Here the answers to the baseball trivia quiz I posted here yesterday.
1. What Hall of Fame pitcher did Ronald Reagan portray in the film The Winning Team?
Grover Cleveland Alexander
2. Name the last pitcher to win at least 25 games in a season.
Bob Welch won 27 games for the Oakland A’s in 1990. Sadly, he passed away suddenly in June 2014.
3. Name the first pitcher to win the Cy Young Award in both leagues.
Gaylord Perry won the AL Cy Young with the Cleveland Indians in 1972 and earned NL Cy Young honors in 1978 while pitching for the San Diego Padres.
4. Who hit the last home run at the old Yankee Stadium?
Back up catcher Jose Molina hit it against the Baltimore Orioles on September 21, 2008.
5. Who is the only catcher to have caught two perfect games?
Ron Hassey caught Len Barker’s perfect game against the Toronto Blue Jays on May 15, 1981 while with the Cleveland Indians. A decade later, on July 28, 1991, Hassey was behind the plate when Montreal Expos hurler Dennis Martinez tossed a perfect game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
6. Name the last pitcher to win and lose 20 games in the same season.
Knuckleballer Phil Niekro went 21-20 for the Atlanta Braves in 1979.
7. Name the two Hall of Famers who won the AL & NL Rookie of the Year in the same season.
Rod Carew and Tom Seaver won the AL & NL Rookie of the Year honors in 1967.
8. Name the only three pitchers to have struck out 3,000 or more hitters while walking fewer than 1,000.
Actually there are four. My bad. The sun was in my eyes.
Ferguson Jenkins, Curt Schilling, Greg Maddux and Pedro Martinez. Somehow I forgot about a Pedro. As an Expos and Red Sox fan, how could I?
I will therefore accept any three provided.
9. Who are the only three players to hit .400 in a season to have never won a batting title?
Tuck Turner hit .418 for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1894, but could not match the .440 mark of Hugh Duffy of the Boston Beaneaters.
Two years later, Hughie Jennings of the Baltimore Orioles (then a National League team) hit .401 but Jesse Burkett of the Cleveland Spiders hit .410.
Finally, Shoeless Joe Jackson, best remembered as being part of the 1919 Black Sox, hit .408 with the Cleveland Indians in 191. But Detroit Tigers legend Ty Cobb hit a career high .420. It was his fifth consecutive AL batting crown. Cobb would win 9 in a row and 13 overall.
Extra Inning Question: Name the eight teams to have won at least 100 games in a season without reaching the post-season.
1909 Chicago Cubs 104-49 finished 6½ games back of the Pittsburgh Pirates for NL pennant
1915 Detroit Tigers 100-54 finished 2½ games back of the Boston Red Sox for AL pennant
1942 Brooklyn Dodgers 104-50 finished 2 games back of the St. Louis Cardinals for NL pennant
1954 New York Yankees 103-51 finished 8 games back of the Cleveland Indians for AL pennant
1961 Detroit Tigers 101-61 finished 8 games back of the New York Yankees for AL pennant
1962 Los Angeles Dodgers 102-63 finished 1 game back of the San Francisco Giants for NL pennant
1980 Baltimore Orioles 100-62 finished 3 games back of the New York Yankees in the AL East
1993 San Francisco Giants 103-59 finished 1 game back of the Atlanta Braves in the NL West
Thank you to all of those who participated.
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