Sunday, February 24, 2019

2019-02-18 Forty-year-old pitchers who hit triples

Q.        What pitcher’s record of 749 complete games is likely never to be challenged?
Hint:     He faced 29,565 batters in the majors—another record.
Hint:     His 7,356 innings pitched seems pretty safe too.     
Hint:     On the down side, he did lose more game than anyone ever.
A.         CY YOUNG  [SABR Bio]
-  Lost a record 350 G.
FCR -  Vince Guerrieri, Elyria, Ohio
Incorrect guesses: 

Q.        Who is the winningest pitcher never to throw a no-hitter?
Hint:     He was named for and played by a president.
Hint:     He was the first native of Nebraska to be elected to the Hall of Fame.
-  373 W (tied for 3rd all-time.  Had 4 1-hitters one year (1915), but no no-no.
-  Named Grover Cleveland Alexander, (nickname Pete came during his career) he was born 26-Feb-1887, almost the exact middle of the administration of U.S. President Grover Cleveland.  In a biographic film on his life and career, he was played by actor Ronald Regan who became the 40th U.S. president.
-  HOF = 1938. (Fellow Nebraskan Sam Crawford didn’t make it until 1957.)
FCR -  Francis Manion, Bardstown, Kentucky
Incorrect guesses: 

Q.        Who is the only pitcher in the storied history of the New York Yankees to notch 20 wins in four consecutive seasons?
Hint:     Only Jack Morris has a higher career ERA among Hall of Fame pitchers.
Hint:     He won 5 of his 6 starts in a World Series opener.
A.         RED RUFFING  [SABR Bio]
-  20, 20, 21, 21 W in 1936-39 respectively
-  3.80 ERA (Morris = 3.90)
-  WS G#1 = W 1932, 38-39, 41-42; L 1936 (In 1937, he won G #2.)
FCR -  Sarah Grynpas, Toronto
Incorrect guesses:  Whitey Ford, Allie Reynolds, Roger Clemens, Catfish Hunter, Robin Roberts, Lefty Gomez, Waite Hoyt, Lefty Grove, Herb Pennock

Q.        Who is the last National League hurler to post six straight 20-win seasons?
Hint:     The most wins he was ever credited with in one year, however, was in the junior circuit.
Hint:     His father was in the Black Panthers.
-  1967-1972 he won 20, 20, 21, 22, 24, 20 respectively.
-  25 W for TEX in 1974 (His W.A.R. that season was more than twice that of his teammate who won the AL MVP!)
-  Father played for a Canadian Negro semi-pro team called the Chatham Black Panthers.
FCR -  Lincoln Mitchell, New York City
Incorrect guesses:  Warren Spahn

Q.        Who was the recipient of the first ever Cy Young Award?
Hint:     He is still the only National League player to win Rookie of the Year, Cy Young Award and MVP during his career.
Hint:     He was the first black pitcher to appear in an All-Star game.
Hint:     He had been teammates with Hall of Famers Mule Suttles, Ray Dandridge, Larry Doby, Monte Irvin and Willie Wells in the Negro Leagues.
Hint:     He also played with Larry Doby in Japan after their MLB careers.
Hint:     He admitted that his drinking was the reason he did not end up in the Hall of Fame.
Hint:     He was told by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. how he and other African American players helped prepare the country for the civil rights era.
Hint:     Maury Wills credited him with saving his life after Wills had gotten into drug abuse.
Hint:     He and Wills eventually had bridges at the Los Amigos Country Club named after them in honor of their work with recovering drug addicts and alcoholics.
A.         DON NEWCOMBE  [SABR Bio]
-  Cy Young Award 1956 (Cy Young himself had just passed away the previous November.)
-  NL ROY 1949; NL MVP 1956; MLB Cy Young Award 1956
-  He replaced Warren Spahn after 3 batters in the 1949 ASG and got an RBI in his first AS AB.
-  Played for the Newark Eagles in 1944 and 1945.
-  Los Amigos Country Club, located in Downey, L.A. County.
-  Dr. King had stayed at his home in Los Angeles.
FCR -  J.P. Wanamaker, Binghamton, New York
Incorrect guesses:  Bob Gibson

