Sunday, October 27, 2019

2019-10-21 Pitchers with career minimums of 100 wins, 100 losses and 100 saves.

Q.        Which one-time Cleveland Indian famously hit but a solitary triple in his 20+ year career.
Hint:     He got stranded at third.
Hint:     He was the first pitcher on a 20th century American League team to lead the majors in ERA after the team had moved to a new city.
A.         HOYT WILHELM  [SABR Bio]
-  Triple = 04-Jun-1954 for NYG
-  ERA in 1959 for BAL was 2.19.
FCR -  Vince Guerrieri, Elyria, Ohio
Incorrect guesses:  Rocky Colavito, Luis Tiant, Satchel Paige, Dick Bosman, Phil Niekro, Addie Joss, CC Sabathia, Jim Perry, Gaylord Perry, Bartolo Colon, Dick Donovan, Diego Segui, Bob Lemon

Q.        Which Hall of Famer’s name change (The one primarily used by fans and the media) allowed another Hall of Famer to re-emerge on the Double-Uniques list?
Hint:     For eleven years, he was the only native of his state enshrined in the Hall of Fame.  Now he is the only living one.
Hint:     He is one of the pitchers who claimed victories against all existing major league teams before the 1993 expansion.
A.         RICH GOSSAGE  [SABR Bio]
-  With an evolution more than a revolution, Gossage has begun to ask the media to list him as “Rich” instead of “Goose”.  MLB, Baseball-Reference and Fan Graphs have complied, but others, such as Wikipedia, Baseball Almanac  and even the HOF have yet to catch up.  With that sobriquet gone, Goose Goslin reclaims his double‑unique status.
-  In 2008 Gossage became the first native of the state of Colorado elected to the Hall.  This year he was joined in Cooperstown by the late Roy Halladay.
-  By the start of the 1993 season, all 26 MLB teams had been beaten at least once by Doyle Alexander, Tommy John, Gaylord Perry, Nolan Ryan, Don Sutton, Scott Sanderson, Mike Torrez, Rick Wise & Gossage.
FCR -  John Blankstein, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Incorrect guesses:  Bert Blyleven, Greg Maddux, Gaylord Perry,

Q.        Whose facial hair became the standard for a generation?
Hint:     A Hall of Fame manager turned him from a starter to a reliever.
Hint:     As a result, he became only the second relief pitcher elected to the Hall.
-  Grew a classic handlebar mustachioed.  Matched by many of his Oakland A’s teammates and eventually throughout MLB
-  A’s Manager Dick Williams saw Fingers potential as a reliever and made the conversion complete in 1971.  After a 5⅓-inning loss to Bert Blyleven 21 May 1971, the next 825 G he pitched in MLB were as a reliever.
-  HOF in 1992.Hoyt Wilhelm preceded him in 1985 and he was followed there by Eckersley (2004), Sutter (2006), Gossage (2008), Hoffman (2018), Rivera & Smith (2019).
FCR -  Kellen Nielson, Blanding, Utah
Incorrect guesses:  Dennis Eckersley, Catfish Hunter, Bruce Sutter, Brian Wilson, Goose (sic) Gossage, John Smoltz

Q.        Who is the only pitcher to appear in MLB All-Star games in the 1970s, 80s and 90s?
Hint:     He was the only pitcher to ever accumulate more saves than base runners in a season. (Minimum 25 saves.)
Hint:     He has considerable fan acclaim in a bay-area city, but his greatest fame in his hometown, also a bay-area city.
-  MLB AS for CLE in 1978, for BOS in 1981 the A’s in 1988, 90, 91 & 92.
-  In 1990 Eck amassed 48 saves while allowing just 47 baserunners. 
-  In back-to-back seasons Eckersley posted identical SO/BB ratios of 18.3. In 1989, he struck out 55 while walking just 3 and in 1990 fanned 73 while issuing only 4 free passes.
-  An All-Star for Boston (“The Bay State”) 1981,  he returned to New England in 2003 and became a popular Red Sox announcer.  Still, his most notable playing achievements were posted w/OAK in his birthplace of Oakland, California, you know… the Bay Area.
FCR -  Mark Mapes, Madison, Wisconsin
Incorrect guesses: 

