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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-15-2012

Sporting Life, February 17, 1912:

President William Abbott Witman, of the United States League, is out with a statement in which he says the new league will abandon slavery in base ball. there will be no reserve clause in the contracts…so that it will be possible for [players] to go where they please at the end of every season. Beautiful dream that.
...

Its no-slavery platform and no-slavery stuff is great in the abstract, but the bunk elsewhere. Cut the reserve rule, and Cobb, Johnson, Lajoie, and such other players…would all be in New York, where the chances for biggest money are, while their present owners would be doing the best they could.

Prescience, thy name is The Sporting Life.

Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: February 15, 2012 at 06:53 AM | 81 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: February 15, 2012 at 07:01 AM (#4061324)
Solid pitching and a Hall of Fame center fielder on today's Birthday Team. And nobody's going to try to steal against the closer.

C: Russell Martin
1B: Don Kelly
2B: Rick Auerbach
3B: Ron Cey
SS: Marlins Sea Bass Alex Gonzalez
LF: Hal Lee
CF: Billy Hamilton
RF: Dee Miles

SP: George Earnshaw
SP: Jimmy Ring
SP: Melido Perez
SP: Johnny Cueto
SP: Joe Hesketh
RP: Ugueth Urbina

Shortest career in MLB history: Larry Yount
Not that one: Bob Cremins
   2. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 15, 2012 at 10:38 AM (#4061377)
The All-Star game is in KC this year and I'd love to go. Looking at ticket broker prices, they're about $700 each for the cheap seats. Am I better off waiting closer to the day of for prices to go down or is demand high enough that prices will remain high? What is generally a good price for just the ASG itself (I don't care about the HR derby or any of that stuff). Any advice?
   3. Group Captain Mandrake Posted: February 15, 2012 at 10:50 AM (#4061385)
Today's trivia: Notable opening day feats, Non-HOF division. All answers are non-HOFers (so far). Most of these names should be familiar with most primates. Let's see how many I can screw up today. Please phrase you answer in iambic pentameter.

1 - Managed his final game on opening day.

2 - No hits through 9, gave up a hit in the 10th and lost the game in 12 on opening day.

3 - Hit opening day grand slams in non-consecutive years. Hint: Not Grover Cleveland Alexander

4 - Pitched in the first ever games for both the Pilots and Mariners. HINT: Son played in first game at Safeco Field.

5 - Last starting pitcher to make his ML debut on opening day (as a starting pitcher if that's not clear). HINT: You either know it or you don't

6 - Famous Yankee made his pinstripe debut with 2 HR on opening day.

7 - Famous Yankee made his ML debut with 2 hits in his first 2 AB's, in the same inning, on opening day

8 - Athletics franchise leader in opening day starts. HINT: Not an All Star, not an award winner, career record under .500.

9 - Opening day win was his last of the season. Went 1-16 overall

10 - Played in the last Giants game in the Polo Grounds, and the first Mets game in the Polo Grounds. Hint: Not THAT one

11 - Pitched an opening day one hitter, and then another one in his next start. HINT: Only player to play in and umpire in an ASG (not at the same time obviously).

12 - Only 3 players with 3 HR games on opening day. HINT: I was at one of these games.

13 - 5 years removed from his ML debut, got his first 4 hits on opening day playing for his 6th organization. HINT: Has an outside shot at the HOF

14 - Lost opening day games for both Washington Senators franchises. HINT: Was NOT involved in the first All Cuban triple play.

15 - Opening day RF starter for Pirates in first game after Roberto Clemente's death

16 - Only player to hit for the cycle on opening day. HINT: Was teammates with less famous brother.

17 - Last pitcher with 4 hits on opening day. HINT Was not teammates with more famous brother.

18 - Only player to hit 3 triples on opening day. HINT Named after a presidential candidate

19 - These three players had pinch hit HRs on opening day, in their first ML AB. HINT: Despite rumors, one of them DID NOT run a funeral home.

