Sunday, September 29, 2013

September 23-29, 2013 The only men to play more than 163 games in a season (regular season)

Q.         Who won the National League Rookie of the Year Award the year the last season the National League had only eight teams.
Hint:     Joe Torre finished behind him in the voting.
Twint:    He finished second to Johnny Bench in National League MVP voting both times Bench won the award.
A.         Billy Williams (ROY 1961; 218 MVP votes to Bench’s 326 in 1970 and 211 to Bench’s 263 in 1972)
FCR -    Mark Kanter, Portsmouth, RI

Q.         Whose death in 2010 was the final element needed for his election to the Hall of Fame?
Hint:     He was the only one of ten candidates elected to the Hall by its Golden Era Ballot Committee in the Committee's first-ever vote.
Hint:     He missed being unanimous by one vote, a far better showing than his previous high of 43.1%.
Hint:     An All-Star nine times, he never experienced postseason play.
Twint:    He was cremated and his ashes scattered on ground at Wrigley Field.
A.         Ron Santo (Died 02-Dec-2010)
FCR -    David Krassin, New York, NY

Q.         Who spent more than eight seasons in the minors before reaching the majors, but then was the league MVP in his third full season?
Hint:     He was the first manager to face his son in a major league game.
Twint:    He was the first batter to appear in a game for the Montreal Expos.
A.         Maury Wills (Minors 1951-59; Father/son G 24‑Jun‑1980; MTL G 08‑Apr‑1969)
FCR -    Mark Jones, Birmingham, AL

Q.         Who was the second player in Major League Baseball history to play all nine positions in a nine inning game?
Hint:     Coincidentally, the first batter he faced was the first player in baseball history to accomplish the same feat.
Hint:     He was the starting pitcher for that game, giving up no hits, a walk, a balk, no runs and had a strike out to his credit.
Hint:     The future Hall of Famer he struck out led the league in strike-outs that year (at the plate, not from the mound).
Twint:    He is the most recent player to lead the league in both doubles and triples in the same year.
A.         Cesar Tovar (22-Sep-1968; Faced lead-off batter Bert Campaneris who had played all 9 08-Sep-1965; Reggie Jackson led the majors in 1968 with 171 K; 36 2b, 13 3b in 1970)
FCR -    Richard Tharp, Gaithersburg, MD

Q.         Who led the National League in caught stealing the year after his 70 stolen bases led the league?
Hint:     That year he had over 650 at-bats without hitting a home run, a feat equaled only four other times in major league history.
Hint:     His 70 stolen bases were the most by a Pittsburgh player since Billy Sunday had 71 in 1888.
Twint:    His trade to Canada signaled the final days of his career in the majors.
A.         Frank Taveras (25 CS 1978; 654 AB; Finished with the Expos, batting .161)
FCR -    Richard Tharp, Gaithersburg, MD

Q.         Who was the Tigers’ first-ever designated hitter?
Hint:     His first major league home run came a decade earlier, in his first at-bat, in a pinch-hitting role.
Hint:     He was the only Tigers to hit .300 in the year of the pitcher.
Hint:     Until tied this year by Jason Giambi, he held the record of twice pinch hitting walk‑off home runs in the same season.
Hint:     On 11‑Aug of that year, he had game-winning, walk-off hints in both ends of a double header.
Hint:     He hit .450 as a pinch-hitter that year, with an on-base percentage .542.
Hint:     He was one nine Tigers who were teammates a major league record ten years in a row.
Twint:    As a teenager, he was convicted on a charge of breaking and entering and served time in the same prison in Ohio when the movie Shawshank Redemption was later filmed.
Twint:    He served as a mentor to Ron LeFlore, who also spent some time in prison before making it in baseball.
Twint:    As the Tigers hitting coach, he helped transform Lou Whitaker and Alan Trammell from slap hitters into power hitters.
A.         Gates Brown (DH 07‑Apr‑1973; Debut HR 19‑Jun‑1963; Hit .370 in 1968 [No other Tiger with more than 3 AB hit over .300.]; PH, Walk-off HRs 11‑Apr‑1968 & 11‑Aug‑1968 [1]; Walk-off H 11‑Aug‑1968 [2], Giambi’s 2 PH W-O HRs 29‑Jul‑2103 & 24‑Sep‑2013; 9 Teammates 1964-73: Cash , Freehan, Horton, Kaline, Lolich, McAuliffe, Northrup & Stanley)
FCR -    David Krassin, New York, NY

