Sunday, January 26, 2014

January 20-26, 2014 Teenage Grannies

Q.         Who was the only slugger to hit forty home runs each season 1961-64?
Hint:     He was the second Hall of Famer born in the Mountain Time Zone.
Hint:     He twice won two legs of the Triple Crown, once taking home the MVP.
Twint:    He blasted the longest home run ever hit at the Twins' old park—Metropolitan Stadium—a shot that landed in the second deck of the bleachers.
A.         Harmon Killebrew (B. Payette, ID, HOF 1985 [Ralph Kiner HOF 1975]; MVP)
FCR -    Dave Williams, Glastonbury, CT
Incorrect answers:  Mickey Mantle, Ernie Davis, Roger Maris, Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Rocky Colavito, Hank Aaron, Frank Robinson, Al Kaline

Q.         Besides Babe Ruth, who was the only Hall of Famer born in Baltimore?
Hint:     His 1.055 OPS in the World Series helped his team to the title, the only one of his career.
Twint:    The year he debuted, he was the third youngest player in the AL.
Twint:    The year he retired, he was the third oldest player in AL.
A.         Al Kaline (WS 1968 DET; Debut 1954, Ret. 1974)
FCR -    Doug Greenwald, San Francisco, CA
Incorrect answers:  Robin Yount, Cal Ripken, Hank Greenburg, Malone, David Ortiz, Tommy Lasorda

Q.         What Hall of Famer is the only switch-hitter to collect more than 25 triples in a season?
Hint:     At the heart of his career, he hit over .300 for nine consecutive seasons.
Hint:     He hit .299 the next year.
Hint:     In the 131-year history of the Giants, no one has had a longer hitting streak.
Twint:    He replaced a legendary player/manager at shortstop.
A.         George Davis (27 3b in 1893; .300+ 1893-1901; 33 straight games in 1893; Became the SS for the NYG in the wake of Monte Ward)
FCR -    Dave Serota, Kalamazoo, MI
Incorrect answers:  Sam Crawford, Ozzie Smith, Mel Ott, Frankie Frisch, Rod Carew, Ross Youngs, John McGraw, Willie McCovey, Bill Terry

Q.         Who was the first Babe Ruth League baseball player to make it to the majors?
Hint:     He led the majors in doubles his first two full seasons in the majors.
Twint:    He was a high school teammate of Hall of Famer Frank Robinson.
A.         Vada Pinson (BRL; Played together at McClymonds High in Oakland, CA)
FCR -    Art Springsteen, Sunapee, NH
Incorrect answers:  Carl Yastrzemski, Cesar Cedeno, Craig Biggio, Cal Ripken, Al Oliver, Joey Jay

Q.         Who is the only Cub to win a batting title the same season the team went to the World Series?
Hint:     He had a cycle for the Tractors in his first professional game.
Hint:     He is the only National Leaguer to play a majority of games at a position other than the one he played while winning the MVP award the year before.
Hint:     He’s the only player who was active during the careers of both Sam Rice and Roberto Clemente.
Twint:    He once hit a home run then the next batter homered with the exact same ball.
A.         Phil Cavarretta (1945 WS; Cycle 1934 for Peoria; MVP 1945 @ 1b, 86 @ OF 1946; Played 1934-1955; HR 30‑Jul‑1943, 2nd HR by Bill Nicholson, Cavarretta’s HR was off the foul pole and returned to play)
FCR -    Doug Greenwald, San Francisco, CA
Incorrect answers:  Ernie Banks, Stan Hack

Q.         Which slugger dated Mamie Van Doren after she broke off her engagement with Bo Belinsky?
Hint:     The first game of his final season was also Hank Aaron's American League debut.
Twint:    Shiner!
A.         Tony Conigliaro (Van Dorn; Aaron’s AL debut 08-Apr-1975; Black eye)
FCR -    Walt Cherniak, Woodbine, MD
Incorrect answers:  Jim Fregosi, Bo Belinsky, Rico Petrocelli, Lee Meyers, Jim Gentile, Rick Reichart, Harmon Killebrew, Ralph Kiner, Ken Harrelson

