Sunday, August 30, 2015

August 24-30, 2015 Hall of Famer War veterans who led the majors in WAR in a season

Q.         Who was the first player to hit a home run in the majors before he turned 20 and after he turned 40?
Hint:     His last name rhymes with the last name of the second player to do it.
Hint:     It does not, however, rhyme with the last name of the third player to do it.
Twint:    Nor the 4th.
Twint:    Ironically, he was very dismissive of the home run as an offensive tool.
A.         TY COBB
- 1st HR 23-Sep-1905 IPHR (19 yrs 326 days) off Cy Falkenburg;
   Last HR 16-May-1928 (41 yrs 150 days) off Mel Harder, who not yet born when
   the 1st HR was hit
- Rusty Staub 1st HR 03-Jun-1963 (19 yrs 63 days) off Don Drysdale
  Last HR 22‑Jun‑1985 (41 yrs 82 days) off Jeff Reardon
- Gary Sheffield 1st HR 09-Sep-1988 (19 yrs 296 days) off Mark Langston
  Last HR 29‑Jun‑2009 (40 yrs 223 days) off Carlos Villanueva
- Alex Rodriguez 1st HR 12-Jun-1995 (19 yrs 291 days) off Tom Gordon
  Most recent HR 20-Aug-2015 (40 yrs 24 days) off Josh Tomlin

FCR -    Alex Poterack, Providence, RI
Incorrect answers:  Gary Sheffield, Jimmie Foxx, Phil Cavarretta, Rickie Zisk, Al Kaline, Cap Anson, Mel Ott, Ted Williams, Ken Griffey, Jr., Stan Musial

Q.         Who was the first person elected to the Hall of Fame posthumously?
Hint:     He still has the record for the most consecutive seasons with twenty pitching wins.
Hint:     He was considerably bigger than six.
Hint:     He was known to play cards well into the night with his Hall of Fame manager.
Twint:    He was a double-unique until his brother’s first sip of coffee.
- Died 07-Oct-1925, first HOF election 1936
- 12 seasons, 1903-14, w/20+ W’s (4 of the 1st 6 were 30+)
- Nickname was “Big Six”, likely referring to a local efficient fire department.  He was 6’1”.
- Was intimate with Mgr. John McGraw
- Brother Henry played 1906-07
FCR -    Victor Piacentile, Yorktown Heights, NY
Incorrect answers:  Cy Young, Amos Rusie, Addie Joss, Walter Johnson, Robin Roberts, Mordecai Brown

Q.         Which Hall of Famer set an unbreakable record that contains a 6 and a 1 that neatly matches the year when he accomplished it.
Hint:     Somebody once called him, "ungainly, with a shambling walk.”
Hint:     Adding further, “…his uniform never seemed to fit properly and his cap looked a size too small."
Twint:    He is the only player (possibly the only person) ever named for a sitting U.S. president and then later portrayed on film by a future U.S. president.
Twint:    He was not exiled to Elba, but escaped from it.
- 16 complete-game shutouts pitched in 1916.  Cincinnati eked out 4 earned runs in the 6 innings he threw at them that year.
- Quote attributed to John McGraw
- He was born almost exactly in the middle of President Grover Cleveland’s first term.  (Ironically, Grover was the president’s middle name.)  Ronald Reagan portrayed Alexander in a biopic 2 years after his death.
FCR -    Jason Hoagland, Columbus, OH
Incorrect answers:  Roger Maris, Matt Kilroy, Honus Wagner, Yogi Berra, Brooks Robinson, Cy Young, Walter Johnson, Bob Gibson, Jim Bottomley, Babe Ruth, Norm Cash

Q.         Who He was the first president of the MLB Players Association?
Hint:     Before his rookie season was over, the New York Times reported that his name was “on the tongues of a million fans.”
Twint:    His family barn is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
A.         BOB FELLER
- Became chair after the 1955 season
- Rookie year 1936, after finishing his junior year at Van Meter High
- Barn built in 1886 Actually, the entire farm is listed there.
FCR -    Bob Flynn, Chandler, AZ
Incorrect answers:  Joe Black, Robin Roberts, Ralph Kiner, Marvin Miller