Q.         What Puerto Rican native was the Giants shortstop the year their third baseman made his only All-Star appearance?
Hint:     Few people know he played for the Senators.
Hint:     He hit .324 in eleven games in two World Series, taking home the trophy once.
Twint:    He was a teammate of Hall of Famers Steve Carlton, Roberto Clemente and Willie Mays.
FCR -    Rich Klein, Plano, TX

Pagan       164     1962        Regular season plus three-game playoff
Santo        164     1965        Regular season plus two ties replayed
Taveras     164     1979        Regular season plus two ties replayed
Tovar        164     1967        Regular season plus two ties replayed
Williams    164     1965        Regular season plus two ties replayed
Wills          165     1962        Regular season plus three-game playoff

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Jeff Bergida, Albany, NY (after the Wills Q.)

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

September 16-22, 2013 St. Louis Brown players with 40 doubles in season

Q.         Who was the last American Leaguer to hit .420 in a season?
Hint:     He was the last first baseman to steal 50 bases in a season.
Hint:     His career batting average beats Lou Gehrig’s by a hair, .34015 to .34008.
Twint:    He appeared on a U.S. postage stamp in 2000.
Twint:    He also appeared on a postage stamp for Ajman, one of the United Arab Emirates, in 1969.
A.         George Sisler (.420 in 1920, 51 SB in 1922, U.S. Stamp; Ajman stamp)
FCR -    Walt Cherniak, Woodbine, MD

Q.         Whose .378 batting average prevented Babe Ruth from winning the American League Triple Crown in 1926?
Hint:     He was the first native of Alabama to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Hint:     He had one brother who played in the majors and three other brothers who played in the minors.
Twint:    He was also the first native of Alabama to be selected to an All-Star team.
A.         Heinie Manush (Ruth led in HR w/47 & RBI w/150, but hit “only” .372; HOF 1964; AS 1934; Brother Frank, brothers George, Earl & Harry)
FCR -    Makoto Ozawa, Scarsdale, NY

Q.         Who is the only man to play in all nineteen World Series games of the Washington Senators?
Hint:     He set the major league record when he hit into four double plays in one game.
Hint:     He also had three errors in that game.
Hint:     He was the first hitter to hit a home run off Bob Feller; the only one Feller gave up in his rookie season.
Twint:    He is a native of Mike Trout’s home state.
A.         Goose Goslin (WSH WS 1924, 25, 33; 4 GIDP, 3 E 28‑Apr‑1934; Feller HR 18‑Sep‑1936; b. Salem, NJ 16‑Oct‑1900)
FCR -    Paul Hirsch, San Diego, CA

Q.         Who was the first third baseman to hit thirty home runs in a season?
Hint:     In doing that he broke his own record for homers in a season by a third baseman.
Hint:     That record wasn’t broken until Al Rosen hit 37 in 1950.
Hint:     He was a player/manager for his hometown team in Yakima, Washington after retirement.
Twint:    He made the All-Star team only once in his twelve-year major league career.
Twint:    His career in the Bigs was shortened by a serious case of the mumps.
A.         Harlond Clift (29 HR in 1936; 34 in 1937; AS in 1937; Mgr of Yakima Stars in 1947)
FCR -    Richard Tharp, Gaithersburg, MD

