Sunday, February 23, 2014

February 17-23, 2014 Most common last names in major league history

Q.         Who is the career leader in assists by a shortstop?
Hint:     His thirteen (13!) consecutive Gold Glove Awards are the most ever by a shortstop.
Twint:    He won two Gold Gloves before he even became a St. Louis Cardinal.
A.         Ozzie Smith (8,375 A; NL GG 1980-92; 2 GG with SDP 1980-81)
FCR -    Joe Thompson, Splendora, TX
Incorrect: Omar Vizquel, Luis Aparicio, Ryne Sandberg, Bert Campaneris, Cal Ripken, Ernie Banks, Mark Belanger

Q.         Who the founder and first president of the American League?
Hint:     He was its president for 27 years.
Hint:     His effective administration earned him a place in Cooperstown.
Twint:  A forced resignation at the hands of Baseball Commissioner Landis saw the end of his tenure.
Twint:    He played catcher without a glove, mask or chest protector in his college.
A.         Ban Johnson (AL 1901-27; HOF 1937; Studied law and played ball at Marietta College (OH))
FCR -    Jeremy McDougal, Madison, AL
Incorrect:          Joe Cronin, Ed Barrow, Happy Chandler, Albert Spalding

Q.         Who is the youngest member of the 20/20 club?**
Hint:     He carries a scar on his chest from an iguana bite during his childhood.
Hint:     Ten consecutive Gold Glove Awards speak to his fielding prowess.
Twint:    His career defensive WAR is, by over 25%, the best in the 137-year history of the Braves.
A.         Andruw Jones (Rabbit Maranville 2nd with 19.2 WAR)

**Vada Pinson:  20th HR 22‑Sep‑1959 @ 21 Yrs 34 days [20th SB 20‑Sep‑1959]
Jones:       20th SB 08‑Sep‑1998 @ 21 Yrs 140 days [20th HR 08‑Aug‑1998]
Several readers pointed this out.  Thank you all.

FCR -    Will McCracken, Bradenton, FL
Incorrect:     Bryce Harper, Ken Griffey, Jr., Robin Yount, Willie Mays, Mike Trout, Ivan Rodriguez, Al Kaline, Roberto Clemente, Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez, Willie Davis, Jose Canseco, Carlos Beltran

Q.         Who was the National League Player of the Month for May 2013?
Hint:     He had planned to attend the University of Miami to play wide receiver, but the Phillies’ $200,000 signing bonus convinced him to choose baseball instead.
Twint:    During the seven games 25-31 May last year, he hit seven home runs and batted .444.
A.         Domonic Brown
FCR -    Andy Milner, Bryn Mawr, PA
Incorrect:  Jimmy Rollins

Q.         Whom did Ring Lardner pick as the utility man on his personal all-star team?
Hint:     On his first team he was befriended by a future Hall of Famer partly because of their shared ethnic heritage.
Hint:     He owned an apartment that was the birthplace of his nephew, a future Detroit Tigers manager.
Hint:     After being passed over as the Cardinals manager, he enlisted in the Marines corps.
Twint:    He was hired as the manager of the San Francisco Seals of the Pacific Coast League and led them to a championship in his very first season.
A.         Dots Miller (Honus Wagner on the 1909 Pirates;  Nephew
FCR -    Micki Maynard, Phoenix, AZ
Incorrect:  Mike O'Neill, Charlie Gehringer, Leo Durocher, Jimmy Dykes, Hank Gowdy

Q.         Whose career record for National League home runs did Rogers Hornsby break?
Hint:     Baseball magazine once ran an article on him entitles "The Greatest Outfielder in the National League".
Twint:    Per SABR, some of the finest buildings on Wisconsin's Upper Peninsula stand today as tributes to his architectural talent.
Twint:    He was the first Philadelphia player of either league to hit forty home runs in a season.
A.         Cy Williams (Hornsby’s 252nd HR 29‑Jun‑1929; 41 HR in 1923)
FCR -    Mark DeLodovico, Rockville, MD
Incorrect:  Tris Speaker, Dale Murphy, Hack Wilson, Gavvy Cravath, Buck Williams, Ross Youngs, Roger Connor, Ned Williamson, Stan Musial, Ed Roush, Zack Wheat

