Monday, July 20, 2015

July 13-19, 2015 Select players who attended Jesuit colleges

Q.         What pitcher set a record with seven consecutive World Series victories?
Hint:     Had he won an eighth, he’d have an additional World Series ring.
Hint:     He was the first pitcher to no-hit the Pirates in Pittsburgh.
Hint:     He won fourteen games for his hometown team while in the minors.
Twint:    He once pitched an “immaculate inning”.
A.         BOB GIBSON (7 straight WS W’s 1964, 67, 68; 8th would have won the 1968 WS; No-hitter:  14-Aug-1971; 14 W’s for the Omaha Cardinals 1957-59; II: 12-May-1969 7th in.)
FCR -    Bob Flynn, Chandler, AZ
Incorrect answers:  Lew Burdette, Whitey Ford, Christy Mathewson

Q.         Who was the first 2nd baseman to win the BBWAA Most Valuable Player Award?
Hint:     In college, he was the captain of the baseball, football and basketball teams.
Hint:     He liked his nicknames, but not every one of them.
Twint:    He was the first player to score two runs in an inning in a World Series game.
Twint:    As a radio play-by-play announcer, his trademark was worrying about pitchers walking batters.
Twint:   His vocal dissent on this topic often took the form of his famous: "Oh, those bases on balls!"
A.         FRANKIE FRISCH (NL MVP 1931, the first year of the award; Nicknames:  “Fordham Flash”  [liked], “Muscles” [Preferred], “Ducky” [NOT liked], “The Old Flash” [Not so much]; “Fritz” [Not so much]; 1921 WS G 2 7th in. He scored the first and eighth runs in an eight-run inning.)
FCR -    Bill Deane, Cooperstown, NY
Incorrect answers:  Jackie Robinson, Joe Morgan, Charlie Gehringer, Joe Gordon, Lou Boudreau, Red Schoendienst, Ryne Sandberg, Phil Rizzuto, Johnny Evers, Eddie Collins

Q.         Whose 1.82 is the lowest career ERA in the history of the majors?
Hint:     He once lost 20 games and still led the league in ERA.
Hint:     He finished second in the Chalmers Award voting in the first two years the award was, you know… awarded.
Twint:    His son pitched in the big leagues for four seasons.
A.         ED WALSH (1910:  18 W, 20 L, 1.27 ERA; Chalmers:  Finished behind Ty Cobb in 1911 and behind Tris Speaker in 1912; Son also named Ed Walsh [They are sometimes called “Big Ed’ and “Little Ed”.])
FCR -    Jeff Epstein, Dallas, TX
Incorrect answers:  Robin Roberts, Addie Joss, Walter Johnson, Grover Cleveland Alexander

Q.         Who is the only pitcher to throw complete game shutouts in four separate decades?
Hint:     It probably isn’t who you think it is unless you attended the SABR convention in Chicago last month.
Hint:     He once started a game and allowed thirteen hits without striking out or walking a single batter or surrendering a home run.
Hint:     He is the only Seattle Mariner pitcher to win more than 20 games in a season.
Twint:    He is the only Seattle Mariner pitcher to win 20 games in a season more than once.
A.         JAMIE MOYER (ShO’s:  16-Aug-1986, 06-Jul-1993 [+3 more in 1998], 10-Jun-2002 [+ 3 more in the 00’s] & 07-May-2010; 13-H G: 14-Sep-2005 [He did not get a decision.]; 21-7 in 2003; Also 20-6 in 2001)
FCR -    Mark Mapes, Madison, WI
Incorrect answers:  Randy Johnson, Early Wynn, Gaylord Perry, Jeff Fassero

Q.         Who was the first player to be the catcher for three Red Sox no-hitters?
Hint:     He is the first native of the state of Maine to receive a Hall of Fame vote.
Hint:     He became a successful as a movie theater owner.
Twint:    He is the only manager to lead the Red Sox to back-to-back World Series titles.
Twint:    Babe Ruth said he was the best manager he’d ever played for.
A.         BILL CARRIGAN (Caught the no-hitters of Smokey Joe Wood 29-Jul-1911, Rube Foster on 21-Jun-1916 & Dutch Leonard on 30-Aug-1916; First HOF vote 1937 [Still not in yet today.]; WS 1915 & 16)
FCR -    Walt Cherniak, Woodbine, MD
Incorrect answers:  Jason Varitek, Carlton Fisk, Bob Tillman, Rich Gedman

Q.         Who is the only Milwaukee Brewer to lead the National League in saves?
Hint:     He replaced a legend in the closer’s role.
Hint:     His home town was once attacked by the U.S. Army.
Twint:    The many variations of his pilose countenance make it hard for fans to recognize him.
Twint:    He converted 49 consecutive save opportunities in 2011 and early 2012, the fourth-longest streak in the history of the save statistic.
A.         JOHN AXFORD (46 Saves in 2011 [Tied with Craig Kimbrel], Brewers became NL in 1998; Replaced the soon-to-retire Trevor Hoffman; Port Dover, Ontario was attacked by U.S. troops 14-May-1814, provoking the British to raid and burn Washington, DC; Looks:  Van Dyke, Goatee, Fu Man Chu; Handlebar; Full beard, Clean-shaven, Short hair, Shoulder-length, Growing back and, finally, contemplating next look)
FCR -    John Michael Pierobon, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Incorrect answers:  Francisco Rodriguez, Dan Plesac, Trevor Hoffman, Clay Carroll, Rollie Fingers

