Sunday, April 27, 2014

April 21-17, 2014 Pitchers who surrendered 400 home runs

Q.         Who was the first left-hander to win the Cy Young Award?
Hint:     He led the National League in victories an amazing eight times.
Hint:     He led the National League in complete games an ever more amazing nine times.
Twint:    No National League pitcher hit more career homers.
A.         Warren Spahn (CYA 1957; 35 HR)
FCR -    Frank DiPrima, Morristown, NJ
Incorrect answers:  Bob Gibson, Sandy Koufax, Tom Seaver, Carl Hubbell, Lefty Grove, Steve Carlton, Robin Roberts, Whitey Ford, Walter Johnson, Roy Halladay

Q.         Who is a Hall of Famer whose last name is the first name of another Hall of Famer and matches the hints?
Hint:     In one major league game, they actually formed the starting battery.
Twint:    He is the only pitcher to strike out nineteen batters in a game he did not win.
A.         Steve Carlton (Carlton Fisk [It turns out there were many other who qualified by their names:
They all match up by name but didn’t play together.  Unfortunately, they sneaked in there ahead of our proofreaders.

Battery G 12‑Aug‑1986; 19-K G 15‑Sep‑1969)
FCR -    Paul Hirsch, San Diego, CA
Incorrect answers:  Hank Aaron, Tommy John, Nolan Ryan, Elston Howard, Dizzy Dean

Q.         What starting hurler IS POPULARLY BELIEVED TO HAVE never missed a turn in the pitching rotation during his 23-year major league career?
Hint:     He has been an Atlanta Braves broadcaster for over twenty years.
Hint:     He surrendered the first career home runs of pitchers Nolan Ryan, Carl Morton and Fergie Jenkins.
Twint:    He was born to sharecroppers in a tar-paper shack in Alabama.
Twint:    He frequently discusses his pastime passions of golf and wine on the air during games.
A.         Don Sutton ([Baseball historian Bill Deane clarifies, " Contrary to his Hall of Fame plaque, and as covered in Baseball Myths, Don Sutton did miss turns in the rotation.  He was out for ten days with a broken toe in August, 1980, spent 41 days on the DL before his final big league start in 1988, and had a dozen other gaps of at least a week between starts (disregarding rainouts or All-Star breaks)."; b. Clio, AL; 1,354 NL AB; HR to Ferguson Jenkins, 23-Apr-1966; Carl Morton 21-Jul-1970; Nolan Ryan 12-Apr-1980)
FCR -    Paul Theberge, Andover, MA
Incorrect answers:  Phil Niekro, Ernie Johnson, Greg Maddux, Gaylord Perry, Roger Craig

Q.         What five-time All-Star pitcher led the National League in losses four times during his career?
Hint:     He did it in four consecutive seasons.
Hint:     He led in games started the same four seasons and in games finished in three of those four.
Twint:    Growing up, he played various sport with his boyhood friend NBA Hall of Famer John Havlicek.
A.         Phil Niekro (4 L 1977-80; Havlicek)
FCR -    Matt Dicker, Chicago, Il
Incorrect answers:  Joe Niekro, Robin Roberts, Walter Johnson, Gaylord Perry, Roger Craig, Bob Friend, Steve Carlton, Nolan Ryan, Fergie Jenkins, Derek Lowe, Wilbur Wood, Don Drysdale

Q.         Who was the first Houston Astros pitcher to record four consecutive shutouts AT HOME?
Hint:     He became the first pitcher to win both games six and seven in a World Series on consecutive days.
Twint:    Poof! … goes the intruding avian presence.
A.         Randy Johnson (ShOs 07-Aug-, 12-Aug-, 28-Aug- and 07-Sep-1998; WS Ws 03‑04‑Nov‑2001; Bird bang 24-Mar-2001)
FCR -    Jeff Freedman, Los Angeles, CA
Incorrect answers:  Curt Schilling, Dave Giusti, Nolan Ryan, Mike Scott, Andy Pettitte, Joaquin Andujar, Roger Clemens, Brad Lidge, Doug Drabek, Roy Oswalt, Larry Sherry, Larry Dierker

