Sunday, May 31, 2015

May 25-31, 2015 Most games played at catcher for each American League original franchise

Q.         Who managed the Detroit Tigers to their first World Series Championship?
Hint:     His .320 is the high career batting average for a catcher.
Hint:     He played football, boxed and played the saxophone in college.
Hint:     He ran a dude ranch in Wyoming following his playing and managing career.
Twint:    He was the first catcher to score 100 runs in a season.
A.         MICKEY COCHRANE (WS 1935; Boston University; 113 R in 1929)
FCR -    Charles Saeger, Minneapolis, MN
Incorrect answers:  Steve O’Neill, Hank Gowdy, Charlie Bennett

Q.         Who was Yogi Berra’s mentor?
Hint:     He managed the Yankees in Yogi’s rookie season.
Hint:     He once knocked himself out celebrating a Yankees pennant when he jumped and hit his head on the low dugout ceiling.
Twint:    Although his major league career lasted 17 years and he never played for another team, he’s only ninth on the Yankees’ games-played list.
A.         BILL DICKEY (NYY Mgr. 1946; 1,789 G)
FCR -    Dave Serota, Kalamazoo, MI
Incorrect answers:  Bucky Harris, Casey Stengel, Joe McCarthy, Ralph Houk, Johnny Keane, Miller Huggins

Q.         Who was the first catcher to steal thirty bases in a season?
Hint:     He was the first player to hit for the cycle for the White Sox.
Hint:     He caught three no-hitters, including a perfect game.
Hint:     He is credited with being the first catcher to back up infield throws to first base and outfield throws to third.
Twint:    The day before his twentieth birthday was both his first visit to a major league park and his first appearance in a big league game.
Twint:    Teammates called him “Cracker”.
A.         RAY SCHALK (30 SB in 1916 [13 CS]; Cycle 27-Jun-1922; No-nos:  Joe Benz 31‑May‑1914, Ed Cicotte 14-Apr-1917, Charlie Robertson 30-Apr-1922 [perfect]; MLB debut 11-Aug-1912)
FCR -    Tom Headley, Silver Spring, MD
Incorrect answers:  John Wathan, A.J. Pierzynski, Ed McFarland, Carlton Fisk, Manny Sanguillen, Wally Schang

Q.         Who is the only Detroit native to play his whole MLB career with the Tigers (10 seasons minimum)?
Hint:     He was the head baseball coach at the University of Michigan from 1990-95.
Hint:     He hit his 200th and final career home run off a Hall of Famer’s brother.
Hint:     He once opined about life in the majors, “The real name of the game is pack and re-pack.”
Twint:    He was the catcher for Mickey Lolich’s first career start his Lolich’s 200th career victory.
Twint:    Having played about 10% of his career there, he said that playing first base, "…was like a day off—like a day at the country club in comparison to catching."
A.         BILL FREEHAN (B. 29-Nov-1941 in Detroit, 1,774 G w/DET; 200th HR off Ken Brett 24‑Aug-1976; Lolich’s 1st career start 21-May-1963, 200th W 25-May-1975)
FCR -    Walt Cherniak, Woodbine, MD
Incorrect answers:  Al Kaline, Willie Horton, Lance Parrish, Jim Northrup, Lou Whitaker

Q.         Who is the only player is history to play:
- in a Little League World Series,
- in a high school state championship game,
- in the NCAA College World Series,
- on the U.S. Olympic baseball team … and
- in the World Baseball Classic?
Hint:     He was also an MLB All-Star, a Gold Glove recipient and a Silver Slugger winner.
Hint:     His major league team named him captain after winning the World Series.
Twint:    After his retirement, his team held a “Thanks” night for him.
Twint:    He played in college with a future major league teammate.
A.         JASON VARITEK (Played at Georgia Tech [GA Tek?] w/Nomar Garciaparra)
FCR -    Joseph Dell, Indiana, PA
Incorrect answers:  Will Clark, Fred McGriff, Buster Posey, Dustin Pedroia, Barry Larkin, Derek Jeter, Ryan Theriot, Jimmy Rollins, Dave Winfield, David Wright, Boog Powell

