Sunday, March 29, 2020
2020-03-23 Lone HOF representative per sate or province
MONDAY – 23-Mar
Q. Who is the only member of the 500 home run club to hit a grand slam as a teenager?
Hint: He is the only player to drive in at least 125 RBI while batting below .250 that same season.
Hint: He hit more home runs in the 1960s than any other major leaguer.
- GS 21-Jun-1956 at age 19 yrs 358 days
- 1962 = 126 RBI/.243
- 393 HR 1960-69. (H. Aaron was next w/375)
FCR - Steve Newton, Newcastle, Delaware
Incorrect guesses: Henry Aaron, Alex Rodriguez, Mel Ott, Mickey Mantle, Willie McCovey, Ken Griffey, Jr., Gary Sheffield, Dave Kingman, Eddie Matthews, Willie Mays
TUESDAY – 24-Mar
Q. Who managed the most successful National League team of the “Gay 90’s”?
Hint: His youth movement eventually prompted the rechristening of a group of orphans into a team whose nickname has now endured for more than a century.
Hint: A Hall of Famer himself, in his sixteen-year managing career, no fewer than thirteen (13!) future Hall of Fame players plied their trade under his watchful eye.
Hint: His hirsute labium superius oris was the stuff of legend.
- Selee managed the Boston Beaneaters from 1890 to 1901 at a .607 clip, taking the league pennant 5 times.
- When Selee was named the manager of the NL’s Chicago Orphans in 1902, his usage of several younger players, including the first full-time combination of Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers and Frank Chance, caused his team of “baby bears” to morph its nickname into the Cubs.
- Selee was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999, 90 years after his death. HoFers under Selee in Boston 1890-1901:
Kid Nichols and
Then in Chicago 1902-05, he had the above-mentioned
There were a few more of his charges who, in the opinion of many, ought to receive serious Hall consideration, e.g., Harry Stovey, Frank Schulte & Johnny Kling, Fred Tenney, Bill Dineen, Ed Ruelbach and Chick Stahl.
That stable of quality players certainly had something to do with his winning percentage.
- Selee’s mustache, even for that era, was, you know… industrial strength, weapons grade, the best, setter of trends.
FCR - James Trout, Louisville, Tennessee
Incorrect guesses: Ned Hanlon, Cap Anson, John McGraw, Jim Mutrie, Hughie Jennings, Albert Spalding, Bobby Cox, Wilbert Robinson, Garry Street
WEDNESDAY – 25-Mar
Q. Who was jokingly rumored to be so fast that he was called out while sliding into second base once because he was struck by the same line drive that HE himself had just hit?
Hint: Paul Simon recorded a song with his name in it.
Hint: His birth name was James Thomas Nichols.
Hint: He was the third player from the Negro Leagues voted into the Hall of Fame who had never played in the majors.
- It was often said that there was no one faster in all the Negro Leagues.
- Simon’s song is titled “Cool Papa Bell” but it has some R-rated lyrics of the most poetic kind (Meaning I don’t understand them.)
- Bell, originally a pitcher, earned the nickname “Cool” after he struck out the legendary Oscar Charleston in one of his first Negro National League mound appearances. Bell’s manager Candy Jim Taylor later added “Papa”. (No reason given.)
- HOF in 1974. Josh Gibson and Buck Leonard became Hall of Famers in 1972.
FCR - David Johnson, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
Incorrect guesses: Joe DiMaggio, Satchell Paige, Josh Gibson
THURSDAY – 26-Mar
Q. Who is the only slugger to lead his league in home runs for seven consecutive seasons?
Hint: In all but the first of those, he also led the majors.
Hint: Only once in those years did his team finish above .500.
Hint: He had signed with that team BECAUSE of their lack of talent.
- Led NL in HR 1946-52
- Led majors 1947-52
- PIT reached .500 only in 1948 during that stretch
- Kiner signed with the perennial second division-dwelling PIT right out of high school figuring he’d have a faster path to The Bigs with them rather than with the talent-rich NYY, who had also expressed interest in him. His choice proved to be a wise one as he spent just a little over two years in the Bucs’ minor-league system.
FCR - Jeff Cohen, Wantagh, New York
Incorrect guesses: Gavvy Cravath, Babe Ruth, Frank Howard
THURSDAY AGAIN – 26-Mar
Q. Which pitcher is the only man to give up 200 home runs in the National League and then another 200 home runs in the American League?
Hint: He is only hurler who managed to surrender home runs to all three Alou brothers. (Not in the same game. That would be a record!)
Hint: Since expansion, he is the only National League pitcher to lead the league in home runs surrendered three years running.
- He surrendered 273 HR w/PHI & CHC and a total of 211 w/TEX & BOS.
- Brothers Felipe (25-Apr-1968), Matty (05-Sep-1971) & Jesus (23-Jul-1967 & 31-May-1973) all took Fergie deep.