Q.         Who is the all-time International League record holder in seasons, games, hits and triples?
Hint:     Ironically he never led the IL in any offensive category for a single season.
Hint:     His final major league game was fifteen years after his first, but he played in only 64 games during that span.
Twint:    For 47 years he held the record for being the youngest player to hit a grand slam in the Bigs.
A.         Eddie Onslow (IL records: 17 yrs, 2,109 G and 2,445 H; Debut 07‑Aug‑1912, last G 14‑Sep‑1927; GS 22-Aug-1912 @ 19 yrs, 186 days [Al Kaline @ 19 yrs, 174 days])
FCR -    Andrew Milner, Bryn Mawr, PA
Incorrect answers:  Mike Fiore, George Quellich, Buzz Arlett, Fritz Maisel, Crash Davis

Q.         Who was the last pitcher to win thirty games in a season for a Louisville major league team?
Hint:     He was the first to win twenty after the team migrated to the National League.
Hint:     He is only pitcher to start three postseason games for Louisville.
Twint:    He led all American Association players in WAR in 1890 (all positions).
Twint:    His photograph is consistently confused with that of Dan Shannon.
Twint:    His brother-in-law was his teammate one year.
A.         Scott Stratton (34-17 in 1890; 21-19 in 1892; 3 starts in 1890 WS; WAR 11.4 in 1890; Correct Shannon pix, Correct Stratton pix & pix; Brother-in-law Bill Anderson)
FCR -    Dave Serota, Kalamazoo, MI
Incorrect answers:  Guy Hecker, Jim Devlin, Ed Delehanty, Toad Ramsey, Deacon Phillippe, Vic Willis, Rube Waddell

WEEKLY THEME – Teenagers who hit grand slams in the majors.  Thanks to David Vincent for this data.

Teen             Date              Yrs -  Days
Cavarretta     16-May-1936    19 - 301
Conigliaro     03-Jun-1964     19 - 147
Davis           30-May-1890    19 - 280
Kaline           11-Jun-1954     19 - 174
Killebrew      21-Jun-1956     19 - 357
Onslow         22-Aug-1912    19 - 186
Pinson         18-Apr-1958     19 - 250
Stratton        27-May-1889    19 - 237

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Makoto Ozawa, Scarsdale, NY (after the Wed. Q.)

Incorrect theme guesses:

               -  Players whose numbers have been retired by the Minnesota Twins
               -  Back end of Carew's steals of home

Tuesday   -  Players to hit more than 20 HRs while in their teens.
               -  HoFers whose last name begins with K.
               -  HoFers who never played in the minors
               -  Bonus Babies
               -  Players to hit .300 or better in their teens
               -  Hall of Fame players who were "bonus babies" and made their major league debut while they were still in their teens
               -  Hall of famers from the 60's who played in one World Series
               -  Bonus Babies that made the Hall of Fame

                    -  Hall of Fame players who made their major league debut before their 20th birthday
               -  Players with at least 1,000 career RBI

Sunday    -  Batters who reached the major leagues as teenagers.

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

Sunday, January 19, 2014

January 13-19, 2014 Pitchers charged with five Wild Pitches in one game (post dead-ball era)

Q.         Whose lone Cy Young Award vote prevented Tom Seaver from winning it unanimously?
Hint:     It wasn’t the only such vote of his career—he would garner votes in four additional seasons.
Hint:     He won five Gold Glove Awards and was the last Brave to win one prior to Greg Maddux’s streak of thirteen consecutive.
Hint:     You can’t just file him away with his brother.
Twint:    He got the save in his first All-Star game, a game that saw Steve Carlton get his only ASG win.
A.         Phil Niekro (1969 CYA vote; GG 1983, Maddux streak 1990-20002; Brother Joe was caught on the mound with a nail file.  [He’d win another 5 after that.]; 1969 ASG)
FCR -    Saul Wisnia, Newton Center, MA
Incorrect answers:  Joe Niekro, Bruce Sutter, Gaylord Perry, Hank Aaron, Frank Torre