20 - Last player to get 4 or more hits in consecutive opening day games. HINT: Son is an active player

21 - Opening day PH HR was his 3rd in 3 consecutive AB's, dating to the prior season.
   4. SoSH U at work Posted: February 15, 2012 at 10:58 AM (#4061395)
12. Tuffy Rhodes, Albert Pujols?

17. Ken Brett?

19. Richie Hebner?

   5. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: February 15, 2012 at 10:58 AM (#4061396)
7. It's Derek Jeter, I think it is, yes.
9. The guy who did is named Ant'ny Wayne Young.
12. Among the names is Tuffy Rhodes, Japan.
   6. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 15, 2012 at 10:59 AM (#4061398)
4 - Diego Segui

8 - Rick Langford

9 - Anthony Young

12 - George Bell, Tuffy Rhodes...don't know the third. I was at the Bell game.

13 - Lou Piniella

   7. SoSH U at work Posted: February 15, 2012 at 11:01 AM (#4061399)
18. It's probably not, but I'll go with Wendell Kim. And, as a bonus, I'll guess that on two of those, he was out at the plate trying to stretch the triple into an inside-the-park homer.
   8. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: February 15, 2012 at 11:02 AM (#4061401)
12 - George Bell.

14 - Camilo Pascual?
   9. Group Captain Mandrake Posted: February 15, 2012 at 11:05 AM (#4061406)
12. Tuffy Rhodes, Albert Pujols?

17. Ken Brett?

19. Richie Hebner?


Rhodes is one. I was at that game.

4 - Diego Segui

8 - Rick Langford

9 - Anthony Young

12 - George Bell, Tuffy Rhodes...don't know the third. I was at the Bell game.

13 - Lou Piniella


All correct except for Young.

14 - Camilo Pascual?


Correct

   10. Group Captain Mandrake Posted: February 15, 2012 at 11:08 AM (#4061413)
Today's trivia: Notable opening day feats, Non-HOF division. All answers are non-HOFers (so far). Most of these names should be familiar with most primates. Let's see how many I can screw up today. Please phrase you answer in iambic pentameter.

1 - Managed his final game on opening day.

2 - No hits through 9, gave up a hit in the 10th and lost the game in 12 on opening day.

3 - Hit opening day grand slams in non-consecutive years. Hint: Not Grover Cleveland Alexander

4 - Pitched in the first ever games for both the Pilots and Mariners. HINT: Son played in first game at Safeco Field. - Diego Segui

5 - Last starting pitcher to make his ML debut on opening day (as a starting pitcher if that's not clear). HINT: You either know it or you don't

6 - Famous Yankee made his pinstripe debut with 2 HR on opening day.

7 - Famous Yankee made his ML debut with 2 hits in his first 2 AB's, in the same inning, on opening day

8 - Athletics franchise leader in opening day starts. HINT: Not an All Star, not an award winner, career record under .500. - Rick Langford

9 - Opening day win was his last of the season. Went 1-16 overall

10 - Played in the last Giants game in the Polo Grounds, and the first Mets game in the Polo Grounds. Hint: Not THAT one

11 - Pitched an opening day one hitter, and then another one in his next start. HINT: Only player to play in and umpire in an ASG (not at the same time obviously).

12 - Only 3 players with 3 HR games on opening day. HINT: I was at one of these games. - George Bell, Tuffy Rhodes, ?

13 - 5 years removed from his ML debut, got his first 4 hits on opening day playing for his 6th organization. HINT: Has an outside shot at the HOF - Lou Piniella

14 - Lost opening day games for both Washington Senators franchises. HINT: Was NOT involved in the first All Cuban triple play. - Camilo Pascual

15 - Opening day RF starter for Pirates in first game after Roberto Clemente's death

16 - Only player to hit for the cycle on opening day. HINT: Was teammates with less famous brother.

17 - Last pitcher with 4 hits on opening day. HINT Was not teammates with more famous brother.

18 - Only player to hit 3 triples on opening day. HINT Named after a presidential candidate

19 - These three players had pinch hit HRs on opening day, in their first ML AB. HINT: Despite rumors, one of them DID NOT run a funeral home.

