Sunday, September 28, 2014

September 22-28, 2014 Players with multiple seasons of 50 home runs

Q.         Who was the first player to have uniform #7 retired?
Hint:     His numbers were astronomical.  So was his nickname.
Hint      "He's the best prospect I've ever seen." - Branch Rickey
Twint:    Quoth he, "I don't care who you are, you hear those boos."
A.         MICKEY MANTLE (#7 Ret. 08-Jun-1969 [Craig Biggio is the only other player to have #7 retired.]; "The Commerce Comet")
FCR -    David Ramsden, Barcelona, Spain
Incorrect answers:  Dominic DiMaggio, Pete Reiser

Q.         Who is the only player to lead the league in runs scored for more seasons than did Ted Williams?
Hint:     Every time he led, he led the majors, not just his league.
Hint:     All his counterpart runs leaders in the other league, saving one, made it to the Hall of Fame.
Twint:    No one better
A.         BABE RUTH (Eight (8!) times:    Year    total     Over           #
1919     103       Burns           86
1920     158       Burns         115
1921     177       Hornsby     131
1923     151       Youngs      121
1924     143       Hornsby     121
                        Frisch        121
1926     139       Cuyler        113
1927     158       Hornsby     133
                        Waner        133
1928     163       Waner        142
FCR -    Cappy Gagnon, South Bend, IN
Incorrect answers:  Rickey Henderson, Pete Rose, Stan Musial, Ty Cobb, Joe DiMaggio, Eddie Yost

Q.         Who garnered MVP votes in in 14 of his first full 15 seasons in the majors, taking home the top prize thrice?
Hint:     His season in that string with no MVP votes, his second, he still made the All-Star team.
Hint:     He and a former #1-ranked professional tennis player share a nickname.
Twint:    Despite that success, his team's owner called a contract with this player "…one of his biggest regrets."
Twint:    654 and holding…
A.         ALEX RODRIGUEZ (MVP votes 1996, 1998-2010, MVP in 2003, 05, 07; AS 1996-98, 2000-08, 2010-11; TEX owner Tom Hicks, referring to Rodriguez' 2001 contract; "A-Rod", Andy Roddick; Career HR total, but potentially could increase)
FCR -    Tommy Garber, Austin, TX
Incorrect answers:  Albert Pujols, Yogi Berra, Chipper Jones, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Stan Musial, Mike Schmidt, Joe DiMaggio

Q.         Who is the only player to play in every inning of eleven All-Star games?
Hint:     He would likely have been Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year had it not been for the accomplishment of a certain English doctor.
Hint:     He had eight consecutive 100-RBI seasons, never, however, leading the league during that stretch.
Twint:    He endorsed Chesterfield cigarettes, though he rarely smoked.
Twint:    He endorsed Red Man chew, even though he never used smokeless tobacco.
A.         WILLIE MAYS (1957, 58, 59a, 59b, 61a, 61b, 62a, 64, 65, 66 & 68; Roger Bannister broke the 4-minute mile in 1954; Mays never led the league in RBI, but retired 8th on the all-time career RBI list.)
FCR -    Victor Piacentile, Yorktown Heights, NY
Incorrect answers:  Stan Musial, Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle, Derek Jeter, Cal Ripken, Albert Belle, Ted Williams, Hank Aaron

Q.         Who is the only A's first baseman to win the Gold Glove Award?
Hint:     Claims he's never owned an ox of any color.
Hint:     He was the first player to receive the Players Choice Man of the Year award.
Twint:    He was the first National Leaguer to hit thirty home runs before the All-Star break twice.
Twint:    He and Ray Langford were the first National League teammates to combine for 100 home runs in a season.
A.         MARK McGWIRE (GG 1990; Often compared to Paul Bunyan whose legendary pet ox Babe, was blue; PC MOY)
FCR -    Mark Camps, Albany, CA
Incorrect answers:  Jimmie Foxx, Josh Donaldson, Vic Power a, Orlando Cepeda, Al Simmons
            a Reader Dave Johnson pointed out that Power should also qualify as an answer to the question because he played more games at first base for the Philadelphia A’s than the Cleveland Indians in 1958.  Power won the second ever GG @ 1b, but was with the Indians at the time the award was given.  Just imagine the word "Oakland" in the question and we'll be fine.

