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Rexington
09-13-2010, 05:55 PM
Who did Babe Ruth supplant as the all-time leader in batting strikeouts? I went easy here to start things off.

Crovash
09-13-2010, 07:03 PM
An Englishman...by the name of Tom Brown.

Rexington
09-13-2010, 07:18 PM
Very good. Your turn.

Crovash
09-13-2010, 07:50 PM
Who was the last switch-hitter to win the AL MVP?

Rexington
09-13-2010, 08:06 PM
Excellent question! Vida Blue in 1971 with an astounding .118 BA

Crovash
09-13-2010, 08:09 PM
Yeah...you got it...it's a trick question that I fell for when I first heard it.

Rexington
09-13-2010, 08:10 PM
Who was the first Japanese player to play in a regular season MLB game?

Crovash
09-13-2010, 08:16 PM
Hideo Nomo was the first big name...but I know there was at least one other guy from Japan before him...like 20 or 30 years earlier...but I have no idea who.

WilsonC
09-13-2010, 10:24 PM
Masanori Murakami.

However, unlike Nomo, who helped open the door for more Japanese players, Murakami's brief career played a significant role in closing the door for Japanese players in MLB.

Rexington
09-13-2010, 10:26 PM
Masanori Murakami.

However, unlike Nomo, who helped open the door for more Japanese players, Murakami's brief career played a significant role in closing the door for Japanese players in MLB.

Correct on the answer and the closing of the door.

WilsonC
09-14-2010, 07:57 AM
My turn I suppose.

One of the remarkable things about Joe DiMaggio's career was his ability to hit for power while rarely striking out. His ratio of HR to SO is 361 to 369, or about 0.98, a remarkable number for someone with power.

There is another Hall of Famer who bears mention for his power/contact feats. This player started his career unsuccessfully as a pitcher, then returned to AAA to convert to a new position, and it was several years before he found his way back to the majors.

From the time this player returned to the majors until the end of his career, he hit over a hundred HR with a HR/SO rate even higher than DiMaggio's (though his years as a pitcher lower his career rate a little). This player does not have a plaque in Cooperstown.

Who is he?

Rexington
09-14-2010, 10:53 AM
The only player I can find is Lefty O'Doul. His HR/SO rate is lower than DiMaggio's unless you eliminate his years as a pitcher. He was a truly great hitter though.

WilsonC
09-14-2010, 11:09 AM
O'Doul's the guy. He's definitely a "what-if" guy in terms on what he might have done had he started his career as an outfielder instead of a pitcher.

The Murakami question made me think of him, since Lefty's in Japan's Hall of Fame as a pioneer but not in Cooperstown.

Rexington
09-14-2010, 12:24 PM
Who was the manager for the first team to use the Designated Hitter in a regular season game?

BobH
09-15-2010, 06:15 AM
Who was the manager for the first team to use the Designated Hitter in a regular season game?

Ron Blomberg is recognized as being the first designated hitter to bat in a regular season game. This occurred in 1973...Blomberg was a Yank that year and Ralph Houk was the manager....therefore, I'll go with Houk.-BH

Rexington
09-15-2010, 09:20 AM
Ron Blomberg is recognized as being the first designated hitter to bat in a regular season game. This occurred in 1973...Blomberg was a Yank that year and Ralph Houk was the manager....therefore, I'll go with Houk.-BH

Correct! Nice to see you back my rolling trivia friend.

BobH
09-15-2010, 09:45 AM
Correct! Nice to see you back my rolling trivia friend.

Good to be back, Rex...and thanks...and same to you!

In the 1980s a White Sox player played in 143 games yet...only recorded 153 at-bats. Can you name him and the year this occurred?-BH

Mudge
09-15-2010, 01:30 PM
That would be Mike (Spanky) Squires from Kalamazoo, Michigan. 1983. His entire career consisted of 1580 AB in 779 games.

BobH
09-15-2010, 01:36 PM
That would be Mike (Spanky) Squires from Kalamazoo, Michigan. 1983. His entire career consisted of 1580 AB in 779 games.

Right, Mudge. That makes you next, I believe.-BH

Rexington
09-23-2010, 09:37 PM
How long do we wait for Mudge to post a question?

soberdennis
09-23-2010, 09:53 PM
How long do we wait for Mudge to post a question?

I'd say we waited long enough. Go ahead and post one, or I can.

Rexington
09-23-2010, 11:12 PM
Who is the first African-American to play professional baseball?

soberdennis
09-23-2010, 11:17 PM
Who is the first African-American to play professional baseball?

Moses Fleetwood Walker was the first major leaguer. I think there may have been another in the minors, though.

Rexington
09-23-2010, 11:38 PM
Excellent! I went easy to get us warmed up. This and Ricks HOF voting are my favorite parts of this site.

soberdennis
09-24-2010, 12:21 AM
People often forget Walker and automatically think Robinson. But Walker preceded Jackie by 60 years.
This is my favorite thread, too. Of course I have always been a trivia buff.
Where did Babe Ruth hit his first professional homerun?

Rexington
09-24-2010, 03:26 AM
Hanlan's Point on Toronto Island in 1914.

Rexington
09-24-2010, 03:30 AM
Who did Michael Jordan drive in for his first professional RBI?

BobH
09-24-2010, 09:32 AM
Who did Michael Jordan drive in for his first professional RBI?

Darrin Jackson??.....I'm not sure if you're looking for first preseason or regular season RBI . In an exhibition game playing for the White Sox vs the Cubs on Apr.7th, 1994, he drove in ChiSox player Darrin Jackson for his first pro ribbie....however, four days later playing for the ChiSox farm team AA Birmingham Barons in a game against the Chattanooga Lookouts he drove in his first official RBI....former Rookie of the Year and long-time Dodger 2nd baseman Steve Sax who was very near the end of his career but in the White Sox system now playing for the Barons. Later in the year, he would be traded to the KC Royals where he would end his career. I'll never forget how all of a sudden he couldn't throw the ball to first base without scattering his throws all over the place.-BH

Rexington
09-24-2010, 03:29 PM
I was actually looking for his first RBI in a regular season game. I didn't word my question correctly though. Good job Bob!

BobH
09-24-2010, 07:09 PM
Thanks, Rex....it was still a great question I thought...

Who was the youngest ML manager to manage in the 'bigs' .....and when did he do it?-BH

whitstatman
09-24-2010, 07:22 PM
Lou Boudreau, Indians player-manager, in 1942. He was 24 at the time.

Also, I read that a Roger Peckinpaugh interim managed the Yankees in 1914, at the age of 23.

BobH
09-24-2010, 08:46 PM
Lou Boudreau, Indians player-manager, in 1942. He was 24 at the time.

Also, I read that a Roger Peckinpaugh interim managed the Yankees in 1914, at the age of 23.

Roger Peckinpaugh was the man I was looking for. He managed 20 games at the end of the 1914 season for the Yanks at the age of 23...as you noted. Nice work. I believe that means the next question is yours.-BH

whitstatman
09-24-2010, 10:18 PM
Which player is the MLB logo designed after?

BobH
09-25-2010, 08:56 AM
Which player is the MLB logo designed after?

In actuality, as far as has been determined, the logo is a conglomeration of MLB player photos. Conjecture has always been Harmon Killebrew, but 'not so' says the original designer Jerry Dior. Check out the following article by Paul Lukas from an ESPN website.....-BH

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=lukas/081118

whitstatman
09-25-2010, 11:28 AM
In actuality, as far as has been determined, the logo is a conglomeration of MLB player photos. Conjecture has always been Harmon Killebrew, but 'not so' says the original designer Jerry Dior. Check out the following article by Paul Lukas from an ESPN website.....-BH

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=lukas/081118

Ah, you are correct. Your turn.

BobH
09-25-2010, 03:13 PM
Disregarding managers, name the 9 Hall of Fame players who went straight into MLB from HS or college without minor league experience.-BH

Rexington
09-26-2010, 03:26 AM
Dave Winfield
Catfish Hunter
Sandy Koufax
Harmon Killebrew
Al Kaline
Bob Feller
Mel Ott
George Sisler
Frankie Frisch

BobH
09-26-2010, 09:37 PM
That's what I have, Rex....verbatim. Excellent work...-BH

Rexington
09-27-2010, 03:32 AM
Who are the first set of twin brothers to play in the same game together?

soberdennis
09-27-2010, 04:08 AM
Who are the first set of twin brothers to play in the same game together?

Joe and Red Shannon for the Boston Braves in 1915

Rexington
09-27-2010, 07:05 AM
Good job Dennis!

soberdennis
09-27-2010, 10:25 AM
Who has the record for most games appeared in while only playing one season in the Majors?

BobH
09-27-2010, 02:26 PM
Who has the record for most games appeared in while only playing one season in the Majors?