Q.         Which Columbia native led the American League in fielding percent at shortstop in 1929 and 1938?
Hint:     A versatile player, in 1934 he played left and right fields and appeared at first, second, third and short for the Washington Senators.
Hint:     As a Maple Leaf, he once played a nine inning game at nine different positions.
Twint:    While playing against the 1935 Montreal Royals, he pitched 8.1 innings of no-hit ball, but lost 1-0 in the ninth on a hit, walk and error.
A.         Red Kress (Fld% 1929 .946, 1938 .965; Fielding stats; Minor league feats from Wikipedia)
FCR -    Dave Serota, Kalamazoo, MI
Q.         Who lost the 1935 American League batting title to Buddy Myer by .0006 points?
Hint      That same year, he led his league in hits, doubles and triples.
Hint:     He was the leadoff hitter for the All Star Game the same year—the only year he was selected.
Twint:    A Cleveland, OH native, he was signed by Cleveland General Manager Billy Evans whose wife, as legend has it, suggested he take “the good looking blond boy”.
A.         Joe Vosmik (Myer BA .3490, Vosmik .3484; 1935 216 H, 47 2B, 20 3B; 1935 ASG Played the entire game in RF and scored the final run of the game in the 5th inning on a Jimmie Foxx RBI; Legend of Evans wife’s comment: Cleveland Press, July 17, 1931)
FCR -    Dave Serota, Kalamazoo, MI

Q.         In 1941 at Griffith stadium, which player was hit squarely in the left temple during fielding practice by an errant throw from teammate Joe Kuhel?
Hint:     The blow was such that it fractured his skull and over the next few years he went totally blind.
Hint:     He was not eligible for the newly created major-league player’s pension plan, but rather than being bitter, he simply stated “Rules are rules.”
Twint:    He spent much of his post-baseball life working with and inspiring others afflicted with blindness.
Twint:    In order to defray costs of his attendance at games, both leagues presented him with a lifetime pass to all Major League games.
A.         Moose Solters (Kuhel)
FCR -    Richard Tharp, Gaithersburg, MD

Q.         In 1941, whom did Manager Joe McCarthy promote to second base to play along with the also-newly-promoted shortstop Phil Rizzuto?
Hint:     He and Rizzuto had been paired as a double play combination in the minors for the three years prior.
Hint:     Bill James wrote an entire chapter about him in his book “The Politics of Glory” concluding he was one of the greatest defensive players of all time with “essentially the same skills as Mazeroski and Bolling”.
Twint:    He was the inspiration to a barefoot eleven-year-old Maury Wills, who once told him, “Hey, kid.  You’ve got a chance to be a good baseball player one day.  Where’s your shoes?”
A.         Jerry Priddy (Rizzuto/Priddy 1938-40 minors both with Norfolk Tars and Kansas City Blues; Politics of Glory; Wills looked down to see he wasn’t wearing any shoes and later commented
FCR -    Jack Carlson, Beaver Creek, OH

Q.         Who was the first person outside of North American to have controlling interesting in a major league team?
Hint:     His 1992 purchase of the Mariners helped keep them in Seattle.
Hint:     He got involved as a favor to the Seattle area, which was home to his Redmond, WA‑based Nintendo of America.
Hint:     He passed day-to-day control of the ball club in 2004 to Nintendo of America, led by Howard Lincoln, who is chairman & chief executive officer of the Mariners.
Hint:     He had stayed on as an adviser at Nintendo since 2002.
Twint:    He ran Nintendo from 1949 to 2002, turning it from a playing-card company into an international video-game giant.
Twint:    Our own Scott Brandon sat in on a meeting he conducted and reports that the level of deference was like none he’d ever witnessed.
A.         Hiroshi Yamauchi
FCR -    Andy Milner, Bryn Mawr, PA

Q.         Who, in 1935, was called “The $17,500 lemon” and sent down to the minors?
Hint:     He came back with a vengeance in 1936 hitting .344 and in 1937 he led the league with 218 hits and 51 doubles.
Hint:     He was selected for the 1937 All Star Game, but did not play as all three starting outfielders played the entire game.
Twint:    As coach, he led the 1951 Texas A&M team to the Southwest Conference championship and College World Series.
A.         Beau Bell (Sent down to Class A San Antonio Missions after batting .250 with SLB; 1937 ASG box DiMaggio, Averill and West went all 9; Aggie coach;
FCR -    Richard Tharp, Gaithersburg, MD