Q.        Whose career record for most career bases-on-balls surrendered did Nolan Ryan break?
Hint:     His name contradicts his ultimate achievement.
Hint:     He played in the World Series twice in the 1950s, but neither time was with or against the Yankees.
Hint:     He identified Yogi Berra as the batter he least liked to face.
A.         EARLY WYNN  [SABR Bio]
-  Wynn walked 1,775 batters in his 23-year career.  Ryan passed that number in 1981 the added 1,000+ more to set a record many now consider unbreakable:  2,795.  Steve Carlton and Phil Niekro have both since passed Wynn’s number, but nobody is close to Ryan’s total.
-  His 300th win was late.  (Almost didn’t get it.  CHW released him in 1963 just short of 300 W.  His old team of 9 year, CLE, charitably picked him up and started him against Kansas City on 13-Jul-1963.  Wynn won his 300th to finish the year 1-1 and to finish the career 300-244.)
-  He was w/CLE in the 1954 WS vs. NYG and w/CHW in the 1959 WS vs. LAD.  The NL team prevailed both times.
-  Berra homered off Wynn 11 times, but Mantle took him yard 13 times, the most home runs Mantle hit off any pitcher.
FCR -  Larry Farin, Plano, Texas
Incorrect guesses:  Bob Feller, Warren Spahn, Bob Lemon, Herb Score, Hoyt Wilhelm, Nolan Ryan

Q.        Who was the first native of the great Commonwealth of Virginia to be inducted into the Hall of Fame?
Hint:     In the 20th century, only he lost more National League games than Warren Spahn.
Hint:     He was once traded for an NFL Hall of Famer.
A.         EPPA RIXEY  [SABR Bio]
-  HOF in 1963
-  Career record 266-251 (all NL). 
-  On 22-Nov-1920, PHI traded him to CIN  for Greasy Neale and Jimmy Ring.
FCR -  Joe Haardt, McLean, Virginia
Incorrect guesses:  Pud Galvin, Warren Spahn, Cy Young, Robin Roberts, Phil Niekro, Steve Carlton

Q.        Who was the last player born in 1899 to throw a pitch in a major league game?
Hint:     He was the first pitcher to surrender four home runs in a single World Series game.
Hint:     The 3rd of these homers is better known than the pitcher himself.
Hint:     He still leads his 140+ -year-old franchise in pitching wins, games played, innings pitched and batters faced, among others.
A.         CHARLIE ROOT  [SABR Bio]
-  B. 17-Mar-1899; MLB Career = 18-Apr-1923 02-Sep-1941
-  HR X 4 = 1932 WS, G 3
-  3rd NYY HR of G 3 was Babe Ruth’s “called shot”.
-  201 W, 605 G, 3,137.1 IP & 13,266 BF, + + +
FCR -  Vince Guerrieri, Elyria, Ohio
Incorrect guesses:  Charlie Hough, Waite Hoyt, Jack Quinn, Burleigh Grimes, Tom   Zachary

Q.        Who was the losing pitcher in Cy Young's 511th and final career win?
Hint:     His 72-year-old record for fewest walks surrendered in a season by a qualifying pitcher was broken Bret Saberhagen.
Hint:     He was the first rookie to start the 7th game of a World Series.
Hint:     He was one of the principals of the A-B-C Affair in 1926.
A.         BABE ADAMS  [SABR Bio]
-  Young’s 511th on 22-Sep-1911 was a complete game shutout.  Young lost his final 3 G.
-  Adams’ 15 BB in 1922 was bested when Saberhagen walked 13 in 1994.
-  Started G #7 on 16-Oct-1909.  He also finished, throwing a 9-inning shutout.
-  On 11-Aug-1908 players Adams, Carson Bigbe and Max Carey asked owner Barney Dreyfuss to keep assistant Fred Clarke off the bench.  Adams & Bigbee are released.  Carey is waived to the Brooklyn Dodgers.  All well described here.
FCR -  Madison McEntire, Bryant, Arkansas
Incorrect guesses: 

