Monday, September 30, 2019

2019-09-23 Pennant-winning managers who hadn’t been with the team at the start of the season


Q.        Which Hall of Famer appeared in only 6 games during the last 5 seasons of his 18-year major league playing career?
Hint:     His on-field cheer became his nickname.
Hint:     He still shares the shortstop record of 425 put-outs in a season after more than 120 years.
Hint:     No one else has ever been hit by a pitch more times in a season or in a major league lifetime.
A.         HUGHIE JENNINGS  [SABR Bio]
-  He was however the player/manager for DET in each of those seasons, inserting himself only occasionally into games as a player.
-  His famous yell was  “Ee-Yah!”
-  He set the record in 1895 and was tied in 1914 by Donie Bush.  Only 5 other SS have ever exceeded 400 in a season.
-  He holds both HBP records:  51 times in 1896 and 287 for a career.
FCR -  Michael Campos, Redmond, Washington
Incorrect guesses:  Fred Clarke, Alan Trammel, Ernie Banks, Minnie Minoso, Donie Bush, Rabbit Maranville, Leo Durocher

MONDAY NIGHT OWL EDITION
Q.        Which pitcher has the most career 20-win seasons for the Cleveland Indians?
Hint:     He never pitched for any other team in the majors.
Hint:     He trails only Wes Ferrell for career home runs by a pitcher.
Hint:     Who was the first American League hurler to give up a walk-off home run in the World Series.
A.         BOB LEMON  [SABR Bio]
-  Has 7 seasons of 20 or more wins
-  Played 13 years w/CLE.
-  Hit 37 HR, however, only 35 as a pitcher which ties him for second with Warren Spahn whose 35 were all hit in games he pitched.  Ferrell had 38, 37 as a pitcher.
-  He surrendered the 10th-inning, pinch-hit, walk-off home run to Dusty Rhodes in G 1 of the 1954 WS.
FCR -  Rich Ottone, Sykesville, Maryland
Incorrect guesses:  Bob Feller, Early Wynn, Sam McDowell, Stan Coveleski, Satchel Paige, Ralph Terry, Jim Bagby, Mel Harder

TUESDAY
Q.        Who was the only National League catcher to hit a triple in the All-Star game?
Hint:     He was the first National League catcher to win the MVP under the current voting system.
Hint:     He participated in the World Series on a very regular basis, every three years, four times in a row.
A.         GABBY HARTNETT  [SABR Bio]

-  AS G 3b in 1936 off Lefty Grove.
-  MVP in 1935 voted by the BBWAA, the same season his Cubs won the pennant.  That year, 4 additional teammates of his received MVP votes.
-  With neat 3-year intervals, the Cubs won the NL flag 1929, 1932, 1935 & 1938.
FCR -  Rich Klein, Plano, Texas
Incorrect guesses:  Tim McCarver, Roy Campanella, Buster Posey

WEDNESDAY
Q.        Who is the only manager with 25 years between Opening Day victories?
Hint:     So great is his commitment to church that he attends daily.  So great was his attachment to his cigars that he was known to leave a lighted cigar outside church while attending Mass only to pick up the stogie immediately following the service.  He stopped smoking, cold-turkey, following heart surgery.
Hint:     His son-in-law played for eight years in the majors.
Hint:     He was born the year an original Boston Red Stockings (1871) player died yet he managed players who are active in the majors in 2019.
A.         JACK McKEON  [SABR Bio]
-  Smoking trouble caused his cardiovascular issues and he had the wisdom and strength to quit.  He recently told a SABR group that he’s still tempted but has not had a smoke since he quit in 2013.
-  His son-in-law, Greg Booker, played principally for SDP.
-  Sam Jackson was a utility man for BOS in 1871 and died in 1930. With FLA in 2011 on his last year as manager, McKeon managed Giancarlo Stanton, Anibal Sanchez and 4 more are still active in 2019.
FCR -  Doug Wedge, Edmond, Oklahoma
Incorrect guesses:  Connie Mack, Felipe Alou, Tommy Lasorda, John McNamara, Tony LaRussa, Branch Rickey, Calvin Griffith, Yogi Berra, Joe Torre, Frank Robinson