Q.         Which player who attended Brigham Young University played the most seasons in the majors?
Hint:     He led the majors in wins during the strike shortened 1981 season pitching for a 3rd place team (overall standings).
Hint:     Ironically, his last season in the majors was 1994 as he was released by the Indians three days prior to the end of the strike shortened season.
Twint:    Along with Sandy Koufax, they are the only two players to twice win the Babe Ruth Award.
A.         Jack Morris (18 seasons; DET finished 3rd; Final game 07-Aug-1994; Babe Ruth Award 1984 and ’91)
FCR -    Gary Sarnoff, Arlington, VA
Incorrect answers:  Garth Iorg, Danny Ainge, Bruce Hurst, Rick Aguilera, Ed Figueroa, Dave Stieb, Vern Law

Q.         What pitcher tied a 1954 record with fifteen strikeouts in his major league debut?
Hint:     He was the first Astros pitcher to start the All-Star Game.
Hint:     He tied a mark of two consecutive seasons with 300 strikeouts achieved at that time only by Rube Waddell, Sandy Koufax and Nolan Ryan.
Twint:    Joe Morgan said of him "He had the greatest stuff I have ever seen and it still gives me goosebumps to think of what he might have become."
A.            J. R. Richard (05-Sep-1971, tied Karl Spooner’s 15 K 22‑Sep‑1954; 1980 ASG; 300 K consecutive season also done by Curt Schilling 1997-98, and Randy Johnson 1999-2001; Morgan quote)
FCR -    Joe Thompson, Splendora, TX
Incorrect answers:  Mike Scott, Don Wilson, Karl Spooner, Roger Clemens, Nolan Ryan

Q.         Which Venezuelan pitching prospect was traded to Seattle in the deal that brought the Big Unit to Houston?
Hint:     In his rookie season with the Mariners, he finished second to Carlos Beltran for Rookie of the Year honors.
Hint:     Ironically, he would later win the World Series clinching game against the Astros, while Randy Johnson had appeared in only eleven games for the club.
Twint:    In a nice twist of fate, he won his first career start against the Pale Hose, four seasons prior to being traded to them.
A.         Freddy Garcia (31-Jul-1998 trade deadline deal; 1999 ROY vote; Game 4 2005 WS CWS defeat HOU; 1999 ROY voting; Debut; 07-Apr-1999)
FCR -    Dan Silverberg, Aventura, FL
Incorrect answers:  Alex Fernandez, Carlos Guillen

Q.         Who was the last Detroit Tiger to lead the majors in wins before Justin Verlander?
Hint:     He established the rookie record of eighteen strikeouts in a game, not broken until years later by Kerry Wood.
Twint:    He was diagnosed with Type I, insulin-dependent diabetes during spring training of his rookie year.
Twint:    In Japan the medical community named an inspirational award after him.
A.         Bill Gullickson (1991, 20 W tied with 3 others; 18 Ks 1980, Kerry Woods 20K 1998; Since 1998, the Japan Diabetes Mellitus Society (JADMC) has placed the "Gullickson Award" for the patient who is deemed a superior influence on society.)
FCR -    Steve Bonfield, Calgary, AB
Incorrect answers:  Mark Fidrych, Denny McLain, Mickey Lolich, Hal Newhouser, Jack Morris, Jim Bunning, Herb Scorer

Q.         Who set the record for a nine-inning shutout by allowing fourteen hits?
Hint:     He was the last rookie pitcher in the modern era to lead his league with at least 20 wins.
Hint:     He led the majors six times in wild pitches – three times each with different National League teams.
Twint:    In his first major league start, a Zack Wheat liner injured his hand, leading him to change his pitching style for that winning rookie season.
Twint:    After Vean Gregg, he was the next pitcher to win 20 games in each of his first three seasons exclusively in the modern era.
A.         Larry Cheney (ShO 14‑Sep‑1914 [This feat was equaled by Milt Gaston 10‑Jul‑1928.]; 26 W for the 1912 Cubs.  Just the previous season Pete Alexander had 28 W in 1911 for the Phillies; WP 1912-14 CHC, 1916-18 BRO; He changed to an overhand spitter and knuckler as a result of the injury; 1911-13 Gregg, 1912-14 Cheney)
FCR -    Josh Sullivan, Tomball, TX
Incorrect answers:  Brad Radke, Jim Maloney, Milt Gaston, Bob Newsome, Eddie Lopat, Christy Mathewson, Tom Browning