Q.         Who hit .347, slugged .571 and had eleven runs in thirteen games in the World Junior Championships as his team won Silver?
Hint:     As did the player who beat him out for Rookie of the Year, he only had one All-Star appearance during an otherwise substantial career.
Hint:     In his sophomore year, he led the majors in strikeouts by a batter.
Twint:    His step-father and uncle appeared with Bob Costas detailing the MLB Channel’s All-Time #1 game.
Twint:    The same season he was traded to a team where it was predicted he wouldn’t thrive, he led the league in RBI.
Twint:    That was also the only year he received MVP votes.
A.         Preston Wilson (1992 U.S. team; Scott Williamson 1992 ROY; AS 2003; 187 K in 2000; Mookie Wilson is his step-father AND uncle.  Mookie married Preston’s mother after Preston was born.  Mookie was involved in G 6 of the 1986 WS; 141 RBI 2003; 12 NVP votes [3% for 16th place])
FCR -    Damian Begley, New York, NY
Incorrect:  Joe Charbonneau, Mark Reynolds, Steve Balboni, Pete Incaviglia, Dave Kingman

Q.         In 2013, which Blue Jay circled the bases on a single that bounced off the pitcher's leg followed by two throwing errors?
Hint:     In 2006 Baseball America rated him as the fastest baserunner in the International League.
Hint:     That same year he made his debut in the majors, but despite his speed was caught stealing in three of his four attempts.
Twint:    He hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the 18th against the Rangers to end the longest game in Blue Jays history.
A.         Rajai Davis (14‑Aug‑2013 bottom 3rd off John Lester's leg followed by E1 and E9 throwing errors; Fastest baserunner accolade citation; W-O H 08-Jun-2013)
FCR -    Tommy Garber, Dallas, TX
Incorrect:  Colby Rasmus, Adeiny Hechavarria, Emilio Bonifacio, Jose Reyes

Q.         Who led the Tampa Bay Rays starting rotation with seventeen wins in 2013?
Hint:     He also led their starters with a winning percent of .810.
Hint:     He also easily led all starters issuing 76 bases on balls, with the next closest yielding 50.
Hint:     His victories, no doubt, were related to his team-leading 8.6 strikeouts per nine innings.
Twint:    He accomplished this despite being the youngest pitcher on the team (with at least 5 innings pitched).
A.         Matt Moore (STATS: 17-4, ERA 3.29, 143K/150IP; born 18-Jun-1989 age 24)
FCR -    John Michael Pierobon, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Incorrect:    David Price

Q.         What pitcher led the National League in losses for the first season of the 20th century?
Hint:     Despite these losses, his 18 wins accounted for over a third of his team's wins that year.
Hint:     He couldn’t blame the roar of the crowd for effecting his pitching.
Twint:    In 1902 he and another player with the same nickname were the first two players with their disability to face each other on a big league field.
Twint:    Because of a rainout, he never pitched in the World Series.
A.         Dummy Taylor (27 L in 1901; NYG 52-85; He was deaf; 16-May-1902 Dummy Hoy ; Rainout on 11‑Oct‑1905 meant he sat and Christy Mathewson took the mound the next day)
FCR -    Fred Worth, Arkadelphia, AR
Incorrect:  Cy Young, Pink Hawley, Noodles Hahn,

WEEKLY THEME – Most common last names in major league history, in descending order, minimum fifty instances.

Count*  Last
147       Smith
107       Johnson
95         Jones
87         Brown
85         Miller
75         Williams
71         Wilson
66         Davis
51         Moore
50         Taylor

*According to the Lahman database

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Dennis Kill, Las Vegas, NV (after the Johnson question)

               -  Players born in Alabama
               -  Players who grew up in Watts
               -  Players who had a future hall of famer as a teammate in high school
               -  Players who did backflips on the field

Tuesday   -  Baseball figures after whom athletic buildings or streets have been named.