Q.         Who was the last rookie to bat over .325 in a season during the 1930’s? (qualified for batting title)
Hint:     He was, however, the only rookie to lead the league in a season in RBI’s during the 30’s.
Hint:     In fact, no other rookie has ever topped that RBI total.
Twint:    He was a San Diego Padre while still in high school.
- .327 1939. George Watkins led the decade for rookies with .373 for STL in 1930
- 145 RBI's 1939
- He played 42 games for the San Diego Padres of the Pacific League after his junior year in high school (age 17).
FCR -    David Block, New York, NY
Incorrect answers:  Joe DiMaggio, Frank McCormick, Wally Berger, Barry Bonds, Ted Williams, Julio Franco, Jimmie Foxx

Q.         Who has the highest season batting average for a player in his 40's since Sam Rice hit .349? (Must qualify for title)
Hint:     Even before Rice did it, only Ty Cobb had hit for a higher average at that advanced age.
Hint:     He was one home run shy of a triple crown the year he won his third MVP.
Hint:     He actually lost a home run that year due to a rain-out.
Twint:    A pair of graduates from his high school once hit one-of-a-kind back-to-back home runs in the majors.
A.         STAN MUSIAL
- .330 in 505 PA @ age 41 in 1962; Rice .349 in 1930
- Cobb .357 in 1927,
   for the Mariners 14-Sep-1990, the only father-son duo ever to do so.
- 39 HR in 1948, Kiner and Mize tied for the NL lead w/ 40;
   Musial led the majors in BA .376, and the NL with 131 RBI.
- Ken Griffey Sr. & Jr. also attended Donora HS, Donora, PA and hit the homers. CORRECTION:  Ken Griffey Jr. attended Archbishop Moeller High in Cincinnati. He and his Dad were born in Donora, Pa.
FCR -    Rick Zucker, St. Louis, MO
Incorrect answers:  Ted Williams, Barry Bonds

Q.         Who was the first black player to win a batting title in the majors?
Hint:     A former U.S. president, who died less than a month before he was born, provided the inspiration for his middle name.
Twint:    His steal of home is one of the most sensational and controversial moments in World Series history.
- Appropriately, he hit .342 in 1949 to lead the NL
- Middle name Roosevelt was a tribute to President Theodore Roosevelt.
- Game 1, 1955 WS, he stole home against Ford and Berra but it proved to be the final run in a 6-5 loss.  Yogi, to this day, says the call was incorrect.
FCR -    Alex Griffel, Great Neck, NY
Incorrect answers:  Larry Doby, Rod Carew, Frank Robinson, Willie Mays

Q.         Who was the first National Leaguer to win consecutive MVP awards?
Hint:     He was the first player from his franchise to win a Gold Glove.
Twint:    It was the only GG of his career.
Twint:    He and Alex Rodriguez are the only shortstops with 45 homers in a season.
A.         ERNIE BANKS
- MVP 1958, 1959.
- GG 1960 at shortstop.
- A-Rod 2001-3 with 52/57/47, Banks 1958-9 with 47/45.
FCR -    Scott Schleifer, Suffern, NY
Incorrect answers:  Roy Campanella, Frank Robinson, Joe Morgan

Q.         Who is the only player to lead his decade in stolen bases with fewer than 200? (modern era)?
Hint:     He is the first player since Ty Cobb to do it while playing for a single team.
Twint:    He is the oldest living National League player voted into the HOF by the BBWAA.
A.         WILLIE MAYS
- Mays had 179SB, the most in the 50’s and the fewest ever to lead a decade.
- Cobb led 1910-19, all while playing for Detroit.  Mays stole all of his for the Giants.
- Born 1931, AL players Berra (1925) and Whitey Ford (1928) are the only older living players voted in by the BBWAA.
FCR -    Rich Klein, Plano, TX
Incorrect answers:  Luis Aparicio, Dom DiMaggio