20 - Last player to get 4 or more hits in consecutive opening day games. HINT: Son is an active player

21 - Opening day PH HR was his 3rd in 3 consecutive AB's, dating to the prior season.
   11. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: February 15, 2012 at 11:11 AM (#4061414)
15 - Al Oliver?
   12. Dag Nabbit is part of the zombie horde Posted: February 15, 2012 at 11:13 AM (#4061416)
#9 - Jeff Parrot. However you spell it. He did it w/ the early Mariners.

#5 - that was in WWII, I believe. I know Lefty Grove did it, but it's been done since.

#18: James Samuel Tilden Sheckard?
   13. Group Captain Mandrake Posted: February 15, 2012 at 11:15 AM (#4061418)
#9 - Jeff Parrot. However you spell it. He did it w/ the early Mariners.

#5 - that was in WWII, I believe. I know Lefty Grove did it, but it's been done since.

#18: James Samuel Tilden Sheckard?


Parrot and Sheckard are correct

15 - Al Oliver?


No
   14. Group Captain Mandrake Posted: February 15, 2012 at 11:18 AM (#4061419)
#5 - that was in WWII, I believe. I know Lefty Grove did it, but it's been done since.


We could have a different answer in six weeks.
   15. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: February 15, 2012 at 11:25 AM (#4061424)
#1 Eddie Sawyer
   16. SOLockwood Posted: February 15, 2012 at 11:41 AM (#4061431)
#10 - Frank Thomas (with the Pirates in 1957 & the Mets in 1962)
   17. SOLockwood Posted: February 15, 2012 at 11:43 AM (#4061435)
#9 was Mike Parrott in 1980, I was at that game.
   18. SOLockwood Posted: February 15, 2012 at 11:47 AM (#4061439)
#15: Manny Sanguillen
   19. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 15, 2012 at 11:51 AM (#4061443)
6 - Roger Maris

15 - Dave Parker

18 - William Jennings Bryan "Billy" Herman
   20. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: February 15, 2012 at 11:55 AM (#4061447)
6 - Roger Maris

one odd thing--he batted leadoff that day
   21. SOLockwood Posted: February 15, 2012 at 11:56 AM (#4061449)
Billy Herman's a Hall-of-Famer
   22. Chicago Joe Posted: February 15, 2012 at 12:05 PM (#4061453)
10: Dick Groat?
   23. Group Captain Mandrake Posted: February 15, 2012 at 12:14 PM (#4061459)
1 - Managed his final game on opening day. - Eddie Sawyer

2 - No hits through 9, gave up a hit in the 10th and lost the game in 12 on opening day.

3 - Hit opening day grand slams in non-consecutive years. Hint: Not Grover Cleveland Alexander

4 - Pitched in the first ever games for both the Pilots and Mariners. HINT: Son played in first game at Safeco Field. - Diego Segui

5 - Last starting pitcher to make his ML debut on opening day (as a starting pitcher if that's not clear). HINT: You either know it or you don't

6 - Famous Yankee made his pinstripe debut with 2 HR on opening day. - Roger Maris

7 - Famous Yankee made his ML debut with 2 hits in his first 2 AB's, in the same inning, on opening day

8 - Athletics franchise leader in opening day starts. HINT: Not an All Star, not an award winner, career record under .500. - Rick Langford

9 - Opening day win was his last of the season. Went 1-16 overall - Mike Parrot

10 - Played in the last Giants game in the Polo Grounds, and the first Mets game in the Polo Grounds. Hint: Not THAT one - Frank Thomas

11 - Pitched an opening day one hitter, and then another one in his next start. HINT: Only player to play in and umpire in an ASG (not at the same time obviously).

12 - Only 3 players with 3 HR games on opening day. HINT: I was at one of these games. - George Bell, Tuffy Rhodes, ?

13 - 5 years removed from his ML debut, got his first 4 hits on opening day playing for his 6th organization. HINT: Has an outside shot at the HOF - Lou Piniella

14 - Lost opening day games for both Washington Senators franchises. HINT: Was NOT involved in the first All Cuban triple play. - Camilo Pascual

15 - Opening day RF starter for Pirates in first game after Roberto Clemente's death - Manny Sanguillen

16 - Only player to hit for the cycle on opening day. HINT: Was teammates with less famous brother.

