Sunday, February 15, 2015

February 9-15, 2015 Pitchers with 10 strikeouts and 10 walks in the same game

Q.         Who struck out seventeen batters in a major league game at the tender age of seventeen?
Hint:     He had a game of fifteen Ks just three weeks prior.
Hint:     He graced the cover of Time magazine and THEN graduated from high school.
Twint:    His rise to fame was as rapid as his fastball.
A.         BOB FELLER (17 K G 13-Sep-1936; 15 K G 23-Aug-1936; Time cover 19-Apr-1937, Graduation in May)
FCR -    Timothy Kearns, Washington, DC
Incorrect answers:  Dwight Gooden, Stephen Strasburg, David Clyde, Joe Nuxhall, Mark Fidrych, Herb Score, Lindy McDaniel

Q.         What fireballer ranks in the Top 5 for career strikeouts for three different franchises?
Hint:     He won a World Series ring with the only other team he played with.
Hint:     All four of the franchises he played for didn’t exist when Ted Williams played.
Twint:    By a whopping margin of 50, he holds the modern career record for wild pitches.
A.         NOLAN RYAN (Angels: #1 w/2,416 K, Astros: #1 w/1,866 K, Rangers #4 w/939 K [With the Mets, he only [ONLY!} ranks 23rd w/493 K.]; WS ring with the 1969 Mets; WP record 277, runner-up is Phil Niekro @ 226)
FCR -    Eugene Schwartz, Weston, CT
Incorrect answers:  Randy Johnson, Bert Blyleven, Roger Clemens, Curt Schilling

Q.         What Hall of Famer was the only pitcher to hit a walk-off grand slam for the Yankees?
Hint:     He is the only Yankee pitcher to throw over 200 complete games for them.
Hint:     No Yankee pitcher hit more career home runs and that doesn’t even take into account the ones he hit for the Red Sox and White Sox.
Twint:    He holds the all-time record for losses in a season by a Red Sox pitcher.
Twint:    He’s also in second place on the same list.
A.         RED RUFFING (GS 14-Apr-1933; 162 CG [Next is Lefty Gomez w/173]; 30 HR for NYY [6 for BOS, 0 for CHW; 25 L in 1928, 22 L in 1929)
FCR -    Fred Worth, Arkadelphia, AR
Incorrect answers:  Babe Ruth, Vic Raschi, Jack Chesbro, Bob Grim, Ed Lopat

Q.         What pitcher with 109 career losses did the Indians trade to the Giants for another pitcher with 109 career losses?
Hint:     Their years of major league service, salaries and career WAR were also nearly identical.
Hint:     He retired #8 on the all-time strikeout list in the liveball era.  The player he was traded for now occupies that very spot.
Hint:     When he joined the Indians as a rookie, he was five years younger than any other pitcher on the team.     
Twint:    Teammate All-Star pitcher Dick Radatz once said of him, "We thought he was just stupid.  It turned out he was never sober."
Twint:    He (Not Radatz) later became the Pirates' drug and alcohol counselor.
A.         SAM McDOWELL (Traded for Gaylord Perry: 9 yrs. Each, 1971 salaries $72K/$75K, WAR 42.3/42.3.; 18 Yrs old in 1961, next were Joe Shaffernoth and Bob Allen @ 23)
FCR -    Mark Jones, Birmingham, AL
Incorrect answers:  Gaylord Perry, Jack McDowell, Jim Perry

Q.         Who was the only pitcher in American League history to clinch a pennant with a no-hitter?
Hint:     He was with the Indians, but not chiefly.
Hint:     He was drafted by the Giants but never played for them.
Twint:    In the only trade of his thirteen-year career, he was traded straight-up for a future Hall of Famer.
Twint:    No other players were involved on either side.
Twint:    He was on the winning side in the World Series every time he played in the postseason.  
A.         ALLIE REYNOLDS (29-Sep-1951; Nicknamed “Superchief”, he is a Creek Indian; Drafted by the NFL New York Giants; Traded 11-Oct-1946 by CLE to NYY for Joe Gordon; 6 WS rings:  1947, 1949-53)
FCR -    Richard Tharp, Gaithersburg, MD
Incorrect answers:  Chief Bender, Kerry Wood, Roy Halladay, Mike Scott, Mike Garcia, Tommy John, Early Wynn

Q.         Who was the first left-handed pitcher to win a Rookie of the Year Award?
Hint:     Led his league in wild pitches in both his first two seasons.
Twint:    The Red Sox once offered Hank Greenberg’s Indians $1,000,000 to purchase his contract – and Greenberg turned it down.
A.         HERB SCORE (ROY 1955; 12 WP in 1955, 11 in 1956; Joe Cronin offered the money [worth over $8million today] to which Greenberg said, “Joe, I could not let you have Score.”)
FCR -    Larry Lamb, Oakwood, OH
Incorrect answers:  Sandy Koufax, Sam McDowell, Warren Spahn, Roy Halladay, Fernando Valenzuela, Whitey Ford, Gary Peters, Jon Matlack, Vida Blue, Bobby Shantz

Q.         Which pitcher holds the record for most bases on balls issued by a rookie in the post-expansion era?
Hint:     His only World Series appearance was the last game of his career.
Hint:     He was the first American League pitcher to homer since the adoption of the designated hitter.
Hint:     He pitched one inning and his team won by the largest World Series run differential since 1960.
Twint:    And in that game he took the win by a single run.
A.         BOBBY WITT (143BB led the league in 1986, Sam Jones issued 185 his rookie season in 1955; Game 6 2001 WS ARI 15-2 (13 run victory) over NYY with the record of 14 set in 1936; solo shot 6th inning 30-Jun-1997 3-2 victory TEX over LAD)
FCR -    Richard Marston, Newport Beach, CA
Incorrect answers:  Mike Morgan, Ken Holtzman