One guy who comes to mind for me is a fellow named Dutch Schliebner who spent most of the 1923 season filling in for George Sisler who suffered from some sort of sinus condition that year. Schliebner appeared in 146 games in that...his only season.-BH

soberdennis
09-27-2010, 04:52 PM
One guy who comes to mind for me is a fellow named Dutch Schliebner who spent most of the 1923 season filling in for George Sisler who suffered from some sort of sinus condition that year. Schliebner appeared in 146 games in that...his only season.-BH

That was close. But this guy, slightly more famous, appeared in 152 games in his only season.
He played for the Phillies in 1959.

BobH
09-27-2010, 07:03 PM
That was close. But this guy, slightly more famous, appeared in 152 games in his only season.
He played for the Phillies in 1959.

Man, I knew that and forgot it....Age seems to have a way of doing that. I would certainly think this guy is slightly more well known..but not as a player....:)-BH

whitstatman
09-27-2010, 07:10 PM
You need a hint? Maybe I need to spark your thinking a bit.

soberdennis
09-27-2010, 07:39 PM
It sounds like the two of you know it. Someone can give the answer.

Rexington
09-27-2010, 09:30 PM
Sparky Anderson. I am not sure why he didn't appear in another season as a player. It might be his .218 BA or his 12 XBH in 527 PA...

soberdennis
09-27-2010, 10:43 PM
Sparky it was. He played 152 games at Second Base for the Phillies in 1959. The next time he was in a Major League uniform was managing the Reds in 1970. The Phillies were bad enough in the late 50s and early 60s without him.

Rexington
09-28-2010, 01:11 AM
Who is the only major leaguer to play with the same franchise in three different cities?

soberdennis
09-28-2010, 01:37 AM
That's easy. Eddie Mathews played for the Braves in Boston, Milwaukee, and Atlanta.

Rexington
09-28-2010, 01:58 AM
Very good. I admit it was easier than others I could've asked.

soberdennis
09-28-2010, 02:02 AM
What Hall of famer in a different sport has the distinction of being thrown out of a Major League Baseball Game without ever appearing in one?
Hint-the sport is basketball and he attended college at one of college baseball's greatest powerhouses.

Rexington
09-28-2010, 03:23 AM
Bill Sharman of the Los Angeles Dodgers (and Boston Celtics) was ejected from a major league game. Excellent question Dennis!!

Rexington
09-28-2010, 03:29 AM
Who was the first major league catcher to wear shin guards?

BobH
09-28-2010, 07:35 AM
Who is the only major leaguer to play with the same franchise in three different cities?

I believe I may know this one..... Hall of Famer Eddie Mathews fits this question. He played for the Boston Braves in 1952 which was the last year the Braves were in Boston. After the Braves moved to Milwaukee he played there until the Braves moved to Atlanta in 1966. He played in Atlanta for a year , then finished up his career with Houston and Detroit. Being a Braves fan, I always loved the Aaron-Mathews tandem during the 50s and 60s. The career HR total between the two of them of 1267 dingers and 3750 RBI wasn't too shabby when it comes to power numbers.-BH

soberdennis
09-28-2010, 09:48 AM
I believe I may know this one..... Hall of Famer Eddie Mathews fits this question. He played for the Boston Braves in 1952 which was the last year the Braves were in Boston. After the Braves moved to Milwaukee he played there until the Braves moved to Atlanta in 1966. He played in Atlanta for a year , then finished up his career with Houston and Detroit. Being a Braves fan, I always loved the Aaron-Mathews tandem during the 50s and 60s. The career HR total between the two of them of 1267 dingers and 3750 RBI wasn't too shabby when it comes to power numbers.-BH
A day late, a dollar short. I had already correctly answered that question. Mathews was correct.

soberdennis
09-28-2010, 09:53 AM
Bill Sharman of the Los Angeles Dodgers (and Boston Celtics) was ejected from a major league game. Excellent question Dennis!!

Sharman, from USC, was one of fifteen Dodgers ejected for their bench jockeying during a game on September 27, 1951. He never played in the Majors and went on to be a key part of the Celtic dynasty in the NBA, along with being a decent coach for the Lakers.

BobH
09-28-2010, 03:47 PM
Something crazy must be happening with the posts. I can see by the times that certainly all these posts came before my Mathews response...but when I answered the question the only post I had just preceding it at the time was the question. None of the others was displayed...and I have no idea why..at least on my computer....:confused:-BH

BobH
09-28-2010, 04:16 PM
I don't see an answer to Rexington's shin-guard question and I believe that was Rogeer Breshnahan...around 1907.-BH

Rexington
09-28-2010, 05:59 PM
Good job Bob. Your turn.

BobH
09-28-2010, 09:04 PM
During Joe DiMaggio's 56 game hitting streak in 1941, How many HRs and RBI did he collect?-BH

soberdennis
09-28-2010, 10:36 PM
He hit .409 with 15 homers and 55 RBI.

BobH
09-29-2010, 07:49 AM
He hit .409 with 15 homers and 55 RBI.

...and 91 basehits...Correct, dennis.....you're up.-BH

soberdennis
09-29-2010, 10:59 AM
Other than Christy Mathewson, who is the other pitcher to throw three complete games in one world series without giving up an earned run?

Rexington
09-29-2010, 05:34 PM
Waite Hoyt of the NY Yankees against the NY Giants. He did pitch 3 games in the WS that year without giving up an earned run, but he only got one shutout for his efforts.

BobH
09-29-2010, 06:46 PM
Yeah...1921 I think, Rex...and he lost one of those games, too....a 1-0 loss in game 8-the final game of the Series. This was during the 'best of 9' years of the WS.-BH

soberdennis
09-29-2010, 07:12 PM
Hoyt is correct. He gave up 2 unearned runs in the 27 innings he pitched and lost the Series clincher 1-0 as Bob said. The year was 1921, the Yankees first appearance in the Fall Classic. Of course, there would be many more.
You're up Rex.

Rexington
09-29-2010, 08:12 PM
What former Atlanta pitcher was selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the NHL draft?

BobH
09-29-2010, 08:51 PM
What former Atlanta pitcher was selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the NHL draft?

Ah...an easy one for a long-time Braves fan...Tom Glavine.-BH

soberdennis
09-29-2010, 08:56 PM
I'll go with future HOFer Tom Glavine.

Rexington
09-29-2010, 10:27 PM
Good job Bob. I haven't very imaginative with my questions lately.

soberdennis
09-29-2010, 11:00 PM
Bob beat me to it. That was an easy one. Glavine was well known as a hockey player too.

BobH
09-30-2010, 08:20 AM
In 1951 there was only one black position player in the National League who did not play for the Giants or the Dodgers. What was his name and for whom did he play?-BH

Rexington
09-30-2010, 10:25 AM
Sam Jethroe for the Boston Braves.

soberdennis
09-30-2010, 11:30 AM
I knew that, too. But my computer has been acting up on me. Arggh.

Rexington
09-30-2010, 01:30 PM
Who is the first free agent to sign a $1 million dollar contract?

BobH
09-30-2010, 07:19 PM
Who is the first free agent to sign a $1 million dollar contract?

Just for the record...you were right with Jethroe, Rex. As to this question I believe it was Nolan Ryan with the 'Stros in November of 1979.-BH

Rexington
09-30-2010, 10:19 PM
Yes sir. Nolan Ryan it is.

BobH
10-01-2010, 08:31 AM
Only one pitcher has posted 30 or more saves in his first five complete seasons in MLB. Who?-BH

soberdennis
10-01-2010, 10:08 AM
If you don't consider a season where he came up in late July a complete season, Jonathan Papelbon of the Red Sox fits the bill. Starting with the 2006 season, he has had at least 35 saves each year. But the fact that he had played two months in 2005 made him not a rookie in 2006, so it may not be who you are looking for.

BobH
10-01-2010, 04:13 PM
The question called for five complete seasons and...you're absolutely right. Papelbon was the man I was looking for, dennis. Nice work.-BH

soberdennis
10-01-2010, 05:53 PM
What HOFer was replaced in the lineup after being ejected by Walter Alston, leading to Smokey's only Major League at bat in which he struck out?

BobH
10-01-2010, 09:31 PM
What HOFer was replaced in the lineup after being ejected by Walter Alston, leading to Smokey's only Major League at bat in which he struck out?

I don't want to hog these...but can say that this happened when the HoFer replaced was a rookie.-BH

Rexington
10-02-2010, 02:19 AM
Johnny Mize on September 27, 1936.

soberdennis
10-02-2010, 03:14 AM
The Big Cat is correct. He was ejected from the game. Alston replaced him and struck out in his only at bat. He never played again.