Q.        Whose record for career postseason strikeouts was broken by Justin Verlander Tuesday night in Houston?
Hint:     He was the first pitcher to surrender a hit to an Orioles pitcher after the advent of the Designated Hitter.
Hint:     His famous pitching coach insisted, “Greatest slider I’ve ever seen from a right-handed pitcher!”
Hint:     He is known for seldom losing any wager related to his golf game.
A.         JOHN SMOLTZ  [SABR Bio]
-  Smoltz had stuck out 199 postseason batters ending in the 2009 NLDS.  Verlander entered the G w/196 postseason Ks and struck out 6 Nats before succumbing to their offensive onslaught.
-  Smoltz surrendered a single to Mike Mussina 14-Jun-1997 in ATL.
-  Talent assessment was from Atlanta Braves’ pitching coach Leo Mazzone.
-  The magazine Golf Digest ranks him among the top golfers in MLB.
FCR -  Michael Campos, Redmond, Washington
Incorrect guesses:  Mariano Rivera, Jim Palmer Greg Maddux

Q.        Who was the last Yankee pitcher to hit a home before the advent of the DH?
Hint:     He was also the first Yankee pitcher to come to bat in a game after the advent of the DH.
Hint:     He won The Sporting News “Reliever of the Year” award the first year it was given.
Hint:     He and his brother were mentioned as a great one-two pitching punch for the Cardinals.
A.         LINDY McDANIEL  [SABR Bio]
-  HR = 28-Sep-1972 off Mickey Lolich
-  AB = 25-Sep-1973 (0/2)
-  He pitched for STL 1955-62; his brother Von was on the club in 1957-58.  The upshot was that the pairing was not quite the “Dean brothers redux” that had been hoped for.  The parallels, though, of two hard-throwing brothers from a small town in the South, were hard to ignore.
FCR -  Steven Wright, Naperville, Illinois
Incorrect guesses:  Sparky Lyle, David Cone, Ken Forsch, Von McDaniel, Bruce Sutter, Dave Righetti, Bob Forsch, Catfish Hunter, Mel Stottlemyre

Q.        What Boston Red Sox hurler set the record for most consecutive save opportunities when he locked down his 54th?
Hint:     He surrendered the first of Alex Rodriguez’ 696 major league home runs.
Hint:     His 21-year career in the majors ended just two seasons before his son rose to the Bigs, earning along the way a Gold Glove, a Silver Slugger and multiple All-Star appearances.
A.         TOM GORDON
-  54 S w/o a blown S, a record since broken, was set in 1998-99 for BOS
-  HR 12-Jun-1995.
-  Son Dee Gordon had become a star in his own right.
FCR -  John Blankstein, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Incorrect guesses:  Lee Smith, Jonathan Papelbon, Bob Stanley

Q.        What one-time Phillie was the first pitcher to win an ERA title playing for a team based in California?
Hint:     His first All-Star game came in his ninth season in the majors.
Hint:     His final All-Star game came seven years before he retired.
Hint:     In his time pitching for the Atlanta Braves, his ERA was over 50.00.
A.         STU MILLER  [SABR Bio]
-  Won the NL ERA title in 1958 w/2.47.  Pitched in 24 G for PHI in 1956.
-  His 1st ASG = 11-Jul-1961.
-  Last ASG = 31-Jul-1961.
-  Last season = 2 G for 1968 ATL w/ERA of 54.00.
FCR -  Jeff Kabacinski, Wilmington, Delaware
Incorrect guesses:  Steve Bedrosian, Rick Wise, Dean Chance, Jaime Moyer, Jack Sanford

