Monday, March 26, 2018

2018-03-19 Players who hit their franchises' first TWO cycles

Note:  Items IN ALL CAPS AND UNDERLINED were not in the original question

MONDAY (Monday questions not connected with this week’s theme)
Q.        What connects these players?
                        Ron Darling
                        Sid Fernandez
                        Charlie Hough
                        Kurt Suzuki &
                        Shane Victorino
A.         All-Stars who were born in Hawaii
FCR -  David Washburn, Marietta, Georgia
Incorrect:  Hawaiians to win a World Series; All Rule 5 picks; Gave up HR’s to Reggie Jackson; Played on a pennant winner/playoff team; All played for the Mets; No longer live in Hawaii

MONDAY II (Also not connected with this week’s theme)
Q.        Who is the only pitcher to lead both the NL and AL in shutouts – in the same season?
A.         CC Sabathia (C.C. Sabathia at the time) in 2008 – 2 ShO in AL w/CLE then traded to MIL (which had conveniently switched leagues 10 years earlier) and led w/3 ShO for the NL.
FCR -  Ken Auerbach, Bonita Springs, Florida
Incorrect:  Rick Sutcliffe, Randy Johnson, Bartolo Colon

MONDAY III (Once again not connected with this week’s theme)
Q.        Who set a World Series record in the first modern World Series that has never been broken?  What is that record?
A.         Tommy Leach of the Pirates hit four (4!) triples in 1903 against Boston.  Never equaled.  It was an 8-game Series, but he had his 4 by the 5th game.  Deacon Phillippe’s 5 complete games in the same WS also still stands.  Also, Brickyard Kennedy surrendered 10 runs in the 5th G.
FCR -  Michael Caragliano, Flushing, New York
Incorrect:  Deacon Phillippe - 3 wins;

MONDAY IV (Still not connected with this week’s theme)
Q.        What two all-time records were set in one game on 14-Sep-1987?
Hint:     One has an outside chance of being tied or broken, the other?  Never.  I’ll stand by that.
A.         In the process of clobbering the visiting Baltimore Orioles 18-3, the Toronto Blue Jays hammered ten (10!) home runs.  No other team has ever even hit 9 in a game.  Sensing a lost cause, Manager Cal Ripken, Sr. put future manager Ron Washington in at short replacing Cal, Jr. and ending his consecutive-innings played streak at 8,264.  Award-winning SABR researcher Trent McCotter gives this account of Ripken’s accomplishment, which neither he nor his father were aware of that warm night in the worst stadium in the majors:  Ripken’s Record.
            In 1999 the Reds came close with 9 HRs in a game 04-Sep-1999
FCR -  Adam Fung, Toronto
Incorrect:  Most total bases in one game  (19 by Shawn Greene)

Q.        Who holds the single-season record for most hits by a first baseman?
Hint:     He is widely believed to be the best player in the history of his franchise.
Hint:     Ty Cobb called him “the nearest thing to a perfect ballplayer.”
Hint:     Branch Rickey was his mentor and coach in college.
A.         GEORGE SISLER  [SABR Bio]
-  He put wood on the ball safely 257 times in 1920.  The only better number at any position is Ichiro’s 262.
-  His best work was done for the St. Louis Browns.
-  Branch Rickey coached Sisler at the University of Michigan.
FCR -  Mark Pattison, Washington, DC
Incorrect guesses:  Jimmie Foxx, Stan Musial, Cap Anson, Lou Gehrig, Bill Terry

Q.        Who was the last active player from the MLB original expansion?
Hint:     The Angels shipped him to the Mets to get pitching prospect Nolan Ryan.
Hint:     A postseason, in-game tactical decision he made, no matter how logical at the time, will haunt him forever.
A.         JIM FREGOSI  [SABR Bio]
-  Was a rookie with the 1961 Los Angeles Angels and retired after 20 games with PIT in 1978.
-  Trade for Ryan 10-Dec-1971.  The Angels also got Frank Estrada, Don Rose & Leroy Stanton.
-  To pitch the 9th inning with a 6-5 lead, he summoned his closer, a man with 43 saves in the regular season that year.  That pitcher proceeded to walk the best base stealer of all time and then, with one out, gave up a hit to another future Hall of Famer.  The 4th batter of the inning, his team’s clean-up hitter, had won an RBI title and had averaged 112 RBI over the previous 8 seasons.  Many eyes were on Fregosi to see if he were considering a pitching change.  No change was made and the momentum of the continued unbroken.  The batter lined a 2-2 fastball over the left field fence for a 3-run home to win the World Series.  1993 WS.
FCR -  Chaunce Venuto, Tooele, Utah
Incorrect guesses:  Ed Kranepool, Bobby Valentine