Q.         Who is the only left-handed throwing, right-handed hitting batting champ in history?
Hint:     There’s a good chance he also threw something besides baseballs.
Hint:     Although he was a Homer, only once did he homer more than 10 times a season in his 15-year career.
Twint:    Many of his peers, including Cy Young and Babe Ruth, called him the best first baseman they had ever witnessed.
Twint:    His SABR biography calls him, “…the most notoriously corrupt player in baseball history.”
A.         HAL CHASE (.339 in 1916 for CIN; Widely acknowledged to have thrown games; Full name Harold Homer Chase; SABR Bio)
FCR -    Joe Haardt, McLean, VA
Incorrect answers:  Pete Rose, Mickey Vernon, Rickey Henderson, Joe Jackson

Q.         What pitcher’s streak of five consecutive complete-game shut-outs did Don Drysdale break?
Hint:     He had the highest winning percentage on the team nicknamed “The Hitless Wonders”.
Hint:     Despite that, he was only third in wins for them.
Hint:     That same year he pitched a complete game to clinch the World Series.
Twint:    His off-season profession may have been useful had he smacked a player in the choppers.
A.         DOC WHITE (5 CG SH 1904, Drysdale had his 6th 04-Jun-19681906 CHW .W-L% .750;  W-L 18-6, bested by Frank Owen 22-13 and Nick Altrock 20-13; CHW beat the CHC 4-2 in the 1906 WS with his 8-3 CG victory; He graduated from college in 1902 with a dental degree, thus his nickname.)
FCR -    Richard Tharp, Gaithersburg, MD
Incorrect answers:  Billy Pierce, Don Sutton, Mordecai Brown, Ed Walsh, Ed Reulbach, Nick Altrock, Robin Roberts, Orel Hershiser, Claude Osteen

Q.         Who is the only Chicago Cub to hit for the cycle twice?
Hint:     He is the only BRTL player to lead the majors in home runs.
Hint:     The first documented instance of an intentional base-on-balls with the bases full was first employed with him at bat.
Twint:    The year he hit his first cycle he also went 4-0 as a pitcher and, despite only pitching in 8 games, he led the league in games finished.
Twint:    Two years prior he also led his league in games finished though he only pitched in 5 games.
A.         JIMMY RYAN (Cycles 28-Jul-1888 vs Wolverines, and 01-Jul-1891 vs Spiders; Next Cub cycle wasn’t until Hack Wilson 23-Jun-19305 GF 1888 tied with two others; 16 HR in 1888 led both leagues (NL and AA).  The only other BRTL to lead in HR was Hal Chase who only took the Federal League crown with 17 in 1915, while Gavvy Cravath [BRTR] was hitting 24 with PHI; IBB 1896 NYG team captain Kid Gleason ordered P Jouett Meekin to walk Ryan.  Meekin then struck out George Decker to end the inning and the threat.)
FCR -    Jim Bernardinucci, Sewell, NJ
Incorrect answers:  Cap Anson, Ernie Banks, Babe Herman, Jimmie Foxx

Q.         Who surrendered Mickey Lolich’s only career home run?
Hint:     It would be another 25 years before a “Red Bird” starter would lead the flock.
Hint:     In the World Series that season he won his team's only victory by someone who never played for the Harlem Globetrotters.
Hint:     Like his winning teammate’s three victories, his win was also a complete game gem.
Twint:    He yielded the only home run ever hit by Mickey Lolich – a run that earned Lolich his first WS win.
A.         NELSON BRILES (1967 WS Bob Gibson – who had once played with the Globetrotters – who went 3-0, all CG, while Briles won game 3 going 9 full innings; WS 1968 Game 2. Lolich hit a solo shot that gave his team a 2-0 lead with the final score 8-1)
FCR -    Ron Kaufman, Thornhill, ON
Incorrect answers:  Ray Washburn, Bob Gibson, Jim Lonborg, Ray Sadecki, Dick Hughes

WEEKLY THEME – Select players who attended Jesuit colleges

Axford        Canisius College
Briles          Santa Clara
Carrigan      Holy Cross
Chase         Santa Clara
Frisch         Fordham
Gibson       Creighton
Moyer         St. Joe’s
Ryan           Boston College
Walsh         Fordham
White          Georgetown

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Joe Ullian, Santa Barbara, CA

Incorrect theme guesses:

Monday   -  Folks with ties to Nebraska in the Hall

Tuesday   -  MVPs for St. Louis Cardinal’s World Series winning teams

Wed        -  Players with at least one putout in every inning of a World Series game

Saturday  -  BR-TLs with the most games

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