Q.         Who is the current (2013) assistant pitching coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers?
Hint:     As the Dodger’s bullpen coach from 2008-12, their pen had a 3.49 ERA.
Hint:     They also led the National League in opponents’ batting average of .234 and 137 wins.
Twint:    He spent five seasons as a Dodger pitcher mainly as a reliever, finishing with an 18-29 record with 31 saves in 302.2 innings pitched.
FCR -    Josh Sullivan, Tomball, TX
Incorrect answers:  Rick Honeycutt, Red Adams, Mike Harkey

WEEKLY THEME – Pitchers charged with five Wild Pitches in one game (post dead-ball era).

Hurler           Game
Cheney          09-Jul-1918
Richard           10-Apr-1979
Niekro            04-Aug-1979;
Morris             03-Aug-1987
Howell            05-Apr-1989
Garcia             10-Apr-2012

First Correct Respondent to Identify ThemeSteve Schwartz, Chico, CA (after Wed Q.)

Incorrect theme guesses:

               -  Pitchers who have won 2 games in a single World Series

Friday      -  CY award winners with winning % less than .600

Sunday    -  Pitchers who led the league in wild pitches

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

Sunday, January 12, 2014

January 6-12, 2014 Stadiums that hosted Major League games for 60 seasons

Q.         At which stadium did Carlton Fisk hit his "Body-English" home run?
Hint:     Carl Yastrzemski made his major league debut there.
Hint:     This was the only stadium at which Ted Williams pitched in the majors.
Addint: It is the Monster’s home and The Monster pitched there.
A.         Fenway Park (Fisk HR 1975 WS Game 6; Yaz debut 11-Apr-1961; Williams pitched 24-Aug-1940; Green Monster in LF, Dick Radatz pitched for BOS 1962-66)
FCR -    Fred Worth, Arkadelphia, AR
Most common incorrect answers:  Crossley Field (sic)

Q.         Where was "The Shot" called (and shot)?
Hint:     It also hosted "The Homer in the Gloamin'".
Hint:     Stan Musial got his 3,000th hit there.
Addint: It was the site of Kerry Wood's 20-K game.
Addint: They had TWO "official" first night games played there.
A.         Wrigley Field (Ruth's Called Shot HR 1932 WS Game 3; Hartnett's late HR 28-Sep-1938; Musial’s 3,000th 13-May-1958, a 6th-inning PH 2B; Wood's 20 Ks 06-May-1998; 1st night game 08-Aug-1988 [Cubs vs. Phillies] was rained out in the 4th so the 1st official night game went into the books on 09-Aug-1988 [Cubs vs. Mets])
FCR -    Dan Silverberg, Aventura, FL
Most common incorrect answers:  The Polo Grounds, Ebbetts Field, Crosley Field, Dodger Stadium, Forbes Field

Q.         Where did Babe Ruth hit his 700th home run?
Hint:     Spectators there witnessed the final game of Lou Gehrig's 2,130 consecutive-game streak.  N.B.  Bad editing got us this wording.  Actually, spectators there saw the first game AFTER the streak, the first game Gehrig didn't play.
Hint:     The mythical Joe Hardy debuted there with game-winning home runs in both ends of a double header.  [Ya gotta have heart!]
Hint:     The last hit at the stadium was also the last home run, grand slam and RBI there.
Addint: Reggie Jackson hit the light tower, but there was no Hobbs-esque explosion.
A.         Navin Field [Briggs Stadium, Tiger Stadium] (Ruth’s 700th 13-Jul-1934; Gehrig’s voluntary benching 02-May-1939; Hardy from Damn Yankees; Robert Fick's 8th inning GS HR 27-Sep-1999; Jackson’s All‑Star HR 13-Jul-1971, Hobbs)
FCR -    Marc Kell, Columbia, MD
Most common incorrect answers:  Fenway Park, Griffith Stadium [Would have been correct if based solely on the original incorrect wording of the first Hint], Yankee Stadium, Forbes Field