Q.         Who belongs to a club whose only other members are Dusty Baker, Steve Garvey, Paul Molitor, Cody Ross and Hideki Matsui?
Hint:     Although he keeps hoping for a managerial job, he’s been turned down more times that Babe Ruth.
Hint:     He has a famous eponymous brew pub in a very favorable location.
Hint:     His major league playing career covered parts of four decades.
Twint:    A World Series MVP is a very nice trophy to have in your trophy room.
Twint:    He was part of a historic interview at SABR 39.
A.         RICK DEMPSEY (MVPs of postseason series that defeated the Phillies; Was twice a AAA manager, coached 1st and 3rd for the Orioles, had been a broadcaster and even the interim mgr. for the O’s but has never been offered the permanent managerial position; Dempsey’s Brewpub & Restaurant is located in the Warehouse at Camden Yards; Played 1969-92; SABR 39 interview with George Michael and Frank Howard)
FCR -    Eric Stone, Los Gatos, CA
Incorrect answers:  Rusty Staub, Carlton Fisk, Willie McCovey, Steve Yeager, Gary Sheffield

Q.         Who holds the record for the best ratio of double plays-to-errors of any catcher in major league history? (1,000 G min)
Hint:     He was the catcher who gave up Rickey Henderson’s first career stolen base.
Hint:     He was the first player at any position to win a Gold Glove for his franchise.
Twint:    He caught Bert Blyleven's no-hitter.
Twint:    He broke the Blue Jays heart in the 1985 ALCS.
A.         JIM SUNDBERG (SB by Henderson 24-Jun-1979, his debut; GG 1976 [He won 5 more.]; Blyleven no‑no: 22-Sep-1977; Although he only hit .167 in the 1985 ALCS, he had 6 timely RBI)
FCR -    Mark DeLodovico, Rockville, MD

Incorrect answers:  Bob Boone, Darrell Porter, Johnny Bench, Carlton Fisk

Q.         Who was the last documented courtesy runner in a major league game?
Hint:     He was a consultant for Popular Mechanics magazine when they wrote an article on the secrets of pitching.
Hint:     He first made the majors to replace a player who quit due to “upset nerves”.
Hint:     World War II cost him three full seasons near the beginning of his career and he still managed to set—and still holds—the Indians franchise record for most games played at catcher.
Twint:    He caught no-hitters from Don Black, Bob Lemon and Bob Feller.
Twint:    His son had the highest batting average (career AND season!) for the Seattle Pilots (minimum 250 AB).
Twint:    He wrote the book “Jim Hegan’s Secrets of Catching”.
A.         JIM HEGAN (CR* for Ray Boone 02-Jul-1949; PM article June 1949; Son Mike Hegan)
FCR -    Kevin Epstein, San Antonio, TX
Incorrect answers:  Steve O’Neill, Jorge Posada, Rick Ferrell

Q.         Who is the only player to win a Gold Glove Award award for both the Senators and Twins?
Hint:     He was the catcher in the Twins first no-hitter.
Hint:     The only player he was ever traded for (with Don Mincher) was a famous rodent.
Hint:     Three-time batting champ Joe Mauer is within 70 games of passing him on this list.
Hint:     He was once the Con-Ed Answer Man.
Twint:    Ron Fairly was just three years behind him as the same high school.
A.         EARL BATTEY (Roy SieversSquirrel” trade 04-Apr-1960; No-no by Jack Kralick 26-Aug-1962; Mauer w/920 G @ C; Worked in PR for Consolidated Edison; Fairly did attend Jordan High School, but he went to the one in Long Beach, not L.A.  (Wiki has yet to straighten this out.])
FCR -    Fred Worth, Arkadelphia, AR

Incorrect answers:  Clint Courtney

WEEKLY THEME – Most games played at catcher for each American League original franchise

Battey          WSH-MIN        990      (1960-67)
Dempsey     SLA-BAL      1,172      (1976-86, 92)
Varitek         BOS            1,488      (1997-2011)
Schalk         HI                1,722      (1912-28)
Hegan          CLE             1,526      (1941-57)
Freehan       DET             1,581      (1961-76)
Dickey         NYY            1,708      (1928-46)
Cochrane     PHA-OAK    1,148      (1925-33)

Sundberg    WAS-TEX    1,459      (1974-83, 88-89)

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – No one (no wonder!)

