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Thursday, March 29, 2018

An Opening Day Quiz for Baseball Fans | Washington Post

“There’ll be two buses leaving the hotel for the park tomorrow. The 2 o’clock bus will be for those of you who need a little extra work. The empty bus will leave at 5 o’clock.” — Dave Bristol, Milwaukee Brewers manager, 1972

I hit .487 on this but I suspect most Primates will do considerably better. Also, copy-editing fun: I spotted two misspelled player names. How many can *you* find!

sotapop Posted: March 29, 2018 at 10:42 AM | 91 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Man o' Schwar Posted: March 29, 2018 at 11:10 AM (#5644822)
Not to be a spoiler, but there's no way that a player has hit .461 at home and .286 on the road. No one has hit .461 anywhere they played half their games for a career.
   2. sotapop Posted: March 29, 2018 at 11:20 AM (#5644830)
Maybe for one season? I seem to recall that stat floating around during the HOF discussion.

(It seems maybe quality control was not a strong point of this quiz. Maybe there's more errors than just two egregious misspellings.)
   3. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: March 29, 2018 at 11:27 AM (#5644839)
21/45. I hadn't realized Aparicio had made the HOF.
   4. dlf Posted: March 29, 2018 at 11:27 AM (#5644842)
The question didn't specify career or season and the answer is correct for a season.

33/41 right.
   5. Mike Webber Posted: March 29, 2018 at 11:29 AM (#5644843)
31/41 closed slow missing 5 of the last 8.
   6. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: March 29, 2018 at 11:35 AM (#5644851)
My spoilers:

How in the hell did Rickey! only have 66 career triples?

I had no idea Molitor led the league in hits at age 39.
   7. PreservedFish Posted: March 29, 2018 at 11:36 AM (#5644853)
26/41
   8. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: March 29, 2018 at 11:50 AM (#5644867)
officially 31/41, but really 32. Their answer to 25 is incorrect, or at least the question is phrased badly:

Was the first to get 3,000 hits in the 20th century.


Their answer is Wagner, but Wagner got only 2967 hits post 1900. I suppose the question could mean "Who was the first player in the 20th century to reach 3,000 hits?", but the question reads "Who was the first player to get 3,000 20th century hits?", and the correct answer is Cobb.
   9. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: March 29, 2018 at 11:55 AM (#5644877)
I finished poorly also. And I overthought several answers, with my initial guess being correct but choosing someone else. Did that at least 3 times.
   10. Esoteric Posted: March 29, 2018 at 12:02 PM (#5644885)
I will never get tired of George Will's Opening Day quiz, even though it regularly humiliates me (often for the same reason Misirlou cites -- I overthought myself out of several easy answers). It's one of my favorite tiny little baseball media traditions.
   11. Man o' Schwar Posted: March 29, 2018 at 12:02 PM (#5644886)
How in the hell did Rickey! only have 66 career triples?

I missed that one too - that shocks me.
   12. Esoteric Posted: March 29, 2018 at 12:03 PM (#5644887)
Their answer is Wagner, but Wagner got only 2967 hits post 1900. I suppose the question could mean "Who was the first player in the 20th century to reach 3,000 hits?", but the question reads "Who was the first player to get 3,000 20th century hits?", and the correct answer is Cobb.
I actually interpreted this the way that Will seems to have meant it (as in, first to tick past 3,000 in the 20th Century, not first to compile all of them in that century)...and I still got it wrong.
   13. SoSH U at work Posted: March 29, 2018 at 12:13 PM (#5644901)
How in the hell did Rickey! only have 66 career triples?


Rickey didn't really take advantage of his speed in the batter's box. He didn't have a lot of doubles or triples (particularly for a guy with some pop), and his ROE, GIDP and IH totals weren't anything extraordinary.

His triples total, for example, is 13 fewer than his fellow Hall of Fame left fielder and GIDP machine, Jim Rice. And Rice had 2,700 fewer ABs.
   14. TomH Posted: March 29, 2018 at 12:15 PM (#5644905)
I look forward to the annual GWill quiz. I got 31 this time, which is better than I usually do. The Q about paired sets of rookies was odd.
   15. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: March 29, 2018 at 12:22 PM (#5644915)
I will never get tired of George Will's Opening Day quiz,


This never gets old either
   16. Blastin Posted: March 29, 2018 at 12:46 PM (#5644963)
28/41 myself.

The fact that Ortiz is the only person to win 3 rings, hit 500 hrs, and never play for NYY is pretty boss, even as a Yankee fan.

And JDM/Betts combo will never scare me the way Manny and Ortiz did.
   17. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: March 29, 2018 at 01:29 PM (#5645030)
I actually interpreted this the way that Will seems to have meant it (as in, first to tick past 3,000 in the 20th Century, not first to compile all of them in that century)


