Sunday, February 18, 2018

2018-02-12 Dodgers Cycles

Q.        Whose election as MLB Rookie of the Year was not warmly celebrated by some individuals, and even whole teams, in each league?
Hint:     The uniform number he chose was the transposition of a well-known uniform number.
Hint:     His resulting number became the better known.  Now all MLB players and many coaches wear it on their uniforms on U.S. income tax reporting deadline day.
Hint:     A major movie celebrating his life, used those digits as its title, eschewing any text there.
Hint:     Not many know that he excelled in golf, tennis and swimming scholastically.
-  1947 MLB ROY voting  (Baseball historian Phil Wood tells us that the Dodgers assigned him No. 42.   He didn’t choose it. Phil also said top players used to receive much lower uniform numbers, suggesting maybe the equipment folks might have been slighting him.)
-  42., reversing 24, worn by Willie Mays.  On 15-Apr, every year, for one day, all uniforms in the majors bear the number “42”, honoring the day of Robinson’s debut major league game.
-  42, starring Chadwick Bosman was released by Warner Brothers in 2013.
FCR -  Doug Greenwald, San Francisco
Incorrect guesses:  Ichiro Suzuki, Thurman Munson

Q.        Who was the last National League batter to lead the league in strikeouts with fewer than 100? (150 G minimum)
Hint:     He was the first Los Angeles Dodger to win a Gold Glove.
Hint:     He was the first 20th-century player to collect 17 total bases in a single game.
A.         GIL HODGES  [SABR Bio]

-  99 K 1951
-  GG @ 1st 1958
-  17 TB 31-Aug-1950.  Shawn Green holds the current record at 19.
FCR -  Jeff Kallman, Las Vegas
Incorrect guesses:  Ron Cey, Maury Wills, Charlie Neal, Duke Snider, Shawn Greene, Tommy Davis, Vince DiMaggio, Wally Moon, Jackie Robinson

Q.        Who passed his father’s four-year career home run total in the 43rd game of his rookie year?
Hint:     That home run was the first of 10 he hit in 10 straight games.
Hint:     He set a record for reaching 21 home runs faster than anyone in MLB history.
Hint:     His sister played college volleyball and his brother pitched last year in the Padres’ minor league system.
-  Passed his father’s total of 12 with his 13th on 10-Jun-2017.
-  10-20 Jun-2017 = 10 HR
-  On 19-Jun-2017, against NYM, he hit 2 HRs in the first 2 innings.  Those ran his season-long total up to 21 in just 51 games. For good measure, he hit another one the following night.  The previous record was held by Wally Berger, who hit 21 in 55 G in 1930.)
-  Sister Ashli played volleyball at Vanguard University.  Brother Cole was drafted by SDP, 3rd in the 15th round June 2017.
FCR -  David Krassin, Los Angeles
Incorrect guesses:  Rhys Hoskins, Clay Bellinger, Ken Griffey, Jr., Terry Francona

Q.        Who performed the batting scenes as Lou Gehrig in the movie “Pride of the Yankees”?
Hint:     He led the majors in triples in his first year with his second team.  It didn’t help.  They finished last.
Hint:     The year prior, his 77 extra-base hits led the league.  He was also 3rd on his team in WAR.  Neither of those accomplishment could prevent him from being traded.
Hint:     In spite of a career .324 batting average, his votes for the Hall of Fame never rose above 6%.
Hint:     His exposure to Hall-of-Fame levels of play was extensive, having been on teams with Pie Traynor, Honus Wagner, Dan Bancroft, Al Lopez and Leo Durocher and more than two dozen others.
A.         BABE HERMAN..[ SABR Bio]
-  Pride of the Yankees (Look near the bottom under ‘Other crew’)
-  19 3b in 1932 w/CIN who finished 60-94, 30 G out in the NL.
-  Hall of Famers played with include: Wilbert Robinson, Burleigh Grimes, Dazzy Vance, Zach Wheat, Rabbit Maranville, Max Carey, Dave Bancroft, Iron Man McGinnity, Joe Kelley, Ernie Lombardi, Al Lopez, Chick Hafey, Eppa Rixey, Jim Bottomley, Gabby Harnett, Billy Herman, Kiki Cuyler, Arky Vaughan, Paul Waner, Lloyd Waner, Waite Hoyt, Pie Traynor, Hank Greenberg, Charlie Gehringer, Mickey Cochrane, Honus Wagner and Leo Durocher.
FCR -  Joseph Cosgriff, New York City
Incorrect guesses:  Lefty O’Doul, Tip O’Neill, Gary Cooper

