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hose
12-11-2007, 10:22 AM
07-28-2006-- When pinch hitting rookie Carlos Quentin homered off Houston's Chad Qualls it marked the first time in ML history that a Q surnamed player homered off a Q surnamed pitcher.....:redface::rolleyes:

Trav
12-11-2007, 12:09 PM
07-28-2006-- When pinch hitting rookie Carlos Quentin homered off Houston's Chad Qualls it marked the first time in ML history that a Q surnamed player homered off a Q surnamed pitcher.....:redface::rolleyes:


Stan Javier hit the first interleague home run.

CRAW
12-11-2007, 12:46 PM
Babe Ruth was born in the warehouse behind the right field fence in Camden Yards.

(or so I heard on the radio one time - I'm too lazy too look it up)

Zisk77
12-11-2007, 01:55 PM
I believe minnie minoso is the only CF to catch a foulball.

VeeckAsInWreck
12-11-2007, 01:57 PM
Fernando Valenzuela has the most career at bats against Nolan Ryan without ever striking out.

I heard that on the ESPN documentary "Fernandomania".

gogosox16
12-11-2007, 02:04 PM
Nolan Ryan has his # retired by 3 different teams....the Angels, Astros, and the Rangers




http://home.pon.net/hunnicutt/bballpch.htm
Question 11

Oblong
12-11-2007, 02:26 PM
Ken Griffey Jr. Second best LH hitter/thrower to have been born on Nov 21st in Donora PA.

The best?

Stan Musial

SOXPHILE
12-11-2007, 02:31 PM
The White Sox 13 inning, 11-10 victory over the Minnesota Twins on 9/7/07 was the first time in MLB history that two teams were tied going into the 9th inning of a game, with both teams scoring at least 6 runs in the 9th, and ending the inning still tied.

TommyJohn
12-11-2007, 02:39 PM
Jim Palmer never gave up a grand slam.

Casey Stengel is the only person to wear the uniform of the New York Giants,
Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Yankees and New York Mets. Darryl Strawberry
played for all four teams, but after the Dodgers and Giants had moved.

Three players have played for the Yankees, Mets, White Sox and Cubs:
Charley Smith, Dick Tidrow and Lance Johnson.

Steve Garvey played in the games in which Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth's
home run record and Pete Rose broke Ty Cobb's hit record.

Rusty Torres played on the three nights in the 1970's when fan violence
caused a team forfeit: 9/30/71, Senators vs. Yankees; 6/4/74 Indians vs.
Rangers (10 cent Beer Night) and 7/12/79, White Sox vs. Tigers (Disco
Demolition Night).

The only other team besides the Yankees to win three straight World Series
is the Oakland A's from 1972-74.

The White Sox and Kansas City A's played three games against each other
which were very unusual, and all took place in April:

April 23, 1955: The White Sox beat the A's 29-6 to tie the modern record
(broken this year) for most runs in a game.

April 21, 1956: The A's beat the White Sox 15-1 thanks to a 13 run second inning.
The A's scored all 13 runs with two out.

April 22, 1959: The White Sox beat the A's 20-6. They score 11 runs in the 7th
inning of this game on only 1 hit, a single by Johnny Callison.

Lorenzo Barcelo
12-11-2007, 02:46 PM
The White Sox selected Josh Crede in the 48th round of the 2001 draft. Joe's bro didn't sign anywhere.

thomas35forever
12-11-2007, 04:04 PM
In an August 2006 game between the White Sox and the Royals, it marked the first time both teams have led off the first two innings with home runs.

wilburaga
12-11-2007, 04:18 PM
Pale Hoser Cecilio Acosta was the first AL pitcher to bat in the DH era. Rich Hand struck him out.

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Foulke You
12-11-2007, 04:45 PM
Some inside the park HR info:

Roberto Clemente is the only player in MLB history to ever hit an inside the park walkoff grand slam.

Tom McCreery of the New York Giants holds the Major League record for inside the park HRs in one game. He hit 3.

17 players in the AL have hit 2 inside the park HRs in one game including Dick Allen of the Chicago White Sox.