Sure, it's a reasonable interpretation, but grammatically, it's the other way. Who was the first to get 3,000 hits in the 20th century is asking who was the first to get 3,000 20th century hits. Who was the first in the 20th century to get 3,000 hits or Who was the first to get his 3,000th hit in the 20th century is asking what he intends.
   18. David Nieporent (now, with children) Posted: March 29, 2018 at 01:51 PM (#5645071)
34/41. Couple of stupid mistakes. (Of course, a couple of lucky guesses, too.)
   19. Rennie's Tenet Posted: March 29, 2018 at 03:58 PM (#5645203)
A bonus question cannot be held against you, so the scores are out of 40.
   20. eric Posted: March 29, 2018 at 07:26 PM (#5645311)
33/41 (or 33/40). I think I got just about every guess wrong. I would narrow it down to two possibilities and lose the coin flip. Fun quiz with a good mix of easy and obscure but interesting. And there were no patterns--the career leader in a category may or may not be the answer for a different question about that category. The answer wasn't always the more modern guy or always the player from antiquity. I approve.
   21. Graham & the 15-win "ARod Vortex of suck" Posted: March 29, 2018 at 07:31 PM (#5645313)
25/41
   22. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: March 29, 2018 at 10:56 PM (#5645390)
I sent this quiz to George Will a few years ago, and naturally got no reply. Apologies if I've posted it here before, which is entirely possible:

1. In what four World Series sweeps did the winning team never trail at any point in any game?

2. In what World Series were 6 of the 7 games decided by one run?

3. The most accomplished pitching rotation in World Series history had a combined record of 16-6 and five World Championships, and featured three starters who each spoke a different second language at home. Name the three pitchers.

4. Who was the first African American to lead his league in home runs? What year, and with how many?

5. In the fourth game of the 1951 World Series, what uncharacteristic embarrassment did Willie Mays suffer for the first and only time in his career?

6. What two teams exchanged managers in the middle of what season, and who were the managers?

7. What manager finished in the second division for his first six years in the Majors, and then finished in the first division for 19 of his final 21 years?

8. What do Fred Merkle, Bobo Newson, Tony Lazzeri, and Sal Maglie have in common?

9. In what year did Eddie Mathews first play for Boston? For Milwaukee? For Atlanta?

10. What five pitchers won a complete game seven of the World Series on just two days' rest?

11. What Hall of Famer got the last hit off Satchel Paige in Paige's final official Major League game?

12. Against what team and in what city did Lou Gehrig play his last game in a Yankee uniform?

13. What two pitchers have recorded either a victory or a save in the clinching games of three different World Series?

14. In 1948 and 1952 Richie Ashburn and Pee Wee Reese led the National League in stolen bases. After Reese, who and when was the next white player to lead the NL in that category?

15. Who hit the first World Series walkoff home run, against what future Cy Young winner?

16. What year was the first (and possibly only) All-Star game in which both the winning and losing pitchers were over 6'6"?

17. What did Billy Martin accomplish as a player that nobody since has been able to top?

18. Before they even signed their first contract, what did Jackie Robinson and Mickey Mantle have in common?

19. What was the last year a team had completely blank jersey fronts both at home and on the road?

20. What was the first year the Yankees first wore the interlocking “NY” on their pinstriped home jerseys?

21. Name the five Hall of Famers on the 1962 White Sox.

22. What do Bobby Thomson and Jackie Robinson have in common?

23. Baseball set an all-time per game attendance record in 1948. How long did it take for that record to be broken?

24. What celebrated team with at least 10 books devoted to its escapades and feats also had the lowest regular season attendance of any team ever to go on to win the World Series in the same year?

25. Name the only team to be eliminated from the postseason in its own home park for three consecutive years.

BONUS QUESTION:

-- I played in five World Series.
-- I once tried to use a zebra-striped camouflage bat, but the umpires wouldn't let me.
-- I once hit 17 home runs in a year, but none in my own home ball park
-- In my last regular season at bat, I injured myself and was taken out of the game, ending my career.
-- But in my last World Series at bat, I knocked in the winning run.

WHO AM I ???

   23. stevegamer Posted: March 30, 2018 at 07:26 AM (#5645430)
29/41 for me. Not too bad.
   24. SoSH U at work Posted: March 30, 2018 at 08:12 AM (#5645433)
-- I once tried to use a zebra-striped camouflage bat, but the umpires wouldn't let me.


Camouflage? Was the game being played inside a Foot Locker?
   25. eric Posted: March 30, 2018 at 08:59 AM (#5645449)
#22--got an answer key?
   26. SoSH U at work Posted: March 30, 2018 at 09:11 AM (#5645452)
1. 2004 for sure. 1989?
2. 1973?
7. Casey
13. Mo
14. Scott Podsednik
24. A Gas House Gang Cardinals team.
   27. Random Transaction Generator Posted: March 30, 2018 at 09:27 AM (#5645461)
How in the hell did Rickey! only have 66 career triples?


Given his talents, why not relax and take the easy double and THEN steal third?
   28. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: March 30, 2018 at 10:02 AM (#5645480)
Bonus is Goose Goslin.
   29. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: March 30, 2018 at 10:07 AM (#5645485)
22. Neither has been in my kitchen.

Bonus: but which gold glove winning, WS ring owning, first baseman has?
   30. SoSH U at work Posted: March 30, 2018 at 10:16 AM (#5645492)
Given his talents, why not relax and take the easy double and THEN steal third?


He wasn't stockpiling doubles either. In comparison to the recently departed Rusty Staub, Henderson had 11 more doubles, and 7 more home runs.

Bonus: but which gold glove winning, WS ring owning, first baseman has?


Doug Mientkiewicz?
   31. Mike Emeigh Posted: March 30, 2018 at 10:19 AM (#5645495)
7. Casey


No, Casey managed the Mets for three full seasons and most of a fourth so the second condition can't possibly be true.

I think #7 is Bobby Cox.

-- MWE
   32. SoSH U at work Posted: March 30, 2018 at 10:22 AM (#5645498)
No, Casey managed the Mets for three full seasons and most of a fourth so the second condition can't possibly be true.


