Q. Who is the only Hall of Famer to have two sons play in the major leagues?
Hint: #1 The only year he received any MVP votes, he won !
Hint: #2 Although many said he was good enough to win them, he never won a Gold Glove or Silver Slugger.
- #1 AL MVP in 1922.
- #2 Sisler’s career ended in 1930. GG began in 1957 & SS began in 1980.
FCR - Chris Betsch, New Albany, Indiana
Incorrect guesses: Yogi Berra, Tony Perez, Eddie Collins, Bob Boone, Sandy Alomar
Q. Which Hall of Famer experienced hearing loss due to the number of times he was hit in the head by pitches in games?
Hint: #1 He attended college at the University of California at Berkeley pursuing a degree in dentistry and was the first native of The Golden State elected to the Hall of Fame.
Hint: #2 While playing semi-pro baseball, he was discovered Bill Lange a then-current major leaguer.
Hint: #3 He became known among his peers for his leadership skills.
- Ans. The record shows 137 HBP but doesn’t say how many were cranial.
- #1 He had been studying dentistry at Cal but didn’t complete those studies.
- #2 Discovered by Cubs outfielder Bill Lange who convinced the Cubs to sign Chance sight-unseen.
- #3 Without a hint of irony, his peers called him “The Peerless Leader”.
FCR - Adam Foldes, New York City
Incorrect guesses: Casey Stengel, Orestes Destrade, Mickey Cochrane, Hughie Jennings, Dummy Hoy, Tris Speaker, Orval Overall
Q. Who was the first team captain for the team that became the New York Yankees?
Hint: #1 He was the first player to compile a thirty-game hitting streak for the Yankees franchise.
Hint: #2 Babe Ruth and Walter Johnson considered him the best first baseman ever.
- Ans. Capt. 1910-1912
- #2 Opinions no doubt put forth prior to the advent of the career of Lou Gehrig.
FCR - Jerry Wolper, Pittsburgh
Incorrect guesses: Lou Gehrig, Clark Griffith, Kid Elberfeld, Wally Pipp
MIDWEEK BONUS —08-Dec
Q. Who was the first American League player to be hit by pitch at least twenty times in a season?
Hint: #1 He managed a team to their first 100‑win season.
Hint: #2 He was the first former American League home run champion to manage a team to the World Series.
- Ans. HBP 23 X in 1908, playing for NYY/BOS
- #1 BOS was 105-47 in 1912.
- #2 HR champ in 1910 w/10 HR. Led BOS to 10547 record 2 years later.
FCR - Randall Reilly, Madison, Wisconsin
Incorrect guesses: Don Baylor, Tris Speaker, Hugh Jennings, Minnie Minoso, Frank Robinson
Q. Who was voted on for Rookie of the Year twice and didn’t win either time?
Hint: #1 He was the first player to be twice named Baseball America's Minor League Player of the Year.
Hint: #2 He turned down multiple offers to manage or coach in the majors, but now coaches youth baseball near his home in the San Francisco Bay Area.
- Ans. Placed 6th in ROY voting after playing 29 G in 1988, but hadn’t used up his rookie status and placed 3rd in the 1989 voting. [He feels strongly that he would have for sure won it had they voted again in 1990.]
- #1 MLPY for 1986 for 3 teams & 1987 for the Jackson Mets
- #2 Works with kids in Pleasanton, California.
FCR - Mark Kanter, Portsmouth, Rhode Island
Incorrect guesses: Jason Varitek, Gene Conley, Sandy Alomar, Jr., Robin Ventura, Barry Zito
Q. Who had the most at-bats in the National League in the 1910s?
Hint: #1 He was the first player with six runs batted in, in one inning.
Hint: #2 He played in five different World Series, but never a winning one.
- Ans. 5,113 AB 1910-1919
- #1 6 RBI in 1 inning 13-May-1911
FCR - Craig Russell, Binghamton, New York
Incorrect guesses: Gavvy Cravath, Ty Cobb, Ed Konetchy, Bartolo Colon, George Burns, Larry Doyle, Heinie Zimmermann, Max Carey, Honus Wagner
Q. Who was the first twentieth century player to be hit by pitch twenty times in a season?
Hint: #1 He was the first modern era player to steal five bases in a game.
Hint: #2 He ended pitcher Jack Harper’s career with a line drive to his pitching hand.
- Ans. No matter how you count centuries, McGann was 1st since he led the majors w/24 in 1900 and w/23 in 1901.
- #1 5 SB = 27-May-1904
- #2 Harper’s last G = 06-Jun-1906 (666!)
FCR - Sarah Grynpas, Toronto
Incorrect guesses: Frank Chance, Eddie Collins, Fred Merkle, Frank Isbell, Hughie Jennings, Jackie Robinson
WEEKEND SPECIAL —11-Dec
Q. Who was the first American Leaguer to lead the majors in stolen bases?
Hint: #1 He once hit four doubles in a single World Series game.
Hint: #2 One season, he accounted for a full one third of all his team’s home runs.
- Ans. 52 SB w/CHW in 1901, AL’s inaugural season
- #1 4 2B in G 5 1906 WS.
- #2 Hit 1 HR in 1908 for CHW. Fielder Jones & Ed Walsh also had one apiece.
FCR - Elliott Frankfother, Rock Falls, Illinois
Incorrect guesses: Ty Cobb, Nap Lajoie, Ben Chapman, Tris Speaker, Fielder Jones, Sam Thompson, Sam Crawford, Sam Rice, Clyde Milan
Q. Which Cal grad set a minor league record with 116 stolen bases in 159 games one year?
Hint: #1 He lost his position with Boston because, according to the team, there was bad chemistry between and his manager. He had a different explanation.
Hint: #2 He chose to play in the Federal League for an increase in pay.
- Ans. Graduated from the University of California at Berkeley. Playing with Spokane in the B-level Northwest League in 1912, he not only stole 116 bases, but he also led the league in H (207) & R (121).
- #1 The Braves said that Myers didn’t get along with manager George Stallings in 1913, but Myers claimed that it was because he had a reputation as a union organizer, with his Cal degree and a lawyer for a father.
FCR - Mike Sparks, Sarasota
Incorrect guesses: Allan Lewis, Duffy Lewis, Max Carey, Joe Tinker, Jimmy Johnston, Harry Hooper, Jackie Jensen, Fred Tenney
WEEKLY THEME – First basemen with 40 stolen bases in a season.
Player SB Year Tm Lg G .
" 43........... 1914.......... BTT......... FL....... 92
" 42........... 1920.......... SLB......... AL..... 154
" 51........... 1922.......... SLB......... AL..... 142
Bold indicates led the league
Bold italicized indicates led the majors
Note: Unintentionally omitted from this week was:
First Correct Respondent to Identify Theme – Philip Trostler, Norwich, Connecticut (after Stahl)
Incorrect theme guesses:
Monday - Players who participated in the most triple plays defensively
Tuesday - First basemen with 200 career stolen bases
- First basemen who led the league in stolen bases
Wed - Hall of Fame first basemen
- First basemen with 300 or more stolen bases in a career
- Players who managed their franchise to a winning season
- First basemen who were player-managers
- 20th century player-managers
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