Q.        Who is the only pitcher in the modern era to win 20 games in each of his first three major league seasons?
Hint:     Led the majors in ERA in his rookie season in the middle of the Deadball Era.
Hint:     Born outside the U.S., he finished his schooling in bookkeeping, yet began his professional career working for his father as a plasterer.
Hint:     His brother came up to the majors and joined him on his first team.
A.         VEAN GREGG  [SABR Bio]
-  Won 23, 20 & 20 in 1911-1913.  (“Modern era” = 1901-present)
-  ERA of 1.80 for CLE in 1911 [Walter Johnson was next at 1.899)
-  Born 13-Apr-1885 in Aberdeen, Washington on a sparsely populated bay on the Pacific.  Washington didn’t become a state until 11-Nov-1889.
FCR -  Mike Sparks, Sarasota
Incorrect guesses:  Dizzy Dean, Christy Mathewson, Harry Coveleski, Pedro Martinez

Q.        What former New York Mets pitcher is the only native of the state of Georgia to ever throw a perfect game?
Hint:     He dropped Scott Boras to become his own agent.
Hint:     He and a fellow Detroit Tiger were the first 21st century teammates to form a battery in the All-Star Game..
A.         KENNY ROGERS  [SABR Bio]
-  B. 10-Nov-1964 in Savannah, Georgia; Perfecto = 28-Jul-1994
-  He and Ivan Rodriguez were the AL ASG battery in 2006, innings 1 & 2
FCR -  Patrick Ray, Paradise Valley, Arizona
Incorrect guesses:  Michael Fulmer, David Wells. David Cone, Denny McLain

Q.        What future former Arizona Diamondback was the first pitcher to win his first eight (8!) postseason decisions?
Hint:     He made his major league debut replacing an injured teammate with whom he would later make a TV commercial.
Hint:     His brother would later lead the majors in innings pitched for teams in two separate countries.
-  8-0 from the 1998 ALCS through the end of the 2000 ALCS.
-  Debut 03-Jun-1998; TV ad
-  Brother Livan led the NL in IP in 2003-04 with MON then again with WSN in 2005.
FCR -  Larry Hayes, San Francisco
Incorrect guesses:  Randy Johnson, Curt Schilling, Joe Kuhel

Q.        The Washington Senators of 1918 only hit four home runs, just one more than the ”Hitless Wonder” White Sox of 1906.  Only one of the four, however, was hit at home.  Who, on the last day of that season, finally homered at home?
Hint:     He had actually been on that 1906 White Sox team and was the winner of the first game ever in White Sox postseason history, beating his opponent on the mound who went on to become a Hall of Famer.
Hint:     He averaged exactly one home run per season for his 16 years* in the majors.
Hint:     He was the first pitcher in the 20th century to participate in ten double plays in a single season.
A.         NICK ALTROCK  [SABR Bio]
-  Home homer:  02-Sep-1918
-  10 DP in 1905.
* Altrock pitched 16 years in the majors, but his whole career was 19 years.
FCR -  Mike Sparks, Sarasota
Incorrect guesses:  Walter Johnson, Ed Walsh

Q.        Whose side-armed, one-finger knuckleball allowed him a career at baseball’s highest level?
Hint:     Although he didn’t throw his first pitch in the majors until he was almost 35 years old, racked up over a thousand inning over the batter part of a decade.
Hint:     He made a living as a barber before, during and after his playing career, which was not related to the fact that he once led the majors by hitting the most batters.
Hint:     He played for two different Boston teams in the same league.
-           Debut = 30-Apr-1938 @ age 34 yrs. 294 days.
-           Career spanned 1938-46 w/1,250.2 IP.
-           11 HBP in 1942 for SLB
-           Played for the Boston Bees in 1938 then the Boston Braves (same franchise) in 1946.
FCR -  Patrick Ray, Paradise Valley, Arizona
Incorrect guesses:  Mordecai Brown, Sal Maglie, Eddie Cicotte

WEEKLY THEME – Forty-year-old pitchers who hit triples.