MIDWEEK BONUS
Q.        Which player's wife was allowed to spread his ashes over the playing surface of Wrigley Field after his death?
Hint:     He led the league in fielding percentage more times that any other National League first baseman.
Hint:     He was incorrectly credited with a run-batted-in during a game in 1930, that when corrected almost 70 years later would alter one of baseball most revered records.
A.         CHARLIE GRIMM  [SABR Bio]
-  Charlie died in 1983 and his wife, Marion Sayers Grimm, obtained permission to spread his ashes on the field in April of 1984. Former Cubs owner Bill Wrigley assisted Mrs. Grimm. 
-  Led in fielding % 7 times.  Was never lower than .993% in the years he led: 1920, 23, 24, 28, 30, 32 & 33.
-  In the G on 28‑Jul‑1930(1) Grimm was credited with one of Hack Wilson’s 2 RBI. When the typo was discovered in 1999 by Cliff Kachline, one of SABR's founding members, it changed Wilson’s already unbreakable record for RBI in a season from 190 to 191.  Babe Ruth correctly predicted that his record of 60 HR in a season would be broken before Wilson’s RBI record.  No one has come within 25 of that record since 1938.
FCR -  Dave Serota, Kalamazoo
Incorrect guesses:  Hack Wilson, Phil Cavarretta, Jim Leyland

THURSDAY
Q.        Who married a former Miss Wisconsin two years after he led the majors in hits in his rookie season?
Hint:     In his first ten full Major League seasons, he hit over .300 in eight of them including winning an American League batting title.
Hint:     He played in one World Series and managed in another.
A.         HARVEY KUENN  [SABR Bio]
-  On 29-Oct-1955, he married former Miss Wisconsin 1954, Dixie Ann Sarchet in her hometown of Stevens Point, WI.  Playing for DET in 1953 he led MLB in H w/209 and was named AL Rookie of the Year.
-  AL Batting champ in 1959 w/.353.
-  Played for SFG in the 1962 WS losing to NYY in 7 G.  He managed MIL to the WS 20 years later, falling to STL in 7 G.
FCR -  Jeff Frost, Gilbertville, Iowa
Incorrect guesses:  Paul Molitor, Robin Yount, Ralph Kiner

FRIDAY
Q.        Who was the last person to manage a major league game in street clothes?
Hint:     He earned the nickname “Barney” because of his speed.
Hint:     He was Duke Snider’s first managers in the majors.
Hint:     He helped Branch Rickey solve a religious dilemma.
A.         BURT SHOTTON  [SABR Bio]
-  Last game managed in civvies was Sunday, 01-Oct-1950.
-  An extremely swift center fielder during his playing days—Shotton averaged 38 SBs over his first six full seasons—he was nicknamed after Barney Oldfield, the celebrated late nineteenth-century/early twentieth-century bicycle/auto racer.
-  Snider’s debut was 17-Apr-1947, two days after Jackie Robinson’s. Since Dodger skipper Leo Durocher had been suspended by Baseball Commissioner Happy Chandler prior to the season for consorting with gamblers, coach Clyde Sukeforth managed the team's first 2 game before Shotton became the permanent replacement.  So Snider’s debut was also Shotton’s first day as manager.
-  Branch Rickey had vowed to his mother that he would avoid ballparks on Sundays.  He sensed that he could trust Shotton and, in 1914–15, he became the Browns’ “Sunday manager”.
FCR -  Jeff Kallman, Las Vegas
Incorrect guesses:  Walter Alston, Casey Stengel, Chuck Dressen, Ted Turner, Clyde Sukeforth, Max Carey, Walter Johnson