Rexington
10-02-2010, 06:22 AM
Name the only two HOF eligible pitchers to have won multiple Cy Young awards and not get elected to the HOF.

soberdennis
10-02-2010, 08:58 AM
Denny McClain and Bret Saberhagen

Rexington
10-03-2010, 12:52 AM
Nice job. This is the first time I have been able to get on reliably today. Other web sites have been fine, just not this one for whatever reason.

soberdennis
10-03-2010, 02:43 AM
Nice job. This is the first time I have been able to get on reliably today. Other web sites have been fine, just not this one for whatever reason.

Glad you finally got on.
Here should be an easy one.
Who is the only pitcher to win 3 world series games for a losing team?

soberdennis
10-03-2010, 02:44 AM
Nice job. This is the first time I have been able to get on reliably today. Other web sites have been fine, just not this one for whatever reason.

Glad you finally got on.
Here should be an easy one.
Who is the only pitcher to win 3 world series games for a losing team?

Rexington
10-03-2010, 02:57 AM
Deacon Phillippe in 1903 in a best 5 out of 9 WS.

Rexington
10-03-2010, 02:59 AM
What is the primary reason that the baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY was originally created?

soberdennis
10-03-2010, 06:04 AM
The way I understand it is that baseball was looking for where it originated. Someone came up with the legend that Future Civil War general Abner Doubleday had invented the game and it was first played at what is now Doubleday Field in Cooperstown in 1839. With this in mind, baseball decided to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the event by opening a museum and shrine of its stars on the site. Even though the first players were elected in 1936, the Hall didn't actually open until 1939.
Odds are that the legend is totally myth. Doubleday probably did not invent the game in Cooperstown or anywhere else. He may not have even ever seen a baseball game played. But in the 1930s the myth persisted and the small upstate New York town got its Hall of Fame and museum.
I'm not sure if that is exactly what you are looking for. But that is the story I heard that even persisted into the 60s when I was growing up.

Rexington
10-03-2010, 08:26 PM
That is it exactly. We now know that Doubleday didn't invent baseball. I don't think they realized that in 1939 though.

soberdennis
10-03-2010, 09:07 PM
Who are the only two teams to make the playoffs in a year that they had a losing streak of at least 10 games?

BobH
10-03-2010, 09:34 PM
Who are the only two teams to make the playoffs in a year that they had a losing streak of at least 10 games?

I believe that would be the 1951 Giants...we all remember Thomson's mighty blow thanks to Russ Hodges...and the 1982 Braves under the tutelege of Joe Torre. He's the man I wish would be the next Braves commander...again.-BH

soberdennis
10-03-2010, 09:39 PM
I believe that would be the 1951 Giants...we all remember Thomson's mighty blow thanks to Russ Hodges...and the 1982 Braves under the tutelege of Joe Torre. He's the man I wish would be the next Braves commander...again.-BH

We almost had a third this year. But alas, the Padres are on the outside looking in.
Thomson's homer was 59 years ago today.
Anyway, you're right again.

BobH
10-04-2010, 09:41 AM
Name the California Angel player from the 70s who led his team in HRs and RBI despite missing over 60 games in one of those years.-BH

Rexington
10-04-2010, 02:13 PM
Bobby Bonds in 1976 with 10 hrs and 54 rbi's.

Rexington
10-04-2010, 02:36 PM
Who is the first foreign born hitter to eclipse the 400 HR mark?

BobH
10-04-2010, 08:28 PM
Who is the first foreign born hitter to eclipse the 400 HR mark?

Jose Canseco, I think.....April of 1999.-BH

Rexington
10-04-2010, 09:01 PM
Correct answer Bob!

BobH
10-05-2010, 08:21 AM
Name the first St. Louis Brown to hit two or more HRs in a game.-BH

soberdennis
10-05-2010, 09:08 AM
Just a guess-Ken Williams?

BobH
10-05-2010, 07:19 PM
Just a guess-Ken Williams?

Sorry, dennis...not Williams. The year was 1906....if that's any help.-BH

soberdennis
10-06-2010, 01:08 AM
I researched it. I figured it out. Out of the 3 homers HOFer Branch Rickey hit in his career, 2 were in one game.

BobH
10-06-2010, 06:47 AM
I researched it. I figured it out. Out of the 3 homers HOFer Branch Rickey hit in his career, 2 were in one game.

There you go! That's it, dennis. August 6th, 1906 to be precise. Guys like Williams and Sisler weren't even in the League until 1915. Good work, Amigo. Your turn.-BH

soberdennis
10-06-2010, 04:11 PM
There you go! That's it, dennis. August 6th, 1906 to be precise. Guys like Williams and Sisler weren't even in the League until 1915. Good work, Amigo. Your turn.-BH

When you gave me the year, I knew it couldn't have been Sisler, either.
What ballpark was used for the home games of the World Champions in each of its first two years?

BobH
10-06-2010, 09:02 PM
When you gave me the year, I knew it couldn't have been Sisler, either.
What ballpark was used for the home games of the World Champions in each of its first two years?

Don't know if this is what you're looking for but I'll try....In 1903 the Boston Americans played in the Huntington Avenue Grounds and the New York Giants played in the Polo Grounds III in 1905. There was no 1904 Series.-BH

soberdennis
10-06-2010, 09:32 PM
Don't know if this is what you're looking for but I'll try....In 1903 the Boston Americans played in the Huntington Avenue Grounds and the New York Giants played in the Polo Grounds III in 1905. There was no 1904 Series.-BH

Not quite what I am looking for. One ballpark was used by the champion in each of the ballpark's first two years. There is a sly catch to this one.

BobH
10-07-2010, 08:54 AM
Not quite what I am looking for. One ballpark was used by the champion in each of the ballpark's first two years. There is a sly catch to this one.

I think I'm confused as to just what you're looking for.-BH

soberdennis
10-07-2010, 01:35 PM
I think I'm confused as to just what you're looking for.-BH

In each of a ball park's first two years, the team that won the World Series those years used the ballpark for its home games during the World Series. In other words, if the Yankees win it this year, the New Yankee Stadium would fit as an answer because the Yankees would have won the Series the first two years of the Park's existence.
I bolded the part of that first sentence for a reason.

BobH
10-08-2010, 08:51 PM
I can only make a guess and say the Philadelphia A's in Shibe Park 1910/1911...but I want to think Shibe opened in 1909. If this isn't it I have no idea what you're seeking.-BH

soberdennis
10-08-2010, 11:45 PM
I can only make a guess and say the Philadelphia A's in Shibe Park 1910/1911...but I want to think Shibe opened in 1909. If this isn't it I have no idea what you're seeking.-BH
You're close. But as you said, Shibe opened in 1909. There is a slight trick to this question. The champions aren't who you think they might be once you know which park I am talking about. But they did use the Park in the World Series for their home games.

BobH
10-10-2010, 05:07 PM
You're close. But as you said, Shibe opened in 1909. There is a slight trick to this question. The champions aren't who you think they might be once you know which park I am talking about. But they did use the Park in the World Series for their home games.

I really don't know where to start on this. I can only guess it would have had to have been in some city possibly where a "Subway" or "streetcar" Series was played. Beyond that I am completely lost. I give up....speaking only for myself, of course.-BH

soberdennis
10-10-2010, 05:20 PM
Try this. In 1915, the Boston Red Sox used Braves Field for their home games in the World Series. They did the same in 1916. Agreed, it is stretching it some since Fenway Park was their home during the season. But I did emphasize that it was the home during the World Series.

soberdennis
10-10-2010, 06:14 PM
Since that was a tricky one, I will make up for it with an easy one. Who has the record for most errors in one World Series?

BobH
10-10-2010, 10:03 PM
Try this. In 1915, the Boston Red Sox used Braves Field for their home games in the World Series. They did the same in 1916. Agreed, it is stretching it some since Fenway Park was their home during the season. But I did emphasize that it was the home during the World Series.

A truly great question, dennis,,,and perfectly legitimate. What perplexes me is....Why?? Their ballpark was only a couple of years old...was it not?-BH

soberdennis
10-10-2010, 10:41 PM
A truly great question, dennis,,,and perfectly legitimate. What perplexes me is....Why?? Their ballpark was only a couple of years old...was it not?-BH

True. Fenway Park opened in 1912. But I think they were looking for the larger capacity of Braves Field.

BobH
10-10-2010, 10:47 PM
Since that was a tricky one, I will make up for it with an easy one. Who has the record for most errors in one World Series?

OK, I'll try.... If it's a team you're looking for I'll go with the 1912 New York Giants with 20. The individual leader is probably Washington Senator Roger Peckinpaugh with 8 in the 1925 Series.-BH

BobH
10-10-2010, 10:50 PM
True. Fenway Park opened in 1912. But I think they were looking for the larger capacity of Braves Field.

Could be. I think Brave's Field held 10-15K more than Fenway.-BH

soberdennis
10-10-2010, 11:09 PM
OK, I'll try.... If it's a team you're looking for I'll go with the 1912 New York Giants with 20. The individual leader is probably Washington Senator Roger Peckinpaugh with 8 in the 1925 Series.-BH

Peckinpaugh was who I was looking for. A disastrous series for the AL MVP that year.
I didn't realize the Giants had that many errors in 1912. That is a lot even for an 8 game series.(There was a tie.) Of course they did play hot potato with the ball in the final game.