Q.         Who threw out the first pitch at the exhibition game played between the Baltimore Orioles and the Cuban national team at Latin America Stadium in Havana?
Hint:     After his ceremonial first pitch, he refused to leave the mound until he had pitched to the game’s lead-off batter, Brady Anderson.
Hint:     He was the last living Cuban major leaguer from pre-revolution Cuba.
Hint:     He debuted in the majors at age 38, but lived to almost age 103, enjoying a nearly 60‑year retirement after his playing days.
Hint:     He credited his longevity to his daily consumption of fine Cuban cigars.
Twint:    He was the first native of Cuba to be selected to a major league All-Star team as a pitcher.
Twint:    A visit with him was the highlight of the annual pilgrimage to Havana by a Cubaball, a group of North American baseball historians and fans.
A.         Connie Marrero (Exhibition G vs. O’s in Cuba in 28-Mar-1999, AS 1951; Debut 21‑Apr‑1950; Cigars; Cubaball group led by Kit Krieiger)
FCR -    Charlie O'Reilly, Rutherford, NJ
Incorrect answers:  Fidel Castro, Pedro Ramos, Sandy Conseguera, Luis Tiant, Minnie Minoso

Q.         What pitcher has the most career victories among those born outside the United States?
Hint:     He was the first post-expansion pitcher to surrender two inside-the-park home runs in the same game.
Hint:     Adding insult to injury, it was the same player who hit both.
Twint:    Everybody knew when he had to be home.
A.         Bert Blyleven (287 W; 2 IPHRs 31-Jul-1972 by Dick Allen; Chris Berman called him "Bert 'Be-home' Blyleven".)
FCR -    Ken Auerbach, Bronxville, NY
Incorrect answers:  Fergie Jenkins, Luis Tiant, Juan Marichal, Jim Kaat, Phil Niekro, Fernando Valenzuela, Orlando Cepeda, Steve Rogers

Q.         Who surrendered Bill Mazeroski's first career home run?
Hint:     He once gave up a lead-off home run and then retired the next 27 batters in a row.
Hint:     He threw a no-hitter against the Blue Jays.
Hint:     Four times was he voted Coach of the Year in his college conference.
Twint:    He received MVP votes in every of seven consecutive seasons, even though his team only once in that span finished above third place.
A.         Robin Roberts (Maz’s HR 16-Aug-1956; According to SABR:  No-no in 1946 vs. the Keane, NH Blue Jays, pitching for the Twin City Trojans of the Northern League; Sun Belt Coach of the Year four times - 1978, 1980, 1981 and 1982; Lead-off HR 13-May-1954 HR to Bobby Adams of the Reds; MVP votes 1950-57)
FCR -    Makoto, Ozawa, Scarsdale, NY
Incorrect answers:  Vinegar Bend Mizell, Ralph Terry, Phil Niekro, Nolan Ryan, Sam McDowell, Don Newcombe

Q.         Who was the first pitcher to leave the game with 3,000 strikeouts and fewer than 1,000 bases-on-balls?
Hint:     He won twenty games for six consecutive seasons for a team that never won its division.
Twint:    He completely dominated the once and future World Series champion team one year, going 5-0, with a 0.60 ERA, with five complete games and two shutouts in five starts.
A.         Fergie Jenkins (Final G 26-Sep-1983: 3,192 Ks & 997 BBs [It’s now a "Club”, with Greg Maddux (3,371/999), Pedro Martinez (3,154/760) & Curt Schilling (3,116/711) as members; Dominant year 1974 against OAK)
FCR -    Mark Hayne, Dumfries, VA
Incorrect answers:  Pedro Martinez, Steve Carlton, Tom Seaver, Jim Bunning, Don Mattingly, Greg Maddux