Q.         Which pitcher holds the Cincinnati Reds’ franchise record for career strikeouts?
Hint:     He once threw a no-hitter only to watch his team suffer a no-hit defeat the very next day.
Hint:     He attended the same high school from which Frank Chance and Tom Seaver are alumni.
Twint:    He pitched another “no-hitter” four years prior but he gave up two 11th inning hits, and when the rules defining a no-hitter were officially changed he lost his no-no.
Twint:    Incidentally, the first hit was a homer and he lost the game 1-0.
A.         JIM MALONEY (1,592 Ks; 30-Apr-1969 no hitter won 10-0 over HOU, Then the Astros’ Don Wilson threw a tidy 4-0 no-no thrown at CIN the next day 01-May-1969; Previous no-no: 14-Jun-1965, he pitched 10 hitless [prior to 1991 rule change, this was a no-hitter], then gave up an 11th inning dinger to NYM Johnny Lewis)
FCR -    Dave Gross, Wind Gap, PA
Incorrect answers:  Bucky Walters, Jim O’Toole, Tom Browning, Mario Soto, Johnny Vander Meer

Q:         Who was the first modern Baltimore Orioles pitcher to have a 20-win season?
Hint:     He was also the first Baltimore Orioles pitcher to lead the American League in shutouts.
Hint:     Just one season prior – his rookie year - he led his league in bases on balls and wild pitches.
Twint:    He once went 8.2 innings without giving up a hit, and his reliever closed the ninth completing the no-hitter – and yet they lost 2-1.
Twint:    Two games prior, his first start of the same season, he gave up a 9th-inning one-out hit that was the only one in his complete-game shut-out victory.
A.         STEVE BARBER (20-13 in 1963, 8 ShO 1961 tied Camilo Pascual; 1960 113 BB and 10 WP; Combined no hitter with Stu Miller 30-Apr-1967, the two runs were the result of three walks, a wild pitch and a fielder’s choice; 16-Apr-1967, Jim Fregosi broke up the no-no with a double)
FCR -    Dave Pugh, Baltimore, MD
Incorrect answers:  Jim Palmer, Hoyt Wilhelm, Dave McNally, Chuck Estrada, Stu Miller, Wally Bunker, Milt Pappas

Q:         Who surrendered the last triple at the Los Angeles Coliseum?
Hint:     It was to a future Hall of Famer.
Twint:    Who finished the last few innings of Sandy Koufax’s first World Series start?
Twint:    He didn’t give up a hit, but Koufax still lost the game 1-0.
Twint:    He got a ring with that team, but a few years later he was on the losing end when the Los Angeles Dodgers took their second Fall Classic since moving west.
Twint:    He was a Yankee because the Dodgers wanted a “Moose” on first, beating out a certain “Horse” that failed to make the squad despite hitting a try-out homer off Koufax.
A.         STAN WILLIAMS (1959 WS Game 5, LAD v CWS, Koufax went 7i, but lost 1-0 with Williams pitching no hit ball the last two innings; He was a NYY in 1963 when the LAD swept them; 26-Nov-1962 he was traded to the NYY for Bill Skowron; Mr Ed tried out for the Dodgers; Surrendered a 3b to Ernie Banks 19-Sep-1961)
FCR -    Douglas Sher, Charleston, SC
Incorrect answers:  Dean Chance, Warren Spahn, Roger Craig, Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale, Ron Perranoski, Early Wynn

WEEKLY THEME – Pitchers who had 10 strikeouts and 10 bases-on-balls in the same game.

Pitcher              Date         BB       K     Dec.
Barber        13-Aug-1961      11       11      W
Feller           7-Aug-1941       11       13      L
                   6-Aug-1937       10       12      T
Maloney     19-Aug-1965      10       12      W
McDowell     4-Jul-1964        11       12      L
                   2-May-1970       10       10      L
Reynolds    14-Jun-1946      10       10      L
Ruffing        5-Sep-1927       11       12      W
Ryan           14-Jun-1974      10       19      W
Score          16-Apr-1957      11       10      L
Williams      17-May-1961      12       11      W
Witt             1-Sep-1990       10       10      W

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Douglas Sher, Charleston, SC

Incorrect theme guesses:

Monday   -  Pitchers who led their leagues in strikeouts and walks
               -  Pitchers who had their careers interrupted due to military service
               -  Pitchers clocked at over 100 mph
               -  Top 10 MLB strikeout leaders
               -  Pitchers with multiple 300 Strikeout seasons

Tuesday   -  Season strikeout leaders who made their first career starts as teenagers

Wed        -  Pitchers who led their leagues in strikeouts and wild pitches in the same season
               -  Pitchers who led their leagues in Ks and WP at some point in careers
               -  Pitchers who led their leagues in Ks in years when they walked at least 100 batters
               -  Pitchers considered to be the fastest in the league

Thursday  -  Cleveland Indian pitchers who led the league in strikeouts
               -  Pitchers to walk 10 or more batters in a game

Friday      -  Pitchers to have more than one game with double digit walks
               -  Pitchers who have led their league in strikeouts and walks allowed

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