Sunday, December 6, 2015

Nov 30-Dec 6, 2015 Hall of Famers who hit .350 in a season 6 or more times.

Q.         Of the original five Hall of Fame inductees, who had the most votes?
Hint:     His percentage of votes remained the highest for any player for 56 years.
Twint:    This “Peach” was probably not so sweet.
A.         TY COBB
First Hall of Fame election, 1936 (226 votes):

Ty Cobb
Babe Ruth
Honus Wagner
Christy Mathewson
Walter Johnson

- In 1992, Tom Seaver established the current record w/98.83%; Nolan Ryan had 98.79% in 1999; & Cal Ripken Jr. had 98.53% in 2007, the only ones eclipsing Cobb’s mark.
- Cobb was known to irascible, even violent
FCR -    Victor Piacentile, Yorktown Heights, NY
Incorrect answers:  Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson, Walter Johnson, Cy Young

Q.         Who was the first player to be voted his league’s Most Valuable Player while playing for two different teams?
Hint:     His second win was without the hindrance of being a player/manager.
Hint:     He played for eight more seasons, but never received another MVP vote.
Twint:    He is the only modern St. Louis Cardinal to hit .400 in a season.
Twint:    He did it three times.
- NL MVP for STL 1925 and CHC 1929
- From 1930 to 1937 he concentrated more on his field management duties
- Hornsby hit .401/.424/.403 in 1922/1924/1925
FCR -    Victor Piacentile, Yorktown Heights, NY
Incorrect answers:  Frank Robinson, Alex Rodriguez, Nap Lajoie, Lou Boudreau

Q.         What fleet-of-foot centerfielder did Joe DiMaggio say he would make the world forget?
Hint:     This same centerfielder met with Willie Mays the day after “the catch” in the 1954 World Series as the media reminisced about his similar fielding style in the same park 45 years earlier.
Hint:     The American League President (and founder) hired a private investigator to substantiate claims about the player’s gambling habits.
Hint:     The report came back that he did indeed gamble, but always legally.
Twint:    He holds at least two career records that most baseball cognoscenti deem unbreakable.
Twint:    He was paired with and compared with Ty Cobb for most of his life.
- Speaker played a particularly shallow center field, making up the distance back to the fence with his remarkable speed.  Joe D. mimicked this style, mostly successfully.
- 1954 meeting: 

- Ban Johnson ordered the tail of Speaker.
- Speaker’s 792 doubles are likely unassailable.  Current leader David Ortiz is more than 200 behind.  Even more impressive are Spoke’s 449 outfield assists.  Current active leader is Carlos Beltran with 139.
- Both came from the South, both cared little about teammates or fans and both played baseball as if their hair were on fire.
FCR -    Richard Tharp, Rockville, MD
Incorrect answers:  Ty Cobb, Joe Jackson, Wee Willie Keeler, Al Gionfriddo, Mike Donlin, Red Murray, Earl Combs

Q.         Whose record for number of times leading his league in bases-on-balls did Barry Bonds break when Bonds did it for the twelfth time?
Hint:     In four additional seasons he finished in the top ten.
Hint:     He had more than 100 the season before he retired.
Hint:     He’s tied with Paul Molitor and Rabbit Maranville for career steals of home.
Twint:    No position player outranks him in career WAR.
A.         BABE RUTH
- Ruth still holds the record for leading the majors the most times.
- Scored 104 times in 1934.
- Molitor, Maranville and Ruth all stole home 10 times
- Career WAR of 163.1. Bonds’s number is 162.4 in second place.
FCR -    Bill Deane, Cooperstown, NY
Incorrect answers:  Ted Williams, Rickey Henderson, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle, Rod Carew, Jimmy Johnston, Enos Cabell, Max Carey, Jackie Robinson, Frank Robinson, Brooks Robinson, Wilbert Robinson, Gene Tenace, Lou Brock

Q.         Whose .313 average is the lowest ever to win a National League batting title?
Hint:     He and Ty Cobb are the only batters to win three straight batting titles twice in a career.
Twint:    Vin Scully once called his son the fastest man in the majors.
Twint:    His life was exemplary except for the one thing he begged us all not to copy.
A.         TONY GWYNN
- Hit .313 in 1988 (I think Orel Hershiser lowered the average of everyone in the league that year.)
- 1987-89 & 1994-97; Cobb did it three times
- Son Tony Gwynn is still one of the fastest runners in the game.
- Died 16-Jun-2014 from cancer caused by chewing tobacco
FCR -    Timothy Kearns, Washington, DC
Incorrect answers:  Terry Pendleton, Pie Traynor, Stan Musial, Pete Rose, Honus Wagner, Rogers Hornsby, Bill Madlock

Q.         Who held the record for most career doubles by a right-handed batter until Craig Biggio passed him in 2007?
Hint      He was the youngest Phillie to collect 100 RBI in a season.
Hint:     He once received a bases-loaded, intentional base-on-balls.
Twint:    His modern single-season batting average record was set in the first year of existence of the American League.
Twint:    It still stands.
A.         NAP LAJOIE
- Biggio ended with 668 2b and is 5th on the all-time list.  Lajoie’s 657 are at 7th place.
- 127 RBI at age 22 in 1897
- BLIBB 23-May-1901, 9th inning, called by Hall of Fame player/manager Clark Griffith in the 9th inning to preserve the victory for the White Sox.  The White Sox that year won the first-ever American League pennant and Lajoie, playing for the Philadelphia Athletics, won the Triple Crown with a BA of .426!  (Not a typo)
FCR -    Dave Goss, Wind Gap, PA
Incorrect answers:  Richie Ashburn, Ed Delahanty, Mike Schmidt, Dick Allen, Chuck Klein, Bill Nicholson