Q.        Who was the first player to win 5 Gold Gloves in a row for a team in Southern California?
Hint:     He was the anchor of the majors’ first all-switch-hitting infield.
Hint:     He hosted a radio talk show in the mid-1980s.
A.         WES PARKER
-  Won 6 consecutive GG 1967-72, all for LAD.  Willie Mays was the 1st w/5 GG for a team on the West Coast.
-  Infield of Parker, Jim Lefebvre@ 2nd, Maury Wills, @ SS and Junior Gilliam @ 3rd for the 1965 LAD.
-  [Radio reference lost.]
FCR -  Frank Workman, Escondido, California
Incorrect guesses:  Steve Garvey, Ron Fairly, Ozzie Smith, Bill Russell, Maury Wills, Roy Sievers

Q.        Which Pirates outfielder can be seen in the bottom left corner of the Norman Rockwell painting “Bottom of the Sixth”?
Hint:     He was born in a log cabin in rural town originally named “Hixville”.
Hint:     His father, uncle and brother all played in the majors.
A.         DIXIE WALKER  [SABR Bio]
-  Bottom of the Sixth”.  Official sources say that this figure is Danny Murtaugh.  Many doubt this, including me.  Murtaugh wasn’t that svelte even then.
-  B. 24-Sep-1910 in Villa Rica, Georgia.
-  Father was also called Dixie
FCR -  Kellen Nielson, Blanding, Utah
Incorrect guesses:  Lloyd Waner, Danny Murtaugh, Barry Bonds, Ralph Kiner, Johnny Hopp, Harry Walker, Honus Wagner

Q.        What four-time Gold Glove South Carolinian began his professional career in Medicine Hat?
Hint:     He was once traded for a World Series MVP.
Hint:     He founded the C.A.T.C.H., which provides resources and a support system for youth coping with autism.
-  33rd Round; 1998 Medicine Hat [Alberta] Blue Jays
-  Traded for Troy Glaus 27-Dec-2005 (other players were involved)
FCR -  Rick Tharp, Gaithersburg, Maryland
Incorrect guesses:  Milt Pappas

Q.        Who was the first pitcher to earn more than a single save in a season in the major league American Association?
Hint:     He had led the league the year before as well, but alas… ‘twas not a plural number.
Hint:     The year he led the league with 19 triples (as a batter), he was tied with no fewer than five (5!) other players.  His league-leading home run total in a different year was only tied by 2 others.
Hint:     Playing for the team we now call the Dodgers, in their first year in the National League, he collected more than 120 RBI in fewer than 120 games.
Hint:     He ended his major league career in he National League playing under a Hall of Fame player/manager.
-  He had 3 saves in 1885 with the original Baltimore Orioles; only one the year prior.
-  He had 19 3b for them in 1887, but was tied in the NL that season by John Kerins, Tom Poorman, Triple Crown winner that year Tip O’Neill, Hall of Famer Bid McPhee and teammate Jumbo Davis.
-  His 13 NL HR in 1890 were matched by Mike Tiernan & Walt Wilmot.
-  In 1890 he had 128 RBI in 119 games for BRO.
-  His last season was 1895 playing for the New York Giants under the under‑appreciated George Davis.
FCR -  Joe Haardt, McLean, Virginia
Incorrect guesses:  Tony Mullane, Dan Brouthers

Q.        Who was the first 20th-century player to increase his batting average for 8 consecutive seasons?
Hint:     He then proceeded to decrease that same stat in nearly as orderly a fashion.
Hint:     In his career, he played 448 games at third base, 354 in the outfield, 243 at second, 178 at shortstop and 49 at first base.
Hint:     His brother also played more than a decade in the majors.
Hint:     They were the first brothers to oppose each other in a modern World Series.
Hint:     All five of his managers in the majors are now in the Hall of Fame.
-  BA   1914.... .228           1922... .319
           1916.... .252           1923... .325
           1917.... .270           1924... .298
           1918.... .280992     1925... .297
           1919.... .281481     1926... .238
           1920.... .291           1927... .246 w/BSN
           1921.... .325           1927... .232 w/NYG

-  Doc Johnson 1909, 1912-16, 1918-22
-  Faced each other in the 1920 WS, won by Doc’s Indians.
-  Hugh Duffy managed him in 1911; then Hank O'Day in 1914; Wilbert Robinson in his Brooklyn days; Dave Bancroft in Boston and John McGraw in New York..
FCR -  Joe Haardt, McLean, Virginia
Incorrect guesses:  Ken Boyer, Dave Stapleton, Doc Johnston, Dane Iorg, Guy Hecker

WEEKLY THEME – Dodgers who hit for the cycle.

Dodgers Hitting For The Cycle

Player  Date

Wes Parker............ 07-May-1970
Gil Hodges............. 25-Jun-1949
         ".................... 24-Jul-1931

First Correct Respondent to Identify ThemeMark Decker, Hudson, Iowa (after Bellinger)

Incorrect theme guesses:

Tuesday -  Players featured in The Boys of Summer

Wed        -  First basemen for the Dodgers in their World Series appearances.
               -  Dodgers

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