BobH
10-11-2010, 09:39 AM
Here's one you might find a bit strange.....name the player who played in Don Larsen's perfect game in the '56 WS, in Rocky Colavito's 4 HR game in June '59, and Willie Mays 4 HR game in April '61....-BH

Rexington
10-11-2010, 11:17 AM
Billy Martin got a hit playing 2b for the Yankees in Larsen's gem, hit a homer for the Orioles in Colavito's game, and was a hitless pinch-hitter for the Braves in May's game

BobH
10-11-2010, 12:22 PM
Billy Martin got a hit playing 2b for the Yankees in Larsen's gem, hit a homer for the Orioles in Colavito's game, and was a hitless pinch-hitter for the Braves in May's game

Right on all counts, Rex. Good job.-BH

Rexington
10-11-2010, 10:26 PM
Who is the youngest player to hit a homerun in Toronto Blue Jays history?

soberdennis
10-11-2010, 11:48 PM
Who is the youngest player to hit a homerun in Toronto Blue Jays history?

I'll give it a try after some extensive, but imperfect research. I found 3 players who had come up with the Jays when they were 20 and hit homeruns that year. I couldn't find any teenagers, but I may have missed one.
It appears that Danny Ainge was 20 years, 2 months, and 16 days when he hit his first of two career homers for the Jays on June 2, 1979. So I'll go with him.
Interestingly enough, as Digger Phelps would tell you, Ainge was still playing basketball at Brigham Young at the time. In the end, he chose the bigger ball for his career.
Like I said, my research was imperfect. I only looked at players who were regulars or semi regulars for the Jays at some point in their careers. There could be someone I missed.
BTW, Lloyd Moseby and Vernon Wells both hit homers at age 20, also. But looking at the dates of birth, it appears that Ainge was the youngest of the three.

Rexington
10-12-2010, 12:00 AM
Correct and good job Dennis. I was hoping somebody would answer the question before my internet crashed AGAIN.

soberdennis
10-12-2010, 12:05 AM
Who were the baserunners when Cookie Lavagetto doubled to beat Bill Bevens in game 4 of the 1947 World Series, the only hit Bevens gave up although he did walk 10 batters?

BobH
10-12-2010, 08:46 AM
Who were the baserunners when Cookie Lavagetto doubled to beat Bill Bevens in game 4 of the 1947 World Series, the only hit Bevens gave up although he did walk 10 batters?

Both men who scored were pinch runners. Al Gionfriddo was running for Carl Furillo and Eddie Miksis was running for Pete Reiser. Gionfriddo would make his own headlines in the same Series with his backing circus catch robbing Joe Dimaggio of a certain extra-base hit.-BH

soberdennis
10-12-2010, 09:42 AM
Both men who scored were pinch runners. Al Gionfriddo was running for Carl Furillo and Eddie Miksis was running for Pete Reiser. Gionfriddo would make his own headlines in the same Series with his backing circus catch robbing Joe Dimaggio of a certain extra-base hit.-BH

And Gionfriddo would never play again in the Majors, along with Bevens and Lavagetto, after the Series.

BobH
10-12-2010, 12:26 PM
And Gionfriddo would never play again in the Majors, along with Bevens and Lavagetto, after the Series.

That's quite true.....Name the only player with at least 250 HRs, 675 or more SB, and a Slugging % of at least .425-BH

whitstatman
10-12-2010, 03:25 PM
That's quite true.....Name the only player with at least 250 HRs, 675 or more SB, and a Slugging % of at least .425-BH

Joe Morgan, Cincinnati Reds 2B.

689 SB
268 HR's
.427 SLG

BobH
10-12-2010, 04:45 PM
Joe Morgan, Cincinnati Reds 2B.

689 SB
268 HR's
.427 SLG

You are correct, Sir....good work!-BH

whitstatman
10-12-2010, 05:08 PM
Who threw baseball's last legal spitball?

soberdennis
10-12-2010, 07:40 PM
Who threw baseball's last legal spitball?

Old Stubblebeard. Burleigh Grimes was the last legal spitballer when he retired in 1934. Of course a number of pitchers have been accused of throwing it since. Gaylord Perry basically admitted to it.

soberdennis
10-13-2010, 10:04 AM
Being confident that Grimes is the right answer-
When Bobby Richardson drove in a World Series record 12 runs in 1960, whose record did he break?

BobH
10-13-2010, 11:56 AM
Being confident that Grimes is the right answer-
When Bobby Richardson drove in a World Series record 12 runs in 1960, whose record did he break?

Well, Mantle himself also had 11 RBI in the same Series but Yogi Berra had 10 in 1956 tied by Ted Kluszewski in 1959 who made the most of his one WS by posting some great numbers...so I would say Bobby broke the record these two held. Bobby set the 12 RBI record in game 6 driving in 0 in game 7. Mantle drove in his 10th and 11th runs in game 7 after the record was set .-BH

soberdennis
10-13-2010, 12:37 PM
Well, Mantle himself also had 11 RBI in the same Series but Yogi Berra had 10 in 1956 tied by Ted Kluszewski in 1959 who made the most of his one WS by posting some great numbers...so I would say Bobby broke the record these two held. Bobby set the 12 RBI record in game 6 driving in 0 in game 7. Mantle drove in his 10th and 11th runs in game 7 after the record was set .-BH
I was thinking Klu. I forgot about Yogi doing it too. But they are the correct answer.
Like Richardson, Klu did it in a losing effort.

BobH
10-13-2010, 02:47 PM
Here's a question I think may prove to be a bit difficult...

Name the only three men in the entire history of MLB who have actually scored more runs in their careers than games they played. How many games and runs did each actually play and score? Here's a few clues...

1. These are not limited to what is generally regarded as baseball's "Modern Era".
2. There is only one Hall of Famer among them.
3. 14 seasons is the fewest number of seasons any one of the 3 played.
4. All 3 played in 1300 or more games......Good luck.-BH

soberdennis
10-13-2010, 03:14 PM
Here's a question I think may prove to be a bit difficult...

Name the only three men in the entire history of MLB who have actually scored more runs in their careers than games they played. How many games and runs did each actually play and score? Here's a few clues...

1. These are not limited to what is generally regarded as baseball's "Modern Era".
2. There is only one Hall of Famer among them.
3. 14 seasons is the fewest number of seasons any one of the 3 played.
4. All 3 played in 1300 or more games......Good luck.-BH

Right off the bat I knew the HOFer was Smiling Billy Hamilton, who scored 1690 runs in 1591 games.
One of the others is Harry Stovey, who also played in the 19th century. He scored 1492 in 1486 games.
My research so far has been limited to the top 100 run scorers and so far they are the only ones on the list. But the list of players who scored over 1300 runs extends a little further, so I have to try to further my research. I knew Hamilton before I even started my research though.

soberdennis
10-13-2010, 03:43 PM
The third was George Gore who scored 1327 in 1310 games.
Stovey and Gore both played exactly 14 seasons. Gore only played in 100 or more games 6 times, but scored more runs than games played an incredible 8 times, including 7 years when he topped the century mark in runs scored. His high was 150 in 118 games for Anson's White Stockings in 1886.
Stovey was even better. He played in 100 games 8 seasons and topped the century mark in runs 9 times. He scored more runs than games played 7 times with a high of 152 in 1889 for the Athletics.
Hamilton's career includes a record 192 runs in 1894 for the Phillies. He has 6 of the top 100 run scoring seasons in history.

BobH
10-13-2010, 07:44 PM
Well done! I thought this one would take longer. Just curious as to why Gore was called "Piano Legs"...-BH

soberdennis
10-13-2010, 10:22 PM
I don't know about Piano Legs. I think there was a Hickman with that nickname, though.
It helped that I had done a bio for the original board on Hamilton.
Who has the highest lifetime batting average of those eligible for the HOF that is not in the HOF? Keep in mind that Joe Jackson is not eligible.

BobH
10-14-2010, 09:22 AM
I would think it has to be Lefty O'Doul with his .349 career batting AVG and 11 seasons played.-BH

soberdennis
10-14-2010, 10:17 AM
For some reason the name I had heard was Riggs Stephenson with .336. But O'Doul had a higher BA. So you are right.
Neither O'Doul nor Stephenson played many years where they appeared in over 100 games. O'Doul in 6,Stephenson in 5 out of 14 years. That may have something to do with their omission from Cooperstown.

soberdennis
10-14-2010, 10:42 AM
I was trying to figure out why my original source did not have O'Doul. As far as I can figure, it must have qualified its question with either 1000 games or 5000 plate appearances, which Stephenson had but O'Doul didn't. But my question didn't have such a qualification, so O'Doul it is.