ILuvThatDuck
12-11-2007, 05:04 PM
Carlos May is the only ballplayer to wear his birthdate on his back. His jersey read:

MAY
17

TommyJohn
12-11-2007, 05:21 PM
We all know that the White Sox won their first World Series in 88 years on
October 26, 2005. That was also the 74th anniversary of the death of
Charles Comiskey.

Ted Lyons and Lefty Grove surrendered home runs to Babe Ruth in 1927 and
hits to Joe DiMaggio during his 56 game streak in 1941.

Pro football Hall of Famer Ernie Nevers gave up 2 of Babe Ruth's 60 home runs
in 1927.

The last two White Sox inside-the-park grand slams were hit by Kevin Bell
in 1976 and Ron Karkovice in 1990.

White Sox manager Jimmie Dykes played himself opposite Jimmy Stewart in
the 1949 movie "The Stratton Story."

Of the 15 men who broke down team color barriers, three are enshrined in
the baseball Hall of Fame: Jackie Robinson, Larry Doby and Ernie Banks.

Speaking of Jackie, his HOF plaque does not even mention his contribution
as the first black player in modern baseball history.

veeter
12-11-2007, 07:07 PM
Toby HARRAH

PKalltheway
12-11-2007, 07:22 PM
Phil Niekro pitched the most innings of any pitcher in the modern era to not appear in a World Series.

Brian26
12-11-2007, 07:25 PM
During the four-division format years ('69-'93), only one person had the distinction of playing on a team within each of the four divisions during one regular season:

Dave Kingman, 1977 (Mets, Padres, Angels, and Yankees)

Traded by New York Mets (http://retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1977/TM_NYN1977.htm) to San Diego Padres (http://retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1977/TM_SDN1977.htm) in exchange for Bobby Valentine (http://retrosheet.org/boxesetc/V/Pvaleb102.htm) and Paul
Siebert (http://retrosheet.org/boxesetc/S/Psiebp101.htm) (June 15, 1977 (http://retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1977/06151977.htm)).

Claimed on waivers by California Angels (http://retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1977/TM_CAL1977.htm) from San Diego Padres (http://retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1977/TM_SDN1977.htm) (September 6, 1977 (http://retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1977/09061977.htm)).

Traded by California Angels (http://retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1977/TM_CAL1977.htm) to New York Yankees (http://retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1977/TM_NYA1977.htm) in exchange for Randy Stein (http://retrosheet.org/boxesetc/S/Psteir101.htm) and cash
(September 15, 1977 (http://retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1977/09151977.htm)).

PKalltheway
12-11-2007, 07:57 PM
Only two teams have the distinction of playing in a LCS in five different decades:

The Mets (1969, 1973, 1986, 1988, 1999, 2000 and 2006)
The Twins (1969, 1970, 1987, 1991, 2002)

TommyJohn
12-11-2007, 08:14 PM
Rich Gossage is the only player to represent all four of the old divisions
in the All-Star Game:

AL West: White Sox
NL East: Pirates
AL East: Yankees
NL West: Padres

Since the introduction of the playoffs in 1969, the 1976 Cincinnati Reds are
the only team to sweep through the postseason, beating the Phillies 3 games
to 0 and the Yankees 4 games to 0.

Also since 1969, The 1990 Oakland A's and the 2007 Colorado Rockies have
the dubious distinction of sweeping the LCS and then getting swept in the
World Series: The A's swept the Red Sox and were swept by the Reds, the
Rockies swept the Diamondbacks then were swept by the Red Sox.

Fenway
12-11-2007, 08:16 PM
The Twins are the only team to make 2 triple plays in one game.

PKalltheway
12-11-2007, 08:21 PM
John Smoltz lost two All-Star Games sixteen years apart. (Lost in 1989 to Nolan Ryan, lost in 2005 to Mark Buehrle).

Railsplitter
12-11-2007, 09:03 PM
Hall of Fame umpire Cal Hubbard was a Hall of Fame lineman for the Green Bay Packers and New York football Giants.

Ted Williams is also a memner of the Fishing Hall of Fame.