Q.         Who was the first post-expansion AMERICAN LEAGUE pitcher to surrender home runs to brothers in the same game?
Hint:     It was in the same inning.
Hint:     They were former teammates of his.
Hint:     Coaches tried to get him to lose weight, but he claimed he pitched better with some padding.
Hint:     His record seems to indicate he knew what he was talking about.
Twint:    He was the first in the modern era to pitch a game in which every member of the opposing team went 0-3.
A.         David Wells (5th inning 15-Sep-1990 HRs by Cal and Billy Ripken FUTURE teammates on the 1996 BAL; Perfect game 17-May-1998, Minnesota did not use a pinch hitter.  HOWEVER, Kenny Rogers accomplished this feat 4 years earlier, 28-Jul-1994)
FCR -    Josh Sullivan, Tomball, TX
Incorrect answers:  Mickey Lolich, Larry Jackson, Bartolo Colon, C.C. Sabathia, Rick Reuschel, Carlton Willey, Gaylord Perry, Wilbur Wood, Fernando Valenzuela,

Q.         Who led the American League in ERA, Shutouts and ERA+ in a season where he finished ninth in Cy Young Award voting and received not a single vote for MVP?
Hint:     His more famous rotation mate, a future Hall of Famer, might have unintentionally stolen some of his well-deserved acclaim.
Twint:    He was the starting pitcher in the first games ever played in both the Kingdome and new Comiskey Park.
Twint:    The visiting starter, he threw shutouts in both games.
Twint:    He is still active in the annual Detroit Tigers fantasy camps in Florida.
A.         Frank Tanana (1977 ERA 2.54, 7 ShO, ERA+ 154; Teammate Nolan Ryan; Kingdome debut 06-Apr-1977, Comiskey II 18-Apr-2014; Tigers Fantasy camps)
FCR -    Don Masi, San Antonio, TX
Incorrect answers:  Curt Schilling, Dave McNally, John Smoltz, Dizzy Trout, Mickey Lolich, Nolan Ryan, Rick Reuschel, Roy Halladay, Kevin Brown, Jamie Moyer, Steve McCatty, Mike Mussina

Q.         Which first baseman was the Florida Tech team MVP in consecutive seasons when Bob Martinez was governor?
Hint:     He owns the career home run record for Florida Tech.  Fitting.
Hint:     He was hit by a car when jogging near his home one year during the off-season.
Twint:    He was nominated eight times for the Roberto Clemente Award, winning once.
Twint:    He retired six victories shy of passing Roger Clemens and Cy Young.
A.         Tim Wakefield (Florida Tech [FIT] MVP 1987-88; Florida governor Bob Martinez; 40 HR; Auto/pedestrian accident 05-Jan-1996; RCA 2010; 186 career W for BOS, Clemens & Young w/192 ea.)
FCR -    Andrew Distler, New York, NY
Incorrect answers:  Roy Campanella, Tino Martinez

Q.         What pitcher was in the sixth year on his sixth major league team before became a twenty-game winner?
Hint:     The year he led the majors in winning percentage, he split time between two teams.
Hint:     Never quite a quinquagenarian player, he still had great durability.
Twint:    He was released by six different major league teams.
Twint:    In Km, excellent.  In MPH, not so much.
A.         Jamie Moyer (20—6 in 2001 w/SEA; .813 in 1996:  7-1 w/BOS & 6-2 w/SEA; Played for 8 teams over 25 seasons; Mariners promotion)
FCR -    Josh Sullivan, Tomball, TX
Incorrect answers:  Rick Sutcliffe

WEEKLY THEME – Pitchers with four hundred home runs surrendered

Pitcher                HRs
Blyleven             430
Carlton               414
Jenkins               484
Johnson             411
Moyer                522
Niekro                482
Roberts              505
Spahn                 434
Sutton                472
Tanana               448
Wakefield         418
Wells                   407

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

Incorrect theme guesses:

               -  Pitchers who played on the same team in more than one city
               -  Left-handed pitchers who have won the Cy Young Award
                  Something about lefties
               -  Lefties that lead their league in games started in consecutive seasons
               -  Hall of Famers who retired from Organized Baseball then resumed playing
               -  Lefthanded pitchers with the most wins
               -  Pitchers with over 5,000 career innings in the live ball era.

