Monday, August 20, 2018

2018-08-13 Black Hall of Famers born in Alabama

Q.        Who was the first black player to pitch in a World Series game?
Hint:     It was a World Series that his team won.
Hint:     Not many people remember that he played for the Pilots.
Hint:     He appeared in a major Hollywood movie with Robert Mitchum and Julie London.
A.         SATCHEL PAIGE  [SABR Bio]
-  In the 7th inning of G 5 of the 1948 WS, Paige got Warren Spahn to fly out, balked Eddie Stanky to 2b then finished the inning by inducing Tommy Holmes to ground out to SS.
-  Cleveland celebrated appropriately.
-  His last professional team was the Carolina League’s Peninsula Pilots of Hampton, Virginia.  Also known as the Peninsula Grays, Johnny Bench was a teammate,  but Paige only pitched one game.
FCR -  Saul Wisnia, Newton Center, Massachusetts
Incorrect guesses:  Joe Black, Don Newcombe, Mudcat Grant, Dan Bankhead 

Q.        Which former Negro Leaguer was named Special Assistant to the Commissioner just prior to MLB’s playoff era?
Hint:     At the time of his death, he was the oldest living former Negro Leagues player.
Hint:     He mentored a future Hall of Fame legend, returned to the minors to play where that legend had played, then beat him to the Hall of Fame.
Hint:     He was teammates with Tommy Lasorda  and Sparky Anderson and beat both of them to the Hall as well.
A.         MONTE IRVIN  [SABR Bio]
-  William Eckert named Irvin to the office in 1968.
-  Died 11-Jan2011 in his 97th year.
-  Willie Mays was his protégé on the New York Giants in 1951.  Irvin (HOF 1973); Mays (HOF 1979).  Irvin played for Minneapolis Millers in 1955 where Mays had played in 1951.
-  Played with Tommy Lasorda (HOF 1997) & Sparky Anderson (HOF 2000) on the 1957 Los Angeles Angels of the Pacific Coast League.
FCR -  Bill Deane, Cooperstown
Incorrect guesses:  Buck O'Neil, Martin Dihigo, Buck Leonard, Roy Campanella, Josh Gibson Larry Doby, Judy Johnson

Q.        Who is the only batter to homer in every inning of a game (Not the same game;  that would be a record.), innings 1 through 16 inclusive?
Hint:     His nickname is the same as that of a player who was one of last week’s answers.
Hint:     He set the record for winning MVP awards with the most years intervening.
A.         WILLIE MAYS  [SABR Bio]
-  This shows his 1st HR in innings 1-13 then his only HR hit in innings 14-16.  Notice who is first and last on the list.
Inn.         Date                   Pitcher                       Of         Venue
  1      28-May-1951       Warren Spahn             BSN          Polo Grounds
  2       06-Jun-1951       Willie Ramsdell            CIN           Polo Grounds
  3       18-Apr-1954       Carl Erskine                 BRO         Ebbets Field
  4       27-Jun-1951       Don Newcombe           BRO         Polo Grounds
  5      30-Aug-1951       Vern Law                     PIT           Polo Grounds
  6       23-Jun-1951       Turk Lown                   CHC          Wrigley Field
  7       18-Jun-1951       Joe Presko                  STL      Sportsman's Park
  8       17-Jun-1951       Howie Pollet                PIT           Forbes Field
  9       22-Jul-1951        Ken Raffensberger       CIN           Polo Grounds
10       22-Jun-1951       Dutch Leonard             CHC          Wrigley Field
11       04-Jul-1955        Lino Donoso                PIT           Forbes Field
12       04-Jun-1955       Warren Hacker            CHC          Polo Grounds
13       03-Jul-1951        Jocko Thompson         PHI           Polo Grounds
14       30-Apr-1954       Warren Hacker            CHC          Wrigley Field
15      27-Sep-1968       Ted Abernathy             CIN           Crosley Field
16       26-Jul-1963        Warren Spahn             MIL           Candlestick Park
-     Nicknamed “Buck”, as is Byron Buxton.
-     MVPs in 1954 and 1965.  Record was broken by Barry Bonds when he won the MVP in 2002, having first won it in 1990.
FCR-   Victor Piacentile, Yorktown Heights, New York
Incorrect guesses:  Robin Yount, Barry Bonds, Henry Aaron

Q.        Who owns two of the sport’s most impressive orange numbers?
Hint:     He wasn’t bad as a clown.
Hint:     Won more Gold Gloves than you might guess.
Hint:     Won fewer MVPs than you might guess.
A.         HANK AARON  [SABR Bio]
-  In, an orange color surrounding a statistic, indicates that the bearer is the all-time career leader in that category.  Aaron owns the lofty 2297 runs batted in and 6856 total bases.
-  Played for the Indianapolis Clowns of the Negro Leagues and later was tagged with the sobriquet “Bad Henry”, an ironic comment on his naturally pleasant disposition, but also on his bat, so unkind to National League pitchers.
-  Won 3 GG
FCR-   Gary Sarnoff, Arlington, Virginia
Incorrect guesses:  Larry Doby, Willie McCovey, Frank Robinson, Barry Bonds, Vic Power, Cal Ripken, Brooks Robinson, Rusty Staub