WhiteSoxJunkie
12-11-2007, 11:54 PM
Ernie Banks appeared in the most career games without appearing in the post season.

angiew
12-12-2007, 08:20 AM
UL Washington, of the KC Royals, always played with a toothpick in his mouth. Didn't matter whether he was batting, fielding or running, the toothpic was always there:D:

Sorry, I had to throw this one in because he's from my hometown (my parents still live there) and is one of my dad's friends. We were the first people in the town to get a dish for the TV so we never missed a game.:cool: When you come from a town that small it's a HUGE deal when someone makes it big. I'll never forget how silly I thought the whole "toothpick thing" was. :D:

TommyJohn
12-12-2007, 09:49 AM
No Met pitcher has ever thrown a no hitter. The Mets have been around since 1962.

The Cubs have gone the longest of any team without being no-hit. The
last pitcher to throw a no-hitter against them was Sandy Koufax on
September 9, 1965. It was a perfect game, and losing Cub pitcher Bob
Hendley gave up only one hit in the loss.

EDIT: something didn't look right in my post. It was the name of the losing
pitcher, it's Hendley, not Hendly. My mistake.

DumpJerry
12-12-2007, 10:36 AM
The Cubs have gone the longest of any team without being no-hit. The
last pitcher to throw a no-hitter against them was Sandy Koufax on
September 9, 1965. It was a perfect game, and losing Cub pitcher Bob
Hendly gave up only one hit in the loss.
Hendly also gave up only one walk in that game. It was thisclose to being a double perfect.

TommyJohn
12-12-2007, 11:09 AM
Bob Meusel and Tony Lazzeri are the only players in World Series history
to be the final batters of the Series and not make a game-ending out
or deliver a game-winning hit:

1926: Bob Meusel was at-bat when Babe Ruth was caught stealing for the
final out of the series.

1927: Tony Lazzeri was up with a runner on third and the score tied. Pirates
pitcher John Miljus threw a wild pitch that allowed the series-ending run to
score.

Frank "Wildfire" Schulte, Lew McCarty and Orlando Palmeiro were the final
batters in the White Sox' World Series wins in 1906, 1917 and 2005. All
three of them grounded out.

1983 was the last year in which the White Sox had the best record in
major league baseball.

In 1964, 1990 and 2006 the White Sox did not play in the postseason but
wound up having a better record than the World Series Champion:

1964 White Sox 98-64 World Series winner Cardinals 93-69
1990 White Sox 94-68 World Series winner Reds 91-71
2006 White Sox 90-72 World Series winner Cardinals 83-78

Three members of the Baseball Hall of Fame have played for both the
White Sox and Cubs: Clark Griffith, Johnny Evers and Hoyt Wilhelm.
If Rich Gossage makes it this January, he will be the fourth.

skottyj242
12-12-2007, 11:26 AM
Toby HARRAH

Mark SALAS?

Zisk77
12-12-2007, 12:20 PM
here's one for someone to look up as I forgot the person's name.

a player once reached base via trade. How did this happen?

An official game was suspended due to wheather. the game was to be replayed when the two teams were next scheduled to play each other. When the game was suspended there was a runner on base.

During the interim between games the player on base was traded to another team. So when the game was reconvened the player who was traded for had to replace the person who was traded on base.

PKalltheway
12-12-2007, 07:44 PM
The 1999 Cincinnati Reds won 96 games, and still missed the playoffs. Since the Wild Card was instituted in 1995, no other team has won more games than the '99 Reds, only to miss the playoffs.

In comparison, this year's Red Sox won 96 games, tied for the best record in baseball, and won the World Series.

Brian26
12-12-2007, 08:07 PM
Joel Youngblood is the only player to play on two different teams in two different cities on the same day.

Bucky F. Dent
12-12-2007, 08:52 PM
I cannot verify it, so this may currently be inaccurate, and actually may have been inaccurate when I heard it.

The only major league pitcher with over twenty starts against the New York Yankees who had a winning percentage of over fifty percent against the Yankees was........Babe Ruth.

PKalltheway
12-12-2007, 08:54 PM
Joel Youngblood is the only player to play on two different teams in two different cities on the same day.
He also got base hits with both teams off of Hall of Fame pitchers Fergie Jenkins and Steve Carlton!:tongue:

Whitesox029
12-12-2007, 09:41 PM
Carlos May was the first and only player to wear his birthday on his back- May 17.
And here is something truly useless: The last 5 and 9 of the last 10 AL Champions hail from NHL Original Six cities...you know, just in case anyone asks.