Q.        Who was the winning pitcher of the game where Hank Aaron passed Babe Ruth on the all-time home run list?
Hint:     He shares a hometown with one of the major leagues’ most notorious owners.
Hint:     He was acquired by the Cardinals to replace Bob Gibson in their pitching rotation.
Hint:     He was drafted 20th overall by Detroit in 1965.
A.         RON REED
-  Aaron G = 08-Apr-1973
-  Reed and Charlie O. Finley both hail from LaPorte, Indiana.
-  On 28-May-1975 he was traded by ATL with a player to be named later to STL for Ray Sadecki and Elias Sosa.  He did replace Gibson in the STL rotation.
-  Drafted by the Detroit Pistons of the NBA.  He played for them for 2 seasons.
FCR -  Bob Flynn, Chandler, Arizona
Incorrect guesses:  Tom House, Mike Marshall
Q.        Who holds the Senators' single-season records for saves, games pitched and games finished?
Hint:     He surrendered a 500-home-run club member’s first career home run.
Hint:     He was known for his ritual of touching his hat, belt and shirt before every pitch.
A.         RON KLINE  [SABR Bio]
-  Senators II “WSA” (1961-1971) 29 saves, 74 games, 58 games finished, all in 1965.
-  HR to Willie McCovey 02-Aug-1959 (McCovey’s 4th career G)
-  [photo not available]
FCR -  Mike Sparks, Sarasota
Incorrect guesses:  Darold Knowles, Gaylord Perry, Pedro Ramos, Walter Johnson, Win Mercer

WEEKLY THEME – Pitchers with career minimums of 100 wins, 100 losses and 100 saves.

Name                W       SV         L            Career                G                          ERA
Eckersley*..... 197..... 390..... 171..... 1975—1998...... 1,071....................... 3.50
Fingers*......... 114..... 341..... 118..... 1968—1985......... 944....................... 2.90
Gordon.......... 138..... 158..... 126..... 1988—2009......... 890....................... 3.96
Gossage*...... 124..... 310..... 107..... 1972—1994...... 1,002....................... 3.01
Kline.............. 114..... 108..... 144..... 1952—1970......... 736....................... 3.75
McDaniel....... 141..... 174..... 119..... 1955—1975......... 987....................... 3.45
Miller.............. 105..... 153..... 103..... 1952—1968......... 704....................... 3.24
Reed.............. 146..... 103..... 140..... 1966—1984......... 751....................... 3.46
Smoltz*.......... 213..... 154..... 155..... 1988—2009......... 723....................... 3.33
Wilhelm*........ 143..... 228..... 122..... 1952—1972...... 1,070....................... 2.52
*Hall of Fame

First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme

Incorrect theme guesses:

Tuesday -  Pitchers with most career wins in relief

Wed        -  Hall of Famers that have a World Series Save
               -  HOF pitchers known by their middle names and/or nicknames and not by their given first names.
               -  All time saves leaders list
               -  Career leaders in games pitched
               -  Relief pitchers in the Hall of Fame
               -  HOF relievers who also were starters
               -  Relief pitchers with over 100 career wins
               -  Relievers in the Baseball Hall of Fame

Thursday-  Hall of Fame pitchers with at least 100 wins and 100 saves
               -  Career save leaders from the 20th century

Friday     -  Relief pitchers with over 100 career wins and 150+ saves
               -  Hall of Famers who led the league in saves
               -  Hall of Fame pitchers who were converted from a starter to a reliever during their career
               -  HOF pitchers beginning their careers as starting pitchers then converting to relievers.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

2019-10-14 Hall of Famers for the Cincinnati Reds during Marty Brennaman’s tenure

The questions, hints and theme this week come to us from John Michael Pierobon of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Q.        What player’s page appears if you type “terrific” in the search box on Baseball‑
Hint:     He has a street named after him in New York City.
Hint:     He once pitched under Tony LaRussa in the same rotation with Steve Carlton.
A.         TOM SEAVER  [SABR Bio]
-  Nicknamed “Tom Terrific” after the cartoon character Tom Terrific.  Despite the legal efforts of uber NFL QB Tom Brady to request exclusive trademark control over the shared moniker, the US Patent & Trademark office denied Brady’s filings.
-  41 Seaver Way is the official address of Citi Field, home of the New York Mets (#41 was Seaver’s uniform number—the first one ever retired by the Mets.) Watch the dedication ceremony here.
-  Seaver pitched for the CHW 1984 -1986—including a memorable 3‑month stretch on The South Side in 1986 when LaRussa slotted Seaver alongside the then fellow 41-year old Carlton.
FCR -  Michael Shea, Dublin, Ireland
Incorrect guesses: 