Oh yeah.
   33. David Nieporent (now, with children) Posted: March 30, 2018 at 10:38 AM (#5645523)
5. In the fourth game of the 1951 World Series, what uncharacteristic embarrassment did Willie Mays suffer for the first and only time in his career?
Uncontrollable public flatulence.

10. What five pitchers won a complete game seven of the World Series on just two days' rest?
Given that he's in the HOF despite a thoroughly mediocre career, I believe the answer is "Jack Morris, five times."
   34. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: March 30, 2018 at 10:42 AM (#5645530)
#22--got an answer key?

Sure, but unlike Will's quiz, I can't hide it until the question gets answered. But Misirlou get the Bonus question right

As for SoSH's answers....

1. 2004 and 1989 are right, so 2 down and 2 to go
2. Close but not quite
7. Not Casey. MWE got this one right.
13. Mo is right, so 1 down and 1 to go
14. Podsednik did lead the league in SB, but there was another white player after Reese but before him who also did
24. Technically you're wrong, but I'll call it right. The only nitpicking part is that the Gas House Gang didn't acquire its nickname until 1935, which was the year after they won that World Series in question. In 1934 they drew 325,000 fans for the entire season, a record that'll stand forever for any World Series winner.

   35. DavidFoss Posted: March 30, 2018 at 10:43 AM (#5645532)
21. Name the five Hall of Famers on the 1962 White Sox.

I got the three players without cheating. Their manager is the 4th. Is the 5th something clever? Deacon Jones for Legion Ball? Is there a future announcer on the roster?
   36. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: March 30, 2018 at 10:46 AM (#5645536)
Dave DeBuscher, or however you spell it.
   37. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: March 30, 2018 at 10:50 AM (#5645538)
Between David Foss and Misirlou, question #21 has now been accounted for, assuming that DF was thinking of Fox, Aparicio and Burly Early.

Dave DeBuscher, or however you spell it.

FTR it's DeBusschere
   38. DavidFoss Posted: March 30, 2018 at 10:50 AM (#5645539)
Dave DeBuscher, or however you spell it.

Ah... thanks. Thread duty: #22 Fox, Aparicio, Wynn, Lopez, DeBusschere (basketball). Appling was the AAA manager. Deacon Jones (not the same guy as the NFL HOFer) got a plaque in Cooperstown for legion ball -- see SABR Bio for the trivia).
   39. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: March 30, 2018 at 10:59 AM (#5645550)
#9. I'm going to assume a trick question, so I will say 1952, 1953, 1951.
   40. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: March 30, 2018 at 11:01 AM (#5645558)
#4. I'll say Larry Doby, 32, 1954.
   41. DavidFoss Posted: March 30, 2018 at 11:01 AM (#5645559)
9. In what year did Eddie Mathews first play for Boston? For Milwaukee? For Atlanta?

Great question. It's common knowledge that he's the only person to be a Brave for all three but I guess he played them in reverse order in the minors 1950-ATL, 1951-MIL, 1952-BOS.

23. Another great question. I knew network television hurt other forms of entertainment (like MLB attendance) really badly in the 50s, but I didn't expect the dip to start as early as 1949 and I didn't expect it to last quite that long. I thought it would have recovered within a decade.
   42. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: March 30, 2018 at 11:10 AM (#5645566)
1. 2004 and 1989 are right, so 2 down and 2 to go


2007 and 1976.

edit: wait, 1966 has to be one, the one in which the Dodgers were shutout the final 3 games.
   43. Graham & the 15-win "ARod Vortex of suck" Posted: March 30, 2018 at 11:11 AM (#5645568)
5. In the fourth game of the 1951 World Series, what uncharacteristic embarrassment did Willie Mays suffer for the first and only time in his career?

I think he struck out four times.

25. Name the only team to be eliminated from the postseason in its own home park for three consecutive years.

Did this happen to the Braves? How many teams have made the postseason three years in a row often enough for this to be much of a possibility?
   44. SoSH U at work Posted: March 30, 2018 at 11:14 AM (#5645575)
2007


I think the Rockies grabbed a very early lead in one game in Boston, though it might not have lasted past the bottom of the frame.

Edit: Close. Not quite. The Rockies scored in the top of the first in Game 2, then led until the bottom of the fourth.
   45. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: March 30, 2018 at 11:15 AM (#5645577)
25. Name the only team to be eliminated from the postseason in its own home park for three consecutive years.

Did this happen to the Braves? How many teams have made the postseason three years in a row often enough for this to be much of a possibility?


I'm gonna say the Pirates of recent vintage
   46. DavidFoss Posted: March 30, 2018 at 11:17 AM (#5645579)
How many teams have made the postseason three years in a row often enough for this to be much of a possibility?

Without checking the park of the elimination game... Tigers 1907-09 and Giants 1911-13 are candidates. They might be the only teams to lose three WS in a row. I am drawing a blank on a third team. I guess the Dodgers lost in the playoff of 1951 and the WS in 52-53, but the 1951 game was in the Polo Grounds.
   47. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: March 30, 2018 at 11:55 AM (#5645646)
#9. I'm going to assume a trick question, so I will say 1952, 1953, 1951.

Not quite. See below.

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9. In what year did Eddie Mathews first play for Boston? For Milwaukee? For Atlanta?

Great question. It's common knowledge that he's the only person to be a Brave for all three but I guess he played them in reverse order in the minors 1950-ATL, 1951-MIL, 1952-BOS.


