his last game as a player, he was put in as a PINCH RUNNER [Not pinch hitter] for Al Kline.
Twint:    His managerial style relying on pitching, speed, defense and wearing down the opponent, was soon associated with his first name.
A.         Whitey Herzog (Quote; 1982 WS STL v MIL the home of major beer brewers; NYM head of player development 1967-72; Final G 28‑Sep‑1963; “Whiteyball” relied on factors other than HR;)
FCR -    Robert Workman, Ashburn, VA

Q.         Which member of the Hall of Fame attended the same college as Jackie Robinson?
Hint:     In his first year as a manager in the big leagues, he took a prior year’s 9th place team to the pennant, and boasted a triple-crown batting champ.
Hint:     Despite producing a pennant and three consecutive winning seasons after the team had experienced eight consecutive losing seasons just prior to this arrival, the team fired him with nine games left in his third season.
Hint:     In his last game as a player, he was put in as a pinch runner for Dick Stuart.
Twint:    The next three years he managed another American League team and won the World Series his second and third year at the helm.
Twint:    He was then fired from that team.
A.         Dick Williams (Pasdena City College; BOS 72-90 in 66, Yaz won triple crown in 1967; last G 01‑Oct‑1964; managerial record BOS and OAK)
FCR -    Richard Nicholson, Richmond, VA

Q.         Who managed the Chicago Cubs the year they blew a mid-August 8½ game lead, finishing the season 8 games behind the East Division winning New York Mets?
Hint:     He was the third base coach when Bobby Thomson hit the “Shot Heard ‘Round the World”.
Hint:     Teammate Babe Ruth called him the “All-American Out” for his diminutive batting average.
Twint:    Though known for his mouth, it was his “Lip” that earned his nickname.
A.         Leo Durocher (1969 Cubs; Managed the NYG and was at third replacing Herman Franks who was moved to the clubhouse to steal signs for the “Shot” which has Durocher celebrating from the 3B box; Ruth quote .257 BA with NYY; Leo “The Lip”)
FCR -    Larry Creeden, Boulder City, NV

Q.         Who hit the first post dead-ball era, inside-the-park World Series home run?
Hint:     Hit in the top of the 9th, it proved to be the winning run in a 5-4 Giants victory over the Yankees.
Hint:     It was also the first post-season home run hit in Yankee stadium.
Twint:    He was quoted as saying “The secret of managing is to keep the guys who hate you away from the guys who are undecided”.
A.         Casey Stengel (IPHR 10-Oct-1923; G 1 1923 WS, Yankee stadium opened; quote)
FCR -    Dave Serota, Kalamazoo, MI

Q.         Who holds the American League career mark for home runs by a second baseman?
Hint:     He won a disputed American League most valuable player award.
Hint:     As manager of the 1960 Indians, in one of the most bizarre trades in Major League Baseball history, he was traded mid-season for the manager of the Detroit Tigers.
Twint:    He was nicknamed “Flash” after his favorite comic book character.
A.         Joe Gordon (246 HR AL, Jeff Kent NL 351; 1942 MVP; traded for Jimmie Dykes after 95 games; Flash Gordon comic strip)
FCR -    Andrew Milner, Bryn Mawr, PA

Q.         What Indians position player learned to pitch “on the job” and eventually had seven 20 win seasons?
Hint:     He was the centerfielder for Bob Feller’s second no-hitter – a 1-0 victory over the New York Yankees.
Hint:     Two years and two months later, he pitched his first no-hitter.
Twint:    After Billy Martin was fired by the Yankees in 1978, he took over the team and led them to a World Series title.
Twint:    The very next year, he was replaced by Billy Martin after 65 games as the Yankees fell to a 4th place finish.
A.         Bob Lemon (20 W seasons 1948-50, 52-54, 56; Feller’s no-no 30‑Apr‑1946; Lemon’s 30‑Jun‑1948; 1978 NYY; 1979 NYY)
FCR -    Dave Johnson, Swarthmore, PA

Q.         Who had an OPS over 1.000 in seventeen consecutive seasons of play?
Hint:     He holds the longest streak in Major League history for consecutive games reaching base safely.
Hint:     He also holds the American League record for most consecutive times reaching base in every plate appearance.
Twint:    He was a wartime wingman for John Glenn.
Twint:    John Updike wrote of him, “Gods do not answer letters.”
A.         Ted Williams (OPS [On-base plus Slugging Percentages] 1.000+: 1939-42, 46-58; 84 consecutive games; 16 consecutive PA; Korean War service; Full quote was in response to Williams’ refusing to play his final career game at Yankee stadium and refusing to acknowledge the crowd cries for even a tip of the hat.
FCR -    Richard Nicholson, Richmond, VA

WEEKLY THEME – Expansion team managers who are in the Hall of Fame.

Manager             Managed           Inducted
Berra                NYM 1972-75        1972

Durocher          HOU 1972-73        1994

Gordon               KCR 1969           2009

Herzog                TEX 1973           2010
                          CAL 1974
                        KCR 1975-79

Lemon              KCR 1970-72        1976

Robinson         MON 2002-04        1982
                       WSN 2005-06

Stengel          NYM 1971-1974      1966

D. Williams       CAL 1974-76         2008
                       MON 1977-81
                      SDP 1982-1985
                        SEA 1986-88

T. Williams       WSA 1969-71        1966
                          TEX 1972

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Alex Holzman, Philadelphia, PA

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

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