Q.         Whose nickname was earned when he hit a first‑pitch lead‑off home run just after the ballpark band had just finished playing “Oh, You Beautiful Doll!”?
Hint:     He claims a lady sitting behind home plate jumped up after his swat and shouted out, “You must be that beautiful doll!”
Hint:     He once set a major league record of 488 putouts in a season by an outfielder.
Twint:    He was the last player to hold the putout record before Taylor Douthit established the current mark of 547 in 1928.
A.         Baby Doll Jacobsen (Nickname acquired with Mobile in 1912, song; 488 PO 1924.  Douthit’s record still stands 85 years later)
FCR -    Dave Serota, Kalamazoo, MI

Q.         Who leads all District of Columbia natives in career runs scored?
Hint:     Ty Cobb chose him to start at first base in Cobb’s first year managing the Detroit Tigers.
Hint:     He led all infielders on that team in virtually every offensive category except sacrifice hits.
Hint:     After announcing to Tiger management he would never play for the Tigers again, he was traded–along with Heinie Manush—to the St. Louis Browns.
Twint:    In an exhibition fund-raising game, batting right-handed, he hit a grand slam in the eighth inning to tie the game.
Twint:    He then hit another grand slam in the tenth, from the left side, to win the game.
A.         Lu Blue (1,151 R; 1921 Tigers; Trade 13-Dec-1927; 2 GS 1917)
FCR -    Barry Nelson, Guilderland, NY

Q.         Who was the only St. Louis Brown to hit a World Series home run?
Hint:     It was the winning difference in one of only two World Series games the Browns ever won.
Hint:     He had the highest batting average of that Series for players with more than four at bats.
Hint:     He also had more runs-batted-in that postseason than any other player on either team.
Twint:    In his only other Fall Classic, he was the starting Yankee first baseman in the 1947 World Series.
A.         George McQuinn (HR Game 1 1944 WS, 2-1 victory over STL; BA .438 with 16AB led both teams; 7R also led both teams; 1B start 6 of 7 games)
FCR -    Chuck Hilty, Reston, VA

Q.         Who holds the Detroit Tigers season record for putouts at third base?
Hint:     He managed the Red Sox for two seasons, taking over an eighth place team and lifting them all the way to seventh.
Hint:     He’s the only third baseman player/manager the Red Sox ever had.
Twint:    With a mere 23, he led the American League in stolen bases in 1930.
A.         Marty McManus (206 PO in 1929 [Oops!  Not so.  Turns out Ossie Vitt had two more than that for Detroit in 1916.]; Player/Mgr for BOS 1932-33)
FCR -    Dave Serota, Kalamazoo, MI

Q.         What native of Cambridge, MA played first base in the majors and was affectionately known as “Slug”?
Hint:     He was managed by a Reindeer, a Rajah and Black Mike.
Twint:    He only played on one team that bettered a .500 record.
Twint:    He managed for ten seasons in the minors in two countries after his major league playing career.
Twint:    On four of those teams he was a player manager.
Twint:    His son Bob coached baseball in high school for over thirty years.
Twint:    Every year that school award a baseball honor named after him.
A.         Jack Burns (Player page; SLB managers 1930-33 “Reindeer” Bill Killefer, 1934-37 Rogers “The Rajah” Hornsby and 1936 DET manager Mickey “Black Mike” Cochrane; DET 1936 83-71 2nd in AL, 19.5 G behind NYY; Minor league managing record)
FCR -    Ray Luurs, Blaine, MN

Q.         Who was the Senators’ leading batter in their last World Series?
Hint:     That same year, he led all outfielders in the majors with 433 putouts.
Hint:     In his debut season, he hit his first career home run off Walter Johnson, his second off Waite Hoyt.
Twint:    He was once involved in a trade that sent him to the Senators with Goose Goslin and Lefty Stewart, a move that certainly helped get the Senators to the 1933 World Series.
A.         Fred Schulte (1933WS 4-1 loss to the NYG; Yearly league PO by OF; HR off Johnson 04‑Jun‑1927, off Hoyt 16‑Jun‑1927; traded SLB to WSH, 14-Dec-1932)
FCR -    Dave Serota, Kalamazoo, MI