Bingo.

23. Another great question. I knew network television hurt other forms of entertainment (like MLB attendance) really badly in the 50s, but I didn't expect the dip to start as early as 1949 and I didn't expect it to last quite that long. I thought it would have recovered within a decade.

Without giving away the actual year, the advent of TV absolutely killed baseball attendance in the 50's, and only the 5 franchise shifts prevented it from completely crashing. Then in the 60's and early 70's the rise of pro football kept it from reaching its previous peak. The baseball revival is often credited to the excitement generated by the 1975 World Series, and while that's not the entire reason, IMO it's not a bad starting point.


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5. In the fourth game of the 1951 World Series, what uncharacteristic embarrassment did Willie Mays suffer for the first and only time in his career?

I think he struck out four times.


No, it was worse than that. And it's not a trick question.

25. Name the only team to be eliminated from the postseason in its own home park for three consecutive years.

Did this happen to the Braves? How many teams have made the postseason three years in a row often enough for this to be much of a possibility?


So far up through the responses in #45 and #46 nobody's gotten this one, which is kind of surprising given the correct answer.

EDIT: Big correction: David Foss is right about the 1907-08-09 Tigers, though that means that there are actually two correct answers. I'd somehow misremembered the venue of one of those two final games against the Cubs.
   48. Non-Youkilidian Geometry Posted: March 30, 2018 at 12:05 PM (#5645662)
Not to be a spoiler, but there's no way that a player has hit .461 at home and .286 on the road. No one has hit .461 anywhere they played half their games for a career.

This was the player in question's seasonal split in 1999.
   49. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: March 30, 2018 at 12:10 PM (#5645670)
EDIT: Big correction: David Foss is right about the 1907-08-09 Tigers, though that means that there are actually two correct answers. I'd somehow misremembered the venue of one of those two final games against the Cubs.


So I looked up my answer. The 2015 and 2014 Pirates lost the WC game at home, but they lost the final game of the 2013 DS in St. Louis.
   50. Nasty Nate Posted: March 30, 2018 at 12:18 PM (#5645680)
25. Name the only team to be eliminated from the postseason in its own home park for three consecutive years.

Did this happen to the Braves? How many teams have made the postseason three years in a row often enough for this to be much of a possibility?

So far up through the responses in #45 and #46 nobody's gotten this one, which is kind of surprising given the correct answer.
I'll guess the turn-of-the-millenium era A's.

(Backup guess: Twins of roughly the same era)
   51. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: March 30, 2018 at 12:20 PM (#5645684)
EDIT: Big correction: David Foss is right about the 1907-08-09 Tigers, though that means that there are actually two correct answers. I'd somehow misremembered the venue of one of those two final games against the Cubs.

So I looked up my answer. The 2015 and 2014 Pirates lost the WC game at home, but they lost the final game of the 2013 DS in St. Louis.


Right, and the second correct answer still awaits discovery. (EDIT: And still does after Nasty Nate's good but incorrect guesses) I blame understandable amnesia on the part of the fans of a certain team.
   52. Graham & the 15-win "ARod Vortex of suck" Posted: March 30, 2018 at 12:25 PM (#5645689)
So far up through the responses in #45 and #46 nobody's gotten this one, which is kind of surprising given the correct answer.

EDIT: Big correction: David Foss is right about the 1907-08-09 Tigers, though that means that there are actually two correct answers. I'd somehow misremembered the venue of one of those two final games against the Cubs.


Am I missing something? The Braves lost the deciding game of the 2000 NLDS to the Cardinals at home, the 2001 NLCS to the Diamondbacks at home, and the 2002 NLDS to the Giants at home.
   53. Nasty Nate Posted: March 30, 2018 at 12:30 PM (#5645696)


Am I missing something? The Braves lost the deciding game of the 2000 NLDS to the Cardinals at home, the 2001 NLCS to the Diamondbacks at home, and the 2002 NLDS to the Giants at home.
And also they were eliminated at home in '03 and '04 - so 5 straight.
   54. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: March 30, 2018 at 12:47 PM (#5645715)
I blame understandable amnesia on the part of the fans of a certain team.


Knowing you, you might be getting cute here. The 2006 Mets were eliminated from the NLCS at home. The 2007 and 2008 Mets were eliminated from participating in the post season at home both times.

edit: and if that is what you were looking for, there are most certainly dozens if not hundreds of teams this happened to. Any idea if any of the 1970's Cubs or 1950's Pirates or 1920's Red Sox teams didn't do it?
   55. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: March 30, 2018 at 01:17 PM (#5645758)
Okay, many apologies for not checking on the Braves' postseason fiascos. Both Graham and Nasty Nate got it.

As Misirlou suggested, the answer I'd been looking for was indeed the 2006-07-08 Mets, but even here I worded the question sloppily. It should have read like this:
25. Name the only team to be eliminated from the postseason in its own home park in its final game of the season for three consecutive years.

That would've eliminated all those hundreds of other teams over the years, but it still would've left out those 2000-2005 Braves teams, so my bad all around on that question.
   56. DavidFoss Posted: March 30, 2018 at 01:41 PM (#5645783)
Does #8 have to do with Leo Durocher? They seem to have all played with or for him. They all went to the WS with multiple teams as well.

   57. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: March 30, 2018 at 01:54 PM (#5645799)
Does #8 have to do with Leo Durocher? They seem to have all played with or for him. They all went to the WS with multiple teams as well.