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

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Februarty 10-16, 2014 Non-Hall of Famers with 160 triples

Q.         Who had complete seasons where he hit .387, .408 and .395 without winning a batting title?
Hint:     He still holds the record for the most hits in his first 1,000 at-bats.
Hint:     He is the first native of South Carolina to receive a Hall of Fame vote.
Twint:    He died four days before he was to appear on the Ed Sullivan Show.
A.         Joe Jackson (BA 1911-13, finish all 3 years behind Ty Cobb; 389 H in 1st 1,000 AB; Received 2 HOF votes in 1936; D. 05‑Dec‑1951, scheduled for Toast of the Town on 09‑Dec‑1951)
FCR -    Bob Flynn, Paradise Valley, AZ
Incorrect answers:  Harry Heilmann, Nap Lajoie, Ty Cobb, Bill Terry, Hack Wilson, Tris Speaker, Sam Crawford

Q.         Who was the first Brooklyn player to win an MVP award?
Hint:     He still holds the National League career record for sacrifice hits.
Hint:     He was the starting first baseman for the team that defeated the Black Sox.
Twint:    Before making it in The Show, he was a Mountaineer, a Mogul, a Volunteer, a Turtle and a Mud Hen.
Twint:    Baseball Magazine said he “… is easily one of the greatest infielders baseball has ever seen”.
Twint:    His MVP award came while playing for a team with a losing record.
A.         Jake Daubert (1913 MVP Chalmers Award; 1919 Reds; Daubert’s Minor League record; 392 SH, 1919 WS; Baseball Magazine selection reference from SABR BIO)
FCR -    Elijah Kaplan, Teaneck, NJ
Incorrect answers:  Don Newcombe, Dolph Camilli, Babe Herman, Jack Fournier, Frankie Frisch, Jackie Robinson

Q.         Who was the first batter to lead his league in triples and home runs in the same season?
Hint:     He did it twice.  No one else has ever done that and he did it eleven years apart.
Hint:     He was the first player with 100 career home runs.
Hint:     He amassed more than 600* stolen bases and at one time held the single-season record.
Twint:    He changed his last name to play baseball to elude his mother’s prohibition against it.
Twint:    He accumulated the most at-bats of anyone in the 1880s.
A.         Harry Stovey (HR + 3b 1880 & 1891, Other players to lead their leagues in HR +3b the same year are:
Tip O’Neill – 1887,
Tommy Leach – 1902,
Harry Lumley – 1904,
Jim Bottomley – 1928,
Mickey Mantle – 1955,
Willie Mays – 1955, &
Jim Rice – 1978;
            100th HR 1890; 509 SB*, 68 in 1886; B. Harry Duffield Stowe; 4,483 AB 1880-1889)
            * Actually, only 508 SB are official.  Horsehide Trivia extrapolated another minimum 92 from the years 1880-1885 when numbers on SB are unreliable.  From 1886-1890, he averaged 78 SB per year when he was older and, presumably, slower.
FCR -    Pete Wood
Incorrect answers:  Ty Cobb, Home Run Baker, Sam Crawford, Joe Jackson, Honus Wagner, Roger Connor, Sam Thompson, Tris Speaker, Buck Freeman, Dan Brouthers, Max Carey, George Taylor, Happy Felsch

Q.         Who was the first manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers?
Hint:     The year prior to and after his Dodger years, he managed the Superbas.
Hint:     As a New York Giant, he once led his league with 80 runs batted in.
Hint:     In 1894, he established the National League record of 42 consecutive games with a hit.
Twint:    He was also the first starting short stop for the Chicago Orphans.
Twint:    He earned his nickname Bad Bill.
A.         Bill Dahlen (1910-13 managerial record, officially called the Dodgers 1911-12; 1904 RBI leader; Only DiMaggio’s record of 56 bests Dahlen’s among right handers; 1898 CHC)
FCR -    Bill Carle, Lee's Summit MO
Incorrect answers:  Ned Hanlon, Wee Willie Keeler, Honus Wagner, Bill McGunnigle, Roger Connor, Jake Stahl, Rabbit Maranville

Q.         Who ended Honus Wagner’s run of four consecutive batting titles?
Hint:     That same year he led the league in runs, RBIs, on base percent, slugging, OPS, OPS+ and total bases.
Hint:     Despite dominating the league offensively, he didn’t get a single MVP vote.
Hint:     He once hospitalized an umpire with a vicious punch that earned him the stiffest penalty given in the previous 34 years in the majors.
Twint:    At the age of 19, he jumped from sandlot ball directly to the majors, replacing the injured John Titus to take over the Phillies left field spot.
Twint:    He didn’t appear in the minors until the end of his 16-year career in the majors.
A.         Sherry Magee (1910 BA .331; There WAS no MVP award of any kind in 1910, the Chalmers Award was first awarded in 1911; Punched umpire Bill Finneran, earning a fine & suspension from NL president Tom Lynch; Titus‘ right field spot was taken by left fielder Shad Barry, opening left for Magee; Minor league history)
FCR -    Daniel Solzman, Louisville, KY
Incorrect answers:  Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Rogers Hornsby, Heinie Zimmerman

