Monday, November 18, 2019

2019-11-11 Special stadium seats honoring players' accomplishments

Q.        Who was the oldest Most Valuable Player Award winner in the 20th century?
Hint:     He hit more total home runs in four different major league ballparks in the state of Pennsylvania than anyone else.
Hint:     Although not a trained astronomer, he knew plenty about stars.
Hint:     535
-  Named NL Co-MVP In 1979 at the age of 39. (Only Barry Bonds was older.  In 2004 at age 40, he won his 7th and final MVP.)
-  240 Pennsylvania HRs distributed among…
Three Rivers Stadium (147);
Forbes Field (74);
Veterans Stadium (14); and
Connie Mack Stadium [ Nee Shibe Park] (5)
-  Stargell’s enormous spiritual clubhouse influence included the awarding of “Stargell’s stars” to teammates when they had a good game or made a noteworthy play.  While the small cloth gold stars (proudly affixed to the Pirates’ distinctive pill-box style caps) weren't valuable per se, they were treasured as a symbolic acknowledgements of a player's positive contributions to his team.
FCR -  Steven Cramer, Philadelphia
Incorrect guesses:  Willie Mays, Jimmie Foxx, Ralph Kiner, Mike Schmidt, Barry Bonds, Mickey Mantle

Q.        Who was the National League’s first two-time “The Sporting News” Comeback Player of the Year Award winner?
Hint:     He was his franchise’s first true Free Agent signing.
Hint:     The year after, he rocked a .370 batting average playing in front of MLB’s all-time highest single-season attendance.
Hint:     529

-  A two-time cancer survivor and sufferer of several injuries during his 19-year MLB career, he earned TSN Comeback Player awards in 1993 and 2000.
-  When he signed as a major-league expansion free agent by COL on 17-Nov-1992, he was joined on the roster by 36 new teammates the following day when the Rockies completed their Expansion Draft selections.
-  As a member of the 1993 Colorado Rockies, he played before 4,483,350 fans at Mile High Stadium.  No team has ever drawn more for a single major league season.
FCR -  Jim Casey, Savannah
Incorrect guesses:  Ryan Zimmerman, Larry Walker

Q.        Who was the first player to be voted an All-Star Game starter at three different positions?
Hint:     He is the only member of the 500 home run club whose first major league experience was as a pinch runner.
Hint:     He hit his 500th career home run the day SABR was founded.
Hint:     522
-  Named ASG starter at 3B in 1959 and 1970; LF in 1964; and 1B In 1965, 1967 and 1968.
-  PR = 23-Jun-1954.  17-year-old Killebrew pinch-ran for pitcher Clyde Vollmer who had been hit by a pitch thrown by CHW’s Jack Harshman.
-  He hit #500 off recent Cy Young winner Mike Cuellar.  5 innings later he hit #501 off him too.  Meanwhile… 16 SABR pioneers were in the process of officially founding the Society in Cooperstown, New York.
FCR -  John Michael Pierobon, Fort Lauderdale
Incorrect guesses:  Alex Rodriguez, Albert Pujols, Jamie Moyer, Gary Sheffield, Ernie Banks, Frank Robinson

Q.        Who was the first player of Latino descent to be inducted into the Hall of Fame?
Hint:     Although his career-best hitting streak is 23 games, he does hold the all-time record for most consecutive games reaching base.
Hint:     No other rookie has ever had more runs batted in.
Hint:     502
A.         TED WILLIAMS  [SABR Bio]
-  Williams’ mother May Venzor Williams was born in El Paso of Mexican parents.  Author Ben Bradlee, Jr. revealed Williams’ previously concealed ethnic heritage in his 2013 book:  The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams.  Williams’ 1966 Cooperstown enshrinement predated Lefty Gomez’ by 6 years & Roberto Clemente’s by 7.
-  Williams reached base in a record 84 straight games, from 01-Jul through 27-Sep-1949.
-  145 RBI in his rookie season 1939.
FCR -  James Higgins, Bethesda
Incorrect guesses:  Orlando Cepeda, Mariano Rivera, Edgar Martinez, Roberto Clemente, Juan Marichal, Minnie Minoso