               -  Hall of Fame pitchers with 20+ years in the big leagues
               -  Hall of Fame pitchers whose last names end in N
               -  Top ten all-time leaders in NL games started.
               -  Pitchers with 240 or More Career Losses
               -  Winningest South paws
               -  Weekly theme, pitchers with over 5,000 innings in their careers.
               -  Pitchers with over 300 wins
               -  300 game winners in the post war era
               -  Pitchers with more than 100 wins after age 35
               -  Hall of Famers who pitched for the Braves
               -  300 game winners who never won a Cy Young award
               -  Opposing pitchers with the most lifetime wins at Wrigley Field

               -  300 game winners who gave up 350 or more home runs
               -  300 game winners who gave up 300 or more home runs
               -  Players who played into their 40s
               -  300 game winners

               -  3,000 K Club

               -  Oldest players to win 20 games in a season

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

April 14-20, 2014 All-Star Players Born in California’s San Fernando Valley

Q.         Which Hall of Famer was married to a Hall of Famer?
Hint:     Three seasons after winning a Cy Young Award, he led a World Series championship team in batting.  (20 PA min.)
Hint      His nickname is also that of a city he never played in.
Twint:    He was a minor league teammate of Tommy Lasorda.
A.         Don Drysdale (Married basketball player Ann Meyers 01‑Nov‑1986; 1965 Dodgers, CYA 1962; “Bid D” [Dallas]; W/Lasorda on the 1955 Montreal Royals)
FCR -    Pete Piet, Chicago, IL
Incorrect answers: 

Q.         What brawny ex-Bruin was once traded for Scott Rolen?
Hint:     He was the World Series MVP the only time his franchise won a World Series.
Hint:     He once hit 47 home runs in a season and didn’t get a single MVP vote.
Hint:     He won a Bronze Medal playing for the U.S. Olympic baseball team.
Twint:    Only he and Hank Aaron hit as many as 47 home runs in a season without hitting ten in any calendar month that year.
A.         Troy Glaus (Attended UCLA; Rolen trade14‑Jan‑2008; WS MVP 2002 w/ANA; 47 HR 2000; 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta; Aaron 47 HR in 1971 [and was 3rd in the MVP voting w/180!])
FCR -    Rich Klein, Plano, TX
Incorrect answers:  Luis Gonzalez, Mark McGwire, Dick Groat, Adam Dunn, Ken Caminiti, Juan Gonzalez

Q.         Who was the last pitcher from a Chicago team to win the Cy Young Award?
Hint:     He snubbed the Red Sox when they drafted him and instead went on to win the "Baseball America" Freshman of the Year Award, given to the country’s top first-year college player.
Hint:     His fifteen complete games one season wouldn’t impress Jack Chesbro or Vic Willis, but that total was the highest of its decade.
Twint:    His university’s mascot changed from a bird to a color shortly before his arrival.
A.         Jack McDowell (CYA 1993
FCR -    Patrick Roth, Chicago, IL
Incorrect answers:  Mark Buehrle, Fergie Jenkins, Wilbur Wood, LaMarr Hoyt, Greg Maddux, Mark Prior, Rick Sutcliffe, Steve Stone, Carlos Zambrano, Kerry Wood, J.D. Drew

Q.         Who made, according to the MLB television channel, made the greatest home-run-robbing catch ever.
Hint:     Mike Lamb certainly thinks so.
Twint:    Neither he nor his father actually ever served in the military.
A.         Gary Matthews, Jr. (Catch; Gary Matthews, Sr., both nicknamed "Sarge")
FCR -    Matt Dicker, Chicago, IL
Incorrect answers:  Jim Edmonds, Bo Jackson, Endy Chavez, Torii Hunter, Mike Trout, Kenny Lofton, Ken Griffey, Jr.