Q.        Who was the last player to win the Arch Ward Memorial Award?
Hint:     He won it the year after his double play grounder plated the first All-Star run ever scored indoors.
Hint:     He now has an eponymous baseball name-place associated with outstanding achievement.
Hint:     No National Leaguer owns more career grand slams.
A.         WILLIE McCOVEY  [SABR Bio]
-  Arch Ward Memorial Award was given out from 1962 to 1969.  It was named for the man who is primarily responsible for the modern All-Star Game, first played in 1933.  The award’s name was changed to the “Commissioner’s Trophy” in 1970 when Car Yastrzemski won it.  Other changes followed.  McCovey homered twice in the ’69 game.
-  In the 1968 ASG, McCovey hit the double-play grounder that scored Willie Mays for the game’s only run.  The venue was the Astrodome.
-  McCovey Cove, a small section of the San Francisco Bay, is where a long home run to right field at AT&T Park might land.
-  Has 18 GS, all in the NL.  Next are Ryan Howard w/16 and Gil Hodges w/14.
FCR -  Dr. Gary Stone, Centerport, New York
Incorrect guesses:  Alex Bregman, Willie Mays, Jeff Bagwell, Ernie Banks, Eddie Murray, Tony Perez

Q.        What future former Oakland A’s designated hitter was, ironically, the first position player to win the Baseball Digest “Player of the Year” award?
Hint:     No one in the decade 1961-1970 had more major league at-bats.
Hint:     He was the first player in the history of his franchise to win the Rookie of the Year Award, but then a teammate won it the very next season.
Hint:     He twice finished in the top two in MVP voting, finishing behind the same Hall of Famer each time.
-  BBD POY 1970 (The award began in 1969 when Tom Seaver won it.)  Williams played for OAK 1975-76.  After being traded to the A's, and knowing their reputation for a rough and tumble team, he said, “I brought my outfielder’s glove, my first baseman’s glove and my boxing gloves!"
-  6,251 ABs
-  #2 in MVP in 1970 & 1972, finishing behind Johnny Bench twice!
FCR -  Mark Kanter, Portsmouth, Rhode Island
Incorrect guesses:  Orlando Cepeda, Reggie Jackson, Maury Wills, Rickey Henderson, Don Baylor, Matty Alou, Frank Robinson, Joe Rudi

Q.        What Padres player led the majors in games played and plate appearances during a season with a work stoppage?
Hint:     While it is widely held that Gold Gloves are sometimes awarded for offensive prowess, the year this player won a Silver Slugger Award, he clearly earned it with his bat, with a WAR more than four times higher than the next best player at his position.
Hint:     His performance on the field was influenced by a factory across from the home where he grew up.
Hint:     He was the first National League winner of the Branch Rickey Award.
A.         OZZIE SMITH  [SABR Bio]
-  110 G & 507 PA during 1981.
-  SS won in 1987 w/WAR of 6.5.
-  The factory’s piles of sawdust were where he perfected his back-flip.
-  The Branch Rickey Award was given annually to a major leaguer in recognition of exceptional community service.  Smith won the award in its 3rd year, 1994.
FCR -  Chaunce Venuto, Tooele, Utah
Incorrect guesses:  Tony Gwynn, Dave Winfield, Steve Garvey, Ken Caminiti, Joe Carter, Gary Templeton

Q.        Who hit the first ever home run in the history of the East-West game?
Hint:     Missing history by inches, his career in the Negro Leagues ended the same year Commissioner Landis died.
Hint:     He swung a 50-ounce bat in games.  [Tony Gwyn’s heaviest was 32 ounces.]
Hint:     One observer said, “He was kind of a genteel person.  He was friendly, but when he was on the field, he went to play.  He was all business.”
A.         MULE SUTTLES  [Bio]
-  East-West Game was the Negro Leagues equivalent of MLB’s All-Star Game.  Suttles, playing for the West, hit the first homerun 10-Sep-1933 at Comiskey Park, bottom of the 4th.
-  K. M. Landis died 25-Nov-1944.  That was Suttles’ last season.  Landis had vehemently blocked any consideration of blacks ever playing in the majors.
-  Heavy bats were not uncommon in all of baseball, but 50 ounces must be close to a record if used regularly.
-  Quote from Red Moore.
FCR -  Joseph Cosgriff, New York City
Incorrect guesses:  Josh Gibson, Slim Jones, ,Ken Caminiti

WEEKLY THEME – African-American Hall of Famers born in the state of Alabama.

Player           HOF yr            Born                     In___

Paige............ 1971......... 07-Jul-1906.......... Mobile
Irvin............... 1973......... 25-Feb-1919......... Haleburg
Mays............. 1979......... 06-May-1931........ Westfield
Aaron............ 1982......... 05-Feb-1934......... Mobile
McCovey...... 1986......... 10-Jan-1938......... Mobile
Williams........ 1987......... 15Jun-1938.......... Whistler
Smith............ 2002......... 26-Dec-1954........ Mobile
Suttles.......... 2006......... 31-Mar-1901......... Edgewater (Blocton)

First Correct Respondent to Identify ThemeDavid Gordon, Chevy Chase, Maryland (after Williams)

Incorrect theme guesses:

Tuesday -  Men elected to the Hall by the Special Negro Leagues Committee.
               -  MLB Hall of Famers who played in both the major and the Negro Leagues
               -  Hall of Famers who were ever signed with the Newark Eagles (even if they didn't play for them)
               -  Players who won a Negro League and a Major League World Series

Wed        -  Hall of Famers who played in the Negro Leagues who started WS games
-   Giant hof/mvps who played with other teams.
-   Players who won a Negro League and Major League World Series
-   Alabama-born Hall of Famers.

Friday     -  SF Giants who have had their number retired
-   Ball players from Mobile

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