Nelson Foxtrot
12-13-2007, 04:46 AM
Minnie Minoso was teammates with players who had major league at-bats as early as 1934 (Phil Cavaretta) and as late as 2001 (Harold Baines). If you include the Negro Leagues, this stretches back to the 1920s with Satchel Paige. Satchel Paige was also teammates with Josh Gibson in 1932, Eddie Gaedel in 1951, and Ken Harrelson in 1965, and co-starred in The Wonderful Country with Robert Mitchum.

Scott Ruffcorn's career record is 0-8 with an 8.57 ERA, giving up 86 hits, 70 walks, 9 hit batters, and 9 wild pitches in only 70.3 innings over parts of five seasons with the Sox and Phillies. He pitched in 30 career games. His team's record in those games? 0-30!

Only three men named Aurelio (Lopez, Monteagudo, and Rodriguez) have played in the majors. All three died in auto accidents at the ages of 44, 46, and 42.

Darrin Erstad is the only player to ever win Gold Gloves in both the infield and the outfield.

Johnny Mostil
12-13-2007, 08:04 AM
I believe minnie minoso is the only CF to catch a foulball.

I think Johnny Mostil is the only one to do this, although I've seen claims on this site for Chet Lemon as well. That feat alone was enough to inspire my WSI handle, so I won't call it "useless.":redneck

Hitmenof77
12-13-2007, 11:28 AM
Jim Palmer never gave up a grand slam.

Casey Stengel is the only person to wear the uniform of the New York Giants,
Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Yankees and New York Mets. Darryl Strawberry
played for all four teams, but after the Dodgers and Giants had moved.


There is another player who played for the four teams that started in NY. Jose Vizciano.

No player has played for all five CA teams. Rickey Henderson came close. Angels, Dodgers, Padres, A's.

Steve Finley played for all the teams in the NL West. Rockies, Dodgers, Angels, Giants. Anybody else done that?

wilburaga
12-13-2007, 12:18 PM
Scott Ruffcorn's career record is 0-8 with an 8.57 ERA, giving up 86 hits, 70 walks, 9 hit batters, and 9 wild pitches in only 70.3 innings over parts of five seasons with the Sox and Phillies. He pitched in 30 career games. His team's record in those games? 0-30!



Let's not forget Scott's fielding performance. He made 3 errors before recording a putout or an assist, and retired with a .714 fielding percentage. Worst career ever.


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SOXPHILE
12-13-2007, 12:40 PM
Joel Youngblood is the only player to play on two different teams in two different cities on the same day.

This was in 1982, right ? I was at that Cubs-Mets game, when they announced on the scoreboard that he had been traded by the Mets to the Expos. He took his at bat, and left the game to catch a flight.

PKalltheway
12-13-2007, 02:30 PM
The 1971 Baltimore Orioles, and the 1920 Chicago White Sox are the only two teams in baseball history that featured FOUR 20 game winners. It should also be noted that neither team won the World Series.

Zisk77
12-13-2007, 11:40 PM
This was a good trivia question in '89 when I heard it. Who was the last switch hitter to win the MVP award? Answer: Vida Blue.

I just don't know if a switch hitter has won the the mVP since 89'?

kruzer31
12-14-2007, 12:43 AM
Don Baylor is the only player in MLB History to appear in 3 straight World Series with 3 different teams....


1986- Red Sox
1987- Twins
1988- Oakland


Jeff

DumpJerry
12-14-2007, 06:55 AM
The 1971 Baltimore Orioles, and the 1920 Chicago White Sox are the only two teams in baseball history that featured FOUR 20 game winners. It should also be noted that neither team won the World Series.

The 2008 White Sox will be the first to not only make it to the World Series, but sweep it.

Vida Blue is still the last American League MVP to switch hit.

The NL has had 6 since '89
They have valuable players in the National League?

DoItForDanPasqua
12-16-2007, 05:34 PM
Pete Incaviglia has the most homeruns of any player who's surname begins with an I.

TommyJohn
12-16-2007, 09:11 PM
The 1908 White Sox set a record that will never be broken-they hit only 3
home runs for the entire season. The three mighty sluggers that year were
Fielder Jones, Frank Isbell and Ed Walsh.

