Monday, November 26, 2018

2018-11-19 Players who were born on sites of famous American armed conflicts


Q.        Whose record of 410 career complete games is the most by left-handed pitcher?
Hint:     His career shutout total is also a record for port-siders.
Hint:     He went directly from college to the majors, skipping the minors altogether.
A.         EDDIE PLANK  [SABR Bio]
-  Next most CG by a lefty is Warren Spahn w/382
-  Has 69 shutouts, 5th all-time
-  Played for Gettysburg College (Might have even attended.)
FCR -  Jesse Asbury, Norman, Oklahoma
Incorrect guesses:  Christy Mathewson, Warren Spahn, Lefty Grove, Hal Woodeshick, Tom Glavine, Pete Alexander, Herb Pennock

TUESDAY
Q.        What 300-game winner was once drafted by the National Hockey League?
Hint:     He has been the Roberto Clemente Award honoree by every team he played for.
Hint:     His brother is the baseball coach at a university where he sets records as a player.
A.         TOM GLAVINE

-  Drafted in the 4th round in 1984 by the L.A. Kings, but in the 2nd round by ATL, 16 spots behind Greg Maddux
-  Roberto Clemente Award honoree by ATL in 1997 and NYM in 2005
-  Mike Glavine was Tom’s teammate on the Mets.  He was a star and, after a long stint in the minors, is Northeastern University’s coach.
FCR -  J.P. Wanamaker, Binghamton, New York
Incorrect guesses:  John Smoltz, Greg Maddux

WEDNESDAY
Q.        Whose record for consecutive shutouts pitched did Don Drysdale break?
Hint:     He had the highest WAR on the first Chicago-based major league team to win a World Series.
Hint:     The next season, he was second only to an all-time Hall of Famer.
Hint:     As a hitter he had a string of seven consecutive seasons where he hit exactly one double each season.  The 7th of these was the last double he ever hit in the majors.
Hint:     He was one of the original Stonewalls before the team nickname ‘Hoyas’ was adopted.
A.         DOC WHITE  [SABR Bio]
-  Drysdale pitched 6 straight shutouts in May-June 1968 on his way to breaking Walter Johnson’s consecutive scoreless innings streak (since broken by Orel Hershiser).
-  Was the leader of the 1906 Chicago White Sox.w/a WAR of 6.6, according to baseball-reference.  George Davis is listed 2nd @ 6.3, followed by Ed Walsh @ 44.  Walsh led on the 1907 team.
-  One 2b per season 1906-1912.
-  The Georgetown University baseball team played on a field at the time that was surrounded, literally, by stone walls.  The term Hoya came into use shortly thereafter.
FCR -  Art Mugalian, Minneapolis
Incorrect guesses:  Walter Johnson, Ed Walsh, Mordecai ‘three fingers’ Brown, George Davis, Orval Overall, Frank Smith

THANKSGIVING EVE BONUS
Q.        What outfielder had such a good offensive season in the mid-1990’s that his stat totals would have won the Triple Crown in his league in 5 of the 10 prior seasons?
Hint:     However, he didn’t win a single Triple Crown category that year.
Hint:     He did, however, lead the league in slugging and led the majors in runs, total bases and extra-base hits that year.
Hint:     Back in his rookie season in 600+ plates appearances, he grounded into a double play only once, setting a record for his franchise.
Hint:     He played for five team in 18 seasons in the majors and played his last year with the same team he broke in with.
A.         ELLIS BURKS
-  In 1996, Burks’s HR/RBI/Avg line of 40/128/.344. would have won the NL’s TC in 1986, 1988, 1990, 1991 & 1992.
NL
AL
H R
R B I
A V G
H R
R B I
A V G
Burks in 1996
40
128
.344
1995
40
128
.368
50
126
.356
1994
43
116
.394
40
112
.359
1993
46
123
.370
46
129
.363
1992
35
109
.330
43
124
.343
1991
38
117
.319
44
133
.341
1990
40
122
.335
51
132
.329
1989
47
125
.336
36
119
.339
1988
39
109
.313
42
124
.366
1987
49
137
.370
49
134
.363
1986
37
119
.334
40
121
.357
Italics =
MLB leader
-  In 1996, he slugged at .639, scored 142 R, had 392 TB and 93 XBH.
-  606 PA in 1987, GIDP 24-May-1987.
-  Played for BOS 1987-92 & 2004.
FCR -  John Rickert, Terre Haute
Incorrect guesses:  Albert Belle, Harold Baines, Eric Davis, Magglio Ordonez, Sammy Sosa, Ken Griffey, Jr., Bernard Gilkey, Ichiro Suzuki, Tony Gwynn

THURSDAY
Q.        Who was the first player to lead a major league in stolen bases five straight seasons?
Hint:     He had the most at-bats for his team for an entire decade even though he retired well before the end of that decade.
Hint:     His son became the Executive Director of the Society for American Baseball Research.
A.         GEORGE CASE  [SABR Bio]
-  Led the AL in SB 1939-43.
-  For the Washington Senators, he had 3,479 AB during the 1940’s.  1947 was his final season.
-  George Case III was Executive Director of SABR 2000-2002.
FCR -  Mark Kanter, Portsmouth, Rhode Island
Incorrect guesses:  Pete Rose, Luis Aparicio