SATURDAY
Q.        Who was the only qualifying player to hit.400 in the Union Association?
Hint:     He was famous for playing second base bare-handed which took advantage of his amazing ambidextrous ability to turn double plays.
Hint:     His renown was such that an equally adept player in the Negro Leagues was nicknamed “The Black __(him)_____”.  That Negro Leaguer is now in the Hall of Fame.
Hint:     In the Players League, he was the only player to have more hits than games played.
A.         FRED DUNLAP
-  Dunlap’s golden year in the majors was in a league that was only around for one year, the Union Association.  His 1884 stats were so dominant that they were Ruthian before that was a concept.
-  Even though some of his contemporaries had begun to use gloves, he gained increasing fame for firing runners out by throwing with either bare hand which wouldn’t be possible for a fielder with a glove.
-  Hall of Famer Frank Grant’s nickname makes a compelling case to have Dunlap join him in the Hall.
-  In yet another major league that lasted only a year, he played in 1 G and had 2 H.
FCR -  Mike Sparks, Sarasota
Incorrect guesses:  Ray Dandridge, Mike Kelly, Honus Wagner, Bid McPhee

WEEKEND BONUS
Q.        What papal manager was from Salamanca?
Hint:     He wore both hats as general manager and field manager of a team that he took to the World Series.
Hint:     Even though that team played .500 ball in the subsequent season, it was his last year as a big league manager.
Hint:     As a player in the minors, set a league record by hitting safely in 38 consecutive games.
Hint:     It is somewhat surprising that he never made it to the majors as a player considering that he racked up a minor league career batting average of .374 during his six seasons in the lower leagues.
A.         PAUL OWENS
-  Nicknamed "The Pope", allegedly by Dick Allen, because of his resemblance to Pope Paul VI.  He had attended Salamanca High School in upstate New York.
-  GM & mgr. of the 1983 PHI.  Let go after the following season.
-  Batting streak was in 1957 with the Olean Oilers of the Class D New York‑Pennsylvania League.
-  Minor league career spent entirely in B, C & D levels of the minors.
FCR -  Mike Sparks, Sarasota
Incorrect guesses:  Pants Rowland, Eddie Dyer, Cap Anson, Fred Luderus

SUNDAY
Q.        Who is the only Boston manager to have played every position on the diamond as a player?
Hint:     He even pitched in seven of his fifteen playing seasons, demonstrating that his appearances on the mound were more than a gimmick.
Hint:     He was a better manager than anyone besides Cap Anson according to fellow manager.
Hint:     His reputation for integrity led to his nickname.
A.         JOHN MORRILL 
-  He pitched in 7 of the 15 seasons he played then managed the Boston Beaneaters 1882-1888 and the NL Washington Nationals in 1889.  (In 1882 the NL Boston team was called the Red Stockings.  They changed to Beaneaters the following season.)
-  Comparison was by Hall of Famer King Kelly.  Anson managed 21 seasons, including before and after the tenures of both Morrill and Kelly.
-  “Honest John”, as he was known.
FCR -  Mike Sparks, Sarasota
Incorrect guesses:  Bill Carrigan, George Stallings, Deacon McGuire, King Kelly, Harry Wright, Fred Mitchell, Bill McKechnie


WEEKLY THEME – Pennant-winning managers who hadn’t been with the team at the start of the season.

Name                       Team                  League
Dunlap.......... 1884 SLM............ Union Association
Grimm........... 1932 CHC............ National League
Hartnett......... 1938 CHC............ National League
Jennings....... 1924 NYG*.......... National League
Kuenn........... 1982 MIL.............. American League
Lemon........... 1978 NYY............ American League
                       1981 NYY............ American League
McKeon........ 2003 FLA............. National League
Morrill............ 1883 BSN............ National League
Owens.......... 1983PHI............... National League
Shotton......... 1947 BRO............ National League
*Jennings, unlike the rest on this list did not finish the season with the Giants.  He had stepped in when McGraw became ill and relinquished the reins upon Mugsy’s return.


First Correct Respondent to Identify ThemeRandall Chandler, Germantown, Tennessee (After Kuenn)

Incorrect theme guesses:

Tuesday -  HOF players who won multiple pennants as managers
               -  Hall-of-Famers who won the World Series as both player and manager
               -  Players who have a team record for home runs at a position

Wed        -  Managers who won pennant 
               -  Managers who won pennant, first year at the helm of the team.

Thurs      -  Managers who managed in the World Series against managers who were later elected to the Hall of Fame.

Friday     -  Lost WS as both player and manager
               -  SWEPT in WS as both player and manager
















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