Q. What Hall of Fame member played in ten World Series, nine times on the winning side?
Hint: #1 At age 18, he set a Pacific Coast League record that still stands.
Hint: #2 According to a popular ditty in Boston, he was not even the best player in his family.
- #1 He hit safely in 61 straight G for the 1933 San Francisco Seals during their 190 G schedule.
- #2 The New England chant went “Who is better than his brother Joe? - Dominic DiMaggio!”
FCR - Andy McCue, Riverside, California
Incorrect guesses: Vince DiMaggio
Q. What Hall of Fame member played in seven World Series, only once on the winning side?
Hint: #1 He was an above average fielder and scored more than 800 runs in one eight-year span.
Hint: #2 He got into shape in high school by climbing telephone poles.
- #1 His career Rfield value (almost all at SS) was +117, and he scored 818 runs in the 1948-1955 period
- #2 About his experience as an apprentice cable splicer for the telephone company, he said, “Climbing up and down those poles really built me up.”
FCR - Tom Lee, Nashville
Incorrect guesses: Duke Snider, Earl Johnson, Jackie Robinson, Carl Furillo, Red Schoendienst, Roy Campanella, Chipper Jones, Mickey Mantle
Q. What Hall of Fame member played in 4 World Series, 3 times on the winning team?
Hint: #1 No other player has hit more home runs in All-Star games.
Hint: #2 He is the only player to rank in the top thirty-five in career hits, singles, doubles, triples and home runs.
- #2 Ranks 4th in H (3,630), 19th in singles (2,253), 19th in 3B (177) & 32nd in HR (475).
FCR - Tim Swindle, Tucson
Incorrect guesses: Willie Mays, Rickey Henderson, Frank Robinson
MIDWEEK BONUS —11-Nov
Q. What Hall of Fame member played in 3 World Series with two different teams, once with the winning team?
Hint: #1 He had over 700 RBIs in his first seven seasons, and he had 100+ RBI seasons with three different teams.
Hint: #2 He was traded for one other player on three different occasions.
Hint: #3 He’s the first Giant mentioned in “The Dodger Song”.
- #1 He had 747 RBIs in the 1958-1964 span, and he had 100+ RBI seasons with the Giants, Cardinals, and Braves.
- #2 He was traded for Ray Sadecki in 1966, for Joe Torre in 1969, and for Denny McLain in 1972.
- #3 Listen here “The Dodger Song”.
FCR - Philip Guiliano, Chester, New Jersey
Incorrect guesses: Mickey Cochrane, Reggie Jackson, Willie Mays
Q. What Hall of Fame member played in five World Series, but only once with the winning team?
Hint: #1 He was elected captain of every sports team he played on in high school.
Hint: #2 He hit .323 in his eight seasons with the Giants.
- Ans. The Dodgers won pennants in 1949, 1952-1953, and 1955-1956, but won the Series only in 1955.
- #1 Attending Simon Gratz High School in Philadelphia, Campy enjoyed all sports, but his passion for baseball never wavered.
FCR - Warren Kent, Whitehall, Michigan
Incorrect guesses: Willie McCovey, Ross Youngs, Frankie Frisch, Monte Irvin, Mel Ott
Q. Which one-time Braves player won a National League MVP in his second season, leading the league in triples, RBI, batting average and total bases and leading the majors in hits?
Hint: #1 He holds the modern-era record for most triples by a rookie.
Hint: #2 He had a monster season on his West Coast team, with 280 hits, 75 doubles, 402 total bases, and a league-leading .401 batting average.
- #1 Led ML w/22 3B in 1926. No other rookie has ever topped 20 since. Jimmy Williams had 27 in 1899.
- #2 Those stats were earned in his 174-G 1925 San Francisco Seals in the Pacific Coast League.
FCR - Damian Begley, New York City
Incorrect guesses: Frank McCormick, Ralph Garr, Rico Carty
Q. Who is the only player native to South America to be elected to the Hall of Fame?
Hint: #1 The year he finished high in the MVP race, the winner was a teammate finishing just ahead of him with another teammate next in line.
Hint: #2 His first manager in the majors had won an MVP playing his position.
- #1 In 1959, Little Louie finished 2nd in AL MVP. Double-play partner Nellie Fox took home the award and Cy-Young-Award-winning teammate Early Wynn was 3rd. 3 additional White Sox players also received votes that pennant-winning season.