I can go from 1907 to 2007 in 4 moves:

Fred merkel was a rookie in 1907. In 1925 he played on a yankee team with Leo Durocher. Durocher managed the 1973 Astros who had a 24 YO Jerry Reuss. Reuss played on the 1991 Pirates with Barry Bonds. Bonds retired after the 2007 season. Can also get there through Greg Gross and Craig Biggio.
   58. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: March 30, 2018 at 02:21 PM (#5645819)
Does #8 have to do with Leo Durocher? They seem to have all played with or for him. They all went to the WS with multiple teams as well.

There may be multiple answers here, but there's one very specific one that I had in mind.

HINT: This isn't one of the easier questions, but it might help if you first think about Newsome and Maglie.
   59. SouthSideRyan Posted: March 30, 2018 at 02:24 PM (#5645825)
The Mays question has to be hitting into double(or triple) plays given that it's "worse" than 4 Ks.
   60. villageidiom Posted: March 30, 2018 at 02:26 PM (#5645828)
I finished poorly also. And I overthought several answers, with my initial guess being correct but choosing someone else. Did that at least 3 times.
I did this a full 10 times, including 7 in a row. I broke that string by going with my initial guess.

Just going with my gut answer would have gotten me over .500. Grrr.
   61. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: March 30, 2018 at 02:31 PM (#5645831)
Here's a much easier one:

26. What two teams played each other for three consecutive years in the final regularly scheduled game of the season,** in each game with one or both of these teams heading into the game either tied for the pennant lead or just one game ahead or behind?

** Meaning games that were scheduled in the previous offseason, and not a special playoff game.
   62. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: March 30, 2018 at 02:33 PM (#5645835)
The Mays question has to be hitting into double(or triple) plays given that it's "worse" than 4 Ks.

Yep, three DP's, in his first two times at bat and then a game-ender.
   63. DavidFoss Posted: March 30, 2018 at 02:35 PM (#5645838)
The Mays question has to be hitting into double(or triple) plays given that it's "worse" than 4 Ks.

He hit into 3 GDP's in that game. Doubling up Bobby Thomson in front of him each time. I assume this is the answer.

A slow day at work due to Good Friday so I've been googling a lot of these. I'm trying not to post the ones that I googled until others start giving up.

I did know from before today that one of the answers to #10 is Koufax-65. He pitched games 2-5-7 instead of 1-4-7 that year because of Yom Kippur. He shutout the Twins 2-0 in Game 7. Not sure who the others are. Lolich? Hunter?

Oh and from the phrasing "most accomplished" and five championships, I'm assuming #3 is Lopat/Raschi/Reynolds.
   64. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: March 30, 2018 at 02:59 PM (#5645856)
The Mays question has to be hitting into double(or triple) plays given that it's "worse" than 4 Ks.


He hit into 3 GDP's in that game. Doubling up Bobby Thomson in front of him each time. I assume this is the answer.

Correct.

I did know from before today that one of the answers to #10 is Koufax-65. He pitched games 2-5-7 instead of 1-4-7 that year because of Yom Kippur. He shutout the Twins 2-0 in Game 7. Not sure who the others are. Lolich? Hunter?

Lolich was one of the others, but not Hunter.

Oh, and there was a sixth pitcher who threw a 7th game shutout on one day's rest. Any idea who that would've been?

(HINT: He's my favorite player of all time.)

Oh and from the phrasing "most accomplished" and five championships, I'm assuming #3 is Lopat/Raschi/Reynolds.

Right. In Lopat's home they spoke Polish, in Raschi's home it was Italian, and in Reynolds' home it was Muskogee Creek. I can see why Yankee haters would think that foreigners were ruining the country.
   65. David Nieporent (now, with children) Posted: March 30, 2018 at 03:05 PM (#5645859)
(HINT: He's my favorite player of all time.)
Bob Scarequotes?
   66. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: March 30, 2018 at 03:25 PM (#5645879)
(HINT: He's my favorite player of all time.)

Bob Scarequotes?


No, and it's not Curt "Don't Steal My Life, you Communist IRS" Schilling, either. But you do sometimes see quotation marks around my favorite player's commonly referenced name, at least you did during his playing career.

And c'mon, 7th game shutout, one day's rest. Who in the hell else could it be?
   67. DavidFoss Posted: March 30, 2018 at 03:36 PM (#5645890)
And c'mon, 7th game shutout, one day's rest. Who in the hell else could it be?

Dizzy Dean. Mathewson had a series-ending shutout, too, but it was only game 5.

I got Koufax, Lolich, Burdette and Adams for the #10 answer. Not sure who the fifth is yet.
   68. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: March 30, 2018 at 03:58 PM (#5645904)
1. 2004 and 1989 are right, so 2 down and 2 to go


2012 (Giants over Tigers)?



   69. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: March 30, 2018 at 04:37 PM (#5645921)
And c'mon, 7th game shutout, one day's rest. Who in the hell else could it be?

Dizzy Dean. Mathewson had a series-ending shutout, too, but it was only game 5.


Right on both counts.

I got Koufax, Lolich, Burdette and Adams for the #10 answer. Not sure who the fifth is yet.

Once again I missed one myself. I thought Adams won game 4 rather than game 5. So there are really six answers, and you've got four. One of the last two shouldn't be hard to think of, but the sixth one is pretty tough, since he's neither a HOFer nor a three game winner in the Series in question.

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1. 2004 and 1989 are right, so 2 down and 2 to go

2012 (Giants over Tigers)?