17 - Last pitcher with 4 hits on opening day. HINT Was not teammates with more famous brother.

18 - Only player to hit 3 triples on opening day. HINT Named after a presidential candidate - Jimmy Sheckard

19 - These three players had pinch hit HRs on opening day, in their first ML AB. HINT: Despite rumors, one of them DID NOT run a funeral home.

20 - Last player to get 4 or more hits in consecutive opening day games. HINT: Son is an active player

21 - Opening day PH HR was his 3rd in 3 consecutive AB's, dating to the prior season.
   24. Group Captain Mandrake Posted: February 15, 2012 at 12:19 PM (#4061461)
18 - William Jennings Bryan "Billy" Herman


Boy, the Cubs sure have a corner on the presidential candidates names market. Herman, Sheckard, Alexander, even Calvin Coolige McLish
   25. Nasty Nate Posted: February 15, 2012 at 12:21 PM (#4061464)
The All-Star game is in KC this year and I'd love to go. Looking at ticket broker prices, they're about $700 each for the cheap seats. Am I better off waiting closer to the day of for prices to go down or is demand high enough that prices will remain high?


I would definitely wait until closer to the game. Also, is there some lottery to make some tickets available to the general public?
   26. Sweatpants Posted: February 15, 2012 at 12:32 PM (#4061475)
Pretty sure Dmitri Young is the third guy to hit three homers on Opening Day.
   27. Coot Veal and Cot Deal taste like Old Bay Posted: February 15, 2012 at 12:36 PM (#4061481)
11 - Pitched an opening day one hitter, and then another one in his next start. HINT: Only player to play in and umpire in an ASG (not at the same time obviously).


Johnny Allen?
   28. Group Captain Mandrake Posted: February 15, 2012 at 12:42 PM (#4061492)
Pretty sure Dmitri Young is the third guy to hit three homers on Opening Day.


Yes

Johnny Allen?


No

   29. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: February 15, 2012 at 12:48 PM (#4061502)
Pretty sure Dmitri Young is the third guy to hit three homers on Opening Day.

My guess was Kevin Elster.
   30. vortex of dissipation Posted: February 15, 2012 at 01:02 PM (#4061516)
#11

Lon Warneke?
   31. Dag Nabbit is part of the zombie horde Posted: February 15, 2012 at 01:20 PM (#4061529)
Boy, the Cubs sure have a corner on the presidential candidates names market. Herman, Sheckard, Alexander, even Calvin Coolige McLish

But they never had Thomas Jefferson Davis Bridges.
   32. Group Captain Mandrake Posted: February 15, 2012 at 01:22 PM (#4061531)
Boy, the Cubs sure have a corner on the presidential candidates names market. Herman, Sheckard, Alexander, even Calvin Coolige McLish

But they never had Thomas Jefferson Davis Bridges.


True. But they did have Theodore Roosevelt Lily.
   33. Group Captain Mandrake Posted: February 15, 2012 at 01:22 PM (#4061532)
#11

Lon Warneke?


Yes
   34. Karl from NY Posted: February 15, 2012 at 01:25 PM (#4061535)
I thought Fernando Valenzuela was obvious for #5, but turns out he had a September cup of coffee in 1980.
   35. Sweatpants Posted: February 15, 2012 at 02:02 PM (#4061572)
5 - Last starting pitcher to make his ML debut on opening day (as a starting pitcher if that's not clear). HINT: You either know it or you don't
I'm gonna guess David Clyde, although the hint makes me wary because I'm nowhere near 100% sure about it.
   36. Tom Nawrocki Posted: February 15, 2012 at 02:06 PM (#4061580)
No. 19 (the hint answer) is Chuck Tanner.
   37. SoSH U at work Posted: February 15, 2012 at 02:09 PM (#4061584)
I'm gonna guess David Clyde, although the hint makes me wary because I'm nowhere near 100% sure about it.