FRIDAY
Q.        Who was the first American League player to hit three triples in a nine-inning game since the advent of the designated hitter?
Hint:     He had already been decorated by his country by the time he was decorated by the major leagues.
Hint:     He racked up more than 250 stolen bases in his career, but the final two were for an expansion team.
A.         AL BUMBRY
-  Three 3b = 22-Sep-1973, 1 off Skip Lockwood, 2 off Jim Colborn
-  Was honored for his valor as a platoon leader in Viet Nam 1969-71 with a Bronze Star.  In 1973 he was named Rookie of the Year in the AL.
-  Had 252 steals as a Baltimore Oriole, but had his last two as a San Diego Padres in 1985.
FCR -  Bill Carle, Lee’s Summit, Missouri
Incorrect guesses:  Willie Wilson, Tim Raines, Hideki Matsui, Denard Span, Ken Landreaux, Omar Moreno

BLACK FRIDAY SPECIAL
Q.        What former Reds outfielder set a still-standing record of more than 230 collegiate victories at West Point as baseball coach?
Hint:     As captain of the football team in college he led his team to an unbelievably successful season.  They finished the regular season 9-0 without surrendering a single point!
Hint:     He was second on his Reds team in WAR the season they finished behind only the Cardinals in the pennant race.
Hint:     He was a saint to more than the college players on his teams.
A.         ERIC TIPTON  [SABR Bio]
-  Coached for Army 1958-77
-  The star punter, he was also a good passer and runner.  As co-captain of Duke football, he led the 1938 team to this hard-to-grasp record.  They lost 7-3 to USC and finished 3rd in the national standings behind TCU & Tennessee.  (USC was 7th.)
-  His WAR of 4.3 barely trailed Lonnie Frey’s 4.5 on CIN in 1943.
-  Played for the AAA Saint Paul Saints 1946-51 with such teammates as Herman Franks, Duke Snider, Roy Campanella, Dan Bankhead, Clem Labine and Joe Black.
FCR -  Joseph Cosgriff, New York City
Incorrect guesses:  Jim O’Toole, Vada Pinson, Ethan Allen, Greasy Neale

SATURDAY
Q.        Which Dodger third baseman had to leave the game on when he hurt his hand throwing the ball around prior to the 3rd inning?
Hint:     He also played for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Hint:     He managed an interesting team called the College Hill Chix, but not quite well enough to be named to the Central Pennsylvania Chapter Sports Hall of Fame.
A.         JIM BUCHER  [SABR Bio]
-  Hand injury 18-Jul-1935
-  Played for AA Toronto in 1942.
FCR -  Kevin Barwin, Erie, Pennsylvania
Incorrect guesses:  Billy Cox, Joey Amalfitano, Ken Boyer, Ed Stevens,

WEEKEND BONUS
Q.        Who managed the Red Sox for the most games without taking them to the postseason, even though his record was over .500 for that time?
Hint:     It’s the only major league team he ever managed
Hint:     As a player, he hit for the cycle, but had to share the glory as two Hall of Fame teammates cycled in the same calendar month.
Hint:     He was the first player with 12 hits in 12 straight plate appearances.
A.         PINKY HIGGINS  [SABR Bio]
-  1,119 BOS G w/no postseason (560-556 = .502)
-  Higgins cycled for the A’s on 06-Aug-1933 just 4 days after Micky Cochrane and a mere week before Jimmie Foxx did the trick on 14-Aug-1933.
-  He had a hit in his last at-bat on 19-Jun-1938 (1) then proceeded to go 3-for-3 in the second game, then 8-for-8 in a double header two days later, G1 & G2.
FCR -  Thomas Howell, Reno
Incorrect guesses:  Johnny Pesky, Eddie Collins, Eddie Kasko, Joe Cronin, Dick Williams, Walt Dropo, Don Zimmer

SUNDAY
Q.        What Boston College football coach had played for the Boston Braves?
Hint:     Because the Braves used him mostly as a pinch-runner, due to his speed, his career ratio of runs to hits was 5 to 1.
Hint:     He is included in this week’s theme only because of his place of birth.
A.         DINNY McNAMARA
-  BC coach for 1st 4 G of 1935; Career collegiate coaching record = 3-1
-  Had played for BSN 1927-28 in a career total of 20 G, but on the now celebrated afternoon of 26-Apr-1928, he singled past 3rd base off Brooklyn’s Hall of Fame righty Dazzy Vance.  Attempting to steal with 2 out, McNamara was thrown out to end the inning.  That lone career hit is juxtaposed with his 5 runs scored.
-  Theme to be revealed in just a little while.
FCR -  George Curcio, DeLand, Florida
Incorrect guesses: 


WEEKLY THEME – Players born where famous armed conflicts occurred on U.S. soil (Please, no letters about the chronology of the beginning of the U.S.)

Player               City_________________________ Battle
Bucher............. Manassas*, Virginia........................ Civil War - 1861
Bumbry............ Fredericksburg, Virginia................. Civil War - 1862
Burks............... Vicksburg, Mississippi.................... Civil War - 1863
Case................ Trenton, New Jersey...................... Rev. War - 1776
Glavine............ Concord, Massachusetts................ Rev. War - 1775
Higgins............ San Antonio, Texas (Alamo).......... War w/Mexico - 1836
McNamara....... Lexington, Massachusetts.............. Rev. War - 1775
Plank............... Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.............. Civil War - 1863
Tipton............... Petersburg, Virginia........................ Civil War – 1864-65
White............... Washington, DC............................. War of 1812 - 1814
*Also known as the Battle of Bull Run

1st Correct Respondent to with ThemeRick Tharp, Gaithersburg, Maryland (after Bumbry)

Incorrect theme guesses:

Tuesday -  Left handed starters who attended college
               -  Left handed pitchers in the Hall of Fame
               -  A week of LHP’s

Friday     -  Members of a hall of fame other than baseball