Q.        Who is the latest iteration of “The Kid”?
Hint:     He played major-league baseball alongside his father.
Hint:     He broke a record held by yesterday’s answer.
A.         KEN GRIFFEY, Jr.  [SABR Bio]

-  Like Ted Williams, Ron Moeller and Robin Yount before him, Griffey was also nicknamed “The Kid” (demonstrative adjective required).
-  Playing KCR on 31-Aug-1990, Ken Griffey, Sr. and son became the first father/son combo to appear in the same lineup, a pairing not soon forgotten by Kapuskasing’s Kirk McKaskill (or anyone else!).
-  When Griffey, Jr. was elected to the HOF in 2016, he received 99.30% of the vote, breaking pitcher Tom Seaver’s previous record of 98.84% set in 1992.  (Mariano Rivera surpassed both of them with his unanimous selection in 2019.)
FCR -  Abbey Garber, Dallas
Incorrect guesses:  Tim Raines, Jr., Kid Nichols

Q.        Who is “Doggie”?
Hint:     He was originally nicknamed “Tany” by his family.
Hint:     “The Cuban Comet” was his boyhood idol.
Hint:     He is good friends with Sam Zynger, co-chair of SABR’s South Florida Chapter.
A.         TONY PEREZ  [SABR Bio]
-  He has also been called “Big Dog” or “Big Doggie”.
-  Born Atanasio Perez in 1942 in Cuba, his mother lovingly dubbed him “Tany”.  He left Cuba as a lanky 17-year-old in March 1960 and it was during spring training in Florida that he became “Tony” Perez.  Coaches and teammates didn’t take the time to learn the correct pronunciation of his Latino name, using instead the Anglicized version, calling him “Tony” instead of “Tany”.
-  The great Minnie Minoso from Havana made his major league debut with the Cleveland Indians on 19‑April‑1949, about a month before Tany Perez turned seven years old.  Tany and his father would listen to games together on the radio, thrilled by the exploits of their countryman. Perez fondly remembered him as one of his first heroes, saying, “Everybody wanted to be like Minnie Minoso.”
FCR -  J.P. Wanamaker, Binghamton, New York
Incorrect guesses:  Richard Hidalgo, Tony Pena, Greg Maddux, Minnie Minoso

Q.        Who spent over 500 Sunday nights alongside Jon Miller?
Hint:     He is one of three Hall-of-Famers to play for both the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland Athletics.
Hint:     He is the only National League second baseman to have drawn more than 100 walks in six consecutive seasons.
A.         JOE MORGAN  [SABR Bio]
-  From 1990–2010 Morgan did national television broadcasts with Miller on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball.
-  Morgan played for SFG 1981-1982 and for OAK in 1984.  Fellow HOFs Willie McCovey and Orlando Cepeda also played on both sides of the Bay Bridge.
-  100+ BB every year 1972–1977.
FCR -  Dr. Frank Stephenson, Rome, Georgia
Incorrect guesses:  Duane Kuiper, Jason Isringhausen, Al Hrabosky, Steve Bedrosian

Q.        Who was the last St. Louis Cardinal to lead the league in saves in consecutive years?
Hint:     Only Mo and Trevor walked off the mound last for their teams more times.
Hint:     A seven-time All-Star, he earned Top Ten Cy Young votes in four seasons, bested in the final voting by four different eventual 300-game winners.
A.         LEE SMITH  [SABR Bio]
-  NL Saves leader w/STL w/47 in 1991 & 43 in 1992.
-  W/802, he is 3rd all-time in Games Finished.
-  CYA balloting: 1983, 1991, 1992 and 1993.  300-game winners: Nolan Ryan, Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Randy Johnson.
FCR -  Bill Helm, Camp Verde, Arizona
Incorrect guesses:  Bruce Sutter, Steve Bedrosian, Al Hrabosky, Dennis Eckersley