Batting pitcher        Date                       Age       Team      Career Triples
Adams............. 21-Aug-1923.............. 41.......... PIT............... 15
Alexander........ 22-Jun-1927............... 40......... STL.............. 13
Altrock............. 30-Sep-1924*.............. 47........ WSH............... 1
Gregg............... 18-Jul-1925............... 40........ WSH............... 2
Hernandez....... 04-Aug-2006.............. 40......... NYM............... 1
Jenkins............ 03-Sep-1983.............. 40......... CHC................ 6
Niggeling.......... 12-Jun-1944............... 40........ WSH............... 1
Rixey................ 23-Jul-1933............... 42......... CIN................ 4
Rogers............. 11-Jun-2005............... 40......... TEX................ 1
Root................. 28-Aug-1939.............. 40......... CHC................ 7
Ruffing............. 27-Sep-1945.............. 40......... NYY.............. 13
Wynn................ 06-Jul-1960............... 40........ CHW............... 5
Young.............. 15-Aug-1910.............. 43......... CLE.............. 35
*He then scored his team’s only run that G.

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Larry Hayes, San Francisco (after Hernandez)

Incorrect theme guesses:

Monday  -  Pitchers who have won at least 300 games & lost 200
               -  Hall of Fame inductees present at the first Cooperstown induction ceremony in 1939
               -  All-time wins list
               -  Pitchers who won 300 games
               -  300 game winners who played at least one game in the field
               -  Pitchers with at least 350 wins
               -  Pitchers with the most career wins. 
               -  HOF Pitchers with 300+  wins, 200+ losses, 400+ complete games and 2000+ strikeouts

Tuesday -  Pitchers who don’t use their real names
               -  Pitchers with 20+ win seasons with at least two different teams
               -  Most innings pitched by decade
               -  Pitchers with the most shutouts in a season

Wdsday  -  Players known by nicknames that had little (if anything) to do with their real names
               -  Multiple wins and ERA leaders

Thurs      -  Pitchers with most losses by decade
               -  Most innings pitched by decade

Sun         -  Something to do with pitching in their 40’s

Sunday, February 17, 2019

2019-02-11 Nine D-Backs who had 100 hits each in 2001, a NL record

Q.        Who is the only player to hit a home run in the World Series for each of three different major league franchises?
Hint:     He was also the first player to hit two doubles in an inning of World Series play.
Hint:     Only he and one other player have won Gold Gloves at their position in each league.
-  HR for SFG in G 3, 1989; HR for CLE in G 4, 1997; HR for ARI in G 2, 2001
-  2001 WS, G 6, 3rd inning
-  GG @ 3b for SFG 1991, 93 & 94 + for CLE 1997 (Robin Ventura w/GG @ 3b for CHW & NYM)
FCR -  Chaunce Venuto, Tooele, Utah
Incorrect guesses:  Carlos Beltran, Frank Robinson, Roberto Alomar, Ichiro Suzuki, Ivan Rodriguez, Dave Winfield, Reggie Sanders, Hideki Matsui, Edwin Encarnacion

Q.        What Chicago Cub led the majors in hits in the decade 1990-1999?
Hint:     As a pitcher, he surrendered the first career home run to a player who became a Chicago Cub hero.
Hint:     He was on the winning side twice in games where his teammate struck out 20 batters.
A.         MARK GRACE

-  He had 1,754 H in those 10 yrs.
-  On 02-Sep-2002, he pitched the 9th inning of a 19-1 loss and surrendered naught but a lone hit, David Ross’s first career HR.  Ross was instrumental in CHC’s 2016 WS.
-  Grace played first base on 06-May-1998 when rookie Kerry Wood fanned 20 Astros.  Randy Johnson struck out 20 Reds on 08-May-2001 with Grace manning 1b.
FCR -  Daniel Blumenthal, Falls Church, Virginia
Incorrect guesses:  Sammy Sosa, Ryne Sandberg, Jim Edmonds, Billy Williams