Q.         Who lead the National League in home runs in spite of being 5'6" and weighing 135 pounds?
Hint:     He was the first home run leader in his franchise's history.
Hint:     His four career inside-the-park grand slams are second only to Honus Wagner's five.
Twint:    He broke his ribs in a home-plate collision with Jake Beckley.
Twint:    The injury caused him to move from the infield to the outfield upon his return.
A.         Tommy Leach (6 HR in 1902, he eventually filled out to 150 lbs.; 1st Pirate to do so; Collision in 1905)
FCR -    Jan Finkel, Swanton, MD
Incorrect answers:  Jim Wynn, Hack Wilson, Mel Ott, Wee Willie Keeler, Lipman Pike

Q.         Who was the first Angels player to hit for the cycle?
Hint:     He was manager for four different major league teams.
Hint:     As a player, he was a six-time All-Star and received MVP votes in eight of his eighteen seasons in the majors.
Hint:     Although he only garnered four Hall of Fame votes (1%), he was once traded for a player who received 98.8% of the votes in his first year of eligibility.
Hint:     So great was his perceived value at the time that three other players were included in the trade for him.
Twint:    In high school, he won eleven varsity letters, earning All-League honors in football, basketball and baseball in addition to running sprints and jumping for the track team.
Twint:    In 1988 the Angels retired his uniform number 11.
A.         Jim Fregosi (Cycle 28‑Jul‑1964; Managed CAL, CWS, PHI & TOR; Traded for Nolan Ryan, Frank Estrada, Don Rose & Leroy Stanton 10‑Dec‑1971)
FCR -    Frank Workman, Lake Forest Park, WA
Incorrect answers:  Mike Scioscia

Q.         Who was the first manager of the National League's Baltimore Orioles?
Hint:     He only lasted eleven games, managing the team to a record of 1-10.
Hint:     The previous year, while in the American Association, he was their only position player to hit over .300.
Twint:    According to the Society for American Baseball Research, he was the premier leadoff hitter of the late 19th century.
Twint:    In his latter days as a Pittsburgh Pirate scout, he was lauded by club owner Barney Dreyfuss for "never signing a single prospect for the Pirates".
A.         George Van Haltren (1892 BLN; .318 1891 AA BLN; SABR BIO; Dreyfuss was pleased he never gave the team a "bum steer")
FCR -    Fred Worth, Arkadelphia, AR
Incorrect answers:  Ned Hanlon, John McGraw, Bill Craver, Wee Willie Keeler

Q.         Who has the most career triples among players not enshrined in the Hall of Fame?
Hint:     He never led the league in triples in a 15-year major league career.
Hint:     He only appeared once in the postseason and batted a weak .174.
Twint:    His nicknames included the Candy Kid, the LaCrosse Lulu, the Big Bohemian, Edward the Mighty and Big Ed.
A.         Ed Konetchy (182 3b, 15th all-time; 1920 WS w/Brooklyn)
FCR -    Bill Suphan, Scottsdale, AZ
Incorrect answers:  Steve Finley, Willie Wilson, Ron Santo, Tim Raines, Jake Beckley, Craig Biggio, Vada Pinson, Sam Crawford, Ed Delahanty

WEEKLY THEME – Non-Hall of Famers with 160 triples

Player          3bs       Rank
Dahlen         163       33rd
Daubert        165       29th
Jackson       168       26th
Konetchy      182       15th
Leach           172       23rd
Magee          166       27th
Stovey         174       21st
Van Haltren   161       38th

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Makoto Ozawa, Scarsdale, NY (following the Wednesday question)

Incorrect theme guesses:

Tuesday   -  Players who had at least 7 hits in the 1919 World Series
               -  Participants in the 1919 World Series
               -  People who led the league in triples for two different teams
               -  Career .300 hitters not in the Hall of Fame
               -  Two-time triples champions not in the Hall of Fame
               -  Brooklyn MVP's
               -  MVP first basemen?