FCR - Evan Thompson, Mesa
Incorrect guesses: Rod Carew, Roberto Clemente, Omar Vizquel, Orlando Cepeda
SATURDAY SUPERLATIVE —XX-Mmm
Q. Which Hall of Famer struck out the fewest times while winning a batting title in the live ball era?
Hint: #1 He retired because he was homesick and was replaced at his position by another player from his home state—another eventual Hall of Famer.
Hint: #2 He played for five American League teams, but never in a World Series?
- Ans. In 1949, Kell hit .3429 to edge out Ted Williams who hit .3427. Kell struck out just 13 times that year. (Williams struck out 48 X the same season.)
- #1 He was born and died in Swifton, Arkansas. Population in the 2010 census: 798. Brooks Robinson became the everyday 3rd baseman in Kell’s place. Little Rock is just 100 miles from Swifton.
- #2 In his 15-year career, 1943-1957, he played for PHA, DET, BOS, CHW & BAL.
FCR - Marcos Claudio, San Juan Puerto Rico
Incorrect guesses: Nellie Fox, Harry Heilmann, Heinie Manush
WEEKEND BONUS —14-Nov
Q. Who is the only player to lead the league ten times in being hit-by-pitch?
Hint: #1 The first year that Gold Glove were awarded, he was one of the three outfielders to receive one.
Hint: #2 He held a special place in his heart for Sid Monge.
- #1 Willie Mays and Al Kaline were the other 1st-year GG OF winners
- #2 It was off the Angels’ starter Monge on 12-Sep-1976 that Minoso got his last H in the majors at age 50.
FCR - Elliott Frankfother, Rock Falls, Illinois
Incorrect guesses: Ron Hunt, Don Baylor, Frank Robinson, Craig Biggio, Eddie Yost
Q. Who played in two World Series, both times on the winning team, separated by years of military service?
Hint: #1 He was the first native of Alabama to collect an RBI in an All-Star game.
Hint: #2 A certain Hall of Famer broke his clavicle trying to avoid an outfield collision with this player.
- Ans. Played for STL in 1942 & 1946, and served in the military, 1943-1945.
- #1 ASG RBI = 08-Jul-1941, 6th inning.
- #2 Enos Slaughter ran into a brick wall in the 2nd inning on 10-Aug-1941, breaking his collarbone, in an attempt to avoid a collision w/Moore.
FCR - Walt Cherniak, Woodbine, Maryland
Incorrect guesses: Enos Slaughter, Harry Walker, Willie Mays, Rudy York
WEEK’S FINALE —14-Nov
Q. Who played on one World-Series-winning team, but had a batting average below .040 in postseason play?
Hint: #1 He was an excellent fielder and was part of a keystone combination that holds the record for most double plays in a season.
Hint: #2 He was a below average MLB hitter, but he performed a rare offensive feat in another country toward the end of the season one year.
- Ans. He played for the 1971 Pittsburgh World Champions, but was 1 for 27 in postseason play, for a .037 batting average.
- #1 He and Bill Mazeroski combined for 161 DPs in 1967 and both won Gold Gloves in each of 1966 and 1967.
FCR - Steve Krevisky, Middletown, Connecticut
Incorrect guesses: Dal Maxvill
WEEKLY THEME – Batters who went hitless in 5 plate appearances in a single major league All-Star game
All-Star ASG, Venue (Extra)
* 1st ASG
** Last ASG
Six of the 11 occurrences were in extra-inning games when more players were likely to have five or more plate appearances and thus a greater likelihood of a player going hitless in 5 or more at bats. The fact that all 11 occurrences were in the 1936-1970 period reflects the trend away from a manager letting their starters play the whole game to a manager trying to get every player on the team into the game. ~ Campbell Gibson
First Correct Respondent identifying theme – Tom Byrne, Old Greenwich, Connecticut
Incorrect theme guesses:
Monday - Players with 600 or more hits in their first three seasons
- Baseball players in song lyrics
- HOF'ers with over 35 game hitting streaks
Tuesday - HOFers from the decade-long Yankees-Dodgers rivalry of 1947-56
- HOF’ers who are 3x mvps
- MLB players who played baseball in Hawaii 1943-45 during WW2
- Hall of Famers and pennant winners who served at least 3 years in WWII
- Military nicknames
Wed - Hall of Famers who played baseball on service teams during WW2
- Hall of famers who missed at least one season due to military service (during World War II).
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