Q.         Who is the only outfielder to lead the league in fielding three times during the 1940s?
Hint:     Although he missed out on a World Series ring during his service in WWII, he earned one as a backup after his return.
Hint:     He received MVP votes in two of his first three seasons in the majors.
Hint:     Bowie Kuhn lists him among his favorite players because, as a young scoreboard operator for the Senators, he first received a game ball from this star outfielder.
Hint:     One scout advised the Yankees to pass on Padres outfielder Ted Williams due to "limitations," recommending this slugging outfielder in his place.
Twint:    He ranks in the top 100 in career fielding among centerfielders and all outfielders.
Twint:    He was the first major leaguer from the high school that later produced Gus Triandos and Dave Hengel.
Twint:    He led his team in home runs in 1939, 40, 42, 46, 51, 52 and 54.
A.         Wally Judnich (Fielding % .989 in 1940, .991 in 1942 & .995 in 1946; Missed 1944 WS, earned ring w- CLE in 1948; MVP votes in 1940 & 42; OF ranking: 54th and 91st respectively; Mission San Jose HS, Fremont, CA; HRs: 1939 Newark Bears [21], 1954 Portland Beavers [18]; also 1940 Browns & 1951-52 Seattle Rainiers (1940, 42 & 46) in-between)
FCR -    Rod Nelson, Detroit, MI

WEEKLY THEME – St. Louis Brown players with 40 doubles in season

Player          Year        Doubles
Bell              1936        40
                    1937        51
Blue             1929        40
Burns           1933        43
Clift              1936        40
Goslin          1931        42
Jacobson     1924        41
Judnich        1941        40
Kress           1930        43
                    1931        46
Manush        1928        47
                    1929        45
McManus     1925        44
McQuinn       1938        42
Priddy          1948        40
Schulte         1928        44
Sisler           1920        49
                    1922        42
Solters         1936        45
Vosmik        1937        47

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Joe Ullian, Santa Barbara, CA (after the Vosmik Q.)

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Sunday, September 15, 2013

September 9-15, 2013 Infielders who won Gold Gloves in each league


Q.         Who is the only player to hit World Series home runs for three different teams?
Hint:     He hit 56 home runs in only 150 games in 1994 and 1995.
Hint:     Hirsute he’s not.
Twint:    He was the first player to hit two doubles in one inning in a World Series game.
A.         Matt Williams (WS HRs: 1989 w/SFG, 1997 w/CLE, 2001 w/ARI; Pate; 2 2b 2001 WS G6, 3rd inning)
FCR -    Steve Bonfield, Calgary, AB

Q.         Who is the all-time leader in career games played at shortstop?
Hint:     When he retired in 2012 he was the oldest player in the majors, the only one who had debuted in the 1980s.  (Further research reveals Jamie Moyer as the oldest in 2012, so Vizquel was just the oldest in the AL.)
Hint:     He became the oldest player ever to play shortstop in the major leagues.
Twint:    He was Greg Maddux’ 3,000th strikeout victim.
A.         Omar Vizquel (2,709 G @ SS; Last G 03‑Oct‑2012 @ 45 yrs. 162 days; Maddux K 26‑Jul‑2005)
FCR -    Mike Brandyberry, Grafton, OH

Q.         What former player platooned with Kevin Youkilis at first base and is now a roving hitting instructor for the Giants?
Hint:     His father was an NFL All-Pro wide receiver.
Twint:    He took the field on 27‑Sep‑2008 against the Dodgers, but was replaced before the first pitch so he could retire as a Giant.
A.         J.T Snow (W/BOS 2012; Jack Snow; Final “game”)
FCR -    Saul Wisnia, Newton Center, MA

Q.         Who replaced Nomar Garciaparra at shortstop for the World Series champion 2004 Red Sox?
Hint:     He was OC in the OC.
Twint:    Although a citizen of the United States, he announced his retirement from his native Colombia.
A.         Orlando Cabrera (Traded at the deadline, he played all 4 G of the WS; “O.C.” nickname played for the Angels 2005-07, based in Anaheim, Orange County; Retirement)
FCR -    David Krassin, New York, NY

Q.         What switch-hitting, two-time major league All-Star scored twelve runs in ten games for Team USA in the 2001 Baseball World Cup?
Hint:     He has had 370 major league teammates, 212 of whom are still active.
Hint:     He founded the C.A.T.C.H. Foundation, a 501c3 organization that seeks to provide resources and a support system for youth coping with autism.
Twint:    He is the “O-Dog”.
A.         Orlando Hudson (2001 WC; Teammates, in his 11 major league seasons, he played for 6 teams; C.A.T.C.H. Foundation)
FCR -    Randall Chandler, Germantown, TN