               -  Players that received in 1936 1st year of HOF votes that are not in the HOF
                  Players that received in 1936 1st year of HOF and received fewer votes in 1937

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

Sunday, February 9, 2014

February 3-9, 2014 Ten steals of home since the Deadball Era

Q.         Besides Al Kaline, who is the only Hall of Famer native to Baltimore?
Hint:     He was the first player to hit 38 home runs in a season.
Twint:    A Canadian took charge of his early training.
A.         Babe Ruth (b. 06-Feb-1895, 216 Emory Street, Baltimore, Maryland; Hit his 38th HR of the year 02-Aug‑1920 [He would also hit 16 more HR that season.]; Ruth’s mentor was Brother Matthias Boutelier, b. 11‑Jul‑1872 in the small fishing village of Lingan, near Sydney on the NE coast of Nova Scotia.)
FCR -    Ken Auerbach, Bronxville, NY
Incorrect:  Jimmie Foxx, Stan Musial

Q.         Who larruped?
Hint:     He was a known mama’s boy.
Twint:    He is universally acclaimed as the best first baseman of all time.
A.         Lou Gehrig (Called Larrupin’ Lou by the media; Had a well-known very close relationship with his mother, Anna Christina Fack Gehrig)
FCR -    Christopher Bell, New York, NY
Incorrect:  Nap Lajoie, Charlie Gehringer, Lou Boudreau

Q.         Which Hall of Famer caught a touchdown pass in the Bears vs. College All-Stars game in 1941?
Hint:     He was the first player from his major league team to win the Rookie of the Year Award.
Twint:    He excelled at tennis and swimming during his time at a PAC-8 school.
Twint:    He played against Ted Williams in high school.
A.         Jackie Robinson (Played at UCLA; ROY 1947)
FCR -    William Dickerson III, Atlanta, GA
Incorrect:  Alvin Dark, Jackie Jensen

Q.         Who was the first member of the 3,000-hit Club to have a sub-.300 batting average before his 30th birthday and an above-.300 batting average after his 40th?
Hint:     He is the only post-expansion American League player to collect 100 RBI while hitting fewer than ten home runs that same season.
Hint:     He had eight consecutive multi-hit games against the Yankees one year.
Twint:    He scored the winning run the most famous walk-off home run in indoor World Series history.
A.         Paul Molitor (1996: 113 RBI, 9 HR; 2+H vs. NYY  06-, 07-, 08-, 09-, 28-, 29-, 30‑Jun, 09- & 10‑Sep‑1985; WS HR by Joe Carter on 23‑Oct‑1993, he was on 1b, scoring behind Rickey Henderson [Molitor had also homered earlier that game, falling a double short of what would have been the first WS cycle.])
FCR -    Josh Sullivan, Tomball, TX
Incorrect:  Barry Bonds, Ty Cobb, Alan Trammel, Tony Gywnn, George Brett, Rod Carew, Robin Yount, Wade Boggs, Dave Winfield, Carl Yastrzemski, Kirby Puckett

Q.         In major league baseball’s modern era, who is the only National League player to lead his league in home runs in his rookie season?
Hint:     He was the first National League hitter to hit a total of 100 home runs in two consecutive seasons.
Hint:     He is the only Hall of Famer born in the state of New Mexico.
Hint:     Unbelievably, he led the National League in home runs his first SEVEN years in the league.
Hint:     In one of those seasons, he also led in runs, bases-on-balls, slugging, on-base percentage, OPS and OPS+, but only finished tenth in MVP voting.
Hint:     Hall of Fame pitcher Warren Spahn said of him "…he could wipe out your lead with one swing."
Twint:    He said, "Someone asked me how come I signed up with the Mets (as a broadcaster), since they weren't going to win many games. I said: 'I've got a lot of experience with losing.'"
Twint:    Jeff Idelson, President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum said, "His engaging personality and profound knowledge of the game turned him into a living room companion for millions of New York Mets fans who adored his game broadcasts."
Twint:    Nevertheless, he was well-known for his on-air malapropisms.
Twint:    The web site Baseball Almanac has assembled a fair sampling of his best ones:
A.         Ralph Kiner (Rookie in 1946 w/23 HR; 54 HR in 1949, 47 in 1950; B. Santa Rita, NM 1922; Led NL in HR 1946-1952; Stat yr. 1951)
FCR -    Dave Serota, Kalamazoo, MI
Incorrect:  Johnny Mize

