Tuesday, May 30, 2017

2017-05-22 Alumni from colleges whose mascots are (were) BIRDS, but not birds of prey.

Q.        Who had the highest 20th century batting average for any shortstop?
Hint:     He was North Carolina’s first favorite son to make it into the Hall of Fame.
Hint:     He had aches.  He had pains.  Some of them luscious.
-  He hit .388 with CHW in 1936.
-  Nicknames:  “Old Aches and Pains” & “Luscious”
FCR -  Rick Zucker, St. Louis
Incorrect answers:  Ernie Banks, Arky Vaughn, Honus Wagner

Q.        Who was the American League’s first black first baseman?
Hint:     He said, "Part of history?  I have no notions about that.  I just want to play baseball."
Hint:     He was the first native of South Carolina to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Hint:     He was the first black player to hit a home run for the American League in the All-Star game.
A.         LARRY DOBY
-  Played 1st base in his 2nd game ever 06-Jul-1947.
-  ASG HR 13-Jul-1954
FCR -  John Rudy, Cooperstown
Incorrect answers:  Luke Easter, Vic Power, Eddie Murray, Dick Allen

Q.        Which pitcher is the only one in the history of the Pittsburgh Pirates to win more than 20 games in 4 separate years?
Hint:     They were consecutive seasons.
Hint:     He still holds the record for most losses in a season by a starting pitcher and he did it the year before his string of 20’s.
Hint:     The state claiming him as a favorite son was not the state he was born in.
A.         VIC WILLIS
-  23 W in1906, 21 in 1907, 23 in 1908 & 22 in 1909
-  Record of 12-29 in 1905
-  Born in the NW corner of Maryland and his family moved to Delaware when he was young.
FCR -  Steve Cardella, Sacramento
Incorrect answers:  Doc Ellis, Will White, Wilbur Cooper, Jack Chesbro, Smoky Joe Wood, Vernon Law, Wilbur Cooper, John Candelaria, Bob Friend

Q.        Who was elected the American League’s Most Valuable Player the first year that Ted Williams won the Triple Crown?
Hint:     He is the only man to manage 2 different American League teams in the same city.
Hint:     He broke an uncomfortable silent shunning and was the first teammate to offer to play catch with Larry Doby the day of Doby’s major league debut.
A.         JOE GORDON
1942 MVP Gordon had 270 MVP voting points to Williams’ 249 with 12 first-place votes to Ted’s 9.  Williams led the AL (and the majors) in HR [36], RBI [137] & AVG [.356].  The Kid was also tops in the majors that year in runs, bases-on-balls, slugging, OBP, OPS, OPS+ and Total Bases.  Gordon led the AL in Double plays grounded into and led the majors in strikeouts by batters.
-  Doby’s debut 05-Jul-1947
FCR -  Mark Kanter Portsmouth, Rhode Island
Incorrect answers:  Lou Boudreau, Mickey Vernon, Al Rosen, Yogi Berra, Joe DiMaggio

Q.        What father of 7 pitched a perfect game on Fathers’ Day?
Hint:     It was the first perfect game in the National League in the 20th century.
Hint:     In his American League no-hitter, six years earlier, Ted Williams was the final out.
Hint:     He was the second pitcher, after Cy Young, to win 100 pitching decisions, chalk up 1,000 career strikeouts and toss no-hitters in each league.
Hint:     When his career ended in 1971, only Walter Johnson had more career strikeouts.
Hint:     He is the only pitcher to surrender an inside-the-park home run to Hank Aaron.
Hint:     Elected to the Hall of Fame in 1996 by the Veterans’ Committee, he is the only Hall of Fame player to serve in the U.S. congress.
Hint:     His first major league team, the Detroit Tigers, allowed him to miss his first three spring trainings so he could finish his college degree at Xavier and still play pro ball.
Hint:     Upon retiring from the U.S. senate, he remarked, “…being able to throw a curve ball is not a bad ability for a politician to have.”
A.         JIM BUNNING
-  Perfect game 21-Jun-1964; Prior no-hitter 20-Jul-1958
-  Career K total:  2,855 (W. Johnson’s K total:  3,509)
-  Aaron’s IPHR:  10-May-1967
FCR -  Ken Auerbach, Bonita Springs, FL
Incorrect answers: 