The 1919 Boston Red Sox hit 33 home runs as a team. Not an unusual total
for that era, except for the breakdown: Stuffy McInnis 1; Harry Hooper 3;
Babe Ruth 29.

George Steinbrenner is the last owner in baseball from the pre-free agency
era, having bought the Yankees in 1973.

The longest games in terms of innings in the three rounds of
postseason history are as follows:

LDS: October 9, 2005 18 innings

LCS: October 15, 1986 16 innings

World Series: October 25, 2005 14 innings

All three games involved the Astros and were played in Houston.

HomeFish
12-16-2007, 09:47 PM
Only two players whose last name is also a type of animal have hit home runs in the World Series: Tim Salmon (2002) and Mike Lamb (2005).

Only one team has swept both the Yankees and the Dodgers in the same season: the 2005 Kansas City Royals.

DumpJerry
12-16-2007, 10:10 PM
The 1908 White Sox set a record that will never be broken-they hit only 3
home runs for the entire season. The three mighty sluggers that year were
Fielder Jones, Frank Isbell and Ed Walsh.

The 1919 Boston Red Sox hit 33 home runs as a team. Not an unusual total
for that era, except for the breakdown: Stuffy McInnis 1; Harry Hooper 3;
Babe Ruth 29.

George Steinbrenner is the last owner in baseball from the pre-free agency
era, having bought the Yankees in 1973.

The longest games in terms of innings in the three rounds of
postseason history are as follows:

LDS: October 9, 2005 18 innings

LCS: October 15, 1986 16 innings

World Series: October 25, 2005 14 innings

All three games involved the Astros and were played in Houston.
Good 'ole Stuffy. You could always count on him!

VeeckAsInWreck
12-17-2007, 09:27 AM
Pete Incaviglia has the most homeruns of any player who's surname begins with an I.

The White Sox have only had two players with a surname beginning in I.

Frank Isbell and Tadahito Iguchi

SBSoxFan
12-17-2007, 01:14 PM
Len Barker threw a perfect game in Cleveland against the Blue Jays on May 15, 1981. Danny Ainge played third for Toronto that day. He is the only man to appear in a perfect game and also play in the NBA Finals.

MisterB
12-17-2007, 03:44 PM
The 1993 White Sox had 2 pairs of players who had been traded for each other: Tim Raines & Ivan Calderon (traded 12/23/90) and Lance Johnson & Jose DeLeon (traded 2/9/88).

There is another player who played for the four teams that started in NY. Jose Vizciano.

Correction: The Yankees franchise started in Baltimore. :wink:

WhiteSoxJunkie
12-17-2007, 06:03 PM
Only two men have played in both the World Series and NCAA Basketball Final Four: Kenny Lofton and Tim Stoddard. Both these men attended East Chicago Washington High School in East Chicago, Indiana.

TommyJohn
12-17-2007, 08:18 PM
Hank Thompson broke the color line of two major league teams: The St. Louis
Browns in 1947 and the New York Giants in 1949.

Minnie Minoso broke the White Sox color barrier with a home run in his first
at-bat for the team.

Comiskey Park was the site of three color barrier-breaking debuts:

Larry Doby, Cleveland Indians July 5, 1947
Minnie Minoso White Sox May 1, 1951
Elijah "Pumpsie" Green Boston Red Sox July 21, 1959

Curt Roberts, the first black player for the Pittsburgh Pirates, made his debut
against a white pitcher with the same last name: Robin Roberts of the
Philadelphia Phillies

PKalltheway
12-25-2007, 11:34 PM
There has yet to be a World Series between two expansion teams.

The last time two teams met in the World Series with at least 100 wins apiece was in 1970, when the 108-win Orioles took on the 102-win Reds.

TommyJohn
12-26-2007, 09:16 AM
There has yet to be a World Series between two expansion teams.

The last time two teams met in the World Series with at least 100 wins apiece was in 1970, when the 108-win Orioles took on the 102-win Reds.

The last time the World Series featured two first-time participants was
1906, when the White Sox played the Cubs.

kba
12-26-2007, 03:00 PM
Harry Caray was the visiting team announcer for the first home games played by both Canadian franchises. The Expos played their first-ever game in Montreal against the Cardinals in 1969, while the Blue Jays played their inaugural game in 1977 against the White Sox.