Q.        Who was the first player to collect 10 RBI in a single National League Division Series?
Hint:     He has hit at least twenty home runs in a season for six different teams.
Hint:     Two additional teams each got more than ten out of him as well.
Hint:     While he was never a member of the 30/30 clubs, he finished his career as a members of the elite, eight-member 300/300 club.
Hint:     The Reds first brought him to the majors after he won the MVP of the Midwest League, playing for Cedar Rapids.
-  Got 10 RBI as STL swept SDP 3-0 in 2005.
-  20+ HR for CIN, SDP, ARI, SFG, PIT & STL.
-  Add ATL & KCR to the list.
-  305 HR / 304 SB
FCR -  Judah Kaplan, Teaneck, New Jersey
Incorrect guesses:  Bobby Bonds, Carlos Beltran, Gary Sheffield, Chili Davis, Eric Davis, Steve Finley

Q.        What former Tiger hit more than fifty home runs in a season having played twelve seasons in the majors with only once hitting more than thirty homers?
Hint:     He played for seven more seasons and never reached 30 again, much less 50.
Hint:     He was the first National League player with 13 home runs in a single month of April.
Hint:     His cycle was the last one of the 20th century in the majors.
Hint:     His retired uniform number was the first-ever by his franchise.
-  57 HR in 2001 for ARI.  Played for DET in 1998.
-  Cycle on 05-Jul-2000.
FCR -  Rich Wolfe, Scottsdale, Arizona
Incorrect guesses:  Hank Greenberg, Brady Anderson, Cecil Fielder, Andruw Jones, Prince Fielder, Todd Helton, Ben Oglivie, Curtis Granderson

Q.        Trading for outfielder Frank Robinson was arguably the best trade in the Orioles’ team history.  What outfielder did Baltimore trade away in what is still considered the worst trade in team history?
Hint:     Only he and Willie Mays are in the ultra-exclusive position of those who have won a Gold Glove award after their 35th  birthday and are members of the career 300/300 “club”.
Hint:     One year he was named Grand Marshall of the home coming game of his alma mater.
Hint:     That was the same university from which he was drafted by the Braves.
-  In the famous trade on 10-Jan-1991, BAL sent Finley, Curt Schilling and Pete Harnisch to HOU in exchange for Glenn Davis.
-  Finley = GG in 2000 @ age 35 & again in 2004 @ age 39; 304 HR + 320 SB.  Mays = GG @ ages 35, 36 & 37 + you know… his other stuff.
-  Southern Illinois University 2011 homecoming game.  The Salukis beat Youngstown State 35-23.
-  Drafted 5th by ATL in the 11th Round of the 1986 MLB June Amateur Draft.  He chose to stay in school and was then taken 7th by BAL in the 13th Round in 1987.
FCR -  Mark DeLodovico, Rockville, Maryland
Incorrect guesses:  Babe Ruth, Dick Simpson, Milt Pappas

Q.        Who has the distinction of having been on base twice when the World Series ended with a walk-off hit?
Hint:     Some believe he tried to hide the bat from the pitcher’s view.
Hint:     He was born in the same city where he attended university.
Hint:     According to the SAFE: Spatial Aggregate Fielding Evaluation method of appraising defense, HE was both the highest-rated 2nd baseman and the highest-rated 3rd baseman over the period from 2002 to 2008, with an average runs saved of 10.18 and 5.86, respectively.
-  1.) In the 1997 WS, playing for wild-card FLA, he was on 3rd and scored the series-winning run in the bottom of the 9th of the 7th G.
   2.) In the 2001 WS, playing for ARI,  he was on 2nd base as the series-winning run crossed the plate in the 9th inning of G 7.
-  Had a unique batting stance at the plate, copied by no one.  He modified it somewhat toward the end of his playing career.
-  Born in South Bend, Indiana and went to school at Notre Dame where he played for the varsity baseball team.
FCR -  Michael Mattsey, Robinson, Illinois
Incorrect guesses: 