BobH
10-14-2010, 07:39 PM
This is a baseball question.....What U.S. professional sports team has been in the same city with the same name for the longest period of time? How long?-BH

soberdennis
10-15-2010, 01:00 AM
If it is a Major League team, and I am not sure it is
In the NL
Only the Cubs, Phillies, Reds, Cardinals, and Pirates remain in the same city they were in from the beginning (of the original 8)
The Cubs have been called the White Stockings and the Colts, among others. I believe Orphans may have been another name.
The Phillies were called the Blue Jays as recently as the 1940s.
The Reds were originally called the Red Stockings. They also changed to the Redlegs in the 1950s due to the connotation at the time of the term Reds.
I believe the Cardinals were originally called the Browns, before the AL team had that name.
That leaves the Pirates, who I am not sure about. I think they may have been called the Alleghenys at one time. But if it is a MLB team, I would have to say them.
In the AL, I believe the Tigers and White Sox have never changed their names.
This is right off the top of my head without any research.
In the Minors, there are many that might fit. Right off hand I think of the Toledo Mudhens of Max Klinger fame. But I am sure there are others who may have been around longer.
Of course some cities have always had teams with the same name but different incarnations. Baltimore has always had the Orioles. San Diego has always had the Padres. But they have not always been the same team.

BobH
10-15-2010, 05:16 AM
Well, dennis, I apparently have a bogey source. It only takes Baseball-reference .com to verify that....and I didn't know this either...I had the Phillies as the longest starting in 1883. I can see from BasRef, of course, that you're right. My apologies...:o. It appears that the Pirates are the longest. ...since 1891.-BH

soberdennis
10-15-2010, 06:32 AM
Well, dennis, I apparently have a bogey source. It only takes Baseball-reference .com to verify that....and I didn't know this either...I had the Phillies as the longest starting in 1883. I can see from BasRef, of course, that you're right. My apologies...:o. It appears that the Pirates are the longest. ...since 1891.-BH

It just goes to prove that our sources aren't perfect. Note that I had a bogus source on my previous question, too.
At age of death, who was the oldest Major League baseball player? How old was he when he died?

BobH
10-15-2010, 05:25 PM
It just goes to prove that our sources aren't perfect. Note that I had a bogus source on my previous question, too.
At age of death, who was the oldest Major League baseball player? How old was he when he died?

Chester "Red" Hoff...who pitched for the NY Highlanders in 1911, 1912,...when they became the Yankees in 1913, and the St. Louis Browns in 1915. He was 107 years and 132 days old at the time of his death in 1998.-BH

soberdennis
10-15-2010, 07:47 PM
Hoff is correct. Silas Simmons lived to be 111, but he only played in the Negro Leagues. Simmons is the oldest to play any pro sport. But my question was for the Majors, and Hoff is the answer I was looking for.

BobH
10-15-2010, 08:39 PM
Name the pitcher who holds the major league record for most consecutive complete games. How many?-BH

soberdennis
10-16-2010, 12:20 AM
Jack Taylor of the Cardinals had 39 consecutive complete games back in 1904

BobH
10-16-2010, 11:22 AM
Jack Taylor of the Cardinals had 39 consecutive complete games back in 1904

That's correct. I was actually looking for his over all consecutive games completed title but that's good enough for me. Jack actually had a stretch of 185 complete games in his career. In five of the years in his ten year career, he completed every game he started. Of the 287 games he started over his career he completd 279 of them. That is an absolutely awesome stat to me. Great job as usual, dennis...-BH

soberdennis
10-16-2010, 04:13 PM
That's correct. I was actually looking for his over all consecutive games completed title but that's good enough for me. Jack actually had a stretch of 185 complete games in his career. In five of the years in his ten year career, he completed every game he started. Of the 287 games he started over his career he completd 279 of them. That is an absolutely awesome stat to me. Great job as usual, dennis...-BH

Baseball Almanac, another decent source for information gave me that one. It also said Bill Dineen, who won three World Series games the previous year, set the AL record with 37 the same year. Nowadays you're lucky if a pitcher gets 37 in a career.
The Phillies are the only team to lose 10000 games while 5 NL teams have won that many. What team is close enough right now that they are certain to do both next year?

Rexington
10-16-2010, 06:10 PM
The Atlanta Braves with a cumulative record of 9,945-9,954.

soberdennis
10-16-2010, 07:38 PM
The Atlanta Braves with a cumulative record of 9,945-9,954.

That is correct. They are 100% certain of getting one of them. It would take either an incredibly great season or an incredibly bad season for them not to get both-117-45 or better of 54-108 or worse. I don't envision the Braves or anyone else being that good or that bad next year, even though it is possible. I would say it is about 99% certain that they will get both.
The only other team to be nearing 10000 is the Reds with 9915 wins. They could do that next year, too.
The all time winner in the AL is (duh) the Yankees. But they are at 9670 and it will be a few years before they get 10000.
The all time loser in the AL is the Orioles, who are over 1000 away from 10000. That won't happen for a while. There are a few NL teams that will get to 10000 losses before the Orioles do.

Rexington
10-17-2010, 05:25 AM
In the storied history of major league baseball, who are the only five players to draw a walk in their only ML plate appearance AND not play in the field?

BobH
10-17-2010, 02:16 PM
In the storied history of major league baseball, who are the only five players to draw a walk in their only ML plate appearance AND not play in the field?

They appeared as below...
1. Dutch Schirick (9/17/14)....and he stole 2 bases for a 324 SB seasonal AVG.
2. Bill Batsch(9/9/16)
3. Joe Cobb(4/25/18)
4. Eddie Gaedel(8/19/51)...Bill Veeck's famous stunt with his midget.
5. Kevin Melillo(6/24/07).... Melillo is currently one of the five but that could change. This past 2010 season he batted .276 in 98 games playing LF for the Pirates AAA franchise Indianapolis Indians team and could make it back to the bigs where one AB would remove him from the list.-BH

Rexington
10-17-2010, 05:17 PM
Nice job Bob!

soberdennis
10-17-2010, 05:24 PM
I saw that question and drew a complete blank, not even sure where to research it. The saddest part is I forgot about Gaedel.

Rexington
10-17-2010, 06:30 PM
I saw that question and drew a complete blank, not even sure where to research it. The saddest part is I forgot about Gaedel.

I was reading Gaedel's wikipedia page and it prints that fun-fact. I was actually trying to find the next shortest player.

BobH
10-17-2010, 10:05 PM
I was reading Gaedel's wikipedia page and it prints that fun-fact. I was actually trying to find the next shortest player.

Rex, I think MLB draws a line at 5'3" so here's a list of those listed at that height...

1. Dickey Pearce (1871-77, 291 games)
2. Lou Sylvester (1884-87, 173 games)
3. Bill Finley (1886, 13 games)
4. Cub Stricker (1882-93, 1196 games)
5. Frank Shannon (1892-96, 32 games)
6. Yale Murphy (1894-97, 130 games)
7. Tom Morrison (1895-96, 14 games)
8. Mike McCormick (1904, 105 games)
9. Stubby Magner (1911, 13 games)
10.Bob Emmerich (1923, 13 games)
11.Yo-Yo Davalillo (1953, 19 games)....who was Vic Davalillo's older brother by 5 years.
12.Harry Chappas (1978-80, 72 games).-BH

BobH
10-17-2010, 10:18 PM
....Which brings to mind the next question that I'm paraphrasing rather than stating it verbatim to possibly make it a bit more difficult to research...

When this player was interviewed regarding the fact that he was one of the shortest people to play the game he mentioned the fact that given the choice he would rather be the shortest player playing Major league baseball than the tallest guy playing in the minors. Can you name him?-BH

soberdennis
10-17-2010, 10:22 PM
....Which brings to mind the next question that I'm paraphrasing rather than stating it verbatim to possibly make it a bit more difficult to research...

When this player was interviewed regarding the fact that he was one of the shortest people to play the game he mentioned the fact that given the choice he would rather be the shortest player playing Major league baseball than the tallest guy playing in the minors. Can you name him?-BH

For some reason, I don't think it was one of the players you listed above. I think I heard a similar quote attributed to Freddie Patek who was 5'4" -5'7" depending on the source.

BobH
10-18-2010, 08:38 AM
For some reason, I don't think it was one of the players you listed above. I think I heard a similar quote attributed to Freddie Patek who was 5'4" -5'7" depending on the source.

Freddie was the guy I was looking for, dennis. In 1973 at the time of a sportswriter's interview Fred was the shortest man in MLB and when asked about that he said, "I'd rather be the shortest player in the majors than the tallest player in the minors." - BH

soberdennis
10-18-2010, 11:01 AM
I remember Patek with the Royals. He was short in stature but long in heart. Not a superstar. But really not a bad player either.
What World Series hero (and goat for that matter) enlisted during both world wars?