Q.        What Red Sox player led the league in being hit-by-pitch the same season they won their first World Series this century?
Hint:     He spurred his team to gritty excellence, urging’ “Cowboy up!”
Hint:     He hit 131 more home runs in the majors than his uncle did.
-  17 HBP in 2004
-  Uncle Wayne Nordhagen hit 39 HR in his 8-year MLB career
FCR -  Jeff Freedman, Westwood, California
Incorrect answers:  Babe Ruth, Johnny Damon, Dustin Pedroia, Kevin Youkilis

Q.        Whose name (and nickname) was comically mispronounced by his hometown fans?
Hint:     After throwing his 2nd career no-hitter passed on a bottle of champagne offered to him he instead celebrated with an orange soda.
Hint:     It was the first no-hitter broadcast nation-wide on television.
Hint:     On the advice of friends, started using a 5-lb. stainless steel ball during his warm-ups just before throwing that 2nd career no-hitter.
Hint:     Partly because the no-hitter was against his cross-town rivals, the team’s owner promptly awarded him with a nice monetary bonus.
-  It came out as “Oisk”, a pronunciation routinely mocked by people outside of Brooklyn.
-  2nd no-no:  12-May-1956 vs. NYG; First one
-  Received $500 from Walter O’Malley
FCR -  Jeff Kallman, Las Vegas
Incorrect answers:  Charlie Hough

Q.        What Padres pitcher, in his pennant-winning year, had a record of 9 wins, 8 losses and 8 saves?
Hint:     He returned to the majors after major arm surgery, though not as successfully as did Tommy John.
Hint:     Tim Raines was at the plate when he threw his last pitch.
Hint:     He won the highly-respected Hutch Award later that year.
-  Last pitch 15-Aug-1989
Hutch Award 1989
FCR -  Jeff Kallman, Las Vegas
Incorrect answers:  Trevor Hoffman, Rich Gossage, Stirling Hitchcock, Doug Jones

Q.        Whose tied Hall of Famer Rogers Hornsby’s record for home runs in a season by a second baseman?
Hint:     He never had another year with even half that total in the 12 other years of his major league playing career and is not even in the top 20 for career home runs by a second baseman.
Hint:     The last major league hit ever given up by Sandy Koufax was his.
Hint:     He was a teammate of both home run kings Hank Aaron and Sadaharu Oh.  (Not at the same time.  That would be a record.)
-  42 HR in 1973, tying Hornsby’s 1922 total
-  136 career HR
-  Koufax hit, World Series 06-Oct-1966, 6th inning
-  Teammate of Aaron 1973-74 w/ATL; Of Oh 1975-76 w/Yomiuri Giants
FCR -  Rich Lerner, Silver Spring, Maryland
Incorrect answers:  Jeff Kent, Felix Mantilla, Jim LeFebvre

Q.        Which Detroit Tigers reliever once traded 4 autographed baseballs for a fan's slice of pizza while waiting in the bullpen?
Hint:     That same year, he led the league in saves, was voted on to the All-Star team and finished in the top 5 in Cy Young Award voting.
Hint:     He got to the World Series just once in his 16-year MLB career, but did managed to add a save to his résumé there.
Hint:     In 2014, he represented the Tigers in the Hall of Fame Classic in Cooperstown.
A.         TODD JONES
-  Best season:  2000
2006 WS
FCR -  Larry Lamb, Oakwood, Ohio
Incorrect answers:  John Hiller, Guillermo Hernandez, Jose Valverde, Aurelio Lopez, Terry Forster