Hint:     Never known for his foot speed, he once still managed to hit a bunt triple.
Hint:     He was Bruce Bochy’s favorite player.
Hint:     500[DBB1] 
A.         FRANK HOWARD  [SABR Bio]
-  Howard walloped a record ten (10!) home runs in just 20 ABs during calendar week (12‑18—May—1968).  [Why in the world did they keep pitching to him?!]
-  On 02-Sept-1964, seeing the Pirates’ 3B wisely playing at his normal depth for the intimidating right-hand hitting Howard—about five feet out on the outfield grass—Frank laid down a surprise bunt. Pirates’ pitcher Joe Gibbon came over and almost fielded the ball, but it just trickled past him.  In a state of frustration, Gibbon threw his glove at the still-rolling ball—and hit it.  Per Baseball’s Official Rulebook, that was deemed an automatic triple—one of the shortest in the history of the game!
-  Bochy has been a fan of Howard since seeing him in the first MLB game he ever attended.  Bochy’s family lived in northern Virginia and he attended games at RFK Stadium (Originally DC stadium) in Washington, DC.  Howard played there for the Senators 1966-71.
FCR -  Mark Pattison, Washington, DC
Incorrect guesses:  Willie McCovey, Pablo Sandoval, Pete Rose, Johnny Bench, Ernie Banks, Carl Yastrzemski, Gates Brown, Willie Stargell, Dee Gordon, Willie Horton, Tony Gwynn, Harmon Killebrew, Orlando Cepeda

Q.        Based on career WAR, who is the best position player to receive zero (0) Hall of Fame votes?
Hint:     He is the only player to hit two home runs in a game each off Steve Carlton and Nolan Ryan.
Hint:     He was often linked with military ordnance.
Hint:     480
A.         JIM WYNN  [SABR Bio]
-  Wynn’s 56.6 career WAR is highest ever accumulated without receiving a single HOF vote during his eligibility.  He is still the all-time single-season Offensive WAR leader for the Astros’ franchise @ 8.5 in 1969.
-  HR 2X off Ryan 30-Aug-1970; Off Carlton = 24-Aug-1976 (2 of ATL’s 3 R)
-  His nickname was “Toy Cannon”, a reference to his (not really) diminutive height of 5’10” and his out-sized power.
FCR -  Kellen Nielson, Blanding, Utah
Incorrect guesses:  Ron Swoboda, Donn Clendenon, Gary Mathews, Roy White, Fred McGriff, Carlos May, Bob Horner

Q.        Who led the Major Leagues in Batting Average without winning the National League batting championship?
Hint:     He was the first player to switch-hit homers in two consecutive games
Hint:     A long-time teammate nearly eclipsed his sole all-time MLB record.
Hint:     413
A.         EDDIE MURRAY  [SABR Bio]
-  Despite hitting a career-high .330 for the 1990 LAD, Murray won nothing but some lovely parting gifts.  He was denied the batting crown because Willie McGee was batting .335 for STL at the time of his trade to the AL's Oakland A's.  McGee hit .274 for the A's for the rest of the season and his overall batting average dipped to. 324.  However, since McGee switched leagues and had enough at bats to qualify for the title at the time of the trade, his NL average remained .335.  Ergo, McGee is the NL’s 1990 batting champion.
-  HRs from both the sides of the plate in consecutive games 08-May-1987 & 09-May-1987.
-  Nine seasons sharing the same Baltimore infield, Cal Ripken, Jr. needed just one more Sacrifice Fly to tie Murray’s MLB record of 128.  Alas, after notching his 127th SF on 23-Sept-2001, Cal’s 2001 teammates couldn’t provide him with another chance over the last 14 games of Ripken’s final season.
FCR -  Pat Ray, Paradise Valley, Arizona
Incorrect guesses:  Willie McGee, Melky Cabrera, Ken Singleton

