Q. Which Hall of Famer was the only pitcher to win 300 games between the two World Wars?
Hint: #1 He was the first pitcher to lead the American League in walks and strikeouts in the same season.
Hint: #2 He won more league ERA titles than anyone else in the history of that statistic.
- Ans. All of Grove’s Ws came between 1925 & 1941
- #1 In 1925, Grove’s rookie season, he led the majors in BB w/131 & led the AL in Ks w/116.
- #2 Won 9 ERA titles in the AL between 1926 & 1939, once leading the majors.
FCR - Ronn Tarter, Cary North Carolina
Incorrect guesses: Walter Johnson, Early Wynn, Christie Mathewson, Pete Alexander
Q. Which Hall of Famer's forty-five consecutive scoreless innings is a record for lefties?
Hint: #1 He holds a much more famous All-Star record, but he also once surrendered three runs in one All-Star inning.
Hint: #2 He is the only National League pitcher to win the BBWAA Most Valuable Player award twice.
- #1 Hubbell famously struck out 5 consecutive Hall of Fame batters in the 1st & 2nd innings of the 1934 ASG, but in the 1937 mid-summer Classic, Hubbell replaced Dizzy Dean to start the bottom of the 7th then only got 2 outs before being replaced, 3 earned runs later.
FCR - Stephen Krevisky, Middletown , Connecticut
Incorrect guesses: Christy Mathewson, Sandy Koufax, Steve Carlton, Whitey Ford
Q. Which Hall of Famer was the first pitcher to homer for the Hilltoppers?
Hint: #1 He persuaded two U.S. presidents to take actions that we are grateful for still today.
Hint: #2 Toward the end of his career as a player/manager, toward the end of a season, he saw fit to insert himself into a game to pitch to the only batter he would face all season. That batter hit a home run.
- Ans. HR = 14-Jul-1903 at Hilltop Park. The team, also then known as the Highlanders, became the Yankees a decade on. Other early nicknames included “Invaders” & “Porchclimbers”. It was the 8th & final HR of Griffith’s 20-year career as a player in the majors.
- #1 While he was managing the Washington Senators, Griffith persuaded President Taft to begin the custom of the Presidential First Pitch. It was also Griffith who helped convince President Franklin Roosevelt to allow major league baseball to continue during World War II.
- #2 On 05-Oct-1912, Griffith entered the G to relieve Nick Altrock in the 8th inning to face the batter Yankee 1st baseman Hal Chase who hit an inside-the-park HR. Of note, Yankee RF Jack Lelivelt hit the only 2 home runs of his 6-year career in that same game.
FCR - George Alfano, Redlands, California
Incorrect guesses: Jack Chesbro
Q. Who was the first Hall of Famer to homer in his final at-bat in the majors?
Hint: #1 In the history of his franchise, he is the only player to hit for the cycle twice.
Hint: #2 His first major league franchise purchased an entire AA minor league team to secure rights to him.
- Ans. On 25-May-1937, Cochrane was at catcher for the Detroit Tigers, 2.5 G behind NYY in an AL pennant race they would eventually win, with Cochrane as their manager as well. In his 2nd AB in the 3rd inning, Black Mike homered to deep RF off Yankee’s starter Bump Hadley with his 119th & final career HR. In his next plate appearance, Cochrane was hit in his right temple by a Hadley 3-1 inside fastball. Cochrane did not finish the AB and would never play again.
- #2 The A’s purchased the Portland Beavers of the PCL in 1924. They also received the services of 19 additional players who would eventually play in the majors. Cochrane was in the starting lineup on Opening Day of the parent club the very next season.
FCR - Andrew Milner, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
Incorrect guesses: Ted Williams, Babe Ruth, George Sisler, Jimmie Foxx, Babe Herman, Pee Wee Reese
IN MEMORIAM —18-Mar
Q. Who was on the mound when the Yankees won their last World Series before beginning a drought of fourteen years, one of the longest such stretches since they changed their name to Yankees?
Hint: #1 Two season previous, he was also on the mound when the World Series ended, becoming the first American League pitcher to throw the final pitch in two World Series Game Sevens.
Hint: #2 His won/loss record was 23-12 for a pennant-winning team just 6 years after going 4-11 for a seventh place team.
Hint: #3 He was born just a half hour drive from the hometown of his most famous Hall of Fame teammate.
Hint: #4 He is a member of three regional sports Halls of Fame.
Hint: #5 He became a professional golfer after his days in the major leagues.
Hint: #6 Further exercising his athletic ability, he also won a state-wide bowling title.
- Ans. Terry had just pitched a 1-0 complete 7th G of the 1962 WS over SFG.
- #1 In 1957 for KCA, his record was 4-11. His record pitching for NYY was 23-12. (It is, however, noteworthy that his ERA in ’57 for the A’s was 3.38 and in ’62 it was 3.19 in a year where he didn’t have to face the Yankees!)