He was called up midseason.
   38. Group Captain Mandrake Posted: February 15, 2012 at 02:10 PM (#4061587)
I'm gonna guess David Clyde, although the hint makes me wary because I'm nowhere near 100% sure about it.


no

No. 19 (the hint answer) is Chuck Tanner.


Yes.

1 - Managed his final game on opening day. - Eddie Sawyer

2 - No hits through 9, gave up a hit in the 10th and lost the game in 12 on opening day.

3 - Hit opening day grand slams in non-consecutive years. Hint: Not Grover Cleveland Alexander

4 - Pitched in the first ever games for both the Pilots and Mariners. HINT: Son played in first game at Safeco Field. - Diego Segui

5 - Last starting pitcher to make his ML debut on opening day (as a starting pitcher if that's not clear). HINT: You either know it or you don't

6 - Famous Yankee made his pinstripe debut with 2 HR on opening day. - Roger Maris

7 - Famous Yankee made his ML debut with 2 hits in his first 2 AB's, in the same inning, on opening day

8 - Athletics franchise leader in opening day starts. HINT: Not an All Star, not an award winner, career record under .500. - Rick Langford

9 - Opening day win was his last of the season. Went 1-16 overall - Mike Parrot

10 - Played in the last Giants game in the Polo Grounds, and the first Mets game in the Polo Grounds. Hint: Not THAT one - Frank Thomas

11 - Pitched an opening day one hitter, and then another one in his next start. HINT: Only player to play in and umpire in an ASG (not at the same time obviously). - Lon Warneke

12 - Only 3 players with 3 HR games on opening day. HINT: I was at one of these games. - George Bell, Tuffy Rhodes, Dmitri Young

13 - 5 years removed from his ML debut, got his first 4 hits on opening day playing for his 6th organization. HINT: Has an outside shot at the HOF - Lou Piniella

14 - Lost opening day games for both Washington Senators franchises. HINT: Was NOT involved in the first All Cuban triple play. - Camilo Pascual

15 - Opening day RF starter for Pirates in first game after Roberto Clemente's death - Manny Sanguillen

16 - Only player to hit for the cycle on opening day. HINT: Was teammates with less famous brother.

17 - Last pitcher with 4 hits on opening day. HINT Was not teammates with more famous brother.

18 - Only player to hit 3 triples on opening day. HINT Named after a presidential candidate - Jimmy Sheckard

19 - These three players had pinch hit HRs on opening day, in their first ML AB. HINT: Despite rumors, one of them DID NOT run a funeral home. - Chuck Tanner, ?, ?

20 - Last player to get 4 or more hits in consecutive opening day games. HINT: Son is an active player

21 - Opening day PH HR was his 3rd in 3 consecutive AB's, dating to the prior season.
   39. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: February 15, 2012 at 02:23 PM (#4061607)
Shortest career in MLB history: Larry Yount

Could've sworn it was this guy.
   40. Kiko Sakata Posted: February 15, 2012 at 02:24 PM (#4061609)
5 - is it Ben McDonald? He was very much hyped as I recall.
   41. Kiko Sakata Posted: February 15, 2012 at 02:26 PM (#4061612)
16 - I'll guess Paul Waner

EDIT: Of course, I'm an idiot who forgot the "no Hall of Famers" introduction. Never mind.
   42. SoSH U at work Posted: February 15, 2012 at 02:28 PM (#4061616)
17 - Ken Forsch?

   43. Group Captain Mandrake Posted: February 15, 2012 at 02:36 PM (#4061621)
No on McDonald and Forsch.

Better clue for #3. His first name is almost George Costanza's choice to name a girl
   44. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: February 15, 2012 at 02:36 PM (#4061622)
#3-- Sixto Lezcano

#16-- Gee "Funk" Walker

#19-- Al Woods did this in the Blue Jays' first-ever game
   45. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: February 15, 2012 at 02:38 PM (#4061624)
3--Sixto Lezcano
   46. Kiko Sakata Posted: February 15, 2012 at 02:39 PM (#4061625)
21 - Mark McGwire?
   47. Group Captain Mandrake Posted: February 15, 2012 at 02:39 PM (#4061626)
#3-- Sixto Lezcano

#16-- Gee Walker

#19-- Al Woods did this in the Blue Jays' first-ever game


All correct.
   48. Group Captain Mandrake Posted: February 15, 2012 at 02:42 PM (#4061628)
21 - Mark McGwire?


