Sunday, October 27, 2013

October 21-27, 2013 First pitchers to win twenty games for 20th-century expansion teams

Q.         Which player received the highest percentage of ballots for induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame?
Hint:     He also notched the victory for the first ever National League Championship Series game in large part based on his team scoring 5 unearned runs in a 9-5 victory.
Twint:    He was Terrific.
A.         Tom Seaver (98.84% 1992; NLCS G1 4-Oct-1969)
FCR -    Dave Paulson, Columbia, MD

Q.         Who is the only Hall of Fame pitcher with over 3,000 career strikeouts with fewer than 1,000 bases-on-balls?
Hint:     During his 19-year career he would lead the majors four times in complete games.
Hint:     In his first All-Star Game appearance, he struck out Mickey Mantle, Jim Fregosi, Tony Oliva, Harmon Killebrew, Tony Conigliaro and Rod Carew in three innings of work.
Twint:    He also gave up the only run to the losing American League team when Brooks Robinson sent an 0-1 pitch over the wall.
Twint:    He was Fly.
A.         Fergie Jenkins (3,192 K, 997 BB, Maddux, Schilling and Pedro Martinez have also achieved this but are not (yet) in the HOF; CG led 1967, 70, 71,74; 1967 ASG NL wins 2‑1)
FCR -    Fred Worth, Arkadelphia, AR

Q.         Who tied Greg Maddux’s record for consecutive Cy Young awards?
Hint:     Yovanni Gallardo is the only pitcher to hit a home run off him in his 22-year career.
Hint:     When he made his debut, he was the tallest player in major league history.
Twint:    His nickname was coined his rookie year after a collision with teammate Tim Raines.
A.         Randy Johnson (Both have 4 consecutive; 08-Apr-2009, 5th inning 3R shot; 6’10” 1988, since surpassed by 6’11” Jon Rauch 2002; MVP 2001 WS with Curt Schilling; Raines said “You’re a big unit!” and it stuck.)
FCR -    Jay Berman, Manhattan Beach, CA

Q.         Who was the second person to earn a total of four World Series victories pitching for three different teams?
Hint:     He was the first native of Alaska to be named to an All-Star team.
Twint:    He took the name Red Sox a tad too literally.
A.         Curt Schilling (WS Ws: G 5 for the 1993 Phillies 21‑Oct‑1993, G 1 for the 2001 D’Dbacks 27‑Oct‑2001, G 2 for the 2004 Red Sox 24‑Oct‑2004 & G 2 for the 2007 Red Sox 25‑Oct‑2007Jack Morris [84, 91, 92] was the first with this accomplishment; 1997 ASG; Red sock from injured ankle pitching in G 6 of the 2004 ALCS)
FCR -    Len Gucwa, Atlanta, GA

Q.         Who is the only pitcher to win World Series rings with the Tigers, Twins and Blue Jays?
Hint:     He went 2-0 with both the Tigers and Twins in those two series.
Hint:     In Game 7 of the 1991 series, he threw a complete game 1-0 shutout that garnered his second ring.
Twint:    Next year is his last year of eligibility for the writers to vote him into the Hall.
Twint:    If elected, his career ERA of 3.90 would be the highest of any pitcher previously inducted.
A.         Jack Morris (’84 Tigers, ’91 Twins, ’92 Jays; Highest current ERA among HOF starting pitchers Red Ruffing @ 3.80)
FCR -    Frank Workman, Lake Forest Park, WA

Q.         Whose 25 complete games in 1976 has not been eclipsed since in the National League?
Hint:     His major league leading 22 victories that year was achieved despite leading the majors with 22 losses in 1974.
Hint:     That same year (1976) he also led in games started, innings pitched, batters faced, hits and walks + hits per inning pitched (WHIP).
Twint:    He gave up the first inside-the-park home run of Mike Schmidt’s career.
Twint:    He tied Christy Mathewson’s 63 year old record of 68 innings without issuing a base on balls.
A.         Randy Jones (Career Stats; career 100-123; IPHR first of three for Schmidt; BB record eclipsed by Greg Maddux 2001)
FCR -    Andy Milner, Bryn Mawr, PA

Q.         Who was the first Los Angeles Angel to win the Cy Young Award?
Hint:     The year prior to his award and the two years after it was won by another Los Angeles player.
Hint:     It was also the only year he received even a single Cy Young vote.
Twint:    His four saves that same year were the highest number of saves for a Cy Young winner until reliever Mike Marshall in 1974.
Twint:    Mickey Mantle said of him “Every time I see his name on a lineup card, I feel like throwing up”.
A.         Dean Chance (CYA 1964, Sandy Koufax of the L.A. Dodgers 1963, 65, 66; Marshall w/21 saves in 1974; Mantle’s comment due to Chance’s mastery of the 1964 Yankees giving up only one run—ironically a HR to Mantle—over 50 innings, winning 4 out of 5)
FCR -    Mel Williams, Elkhart, IN