Q.         Who slapped batterymate Jose Mesa in the face with his mitt during a 1995 game, telling Mesa to pay attention?
Hint:     The Pirates signed him as an outfielder.
Hint:     He was voted American League manager of the year for a team that was four games over .500.
Hint:     He was the winner of the first ever Jackie Jensen Spirit Award.
Twint:    He guided the Dominican team to a perfect record in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
A.         Tony Pena (Mesa incident 16‑May‑1995; WBC)
FCR -    Neil Cohen, Brooklyn, NY

Q.         What Detroit Tigers player received his U.S. citizenship at home plate at Comerica Park in 2008?
Hint:     He entered the game that day as a defensive replacement in the eighth inning, but did not come to bat.
Hint:     He was the only Cardinal to pinch-hit for Mark McGwire in 1998.
Twint:    He was the 2006 ALCS MVP.
A.         Placido Polanco (Citizenship ceremony w/100 other new citizens 09‑Jul‑2008; PH 20‑Jul‑1998)
FCR -    Henry Hascup, Lodi, NJ

Q.         Who moved from third base to catcher to allow Mike Schmidt to remain at third for the Reading Phillies?
Hint:     He had played 265 minor league games at third before the switch, but only played there seven times in his nineteen-year major league career.
Hint:     His father played 510 games at third in the majors.
Twint:    He was the only catcher to throw out Rickey Henderson stealing three times in a game in 1982.
A.         Bob Boone (1971 Reading Phillies; Father Ray; 3 CS on Henderson 27‑Jul‑1982 [Erratum:  The 3rd CS was a pickoff by pitcher Geoff Zahn, so only 2 that day for Boone.])
FCR -    Brian Engelhardt, Reading, PA

Q.         Who is the only American League second baseman to amass 140 runs-batted-in in a season?
Hint:     He set the American League record for most home runs in a season by a second baseman on the day Alex Rodriguez set the American League record for most home runs in a season by a shortstop.
Hint:     His brother Matt spent seven years in the minor leagues.
Hint:     His uncle Rod played for Stanford and then spent four years in the minors.
Twint:    Oh yeah, his brother Aaron, father Bob and grandfather Ray also played in the majors.
A.         Bret Boone (141 RBI in 2001 [He led the AL.]; Boone’s 34th HR 07‑Sep‑2001, A-Rod’s 07‑Sep‑2001; Matt, Rod)
FCR -    Michael Daponde, Sacramento, CA

Q.         Who was named the Baseball America College Player of the Decade for the 1980s?
Hint:     He was inducted in the first class of the College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2006 in Lubbock, Texas.
Twint:    He is the only player to hit a grand slam in both ends of a doubleheader in the majors.
A.         Robin Ventura (CPD; CBHOF; GSs 20‑May‑1999 & 20‑May‑1999)
FCR -    Mike Brandyberry, Grafton, OH

Q.         What Titan regularly visited his homestead until the team advised against it for safety reasons?
Hint:     Two different teams he played for were in this year’s Little League World Series.
Twint:    He was the first overall pick in the major league draft, but never played in the majors for the team that selected him.
A.         Adrian Gonzalez (Nicknamed “Titan”, born in Tijuana; LLWS; 2000 June draft)
FCR -    No one

WEEKLY THEME – Infielders who won Gold Gloves in each league

Player                 Pos.         AL                           NL
Bo. Boone            C             78, 79                    82, 86-89
Br. Boone            2B           02-04                     98
Cabrera                SS            07                           01
Gonzalez             1B           11                           08, 09
Hudson                2B           05                           06, 07, 09
Pena                      C             91                           83, 84, 85
Polanco                2B           07, 09                    11
Snow                    1B           95, 96                    97-00
Ventura               3B           91-93, 96, 98       99
Vizquel                 SS            93-91                     05, 06
Williams               3B           97                           91, 93, 94

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Jeff Bergida, Albany, NY (after the Wed. Q.)

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