Red Sox catcher Bob Montgomery became the last player to bat without a helmet in 1979. (Helmets were made mandatory in 1971, but players who had been in the majors before that were allowed to continue to bat without them for the rest of the careers.)


Carlos May is the only ballplayer to wear his birthdate on his back. His jersey read:

MAY
17

Former AL umpire Al Clark is the only man in baseball history to wear his first name on his cap. (C.C. Sabathia will get halfway there when the Indians break out their new "C" caps in 2008.)

MikeW
12-26-2007, 03:42 PM
When John F Kennedy was president in 1963, a John E Kennedy was a infielder for the Washington Senators that same year and they both shared the same birthday(May 29) however,not the same birth year.

Fenway
12-26-2007, 03:56 PM
The electric scoreboard at Braves Field Boston was bought by the City of Kansas City and was used by the A's and Royals

Boston
http://sportstemples.bpl.org/IMGs/STMedium/tm_st10244.jpg


Kansas City
http://www.ballparktour.com/Kansas_City_Mun_393.jpg

wilburaga
12-28-2007, 09:45 AM
John Olerud is the only player to face the White Sox in three different postseason series. (Tor 93, Sea 00, Bos 05) And, FWIW, he's the cousin of former Sox shortstop Dale Sveum.

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DumpJerry
12-28-2007, 09:51 AM
Michael "Rock 'em Sock 'em" Barrett is a cousin of Scott Flecher.

Ken Griffey, jr. is the son of Ken Griffey, sr. (betcha you didn't know that) IIRC, they are the only father/son tandem to play on the same team together in MLB.

Barry Bonds is not the son of Bobby Bonds. I'm sure Bobby has said that many times in the privacy of his own home.

Hitmenof77
12-28-2007, 10:58 AM
I think Don Baylor is the only player to play in playoff series for 5 different teams. Orioles, Angels, Red Sox, Twins, A's

wilburaga
12-28-2007, 01:44 PM
I think Don Baylor is the only player to play in playoff series for 5 different teams. Orioles, Angels, Red Sox, Twins, A's

The aforementioned John Olerud also did it, playing postseason series for Toronto, Seattle, Mets, Yankees and Red Sox.

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PKalltheway
12-28-2007, 08:02 PM
In 1987, Nolan Ryan lost 16 games, which tied for second in the NL in losses. He also had a 2.76 ERA that year, which tied for the lowest that year as well.

eastchicagosoxfan
12-28-2007, 09:53 PM
Nate Berckenstock, was 40 years old as a rookie on the 1871 Philadelphia Athletics of the National Association. Born in 1831, he was, and will always be, the earliest born pro ball player in an organized league.

Brian26
12-28-2007, 10:07 PM
In 1979, Phil Neikro led the National League with wins. He also led the NL with losses. I believe that's the last time it has happened.

His record was 21-20.

Another interesting twist- he tied for wins that year in NL with his brother Joe.

PalehosePlanet
12-28-2007, 11:37 PM
Ken Holtzman of the cubs threw a no hitter vs. Atlanta on 8/19/1969. What was unusual about this no-no? He did not strike out a single batter.

Also, in 1983 LaMarr Hoyt of The White Sox won 24 games while walking only 31 batters in 260.2 innings. Can't be sure, or how to verify it, but I remember hearing at the time that this is the lowest walk total for a 20 game winner in the modern baseball era (1920+.)

DumpJerry
12-29-2007, 12:00 AM
Ken Holtzman of the cubs threw a no hitter vs. Atlanta on 8/19/1969. What was unusual about this no-no? He did not strike out a single batter.

Also, in 1983 LaMarr Hoyt of The White Sox won 24 games while walking only 31 batters in 260.2 innings. Can't be sure, or how to verify it, but I remember hearing at the time that this is the lowest walk total for a 20 game winner in the modern baseball era (1920+.)
I believe that 4 of those 31 free passes from LaMarr were IBBs.

If only he had a chance to pitch Game 5.:angry::whiner::angry::whiner:

TommyJohn
12-29-2007, 02:18 AM
In 1979, Phil Neikro led the National League with wins. He also led the NL with losses. I believe that's the last time it has happened.

His record was 21-20.

Another interesting twist- he tied for wins that year in NL with his brother Joe.