Q.        Who is the only player in history to start his career playing less than half a season for each of two major-league teams before embarking  on a productive 16-year career for a THIRD team?
Hint:     Both he and a teammate reached an identical and significant career milestone by homering back-to-back.
Hint:     In a ceremony at the White House, he presented the president with a jersey of his team with the president’s name and “#1” on the back.
Hint:     410
-  Played 55 games for LAD 1997-1998, 26 for CIN in 1998 and 2,268 for CHW 1999-2014.
-  In the top of the 2nd inning on 13-Apr-2009, Jermaine Dye and Konerko each hit their 300th career home runs back-to-back in a W over DET.
-  The White Sox had won the 2005 WS over swept the then NL Houston Astros.  On 13‑Feb‑2006 the team was welcome by President George W Bush to the White House.
FCR -  David Krassin, Los Angeles
Incorrect guesses: 

Q.        Whose uniform number was sixty-four times higher than the lowest number ever worn for his franchise?
Hint:     He was the last American Leaguer to get six hits in a game in the twentieth century.
Hint:     He was the Fiesta Bowl Parade Grand Marshal shortly after his retirement from baseball.
Hint:     390
A.         CAL RIPKEN  [SABR Bio]
-  Ripken wore uniform #8 during his 21-year career with BAL.  Eddie Gaedel wore fractional uniform # during his storied single‑PA‑career in 1951 with the Orioles’ forerunners the St. Louis Browns.
-  6 H in 9-inning G 13-Jun-1999
-  Fiesta Bowl Parade Grand Marshall 31-Dec-2002
FCR -  Jerry Miller, Liberty Hill, Texas
Incorrect guesses:  Norm Cash, Robin Yount 

Q.        Who manipulated the MLB draft with threats to return to his successful college football career until his hometown drafted him 12th?
Hint:     He was twice selected for the All-Star Game but declined the offer both times.
Hint:     He was a Worlds Series champion in each league.
Hint:     He once set an aviation record by piloting a single-engine propeller aircraft to an altitude of nearly five miles.
Hint:     385
A.         KIRK GIBSON  [SABR Bio]
-  A star football player at Michigan State,
-  Invited to be an AS in 1985 and 1988, both times by his pennant-winning manager, but declined both times.
-  Was on WS-winning team 1984 DET & 1988 LAD.
-  On an off day from Spring Training in March 1987, with the permission of Manager Sparky Anderson, Gibson co-piloted a Cessna 206 to a height of 25,200 feet—a record for that class of aircraft.
FCR -  Frank Workman, Escondido, California
Incorrect guesses:  Dave Parker

Q.        Which healthy, well-rested Hall of Famer never got off the bench in a wild, nationally-broadcast 16-15 walk-off slugfest?
Hint:     Even Mario Mendoza out-hit him.
Hint:     His statue was unveiled inside a nearly empty stadium.
Hint:     165
A.         BOB UECKER  [SABR Bio]
-  Not technically a Hall of Famer, Uecker was honored by the Hall of Fame in 2003 with its prestigious Ford C. Frick Award in recognition of his broadcasting career.
-  Mario, of the infamous “Mendoza Line”, actually had a career batting average of .215, Uecker retired at exactly .200.
-  The Brewers “honored” Uecker in April 25, 2014 by placing his statue in their ballpark’s worst possible seat location.
FCR - 
Incorrect guesses:  Cal Ripken, Tom Seaver, Willie Stargell

WEEKLY THEME –  “Take A Seat”   Select MLB players who have had stadium seats commemorated in their honor, mostly for home runs they hit.  Answers shown in order of farthest seat distance from home plate.  The last hint for each player (i.e., the unexplained 3-digit numbers given) is the distance in feet of each seat from home plate.

First Correct Respondent to Identify ThemeMichael Caragliano, Queens, New York [After Williams]

Player             Dist. '           Date                Venue                      Seat Color
Stargell........... 535........ 20-May-1978........ Olympic Std........................ Pirates yellow
Galarraga....... 529........ 31-May-1997........ Pro Player Std........ Black
Killebrew........ 522........ 03-Jun-1967......... Metro Std................ Red
Williams......... 502........ 09-Jun-1946......... Fenway Park........... Red
Howard........... 500........ 25-Apr-1970......... RFK*....................... White
Wynn.............. 480........ 12-Apr-1970......... Astrodome............... Black
Murray............ 413........ 06-Sep-1996........ OPACY.................... Orange
Konerko.......... 410........ 23-Oct-2005......... US Cellular.............. Light blue
Ripken............ 390........ 25-Jul-1994.......... OPACY..................... Orange
Gibson............ 385........ 15-Oct-1988......... Dodger Std................Dodger blue
Uecker............ 165........ 25-Apr-2014......... Miller Park............... Green
*RFK had multiple white seats commemorating blasts by Howard.