Q.         Who had back-to-back wins for the Cincinnati Reds in the 1972 World Series?
Hint:     Both victories came in relief, but he lost the one game he started.
Hint:     In Game 7 of the same series with his team trailing 3-2 and with Catfish Hunter on 2nd, he came in to issue an intentional walk to Joe Rudi, and then struck out Mike Hegan to end the inning.
Twint:    In his one All-Star Game selection, he with rotation mate Steve Rogers represented the first time the Montreal Expos had two all-star selections.
Twint:    Rogers threw two scoreless innings
A.         Ross Grimsley (1972 WS won games 5 and 6; 1978 ASG reps; 11-Jul-1978 ASG box)
FCR -    Dave Williams, Glastonbury, CT

Q.         Who was the first Florida Marlin to win the Rookie of the Year Award?
Hint:     In 2005 he was put 7th in the lineup, the first player at his position to do so in over 22 years.
Hint:     He responded with a single, and he was also awarded the victory after pitching eight innings of one-run ball.
Twint:    He attended the same high school as Jimmy Rollins & Chris Speier.
Twint:    Though he announced his retirement in 2011, in 2013 he signed a contract with the Chicago Cubs and appeared in the minors with two different teams.
A.         Dontrelle Willis (ROY 2003; 22-Sep-2005 2-1 victory over the NYM; Encinal High Alameda, CA; 2013 Long Island Ducks & Salt Lake Bees)
FCR -    Bob Chan, Oakland, CA

Q.         Which manager missed 27 games in the middle of a regular season when he suffered a grand mal seizure during a game?
Hint:     He was voted Manager of the Year for the previous season.
Hint:     Prior to and after managing the team for five years, he was the team’s broadcaster.
Hint:     Despite four playoff appearances in five years, and a winning record over those years, he was fired for failing to progress in the playoffs.
Twint:    As a player in “The Year of the Pitcher”, he led the majors in wild pitches.
Twint:    He attended the same high school as the Yount brothers.
A.         Larry Dierker (Seizure 13‑Jun‑1999; MOY 1998; 20 WP; Larry Yount, Robin Yount, William Howard Taft High School, Woodland Hills, CA
FCR -    Derek Norin, Arlington, VA

Q.         Who, in his major league debut, gave up his first hit to Derek Jeter – a solo shot HR that was #206 for “The Captain”?
Hint:     He earned the ALCS 7th game save that sent his team to their only World Series.
Hint:     He also got the win for Game 2 of that series facing three batters in the top of the 11th with his team getting a walk-off victory in the bottom half of the inning.
Twint:    Other than the win in relief, he has no other post-season wins, but he has 4 post-season losses as a starter.
Twint:    He was the only other pitcher to get a fist place vote the year King Felix won the Cy Young.
A.         David Price (Debut 14-Sep-2008; ALCS G 7 TBR vs BOS 19‑Oct‑2008; ALCS G2 11‑Oct‑2008; career post-season stats 3 losses to TEX and one to BOS; 2010 CY voting)
FCR -    Dave Serota, Kalamazoo, MI

Q.         Who is the career franchise leader in pitching victories wins for the Kansas City Royals?
Hint:     In Game 5 of the 1976 American League Championship Series (that ended with Chris Chambliss’ walk-off homer), he took over in the first inning when Dennis Leonard—who was charged with two runs—failed to register an out.
Hint:     Ironically, he gave up a sacrifice fly and a groundout to Chambliss that gave Chambliss his other two RBIs for the game.
Twint:    The next year, again in the ALCS Game 5, he pitched eight innings of two-run ball only to see the relievers give up the lead with three runs in the ninth and, once again, lose the series to the Yankees.
Twint:    And as if that weren’t enough, in the 1978 ALCS he held a one-run lead through 7, only to see his bullpen yield the lead and take the loss in Game 3.
A.         Paul Splittorff (166W; ALCS G5 1976; ALCS G5 1977; ALCS G3 1978)
FCR -    Larry Farin, Plano, TX