Q.         Who is the first Giant to be named Rookie of the Year then fail to be elected to the Hall of Fame?
Hint:     He was, however, the 1st XROY 2B NLCS MVP. 
Hint:     He wrote a book that included the quote, "Say what you mean but pick your spots."
Twint:    Ted Turner received a one-year suspension by Bowie Kuhn for signing him in 1977 with Turner’s responding to this by saying, "I’m thankful he didn’t order me shot."
A.         Gary Matthews, Sr. (ROY 1973, Willie Mays [1951]; Orlando Cepeda [1958] and Willie McCovey [1959] are all in the Hall; 1983 NLCS MVP (In this case 2B = "to be” not "second baseman"; Matthewsisms from  "They Call Me Sarge", written to advise rookies; Turner suspended for recruiting Sarge before he became a free agent.)
FCR -    Micki Maynard, Phoenix, AZ
Incorrect answers:  Chris Speier, Marco Scutaro, Jeff Kent, Robby Thompson, Jim Ray Hart, Bill White, Alvin Dark, Orlando Cepeda, Willie McCovey, John Montefusco, Jack Sanford, Ron Hunt

Q.         What Dirtbag pitcher, with a record of 31-13 over the past two seasons in the majors, has started this year 0‑2?
Hint:     He doesn't look 6'7", does he?
Twint:    His brother is almost as tall.
A.         Jered Weaver (Long Beach State alum, baseball mascot = Dirtbags; Brother Jeff Weaver)
FCR -    David Girdany, Somerset, PA
Incorrect answers:  Justin Verlander, Stephen Strasburg, Doug Fister, Anibal Sanchez, Brandon McCarthy, Zach Greinke, A.J. Burnett, Clay Bucholz, Chris Sale, Cliff Lee

Q.         Who is the only pitcher in the playoff era to give up ten earned runs in a game and still collect the win?
Hint:     He finished the second-half of that season with a 10-4 record leading his team into the playoffs.
Hint:     In his only World Series, he was relieved after 6.1 innings in Game 6 with a 5-0 lead with his team up three games to two.
Hint:     His team collapsed, losing that game and the deciding game seven.
Twint:    He found himself on another team the next season, but led the league in wins and made his only All-Star Game appearance.
A.         Russ Ortiz (21‑May‑2000 16-10 victory over MIL; lost 2000 NLDS to NYM; 2002 WS SFG vs ANA; Game 6
FCR -    Doug Greenwald, San Francisco            , CA
Incorrect answers:  Bruce Kison, Bruce Hurst, Dave McNally, Brandon McCarthy, John Lackey, Juaquin Andujar, Catfish Hunter, Livan Hernandez

Q.         Who was the first rookie to earn a save in the final game of a World Series?
Hint:     He grew up in a small cabin in rural Idaho which made some think he couldn’t handle the pressure of being a closer in the majors.
Hint:     Despite this, in his third year in the majors, he tied the established record by retiring 41 consecutive batters.
Twint:    Due in no small part to his girth and height, he was named the spokesperson for the Breakfast McGriddle in the Windy City.
A.         Bobby Jenks (G 4 2005 WS; Jim Barr retired 41 in 1972, with teammate Mark Buehrle breaking the record with 45 in 2009; listed at 6'4", 275 lbs.)
FCR -    Patrick Roth, Chicago, IL
Incorrect answers:  Jim Barr, Jesse Orosco, Todd Worrell, Adam Wainwright, Larry Sherry, Grover Cleveland Alexander, Francisco Rodriguez, Joe Page, Mark Wohlers

WEEKLY THEME – All-Star players born in California’s San Fernando Valley, ergo "Valley Guys"

Players          City
Drysdale   -    Van Nuys
McDowell  -    Van Nuys
Weaver      -    Northridge
Glaus        -    Tarzana
Matthews   -    San Fernando
Ortiz          -    Van Nuys
Jenks        -    Mission Hills
Matthews, Jr.    -    San Francisco (unintentionally misleading—Sorry—we’re normally intentional with those.