Incorrect theme guesses:

Tues       -  Players who launched home runs into the upper decks of stadia that no longer exist
               -  Players who hit balls into a 500 section at a major league ballpark
               -  Players with the longest recorded (or estimated) home run distances
               -  National Leaguers who hit a ball into the 500 seats

Wed        -  First Basemen who hit a HR over 500 Feet
               -  Players who have hit homers estimated at over 500 feet
               -  Players who hit stadium-longest shots of 500 feet or more in stadia that no longer exist
               -  players who hit the longest home runs in a given stadium.
Stargell -- Olympic Stadium Montreal
Galarraga -- Joe Robbie Stadium Miami
Killebrew -- Metropolitan Stadium Bloomington
               -  Longest HR’s hit by guys at or over 40 yrs old
               -  League leading HR champions who also hit a HR over 500 ft

Thursday-  Who hit the longest home run in the player's home park
               -  Longest home runs ever hit
               -  Players who have hit 500+ foot home runs

Sunday, November 10, 2019

2109-10-28 Select players originally signed by super scout and future manager Bobby Mattick.

28-Oct through 10-Nov-2019

NOTE:  What follows is a two-week theme.  Finals answers and theme will be posted at the end of the day on November 10.

Q.        Who was the only Rookie of the Year Award winner for the Redlegs?
Hint:     He was the first native of Texas to win a Gold Glove in the outfield.
Hint:     He went to college, but not to play baseball.
-  ROY in 1956.  CIN/NL were the “Redlegs” 1954-58.
-  His only GG in 1958.  B. in Beaumont, Texas.  Roy McMillan from Texas had also won the year before, but at shortstop.
-  Attended Xavier University briefly in Cincinnati after the 1956 season.
FCR -  Steve Newton, Newcastle, Delaware
Incorrect guesses:  Vada Pinson, Fred Lynn, Eric Davis, Chris Sabo, Tommy Helms

Q.        Which All-Star pitcher lost no-hitters with two outs in the 9th inning THREE times in a 12-month span?
Hint:     He did, however, win each game.
Hint:     He added a no-hitter to his resume the same year that Fernando Valenzuela did.
Hint:     He was briefly teammates with Mike Boddicker, Tuffy Rhodes and Bob Hamelin.
A.         DAVE STIEB  [SABR Bio]

-  3 G = 24-Sep-1988 @ CLE; 30-Sep-1988 vs. BAL (103rd loss); 04‑Aug‑1989 vs. NYY.
-  Stieb signed w/CHW 08-Dec-1992, but was released before the ’93 All-Star Game.
-  Pitched a no-no 02-Sep-1990.  His was one of seven (7!) no-hitters pitched that season, including 2 on the same day!
-  He then signed w/KCR 14-Jun-1993 but was released 31-Jul-1993 and played for KCR’s AAA Omaha Royals before being released.  His teammates there included Boddicker, Rhodes & Hamelin.
FCR -  Samuel Gazdziak, Johns Creek, Georgia
Incorrect guesses:  Dave Stewart, David Cone, Mark Langston, Dennis Martinez, Tom Seaver, Terry Mulholland, Steve Busby, Nolan Ryan, Jim Palmer

Q.        Which player hit at least one home run every year from 1963-85?
Hint:     He was the first full-time designated hitter to record 100 RBI in a season.
Hint:     He was an early advocate of wearing batting gloves.
A.         RUSTY STAUB  [SABR Bio]
-  Never played a season without hitting a home run.
-  All 695 plate appearances in 1977 for DET were as a DH and he knocked in 101.
-  Some believe that success he had at bat is the reason batting gloves are in such wide use today
FCR -  Eric Savage, New York City
Incorrect guesses:  Tony Perez, Ron Fairly, Darrell Evans, Pete Rose, Willie Stargell, Harmon Killebrew, Dick Stuart, Carl Yastrzemski, Orlando Cepeda, Tommy Davis, Harold Baines, Joe Morgan Edgar Martinez, Willie McCovey