Q.         Who is the only player to hit his 500th home run for the Reds?
Hint:     It was hit on Fathers' Day, with his father in the stands.
Hint:     It was a two-run home run, with a Hall of Famer scoring ahead of him.
Hint:     His first major league hit was a double off of the newly-appointed Diamondbacks GM.
Twint:    He is the only three-time winner of the Home Run Derby.
A.         KEN GRIFFEY, JR. (500th HR 20-Jun-2004 [Turns out no scored ahead of him.  It was a solo shot as he was the first batter of the 6th inning.]; 2b 03-Apr-1989 off Dave Stewart, ARI new GM)
FCR -    Morris Buenemann, Florissant, MO
Incorrect answers:  Adam Dunn, Sammy Sosa, Jim Thome

Q.         What slugger set the American League record by collecting 104 RBI just in his home park in a season?
Hint:     He also had 71 on the road that year.
Hint:     He had 100 RBI in thirteen consecutive seasons, putting him in a tie with Lou Gehrig and Alex Rodriguez for that major league record.
Twint:    He is the first player to win Most Valuable Player Awards in consecutive seasons.
A.         JIMMIE FOXX (104 RBI at Fenway in 1938; 100 RBI 1929-41; MVP 1932-33)
FCR -    Andrew Distler, New York, NY
Incorrect answers:  Manny Ramirez, Hank Greenberg, Lou Gehrig, Hack Wilson, Barry Bonds, Juan Gomzalez

Q.         Who, in his first year with the team, hit as many home runs as had ever been hit in a season in the 64-year history of that franchise?
Hint:     The record had been established by a rookie a mere eight years earlier.
Hint:     He still holds the season home run record for the franchise.
Twint:    The Saturday Evening Post published a story with his byline entitled "The Home Run I Would Hate to Hit", about not wanting to break the Babe's season home run record.
Twint:    More than fifty years later he admitted, "That was a big fat lie."
Twint:    Of major league players born in his home state, he is the only one inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame.
A.         RALPH KINER (23 HR, PIT 1946, established by Johnny Rizzo in 1938; 54 HR 1949; SABR BIO regarding the story and his recanting of the sentiment)
FCR -    No one
Incorrect answers:  Roy Sievers, Harmon Killebrew, Hank Greenberg, Roger Maris, Babe Ruth, Albert Belle, Mark McGwire, Brady Anderson, Frank Robinson, Eddie Mathews

Q.         Who owns the highest season RBI total in the National League since Hack Wilson's otherworldly 191 in 1930?
Hint:     He once led the league in runs scored, RBIs, intentional walks and total bases but had no stolen bases with only two attempts.
Hint:     Despite this, he had over 200 stolen bases in his eighteen-year career.
Hint:     Jason Giambi said of him "Yellowstone might be the only park that could hold him.  He's the best of the best. "
Twint:    It was once tweeted that a photo of his looked "downright vampiric".
A.         Sammy Sosa (2001: R 146 / RBI 160 / TB 425 / IBB 37; 234 SB; Known to be “skin bleaching”, Giambi quote at the 2002 Home Run Derby; Panamanian TV personality Nairobi Dacosta uploaded a photo on her Twitter of Sosa looking “downright vampiric”)
FCR -    Darrell Hanson, Altoona, IA
Incorrect answers:  Barry Bonds, Manny Ramirez, Hack Wilson, Prince Fielder, Chuck Klein b, Ernie Banks, Tommy Davis
b170 RBI, but in the very same season as Wilson.

WEEKLY THEME – Players with multiple seasons of 50 home runs:

Ruth           -     1920     54*                   *Won league HR title
                  -     1921     59*                   **Won league MVP
                  -     1927     60*
                  -     1928     54*

Foxx           -     1932     58* **
                  -     1938     50**

Kiner           -     1947     51*
                  -     1949     54*

Mays          -     1955     51*
                  -     1965     52*

Mantle        -     1956     52* **
                  -     1961     54

Griffey        -     1997     56* **
                  -     1998     56*

McGwire     -     1996     52*
                  -     1997     58
                  -     1998     70*
                  -     1999     65*

Sosa          -     1998     66**
                  -     1999     63
                  -     2000     50*
                  -     2001     64

Rodriguez   -     2001     52*
                  -     2002     57*

                  -     2007     54* **

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Morris Buenemann of Florissant, MO

Incorrect theme guesses:

Monday   -  Players who held a record that Derek Jeter broke
               -  Yankees with retired numbers

Tuesday   -  NYY captains
               -  NYY retired numbers

               -  Yankees career home run leaders
               -  Yankees all-time strikeout leaders
               -  Yankee MVPs
               -  Players who played on the most World Series-winning teams
               -  Youngest batters to reach 500 HRs

Thursday  -  Players who held home run records that were broken

Saturday  -  Players who led the league in homers for more than one team
               -  Guy with more than 530 home runs