Q.         Who was the first Kansas City Royals pitcher to pitch a home field no-hitter?
Hint:     He beat the Texas Rangers yielding one walk and one hit-by-pitch.
Hint:     He led the majors that year in hit-by-pitch, plunking thirteen batters.
Hint:     After receiving a Bachelor’s degree from the same institution that graduated Richard Nixon and Ila Borders, he was named All-Scotland in basketball.
Twint:    He is currently the Rangers Pacific Rims Operation Senior Advisor.
Twint:    His first impression of Yu Darvish was that he was “overrated”.
A.         Jim Colborn (KCR no hitters - Steve Busby pitched 2 no-no away games; 14-May-1977 box; HBP 1977; Whittier College, University of Edinburgh; Scouting comments)
FCR -    Ty Eckert, Loris, SC

WEEKLY THEME – First pitchers to win twenty games for 20th-century expansion teams.

Pitcher         Team       Record       20th win
Chance         LAA         20-9         25-Sep-1964
Colborn        MIL          20-12       26-Sep-1973
Dierker         HOU        20-13       17-Sep-1969
Grimsley       MON        20-11       01-Oct-1978
Jenkins        TEX         25-12       31-Aug-1974
Johnson       SEA        20-4         27-Sep-1997
Jones           SDP        20-12       23-Sep-1975
Morris          TOR         21-6         27-Sep-1992
Price            TBR         20-5         30-Sep-2012
Schilling       ARI          22-6         05-Sep-2001
Seaver         NYM        25-7         05-Sep-1969 (G1)
Splittorff      KCR        20-11       26-Sep-1973
Willis            FLA         22-10       07-Sep-2005

COL has not yet had a 20-game winner.

Schilling earned his 20th with ARI in 2001 before Johnson earned his 20th three weeks later 27‑Sep‑2001 the same year.

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Stanley Cohen, Washington, DC (following the Jones question)

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Sunday, October 20, 2013

October 14-20, 2013 Hall of Famers who played 135 or more games in their final season

Horsehide Trivia presented this week by guest author Barry Sparks

Q.         The part of what player did actor Thomas Jane play in a 2001 HBO movie?
Hint:     He got his start in professional baseball with a Class D team in Independence, Kansas.
Hint:     He once said, "I guess you could say I'm what this country is all about."
Twint:    Bob Costas and Billy Crystal are two of his most famous fans.
A.         Mickey Mantle (61*; 1949 Independence Yankees)
FCR -    Joe Thompson, Splendora, TX

Q.         Who was picked off of first base after getting his 3,000th hit?
Hint:     He once won a batting title on the last day of the season, besting a teammate for the honor.
Hint:     Describing the end of his 21-year career, he said, "I could have played another year, but I would have been playing for the money, and baseball deserves better than that."
Hint:     He had an eleven-year gap between the first and second times he hit for the cycle.
Twint:    He was the first player to win batting titles in three different decades.
Twint:    He is the only player to hit three home runs in a postseason game his team lost.
A.         George Brett (30‑Sep‑1992, picked off by Tim Fortugno; 1976, Brett .333, Hal McRae .332, Rod Carew .331; Cycles 28‑May‑1979, 25‑Jul‑1990; .333 in 1976, .390 in 1980 & .329 in 1990; 3 postseason HR ALCS 06‑Oct‑1978)
FCR -    David Krassin, New York, NY

Q.         Who hit 25 home runs the season after he came out of retirement?
Hint:     He stole 50 bases in one season and slammed 40 homers in another.
Hint:     He is now manager of the team where he made his major league debut.
Twint:    He was the fourth Chicago Cub to have his number retired.
A.         Ryne Sandberg (Retired after 1994 season, returned in 1996; 54 SB in 1985 and 40 HR in 1990; Mgr of the Philadelphia Phillies (debuted with the Phillies 02‑Sep‑1981; Banks (14), Williams (26), Santo (10) and Sandberg (23).
FCR -    John Rickert, Terre Haute, IN

Q.         Who played in 1,103 consecutive games, at the time the second-longest streak in history?
Hint:     His bat "Black Betsy" is on display at the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Museum in Birmingham.
Hint:     Babe Ruth said, "That man was a master of the bat."
Twint:    He struck out two times in a game only twice in his career.
A:         Joe Sewell (Consecutive G 13‑Sep‑1922 to 30‑Apr‑1930, behind only the 1,307-G streak of Everett Scott [Sewell is now 7th.]; 2‑K Gs 13‑May‑1923 & 26‑May‑1930)
FCR -    Bob Kimball, Washington, DC