Joe Niekro hit the only home run of his major league career on 5/29/76, off
his brother Phil.

Mickey Lolich of the Detroit Tigers hit the only home run of his career in
Game 2 of the 1968 World Series, off Nelson Briles of the Cardinals.

Hoyt Wilhelm hit the only home run of his 21 year career in his first ML
at-bat.

Lance Johnson and Scott Podsednik are the two White Sox players who
have homered in the postseason after going homerless in the regular
season.

Before 2005, you could literally count on one hand the number of White Sox
players who had homered in the World Series: Happy Felsch (1917),
Shoeless Joe Jackson (1919), Ted Kluszewski and Sherm Lollar (1959).

Other White Sox who homered in the postseason before 2005: Frank
Thomas, Lance Johnson, Robin Ventura, Ellis Burks, Warren Newson (1993),
and Ray Durham (2000).

The 1918 World Series between the Cubs and Red Sox is the last one in
which neither team hit a home run.

Hitmenof77
12-29-2007, 03:07 AM
Not sure if this is true now, but Dave McNally was the last 20 game winner not to have 100 or more strikeouts.

PKalltheway
12-29-2007, 09:29 PM
Before Jason Bay took home Rookie of the Year honors in 2004, the Pirates were the only team to have been around since the inception of the award in 1947, to have not had a winner.

The Reds are the only team to have been around since the inception of the Cy Young award in 1956 to not have a winner.

225 of Ichiro's 262 base hits in 2004 were singles.

The last White Sox pitcher to lead the AL in strikeouts was Esteban Loaiza in 2003.

PKalltheway
12-29-2007, 09:47 PM
The Pittsburgh Pirates have now had 15 consecutive losing seasons. If they have a losing season in 2008, they will equal the record of the most consecutive losing seasons in pro sports history (The 1933-1948 Phillies are the current record holders).

To put things into perspective of how futile the Pirates have been, there are freshmen in high school that weren't even born when the Pirates had their last winning season.

the1tab
12-29-2007, 09:55 PM
The Pittsburgh Pirates have now had 15 consecutive losing seasons. If they have a losing season in 2008, they will equal the record of the most consecutive losing seasons in pro sports history (The 1933-1948 Phillies are the current record holders).

To put things into perspective of how futile the Pirates have been, there are freshmen in high school that weren't even born when the Pirates had their last winning season.

Put this into perspective:

There are four living generations in my family that haven't seen the Cubs win the World Series.

Nellie_Fox
12-29-2007, 11:44 PM
To put things into perspective of how futile the Pirates have been, there are freshmen in high school that weren't even born when the Pirates had their last winning season.Freshmen in high school are barely off the nipple. Big deal.

viagracat
12-30-2007, 12:01 PM
Joe Nuxhall was the youngest player in the modern era to appear in a MLB game, pitching 2/3 of an inning for the Reds in a game vs the Cardinals on June 10, 1944 at the age of 15 years, 10 months and 11 days. It was necessitated by a player shortage during WWII.

According to Wikipedia, this is how his outing went:

On June 10 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/June_10), the Reds were playing the first place St. Louis Cardinals (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Louis_Cardinals) at Crosley Field (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crosley_Field) and trailing 13-0 in the ninth inning when Manager Bill McKechnie (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_McKechnie) called on Nuxhall to enter the game. He started well, retiring the first batter he faced, Cardinals shortstop (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shortstop) George Fallon (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Decatur_Fallon), on a groundout. But he was unable to get out of the inning, yielding five walks (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Base_on_balls), two hits (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hit_%28baseball%29), one wild pitch (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wild_pitch) and five runs (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Run_%28baseball%29) before being relieved. He spent the rest of the 1944 season in the minor leagues (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minor_league_baseball). But unlike Jake Eisenhart (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jake_Eisenhart), who made his debut for the Reds the same day and got the last out of the frame, Nuxhall would return to pitch in the majors.
Nuxhall remains the youngest person to play in a major league game in the modern era (since 1901). In 1887, 14-year-old Fred Chapman (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Chapman) pitched five innings in one game, and is the youngest-ever participant in major league history.