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

September 15-21, 2014 Pitchers who beat Bob Gibson in 1968

Q.         Who is the winningest black pitcher in major league history?
Hint:     He is also the winningest Canadian pitcher.
Hint:     He hit exactly one home run in his rookie season and hit it off an eventual Hall of Famer.
Hint:     It was the first home run given up in that pitcher's career.
Twint:    He tossed the first shutout in the history of Toronto’s Exhibition Stadium.
A.         FERGIE JENKINS (Sutton's pitching HR log; TO ShO 24-Apr-1977)
FCR -    Jon Lee, Albuquerque, NM
Incorrect answers:  Dennis Martinez, Dave Stewart, Ken Hill, Bob Gibson, Satchel Paige, CC Sabathia

Q.         Who was the first pitcher to win 25 games in a season for the Los Angeles Dodgers?
Hint:     He is also the first Dodger to accumulate his 200th win in Los Angeles.
Hint:     He received MVP votes four seasons of his fourteen-year career, but the only Cy Young Award votes he received were in the year he won the award.
Twint:    He was on The Donna Reed Show 16-Apr-1964The Flying Nun 17-Sep-1969 and The Brady Bunch in 25-Sep-1970, among other shows, all playing himself.
Twint:    … which makes sense—he grew up next to Hollywood.
A.         DON DRYSDALE (1962 25 W; Career W #200 26-Jun-1968; MVP votes in 1957, 62, 63 & 65, CYA 1962)
FCR -    Dave Serota, Kalamazoo, MI
Incorrect answers:  Fernando Valenzuela, Don Newcombe, Sandy Koufax, Don Sutton, Bob Welch

Q.         Prior to CC Sabathia who was the last Cleveland Indian to win the Cy Young Award?
Hint:     In the 1970s he had two fewer wins than Jim Palmer who led the decade with most wins.
Hint:     He did, however, lead the decade with the most complete games.
Twint:    He founded the Limestone College baseball program and was head coach from 1988-91.
A.         GAYLORD PERRY (1972 CYA [Sabathia 2007]; 184 W to Palmer's 186; 197 CG; Limestone College Gaffney, SC)
FCR -    Bob Muse, San Diego, CA
Incorrect answers:  Sam McDowell, Luis Tiant, Cliff Lee, Bert Blyleven, Jim Perry

Q.         Who is the only pitcher to start thirty games in a season twenty times?
Hint:     He holds the National League record for most career at-bats without a home run.
Hint:     His first thirteen decisions against the Chicago Cubs were losses.
Twint:    He surrendered the first career home runs of two Hall of Fame pitchers.
A.         DON SUTTON (1,354 NL AB; K'd Nolan Ryan 12-Apr-1980 & Fergie Jenkins 23‑Apr‑1966)
FCR -    Kevin Epstein, Austin, TX
Incorrect answers:  Cy Young, Phil Niekro, Warren Spahn, Nolan Ryan, Robin Roberts, Greg Maddux

Q.         What pitcher appeared in more games as a Pittsburgh Pirate than anyone else?
Hint:     He once had eighteen pitching victories in a season where he didn’t start a single game.
Twint:    He holds the Pirates' record for career saves.
A.         ROY FACE (802 G; 18-1 in 1959; 188 S)
FCR -    Jim McCoy, Melrose, MA
Incorrect answers:  Vern Law, Kent Tekulve, Herb Score

Q.         Who trailed only Tom Seaver in becoming the first 20-game winner for a National League expansion team?
Hint:     Seaver beat him by less than two weeks.
Hint:     He still holds the single-season and career records for innings pitched for the franchise.
Twint:    He and Robin Yount are the only All-Stars to attend Taft High School.
A.         LARRY DIERKER (20th W 17-Sep-1969 for HOU, Seaver's 20th W 05-Sep-1969; 305.1 IP 1969, 2,294.1 IP career; Taft HS Woodland Hills, CA)
FCR -    Kevin Warren, Briarcliff Manor, NY
Incorrect answers:  J.R. Richard, Steve Rogers, Fergie Jenkins, Don Wilson