WEEKLY THEME – Hall of Famer War veterans who led the majors in WAR in a season

Player............. Year       WAR     Service
Alexander....... 1916..... 11.7        WW I Army
                        1920..... 12.8       

Banks............. 1959..... 10.2        Army Korean War

Cobb.............. 1911..... 10.7        WW I Army

Feller.............. 1939....... 9.8        WW II Navy
                        1940....... 9.8       

Mathewson.... 1909..... 10.2        US Army WW I

Mays.............. 1954..... 10.6        US Army Korean WAR
                        1958..... 10.2       
                        1962..... 10.5       
                        1963..... 10.6       
                        1964..... 11.0       
                        1965..... 11.2       

Musial............. 1943....... 9.4        US Navy WW II
                        1948..... 11.1

Robinson........ 1949....... 9.6        US Army officer WW II
                        1951....... 9.7

Williams.......... 1941..... 10.6        Marine fighter pilot in WW II and Korea
                        1942..... 10.6
                        1946..... 10.9
                        1947....... 9.9

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – No one

Incorrect theme guesses:

Monday   -  HOFers who played their first ML game as teenagers

Tuesday   -  First class inducted into the HOF

Wed        -  Hall of Famers that served in the Europe Theater during the Great War

Thursday  -  Hall of Famers who served in the military during war
               -  Hall of Famers that actually served while serving in the military
               -  Some heavy dudes
               -  Hall of Famers who fought in wars
               -  Hall of Famers who served in combat (to come:  Warren Spahn, Yogi Berra, Branch Rickey?)

Saturday  -  Players who won MVP awards after serving in the military
               -  First black players to win MVPs

Sunday    -  Players to be elected to the Hall of Fame with over 95% of the vote
               -Hall of famers who served in the military during wars and saw actual combat

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

August 17-23, 2015 Players with at least twenty stolen bases in a season where they turned 40

Q.         Who is the only member of the original Hall of Fame class not to win the World Series?
Hint:     This despite the fact that he played in three consecutive Fall Classics.
Hint:     He had the highest percentage of Hall of Fame votes until surpassed more than 50 years later by Tom Seaver’s 98.8%.
Twint:    It’s hard to think of a certain rose without thinking of this peach.
A.         TY COBB
- Ruth, Wagner, Johnson & Mathewson all got “rings”
- WS 1907, 08, 09
- 98.2%
FCR -    Jim Casey, Savannah, GA
Incorrect answers:  Cy Young, Ted Williams, Walter Johnson, Tris Speaker, George Sisler, Craig Biggio

Q.         To what slugger did Warren Spahn surrender the most home runs during his major league career?
Hint:     In addition, this player hit more of his career homers off Spahn than he did off any other pitcher.
Twint:    He was selected for the All-Star game every full season after his Rookie Year during the 1950's, and every year in the 60's.
A.         WILLIE MAYS
- Mays homered off Spahn 18 times
- 1971, 112 BB, .425 OPB, 19th in MVP voting
- 1st H, 28-May-1951
- Tied with Stan Musial with 24 ASG appearances
FCR -    Duncan Crowl, San Juan Capistrano, CA
Incorrect answers:  Gil Hodges, Roberto Clemente, Stan Musial, Ralph Kiner, Hank Aaron

Q.         Before 2014, who was the Hall of Fame’s most recent first-round-ballot inductee?
Hint:     In his final major league appearance, he was hit by a pitch and scored a run, but was then replaced by a Canadian pitcher.
Hint:     He made the All-Star team ten times yet played eleven years after the last one without making it once.
Twint:    The only other player voted into the Hall by the writers the same year, was in his last year of eligibility.
- 2009 HOF only 1st ballot inductee (BBWAA) 94.8% vote, 2014-15 multiple 1st round inductees.  None in between
- Final game 19-Sep-2003, he was HBP, advanced to 2nd on a bunt, then scored on a grounder to center field, replaced the next inning by Paul Quantril.
- No ASG 1992-2003 after making it in 1991
- Jim Rice 76.4%, 15th year of eligibility
FCR -    Paul Goodson, Cheyenne, WY
Incorrect answers:  Dave Winfield, Barry Larkin, Roberto Alomar, Kirby Puckett, John Smoltz, Greg Maddux, Ernie Banks, Tom Seaver