Q.        Who cooled down the red-hot Red Sox in 2016 by leading the team in strikeouts?
Hint:     His impressive 5.3 WAR, however, trailed only Mookie Betts and Dustin Pedroia.
Hint:     He was the Most Outstanding Player of the College World Series the first time his school won the tournament.
Hint:     He encourages the use of a pleonastic honorific.
Hint:     He was named for his father who was named for a certain American soul singer-songwriter and performer nicknamed "Mr. Excitement".
-  143 K
-  Played for U. of So. Carolina in 2010
-  The use of “Jr.” as part of his name unnecessary since no one else has ever used that name in the majors.
-  His father was named for crooner Jackie Wilson.
FCR -  Barry Nelson, Guilderland, New York
Incorrect answers:  David Price

Q.        What pitcher with an 11-year MLB career had the thrill of seeing his son make the majors in 2016?
Hint:     He also has two brothers who played professional baseball, one of which made it to the majors.
Hint:     He (the dad) led the league in several categories during his time with 8 different teams.  He also threw for 8 minor league teams.
Hint:     As a member of the Giants, he won the Willie Mac Award honoring his spirit and leadership.
Hint:     He started well, making the Topps All-Star Rookie Team.
A.         MARK LEITER
-  Son also named Mark Leiter (but with no ‘Jr.’ designation)
-  Brother Al Leiter had a 16-year career in the majors and was 3 times on teams that won the World Series.  Brother Kurt Leiter played 4 years in the minors.
-  Unfortunately, the categories he led in were what you might call negative categories.  His 17 losses led the NL in 1997, as did his 115 earned runs allowed that year.  He also led his league in hit batsmen three straight seasons, from 1994 to 1996, and in 1996, the 37 homers he gave up were tops in the NL.
-  Shared the 1995 Willie Mac Award with teammate Mark Carreon.
FCR -  Ralph Fessler, Ellicott City, Maryland
Incorrect answers:  Steve Bedrosian, Bengie Molina, Lance McCullers, Clay Bellinger, Derek Law

WEEKLY THEME – Alumni from colleges whose mascots are (were) BIRDS, but not birds of prey. [No eagles, hawks, falcons, etc.)

Appling........... Oglethorpe U................ Stormy Petrels
Bradley........... So. Carolina.................. Gamecocks
Doby............... Long Island U............... Blackbirds
Erskine........... Anderson U................... Ravens
Gordon........... U. of Oregon................. Ducks
Jones............. Jacksonville State......... Roosters
Leiter.............. Ramapo College........... Roadrunners
Millar.............. Lamar University........... Cardinals
Willis............... U. of Delaware.............. Blue Hens

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – No one

Incorrect theme guesses:

Tue         -  Players with the nickname "Luscious"
Sun         -  All had played or coached for a World Series champion Whose franchise had not won a World Series ever before or in over 20 years.

Monday, May 22, 2017

2017-05-15 Black Pre-Expansion Most Valuable Players

Q.        Which player received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush in 2005?
Hint:     He was the last Montreal Expos manager.
Hint:     He was, not surprisingly, the first Washington Nationals manager.
Hint:     He had previously won the Triple Crown, on his way to hitting 586 career home runs.
-  Expos mgr 2002-04; Nationals mgr 2005-06
-  1966 AL TC
FCR -     Morris Buenemann, Florissant, MO
Incorrect answers:  Felipe Alou

Q.        Which player received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush in 2002?
Hint:     When he was elected to the Hall of Fame, only Ty Cobb had received a higher percentage of votes.
Hint:     He hit a combined 420 home runs for the Milwaukee Braves and Milwaukee Brewers.
Hint:     …with 335 Atlanta Braves home runs thrown in for good measure.
A.         HANK AARON
-  97.8% HOF votes to Cobb’s 98.2%
FCR -     Barry Zamoff, Washington, DC
Incorrect answers:  Jackie Robinson