Incorrect theme guesses:

Monday   -  Ballplayers after whom other ballplayers were named.

Tuesday   -  HOF catchers who managed
               -  All time leaders in managerial wins by ex-catchers
               -  Catchers who had over a 2:1 ratio of BBs to Ks
               -  Managers who were catchers in t the dead ball era

Wed        -  Catchers on Stratomatic Hall of Fame team
               -  Players who predominantly played catcher in the Hall of Fame
               -  Catchers who played for, managed, and won a world series with the same team
               -  Theme catchers who won MVP
               -  Catchers who won batting title
               -  Catchers with the most games played in the American League
               -  Players with more than 1,000 games caught for an American League team

Thursday  -  Catchers who caught three or more no hitters
               -  Catchers who have caught the most no-hitters

Friday      -  Catchers who were WS MVP
               -  Players with more than 1200 games caught for an American League team
               -  Players with more than 1250 games caught for one American League team.
               -  1300?
               -  1400?
               -  1500?

Saturday  -  Players with the most games caught in the American league

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

May 18-24, 2015 Hall of Fame Managers who never managed in the minor leagues


Q.         For which player would opposing players remove their belts when coming to bat?
Hint:     His closest friend was a Hall of Fame pitcher with a completely opposite personality.
Hint:     Only Williams and Ruth have better career on-base percentages.
Hint:     Tony could have caught him.
Twint:    He despised his nicknames.
A.         JOHN McGRAW (Playing third McGraw would, often unbeknownst to umpires, hold a runners belt to give the defense an advantage; Friend was the with the gentlest of Giants, Christy Mathewson; OPB .4657; McGraw’s managerial total was 2,763, 2nd all-time, and Tony LaRussa chose to retire after winning the 2011 World Series with 2,728.  Had LaRussa stayed on and been only as successful as his successor, he would have passed McGraw around 14-Jun-2014; Nicknames: Mugsy and Little Napoleon)
FCR -    Peter Cottrell, Gaithersburg, MD
Incorrect answers:  Ty Cobb,

Q.         Who played in (2,209) and managed (2,072) the most games combined (4,279*) before ever appearing in a World Series?
Hint:     He is the only person to have 2,000 hits, 200 home runs and 1,000 victories as a manager.
Hint:     He was the first person to hit for the cycle at Three Rivers Stadium.
Hint:     Two years before he was a league MVP, he was traded for an MVP and future Hall of Famer, straight up.
Twint:    He tied Hall of Famer Goose Goslin when, on 21-Jul-1975, he grounded into four (4!) double plays in one game.
A.         JOE TORRE (2,342 H, 252 HR, 2,326 W as Mgr.; Cycle 27-Jun-1973; MVP in 1971, traded 17-Mar-1969 for Orlando Cepeda, who had been MVP in 1967; Victor Martinez on 11-Sep-2011 GIDP X 4)
FCR -    Alex Griffel, Great Neck, NY
*Two games as player/mgr
Incorrect answers:  Harvey Kuenn., Mike Easler, Don Baylor, Dusty Baker, Felipe Alou, Bill Virdon, Frank Robinson

Q.         Who, translated, is the Lion from the Boulder?
Hint:     Others have chosen nicknames less patrician for him.
Hint:     Were he slightly less of a showman, he would have borrowed Yogi’s quip: “I never really said everything that I said.”
Hint:     What he DID say was, "I made a game effort to argue but two things were against me:  The umpires and the rules."
Hint:     He was a winner on both sides of town and twice the mystery guest on “What’s My Line?”
Hint:     He was born in the United States, but English was not his native language.
Twint:    A clue to his competitive nature can be found in this quote of his: "What are we at the park for except to win? I'd trip my mother.  I'd help her up, brush her off, tell her I'm sorry.  But mother don't make it to third."
A.         LEO DUROCHER (Leo = Latin for Lion, du = “from the” in French, “rocher” boulder in French; “The Lip” being the most famous; He is forever cited as the source of the saying, “Nice guys finish last.”  Several sources say he admitted to saying it, others have him saying it but denying the meaning and others still have him never having said it at all.  Durocher himself used whichever version was most salutary at the time; Quote snatched from a rare moment  of  humility; Played for the Yankees and managed the Brooklyn Dodgers and the  New York Giants; Spoke French growing up; the quote about his  mother is the sanitized one.)
FCR -    Joshua Murphy, Iowa City, IA
Incorrect answers:  Sal Maglie, Joe Garagiola, Casey Stengel, Yogi Berra