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Josh Murphy, Cedar Rapids, IA

Incorrect theme guesses:

               -  MLB ties to UCLA
               -  Players who married woman named Ann


               -  Angels who played for Pac 10 teams
               -  College World Series winners
               -  Willie McGee

               -  Theme has to do with college?  Maybe PAC 10?
               -  Something to do with them all being Angels players

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

April 7-13, 2014 Players who finished 2nd in home runs in the major leagues in consecutive seasons

Q.         Who was the first player to win the Most Valuable Player Award at two different positions?
Hint:     In 1938 he fell two homers short of tying Babe Ruth's single season record.
Hint:     He was Hammerin' Hank before Hammerin' Hank.
Twint:    He lost nearly four years to military service partly due to the fact that he re-enlisted after Pearl Harbor was attacked.
A.         Hank Greenberg (MVP 1935 1B, 1940 LF; 58 HR 1938 to Ruth’s 60; Nickname the same as Henry Aaron; Out from early 1941-1944, he was discharged 05-Dec-1941, but signed up again 30-Jan-1942)
FCR -    Will McCracken, Bradenton, FL
Incorrect answers:  Hack Wilson, Robin Yount, Jimmie Foxx, Alex Rodriquez

Q.         Whose towering blast in the nation's capital became the first "tape measure" home run?
Hint:     The uniform number he became famous for is not the number he first wore.
Twint:    "I would have hated to be named Gordon."
A.         Mickey Mantle (HR off Chuck Stobbs 17‑Apr‑1953 out of Griffith Stadium, traveling a purported 565 feet, as measured and reported by Yankee publicity director Red Patterson; Well-known for wearing (being!) #7, originally wore #6;  Named by his father after future Hall of Famer Mickey Cochrane, who had won the AL MVP 3 years before; Cochrane's birth name was Gordon.)
FCR -    Robert Heckman, Alexandria, VA
Incorrect answers:  Harmon Killebrew, Frank Howard, Ted Williams

Q.         Who was the first Atlanta Brave to win a league Most Valuable Player Award?
Hint:     To show it wasn’t a fluke, he won another the very next year.
Hint:     He hit more career homers than Tony Perez, Orlando Cepeda, Ralph Kiner or Joe DiMaggio but never earned enough votes to gain entry into the Hall of Fame.
Twint:    Russ Nixon said of him "He's scary.  Do they have something above MVP?"
A.         Dale Murphy (MVP 1982-83; 398 HR [Perez 379, Cepeda 379, Kiner 369, DiMaggio 361]; It might be worth noting that Nixon was coach for the last-place Reds those two seasons.)
FCR -    Joel Gross, Dunwoody, GA
Incorrect answers:  Bob Horner, Dwayne Murphy , Terry Pendleton, Eddie Matthews, Joe Adcock, Jeff Burroughs, Darrell Evans

Q.         Babe Ruth held the career home run record for over forty years and three months.  Whose record did he break originally?
Hint:     He led his league once in home runs, once in RBI and once in batting average.
Hint:     Alas, they were not in the same season.
Twint:    His wife gave him a weather vane made from baseball bats.  It stood as a landmark in Waterbury, Connecticut for years after his retirement from the game.
Twint:    His is the example most people use when explaining why left-handed throwers shouldn’t play third base.
A.         Roger Connor (Ruth broke both his records:  For… a. # of career homers and b. Time holding that record; Connor tallied 138 HRs, a record for 26 years, 25 days, Ruth passed him in 1921; Led in HR w/14 in 1890, in RBI w/130 in 1889 & in avg. w/.371 in 1885; Committed 60 E in 83 G @ 3B as a rookie in 1880.)
FCR -    Gary Glasser, Fort Lee, NJ
Incorrect answers:  Frank Baker, Cy Williams, Hank Aaron, Tris Speaker, Sam Crawford, Socks Seybold, Babe Ruth, Buck Freeman, Everett Scott, Sam Thompson, Ken Williams, Wally Pipp, Bob Johnson, Ned Williamson

Q.         Which post-expansion Washington Senator won his league's RBI title, home run title, most walks and most intentional bases-on-balls, but only finished 5th in the AL MVP voting?
Hint:     The year he won a World Series ring, both of his postseason extra-base hits were off a future Hall of Famer.
Hint:     As a junior in college, he was an All-American basketball player and was drafted by the NBA.
Twint:    At the time he retired, he led his franchise in total home runs, RBI, bases-on-balls, extra-base hits, on-base %, slugging, OPS, games played, at-bats, inter alia.
A.         Frank Howard (1970 stats: 44 HR, 126 RBI, 132 BB, 29 IBB lost to Boog Powell who didn't lead in a single offensive category; 1963 WS G 1 2B & G 4 HR off Whitey Ford; Played basketball at Ohio State, NBA 1958 draft 3rd round, 5th pick; Texas Rangers franchise, which includes 1901-1971 when they were the Washington Senators.)
FCR -    Bob Chan, Oakland, CA
Incorrect answers:  Harmon Killebrew, Jeff Burroughs, Roy Sievers