Q.        Which player received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama in 2013?
Hint:     His National League record for home runs by a rookie shortstop stood for 53 years, until it was broken by Troy Tulowitzki.
Hint:     He played 23 games in left field during his transition from shortstop to first base, making way for Andre Rodgers.
A.         ERNIE BANKS
-  19 HR in 1954, broken by Tulo’s 24 in 2007
-  23 LF games in 1961
FCR -     Scott Matteson (via Facebook)
Incorrect answers: 

Q.        Which player posthumously received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Ronald Reagan in 1984?
Hint:     He was an All-Star for Kansas City one year and starred for Montreal the next year.
Hint:     He was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991.
-  1945 Negro League East-West All-Star for KC Monarchs, 1946 Montreal Royals.
FCR -     Rich Lerner, Silver Spring, MD
Incorrect answers:  Dick Howser, Larry Walker

Q.        Which player received the City of New York Bronze Medallion, the highest civilian honor bestowed by the city, in 1969?
Hint:     He had the fewest plate appearances of any position player elected to the Hall of Fame for his major league playing career.
Hint:     He has the best caught stealing percentage in major league history.
Hint:     His team paid him a higher salary the year after his retirement than he ever earned during his career.
-  4,815 career PA
-  57.4% CS
-  Dodgers paid him $50,000 in 1958, following his career-ending car accident
FCR -  Jim Turner, Tallahassee, FL
Incorrect answers:  Yogi Berra, Gil Hodges, Monte Irvin, Mickey Mantle, Phil Rizzuto, Tom Seaver, Casey Stengel, Dave Winfield

Q.        Which player was personally thanked by Martin Luther King Jr. and Barack Obama for the sacrifices he made as a trailblazing major leaguer?
Hint:     He trained new Army recruits during the Korean war.
Hint:     He played on the same team as Larry Doby during his first and last professional seasons.
Hint:     Former teammate Maury Wills credited him with saving Wills’ life.
-  Visited by MLK shortly before his assassination, thanked by Obama in 2010
-  Recognized by Wills for helping him overcome substance abuse in the 1980's
-  Played on same team as Doby in 1944 (NNL Newark Eagles) & 1962 (NPB Chunichi Dragons)
FCR -  Barry Zamoff, Washington, DC
Incorrect answers:  Hank Aaron, Satchel Paige, Pee Wee Reese, Jackie Robinson

Q.        Who was named commissioner of the White House T-ball League by President George W. Bush in 2006?
Hint:     He was a frequent golf partner with President Bill Clinton.
Hint:     He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama in 2015.
A.         WILLIE MAYS
FCR -  Jim Campbell, Townsend, TN
Incorrect answers:  Hank Aaron, Yogi Berra, George H.W. Bush, Bob Costas, Michael Jordan, Stan Musial, Cal Ripken, Jr.

WEEKLY THEME – Black Pre-Expansion Most Valuable Players

Jackie Robinson........ 1949................ BRO
Roy Campanella........ 1951, 53, 55.... BRO
Willie Mays................. 1954................ NYG
Don Newcombe......... 1956................ BRO
Hank Aaron................ 1957................ MLN
Ernie Banks............... 1958, 59.......... CHC
Frank Robinson......... 1961................ CIN

            Notes:  All are in the National League.  F. Robinson won the year before the NL expanded.  Two of these players also won after expansion, but in different cities:  Mays in 1965 with SFG and F. Robinson in the A.L. with BAL  in 1966, this time with a unanimous vote.

FCR to Identify Theme – Stuart Shapiro, Highland Park, NJ

Incorrect theme guesses:

Tues       -  Triple Crown winners who were also managers
               -  Players who were awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom
               -  Top home run hitters with Negro League experience
               -  Participants in the Home Run Derby
               -  Guys who hit the most home runs in the 1960's
Wed        -  All my childhood baseball heroes
               -  MLB players who have received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and are in the Hall of Fame
               -  African-American players with 500+ home runs
               -  First black players to hit 500 home runs
               -  Players on 1963 Topps card #3
               -  Players debuting in the 1950's who hit 500 home runs
               -  Players debuting in the 1950's who were elected to the Hall of Fame
Sat          -  Hall of Famers who played in both the Negro Leagues and majors
               -  Negro League vets who made the Hall of Fame based on their MLB career
Sun         -  Negro League players enshrined in Cooperstown who played in MLB
               -  Negro League players who won awards in the majors
               -  Negro League players who won the Silver Slugger Award
               -  Black players entering the majors in the 1950's
               -  Black players entering the majors before 1955
               -  Black players entering the majors before 1956 who are in the Hall of Fame
               -  Former Negro League players who received high civilian awards
               -  Hall of Famers who played for the Kansas City Monarchs
               -  Black players prior to 1956 who won the MVP Award
               -  Hall of Famers honored by Presidents
               -  Negro Leaguers who qualified for the Hall of Fame as major leaguers
               -  Negro League vets who won MVP or Cy Young Awards

Questions archived here:  http://horsehidetrivia.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

2017-05-08 Pitchers with multiple Silver Slugger Awards


Q.        Whose now-famous pitching motion included an ostensible celestial supplication on every pitch thrown?
Hint:     He accomplished an unprecedented awards combination that hasn’t yet been replicated.
Hint:     He became the first player to be awarded $1,000,000 through salary arbitration.
-  Was awarded the 1981 National League Cy Young Award and 1981 National League Rookie of the Year Award.  Many other have won both awards.  No one else has won them for play in the same season.
-  $1 M arbitration in NYT
FCR -     Steven Coleman, Belleville, Illinois
Incorrect answers:  Luis Tiant, Andy Messersmith, Blue Moon Odom, Mark Fidrych, Hideo Nomo, Juan Marichal

Q.        Who owns the lowest ERA of any World Series pitcher with at least 20 innings pitched?
Hint:     After 2,500+ days as a Double Unique, a 7-inning Dodger has kicked him off the list.
Hint:     He is regularly rumored to be a participant in the All-Star Game Home Run Derby.
Hint:     He once killed a snake and saved the rabbit inside.
-  WS ERA 0.25, spoiled by a solo HR by Salvador Perez in G 1 in 2014
Madison Younginer debuted in 2016.
-  SFG management don’t want to see their star pitcher hurt by hitting a bunch of home runs, so they limit his batting exploits to his own games.  His 16 career HR is the most of any active pitcher.
-  As detailed in his 2014 Sports Illustrated “Sportsman of the Year” write-up, "One day during spring training this year in Scottsdale, Bumgarner and his wife were roping cattle when Madison was startled by a large snake he figured was a rattler.  He quickly grabbed an ax and hacked it to pieces.  When Ali, an expert field dresser, examined what was left of the snake, she found two baby jackrabbits inside pieces of it and extracted them.  A short while later the Bumgarners noticed that one of the rabbits had moved slightly.  It was alive."
FCR -  Scott Matteson, Shawnee, Kansas
Incorrect answers:  Orel Hershiser, Babe Ruth

Q.        What combustible Venezuelan once led the National League in pitching victories for a team that ended the season thirty (30!) games under .500?
Hint:     In each of five of those victories he hit a home run.
Hint:     No other Venezuelan pitcher has ever led the NL in pitching victories.
-  16-7 for the 66-96 CHC in 2006
-  He had 6 HR for the year
-  Venezuelans Johan Santana and Felix Hernandez have been league wins leaders in the AL.
FCR -  Joshua Flowerman, Flanders, New Jersey
Incorrect answers:  Johan Santana, Juan Marichal

Q.        Who is the only pitcher to throw two no hitters for the St. Louis Cardinals?
Hint:     He also pitched two no-hitters in the minors.
Hint:     He passed away less than a week after throwing out the first pitch at Game 7 of the World Series.
Hint:     The Cardinals selected 25 other players before they picked him the year he was drafted.  Only one of those ever made the majors.
A.         BOB FORSCH
-  No-no’s 16-Apr-1978 & 26-Sep-1983
FCR -  Morris Buenemann, Florissant, Missouri
Incorrect answers:  Joaquin Andujar, Ken Forsch, Bob Gibson