Q.         Who was honored with the first-ever monument in Yankee Stadium?
Hint:     He holds the strange record of having the most career home runs with all of them being inside-the-park.
Hint:     His logical, law-school approach did not work with his big star.
Hint:     A future Chief Justice of the Supreme Court advised him to continue with baseball instead of worrying ab out a career in law.
Hint:     He got his law degree anyway.
Twint:    Babe Ruth once dangled him by the ankles over the railing of a moving train car.
Twint:    He made a practice of visiting roller skating rinks in each road town his team visited, making mental notes about how he would operate his own.
Twint:    He’s a double-unique.
A.         MILLER HUGGINS (9 IPHR; Was often at odds with G. Ruth; William Howard Taft was one of his law professors at U. of Cincinnati)
FCR -    Neil Cohen, Brooklyn, NY
Incorrect answers:  Tony LaRussa, Joe McCarthy, Lou Gehrig, Casey Stengel, Branch Rickey

Q.         Who was the last out in the first perfect game ever pitched?
Hint:     He is the only Cleveland Blue to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Hint:     He managed his team to all four Temple Cup series games.
Hint:     He twice managed the Superbas to first place finishes – the only manager to achieve the feat even once.
Twint:    He may not have been the best manager as his team would say to him, “For Krissake!, Just keep quiet and leave us alone.  We'll win this ball game if you only shut up.”
Twint:    He was a principal investor in the Baltimore Terrapins of the upstart Federal League.
A.         NED HANLON (He debuted in the major leagues in 1880 with the Blues – the only year he played for the short-lived franchise (1879-84); lost in 1894-5, but 1896 and 1897 winner with Baltimore, the last two years of the NL series where the top two teams met to decide a “champion”; 1899-1900 finished 1st in the NL; Superbas name stuck from 1899-1910; Quote from SABR BIO)
FCR -    Bob Flynn, Chandler, AZ
Incorrect answers:  Wilbert Robinson

Q.         Who, though he never played in the Major Leagues, was called by Honus Wagner “one of the greatest pitchers of all-time…smartest pitcher I’ve ever seen”?
Hint:     It‘s said that he got his nickname by beating a future Hall of Fame pitcher.
Hint:     John McGraw asked him to “tutor” Giant’s pitchers.
Twint:    He was a “Giant” in nearly every sense of the word.
A.         RUBE FOSTER (Other top players in the majors raved about him, including Frank Chance who called him “the most finished product I’ve ever seen in the pitcher’s box; Reported to have beaten Rube Waddell in a 1902 exhibition game; McGraw couldn’t bring him on as a player due to the racial policies of the era, so he brought him in as a pitching coach where he supposedly taught Christy Mathewson his “fadeaway” pitch; He was a highly successfulChicago American Giant pitcher, a highly successful manager, owner and Commission in the Negro Leagues as well as sporting a 6-4 200pound frame)
FCR -    CJ Pentland, Delta, BC
Incorrect answers:  Cy Williams, Smokey Joe Williams

WEEKLY THEME – Hall of Fame Managers who never managed in the minor leagues

Manager       Managing stints
Durocher      BRO 1939-46, 48; NYG 1948-55; CHC 1966-72; HOU 1972-73
Huggins       STL 1913-17; NYY 1918-29
McGraw        BLN 1899; BLA 1901-02; NYG 1902-32
Torre            NYM 1977-81; ATL 1982-84; STL 1990-95; NYY 1995-2007; LAD 2008-10
Hanlon         PIT 1899; PBB 1990; PIT 1891; BLN 1892-98; BRO 1988-1905; CIN 1906-07
Foster          American Giants (NNL) 1920-26

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – No one

Incorrect theme guesses:

Tuesday   -  People who were multiple-time WS champions as both players and managers

Thursday  -  Yankee managers
               -  Managers who managed more than 1 New York team to a league pennant
               -  Hall of Fame managers who managed in New York