Q.         Which stadium was the site of the first six-pitcher no-hitter?
Hint:     It was the first stadium to host a major league game in November.
Hint:     Billy Joel performed the first rock concert there on 22-Jun-1990.
Addint: Babe Ruth hit his 60th home run there in 1927 and Roger Maris hit his 61st home run there in 1961.
A.         Yankee Stadium I (Roy Oswalt, Peter Munro, Kirk Saarloos, Brad Lidge, Octavio Dotel & Billy Wagner no-hit NYA on 11-Jun-2003; 2001 WS G 4 ended on Derek Jeter's walk-off HR just after midnight of 31-Oct-to-01-Nov-2001; Ruth's 60th 30-Sep-1927; Maris' 61st 01-Oct-1961
FCR -    Doug Greenwald, San Francisco, CA
Most common incorrect answers:  Comiskey Park, Mets, Safeco, Astrodome, Memorial Stadium, Oakland Alameda Coliseum

Q.         At which stadium did Mule Suttles hit the first Negro League All-Star home run?
Hint:     It hosted the Negro League East-West All-Star Game each year from 1933-57.
Hint:     Of the nine cycles hit there, only one was hit by a home team player.
Addint: Luke Appling and Nellie Fox each played more than 1,000 games there.
Addint: It hosted the first major league All-Star Game three months before the first Negro League East-West All-Star Game.
A.         Comiskey Park I (Suttles HR in the 1933 NL E-W AS G 10-Sep-1933; NL E-WA SG [N.B. during some seasons a second NL E-W ASG was played in another city]; Appling played 1,224 G @ Comiskey, Fox played 1,071 there; Cycles by visitors Baby Doll Jacobson 17‑Apr‑1924, Roy Carlyle 21‑Jul‑1925 [G1], Mickey Vernon 19-May-1946 [G2], Joe DiMaggio 20‑May‑1948, Elmer Valo 02-Aug-1950, Brooks Robinson 15‑Jul‑1960, Lyman Bostock 24-Jul-1976, & Robin Yount 12-Jun-1988 and home team Carlton Fisk 16‑May‑1984; 1st ML  ASG 06‑Jul‑1933)
FCR -    David Ramsden, Barcelona, Spain
Most common incorrect answers:  Forbes Field, Griffith Stadium, Newark, Polo Grounds Wrigley Field

Q.         Which stadium was the site of the first two American League four-home-run games?
Hint:     It was the only stadium in which an American League player had more than 10 RBI in a game.
Hint:     Doc Powers was said to have suffered a fatal injury during the first game played there.
Hint:     It was the home of a 50-foot "Spite Fence".
Addint: Al Simmons had exactly 1,000 career hits there.
A.         Shibe Park (Lou Gehrig’s 4-HR game 03-Jun-1932, Pat Seerey's 18-Jul-1948 [G1]; Tony Lazzeri's 11-RBI game 24-May-1936; Powers crashed into the wall on 12-Apr-1909 and died two weeks later; Ben Shibe erected what became known as "Connie Mack's Spite Fence" prior to 1935 season to curtail easy of play from adjacent buildings)
FCR -    Doug Greenwald, San Francisco, CA
Incorrect answers include:  Tiger Stadium, Sportsman's Park, Cleveland Stadium, Baker Bowl

Q.         Which stadium hosted the first major league game broadcast on the radio?
Hint:     It was the site of the first major league game featuring both Honus Wagner and Ty Cobb.
Hint:     Josh Gibson made his Negro League debut there in 1930.
Hint:     It was the site of the last major league triple header.
Hint:     Wilbur Cooper is the career wins leader at the park.
Addint: If you want to reach Father John, you'll need to know the name of this park.
Addint: It was the site of the first World Series-clinching walk-off home run.
A.         Forbes Field (KDKA broadcast 05-Aug-1921; Cobb & Wagner first faced each other in 1909 WS Game 1; PIT vs. CIN TH 02-Oct-1920 G1, G2 & G3; Cooper had 103 W in 233 games there; Maz's HR 1960 WS Game 7; noted Pirate fan Fr. John Hissrich uses the stadium name as part of his email address)
FCR -    Charlie Vascellaro, Baltimore, MD
Incorrect answers include:  Briggs Stadium, Redland Field, Ebbetts Field, Bennett Park, Crosley Field, Shibe Park