No.

Clue for #21 - Opening day PH HR was his 3rd in 3 consecutive AB's, dating to the prior post season.
   49. esseff Posted: February 15, 2012 at 02:53 PM (#4061636)
Chuck Essegian then for #21.
   50. Group Captain Mandrake Posted: February 15, 2012 at 02:56 PM (#4061643)
Chuck Essegian then for #21.


Yes. See, you really need to obfuscate these questions around you bunch.

1 - Managed his final game on opening day. - Eddie Sawyer

2 - No hits through 9, gave up a hit in the 10th and lost the game in 12 on opening day.

3 - Hit opening day grand slams in non-consecutive years. Hint: Not Grover Cleveland Alexander - Sixto Lezcano

4 - Pitched in the first ever games for both the Pilots and Mariners. HINT: Son played in first game at Safeco Field. - Diego Segui

5 - Last starting pitcher to make his ML debut on opening day (as a starting pitcher if that's not clear). HINT: You either know it or you don't

6 - Famous Yankee made his pinstripe debut with 2 HR on opening day. - Roger Maris

7 - Famous Yankee made his ML debut with 2 hits in his first 2 AB's, in the same inning, on opening day

8 - Athletics franchise leader in opening day starts. HINT: Not an All Star, not an award winner, career record under .500. - Rick Langford

9 - Opening day win was his last of the season. Went 1-16 overall - Mike Parrot

10 - Played in the last Giants game in the Polo Grounds, and the first Mets game in the Polo Grounds. Hint: Not THAT one - Frank Thomas

11 - Pitched an opening day one hitter, and then another one in his next start. HINT: Only player to play in and umpire in an ASG (not at the same time obviously). - Lon Warneke

12 - Only 3 players with 3 HR games on opening day. HINT: I was at one of these games. - George Bell, Tuffy Rhodes, Dmitri Young

13 - 5 years removed from his ML debut, got his first 4 hits on opening day playing for his 6th organization. HINT: Has an outside shot at the HOF - Lou Piniella

14 - Lost opening day games for both Washington Senators franchises. HINT: Was NOT involved in the first All Cuban triple play. - Camilo Pascual

15 - Opening day RF starter for Pirates in first game after Roberto Clemente's death - Manny Sanguillen

16 - Only player to hit for the cycle on opening day. HINT: Was teammates with less famous brother. - Gee Walker

17 - Last pitcher with 4 hits on opening day. HINT Was not teammates with more famous brother.

18 - Only player to hit 3 triples on opening day. HINT Named after a presidential candidate - Jimmy Sheckard

19 - These three players had pinch hit HRs on opening day, in their first ML AB. HINT: Despite rumors, one of them DID NOT run a funeral home. - Chuck Tanner, Al Woods, ?

20 - Last player to get 4 or more hits in consecutive opening day games. HINT: Son is an active player

21 - Opening day PH HR was his 3rd in 3 consecutive AB's, dating to the prior season. - Chuck Essegian
   51. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 15, 2012 at 02:57 PM (#4061644)
16- Steve Sax?

20 - Bob Oliver?

21 - Dave Henderson?
   52. Group Captain Mandrake Posted: February 15, 2012 at 03:01 PM (#4061648)
Not Bob Oliver
   53. Juilin Sandar to Conkling Speedwell (Arjun) Posted: February 15, 2012 at 03:13 PM (#4061660)
5 is Al Gerhauser (though I might have spelled that wrong). IIRC, three players in ML history debuted as a starting pitcher and he was the last, in 194something (44? 43?).
   54. Group Captain Mandrake Posted: February 15, 2012 at 03:20 PM (#4061665)
5 is Al Gerhauser (though I might have spelled that wrong). IIRC, three players in ML history debuted as a starting pitcher and he was the last, in 194something (44? 43?).