Friday      -  New York born managers who won a World Series for a New York team.
               -  Hall of Famer managers who played for the Cardinals and whose resumes include time as a player-manager
               -  Players who made the Hall of Fame as managers

Weekend -  One-time player managers who got in the hall through veteran's committee voting
               -  HoF player/managers

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

May 11-17, 2015 Players with five or more Gold Glove Awards who were never All-Stars

Q.         Whose legitimate save in the 2002 postseason never made it to the stats for that game?
Hint:     That save was, however, more memorable than the 314 career saves that this player’s teammate had.
Hint:     That’s not even including their time as Griffin Greats.
Twint:    Going by his initials was easier than always being confused with his famous father.
A.         J.T. SNOW (Saved Dusty Baker’s son Darren at a dangerous play at home plate in G 5 of the 2002 World Series; Teammate Robb Nen was the team’s closer that year; They attended Los Alamitos High School and were teammates there too; First name is Jack, like his father, NFL star and later announcer, Jack Snow.)
FCR -    Andrew Distler, New York, NY
Incorrect answers:  Josh Hamilton, Tim Worrell

Q.         What Chicagoland native was selected by Rawlings as the best fielding first baseman from 1951 to 2000?
Hint:     He was cast in episodes of the television shows “The Brady Bunch”, “Matt Helm,” “McMillan & Wife” and “Police Story”, but was a regular on “All That Glitters”.
Hint:     He also had parts in movies, notably “Pleasure Cove” and “Cry from the Mountain”.
Twint:    His offense as well as his defense helped the Dodgers win the 1965 World Series.
A.         WES PARKER (B. Evanston, IL, Rawlings GG Team)
FCR -    Mike Caragliano, Flushing, NY
Incorrect answers:  Keith Hernandez, Gil Hodges, Mark Grace, Tommy Hutton, Steve Garvey, Dee Fondy, Bill Skowron

Q.         Who was carried off the field by his teammates after the deciding game of the one of the closest series in postseason history?
Hint:     He stole twenty or more bases per season for nine straight years in the majors.
Hint:     He graduated as an Owl after his baseball career, but his son was a Terp.
Hint:     He played well for Giants teams based in four different cities.
Twint:    He sacrificed some of his pro baseball career to fight in the war in Viet Nam.
Twint:    He holds an honorary doctorate from Neumann University.
A.         GARRY MADDOX (1980 NLCS; 20+ SB 1973-80; Graduated from Temple University, son Garry II, though born in Stanford, attended the University of Maryland; Salt Lake City Giants, Fresno Giants, Phoenix Giants & San Francisco Giants; ))
FCR -    Jack Sullivan, Louisville, KY
Incorrect answers:  Darryl Strawberry, Marquis Grissom, Jack Morris, Bobby Thomson, Dan Gladden

Q.         What future former Yankee was the last American Leaguer to hit for the cycle in the 20th century?
Hint:     He won his only Silver Slugger Award the same year his infield partner won the American League MVP.
Hint:     Playing for two minor league teams at two different levels and in two countries, he won the Baseball America Minor League Player of the Year Award.
Twint:    He played with teammates who confessed their use of performance enhancing drugs.
A.         ERIC CHAVEZ (Cycle 21-Jun-2000; SS 2002 [MVP Miguel Tejada]; 1998 played for the AA Huntsville Stars & the Edmonton Trappers; Teammates Tejada and Jason Giambi)
FCR -    Paul Goodson, Cheyenne, WY
Incorrect answers:  Alfonso Soriano, Mark Teixeira, Robinson Cano, Alex Rodriguez, Kelly Johnson, Luis Gonzalez, Chris Singleton, Tony Fernandez, Willie Randolph, Robin Ventura, Bob Watson

Q.         Who although playing for them for only 6 of his 11 major league seasons, retired atop his original team’s leaderboard for career stolen bases?
Hint:     Stolen base percentage as well.
Hint:     He played alongside Darrell Evans, Bob Boone, Tony Fernandez and Bobby Grich, but he never played on a team where his teammates didn’t recognize him as the superior fielder.
Twint:    In a famous mix-up by the Topps card company, the picture of his younger brother graced the card with his name in it one year.
A.         GARY PETTIS (186 SB for LAA [Since passed by Chone Figgins]; SB % 79.83 [Since passed by Mike Trout]; Wrong card showing 16-years-old Lynn Pettis)
FCR -    Barry Nelson, Guilderland, NY
Incorrect answers:  Tim Raines, Lance Johnson, Ralph Garr, Harold Reynolds, Vince Coleman, Luis Aparicio