Q.         Who is the only modern era shortstop with more than two seasons with a batting average of at least .350? (Reasonable minimums apply)
Hint:     In his final such season, he fell two home runs short of winning the Triple Crown.
Hint:     He was never named MVP.
Twint:    His record as a major league manager was 1-7.
- 1901 .353
- 1903 .355*
- 1905 .363
- 1907 .350*
- 1908 .354*
and just missed in 1904 w/ .349
- 1908 also led with 109 RBI, but his 10 HR were second to Tim Jordan’s 12
- First MVP’s of any kind were in 1911 and he’d already played 15 years.  He did win the batting title that year with a .334 avg, but the NL award went to Frank Schulte of the Cubs.  Wagner tied for 3rd in the voting.
- Managed the Pirates for 8 games in 1917, his last year as a player
FCR -    Victor Piacentile, Yorktown Heights, NY
*Led the NL
Incorrect answers:  Arky Vaughn, Alex Rodriguez, Gary Sheffield, Frankie Frisch, Nomar Garciaparra, Hughie Jennings, Troy Tulowitzki, Arky Vaughan, Vern Stephens,

Q.         Who was the first player to bat in a regular season game in Canada?
Hint:     He is the first of only two players in MLB history to be caught stealing 300 times.
Hint:     Unable to catch a glimpse of Maury Wills’s “little black book” on pitchers, he decided to film pitchers moves with his own camera.
Hint:     As a result, Don Drysdale once said to him “I don’t want to be in your ___ ____ movies” and, to no one’s surprise, threw at him the next time up.
Twint:    He was the first player to hit five home runs in his team's first four games of a season.
A.         LOU BROCK
- Montreal Expos first home opener 14-Apr-1969 against SL – he lined out to Gary Sutherland 2B.
- CS 307, with Henderson caught 335 times.
- Wills refused to show his log book to Brock – as one could understand – so Brock bought an 8mm camera  to “record the league’s pitchers” from SABR BIO.
FCR -    Mark Kanter, Portsmouth, RI
Incorrect answers:  Mickey Mantle, Ernie Banks, Tim Raines, Joe Morgan, Rickey Henderson, Tommie Agee

Q.         What former Pirate holds the record for career stolen bases in the postseason?
Hint:     He is the last American Leaguer with 75 steals in a season.
Hint:     One of his college teammates just won a ring.
Twint:    He is in the Hall of Fame of the franchise he played for the most.
Twint:    He had three different tours of duty with them forming parts of 10 seasons.
Twint:    He led them to the post season six times.
- 34 postseason SB; Played for PIT in 2003
- 75 SB in 1996
- Steve Kerr, basketball teammate at the University of Arizona, coached the champion Golden State Warriors to this year’s NBA title
FCR -    Mike Massaroli, Staten Island, NY
Incorrect answers:  Miguel Dilone, Omar Moreno, Maury Wills, Johnny Ray

Q.         After Dan McGann in 1904, who was the next National Leaguer to collect five stolen bases in one game?
Hint:     He swiped Max Carey's long-standing consecutive stolen base record with his 32nd consecutive steal.
Hint:     He taught another well-known base stealer how to tie a necktie.
Twint:    The only natives of his state with more career hits are Hall of Famers or Paul Konerko.
A.         DAVEY LOPES
- 5 SB 24-Aug-1974
- CS after 32 straight SB, 1 year later:  24-Aug-1975
- Taught Rickey Henderson the proper way a gentleman wears silk
- Rhodes Islanders with more H:  Nap Lajoie, Hugh Duffy, Gabby Hartnett & Paul Konerko
FCR -    John Michael Pierobon, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Incorrect answers:  Lou Brock, Clyde Milan, Maury Wills, Eddie Collins, Jackie Robinson, Martin Dihigio, Monte Ward, Edd Roush, Honus Wagner