BobH
10-18-2010, 01:31 PM
I remember Patek with the Royals. He was short in stature but long in heart. Not a superstar. But really not a bad player either.
What World Series hero (and goat for that matter) enlisted during both world wars?

Actually, I was a bit more partial to Albie Pearson who came into the league a little before Fred...and actually won the AL Rookie of the Year award in 1958 with Washington, although, he spent most of his career with the Angels.

I know the answer to your question but feel like I'm becoming a bit of a hog here. I'll simply say he has a well-known last name in sports, was a hero with the Braves and a goat with the Giants. He hit the only HR in one of the Series.-BH

soberdennis
10-18-2010, 02:22 PM
Actually, I was a bit more partial to Albie Pearson who came into the league a little before Fred...and actually won the AL Rookie of the Year award in 1958 with Washington, although, he spent most of his career with the Angels.

I know the answer to your question but feel like I'm becoming a bit of a hog here. I'll simply say he has a well-known last name in sports, was a hero with the Braves and a goat with the Giants. He hit the only HR in one of the Series.-BH
I remember Pearson, too. But not as well as Patek. Of course, I am a little younger than you.
Your description of the player that is the answer to my question is correct.

soberdennis
10-20-2010, 01:38 AM
Is anyone going to try this last question? If not, why don't you go ahead and answer it Bob?

BobH
10-20-2010, 08:23 AM
Is anyone going to try this last question? If not, why don't you go ahead and answer it Bob?

Your man is Hank Gowdy. He hit .545 in the 1914 WS helping the Braves down Philadelphia in 4 games. In 1924, he was more or less the goat committing an error in game 7 of the WS that many said cost the Giants the Series against the Senators. He enlisted in WWII at the age of 53 and spent most of the war as an athletic instructor at Fort Benning near Columbus, GA. The Army's baseball diamond there still bear's his name.

Since 1900 only one team has had a year when no player on the team had a total of 100 regular season hits. That year 3 of the team's players did have 90 or more. Name the team, the year, and the 3 players. This wasn't a strike shortened season.-BH

Rexington
10-20-2010, 03:02 PM
The 1972 New York Mets top 3 hit leaders were: Tommy Agee-96. Cleon Jones-92. Bud Harrelson-90.

BobH
10-20-2010, 03:28 PM
The 1972 New York Mets top 3 hit leaders were: Tommy Agee-96. Cleon Jones-92. Bud Harrelson-90.

Rex, you're just blitzin' some of the best I've got. Great work! For whatever reason, despite 156 games scheduled, the most played by any one player was Ed Kranepool with 122 games and 88 hits. Everyone else was under the 120 game mark. I wondered if it might have been a bad injury year for them but they still finished 10 games over .500-BH

soberdennis
10-20-2010, 04:19 PM
Rex, you're just blitzin' some of the best I've got. Great work! For whatever reason, despite 156 games scheduled, the most played by any one player was Ed Kranepool with 122 games and 88 hits. Everyone else was under the 120 game mark. I wondered if it might have been a bad injury year for them but they still finished 10 games over .500-BH

Says something about having Seaver, Koosman, and Ryan on your team.

Rexington
10-20-2010, 09:16 PM
Who are the only two players to hit 400 homers and steal home 10 times for their career?

BobH
10-21-2010, 07:24 AM
Who are the only two players to hit 400 homers and steal home 10 times for their career?

This one's a fairly common question amongst trivia buffs like us so I'll pass. Both were HoFers.-BH

BobH
10-21-2010, 07:30 AM
Says something about having Seaver, Koosman, and Ryan on your team.

:D....quite true, s/d. For some reason that never crossed my feeble mind.-BH

soberdennis
10-21-2010, 10:39 AM
Who are the only two players to hit 400 homers and steal home 10 times for their career?

I am pretty sure Willie Mays is one of them. I have to think about the other.

BobH
10-21-2010, 10:15 PM
I am pretty sure Willie Mays is one of them. I have to think about the other.

I don't believe Willie stole home 10 times, s/d. I think the 2 men Rex is looking for stole 10 and 15 total.-BH

soberdennis
10-22-2010, 12:35 AM
I don't believe Willie stole home 10 times, s/d. I think the 2 men Rex is looking for stole 10 and 15 total.-BH

And after doing some research, I would add that they had over 1200 homeruns between them, many of them as teammates.
Lou Gehrig 15 steals of home, 496 homers
Babe Ruth 10 steals of home 714 homers
You just never really thought of them as base thieves. But come to think about it, the stolen base was not in vogue much at all between the 20s and 60s, which is why I was thinking more of Mays or Aaron. But Ruth and Gehrig it is.

soberdennis
10-22-2010, 01:23 AM
Who was the last pitcher to start both games of a double header?

BobH
10-22-2010, 07:49 AM
Who was the last pitcher to start both games of a double header?

I think it was Wilbur Wood in July of 1973. The White Sox lost both games so even though he started both games against the Yanks he didn't fare too well. The Yanks scored 8 runs in the first inning so he was pulled. He pitched four innings in the second game but the Yanks got hot and, after winning game 1 12-2, won the 2nd game 7-0. -BH

soberdennis
10-22-2010, 10:13 AM
I think it was Wilbur Wood in July of 1973. The White Sox lost both games so even though he started both games against the Yanks he didn't fare too well. The Yanks scored 8 runs in the first inning so he was pulled. He pitched four innings in the second game but the Yanks got hot and, after winning game 1 12-2, won the 2nd game 7-0. -BH

That is the answer I have. Wood was a workhorse who would regularly get in 300 innings. Ah, the joy of the knuckleball.

BobH
10-22-2010, 12:57 PM
That is the answer I have. Wood was a workhorse who would regularly get in 300 innings. Ah, the joy of the knuckleball.

In keeping with your question, dennis...how about this one? Who was the last pitcher to start and complete both ends of a double header and win both games? When?-BH

soberdennis
10-22-2010, 02:05 PM
In keeping with your question, dennis...how about this one? Who was the last pitcher to start and complete both ends of a double header and win both games? When?-BH
I think I had seen this in researching my This Day in Baseball threads. I believe it was in the 20s. I have to go back and look.

BobH
10-22-2010, 02:23 PM
............ I believe it was in the 20s. I have to go back and look.

Yes, that much is correct.-BH

soberdennis
10-22-2010, 03:55 PM
Looking back through my "This day in baseball" source, this is what I found for August 28, 1926.

Using the same lineup in both games, the Indians sweep a twin bill from Boston at Fenway Park, 6-1 and 5-1. The Tribe’s right-hander Emil ‘Dutch’ Levsen, who will become the last major league pitcher to win two complete game victories in one day, accomplishing the feat without striking out a batter in either game.
So the answer is Dutch Levsen of the Indians in 1926.

soberdennis
10-22-2010, 06:45 PM
Here is one which should be fairly easy
Who is the only man to play on championship teams in two different professional sports. (Yes, one of the sports was baseball)

BobH
10-22-2010, 10:40 PM
Looking back through my "This day in baseball" source, this is what I found for August 28, 1926.

So the answer is Dutch Levsen of the Indians in 1926.

I've always remembered this one because Aug.28th is my oldest son's birthday. Good job.-BH

soberdennis
10-23-2010, 08:13 AM
I'll repeat my question in case it was missed, appearing at the top of a new page.
Who is the only man to play on championship teams in two different professional sports?

BobH
10-23-2010, 09:38 AM
I'll repeat my question in case it was missed, appearing at the top of a new page.
Who is the only man to play on championship teams in two different professional sports?

I believe the man played on championship teams for the Braves in 1957 and the Boston Celtics 1959-'61-BH

soberdennis
10-23-2010, 10:22 AM
I believe the man played on championship teams for the Braves in 1957 and the Boston Celtics 1959-'61-BH

And had relatively lengthy careers in both sports. You could say he was Bo Jackson before there was a Bo Jackson.

Rexington
10-23-2010, 02:31 PM
Gene Conley. I spent an hour researching this last night and for some reason passed right over him.

soberdennis
10-23-2010, 04:55 PM
Gene Conley. I spent an hour researching this last night and for some reason passed right over him.

Conley is right. He pitched for the Braves in 57 and was a backup for the Celtics on 3 of their championships. He played 12 years in MLB and 6 years in the NBA. His wife recently wrote a bio of him detailing the years when he was away from his family most of the year playing two sports. I plan on doing a Where are they now thread on him.

Rexington
10-24-2010, 03:38 PM
What is the first baseball stadium built in the United States?

BobH
10-24-2010, 05:46 PM
What is the first baseball stadium built in the United States?

I would say it would be Boston's South End Grounds which opened in 1871.-BH

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/81/Southendgrounds.jpg

Rexington
10-24-2010, 06:40 PM
The original information I found said Forbes field in 1909. Then it shifted to Shibe Park in 1909. Both were the first concrete and steel baseball stadiums built. Upon further review, I think you may have answered the question correctly though.