Q.         Who is the only player to hit 23 triples in a season since 1950?
Hint:     The following year he led the American League in triples with 13.
Hint:     He hit an Opening Day home run in his first at-bat as a Yankee.
Twint:    He is putting up $5 million of the $7 million need to build a stadium at his alma mater, the University of Illinois at Chicago.
A.         Curtis Granderson (23 3b in 1949: Dale Mitchell; 13 3b 2008; HR 04‑Apr‑2010; UIC announcement)
FCR -    David Krassin, New York, NY
Incorrect answers:  Rickey Henderson, Willie Wilson, Tim Raines, Derek Jeter, Dale Mitchell, Ichiro Suzuki, Jim Rice, Rod Carew, Roy White, Mickey Rivers, Lance Johnson, Bobby Bonds, Willie Mays, Bernie Williams

Q.         Who was the first player to hit three home runs in a game thrice in a season?
Hint:     He once sat next to the First Lady during the State of the Union Address.
Hint:     He was the last player to collect a combined 300 Runs + RBI in a season.
Twint:    Some say he has tried to save face by changing race.
A.         Sammy Sosa (09‑Aug‑, 22‑Aug‑ & 23‑Sep‑2001; SOUA 1999; 2001:  146 R + 160 RBI; Pigment change story)
FCR -    Richard Tharp, Gaithersburg, MD
Incorrect answers:  Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, Jeff Bagwell, Barry Bonds, Manny Ramirez, Stan Musial, Ted Williams, Babe Ruth, Johnny Mize, Mark McGwire, Ben Oglivie, Ryan Braun, George Brett, Henry Aaron

Q.         Who was the first New York Mets player to lead the National League in home runs?
Hint:     His batting average that season was fourteen points lower than the National League Cy Young Award winner's.
Hint:     He holds the record for most home runs in a final season.
Twint:    In his only major league pitching appearance, he finished a game started by Juan Marichal, Sam McDowell, Don Carrithers and Elias Sosa in an 11-0 losing effort.
A.         Dave Kingman (1982 37 HR; .204 BA to Steve Carlton’s .218; 35 HR 1986; 15-Apr-1973)
FCR -    Dean Kloner, New York, NY
Incorrect answers:  Howard Johnson, Eddie Murray, George Foster, Frank Thomas, Daryl Strawberry, Ralph Kiner, Mike Piazza, Richie Ashburn

Q.         Who was the founding member of the 30/30 Club?
Hint:     He holds the records for fewest games played in a 100-RBI season.
Twint:    Although born 74 years apart, he and his namesake are the only two major leaguers to attend Fort Pleasant High School, San Jose, CA.
A.         Ken Williams (30/30 in 1922 w/39 HR & 37 SB, [There WAS no "club" until Willie Mays went 36-40 in 1956.]; 105 RBI in 102 G 1925; Ken Williams, born 1964)
FCR -    Josh Sullivan, Tomball, TX
Incorrect answers:  Bobby Bonds, Rusty Staub, Barry Larkin, Willie Mays, Jose Canseco, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle, Baby Doll Jacobsen, Frank Robinson

Q.         Who was the first player with a three-home-run game in each league?
Hint:     At the height of his career, he was arrested for fishing out of season.  (Yes—fishing!)
Twint:    He was also arrested at age seven for repeated theft.
A.         Babe Ruth (3HR 21‑May‑1930 w/NYY & 25‑May‑1935 w/BSN [He also did it twice in interleague play:  06‑Oct‑1926 & 09‑Oct‑1928; Fishing arrest)
FCR -    Mark Kanter, Portsmouth, RI
Incorrect answers:  Johnny Mize, Frank Robinson, Jim Thome

