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11 hours ago, WBT said:

Sam Crawford?

good guess but no.

I will add the one no one will get Snuffy Stirnweiss 1945 Yankees led AL with .309 and 33 SB's.  so him, cobb, wagner, altuve, turner, robinson, and...

This is a post 1900 list.  Billy Hamilton apparently did it in 1891.

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In the game played on the "Field of Dreams", how did Archibald "Moonlight" Graham, then a 27 year old outfielder for the New York Giants, recognize Gil Hodges?  A player who would not be born until 1924?  

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So I told him to stick it!!!

I love that movie for so many reasons, was just always weird to me that Graham as a young player would recognize players that hadn't been born yet when he played IRL.  He was a real player.  

Anyway, two related trivia questions:

1.  What hall of famer has the shortest surname? 

2.  Who was the last pitcher to finish in his league's Top 10 list for home runs hit?  

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17 minutes ago, YGIFS said:

So I told him to stick it!!!

I love that movie for so many reasons, was just always weird to me that Graham as a young player would recognize players that hadn't been born yet when he played IRL.  He was a real player.  

Anyway, two related trivia questions:

1.  What hall of famer has the shortest surname? 

2.  Who was the last pitcher to finish in his league's Top 10 list for home runs hit?  

Mel Ott? 

Ohtani

 

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Yes.  And then, shit...I forgot to type "prior to Ohtani.  Dammit.  I'm dumb.  delete everything, simulation is failing us. 

Prior to Ohtani, who was the last pitcher (and yeah, big hint...it was an AL guy) to finish Top 10 in HR's.  It can be a two-way player, but obviously there's only a handful of those all-time, but there were guys used as pinch-hitters when they weren't on the mound that day. 

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5 minutes ago, YGIFS said:

Yes.  And then, shit...I forgot to type "prior to Ohtani.  Dammit.  I'm dumb.  delete everything, simulation is failing us. 

Prior to Ohtani, who was the last pitcher (and yeah, big hint...it was an AL guy) to finish Top 10 in HR's.  It can be a two-way player, but obviously there's only a handful of those all-time, but there were guys used as pinch-hitters when they weren't on the mound that day. 

Probably Babe Ruth then.

 

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Keep in mind the scoring nuances of baseball.  Just because you pitch sometimes doesn't mean your homer that day counts as a pitcher.  You have to be slated as the "1" spot on the lineup card or the pinch hitter for the "1" spot.  Playing OF or DH that day, when you're not on the mound, those HR's don't count as "pitcher" even if you pitch 30 games that season.  

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1 hour ago, YGIFS said:
So I told him to stick it!!!
I love that movie for so many reasons, was just always weird to me that Graham as a young player would recognize players that hadn't been born yet when he played IRL.  He was a real player.  
Anyway, two related trivia questions:
1.  What hall of famer has the shortest surname? 
2.  Who was the last pitcher to finish in his league's Top 10 list for home runs hit?  

1. Mel Ott and this guy:
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( If I wanted to be a pedantic asshole, Saduhau Oh.)

2.  Wes Ferrell?

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Not a trivia question, just something really interesting that I saw in a book I'm reading...

In 1939, the AL owners passed a rule prohibiting teams from trading or selling players to the defending pennant winner unless they had already declared waivers.  This rule was instituted in an attempt to disadvantage the Yankees, who had won 4 pennants in a row.  It kind of worked -- the 1940 Yankees were very pitching-thin (and missing Gehrig) and finished in 3rd place, behind Detroit.  But then in 1941, the Tigers were the ones who got screwed when several stars had down years due to age and Hank Greenberg got drafted into WWII.  By the 1941 ASG, the owners had already voted to rescind the rule.

https://law.marquette.edu/facultyblog/2011/01/regulating-the-yankees-baseball-and-antitrust-in-1939/

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It really is remarkable how much bullshit players had to put up with until Curt Flood had enough.  

Somebody settle a debate.  The old trivia question "How many ways are there to reach first base?" Some schools of thought say 7, some say 9.  Both blend intentional walks with standard BB.  But there's a couple of controversial overlaps.

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13 hours ago, YGIFS said:

It really is remarkable how much bullshit players had to put up with until Curt Flood had enough.  

Somebody settle a debate.  The old trivia question "How many ways are there to reach first base?" Some schools of thought say 7, some say 9.  Both blend intentional walks with standard BB.  But there's a couple of controversial overlaps.

walk, hbp, catcher interference, hit, error, drop 3rd strike, FC, fielder interference, batted ball hits runner.

the catcher interference and fielder interference can be considered the same.  also, the batter gets awarded a hit when ball hits runner so really the same.

IMO the answer is really 7.

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