Sunday, November 29, 2020

2020-11-23 Batters with at least 250 hits in a single season

MONDAY  —   23-Nov

Q.        Who has the highest career batting average among National League players?

Hint:     He was the only player elected to the Hall of Fame between 1940 and 1944.

Hint:     He was the first position player to win a second MVP.


-  His career average of .358 trails only Ty Cobb’s.

-  HOF 1942.

-  MVPs in 1925 w/STL & in 1929 w/CHC.

FCR -  Phil Hertz, Kamuela, Hawaii

Incorrect guesses:  Stan Musial, Honus Wagner, Bill Terry, Ducky Medwick

TUESDAY  —   24-NovQ.        Who was the first American League batting champ to play for that year's World Series champion?

Hint:     He was the first position player from Wisconsin elected to the Hall of Fame.

Hint:     He played for seven teams (including his original team three times!) and was teammate of or managed by a total of twenty-five Hall of Famers.

A.         AL SIMMONS  [SABR Bio]

-  The 1930 Philadelphia A’s won the WS and Simmons hit .381 that year to lead the Junior Circuit.

-  Elected to the Hall in 1953.  362 game winner Kid Nichols had been enshrined in 1949.

-  HOF teammates:

PHA = Mickey Cochrane*, Jimmie Foxx, Lefty Grove, Ty Cobb, Tris Speaker Eddie Collins, Zach Wheat, Waite Hoyt, George Kell, Jocko Conlon.

CHW = Luke Appling, Ted Lyons, Red Faber.

DET = Charlie Gehringer, Goose Goslin, Hank Greenberg.

WSH = Rick Ferrell.

BSN = Al Lopez.

CIN = Ernie Lombardi.

BOS = Bobby Doerr, Joe Cronin*

-  HOF Managers:

PHA = Connie Mack

BOS = Casey Stengel

WSH = Bucky Harris

CIN = Bill McKechnie

-  *Teammates who also managed Simmons:

DET = Mickey Cochrane

BOS =  Joe Cronin

FCR -  Richard Tourangeau, Boston

Incorrect guesses:  Rickey Henderson, Eddie Collins, Paul Molitor


WEDNESDAY     25-Nov

Q.        Who finished his career tied with Ty Cobb on the all-time home run list?

Hint:     He won a Gold Glove Award in each of his first ten seasons.

Hint:     He went on a hit streak of 20 or more games seven times in his career.

Hint:     He is the only player to hit an inside-the-park home run in a major league All-Star game.

A.         ICHIRO SUZUKI  [Wiki]

-  Cobb and Ichiro finished w/117 HR.

-  GG = 2001-2010

-  George Sisler also had 7 such streaks.  Willie Keeler, Ty Cobb and Pete Rose had 8 each.

-  ASGITPHR = 10-Jul-2007 at AT&T Park In San Francisco.  He was voted MVP of that game.

FCR -  Patrick Roth, Chicago

Incorrect guesses:  Garry Maddox, Tris Speaker


THURSDAY     26-Nov

Q.        Who was the last first baseman to hit twenty triples in a season?

Hint:     Counterintuitively, he was the first player to have 600+ at-bats in a season without a stolen base.

Hint:     He was the first Hall of Famer to hit a grand slam on Opening Day.

A.         BILL TERRY  [SABR Bio]

-  Hit 20 3B in 1931.  Led the majors.

-  In 1934 602 SB/0 SB

-  GS 12-Apr-1927.  He drove in Hall of Famers Edd Roush and Rogers Hornsby as well as LF Ty Tyson ahead of himself on that blast.  Terry also finished the day a triple short of the cycle.  (Tyson had one that day, but he wasn’t giving it up.)

FCR -  Steven Wright, Naperville, Illinois

Incorrect guesses:  Don Mattingly, Stan Musial, Lou Gehrig, John Olerud, Turkey Stearnes, Eric Karros, Jimmie Foxx, Willie McCovey


FRIDAY     27-Nov

Q.        Which one-time Washington Senator’s final career pitching victory was a 1-0 shutout over Walter Johnson?

Hint:     As a qualifying batter, he owns the second-highest single-season American League batting average of the twentieth century.