Q.        Who managed the team that drew the highest single-season attendance in major league history?
Hint:     He was also the first player to get a hit in the first game Ken Kaiser ever umpired.
Hint:     He was the first American League player to appear as designated hitter in the World Series for different teams.
A.         DON BAYLOR  [SABR Bio]
-  The 1993 COL played in Mile High Stadium and drew 4,483,350 fans.
-  Hit a double in the top of the 1st 06-Apr-1977.  Kaiser was the 3rd base ump.  It was also the first major league game ever played in Seattle’s Kingdome.
-  WS DH for 1986 BOS & 1987 MIN.
FCR -  David Krassin, Los Angeles
Incorrect guesses:  Walt Alston, Cito Gaston, Clint Hurdle, Hank Bauer, Tommy Lasorda, Hal McRae, Paul Molitor

Q.        Who did the Cardinals package with Garry Templeton in order to acquire Ozzie Smith from the Padres?
Hint:     He was the first Brewer to hit a grand slam on Opening Day.
Hint:     He was the first Brewer to hit two grand slams on Opening Days.
Hint:     He is the first player to win the Gold Glove in the outfield for the Brewers.
A.         SIXTO LEZCANO  [SABR Bio]
-  10-Dec-1981:  Lezcano was traded by STL with a PTBNL and Templeton to SDP for a different PTBNL, Steve Mura and Ozzie Smith.  The Pads sent Al Olmsted (19-Feb-1982) to STL to complete the trade.  The Cards  sent Luis DeLeon (19-Feb-1982) to SDP to complete the trade.  Got that?
-  1st GS on OD 07-Apr-1978
-  2nd GS on OD 10-Apr-1980
-  1979 GG
FCR -  Rich Ottone, Sykesville, Maryland
Incorrect guesses:  Ben Oglivie, Larry Hisle, Rick Manning

Q.        Who was the first player after Stan Musial to play 1,000 games in the outfield and  1,000 games in the infield?
Hint:     His only times as an All-Star were in his 16th and 20th seasons.
Hint:     He has the most career home runs while never hitting 20 in a season.
Hint:     He had the last plate appearance, at-bat, hit and RBI in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
Hint:     He played for both major league teams in Canada.
Hint:     He played for twelve seasons under manager Walt Alston, but never played in Brooklyn.
Hint:     He is the only player to hit his first and last major league home run on the same date, twenty years apart.
A.         RON FAIRLY  [SABR Bio]
-  1,037 G = LF +CF + RF; 1,218 G @ 1b.  Since accomplished by Peter Rose and Robin Yount.
-  AS in 1973 & 1977
-  Highest HR years was 19 in 1977, but he never had a year with 0 in 21 seasons.
-  H drove in Wally Moon in the 13th inning of the last G in the Coliseum 20-Sep-1961.
-  Played in MON 1969-74 and TOR in 1977.  In each case it was the first season for each expansion team.
-  Began his MLB career with LAD in 1958.
-  1st MLB HR = 12-Sep-1958 off Ron Kline; Final MLB HR = 12-Sep=1978 off Doc Medich
FCR -  S R Wright, Naperville, Illinois
Incorrect guesses:  Bill Russell

Q.        What Houston-born outfielder graduated from the same Oakland, California high school as Grammy-winning rap star MC Hammer?
Hint:     He once said, "I am pleased that God made my skin black, but I wish he had made it thicker."
Hint:     He quit the Senators and retired the same day Hank Aaron hit his 600th career home run.
A.         CURT FLOOD  [SABR Bio]
-  McClymonds High School in Oakland has a long list of famous alumni, including, but not limited to, Frank Robinson and Vada Pinson.
-  Quit 27-APR-1971
FCR -  Bob Flynn, Chandler, Arizona
Incorrect guesses:  Vada Pinson, Lenny Randle, Granny Hamner, Frank Robinson