Q.        Who hypes a product that he insists won’t make you stink?
Hint:     You’re unlikely to forget his handshake.
Hint:     He hit 3 home runs in a game 3 times in his career, twice off the same Hall of Famer.
A.         JOHNNY BENCH  [SABR Bio]
-  Spokesperson for pain-relief cream Blue-Emu, which contains an odorless oil harvested from Australia’s largest flightless bird.  Watch Bench’s “pitch” here.
-  The size and strength of Bench’s hands are legendary.
-  Bench frequently undressed Steve Carlton bashing 3 homers off him 26‑July‑1970 when Lefty was w/STL and again on 9-May-1973, while Carlton was on PHI. (Bench’s third 3-HR G was against Randy Jones of SDP 29-May-1980.)  Bench’s career 1.065 OPS (min 60 AB) against Carlton was his highest against any hurler.
FCR -  Bobby Salerno, Seminole, Florida
Incorrect guesses:  Reggie Jackson, Mike Schmidt, Joey Votto, Frank Thomas, Albert Pujols

Q.        Who hit his first career grand slam just after The Naked Cowboy streaked across the field of play?
Hint:     He was, until that point, the only active player with 150+ homers, 6,500+ at‑bats, 2,000+ hits and 350+ doubles without a grand slam to his name.
Hint:     He once stole a base in the same game where he hit three homers.
Hint:     For eight seasons, his teammates’ uniforms were not the same as his.
-  GS = 20-Apr-2001; Game recap; [Filmed evidence of streaker not available.]
Entering 2001, Larking had accumulated 179 HR, 6,687 AB, 2,008 H & 361 2b.
-  3 HR + SB = 28-Jun-1991
-  Named CIN team captain in 1997, Larkin’s uniform embroidery always included an additional small-letter “c” in the same font used throughout the Reds uniform design scheme.
FCR -  John Leavy, Austin
Incorrect guesses:  Ted Kluszewski, Derek Jeter, Carlton Fisk, Mike Piazza, George Foster

Q.        What Hall of Famer missed only two scheduled games from his rookie season, yet ended his career with a WAR rating of -1.2?
Hint:     He was the bat boy for a legendary college team during their first year in the finals.
Hint:     The baseball field at California Lutheran University now bear his name.
-  Rookie year was his ONLY year.  The stats tell why.  He did all this playing for a last-place team, PHI.
-  Batboy for the 1948 USC team,  They defeated Yale in the finals.
-  Sparky Anderson Field at Ullman Stadium.  Anderson was a long-time supporter of their program.
FCR -  Jesse Asbury, Norman, Oklahoma
Incorrect guesses:  Tommy Hutton

WEEKLY THEME – Hall of Famers for the Cincinnati Reds during Marty Brennaman’s highly acclaimed 46-year (1974-2019) broadcasting tenure in the Queen City.

Player             CIN yrs              HOF
Anderson....... 1970-78............ 2000
Bench............ 1967-83............ 1989
Griffey............ 2000-08............ 2016
Larkin.......... 1986-2004.......... 2012
Morgan.......... 1972-79............ 1990
Perez....... 1964-76; 85-86....... 2000
Seaver........... 1977-82............ 1992
Smith................ 1996............... 2019

First Correct Respondent to Identify ThemeSarah Grynpas, Toronto (after Morgan)

Incorrect theme guesses:

Monday  -  Pitchers who lost perfect games in the 9th inning
               -  Most Hall of fame votes (by percentage)

Tues       -  Hall of Famers who played for both the White Sox and Reds—though not in World Series—in this centennial of the Black Sox series.

Wed        -  Big Red Machine sons in MLB
               -  Hall of Famers who played for the Reds  X 5
               -  HOF teammates of Ken Griffey Sr.

Thurs      -  Members of the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame
               -  Living ballplayers with statues
               -  Players who played with Ken Griffey Sr.
               -  The Big Red Machine
               -  Cincinnati Reds Hall of Famers who played for at least two AL teams
               -  Hall of Famers who were multiple time All-Stars with the Reds
               -  Cincinnati Reds players involved in blockbuster trades

Friday     -  Hof players who played with 3 or more teams including the Reds

Sunday   -  Living member of the Hall of Fame who played for the Cincinnati Reds
               -  HOF'ers who played for the Cincinnati Reds during the expansion era
               -  Big Red Machine
               -  All century team players who were active at its announcement
               -  Living Reds Hall of Famers
               -  Reds in the Hall of Fame