Q.        Who exploded to win a stolen base title after a total of four (4!) steals total over the four seasons preceding?
Hint:     He was the last National Leaguer of the 20th century to lead the league in stolen bases in three consecutive seasons.
Hint:     He was also the last National Leaguer of the 20th century to lead the league in triples.
Hint:     By the time he retired, he fell short of the 300/300 club by more than 250 home runs, but was solid otherwise.
Hint:     He was a leading football kick returner in college.
A.         TONY WOMACK
-  Led in SB w/60, 58 & 72 in 1997, 98 & 99 respectively.  Had only 4 SB total 1993-96.
-  Led in 3b w/14 in 2000.  This stands as the record for this franchise.
-  Finished w/336 SB & 36 HR.
-  Played football at NAIA Guildford College.
FCR -  Dennis Bartel, La Verne, California
Incorrect guesses:  Bobby Abreu, Vai Sikahema, Vince Coleman, Bobby Abreu, Jimmy Rollins, Brian Jordan, Otis Nixon

Q.        To whom did Bert Blyleven surrender his record-breaking home run?
Hint:     It was his first career home run.
Hint:     The two players had been traded for each other the year before.
A.         JAY BELL    
-  HR on 29-Sep-1986 was Bell’s 1st and the 47th Blyleven had surrendered that season, passing Robin Roberts’ 46 surrendered in 1956 when Bill White took him long for the 2nd time that day.
-  On 01-Aug-1985 Blyleven was traded by the CLE (who had drafted Bell) to the MIN for, BellCurt Wardle and Jim Weaver and a player to be named later.  MIN sent Rich Yett later to the CLE to complete the trade.
FCR -  Alex Poterack, Providence
Incorrect guesses:  Torii Hunter  

Q.        Who was the first National League catcher since the Truman Administration  to participate in three double plays in one game?
Hint:     He was the first player to homer in a park that shared his last name.
Hint:     A deep search in the records reveals that he is the only major leaguer ever to attend Viterbo University.
A.         DAMIAN MILLER  [SABR Bio]
-  3 DP = 25-May-1999; Last done by Ebba St. Claire of the Braves 09‑Aug‑1951.
-  His 1st homer in Miller Park off Brooks Kieschnick on 12-May-2003
-  Viterbo University, La Crosse, Wisconsin
FCR -  Jess Asbury, Norman, Oklahoma
Incorrect guesses: 

WEEKLY THEME – The nine (9!) Diamondbacks of 2001 who each had more than one hundred hits, a National League team record:

#H       Player
198      Gonzalez
142      Grace
136      Finley
128      Womack
126      Counsell
116      Sanders
112      Williams
106      Bell
103      Miller

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – 

Incorrect theme guesses:

Tuesday -  Related to '01 Diamondbacks
               -  Members of the 2001 Diamondbacks
               -  Members of the 2001 Diamondbacks won Gold Gloves
               -  Multiple Gold Glove winners who aren’t in the Hall of Fame
               -  All hit 10 homers in 2001

Wed        -  Related to '01 Diamondbacks
               -  2001 Diamondbacks World Series winners!
               -  Starting position players for the 2001 Diamondbacks
               -  Position players born during the Johnson administration on the '01 D-Backs
               -  Starting lineup for the D-Backs in Game 1 off the 2001 World Series.
               -  ’01 D-Backs who played in the postseason for another team
               -  Players for the 2001 Diamondbacks who were over 33 years old

Thur        -  10+ year veterans who won their only ring with the '01 Diamondbacks
               -  Players with 300 HR and 300 SB
               -  D-Backs who appeared in five or more games of the 2001 Series.

Friday     -  Members of the Arizona 2001 starting lineup in Game 7

Sat          -  More than one hit in the 2001 World Series
               -  World championship starting 8 of the WS final game