1943. Well done.
   55. Rob_Wood Posted: February 15, 2012 at 03:21 PM (#4061669)
2. Red Ames, I think
   56. Group Captain Mandrake Posted: February 15, 2012 at 03:31 PM (#4061675)
2. Red Ames, I think


Yes. I have to leave for baseball practice pretty soon, and was about to post more clues. His clue was going to be "Pitched a 5 inning no-hitter 9suspended game) in ML debut.
   57. Group Captain Mandrake Posted: February 15, 2012 at 03:36 PM (#4061682)
Updated answers and additional clues:

1 - Managed his final game on opening day. - Eddie Sawyer

2 - No hits through 9, gave up a hit in the 10th and lost the game in 12 on opening day. - Red Ames

3 - Hit opening day grand slams in non-consecutive years. Hint: Not Grover Cleveland Alexander - Sixto Lezcano

4 - Pitched in the first ever games for both the Pilots and Mariners. HINT: Son played in first game at Safeco Field. - Diego Segui

5 - Last starting pitcher to make his ML debut on opening day (as a starting pitcher if that's not clear). HINT: You either know it or you don't - Al Gerheauser

6 - Famous Yankee made his pinstripe debut with 2 HR on opening day. - Roger Maris

7 - Famous Yankee made his ML debut with 2 hits in his first 2 AB's, in the same inning, on opening day. HINT: Has an outside shot at the HOF

8 - Athletics franchise leader in opening day starts. HINT: Not an All Star, not an award winner, career record under .500. - Rick Langford

9 - Opening day win was his last of the season. Went 1-16 overall - Mike Parrot

10 - Played in the last Giants game in the Polo Grounds, and the first Mets game in the Polo Grounds. Hint: Not THAT one - Frank Thomas

11 - Pitched an opening day one hitter, and then another one in his next start. HINT: Only player to play in and umpire in an ASG (not at the same time obviously). - Lon Warneke

12 - Only 3 players with 3 HR games on opening day. HINT: I was at one of these games. - George Bell, Tuffy Rhodes, Dmitri Young

13 - 5 years removed from his ML debut, got his first 4 hits on opening day playing for his 6th organization. HINT: Has an outside shot at the HOF - Lou Piniella

14 - Lost opening day games for both Washington Senators franchises. HINT: Was NOT involved in the first All Cuban triple play. - Camilo Pascual

15 - Opening day RF starter for Pirates in first game after Roberto Clemente's death - Manny Sanguillen

16 - Only player to hit for the cycle on opening day. HINT: Was teammates with less famous brother. - Gee Walker

17 - Last pitcher with 4 hits on opening day. HINT Was not teammates with more famous brother. HINT: Brother was also a pitcher

18 - Only player to hit 3 triples on opening day. HINT Named after a presidential candidate - Jimmy Sheckard

19 - These three players had pinch hit HRs on opening day, in their first ML AB. HINT: Despite rumors, one of them DID NOT run a funeral home. HINT for #3: It was the only HR of his career - Chuck Tanner, Al Woods, ?

20 - Last player to get 4 or more hits in consecutive opening day games. HINT: Son is an active player. Son is a Jr.

21 - Opening day PH HR was his 3rd in 3 consecutive AB's, dating to the prior season. - Chuck Essegian
   58. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: February 15, 2012 at 03:41 PM (#4061692)
17 - jim perry
20 - tony gwynn
   59. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 15, 2012 at 03:47 PM (#4061698)
17 - Mark Leiter

20 - Jerry Hairston Jr.
   60. Group Captain Mandrake Posted: February 15, 2012 at 03:50 PM (#4061700)
17 - jim perry
20 - tony gwynn

17 - Mark Leiter

20 - Jerry Hairston Jr.


No to all.
   61. Guapo Posted: February 15, 2012 at 03:59 PM (#4061712)
20 - Dante Bichette
   62. Group Captain Mandrake Posted: February 15, 2012 at 04:04 PM (#4061719)
20 - Dante Bichette


No.