Q.         What rookie pitcher, in only his ninth major league start, gave up a lead-off single then retired the next 26 in a row.
Hint:     He only faced 27 batters total since the runner was caught stealing for the first out.
Hint:     His starts before and after that outing were also complete game shutouts.
Hint:     Having three Hall of Fame teammates didn't hurt.
Hint:     He was once traded for a Hall of Famer.  (Others were involved.)
Twint:    His nickname, "The Fleming Flame", was based on the place he came from.
A.         WOODIE FRYMAN (Near perfecto 01-Jul-1966, 1b and CS by Ron Hunt; ShO 26-Jun & 05-Jul; Teammates Roberto Clemente, Willie Stargell & Bill Mazeroski; Traded by PIT for Jim Bunning 15-Dec-1967, Harold Clem, Bill Laxton and Don Money also went to PHI; Born in Fleming County, KY)
FCR -    Bob Chan, Oakland, CA
Incorrect answers:  Fernando Valenzuela, Milt Pappas, Ernie Shore, Mark Fidrych, Von McDaniel, Larry Jaster, Bill Singer, Steve Avery, Jim Bunning, Floyd Bannister, Dick Ellsworth, Bob Welch, Babe Ruth, Karl Spooner

Q.         Who was bested only by Bob Gibson for the National League ERA title in 1968?
Hint:     Five American League qualifiers, however, had better ERAs than his that year.
Hint:     The only other time he led even his team in ERA was the final season of his thirteen-year major league career.
Twint:    He was starting pitcher in the (modern) Milwaukee Brewers' first victory.
A.         BOBBY BOLIN (1.99 ERA; ALers: Tiant 1.603, McDowell 1.807, McNally 1.945, McLain 1.955, John 1.979 [ to his 1.987]; ERA w/BOS in 1973:  2.70; Brewers' W 11‑Apr‑1970)
FCR -    Jimmy Goggin, Williamsburg, VA
Incorrect answers:  Don Drysdale, Jerry Koosman, Juan Marichal, Bob Veale, Steve Blass, Luis Tiant, Denny McLain

WEEKLY THEME – Pitchers on the winning end of Bob Gibson's 9 losses in 1968.  It often took a heroic effort to beat him.  His 3-5 record at the end of May (albeit with a 1.52 ERA) that year did not presage greatness.

Jenkins       20-Apr        *Shutout     **No-hitter
Dierker        12-May
Fryman       17-May*
Drysdale     22-May*
Perry          28-May
Face           24-Aug
Bolin           06-Sep
Perry          17-Sep* **
Sutton        22-Sep*

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Randall Chandler, Germantown, TN

Incorrect theme guesses:

Monday-  Hall of Famers who never appeared in a World Series

Tuesday   -  Pitchers who won 20 games in the same season that they led the league in home runs hit by a pitcher

               -  HOF pitchers who won or lost 1-0 games played by the 1968 Cubs
               -  Starting pitchers in Cubs' 1-0 losses in 1968
               -  Cy young Award winning hall of Fame pitchers who had 4 consecutive years of pitching over 300 innings

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

September 8-14, 2014 Current major league teams that have never won a World Series

Q.         Frank Robinson was the first person of African descent to manage in the majors, but what was the last team he managed?
Hint:     Only in existence for a decade, they have already changed venues.
Twint:    They’re not even the first major league team in that city with that name.
FCR -    Neil Bhaerman, Pittsburgh, PA
Incorrect answers:  San Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers, Montreal Expos, Baltimore Orioles, Miami/Florida Marlins, New Jersey in the Atlantic League, Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies

Q.         What team holds the record for attendance in a single season?
Hint:     Dinger admires their many dingers.
Twint:    Their manager is a former Rookie of the Year Award winner.
A.         COLORADO ROCKIES (4,483,350 IN 1993 @ Mile High Stadium; Mascot Dinger; Mgr. Walt Weiss, 1988 AL ROY)
FCR -    Michael William, Newman, Fairfield, CT
Incorrect answers:  Toronto Blue Jays, Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox

Q.         What team played in the first MLB stadium dedicated by a sitting U.S. president?
Hint:     They lost what many baseball historians consider to be the most exciting postseason series of all time.
Twint:    Their current stadium has been thrice re-named.
A.         HOUSTON ASTROS (LBJ game 12-Apr-1965; 1980 NLCS; The Ballpark at Union Station (2000), Enron Field (2000–2002), Astros Field (February–July 2002), Minute Maid Park 2003-2014)
FCR -    Steve Bonfield, Calgary, AB
Incorrect answers:  Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Brooklyn Dodgers, Washington Senators, Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds, Oakland A’s, Arizona Diamondbacks, Texas Rangers

Q.         What team played under .400 ball before their exorcism, but have played at a .550 clip since?
Hint:     Their minor league affiliates include Crabs, Hot Rods and Biscuits.
Twint:    Their only Hall of Famer is better known for playing for two other American League East teams.
A.         TAMPA BAY RAYS(Got the "Devil" out after 2007; A Charlotte Stone Crabs, A Bowling Green Hot Rods, AA Montgomery Biscuits; Wade Boggs 11 yrs w/BOS, 5yrs /NYY, 1998-99 w/TBD)
FCR -    Jeremiah Begley, Washington, DC
Incorrect answers:  Baltimore Orioles, Toronto Blue Jays, Los Angeles Dodgers. St. Louis Cardinals