Q.        What Hall of Fame pitcher surrendered a record 7 consecutive hits in his 2nd All-Star Game start?
Hint:     After he gave up two hits in the next inning, he was replaced by a man who would become his teammate the following season.
Hint:     He once became so violently ill on a team flight that he broke a rib vomiting.
Hint:     His number was retired before a rain-delayed game in the presence of attendees from SABR’s 40th annual national convention.
A.         TOM GLAVINE
-  7 straight hits, 1st inning of the 1992 All-Star Game
-  Replaced in the 2nd inning by Greg Maddux.
- Redefining the phrase "star hurler," he broke a rib in 1992 after vomiting up airplane food.
-  ATL retired number 47 06-Aug-2010.
FCR -  Daniel Blumenthal, Falls Church, Virginia
Incorrect answers:  Roger Clemens, Atlee Hammaker, Ferguson Jenkins, John Smoltz

Q.        What future Diamondback finished second to D-Back Randy Johnson the first time Johnson won the National League Cy Young Award?
Hint:     He was NLCS MVP for the Mets during the only season he pitched there.
Hint:     He missed two seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
Hint:     He now serves as a major league pitching coach for one of his former teammates.
-  2nd to Johnson in 1999 NL CYA
-  Pitched 10 games for 2010 ARI
-  Missed 2006-07 seasons
-  P CO for SEA, 2016-
FCR -  Josh Flowerman, Flowers, NJ
Incorrect answers:  Mike Butcher, Cole Hamels, Jose Mesa, Brandon Webb

Q.        Which former DH is the only eight-time winner of the American Century Championship?
Hint:     He was the Dodgers’ first-round pick, straight out of high school, in 1971.
Hint:     He was traded to the Pirates for Jerry Reuss in 1979.
Hint:     He fought an opposing coach (one of his former teammates) during a game in 1986.
A.         RICK RHODEN
-  Won American Century Celebrity Golf Championship 1991, 93, 95, 97, 99, 2003, 08-09
-  DH 11-Jun-1988
-  Traded for Reuss 07-Apr-1979
-  Fought Bill Robinson 06-Jun-1986 after an argument about ball scuffing
FCR -  Skip Carpenter (via Facebook)
Incorrect answers:  Ken Brett, Mike Easler, Lee Lacy, Rick Reuschel

Q.        Which right fielder led the 1983 Florida Instructional League in home runs, with 9?
Hint:     He won the Fred Hutchinson Award the following season.
Hint:     He played three games for the Angels and eight games for the Phillies in his final major league season.
Hint:     He is currently a college coach.
-  1-0 record (3 starts) for 1992 CAL, 1-4 (8 starts) for 1992 PHI
-  State College of Florida (Bradenton) Manatees pitching coach
FCR -  Thomas Van Hook, Lindsay, TX
Incorrect answers:  Jim Eisenreich

WEEKLY THEME – NL pitchers who have won multiple Silver Slugger awards

Bumgarner   (2)     2014 & 2015
Forsch          (2)     1980 & 1987
Glavine         (4)     1991, 1995, 1996 & 1998
Hampton      (5)     1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 & 2003
Rhoden        (3)     1984, 1985 & 1986
Robinson      (3)     1982, 1989& 1990
Valenzuela   (2)     1981 & 1983
Zambrano    (3)     2006, 2008 & 2009

FCR to Identify ThemeDavid Washburn, Marietta, GA (after Forsch)

Incorrect theme guesses:

Tues       -  LH Pitchers with either a) 3 HR in a season or b) 10 or more career HR
Wed        -  Silver Slugger pitchers who have thrown a no-hitter
               -  Pitchers since 1980 who have at least 10 home runs
               -  Silver Slugger pitchers with at least 3 home runs in a season
Thurs      -  Pitchers who lost potential clinching postseason games
Sunday   -  Pitchers who have hit the most home runs since 1990