Q.         Who has the most career stolen bases for someone who has never appeared in an All‑Star game? (In the All-Star era.)
Hint:     Not even in the season when he stole more than 70 and helped his team get to the postseason for the first time in a decade.
Hint:     Had he been on the postseason roster that year, it might have made a difference.
Hint:     That franchise hadn’t won a postseason game in over 30 years.
Hint:     Also might be partly because, in his seventeen years in the majors, his OPS+ never cracked the century mark.
Twint:    He still owns Ozone.
A.         OTIS NIXON
- 620 SB, 16th all-time
- 72 SB in 1991; His Braves made it to the WS, but they lost to MIN;
- Previous postseason win 05-Oct-1958
- Highest OPS+ was 94, also in 1991
- Ozone Entertainment Systems, Inc., Alpharetta, GA, opened by Nixon during the MB work stoppage of 1994-95
FCR -    Michael Remillard, Harrisburg, PA
Incorrect answers:  Juan Pierre, Herb Washington, Maury Wills, Tom Goodwin, Omar Moreno, Ralph Garr, Scott Podsednik

WEEKLY THEME – Players with at least twenty stolen bases in a season where they turned 40 (or more)

Player            SB     Year     Age   Team
Brock........... 21      1979     40      STL
Cobb............ 22      1927     40      PHA
Henderson.... 37      1999     40      NYM
.................... 36      2000     41      NYM/SEA
.................... 25      2001     42      SPD
Lofton.......... 23      2007     40      TEX/CLE
Lopes........... 47      1985     40      CHC
.................... 25      1986     41      CHC/HOU
Mays............ 23      1971     40      SFG
Nixon............ 26      1999     40      ATL
Wagner......... 23      1914     40      PIT
.................... 22      1915     41      PIT

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Rick Fink, Edison, NJ

Incorrect theme guesses:

Tuesday   -  Hall of Famers with the highest % of hall of fame votes
               -  Players with the most hits for one team

Wed        -  Led league in caught stealing
               -  Top all time combined home runs and stolen bases lifetime

Friday      -  Hall of Famers with a lot of stolen bases
               -  HOFers who have led their league in steals
               -  Players with over 500 SBs

Saturday  -  Stolen base leaders by the decade

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Sunday, August 16, 2015

August 10-16, 2015 Teenage pitchers with a winning season

Q.         What Hall of Fame pitcher holds the record for the most home runs surrendered in a season?
Hint:     He surrendered only four fewer the following year, a total that is tied for 3rd all-time.
Hint:     If his middle name were his last name, he’d be first alphabetically in the Hall of Fame.
Hint:     In his rookie season in the bigs, one of his rotation mates won the Cy Young Award.
Twint:    Of the twelve major league players born in his native country, he is the only one to play in an All-Star game.
Twint:    He did it twice, twelve years apart.
A.         BERT BLYLEVEN (Rik Aalbert Blyleven)
- 50 HR in 1986
- 46 in 1987
- 1970 CYA Jim Perry
FCR -    Jim Turner, Tallahassee, FL
Incorrect answers:  Robin Roberts, Don Sutton, Nolan Ryan, Don Drysdale, Phil Niekro, Catfish Hunter

Q.         Who threw the last no-hitter for the Yankees that wasn’t a perfect game?
Hint:     He walked six batters, including A-Rod twice.
Hint:     The opposing pitcher had been on the Yankees just the season before.
Hint:     He has been on the cover of Sports Illustrated five times, three times by himself.
Twint:    Puig went to his same high school.
- No-no 14-May-1996
- Opposing pitcher Sterling Hitchcock
FCR -    Alex Griffel, Great Neck, NY
Incorrect answers:  Randy Johnson, Roger Clemens, Hoyt Wilhelm, Javier Vazquez, David Cone, Andy Hawkins, David Wells, Jim Abbot