Q.         Who is the only modern [since 1961] expansion franchise to boast a career 400 HR hitter as well as a career 2,000 strikeout pitcher, both milestones accomplished with the team?
Hint:     Along the way, they have managed to accumulate two MVPs, two Cy Young Award winners, three Rookies of the Year including two collected in consecutive seasons.
Twint:    No team is likely to break their single-season victories record for some time.
A.         SEATTLE MARINERS (Ken Griffey, Jr. hit 417 HR for SEA, Randy Johnson amassed 2,162 K for them;
MVP:    Ken Griffey, Jr....... 1997
            Ichiro Suzuki.......... 2001

CYA:    Randy Johnson...... 1995
            Felix Hernandez...... 2010

ROY     Alvin Davis............ 1984
            Kazuhiro Sasaki..... 2000
            Ichiro Suzuki.......... 2001

In 2001, the team won 116 games in the regular season.)
FCR -    Jeff Fink, Howell, NJ
Incorrect answers:  Houston Astros, Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Angels, New York Mets, Miami Marlins, Toronto Blue Jays, Kansas City Royals, Atlanta Braves, Arizona Diamondbacks, Milwaukee Brewers, Minnesota Twins, Philadelphia Phillies, Baltimore Orioles, Senators/Rangers

Q.         What was the last American League team to utilize four managers during the course of a season?
Hint:     They were the only team to have at least one player in the starting lineup for the All-Star Game every year from 1992-2005.
Hint:     They picked up a messy victory when the Indians had to forfeit on 10-cent beer night.
Twint:    Vladimir Guerrero got at least one hit in each of the first 42 games he played against them.
A.         TEXAS RANGERS (4 mgrs. 1977, Frank Lucchesi [31-31], Eddie Stanky [1-0], Connie Ryan [1-0], Billy Hunter [60-33]; 10¢-Beer Night game 04-Jun-1974)
FCR -    Bill Carle, Lee’s Summit, MO
Incorrect answers:  New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians

Q.         Which is the only team to have three catchers hit for the cycle?  (Not in one year—that would be a record!)
Hint:     Those cycles represent three of the last seven for all catchers.
Hint:     Their longest-tenured manager was "recycled" to the Tigers.
Twint:    They once hosted a no-hitter that involved two (2!) of their division rivals.
A.         MILWAUKEE BREWERS (George Kottaras 03-Sep-2011, Chad Moeller 27-Aprl-2010, Charlie Moore 01-Oct-1980; the other 4 since Moore: Fisk, Gedman, Kendell and B. Molina; Mgr. Phil Garner 8 years w/MIL, nicknamed "Scrap Iron" next managed DET; Cubs Carlos Zambrano's no hitter 14-Sep-2008 against HOU with venue moved to Miller Park in Milwaukee (with a roof) due to Hurricane Ike knocking out the Astros home games.)
FCR -    Alex Poterack, Providence, RI
Incorrect answers:  Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants, Miami Marlins, New York Yankees

Q.         Which team has had two players win the Rookie of the Year Award—one a pitcher and the other a catcher—the only team with that combination?
Hint:     Their original owner grew up poor and fled Walla Walla, Washington when his father faced perjury charges.
Twint:    It was with this team that Gary Sheffield won his only batting title.
Twint:    The 22nd player to reach the 3,000 hit club was also with this team.
A.         SAN DIEGO PADRES (ROYs Butch Metzger 1976 & Benito Santiago 1987; 1st owner C. Arnholt Smith; Sheffield .330 in 1992, his only full year with the team; Tony Gwynn got H #3,000 06-Aug-1999)
FCR -    Jim McCoy, Melrose, MA
Incorrect answers:  Los Angeles Dodgers, Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Yankees, Detroit Tigers

WEEKLY THEME – Current major league teams that have never won a World Series

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Brian Wood, Pacific Grove, CA (after Monday!)

Incorrect theme guesses:

Monday   -  Teams that played in venue that held the Olympics

Tuesday   -  Teams who are managed by someone who was an All Star for a different franchise
               -  Teams managed by someone who won a WS as a player for a different franchise
               -  MLB teams with the same name as a previous professional franchise in their home city
               -  Teams Livan Hernandez pitched for

               -  Never won a single World Series game
               -  Expansion teams that changed names

Thursday  -  Expansion teams that had playoff draughts for at least 10 years

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