Q.         *What stadium was the site of Ted Williams' only inside the park home run?
Hint:     Lefty Grove pitched a four-hit shutout in the first game played there.
Hint:  In his rookie season, Leon Culberson hit the last cycle in that venue.
Addint: Miguel Dilone got a hit in 27 consecutive games at the stadium.
Addint: Len Barker pitched the only perfect game there.
Addint: It’s the only American League venue to host 75,000 fans for a World Series game.
A.         Cleveland Stadium [Municipal Stadium] (WS 75K 3 times: 1948 WS Game 4, 1948 WS Game 5, 1954 WS Game 4; 1st game 31-Jul-1932; Williams' IPHR 13-Sep-1946, clinching the AL pennant for the Sawks; Dilone's streak 06-Jul-1980 to 31-Aug-1980 [G1]; Barker's gem 15-May-1981); 03‑Jul‑1943
FCR -    Andrew Milner, Bryn Mawr, PA
Incorrect answers include:  Shibe Park, Sportsman's Park, Briggs Stadium

*Sunday's question had an error that several readers spotted.  Ted Williams' ITPHR was hit in League Park IV in Cleveland, where the Indians sometimes hosted games even though Municipal Stadium had been in use for several years.

WEEKLY THEME – Stadiums that hosted Major League games for 60 seasons.

Venue                           Tenure           #of seasons
Fenway Park              1912—2013           102
Wrigley Field              1914—2013           100
Tiger Stadium             1912—1999            88
Yankee Stadium I       1923—1973
                                 1976—2008            83
Comiskey Park I         1910—1990            81
Shibe Park                 1909—1970            62
Forbes Field              1909—1970            62
Cleveland Stadium     1932—1933
                             &  1936—1993            60

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Kevin Johnson of Broken Arrow, (after the Tue. Q.)

Incorrect theme guesses:

Monday   -  Ball parks of the 'original' (1903-1960) franchises
               -  Ballparks that existed before a certain date, say 1980.
               -  Stadiums named after owners
               -  Ballparks built in the twentieth century still used by their original teams today.
               -  Ballparks that housed two different major league teams at the same time.
               -  Parks to host a world series, ASG in same year

Tuesday   -  Parks built in the 1910s
               -  The oldest parks still be used in the Majors
               -  Oldest major league ball parks in use
               -  Ballparks that have hosted teams in two major leagues
               -  Smallest capacity major league baseball stadiums
               -  Last ballparks to get lights
               -  Ballparks built in first half of twentieth century
               -  Venues for at least 3 All‑Star Games
               -  Stadiums used by more than one major league team
               -  Ball parks built before 1990
               -  Stadium trivia so easy everyone but my daughter knows the answers
               -  The last stadia to get lights
               -  The 15 stadia that served the "original 16" franchises of the 1930s/50s before franchise shifts began in earnest
               -  Stadiums built with steel-beam and concrete construction
               -  Structures designed by Osborn Engineering

               -  Jewel box baseball parks
               -  Ball parks where pre expansion teams played
               -  Ballparks used for many years
               -  Hosting multiple All-Star Games
               -  Ballparks associated with events of a particular era in the past, e.g. World Series in the 1940s
               -  Ballparks built in the 1910s
               -  Ballparks hosted the most games played
               -  Parks with the lowest seating capacity
               -  Stadiums built before World War II
               -  All parks in which Buck Harris managed

Thursday  -  Natural grass stadiums to host MLB and NFL teams the same year
               -  Baseball parks used by pre-expansion teams
               -  Stadiums home to professional baseball and NFL teams
               -  Stadiums built in residential neighborhoods

Friday      -  Ballparks to host nfl games
               -  Baseball Parks designed by Zachary Taylor Davis
               -  Parks that hosted Negro and mlb all star games
               -  First American League steel and concrete ballparks

Saturday  -  MLB parks built 1910-1020
               -  Stadiums built on existing city blocks

Sunday    -  Parks to host at least two ws and asgs

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