- Jenkins coughed up league-leading gopher ball totals three years in a row in 1971 (29), 1972 (32) and 1973 (35). He also led his leagues in HRs allowed 4 other seasons
FCR - Jeff Kallman, Las Vegas
Incorrect guesses: Jim Bunning, Bert Blyleven, Phil Niekro, Gaylord Perry, Jamie Moyer, Robin Roberts, Don Sutton, Zack Greinke
IN MEMORIAM – 27-Mar
Q. Of whom did Future National League President Bob Watson say, “He's something else. I mean, I look at that little man and I feel ashamed of myself.”?
Hint: He was the first Houston Astro to hit thirty home runs in one season.
Hint: He was their first to collect 1,000 career hits for the Houston Astros.
Hint: He was their first to hit 200 career doubles for the Houston Astros.
Hint: He was their first to hit 200 career home runs for the Houston Astros.
Hint: In his best home run season, he was only two behind league leader, Hank Aaron.
Hint: He is the only player to hit two home runs in a game off each of Steve Carlton and Nolan Ryan.
Hint: He was the first post-expansion player to reach base in fifty straight games.
Hint: He is the only National Leaguer to bat below .210 and still draw over 100 walks in a season.
- Wynn’s relatively diminutive stature, generously listed at 5’10”, but probably slightly less, and only 160 pounds, belied his extraordinary strength. He did NOT care for his nickname “The Toy Cannon” nor did he ever want to be called Jimmy, as the media kept insisting on doing.* Bob Watson after a fine career as a player was not actually NL President, but MLB's VP in charge of discipline and VP of rules and on-field operations.
- Hit 37 HR in 1967.
- Had 1,291 H for HOU 1963-73.
- Hit 228 2B for HOU 1963-73.
- Hit 223 HR for HOU 1963-73.
- Hit 37 HR in 1967. Aaron hit 39.
- In 1976, playing for ATL, elicited an MLB-leading 127 walks from NL pitchers in spite of an anemic .207 batting average. That number is misleading, however, since his OBP was .377, 57 points higher that the NL’s (and his team’s) that year.
FCR - Jim Murphy, Mesa, Arizona
Incorrect guesses: Joe Morgan
*After Jim Wynn’s In Memoriam question and answer, reader Rob Sheinkopf, now living in Las Vegas, wrote us with this very personal information about Wynn. This is printed for you with his permission:
Jimmy (JIMMY) was a close personal friend. I’ve known him since 1992, we stayed in touch all these years, our families vacationed together years ago, etc., we always called him Jimmy, never heard him say he preferred ‘Jim’, nor did he object when called ‘the Toy Cannon’ by people who approached him in my presence, and that happened a lot. Really don’t know where you got those misconceptions. But he was a wonderful human being, never rude or mean to his fans, so maybe that’s it, just let it slide.
Jimmy once brought me up to ‘his seat’ in the upper deck of the Astrodome, which was almost never open due to crowd size. I’m sure you know there were 3 seats with players numbers. I think Jimmy’s seat was fairly close to one with Eric Anthony’s number, if I’m not mistaken, and the other was in right field. I don’t recall whose that might have been. But we sat there for a full inning all alone, watching what looked like a game going on a mile away and marveled that someone could hit a ball that far. Apparently the TV producer noticed us and showed Jimmy talking to ‘a friend’ (me) about that mammoth home run, and for a guy 5’8” (he was my height) he had incredible power. I heard all about the TV broadcast the next day from my colleagues at the University of Houston.
He was a very kind and generous man.”
FRIDAY – 27-Mar
Q. Who was the first unanimous Rookie of the Year Award winner in the American League?
Hint: He once walloped a home run that hit a synagogue.
Hint: At the time of his retirement, he held the records for most games played and for most home runs hit by a player at his position.
Hint: He led the league in triples one year and the following season didn’t hit a single triple—no not one!
- ROY 1972
- In his first of three plate appearances on a rehab assignment with the South Bend White Sox in 1992, he hit a 3-run homer that struck a synagogue down the left field line, just outside the ballpark. (The synagogue was renovated this past year and was then made into the merchandise hub for the Silver Hawks. On a nearby fence, there is a plaque commemorating the Fisk shot.)
- His record for Gs played at catcher was 2,226 but was passed by Ivan Rodriguez in 2009. The record is now 2,427. His record for HR by a catcher was 351 but was passed in 2004 by Mike Piazza and is now 396.
- 1972 led the AL in 3B as a rookie w/9. In 1973, with 51 more at-bats, he hit exactly …zero.
FCR - Bill Deane, Cooperstown
Incorrect guesses: Cal Ripken, Ken Griffey, Jr., Al Kaline
SATURDAY – 28-Mar
Q. Who was the first qualifying player since the Hoover administration to average at least .360 for three consecutive seasons?
Hint: He was the first National League player to collect an extra-base hit in six plate appearances in a row.