Q.         What eighteen-year-old turned down a football scholarship to ASU because he needed the money baseball offered it immediately?
Hint:     He had just become a father and felt the responsibility.
Hint:     In the majors, he usually batted second, but his first at-bat often came with his team leading 1-0.
Hint:     His cap falling off on great outfield plays became his trademark.
Twint:    His playing career ended with an unsuccessful season in Japan.
A.         DWAYNE MURPHY (With the A’s, he regularly hit right behind Rickey Henderson, MLB’s all-time record holder for leadoff home runs; Played for the Yakult Swallows with Floyd Bannister in 1990)
FCR -    No one
Incorrect answers:  Willie Mays, Dave Winfield, Rick Monday, Garry Maddox, Jim Edmonds

Q.         Who was the San Diego Padres’ original, first-ever expansion draft choice?
Hint:     "Next to Clemente," All-Star teammate Chris Cannizzaro said, "Ollie had the best arm I have ever seen in a right fielder."
Hint:     He was named the Most Valuable Player in the California League the year before he debuted in the majors.
Hint:     He graduated from the same high school attended by Tony Gwynn, Chase Utley, Randy Moffitt and Milton Bradley.
Twint:    He was born in Alabama, but raised in southern California and never experienced racial prejudice until he went to his first minor league assignment in Salem, Virginia.
Twint:    When the team returned to Salem, Ollie Brown told his manager to tell the Giants to move him to another team and location or he would quit baseball.
Twint:    They did and he flourished in Decatur, IL and Fresno, CA.
Twint:    Called “The Original Padre”, his favorite nickname was “Downtown”.
FCR -    Bill Gilbert, Lakeway, TX
Incorrect answers:  Oscar Gamble, Terry Crowley

Q.         Who collected the first ever RBI against the Padres?
Hint:     His fielding was something to crow about.
Hint:     Bill James thought he would be a good manager and he did lead two teams to the postseason.
Hint;     He was the first player to win a Gold Glove Award for the Astros.
Twint:    Landmark book “Ball Four” tells of a particularly scatological prank he pulled.
A.         DOUG RADER (RBI 08-Apr-1969; GG 1970-74; Ball Four reference?  [You’ll have to read the book.])
FCR -    Jack Moore, TX
Incorrect answers:  Bill Virdon, Roger Metzger, Craig Biggio, Art Howe

WEEKLY THEME – Players with five or more Gold Glove Awards who were never All-Stars

Player        GG    Pos     Years
Chavez         6      3b       2001-06
Maddox       8      OF      1975-82
Murphy         6      OF      1980-86
Parker          6      1b       1967-72
Pettis           5      OF      1985, 86, 88-90
Rader           5      3b       1970-75
Snow           6      1b       2000-05

Arenado       2      3b       2013, 14
Cabrera        2      SS      2001, 07
Geronimo     4      OF      1974-77
Hosmer        2      1b       2013, 14
Markakis      2      OF      2011, 14
Matheny       4      C        2000, 03-05
Molina          2      C        2002, 03
Ordonez       3      SS      1997-99
Parra            2      OF      2011, 13
Reese          2      2b       1999, 2000
Simmons      2      SS      2013, 14
Stanley         4      OF      1968-70, 73

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – No one

Incorrect theme guesses:

Monday   -  Players whose fathers played professional sports.

Tuesday   -  Slick fielding, light-hitting first basemen
               -  Six-time Gold Glovers
               -  Multi-year NL Gold Glove 1B winners
               -  First basemen who threw left and switch-hit.
               -  NL first basemen with the most Gold Gloves
               -  Switch-hitting 1Bs to win 6 consecutive GGs

Saturday -  Players who played for west coast teams who have won the most Gold Gloves
               -  Multiple gold glove winners who never made all star team

Sunday    -  Players raised in California who won five or more Gold Gloves

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