Almost, but the Tigers were briefly ahead in game 4. The other two both involved a team that was on the winning end of one of the Series and the losing end of the other, with the latter Series being particularly humiliating due to the unique nature of the outcome.
   70. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: March 30, 2018 at 04:47 PM (#5645924)
6. What two teams exchanged managers in the middle of what season, and who were the managers?

Tigers-Indians 1960--Joe Gordon & Jimmy Dykes--more of Frank Lane craziness. He had traded Rocky and Norm Cash a week before the season started
   71. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: March 30, 2018 at 04:55 PM (#5645927)
6. What two teams exchanged managers in the middle of what season, and who were the managers?

Tigers-Indians 1960--Joe Gordon & Jimmy Dykes--more of Frank Lane craziness. He had traded Rocky and Norm Cash a week before the season started


Absolutely correct. By coincidence, I was attending a Yankees-Tigers game at Yankee Stadium on the night that trade was announced. It was the final game of a four game series.
   72. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: March 30, 2018 at 05:48 PM (#5645955)
15. Who hit the first World Series walkoff home run, against what future Cy Young winner?

I assume you mean a game walkoff rather than series walkoff (only 2 of those)

Dusty Rhodes off of Bob Lemon Game 1 1954--the homer probably travelled all of 270 feet
   73. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: March 30, 2018 at 05:53 PM (#5645959)
7. What manager finished in the second division for his first six years in the Majors, and then finished in the first division for 19 of his final 21 years?

I assume you mean Joe Torre, but "first division-second division" nomenclature was largely gone by the time he managed
   74. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: March 30, 2018 at 05:54 PM (#5645960)
What do Fred Merkle, Bobo Newson, Tony Lazzeri, and Sal Maglie have in common?

they all played for the Yankees, Giants, & Dodgers
   75. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: March 30, 2018 at 05:56 PM (#5645964)
13. What two pitchers have recorded either a victory or a save in the clinching games of three different World Series?

Allie Reynolds is certainly one of them
   76. DavidFoss Posted: March 30, 2018 at 06:36 PM (#5645976)
@72 for #15 the Henrich/Newcombe walkoff preceded the Rhodes/Lemon HR by a few years.

For #10, the others are Derringer and Newhouser.
   77. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: March 30, 2018 at 07:03 PM (#5645980)
#4. I'll say Larry Doby, 32, 1954.

I'd forgotten to give Misirlou credit for getting that one. My apologies.

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7. What manager finished in the second division for his first six years in the Majors, and then finished in the first division for 19 of his final 21 years?

I assume you mean Joe Torre, but "first division-second division" nomenclature was largely gone by the time he managed


Perhaps so, but in any case Torre isn't the answer. Looking back at the thread, Mike Emeigh correctly named Bobby Cox.

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What do Fred Merkle, Bobo Newson, Tony Lazzeri, and Sal Maglie have in common?

they all played for the Yankees, Giants, & Dodgers


Spot on.

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13. What two pitchers have recorded either a victory or a save in the clinching games of three different World Series?

Allie Reynolds is certainly one of them


That's right, and SoSH correctly identified Mo as the other.

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@72 for #15 the Henrich/Newcombe walkoff preceded the Rhodes/Lemon HR by a few years.

Right, the one that ended a scoreless pitcher's duel between Newk and Allie Reynolds. That was the game that turned Allie Reynolds from a "choke artist" into a great "clutch" pitcher, a rep that he continued until his retirement.

For #10, the others are Derringer and Newhouser.

Dammit, that's another one I forgot about----Newhouser. But Derringer is right, and there's still one more.

On the one hand, this quiz has shown me the limitations of making up questions off the top of my head. OTOH I now know several things that I didn't know before, so it's a tradeoff.
   78. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: March 30, 2018 at 07:09 PM (#5645982)
So here are the remaining questions that I don't think have been fully and / or correctly answered:

1. In what four World Series sweeps did the winning team never trail at any point in any game?

2. In what World Series were 6 of the 7 games decided by one run?

10. What five seven pitchers won a complete game seven of the World Series on just two days' rest?

11. What Hall of Famer got the last hit off Satchel Paige in Paige's final official Major League game?

12. Against what team and in what city did Lou Gehrig play his last game in a Yankee uniform?

16. What year was the first (and possibly only) All-Star game in which both the winning and losing pitchers were over 6'6"?

17. What did Billy Martin accomplish as a player that nobody since has been able to top, and almost certainly never will?

18. Before they even signed their first contract, what did Jackie Robinson and Mickey Mantle have in common?

19. What was the last year a team had completely blank jersey fronts both at home and on the road?

20. What was the first year the Yankees first wore the interlocking “NY” on their pinstriped home jerseys?

22. What do Bobby Thomson and Jackie Robinson have in common?
   79. DavidFoss Posted: March 30, 2018 at 07:29 PM (#5645987)
I take this to mean I can post my google results....

2 is 1972. Surprised that one isn’t remembered more.

11 is Yastrzemski with a 2B in the first inning.

12 is against the Senators in Yankee Stadium

20 is 1912 according to the HOF uniform database. Were they still the Highlanders that year?

19... I want to say the 1905 or 1906 Cubs and Pirates? But I was just pecking around... not at all sure.
   80. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: March 30, 2018 at 07:37 PM (#5645990)
1. 2004 and 1989 are right, so 2 down and 2 to go

2012 (Giants over Tigers)?