Q.        What Memphis-born outfielder attended the same Oakland, California high school as did Hall of Famer Ernie Lombardi?
Hint:     He led the majors in doubles in his first TWO full seasons.
Hint:     Those were his only All-Star seasons in a lengthy career, but he made four All-Star squads.
Hint:     A one-time St. Louis Cardinal, no one else struck out more against Sandy Koufax than he did.
Hint:     He was teammates with Don Newcombe and George Brett.
A.         VADA PINSON  [SABR Bio]
-  McClymonds High School in Oakland has a long list of famous alumni, including, but not limited to, Lee Lacy and Willie Tasby.
-  Hit 47 2Bs in 1959 & 37 in 1960.
-  AS in 1959 & 1960, both games each year.
-  Played for STL in 1969, well after Koufax had retired, but the damage had been done.  34 career K against K.
-  Played with Newk on 1958-60 CIN and with Brett 1974-75 KCR.  Also shared a major league bench with Johnny Bench, Joe Torre, Steve Carlton, Frank Robinson, Nolan Ryan, Tony Perez, Bob Gibson & Lou Brock.
FCR -  Mike Sparks, Sarasota
Incorrect guesses:  Cookie Rojas, Tommy Davis

Q.        Who is the only second baseman since Nap Lajoie in 1901 to win an American League home run title?
Hint:     A Michigan-born infielder, he attended the same California high school as Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Lemon.
Hint:     He won four consecutive Gold Gloves but didn’t win his first Silver Slugger Award until eight years after his first Gold Glove.
A.         BOBBY GRICH  [SABR Bio]
-  Tied for the 1981 AL HR title with Tony Armas, Dwight Evans, Eddie Murray in the strike-shortened season of 1981 w/22 each.
-  Born in Muskegon, Michigan in 1949.  Attended Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beach.
-  GG 1973-76; Silver Slugger 1981  
FCR -  Mike Eisenbath, St. Charles, Missouri
Incorrect guesses:  Jeff Kent, Dave Johnson, Dick McAuliffe, Lou Whitaker, Joe Gordon, Brian Dozier, Robinson Cano

Q.        Who is the only player to lead the majors in stolen bases for an expansion franchise in its first year of existence?
Hint:     He was the first infielder to join the thirty/thirty club.
Hint:     He was the first Red Sox player since Tris Speaker in 1912 to steal fifty bases in a season.
A.         TOMMY HARPER  [SABR Bio]
-  73 SB for SEP in 1969
-  31 HR/38 SB for 1970 MIL.  128 G @ 3b; 22 G @ 2b; 13 G OF
-  54 SB for BOS in 1973 (Speaker had 52 in ’12, his career high)
FCR -  J.P. Wanamaker, Binghamton, New York
Incorrect guesses:  Tony Conigliaro, Howard Johnson, Edgar Renteria

Q.        What one-time L.A. Dodger is the last player to hit two home runs in an All-Star game?
Hint:     The year he led the league in runs batted in, he won the third of his five Silver Slugger Awards.
Hint:     He once spoiled a perfect game, not by getting a hit but by getting hit.
A.         GARY CARTER  [SABR Bio]
-  Played for LAD 1991. 2 HR = 1981 ASG
-  Led NL in RBI w/106 in 1984 for MON.  Won SS 1981, 82, 84, 85 & 86.
-  Carter’s HBP blemished in Bob Forsch’s no-hitter 26-Sep-1983.  (The very next batter reached via error, further, you know… blemishing.)
FCR -  James Higgins, Bethesda, Maryland
Incorrect guesses:  Jim Thome, Steve Garvey 

Q.        Who is the only catcher in MLB history to walk 120 times in a single season?  (Min 85% of games at catcher.)
Hint:     He never struck out in ALCS competition in spite of racking up almost forty at-bats.
Hint:     He and a Texas Ranger teammate once hit back-to-back 9th-inning pinch-hit home runs.
-  121 BB in 1979 for KCR
-  15 AB in the 1977 ALCS + 14 AB in the 1978 ALCS + 10 AB in the 1980 ALCS
-  On 01-Sep-1986 Oddibe McDowell & Porter hit consecutive HR pinch-hitting for Steve Buechele & Toby Harrah respectively.  Wasn’t enough.
FCR -  Dr. Charles Fouche, Dalton, Georgia
Incorrect guesses:  Gene Tenace, Mickey Tettleton, Ivan Rodriguez, Darrell Evans, Mike Napoli, Mike Stanley