Hint:     In his fifteen-year career in the majors, he received MVP votes only once—the year he won it.

Hint:     In three successive season, he hit the exact same number of triples, once leading the majors, once leading the league, once leading his team.

A.         GEORGE SISLER  [SABR Bio]

-  Won on 17-Sep-1916  Sisler’s only career shutout in his 24-game MLB pitching career.  He finished 5-6 with a sparkling 2.35 ERA.  Sisler played for WSH for 20 G in 1928.

-  Hit .420 in 1922 (Nap Lajoie’s .426 in 1901 being the gold standard).

-  MVP 1922

-  Playing for SLB, he hit 18 3B in 1920, 18 3B in 1921 & 18 3B in 1922.

FCR -  Joe Liss, Metairie, Louisiana

Incorrect guesses:  Smokey Joe Wood, Ted Williams, Wes Ferrell, Stan Coveleski, Babe Ruth, Red Ruffing, Roger Peckinpaugh


SATURDAY     28-Nov

Q.        Who is tied with Barry Bonds for the most National League extra-base hits in a season?

Hint:     He (not Bonds) was the first outfielder to hit four home runs in a game.

Hint:     He won an MVP, placing second in the voting the year prior and the year following.

A.         CHUCK KLEIN  [SABR Bio]

-  107 XBH in 1930 w/59 2B, 8 3B, 40 HR

-  4 HR on 10-Jul-1936.  Ed Delahanty, in Cooperstown as a LF and played 73% of his career G as an OF, was playing 1B on 13-July-1896 when he hit 4 HRs.

-  NL MVP 1932; 2nd in 1931 (behind Frankie Frisch) & 1933 (behind Carl Hubbell).

FCR -  Kevin Decker, Hillsborough, New Jersey

Incorrect guesses:  Mark Whiten, Hack Wilson, Willie Mays, Rocky Colavito, Joe Medwick, Mickey Mantle, George Foster, Mike Trout, Hank Aaron, Bobby Lowe


SUNDAY     29-Nov

Q.        Who holds the major league record for most runs allowed by a left-handed relief pitcher in a single appearance?

Hint:     He led the majors in hitting as a Phillie and as a Dodger.

Hint:     The city with a restaurant and a SABR chapter both bearing his name is not one where he ever played in the majors.

Hint:     Twice he finished in the top three in National League Most Valuable Player voting.

A.         LEFTY O’DOUL  [SABR Bio]

-  He debuted in the majors as a pitcher and had a disastrous day 7-Jul-1923.  Pitching for the Red Sox, he gave up 16 runs in just 3 innings of work.  The fielding behind him was most of the problem:  Only 3 of the runs were earned, but his 11 hits and 8 walks allowed certainly didn’t help much either.

-  Hit .398 in 1929 for PHI.  Hit .368 in 1932 for BRO.

-  He was born in San Francisco.  The SABR chapter in that area (the Lefty O’Doul Chapter) frequently meets at “Lefty” O’Doul’s at 145 Jefferson Street.

-  Finished 2nd in MVP voting in 1929 then 3rd in 1932.

FCR -  Steven Wright, Naperville, Illinois

Incorrect guesses:  Zack Wheat, Harry Walker, Dixie Walker, Ed Delahanty, Dan Brouthers, Dolph Camilli



WEEKLY THEME – Batters with at least 250 hits in a single season.


Player             Hits          Year

Hornsby........... 250........ 1922

Klein................ 250........ 1930

O'Doul............. 254........ 1929

Simmons......... 253........ 1925

Sisler............... 257........ 1920

Suzuki............. 262........ 2004

Terry................ 254........ 1930




First Correct Respondent to Identify ThemeDavid Krassin, L.A. (after Ichiro)




Incorrect theme guesses:


Tuesday -  Players with the highest lifetime batting averages without 3,000 hits in their careers


Wed        -  Players to have at least 200 hits in a season minimum of 6 times

               -  Players with the highest batting average each decade

               -  Players who collected their 2000th hit prior to their 6000th at bat


Thur        -  Single season hits record holders, each league

               -  Players with the highest single season hit totals





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