Q.         Who was the first leadoff hitter to lead the league in walks and batting average in the same season?
Hint:     He recorded 500 or more outfield putouts four times.
Hint:     Leo Durocher once said of him, "He's the fastest man I've ever seen running down to first base."
Twint:    He had the most hits of any player in the 1950s.
A.         Richie Ashburn (97 BB and .350 AVG in 1958; 1949 [514], 1951 [538], 1956 [503], 1957 [502]; 1,875 H 1950-59)
FCR -    David Ramsden, Barcelona, SPAIN

Q.         Who was the first player to go homerless in a season with 500 or more at bats and later hit 30 or more homers?
Hint:     He was the first player to earn $3 million a year.
Hint:     Frank Thomas once said of him, "He never had a bad day.”
Twint:    Before Ichiro Suzuki, he was the last player to lead his league in hits for three consecutive seasons.
A.         Kirby Puckett (0 HR in 557 AB in 1984, 31 HR in 1986; Salary contract signed following the 1989 season; AL H leader 1987-89)
FCR -    David de la Fuente, San Francisco, CA

Q.         Who made his major league debut one week after graduating from high school?
Hint:     He was the youngest player to hit three home runs in a game.
Hint:     He once said, "I wasn't meant to be a superstar.  I'm not Mickey Mantle or Willie Mays."
Twint:    He once unsuccessfully tried to convince his manager that he didn't deserve to start in a World Series.
A.         Al Kaline (Debut 25‑Jun‑1953, Southern High School, Baltimore, MD; 3 HR 17‑Apr‑1955 off Johnny Gray, Bob Spicer & Bob Trice @ 20 yrs 3 mos 28 days; Mgr Mayo Smith 1968 WS)
FCR -    Mark Linneman, Sacramento, CA

Q.         Who is the only player with 100 pitching victories and 2,000 hits?
Hint:     He received a law degree from Columbia University.
Twint:    He formed the first-ever players union.
Twint:    He was the second pitcher in major league history to toss a perfect game.
A.         John M. Ward (Players’ union 164 W and 2,104 H; Perfecto 17‑Jun‑1880)
FCR -    Mark Kanter, Portsmouth, RI

Q.         Who holds the career record for inside-the-park home runs?
Hint:     Ty Cobb broke his record for hits in a season.
Hint:     Although his Hall of Fame plaque says he hit over .400 three times, later research wiped out one of his .400 seasons.
Twint:    He made his major league debut as a pitcher, then collected 2,850 hits in his career.
A.         Jesse Burkett (55 IPHR; Cobb's 248 H in 1911 broke Burkett’s record of 240 in 1896; His 1899 batting average was adjusted to a mere .396)
FCR -    Jim McCoy, Melrose, MA

WEEKLY THEME – Theme: Hall of Famers who played 135 or more games in their final season.

Player          Team                     Games
Ashburn       1962 Mets             135
Brett             1993 Royals          145
Burkett         1905 Americans     148
Kaline           1974 Tigers            147
Mantle          1968 Yankees        144
Puckett        1995 Twins            137
Sandberg     1997 Cubs             135
Sewell          1933 Yankees        135
Ward            1894 Giants           138

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – No one

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

October 7-13, 2013 Pitchers who wore uniform #00

Q.         What All-Star pitcher threw a complete-game victory to open the 1940 World Series?
Hint:     He became the highest-paid pitcher in the majors the next year, but responded by losing 20 games.
Hint:     He often referred to himself in the third person.
Twint:    He had five separate stints with the American League team based in Washington, DC.
Twint:    He owns the highest ERA (5.08) of any pitcher in a twenty-win season.
A.         Bobo Newsom (G 1 1940 WS; 12-20 in 1941, earning $35,000*; Senators 1935-37, 1942, 1943, 1946-47, 1952; 20-16 for the Browns in 1938 w/.5.08 ERA)
FCR -    David Serota, Kalamazoo, MI

Q.         Which former Yankee bullpen ace was nicknamed the Gay Reliever?
Hint:     He led the American League in pitching appearances in consecutive seasons and in games-finished for three such.
Hint:     He was voted to the American League All-Star team as a rookie.
Hint:     He comes from the same home town as a famous golfer with an army.
Twint:    He won the inaugural Babe Ruth Award for his performance in the 1949 World Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers, winning game three of the Series.
A.         Joe Page (55 G in 1948, 60 G in 1949, 44 GF in 1947, 38 GF in 1948 & 48 GF in 1949; AS in 1944; Latrobe, Pennsylvania, Arnold Palmer; BRA voted on by the NYC BBWA)
FCR -    James Shimer, Nottingham, PA