- #2 He was the pitcher who had surrendered the WS-winning HR to the Pirates’ Bill Mazeroski in the 7th G of the 1960 Fall Classic.
- #3 Terry was born in Big Cabin, Oklahoma and Mickey Mantle in Spavinaw. It’s a quick drive between them.
- #5 After baseball, Terry became a professional golfer. He won the 1980 Midwest PGA Championship, then, based on his status as a PGA of America sectional champion, he qualified for and played in four PGA Tour events in 1981 and 1982. In 1986, he started playing on the Senior PGA Tour. His best finish was a tie for 10th at the 1989 Showdown Classic.
FCR - Michael Schneider, Wilmington, Delaware
Incorrect guesses: Mariano Rivera, Catfish Hunter, Rick Rhoden
Q. Which Hall of Famer played in eight World Series without hitting a home run but homered from both sides of the plate in All-Star competition?
Hint: #1 No one has come close to equaling the record he set for most chance and assist in a single season.
Hint: #2 As a manager, he was a legendary umpire baiter.
- Ans. Frisch batted in WS play in 1921, 22, 23, 24 for NYG & in 28, 30, 31, 34 for STL w/58 hits not one of which was a HR.. Then he hit HRs off righty General Crowder in 1933 ASG and off Lefty Gomez in the 1934 game.
- #1 In 1927, his 1st year w/STL he accepted 1,059 chances and was in on 641 assists .
- #2 Here’s one example: Manager Frisch was once confronted by Bill Klem, the authoritarian dean of umpires, who often drew a line in the dirt with his spikes and said, “Don't you dare cross that line.” Frisch kept circling Klem while the umpire kept drawing lines until Frisch chortled: “Hey, Bill, you're all fenced in.”
FCR - Mark Kanter, Portsmouth, Rhode Island
Incorrect guesses: Roy Smalley, Billy Martin, Larry Bowa
Q. Whose major league record for the most hits in one season did Ty Cobb break?
Hint: #1 His nickname was Crab.
Hint: #2 He began his major league career as a starting pitcher.
- Ans. Burkett had broken the record held by Hugh Duffy (237) since 1894 when he banged out a remarkable 240 H in the 1896 season, playing for the NL Spiders of Cleveland. That mark lasted until Cobb’s MVP year of 1911. The record today stands at 262, set by Ichiro Suzuki in 2004.
- #1 He acquired the sobriquet Crab due to his serious disposition no to mention is willingness to argue, fight & insult sportswriters, umpires, opposing players, rookies et al.
- #2 Only 11 of his 2,000+ G were on the mound.
FCR - Kyle Sammin, Cheltenham, Pennsylvania
Incorrect guesses: Wee Willie Keeler, Johnny Evers, Joe Tinker, Nap Lajoie, Jesse Haines
Q. Who hit an inside-the-park home run off Christy Mathewson that is barely talked about today?
Hint: #1 He is one of a few major leaguers with a twin.
Hint: #2 He went across town after more than a decade.
Hint: #3 An enormous metal baseball has been erected in his honor in his hometown.
- #1 Tinker’s twin sister died at a very young age. Famous major leaguers with twins: Jose Canseco, Richie Ashburn.
- #2 After 12 very successful seasons with the Cubs, (1902-1913), Tinker joined the Federal League as a player/manager with the Chicago Chi-Feds. They changed their name to the Whales for the 1916 season & won the league’s pennant. He returned briefly (very) to CHC after the Federal League folded.
FCR - Warren Kent, Whitehall, Michigan
Incorrect guesses: Home Run Baker, Johnny Evers, Jesse Tannehill, Tommy Leach
WEEKLY THEME – Hall of Fame inductees who did not show up for their induction ceremony in 1947. Some were elected earlier, but 1947 was the time for their induction.
Our thanks goes out to reader Peter Henrici of Cooperstown, NY for suggesting this week’s theme and supplying the names.
HOFer Lived until (career)WAR
Burkett.................. 1953.................. 59.7
Cochrane............... 1962.................. 49.9
Frisch.................... 1973.................. 71.8
Griffith................... 1955.................. 63.7
Grove.................... 1975................ 106.8
Hubbell.................. 1988.................. 68.5
Tinker.................... 1948.................. 53.2
First Correct Respondent identifying theme – A few people came close, but…
Incorrect theme guesses:
Mon - Pitchers who tossed more than one immaculate inning
Tues - Lefties from Missouri
- Pitchers with the most consecutive wins in a season
Wed - Winningest lefties in modern era
Thur - Top vote-getters for the 1946 HoF election
Fri - Players in top 10 from 1946 HoF election who were inducted in 1947
Sat - Top vote getters in the 1946 HOF nominations
- Players who were multi-sports stars in college
- Players present for their induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame induction on July 21, 1947.
- Players inducted into the hall of fame in 1947 who were still alive at the time of their election
Sun - Players that were still alive when inducted into the hall of fame in 1947
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