Brian26
12-30-2007, 01:12 PM
The Pittsburgh Pirates have now had 15 consecutive losing seasons. If they have a losing season in 2008, they will equal the record of the most consecutive losing seasons in pro sports history (The 1933-1948 Phillies are the current record holders).

To put things into perspective of how futile the Pirates have been, there are freshmen in high school that weren't even born when the Pirates had their last winning season.

That's amazing. The divison winners they had in '90, '91 and '92 were pretty good teams, but not quite good enough to get to the World Series. Thanks to Francisco Cabrera and Sid Bream, they barely missed it in '92.

SBSoxFan
12-31-2007, 08:49 AM
225 of Ichiro's 262 base hits in 2004 were singles.


Another useless slap hitter.

TornLabrum
12-31-2007, 10:49 AM
The 1877 Chicago White Stockings played the entire season without hitting a single home run.

Hitmenof77
01-03-2008, 02:13 AM
1989 was the first time the two reigning Cy Young award winners, faced each other. How did this happen before Interleague play?

Frank Viola (1988 AL Cy Young winner with the Twins) was traded to the Mets and faced Orel Hershiser (1988 NL Cy Young winner) of the Dodgers.

ode to veeck
01-03-2008, 03:02 PM
The 1877 Chicago White Stockings played the entire season without hitting a single home run.

If I am not mistaken, didn't that club later become the Cubs?

PennStater98r
01-03-2008, 03:33 PM
Billy Pierce - with the White Sox in 1955 posted a 1.97 ERA. He was the only major leaguer to post an ERA lower than 2.00 from 1946 - 1963.

TornLabrum
01-03-2008, 05:01 PM
If I am not mistaken, didn't that club later become the Cubs?

You are correct, sir.

batmanZoSo
01-03-2008, 05:09 PM
Sox fans weren't happy about the roster in January of 05 and they went on to win the World Series!

PKalltheway
01-04-2008, 07:32 AM
Nolan Ryan was the last pitcher to no-hit a defending World Champion, when he tossed his 6th career no-no against the Oakland A's in 1990.

The Houston Astros used a whopping six pitchers to no-hit the Yankees in 2003.

TommyJohn
01-04-2008, 09:47 AM
Nolan Ryan was the last pitcher to no-hit a defending World Champion, when he tossed his 6th career no-no against the Oakland A's in 1990.

The Houston Astros used a whopping six pitchers to no-hit the Yankees in 2003.

The six-pitcher no-hitter was the first against the Yankees since Hoyt
Wilhelm no-hit them in 1958.

The White Sox were no-hit twice in the span of seven games: on
September 29, 1983 by Mike Warren of the Oakland A's and on
April 7, 1984 by Jack Morris of the Detroit Tigers.

Joel Horlen of the White Sox hit Bill Freehan with a pitch during his
September 10, 1967 no-hitter. Dave Wickersham of the Tigers
retaliated by drilling Horlen in the leg the next time Horlen came up.
The result pained Horlen enough that, according to him, he was unable
to sit in the dugout during White Sox at-bats.

DumpJerry
01-04-2008, 11:01 AM
The White Sox were no-hit twice in the span of seven games: on September 29, 1983 by Mike Warren of the Oakland A's and on April 7, 1984 by Jack Morris of the Detroit Tigers.
How do you figure? They played on Sept. 30, Oct. 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, and 8 and then April 2 and 6 before Morris mowed 'em down. Four of those nine games were ALCS games against the O's.

TommyJohn
01-04-2008, 04:02 PM
How do you figure? They played on Sept. 30, Oct. 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, and 8 and then April 2 and 6 before Morris mowed 'em down. Four of those nine games were ALCS games against the O's.

Seven regular season games. Posteason and regular season are two different animals. I suppose I should have made that distinction, but did not think it was needed.

lukeman89
01-04-2008, 06:08 PM
Paul Gillespie and John Miller are the only players in MLB history to hit home runs in their first and last big league at bats. Miller's were the only two of his career

WhiteSoxJunkie
01-05-2008, 11:30 PM
In 1963 Gaylord Perry said "They'll put a man on the moon before I hit a home run." He hit his first and only home run of his career on July 20, 1969, just a few hours after Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon.

Railsplitter
01-06-2008, 09:06 PM
Hoyt Whilhelm was the first big leaguer to quailify for a pension while an active player.