BobH
10-25-2010, 05:49 PM
The original information I found said Forbes field in 1909. Then it shifted to Shibe Park in 1909. Both were the first concrete and steel baseball stadiums built. Upon further review, I think you may have answered the question correctly though.

There were several old wooden stadiums around in the 1800s but I don't know for certain if my answer is correct or not. It was almost the earliest I was able to find. I found one that might be the oldest but, since it was a drawing, I wasn't sure....

http://www.scsr.org/Venues/UnionGrounds/Home.htm


Anyway...I'll ask the next question if it's alright with all....

During the 1940s, only one player stroked 20 or more doubles in every year of that decade(1940-1949...inclusive of all years). Name him.-BH

Rexington
10-25-2010, 10:49 PM
Bob Elliott. He also collected 291 of his 382 doubles during that decade.

soberdennis
10-26-2010, 05:43 AM
I know it's Rex's turn and he can ask a question. But anyone want to see how many of the players in my sig they can name? Some are easy. But a few aren't.

BobH
10-26-2010, 07:46 AM
I'll try...

5....J. Dimaggio
7.....M. Mantle
16....Whitey Ford
8.....Y. Berra
1......B. Martin
10....P. Rizzuto
6......C. Boyer(?)
32....E.Howard
25....J.Pepitone
15....T. Munson(?)

BobH
10-26-2010, 07:54 AM
Bob Elliott. He also collected 291 of his 382 doubles during that decade.

He's the guy, Rex. Your turn....:)-BH

soberdennis
10-26-2010, 08:00 AM
I'll try...

5....J. Dimaggio
7.....M. Mantle
16....Whitey Ford
8.....Y. Berra
1......B. Martin
10....P. Rizzuto
6......C. Boyer(?)
32....E.Howard
25....J.Pepitone
15....T. Munson(?)

Most of those were pretty easy. You can't miss Pepitone and his hair. I wasn't sure on the same ones you had question marks on. But I can't think of anyone else that wore 6 other than Boyer. Roy White was African American.
The question I have on Munson is of a different sort. That picture looks like it was taken at an old timers day sometime in the late 70s.(Howard died in 1980.) Since Munson was active when he died, he couldn't be in such a picture. For that reason I think it may be Tom Tresh. It does look a lot like Thurm though.

BobH
10-26-2010, 09:49 AM
I thought of another guy who wore No. 6, Dennis........Andy Carey wore it from 1952-1960. I thought he did and when I checked....BasRef confirmed it. I think you may be right about Tresh.-BH

soberdennis
10-26-2010, 10:26 AM
I thought of another guy who wore No. 6, Dennis........Andy Carey wore it from 1952-1960. I thought he did and when I checked....BasRef confirmed it. I think you may be right about Tresh.-BH

You could go further back to Tony Lazzeri. But Pooch em up was long dead by the time that pic was taken. It could be Carey, I suppose. But I think it is Boyer.

soberdennis
10-30-2010, 03:59 AM
Since nobody has asked a question, I will get this thread going again by asking one.
What part do Lester Crown, John Delorean, and Nelson Bunker Hunt have in baseball history?

BobH
10-30-2010, 08:02 AM
Since nobody has asked a question, I will get this thread going again by asking one.
What part do Lester Crown, John Delorean, and Nelson Bunker Hunt have in baseball history?

I admit complete ignorance of the specifics but know that they were in partnership with George Steinbrenner's group when they purchased the Yankees from CBS in the early 70s. A lot of this came out in the past year with George's passing or I probably wouldn't know even this much.-BH

soberdennis
10-30-2010, 08:38 AM
I admit complete ignorance of the specifics but know that they were in partnership with George Steinbrenner's group when they purchased the Yankees from CBS in the early 70s. A lot of this came out in the past year with George's passing or I probably wouldn't know even this much.-BH
That is the answer I was looking for. Of course, Nelson's brother Lamar was the founder of the American Football League.

soberdennis
10-30-2010, 01:38 PM
What is ironic is that both Hunt and Delorean later filed for bankruptcy.
I have a wonderful story concerning Hunt's brother and the Chiefs, concerning the fact they lost $1 million their first year as the Dallas Texans. Maybe I'll tell it in the football thread, unless you want me to tell it here.

Rexington
10-30-2010, 03:07 PM
Sorry gentlemen for my absence. I started a new job and I haven't been home much at all, except to sleep.

soberdennis
10-30-2010, 03:35 PM
Sorry gentlemen for my absence. I started a new job and I haven't been home much at all, except to sleep.
Understood. I will let you and Bob decide who gets to ask the next question.

Rexington
10-30-2010, 04:39 PM
I do not know when I can get on the computer this weekend, so I pass the question to Bob. Honestly I like answering the questions a lot more than asking them.

BobH
10-30-2010, 07:01 PM
Name the Hall of Famer who had 0 HR in his rookie season with over 500 ABs....yet still stroked over 200 in his career.-BH

soberdennis
10-31-2010, 12:24 AM
Kirby Puckett had 0 homers in 557 AB in 1984, yet hit 207 in his HOF career. Probably would have hit more if his eye problem didn't cause him to retire early, too.

soberdennis
10-31-2010, 02:58 PM
An owner once described a player he had just traded as "One of the most selfish and inconsiderate men ever to put on a baseball uniform." Who was this owner and what player was he talking about?

BobH
10-31-2010, 04:07 PM
The owner really had room to talk...but, then again...he never put on a baseball uniform. He used his team to support his pet projects. He also made another team very happy...didn't he, Dennis?...;)-BH

soberdennis
10-31-2010, 05:57 PM
The owner really had room to talk...but, then again...he never put on a baseball uniform. He used his team to support his pet projects. He also made another team very happy...didn't he, Dennis?...;)-BH
You could say that was an understatement. I had to laugh when I read that quote.
I also wonder how many young fans agreed with that assessment.;)

BobH
10-31-2010, 09:32 PM
...........I also wonder how many young fans agreed with that assessment.;)

I daresay very few....if any.-BH

BobH
11-02-2010, 09:41 PM
Well, since no one has come forward.....Harry Frazee owner of the Red Sox in 1920 talking about Babe Ruth on selling him to the Yanks. Frazee appeared to be more interested in his theater investments than he was his ball club.


What is the highest scoring MLB game? When? How many runs by each team? Name the teams. If you can...as the ML record is an NL game ......tell me what the record is in the AL.-BH

soberdennis
11-03-2010, 10:43 AM
I know the Phils and Cubs had a 25-22 game not that long ago. The wind was blowing out at Wrigley that day.:p
If that is not the one you're looking for, I'll have to research it.

BobH
11-03-2010, 02:20 PM
I know the Phils and Cubs had a 25-22 game not that long ago. The wind was blowing out at Wrigley that day.:p
If that is not the one you're looking for, I'll have to research it.

I have the same two teams but actually more total runs scored...but not by much. Also, the date I have is a considerably long time ago....in the 1920s.

The game you're talking about was a 23-22 Phils victory in May of 1979...a little over 30 years ago....an excellent guess, BTW..:)-BH

soberdennis
11-03-2010, 04:02 PM
I have the same two teams but actually more total runs scored...but not by much. Also, the date I have is a considerably long time ago....in the 1920s.

The game you're talking about was a 23-22 Phils victory in May of 1979...a little over 30 years ago....an excellent guess, BTW..:)-BH
I may have had the exact score off a little. But I remember that game at Wrigley. Wild game.
My guess is that if it was in the 20s, it was at Baker Bowl, which made Wrigley look like a pitcher's ballpark.

soberdennis
11-03-2010, 04:22 PM
I found it. Actually, it was also at Wrigley. On August 25, 1922, the Cubs beat the Phillies 26-23. The Cubs scored 10 in the second and 14 in the fourth to build a 25-6 lead and then had to hold the Phillies late surge off. Hack Miller hit two homers and drove in 6 runs. Russ Wrightstone went 4-7 with 4 RBI for the losers. The game took 3:01, which was a long time for a nine inning game back then. The Phillies only used two pitchers who gave up 16 and 10 respectively. The Cubs used 5 pitchers. Tony Kaufman got the win. Jimmy Ring got the loss. There were 51 hits in the game.

BobH
11-03-2010, 08:04 PM
Excellent work, s/d! Do you think you know the AL record....which is considerably less....by comparison?-BH

soberdennis
11-03-2010, 10:23 PM
Excellent work, s/d! Do you think you know the AL record....which is considerably less....by comparison?-BH

Right off hand, no. I know the Red Sox have the record for most runs in a game by a single team with 29. Or has that been broken in the last few years?
Here is one that may be too easy. George Selkirk, Allie Clark, Cliff Mapes, and Ducky Medwick were the last four men to do what?

