Sunday, January 18, 2015

January 12-18, 2015 Three-homer games five or more times

Q.         Who is the only player to collect 100+ RBI in three consecutive years for three different teams?
Hint:     He had been the Sporting News College Player of the Year before going pro.
Hint:     He was the first major leaguer to use bats made by the Original Maple Bat Corp.
Twint:    He was the first Blue Jay to hit a home into the fifth deck at Sky Dome.
A.         JOE CARTER (105 RBI for CLE in 1989, 115 for SDP in 1990, 108 for TOR in 1991; SNCPOY 1981, 1st maple bat use 1997; 5th deck HR 27-Jul-1996)
FCR -    Kirk Colwell, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Incorrect answers:  Robin Ventura, Pete Incaviglia, Greg Vaughn, Reggie Jackson, Milton Bradley, Reggie Sanders, Dave Winfield, Adam Dunn, Bobby Bonds, Gary Sheffield

Q.         Who leads all Puerto Rican-born players in career home runs?
Hint:     …in career runs-batted-in?
Hint:     …in bases-on-balls?
Hint:     Alas, he also leads in strikeouts.
Hint:     In the game where he hit his 300th career home run, he also hit three more.
Twint:    He was MVP of the Southern League with the Knoxville Smokies at age 21.
A.         CARLOS DELGADO (473 HR; 1,512 RBI; 1,109 BB; 1,745 Ks; 4-HR G 25-Sep-2003)
FCR -    Bill Deane, Cooperstown, NY
Incorrect answers:  Orlando Cepeda, Roberto Clemente, Juan Gonzalez, Sammy Sosa, Mark Teixeira

Q.         What home run champion had a batting average lower than that of his league’s Cy Young Award winner that season?
Hint:     His hit the first and third home runs surrendered by that pitcher surrendered that same year.
Hint:     Besides Hall of Famers Lou Gehrig and Jimmie Foxx, he is the only player with eight RBI in three different games.
Twint:    He was a tops moundsman for Hall of Fame coach Rod Dedeaux.
Twint:    Slugger Jim Thome recounts his childhood memories of seeking this player’s autograph.
A.         DAVE KINGMAN (1982 w/37 HR, hit .204 while NL CYA Steve Carlton hit .218 [Note: Several readers found that CYA Bob Gibson outhit HR champ Johnny Bench .303 to .293 in 1970.]; HR off Carlton Autograph story)
FCR -    Eugene Schwartz, Weston, CT
Incorrect answers:  Duke Snider, Al Rosen, Harmon Killebrew, Willie Mays, Ralph Kiner, Hank Aaron, Graig Nettles, Mark Reynolds

Q.         Who is the only player to have over 700 plate appearances in a season where he hit 60 home runs?
Hint:     He twice led the majors in RBIs, and twice led his league in homers, but not in the same years.
Hint:     Despite his nickname, he never won or played in a “Majors Championship”.
Twint:    And really, you shouldn’t blame Bartman for that.  There is still the matter of the goat.
A.         SAMMY SOSA (stats 66/63/64HR with 722/712/711PA 1998/99/2001; RBI 158/160 1998/2001, HR 50/49 2000/2002; Cubs announcer Chip Caray called him “Slammin’ Sammy”, the same nickname as Sam Snead who won 7 Major Championships to Sosa’s WS goose egg; Cubs “Billy Goat Curse”)
FCR -    Charles Vascellaro, Baltimore, MD
Incorrect answers:  Jimmie Foxx, Mark McGwire

Q.         Who ended Don Mattingly’s five-straight-Gold-Glove streak?
Hint:     It was the only such honor of his career.
Hint:     He holds the record for most total homers hit in two consecutive seasons.
Twint:    Of him it was said "He hit a pop-up against us one day that went so high . . . all nine guys on our team called for it."
A.         MARK McGWIRE (1b GG 1990 after 1985-89 Donnie Baseball’s first streak of GG wins.  He then won 91-94; 135 homers [70/65 HR 1998-99]; Quote by Marlins coach Rich Donnelly)
FCR -    Dean Kloner, New York, NY
Incorrect answers:  Wally Joiner, Fred McGriff, Cecil Fielder

Q.         Who was the first National League position player to come in second in MVP voting in back-to-back seasons?
Hint:     His first sports passion was tennis and he won a county championship as a young man.
Hint:     At age fifteen, he was playing on a college varsity baseball team.
Hint:     At age seventeen, he was signed to a major league contract after a scout watched him for only one game.
Twint:    He is the only player to hit fifty home runs in a season with fewer than fifty strike outs.
Twint:    He finished his career with five consecutive World Series championship rings.
A.         JOHNNY MIZE (2nd in MVP voting 1939-40; Piedmont College; 1947 51 HR/42 Ks; 1949-53 NYY WS)
FCR -    Jan Finkel, Swanton, MD
Incorrect answers:  Eddie Murray, Mike Trout, Babe Ruth, Eddie Collins

WEEKLY THEME – Three-homer games five or more times

Slugger      Date                 Victim(s)
Carter*        29-Aug-1986      B. Stanley, S. Stewart, T. Seaver
                  28-May-1987     W. Gardner, J. Leister, T. Bolton
                  24-Jun-1989      C. Hough
                  19-Jul-1989       G. Gonzalez, A. Anderson
                  23-Aug-1993      J. Hernandez, A. Lopez

Delgado     04-Aug-1998      T. Stottlemyre, E. Gunderson, D. Patterson
                  06-Aug-1999      R. Helling, J. Zimmerman
                  04-Apr-2001      P. Wilson, D. Creek, K. Hill
                  20-Apr-2001      M. Suzuki, T. Cogan, R. Hernandez
                  25-Sep-2003**   J. Sosa, J. Kennedy, L. Carter

Kingman     04-Jun-1976      B. Hooton, A. Downing
                  14-May-1978     D. Rau, M. Garman, R. Rhoden
                  17-May-1979     R. Lerch, D. Bird, R. Reed
                  28-Jul-1979       P. Falcone, N. Allen
                  16-Apr-1984      M. Young, E, Vande Berg

Sosa          05-Jun-1996      T. Mulholland, R. Springer
                  15-Jun-1998      C. Eldred
                  09-Aug-2001      M. Hampton, G. White
                  22-Aug-2001      M. Suzuki, R. Coppinger
                  23-Sep-2001      T. Redding
                  10-Aug-2002      S. Chacon, M. Corey

McGwire     27-Jun-1987      K. Schrom, E. Vande Berg, S. Bailes
                  11-Jun-1995      Z. Smith
                  14-Apr-1998      J. Suppan, B. Manuel
                  05-May-1998     T. Green, W. Gomes
                  18-May-2000     C. Schilling, W. Gomes

Mize           13-Jul-1938       J. Turner
                  20-Jul-1938       S. Castleman, B. Lohrman
                  13-May-1940     J. Vander Meer, E. Riddle, M. Shoffner
                  08-Sep-1940      R. Sewell, D. Lanahan, D. MacFayden
                  24-Apr-1947      J. Sain
                  15-Sep-1950      A. Houtteman

*Had an addition 3-HR day, but over 2 games of a double-header:  11-Aug-1989 (2)
** 4-HR G

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Carl Morton, Vernal, UT

Incorrect theme guesses:

Monday   -  Most RBI not in the Hall of Fame

Thursday  -  Retired players who hit three home runs in a game more than three times and are not in the Hall of Fame

Friday      -  Players who matched their league leading rbi total in a different season where they did not lead the league

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