Q.         Who was the last player to hit four triples in one game?
Hint:     His record of reaching base in 64 straight games stood for fifty years.
Hint:     He led the majors with 123 bases-on-balls in his rookie season.
Twint:    He was succeeded by a future Hall of Fame manager who then managed the final 22 games of his 2,288-game career.
A.         Bill Joyce (4 3b 18‑May‑1897, George Strief the only other player with 4 3b in 1 G 25‑Jun‑1885; OB record 1891-1941; 123 BB 1890 in the Players’ League; Managed the NY Giants to a respectable 179-122 record 1896-98 but was succeeded by Cap Anson, who bowed out with an unremarkable 9-22.)
FCR -    Micki Maynard, Phoenix, AZ
Incorrect answers:  Joe Morgan, Ted Williams, Baby Doll Jacobson, Eddie Yost, Billy Hamilton, Tris Speaker, Joe DiMaggio

Q.         Who was the first player to lead the American League in hits playing for two teams?
Hint:     After he committed 86 errors at third base in one year, still a National League record for that position, he was wisely re-assigned.
Hint:     Contemporaries believed that had he played in the 1920s and1930s, he’d have been a power hitter on par with the best of that era.
Twint:    After retiring, he coached baseball at West Virginia University, his alma mater.
Twint:    Not stopping there, he later became mayor of Morgantown.
Twint:    He appeared in the rare 1903 E1007 Breisch Williams baseball card set.
A.         Charlie Hickman (179 H w/BOS & CLE; 86 E in 1900 playing for NYG)
FCR -    Josh Sullivan, Tomball, TX
Incorrect answers:  Frank Baker, Ned Williamson, Ginger Beaumont, Roger Connor, Wee Willie Keeler, Kevin Mitchell

WEEKLY THEME – Players who finished 2nd in home runs in the major leagues in consecutive seasons.

Player          Years/HRs       Behind
Connor         1887 / 17      Billy O'Brien / 19
                    1888 / 14      Jimmy Ryan / 16
Granderson    2011 / 41      Jose Bautista / 43
                    2012 / 43      Miguel Cabrera / 44
Greenberg      1939 / 33      Jimmie Foxx / 35
                    1940 / 41      Johnny Mize / 43
Hickman       1902 / 11      Socks Seybold / 16
                    1903 / 12      Buck Freeman / 13
Howard         1969 / 48      Harmon Killebrew / 49
                    1970 / 44      Johnny Bench / 45
Joyce            1894 / 17      Hugh Duffy / 18
                    1895 / 17      Sam Thompson / 18
Kingman       1975 / 36      Mike Schmidt / 38
                    1976 / 37      Schmidt / 38
Mantle          1960 / 40      Ernie Banks / 41
                    1961 / 54      Roger Maris / 61
Murphy         1984 / 36      Tony Armas / 43
                    1985 / 37      Darrell Evans / 40
Ruth             1932 / 41      Jimmie Foxx / 58
                    1933 / 34      Foxx / 48
Sosa             1998 / 66      Mark McGwire / 70
                    1999 / 63      McGwire / 65
Williams        1921 / 24      Babe Ruth / 59
                    1922 / 39      Rogers Hornsby / 42

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – No one

Incorrect theme guesses:

               -  Famous Jewish players
               -  Baseball players featured on USPS postage stamps
               -  Players who debuted as the youngest player in the league
               -  Sluggers who retired in their 30s
               -  Unanimous American League MVPs
               -  Players who debuted as the youngest in their league and went on to win multiple MVP awards
               -  American League home run champs
               -  50+ home run hitters
               -  Home Run leaders with 50 or more in a season
               -  Hitters who have led the league in walks and strikeouts in the same season

               -  Back-to-back MVP award winners
               -  Home run leaders by decade
               -  First time MVP and RBI champs in the same year
               -  Debuted at teenagers, won multiple MVP awards
               -  Debuted as teenagers, led the league in home runs multiple times
               -  A team made up with a multiple MVP in each position
               -  Multiple MVP's

               -  Players who won a HR title playing OF and 1B

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