Almost, but the Tigers were briefly ahead in game 4. The other two both involved a team that was on the winning end of one of the Series and the losing end of the other, with the latter Series being particularly humiliating due to the unique nature of the outcome.


You didn't respond to my answer above so I looked it up, and I was correct. the 1966 orioles never trailed. The Dodgers scored their final run of the series in the 3rd inning of game 1, when they were already behind 3-1. My guess for the 4th would be 1932

edit: it's not 1932
   81. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: March 30, 2018 at 07:45 PM (#5645991)
11. What Hall of Famer got the last hit off Satchel Paige in Paige's final official Major League game?


IIRC, Satch last pitched in 1965 for the A's. No idea against who. Could be Kaline. Could be Killebrew. Could be Mantle, Yaz, F Robby, ... I'm gonna guess Yaz.

edit: Yes!!
   82. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: March 30, 2018 at 08:39 PM (#5646002)
1. 2004 and 1989 are right, so 2 down and 2 to go

2012 (Giants over Tigers)?

Almost, but the Tigers were briefly ahead in game 4. The other two both involved a team that was on the winning end of one of the Series and the losing end of the other, with the latter Series being particularly humiliating due to the unique nature of the outcome.

You didn't respond to my answer above so I looked it up, and I was correct. the 1966 orioles never trailed. The Dodgers scored their final run of the series in the 3rd inning of game 1, when they were already behind 3-1. My guess for the 4th would be 1932


I looked at your answer before you added 1966, and yeah, it's right. It's unique in that the Orioles scored more runs in the top of the 1st of game 1 than the Dodgers scored in the entire Series.

edit: it's not 1932

11. What Hall of Famer got the last hit off Satchel Paige in Paige's final official Major League game?

IIRC, Satch last pitched in 1965 for the A's. No idea against who. Could be Kaline. Could be Killebrew. Could be Mantle, Yaz, F Robby, ... I'm gonna guess Yaz.

edit: Yes!!


Yes, indeedy.
   83. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: March 30, 2018 at 08:49 PM (#5646006)
I take this to mean I can post my google results....

2 is 1972. Surprised that one isn’t remembered more.


Me, too, as it's one of the 4 or 5 greatest World Series ever.

11 is Yastrzemski with a 2B in the first inning.

Yep.

12 is against the Senators in Yankee Stadium

Nope. Think outside the box on this one.

20 is 1912 according to the HOF uniform database. Were they still the Highlanders that year?

Yes and yes. But here's the funny thing: They dropped the "NY" in 1917 and then didn't put it on again until 1935. Babe Ruth never had an "NY" on his pinstriped jersey.

19... I want to say the 1905 or 1906 Cubs and Pirates? But I was just pecking around... not at all sure.

Tough question, but to spare you further agony, it was the 1937 Senators.
   84. Cblau Posted: March 30, 2018 at 09:35 PM (#5646014)
Getting back to Will's quiz, he's got the wrong answer for the question about the 40-year-old 100-RBI guy. It should be Cap Anson, who isn't even listed as one of the choices.
   85. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: March 30, 2018 at 10:54 PM (#5646058)
Getting back to Will's quiz, he's got the wrong answer for the question about the 40-year-old 100-RBI guy. It should be Cap Anson, who isn't even listed as one of the choices.

About 15 years ago, Will came into my book shop and saw a baseball poster that was a 13" x 19" reproduction of the 1912 Red Sox World Series program cover, which I was selling in new condition for all of $25.00. In perfect sincerity he held it up and asked me.....

"Is this an original?"

After I explained that I'd recently sold the entire original program in used condition for $1250.00, he kind of caught my drift, but he did come back a few months later and bought a couple of others. A little gruff, but not a bad egg.

I'm still wondering where he ever saw any original World Series program cover from any year that was 13" x 19", but then maybe he's got better sources than I have. (smile)
   86. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: March 31, 2018 at 07:22 PM (#5646315)
16. What year was the first (and possibly only) All-Star game in which both the winning and losing pitchers were over 6'6"?

2011--Jered Weaver & Roy Halladay
   87. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: April 01, 2018 at 01:39 AM (#5646399)
16. What year was the first (and possibly only) All-Star game in which both the winning and losing pitchers were OVER 6'6"?

2011--Jered Weaver & Roy Halladay


That would make them the second pair. The first was Gene Conley and Frank Sullivan, who were the pitchers of record in the 1955 game.

EDIT: In fact both Weaver and Sullivan are listed at exactly 6'6" in BB-Reference, but the 1955 Baseball Register lists Sullivan at 6'7 1/2", so I'd go with him and Conley as the correct answer.
   88. DavidFoss Posted: April 02, 2018 at 09:17 AM (#5646665)
So what are the answers?
   89. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: April 02, 2018 at 09:55 AM (#5646687)
So what are the answers?

Okay, fair enough. First, here are the questions again, with #25 re-worded:

1. In what four World Series sweeps did the winning team never trail at any point in any game?

2. In what World Series were 6 of the 7 games decided by one run?

3. The most accomplished pitching rotation in World Series history had a combined record of 16-6 and five World Championships, and featured three starters who each spoke a different second language at home. Name the three pitchers.

4. Who was the first African American to lead his league in home runs? What year, and with how many?

5. In the fourth game of the 1951 World Series, what uncharacteristic embarrassment did Willie Mays suffer for the first and only time in his career?

6. What two teams exchanged managers in the middle of what season, and who were the managers?

7. What manager finished in the second division for his first six years in the Majors, and then finished in the first division for 19 of his final 21 years?