Hint: He has won the prestigious Tip O’Neill Award a record nine times.
- He hit .366 in 1997, .363 in 1998; & .379 in 1998, the last two leading not just the NL, but all MLB. Last accomplished before Walker by Al Simmons in 1929-1931.
- On 21- & 22-May-1996, he clobbered a double, a triple, home run, a second double, a second triple and finally, a third triple against Pittsburgh pitching at his home park in Denver. He also homered in first-inning AB on 21-May, but this dinger wasn’t part of the streak as he lined out in his next (3rd-inning) PA before starting his record stream of successive XBHs.
- Tip O’Neill Award is awarded by the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame to that Canadian-born ballplayer judged to have excelled in individual achievement and team contribution while adhering to baseball's highest ideals. It was first presented in 1984 to Terry Puhl and is named after James Tip O'Neill, one of the first Canadian standouts in Major League Baseball.
FCR - Adrian Fung, Toronto
Incorrect guesses: Tony Gwynn, Albert Pujols, Wade Boggs, John Olerud, Stan Musial, Rogers Hornsby, Al Simmons
WEEKEND BONUS – 28-Mar
Q. Who was a rookie with the Phillies just two year after another Phillies rookie had won the franchise’s first ever Rookie of the Year Award?
Hint: The organization traded that ROY to a team across the country and had high hopes that in this rookie they had again found someone who could perform at that level.
Hint: As a result, they played him in 152 of their scheduled 154 games in his rookie season.
Hint: He rewarded them with one of the most unusual careers ever in the majors.
Hint: He became Hall of Fame worthy a little later.
- Jack Sanford won the NL ROY in 1957 playing for PHI. Anderson played for PHI in 1959 but received no ROY votes.
- Sanford was traded to SFG in December of ’58.
- Anderson is the only player to play 150 G in one season and not play a single G in any other major league season. The player the Phillies got to replace Anderson at 2nd, played for them at that position for the next 17 years: Tony Taylor.
- Anderson’s MLB managing got him to the Hall of Fame. One example - He was the 1st mgr to lead a team to a WS championship in each league.
FCR - Dr. Fred Worth, Arkadelphia, Arkansas
Incorrect guesses: Richie Ashburn, Ryan Howard, Dick Allen
SUNDAY – 29-Mar
Q. What umpire, born within 40 miles of Cal Ripken’ birthplace was in 2,532 consecutive major league games?
Hint: He worked the first All-Star Game in Chicago.
Hint: He was an umpire in eight World Series.
Hint: A man very familiar with the strike zone once said, ““He was one of the sharpest guys with balls and strikes I ever saw. I’d say he was probably 99.9 percent right.”
Hint: He ejected Pete Gray the only time Gray was ever ejected from a game.
Hint: He was one of the record seventeen (17!) future Hall of Famers to participate in a single regular season game.
- Born in Wilmington, Delaware. Ripken was born in Havre de Grace, Maryland.
- 1st ASG – 1933 in Chicago.
- On 19-Sept-1945 after one-armed outfielder Pete Gray was called out at first base by McGowan on a bang-bang play, Gray kept on arguing so vehemently that the ump finally lost patience and tossed Gray.
- On 24-May-1928 at Shibe Park in Philly, McGowan and fellow HOF umpire Tom Connolly officiated the game between Miller Huggins’ visiting NYY line-up, starring:
2 additional NYY HOFers, Herb Pennock and Stan Coveleski , were on the bench but didn’t get into the game.
The Yanks won 9-7, but this was only the first game of a double header. In the nightcap, won by Philly 5-2, Hoyt for NYY and Collins, Foxx, Grove and Simmons for PHA watched from the dugout.
The had the same umpire crew, positions rotated.
FCR - Adam Balutis, Arlington, Virginia
Incorrect guesses: Jocko Conlan, Babe Pinelli, Bill Dineenn, Bill Klem, Al Barlick.
WEEKLY THEME – Lone native representatives of their states or provinces in the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown.
Anderson........ South Dakota
Fisk................ Vermont [Note: “native” does not necessarily mean “from” & vice versa.]
Kiner............... New Mexico
Selee.............. New Hampshire
Walker............ British Columbia
It could be interesting to speculate on the ways this list could be altered. Here are a few scenarios. Feel free to suggest others:
A. It is likely that Joey Votto will kick Jenkins off.
B. Curt Schilling and his native Alaska might one day join.
C. Dave Parker is the most likely to join Bell and take Mississippi from this list.
D. Many believe New Mexico’s Vern Stephens could join Kiner.
E. t cetra
First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Mark Hayne, Dumfries, Virginia (after Selee)
Incorrect theme guesses:
Monday - People that (sic) played in 1965 World Series
Tuesday - All-time leaders in RBI
Wed - Hall of Famers with double letters in their name
- Hall of Farmers who were either mentioned or portrayed in movies
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