Q.         Which Hall of Famer played in eight World Series without hitting a home run but homered from both sides of the plate in All-Star competition?
Hint:     He received MVP votes in nine of his nineteen major league seasons.
Hint:     He never received even one such vote in the minors.
Twint:    He is the last National League player-manager to lead his team to a World Series championship.
Twint:    No National Leaguer had more at-bats than he did in the decade 1920-29.
A.         Frankie Frisch (ASG LH-HR: 06‑Jul‑1933, RH-HR 10‑Jul‑1934; Never played in the minors; 1934 WS Champs; 5,554 AB 1920-29)
FCR -    John Rickert, Terre Haute, IN
Incorrect:  Mickey Mantle, Phil Rizzuto, Eddie Murray, Bernie Williams

Q.         Which player, with his career since World War I, has the most career hits without ever appearing in the World Series?
Hint:     He did not play high school baseball because he was working in a grocery store to help support his family.
Hint:     He was so fast, he was even BORN at a high rate of speed.
Twint:    He once won the American League batting title without hitting a single home run.
Twint:    He was the first post-WWII player to win three consecutive American League batting titles.
A.         Rod Carew (3,053 H; B. on a moving train; Batting title w/.318 in 1972, 0 HR; 4 batting titles 1972-75)
FCR -    Randall Chandler, Germantown, TN
Incorrect:  Ernie Banks, Cool Papa Bell, Rafael Palmeiro, Tim Raines, Nap Lajoie [Correct as originally written], Ichiro Suzuki, Billy Williams, Vada Pinson, Robin Yount, Luke Appling, Eddie Collins, Rickey Henderson, Al Kaline

Q.         Who was Duke University’s first All-America basketball player?
Hint:     He is the only Red Sox player to collect four consecutive doubles in a game.
Hint:     He regularly teamed with a Hall of Famer to beat two other Hall of Famers.
Twint:    He was a long-time member of SABR and a favorite speaker.
A.         Billy Werber (Duke; 4 2b 07‑Jul‑1935; Played bridge with Bill Dickey against Babe Ruth & Lou Gehrig; SABR connectionspix)
FCR -    Daniel Solzman, Louisville, KY
Incorrect:  Dick Groat, Jackie Jensen, Gene Conley, Ace Parker, Chuck Connors

Q.         Who was the first player ever to come to bat for the home team in an All-Star game?
Hint:     His portrayal in "42" emphasized his belligerent side.
Hint:     From 1926 to 1943, he had more stolen bases than any other player, leading the American League four times.
Twint:    He won the pre-game 100-yard dash against Carl Reynolds on 25‑Aug‑1931.
A.         Ben Chapman (ASG 06‑Jul‑1933; Played by Alan Tudyk in "42" mocking Jackie Robinson’s chances of succeeding in the majors; 286 SB 1930-1941; Reynolds race)
FCR -    Andrew Milner, Bryn Mawr, PA
Incorrect:  Ty Cobb, Luke Appling, Ray Schalk, Enos Slaughter, Eddy Stanky, Bill Terry

WEEKLY THEME – Ten career steals of home since the end of the Deadball Era

Thief           #         Years
Carew         17       (1967-85)
Chapman    15       (1933-46)
Frisch         19       (1919-37)
Gehrig        15       (1923-39)
Molitor        10       (1978-98)
Robinson    19       (1947-56)
Ruth           10       (1914*-34)
Werber        10       (1930-42)

*The date of Ruth’s first steal of home could not be documented to our satisfaction, so please humor us and stipulate that the Deadball Era was over the moment the Babe first stole home.

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Makoto Ozawa, Scarsdale, NY

Incorrect theme guesses:

Monday   -  Grew up in an orphanage or institution
               -  NY Yankees who have had their numbers retired
               -  Members of Murders Row
               -  Players who barnstormed in the off-season
               -  Hall of Famers who never appeared in an All-Star game
               -  Members of the first All-Star team
               -  Yankees who led the league in total bases
               -  Famous duos with the most homers together
               -  Teammates of Gehrig’s barnstorming team
               -  HOFers who did not go by their first names?  George Seaver, Lynn Ryan, Vernon Gomez, Robert Grove for example

               -  HoFers who had biopics? Dean or Alexander next?
               -  Players whose numbers are retired at Yankee Stadium.

Saturday  -  Something to do with stealing home plate

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