Q.        Who is the Houston Astros’ all-time career leader in both stolen bases and time caught stealing?
Hint:     As a 20-year-old, he led the majors in doubles.  To show it wasn’t an aberration, he did it again the following season.
Hint:     In his first All-Star game start, he played alongside Roberto Clemente in his last.
Hint:     He was traded to the Reds for a player who would become a World Series MVP.
-  487 SB; 149 CS
-  40 2b in 1971; 39 2b in 1972.  Fourteen major league seasons later, he had never reached those heights again.
-  Traded to CIN for Ray Knight on 18-Dec-1981.  Knight would win the WS MVP in 1986 for NYM.
FCR -  Thomas Hablitzel, Hudson, Ohio
Incorrect guesses:  Craig Biggio, Joe Morgan, Jose Cruz, Jimmy Wynn, Rusty Staub, Skip Jutze, Denis Menke

Q.        Which player had the highest batting average in his final major league season IN THE 19TH CENTURY?
Hint:     It was also his personal best career season for doubles and RBI.
Hint:     He was the first player to collect more RBI in a season than the number of games he played… and he did it twice!  (Reasonable minimums apply.)
Hint:     His career was cut short for the same reason that baseball lost J.R. Richard at his peak.
A.         DAVE ORR  [SABR Bio]
-  .371 in 1890 in the Players League
-  1884 = 110 G/112 RBI; 1890 = 107 G/124 RBI
-  Both were felled by stroke.  Jeff Gray [Jeffrey Michael Grays] also suffered a stroke just as he was hitting his stride.
FCR -  Gary Moore, Walker, Michigan
Incorrect guesses:  Hack Wilson, Eddie Waitkus, Pete Reiser, Kirby Puckett, Ted Williams, Juan Gonzalez, Lou Gehrig

Q.        Who received the first recorded intentional bases-on-balls IN MAJOR LEAGUE HISTORY?
Hint:     He is the only player to hit for the cycle in a game where he pitched.
Hint:     It was once believed that he threw 10 wild pitches in a single game, but research has proved that to be no more accurate than the Abner Doubleday myth.
Hint:     He was one of the first BRTL players of note in the majors.
A.         JIMMY RYAN
-  In the 9th inning of a 1896 game with the Chicago Colts [Cubs], New York Giants team captain Kid Gleason, more than a decade before he became a major league manager, instructed teammate Jouett Meekin to throw 4 balls outside the strike zone to Ryan.  Ryan was enjoying his 8th of 12 seasons of hitting .300 or better.  George Decker, the next Chicago batter, promptly struck out to end the game and a tactic was born.  [See The Cultural Encyclopedia of Baseball, 2nd Ed., p. 488]
-  Cycle as a P = 01-Jul-1891
-  He batted right and threw left.
FCR -  Daniel Wilson, St. Paul
Incorrect guesses:  Nolan Arenado, Guy Hecker

Q.        Who was the first Cincinnati major leaguer to win more than one home run title?
Hint:     He was an artist at the Strobridge Lithographing Company throughout his baseball career.
Hint:     He was the first player to hit for the cycle more than once.
Hint:     He did it in the span of a week.
A.         JOHN REILLY  [SABR Bio]
-  HR leads = 11 in 1884 & 13 in 1888 for the Cincinnati Red Stockings of the American Association.
-  Strobridge Lithographing Company of Cincinnati [posters]
-  Cycles:  12- & 19-Sep-1883
FCR -  Michael Griffin, Southaven, Mississippi
Incorrect guesses:  Joe Start, George Wright, Harry Wright, Lipman Pike, Johnny Bench, George Foster

WEEKLY THEME – Players who hit their franchise’s first TWO cycles.

Reilly..... for the.. Reds....... 12- &.............. ….. 19-Sep-1883
Orr......... for the.. Giants..... 12-Jun-1885... &... 10-Aug-1887
Ryan...... for the.. Cubs....... 28-Jul-1888.... &... 01-Jul-1891
Sisler..... for the.. Browns... 08-Aug-1920.. &... 13-Aug-1921
Fregosi.. for the.. Angels.... 28-Jul-1964.... &... 20-May-1968
Cedeno. for the.. Astros..... 02-Aug-1972.. &... 09-Aug-1976

First Correct Respondent to Identify ThemeSteve Berman, Bergenfield, New Jersey (After Orr)

Incorrect theme guesses:

Monday  -  Theme for this week is that there is not a theme.

Wed        -  Players who hit for the cycle in reverse natural order: home run, triple, double, single.
               -  Players who led their league's fielding position in errors, assists and double plays all in the same season

Thursday-  Players who have hit for the cycle.
               -  Players who were All-Stars at 21
               -  Players who hit for the cycle more than once.
               -  Players who have hit for multiple cycles on the same team

Friday     -  They cycles that won games.
               -  Players who have hit for multiple cycles, with singles being used to complete the cycle.

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