8. What do Fred Merkle, Bobo Newson, Tony Lazzeri, and Sal Maglie have in common?

9. In what year did Eddie Mathews first play for Boston? For Milwaukee? For Atlanta?

10. What five pitchers won a complete game seven of the World Series on just two days' rest?

11. What Hall of Famer got the last hit off Satchel Paige in Paige's final official Major League game?

12. Against what team and in what city did Lou Gehrig play his last game in a Yankee uniform?

13. What two pitchers have recorded either a victory or a save in the clinching games of three different World Series?

14. In 1948 and 1952 Richie Ashburn and Pee Wee Reese led the National League in stolen bases. After Reese, who and when was the next white player to lead the NL in that category?

15. Who hit the first World Series walkoff home run, against what future Cy Young winner?

16. What year was the first (and possibly only) All-Star game in which both the winning and losing pitchers were over 6'6"?

17. What did Billy Martin accomplish as a player that nobody since has been able to top?

18. Before they even signed their first contract, what did Jackie Robinson and Mickey Mantle have in common?

19. What was the last year a team had completely blank jersey fronts both at home and on the road?

20. What was the first year the Yankees first wore the interlocking “NY” on their pinstriped home jerseys?

21. Name the five Hall of Famers on the 1962 White Sox.

22. What do Bobby Thomson and Jackie Robinson have in common?

23. Baseball set an all-time per game attendance record in 1948. How long did it take for that record to be broken?

24. What celebrated team with at least 10 books devoted to its escapades and feats also had the lowest regular season attendance of any team ever to go on to win the World Series in the same year?

25. Name the only two teams to be eliminated from the postseason in their respective home parks in its final game of the season for at least three consecutive years.

26. What two teams played each other for three consecutive years in the final regularly scheduled game of the season,** in each game with one or both of these teams heading into the game either tied for the pennant lead or just one game ahead or behind?

** Meaning games that were scheduled in the previous offseason, and not a special playoff game.

BONUS QUESTION:

-- I played in five World Series.
-- I once tried to use a zebra-striped camouflage bat, but the umpires wouldn't let me.
-- I once hit 17 home runs in a year, but none in my own home ball park
-- In my last regular season at bat, I injured myself and was taken out of the game, ending my career.
-- But in my last World Series at bat, I knocked in the winning run.

WHO AM I ???

Answers below


   90. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: April 02, 2018 at 09:56 AM (#5646688)
ANSWERS

1. 1963 (Dodgers-Yankees), 1966 (Orioles – Dodgers), 1989 (A’s-Giants), 2004 (Red Sox-Cardinals)

2. 1972, A’s - Reds

3. Allie Reynolds (Muskogee Creek), Vic Raschi (Italian), and Eddie Lopat (Polish)

4. Larry Doby, 1952 American League, 32 home runs.

5. He grounded into three double plays

6. In early August of 1960, the Tigers traded their manager Jimmie Dykes for the Indians' Joe Gordon.

7. Bobby Cox, Atlanta, 1978-81 & Toronto, 1982-83; Toronto 1984-85 & Atlanta 1990-2010

8. They all played for the Yankees, the New York Giants, and the Brooklyn Dodgers.

9. 1952 (Boston Braves), 1951 (Milwaukee Brewers), and 1950 (Atlanta Crackers)

10. Babe Adams, 1909; Paul Derringer, 1940; Hal Newhouser, 1945; Lew Burdette, 1957; Bob Gibson, 1964; Sandy Koufax, 1965; Mickey Lolich, 1968. Dizzy Dean won game 7 in 1934 on one day's rest.

11. Carl Yastrzemski, 1965

12. Gehrig's final appearance as an active player was in an exhibition game in Kansas City on June 12, 1939, against the Yankees' Kansas City Blues farm team. His last official game was on April 30th of that year, against the Senators in Yankee Stadium.

13. Allie Reynolds 1950-1952-1953; Mariano Rivera 1998-1999-2000

14. Craig Biggio, 1994.

15. Tommy Henrich, 1949, game 1 against the Dodgers' Don Newcombe, to give the Yankees a 1-0 win.

16. In 1955, 6’8” Gene Conley beat 6’7” Frank Sullivan on Stan Musial’s walkoff home run.

17. He had two hits in his first inning in the Majors, on opening day 1950 against the Red Sox in Boston.

18. They both were discovered by the legendary scout Tom Greenwade.

19. 1937 Washington Senators

20. 1912-1916, and then again from 1935 on.

21. Luis Aparicio, Nellie Fox, Early Wynn, manager Al Lopez, and future basketball Hall of Famer Dave DeBusschere

22. They made their professional debut in the same game, Montreal at Jersey City, April 18, 1946

23. 29 years (1977)

24. The 1934 St. Louis Cardinals (retroactively named “The Gas House Gang”), who drew but 325,056 fans that year.

25. Mets, 2006 (NLCS), 2007-08 (last game of regular season); Braves, 2000-2004

26. Dodgers – Phillies, 1949-50-51

Bonus question: Goose Goslin

   91. Jose Canusee Posted: April 02, 2018 at 09:11 PM (#5647259)
32/41 partly because I didn't expect two Raines in a row. I am usually pretty good about typos but didn't catch them. Knowing Tommy Davis only had 2 consecutive titles made the three batting title question a process of elimination, and that there weren't MVP awards early in the 20th century eliminated a few other qualified players.

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