Q.         Who is the only American League batter to have a season with no fewer than 40 home runs and 220 hits?
Hint:     His record of 17 strikeouts in a single game remains unchallenged by any other pitcher from his school.
Hint:     His first career stolen base didn’t come until his third season, but was a steal of home.
Twint:    He was a Greek.
Twint:    He was German.
Twint:    He was first scouted by a Canadian.
A.         LOU GEHRIG
- 1930:  41 HR, 220 H
- 17 K for Columbia University 18-Apr-1923 (the same day that Yankee Stadium opened) vs. Williams College
- 1st SB 24-Jun-1925
- Honorary member of Sigma Nu at Columbia when his mother worked there as a maid.  The frat boys called young Lou "Little Heinie".  Phi Delta also claims him.  However, knowledgeable sources tell us Gehrig was  initiate # 338 of Phi Delta Theta's New York Delta Chapter, Columbia University.
- Born to first-generation German immigrants.
- First determined scout was Toronto native Arthur Irwin who had spent 13 years in the majors.
FCR -    Walt Cherniak, Woodbine, MD
Incorrect answers:  Jim Rice, Babe Ruth, Chuck Klein

Q.         Whose 253 hits in a season by an American Leaguer were second only to George Sisler’s 257 until Ichiro Suzuki passed them both in 2004?
Hint:     He rebutted critics of his batting stance with, “I’ve studied movies of myself batting.  (I’m)…swinging in a proper line over the plate.”
Hint:     He was glad he never played for the Giants.           
Hint:     He once homered and singled in a single World Series inning.
Twint:    One year he hit .392 but didn’t even lead his own league.
A.         AL SIMMONS
- 253 H in 1925, his second season in the majors
- He resented the epithet “Bucketfoot Al”, invoked because his forward (left) foot pointed directly at third base until the pitcher released the ball.  His stats seem to indicate that this was a perfectly appropriate stance.
- As a minor leaguer, he expressed interest playing for John McGraw, but later admitted that he and Mugsy probably would have clashed.
- 2-H inning, 7th inning 4th G 1929 WS 12-Oct-1929
- Hit .392 in 1927, but Harry Heilmann of the Tigers hit .398 that season.
FCR -    Joe Matocha, Meriden, CT
Incorrect answers:  Honus Wagner, Rod Carew, Stan Musial, Lefty O’Doul

Q.         In the Top Ten batting average seasons in the history of  the Detroit Tigers, there are only two names: Ty Cobb and ____________?
Hint:     Only Cobb had more hits in a season as a Tiger, but very few of his were “leg” hits.
Twint:    How many N’s?
            N.B.:  Norm Cash is #26 with his .361 in 1961
FCR -    David Lippman, Newark, NJ
Incorrect answers:  Lefty O’Doul, Sam Crawford, Charlie Gehringer, Al Kaline, Norm Cash, Hank Greenberg, Miguel Cabrera, Harvey Kuenn, Mickey Cochrane

Q.         Whose record for most consecutive games with an extra-base hit did Chipper Jones tie with a home run on 16-Jul-2006?
Hint:     Six of the managers he played for in his 20-y ear career are now in the Hall of Fame.
Hint:     He once had more than 130 RBI in the same season he was in single digits in home runs.
Twint:    It was the same year he won the MVP.
Twint:    Only one other time in Hall of Fame career did he reach the 100 RBI mark.
A.         PAUL WANER
- Record for consecutive games with an extra-base hit:  14
- Sophomore season 1927, he led his team in AB, R, 2b, HR, OBP, SLG, OPS, OPS+.  He also led the NL in PA, 3b, RBI & BA and led the majors with 237 hits.
FCR -    Bob Flynn, Chandler, AZ
Incorrect answers:  Pie Traynor

WEEKLY THEME – Modern era Hall of Fame batters who, while qualifying for the batting title, hit for an average of .350 or better in at least a half a dozen seasons.

Player      .350 X      Team(s)
Cobb          16         DET   1907, 09-19, 21-22, 25; PHA 1927
Hornsby       9         STL    1921-25; NYG 1927; BSN 1928; CHC 1929
Speaker       9         BOS   1912-13; CLE 1916-17, 20-23, 25
Ruth             8         NYY   1920-21, 23-24, 26-27, 30-31
Gwynn         6         SDP   1984, 87, 93-95, 97
Waner          6         PIT     1927-28, 30, 34, 36-37
Gehrig          6*        NYY   1927-28, 30, 34, 36-37
Simmons     6         PHA   1925, 27-31
Heilmann     6         DET   1921-23, 25-27
Lajoie           6         PHA   1901; PHA-CLE 1902; CLE 1904, 96, 10, 12
*Hit .349 in 1932

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – No one

Incorrect theme guesses:

Wed        -  Players who were leading vote getters in the 1936 HoF vote (the first one that took place with Ruth, Cobb, Johnson , et al).
               -  Players whom were part of the first two Hall Of Fame classes
               -  Players with lifetime batting averages above .340

Thursday  -  Highest lifetime batting average for those who played in the 1920s

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