Q.         What Dodger, with an intentionally-obfuscated mandible, is known for his sesquipedalian yet esoteric media interlocutions?
Hint:     He is also a double ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction surgery survivor.
Twint:    He led the National League in saves in 2010.
Twint:    He secured the saves title in a win on the final day of the season, giving his team the division title.
Twint:    The team they beat that day would have won the division and their team’s closer would have led in saves if the game had gone the other way.
A.         Brian Wilson (Beard, beard; UCL a/k/a Tommy John surgery in 2003 & 2011; Pivotal game 03‑Oct‑2013.  The other reliever was Heath Bell of the Padres.)
FCR -    Walt Cherniak, Woodbine, MD

Q.         Whose baseball card from the 1952 Topps set was almost always in the worst shape?
Hint:     One in mint condition once sold at auction for over $80,000.
Hint:     He was the starting right fielder for the Braves for their first-ever home game in Milwaukee.
Hint:     Minor League Los Angeles Angels President Pants Rowland once said he’d stake his reputation on him.
Hint:     It was over his head in left field that Bobby Thomson’s famous home run flew.
Hint:     He was born in Wisconsin, but both his parents were born in Czechoslovakia.
Twint:    He played in four World Series for three different teams.
Twint:    He lost his starting outfield job on the Braves to Hank Aaron.
A.         Andy Pafko (His card was #1 in the set and so was usually placed on top and took the most abuse.  Typical card; County Stadium debut 14‑Apr‑1953; Played on the 1943 Angels; B. 21‑Feb‑1921 in Boyceville, WI; Played in WS with 1945 Cubs, 1952 Dodgers & 1957-58 Braves. [Pafko’s death leaves Lennie Merullo as the only living person who has played in the World Series in a Chicago Cubs uniform.])
FCR -    Johnny Palmer, Los Angeles, CA

Q.         Whom did Tony Gwynn name as the pitcher he least liked to face on account of his nasty sinker and pin-point location control?
Hint:     His father was a teammate of Stan Musial’s.
Twint:    People often mention him in the same breath with Carlos May.
A.         Omar Olivares (Ed Olivares played with the 1960 & 1961 Cardinals; May’s uniform revealed his birthday 17-May-1948 and Olivares’ uniform #00 bore, in a sense, his initials)
FCR -    Ray Luurs, Blaine, MN

Q.         What pitcher was credited with the first Red Sox victory of the historic 2004 American League Championship Series?
Hint:     Despite this, he would not pitch in the 2004 World Series though he got a ring.
Hint:     In fact, the 1.1 innings pitched for the Game Four win was the last appearance of his eleven-year major league career.
Twint:    He received a large ovation when he appeared for Opening Day 2005 to claim his ring.
Twint:    He was also allowed to carry the 2007 World Series trophy on Opening Day 2008.
A.         Curt Leskanic (Game 4 extra innings BOS victory that started their comeback from a 3-G ALCS deficit on 17‑Oct‑2004; OD 2005; OD 2008)
FCR -    Alex Poterack, Providence, RI

Q.         Who is the only pitcher other than Greg Maddux to beat the Giants in the League Division Series and then lose to them in the League Championship Series?
Hint:     He pitched the top of the 12th and 13th innings to earn the win for the Mets in Game 3 of their 2000 National League Division Series.
Hint:     In the top of the 13th, with men on first and second, he got Barry Bonds to pop out to end the inning.
Hint:     In the bottom of the 13th, Benny Agbayani ended the game with a solo walk off home run.
Hint:     It was the only post-season win of his twelve-season major league career.
Twint:    After the 2001season with the Mets, he appeared in the 2002 post season with the Cardinals and lost the fourth game of the National League Championship Series by giving up a two-run home run to series MVP Benito Santiago.
A.         Rick White (Game 3 2000 NLDS G07‑Oct‑2000, Game 4 2002 NLCS 13‑Oct‑2002; Maddux’ L 04-Oct-1989, W 05-Oct-2002)
FCR -    John Michael Pierobon, Ft., Lauderdale  FL

WEEKLY THEME – Pitchers who wore uniform #00

Pitcher         Team            (Years)
Leskanic       Brewers        (00, 01)
Newsom       Senators      (43, 46, 47)
Olivares        Cardinals      (93)
                    Phillies         (95)
Page            Pirates         (54)
White           Indians         (04)
                    Pirates         (05)
                    Reds            (06)
                    Phillies         (06)
Wilson          Dodgers       (13)

*Reports differ.  Some have him at $32,500 that year.

First Correct Respondent to Identify ThemeSteve Schwartz, Chico, CA

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