BobH
11-04-2010, 07:30 AM
Right off hand, no. I know the Red Sox have the record for most runs in a game by a single team with 29. Or has that been broken in the last few years?
Here is one that may be too easy. George Selkirk, Allie Clark, Cliff Mapes, and Ducky Medwick were the last four men to do what?

I think they did the same thing that Bud Metheny, Eddie Bockman, Roy Weatherly, Hal Peck, and Frank Colman did.......:). With regard to the previous question, the total runs number is 36 for the AL record and has been done twice.-BH

soberdennis
11-04-2010, 01:35 PM
I think they did the same thing that Bud Metheny, Eddie Bockman, Roy Weatherly, Hal Peck, and Frank Colman did.......:). With regard to the previous question, the total runs number is 36 for the AL record and has been done twice.-BH

I am not sure what those four players did. But I doubt that they did the same thing, unless it was a similar situation possibly with a different team. This is something only one other player had done before and nobody has since.

soberdennis
11-04-2010, 01:51 PM
I am not sure what those four players did. But I doubt that they did the same thing, unless it was a similar situation possibly with a different team. This is something only one other player had done before and nobody has since.

Apparently Metheny did it too. So you may be right. My source had said that the four I mentioned had been the only ones.

soberdennis
11-04-2010, 02:04 PM
I'll reword the question. What distinction do George Selkirk, Allie Clark, Cliff Mapes, Ducky Medwick, Bud Metheny, Eddie Bockman,Roy Weatherly, Hal Peck, and Frank Coleman have that nobody else has done and will never do again.

soberdennis
11-04-2010, 02:32 PM
The Red Sox were involved in both 36 run games. 22-14 against the A's in 1950(the same year they scored 29 in a game) and 19-17 against the Rangers in 2008.
I was also right in remembering that the single team record for a game had been broken recently. Texas beat Baltimore 30-3 in 2007. I had vaguely remembered someone scoring 30 runs. But I couldn't remember who.

BobH
11-04-2010, 02:33 PM
I'll reword the question. What distinction do George Selkirk, Allie Clark, Cliff Mapes, Ducky Medwick, Bud Metheny, Eddie Bockman,Roy Weatherly, Hal Peck, and Frank Coleman have that nobody else has done and will never do again.

:D....OK. One name on the list shouldn't be there...Hal Peck...who never played for the Yankees. All 8 of these men were the men who, at one time or the other, wore No.3 after the Babe was traded.....although, some like Weatherly wore other Yankee numbers or were there for a very short period of time like Bockman. I kinda got on to this because of Selkirk and Mapes. I knew they wore the number for a while after Babe's trade. Baseball-Reference and Baseball Almanac verified it for me....two pretty reliable sources. The number was retired after the Babe passed away in 1948.-BH

BobH
11-04-2010, 02:36 PM
The Red Sox were involved in both 36 run games. 22-14 against the A's in 1950(the same year they scored 29 in a game) and 19-17 against the Rangers in 2008.
I was also right in remembering that the single team record for a game had been broken recently. Texas beat Baltimore 30-3 in 2007. I had vaguely remembered someone scoring 30 runs. But I couldn't remember who.

Excellent! Good work.-BH

soberdennis
11-04-2010, 07:57 PM
:D....OK. One name on the list shouldn't be there...Hal Peck...who never played for the Yankees. All 8 of these men were the men who, at one time or the other, wore No.3 after the Babe was traded.....although, some like Weatherly wore other Yankee numbers or were there for a very short period of time like Bockman. I kinda got on to this because of Selkirk and Mapes. I knew they wore the number for a while after Babe's trade. Baseball-Reference and Baseball Almanac verified it for me....two pretty reliable sources. The number was retired after the Babe passed away in 1948.-BH
I think they retired it shortly before he died. But either way you were right. The stats combined for the 8 players didn't come close to matching the Babe's. Medwick is in the HOF, but not for what he did with the Yanks. Selkirk wasn't a bad player either.

BobH
11-04-2010, 10:15 PM
I did a bit more research and found an interesting tidbit....which I explored. I thought Ducky had spent his entire career in the NL. As it turns out, that's correct. He wore No. 3 in New York in the mid-40s... for the NY Giants. He never played in the AL.-BH

soberdennis
11-04-2010, 10:56 PM
I did a bit more research and found an interesting tidbit....which I explored. I thought Ducky had spent his entire career in the NL. As it turns out, that's correct. He wore No. 3 in New York in the mid-40s... for the NY Giants. He never played in the AL.-BH

I don't know where my source, which was The Yankee Encyclopedia got Medwick. Maybe the person that compiled the info should have researched it further. For that matter, I could have. I suppose he could have been a coach with the Yankees (which I can neither confirm or deny). But if he was, it would have been after the Yanks retired number 3. So again, I stand corrected on my source.

BobH
11-05-2010, 02:39 PM
I don't know where my source, which was The Yankee Encyclopedia got Medwick. Maybe the person that compiled the info should have researched it further. For that matter, I could have. I suppose he could have been a coach with the Yankees (which I can neither confirm or deny). But if he was, it would have been after the Yanks retired number 3. So again, I stand corrected on my source.

Don't write your source off yet, Dennis. After some more research I found that the Yanks did sign Medwick as a free agent on Dec.11th. 1946, but released him on Apr. 29th, 1947. This is a period of time when I think the number 3 was assigned to Frank Colman, but Colman also wore No. 48 in 1947 according to what I could find @ Bas-Ref. That's as much as I can find.-BH

soberdennis
11-05-2010, 07:59 PM
Don't write your source off yet, Dennis. After some more research I found that the Yanks did sign Medwick as a free agent on Dec.11th. 1946, but released him on Apr. 29th, 1947. This is a period of time when I think the number 3 was assigned to Frank Colman, but Colman also wore No. 48 in 1947 according to what I could find @ Bas-Ref. That's as much as I can find.-BH

So I guess he may have worn number 3, but never played.
Anyway, I think it's your turn to ask a question.

BobH
11-05-2010, 09:28 PM
I wouldn't call this a trick question but it requires a logical reasoning.....Who is the only Yankee manager to have never lost a home game during the year? What year?-BH

soberdennis
11-06-2010, 12:25 AM
I wouldn't call this a trick question but it requires a logical reasoning.....Who is the only Yankee manager to have never lost a home game during the year? What year?-BH

I assume that he did not manage the whole season, maybe only a few games. I doubt that any team, Yankees or otherwise, have gone a whole season undefeated at home.
Saying it's not a trick question implies to me that he managed more than just a couple of games that year, too. That makes me think of, and this is not a guess, someone like Bob Lemon who took over in late July and led the team on a great comeback. But to come up with an answer, I will have to do some research.

soberdennis
11-06-2010, 12:31 AM
For the record,Lemon was 27-11 at home after he took over in 1978. I don't think I really thought he was the answer. I was just using him as an example of what it would have to be.

soberdennis
11-06-2010, 01:04 AM
Using a little more reasoning, I figured it was probably less games managed than Lemon had. I then came up with this little tidbit. Roger Peckinpaugh took over the club near the end of the 1914 season and every game the Yankees had under him was on the road. Now if that is the answer, it is sort of a trick question. But it does fit.
I'll look to see if anyone else might have actually managed games at home and won them all.

soberdennis
11-06-2010, 01:15 AM
Ok. Johnny Neun took over the Yankees in 1946 with 14 games left. During that time the Yanks had only 3 games at home against the A's, which they won. So Neun was 3-0 at home.
It didn't help any since the Red Sox that year won the pennant and Neun was 5-6 on the road.

BobH
11-06-2010, 12:40 PM
Johnny Neun was the guy I had in mind, Dennis. Excellent research on your part! One other guy fits the bill but the reason I didn't use him was because he only managed one game....on the road against KC....so, technically, he didn't lose at home, but later he managed that same Royal team to a WS championship in 1985....Dick Howser in 1978. Your turn.-BH

soberdennis
11-06-2010, 02:11 PM
Johnny Neun was the guy I had in mind, Dennis. Excellent research on your part! One other guy fits the bill but the reason I didn't use him was because he only managed one game....on the road against KC....so, technically, he didn't lose at home, but later he managed that same Royal team to a WS championship in 1985....Dick Howser in 1978. Your turn.-BH

Similar to Peckinpaugh, except Roger managed more games.
Who is the oldest winner of the Rookie of the Year award?

BobH
11-06-2010, 03:05 PM
That one's too easy, s/d so I think I'll pass. I knew this as soon as I read it.-BH

Cathy
11-06-2010, 07:49 PM
Sam Jethroe

soberdennis
11-07-2010, 01:20 AM
Sam Jethroe

Welcome to the busiest single thread on the board, Cathy. You're right. I am actually glad Bob passed on it to see if someone else could get it.
Bob, I didn't realize it was so easy. Jethroe was 33 days older than Kazuhiro Sazaki, the 2000 AL winner.
You can ask a question Cathy.