Q.         Who is the only Hall of Famer who has been a featured speaker at three different SABR* international conventions?
Hint:     He was a bit cranky at the last one.
Hint:     Ted Williams called him, “…best pitcher I ever saw during my career”.
*Society for American Baseball Research
Twint:    17@ 17
A.         BOB FELLER
- Spoke at SABR 20, SABR 26 & SABR 38 (1990 in Cleveland, 1996 in Kansas City & 2008 again in Cleveland)
- In 2008 at age 89 waxed emphatic on the glory of the U.S. military
- At the tender age of 17 years old, he struck out seventeen batters in one game 13‑Sep‑1936, the then American League record.
FCR -    John Michael Pierobon, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Incorrect answers:  Virgil Trucks, Allie Reynolds

Q.         What pitching legend was the head coach for the Yale baseball team for nineteen years?
Hint:     In his last year in the majors, he collected 150 hits as a batter.
Hint:     His namesake son had a “cup of coffee” in the majors.
Hint:     "Without a doubt," Ty Cobb opined, "______ was one of the best pitchers I ever faced throughout my entire career."
Twint:    He set an American League record of sixteen straight wins.
Twint:    That record has been tied but not broken.
FCR -    Jake Hopper, Houston, TX
Incorrect answers:  Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson, Red Ruffing, George Sisler

Q.         Who was the first native of Minnesota inducted into the Hall of Fame?
Hint:     For nearly half a century, he was the only one.
Hint:     After leading the American League in pitcher’s winning percentage in three of the five previous seasons, he changed leagues.
Hint:     …where he had a 4-16 record!
Hint:     After being out of the majors for over six years, he pitched one last inning, giving up a home run to a namesake of his famous alma mater.
Twint:    He was one of the most athletic of the Athletics.
- HOF in 1953; Next was Dave Winfield in 2001; Only other is Paul Molitor, 2004
- AL % leader 1910, 1911 & 1914; FL in 1915, 4-16 for BAL
- HR to BOS player Roy Carlyle pitching for CHW 21-Jul-1925.  Bender was an alum of the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania, same high school Jim Thorpe attended.
FCR -    Michael Campos, Redmond, WA
Incorrect answers:  Don Larsen, Jack Morris

Q.         Who was the first Houston Astros pitcher to get MVP votes?
Hint:     Though he only got a few votes, he did tie that year with three future Hall of Famers.
Hint:     …not to mention a pitcher from that year’s World Series champs.
Hint:     Alas, he was none of those things, and he never even made an appearance in the postseason as a player.
Twint:    He did, however, manage a team to the only 100-win season in its franchise’s history.
Twint:    With that effort, he was honored as the National League Manager of the Year.
- 1969 23rd MVP votes
- 6 votes each for
            Juan Marichal,
            Joe Torre,
            Billy Williams and
            the 1969 Mets pitcher Jerry Koosman
- 1998 HOU 102-60, MOY
FCR -    David Girdany, Somerset, PA
Incorrect answers:  J.R. Richard, Turk Farrell, Nolan Ryan, Mike Scott

Q.         Who received the single 1st place vote that deprived a unanimous Rookie of the Year award to the first man to win the batting crown in his first two (full) seasons?
Hint:     Perhaps ironically, this same ROY was the man to whom he gave up the single most homers to throughout his career.
Hint:     But during their rookie seasons, he gave up none of those home runs, and he held his rival to a 1 for 11 performance at the plate.
Twint:    Elaine Benes dated a fellow high school alumnus of his.
- 1964 ROY vote, Tony Oliva winning with 19 of 20 1st place votes.
- Bunker gave up 5 HR to Oliva- the most to any player he faced.
- 1964 Oliva only managed an RBI single with no K or BB in 11PA over three games
- Elaine from Seinfeld dated Keith Hernandez who also attended Capuchino HS, San Bruno, CA.
FCR -    Isaac Handy, New York, NY
Incorrect answers:  Rollie Fingers, Gary Peters, Tony Oliva, Mel Stottlemyre, Ichiro Suzuki