Q.        Who has a last name that is a minor holiday but matches exactly that of his last manager in the majors?
Hint:     He founded a drug rehab center in California after his retirement.
Hint:     He and Darryl Strawberry attended the same high school.
-  Played on TEX in 1985 under Bobby Valentine. Where he was also a teammate of Oddibe McDowell.
-  Founded the A.V. Light Foundation.
-  Went to Crenshaw High School in L.A.
FCR -  Steven Wright, Naperville, Illinois
Incorrect guesses:  Luke Easter, Bobby Valentine, Fred Valentine

Q.        Who was the first player to hit a double and home run in the same inning TWICE during his career?
Hint:     His first career home run was off a first-ballot Hall of Famer.
Hint:     He was the first player to hit thirty home runs in a season for the Seattle Mariners.
-  2b + HR = 19-Sep-1982 8th inning & 03-Sep-1983 9th inning
-  Homered off Jim Palmer 15-Apr-1973
-  32 HR for SEA in 1985… their 9th season.
FCR -  Joe O’Neill, London, Ontario
Incorrect guesses:  Ken Griffey, Jr., Jay Buhner, Rupert Jones, Alvin Davis, Edgar Martinez

Q.        What lefty was drafted by major league teams three times in the FIRST rounds of drafts?

Hint:     He was the last position player to go seven years and 208 days between hits in the majors.
Hint:     One of his managers was the all-time home run champion.
-  Drafted by CHW in the 7th round of the 1971 MLB June Amateur Draft;
   By MIN in the 3rd round of the 1972 MLB January Draft-Secondary Phase;
   By SDP in the 1st round of the 1972 MLB June Draft-Secondary Phase;
   By OAK in the 1st round of the 1973 MLB January Draft-Secondary Phase; and
   By MON in the 1st round of the 1973 MLB June Draft-Secondary Phase.
-  Had a H on 24-Sep-1983 for MON and then not again until 20-Apr-1991 for KCR.
-  Played under manager Sadaharu Oh in Tokyo on the Yomiuri Giants 1984-88.
FCR -  Jeff Frost, Gilbertville, Iowa
Incorrect guesses:  Dave Winfield, Rick Ankiel

Q.        What one-time Yankee hit fifteen home runs the same year that his overall hit total was fewer than fifty?
Hint:     His brother and his son played in the majors, his brother also being a successful major league manager.
Hint:     He was once ejected from the game after being hit by a pitch in the bottom of the ninth inning with the bases loaded, apparently ending the game, only to have the umpire rule that he hadn’t attempted to avoid the pitch.
A.         GARY ROENICKE  [SABR Bio]
-  15 HR + 49 H in 1985 for BAL.  Played for NYY in 1986.
-  Brother Ron was an outfielder for 6 teams in 8 seasons then managed MIL 2011-15.  His son Josh pitched for 4 teams over 6 seasons.
-  Non-HBP G = 12-Sep-1987 for ATL.  He was pinch-hitting for Rick Mahler but ended up striking out.  Ken Griffey won the G for ATL w/2B in the 10th.
FCR -  Steve Berman, Bergenfield, New Jersey
Incorrect guesses:  Clete Boyer, David Bell, Shelley Duncan, Ray Boone, Aaron Boone, Bob Boone, Frank Torre

TWO-WEEK THEME – Select players originally signed by super scout and future manager Bobby Mattick.

Player             Original Signing Team
Baylor............. 1967 BAL
Carter............. 1972 MON
Cromartie ...... 1971 CHW
Flood.............. 1956 CIN
Grich.............. 1967 BAL
Harper............ 1960 CIN
Lezcano......... 1971 MIL
Pinson............ 1956 CIN
Porter............. 1970 MIL
Robinson........ 1953 CIN
Roenicke........ 1973 MON
Staub.............. 1962 HOU
Stieb............... 1978 TOR
Thomas.......... 1969 SEP
Valentine........ 1972 MON

First Correct Respondent to Identify ThemeDan Massey, Lancaster, Pennsylvania (After Staub ! )

Incorrect theme guesses:

Tuesday -  MLB All Stars who attended the same high school as different MLB  All Stars

Thur        -  Players born in one state, but graduated high school from a different state.... Maybe with more than one All-Star appearance