And I'm off to practice.
   63. JJ1986 Posted: February 15, 2012 at 04:09 PM (#4061726)
20 - Eric Young?
   64. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: February 15, 2012 at 04:14 PM (#4061730)
I'll WAG...

17 - Paul Dean
20 - John Mayberry
   65. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: February 15, 2012 at 06:02 PM (#4061826)
   66. Group Captain Mandrake Posted: February 15, 2012 at 06:59 PM (#4061874)
I'll WAG...

17 - Paul Dean
20 - John Mayberry


Mayberry is correct
   67. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 15, 2012 at 07:00 PM (#4061876)
Damn, I was going to guess Mayberry.

I'll say the answer to all the rest is Frank Stallone.
   68. Group Captain Mandrake Posted: February 15, 2012 at 07:07 PM (#4061882)
17 - Last pitcher with 4 hits on opening day. HINT Was not teammates with more famous brother. HINT: Brother was also a pitcher. HINT: Brother is in he HOF
   69. Group Captain Mandrake Posted: February 15, 2012 at 07:10 PM (#4061888)
7 - Famous Yankee made his ML debut with 2 hits in his first 2 AB's, in the same inning, on opening day. HINT: Has an outside shot at the HOF. HINT: Either a born liar or a convicted one, not sure.
   70. Guapo Posted: February 15, 2012 at 07:12 PM (#4061891)
What the heck? Looks to me like Bichette had 4 hits on Opening Day in both 1998 and 1999...
   71. Group Captain Mandrake Posted: February 15, 2012 at 07:12 PM (#4061892)
I don't know what else to say about #19. Like #5, either you've heard of him or you haven't. I'd never heard of the guy till yesterday. Pretty cool though, only career HR was as a pinch hitter in his first AB.
   72. Group Captain Mandrake Posted: February 15, 2012 at 07:14 PM (#4061898)
What the heck? Looks to me like Bichette had 4 hits on Opening Day in both 1998 and 1999...


Well, there you go. I knew I had to screw up at least one. Pretty freaky that Bichette also fits the clues.
   73. Good cripple hitter Posted: February 15, 2012 at 07:18 PM (#4061903)
7 is Billy Martin.
   74. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: February 15, 2012 at 07:19 PM (#4061904)
17 - The brother of Stan Covelski? Can't remember his name.
   75. Guapo Posted: February 15, 2012 at 07:19 PM (#4061905)
Yeah- I never would have gotten it if you hadn't given me a clue that accidentally worked. So that's kind of cool.
   76. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: February 15, 2012 at 07:25 PM (#4061910)
Gerhauser played a long time in the minor leagues, on both sides of his MLB career. For some reason, I always like knowing about guys like that.
   77. Group Captain Mandrake Posted: February 15, 2012 at 07:25 PM (#4061911)
17 - The brother of Stan Covelski? Can't remember his name.


Yeah. Harry Coveleski is the answer. I thought for sure someone would have guessed Joe Niekro first.
   78. Group Captain Mandrake Posted: February 15, 2012 at 07:29 PM (#4061916)
Gerhauser played a long time in the minor leagues, on both sides of his MLB career. For some reason, I always like knowing about guys like that.


The last guy from #19 is one of those. Well, long time on one side. Played MLB ball at 21 and 22. Played in the minors till 35, with stops at Mt. Airy, NC, Galax, VA, Martinsville, VA, and Welch, WV.
   79. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: February 15, 2012 at 08:42 PM (#4061961)
Either a born liar or a convicted one, not sure..


Billy was neither a born liar nor a convicted one. He's the one who said it (about Reggie and George)

   80. Group Captain Mandrake Posted: February 15, 2012 at 08:46 PM (#4061966)
Billy was neither a born liar nor a convicted one. He's the one who said it (about Reggie and George)


Ah. I thought it was Sparky or Graig who said it about Billy and Reggie.
   81. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: February 15, 2012 at 09:13 PM (#4061983)
Joe niekro was my 2nd guess, fwiw

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