Q.         Who, in his final postseason appearance, got the win in Game 4 the last time the Yankees were swept in a World Series?
Hint:     Out of 7 World Series starts, it was his only victory.
Hint:     He led his team that year in wins, but also led the majors with most homers allowed.
Hint:     He lost out to a future Hall of Fame pitcher for Rookie of the Year despite besting him in strike outs, win-loss%, ERA, and WHIP…
Hint:  …as well as giving up fewer homers, hits and bases on balls.
Twint:    He struck out the first three of the first four batters he ever faced in a major league game.
Twint:    He had the good sense to walk Joe Morgan, but then in the 4th, struck him out too.
A.         GARY NOLAN
- 1976 CIN won 4-0, taking Game 4 7-2
- 1970, 1972 and 1975 WS he went 0-2 in 6 starts.
- won 15 G for CIN in 1976, but also gave up 28 HR to tie Catfish Hunter for most HR yielded.
- 1967 ROY Tom Seaver with Nolan finishing 3rd (Dick Hughes 2nd), despite the statistical achievements of Nolan.
- Debut 15-Apr-1967
FCR -    Frank Workman, Lake Forest Park, WA
Incorrect answers:  Don Gullet, Claude Osteen, Early Wynn, Jack Billingham

Q.         Who is the first player to win a Cy Young Award and a Comeback Player of the Year Award in the same season?
Hint:     He was credited with throwing a no-hitter despite giving up a hit.
Twint:    He is the only Giant to win the Cy Young Award in the 20th century.
- 12-Jun-1959, got a 5-inn no-no after he gave up a hit in the 6th, but the inning wasn’t completed when rain ended the game.
FCR -    Wayne Strumpfer, Sacramento, CA
Incorrect answers:  Gaylord Perry, Cliff Lee (in 2008, won The CYA & CPY), Johan Santana

Q.         Who was the first A's pitcher to fashion a single-season winning percentage under .200 (minimum 10 decisions)?
Hint:     He was inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in 1963.
Hint:     Larry Kopf was traded away because of the "bad influence" he had on this young player.
Hint:     He created and marketed a baseball dice game in 1936.
Twint:    He presided over the Cincinnati-based Ballplayers of Yesterday organization for 15 years.
Twint:    He borrowed his minor league cousin's nickname.
- 4-17 [.190] in 1915, but the team was only .297 without him
- Cousin had the same name, Rube Bressler
FCR -    Dave Goss, Wind Gap, PA
Incorrect answers:  Ethan Allen

WEEKLY THEME – Teenage pitchers with a winning season

Player            Year       Age       W -  L        %      Team
Bender           1903       19         17 - 14    .548     PHA
Blyleven         1970       19         10 -  9     .526     MIN
Bressler         1914       19         10 -  4     .714     PHA
Bunker           1964       19         19 -  5     .792     BAL
Dierker           1966       19         10 -  8     .556     HOU
Feller              1938       19         17 - 11    .607     CLE
Gooden          1984       19         17 -  9     .654     NYM
McCormick    1958       19         11 -  8     .579     SFG
Nolan             1967       19         14 -  8     .636     CIN
Wood             1909       19         11 -  7     .611     BOS

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Bill Carle, Lee’s Summit, MO

Incorrect theme guesses:

Tuesday   -  Pitchers with most strikeouts before they turned 21
               -  1000 Ks before 25
               -  Pitcher with tremendous curve balls
               -  Hall of fame pitchers to play for the Cleveland Indians
               -  Pitchers with most wins before age 25
               -  Pitchers who had 100 strikeout seasons while teenagers
               -  Guys who led the league in strikeouts as rookies

Wed        -  No-hit pitchers who won 10 or more games in their teens
               -  200 Ks before age 20" or 240 Ks also works so far

Friday      -  Former speakers at the annual SABR banquet or luncheon

Saturday  -  Won 10 games or more at 19 years old

Sunday    -  Pitchers who made the majors as teenagers

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