[Baseball History] Help me with a trivia question
triviamaster : April 10, 2007 08:03 AM

This question was asked on another website and I can't find the answer. Can someone help?

Name for me the only pitcher in MLB history to lead his league (National or American) in strikeouts and wins and not win the Cy Young award.
**hint** - He didnt even recieve a single vote for the Cy Young Award.

Swampudlian : April 10, 2007 10:45 AM

Aaron Harang, 2006

triviamaster : April 10, 2007 01:54 PM

Wow, I totally missed that last year.

Here's another one: who has three career MLB hits and they are all home runs?

Swampudlian : April 10, 2007 03:13 PM

Not sure, but probably a pitcher.

Swampudlian : April 10, 2007 03:23 PM

I almost hate to admit this, but I downloaded Sean Lehman's database a while back... Who the hell was Keith McDonald? A marginal minor-leaguer backup catcher with a couple of cups of coffee for the Cardinals since the years started with a "2" (but not this millennium strictly, as he started in Y2K).

franco : April 10, 2007 06:49 PM

What are you using to work with the Lehman database? Access, SQL, etc?


Swampudlian : April 11, 2007 11:03 AM

MS Excel.... For instance, to answer the above question, I had it sort by HR (ascending) and secondarily by H (ascending). Sure, I had to scroll past a bunch of names with zero career HR and not many career H, either, but I just watched the HR column as I was scrolling... There's not many guys with exactly 2 career HR... Or at least not as many as I was imagining there would be.

triviamaster : April 11, 2007 11:14 AM

One more that I can't find the answer to, and then I'll leave you alone: Who has been drafted the most times in the MLB amatuer draft?

Swampudlian : April 11, 2007 11:22 AM

OK, on that one, I have no idear...

Swampudlian : April 11, 2007 11:23 AM

I take that back, though I admit to this being no more than an educated guess.... Bo Jackson?

Ford Fricks Asterisk : April 11, 2007 01:36 PM

I know it's probably a record that could never be broken now, because there used to be both a January and a June draft, although I'm not sure what the difference was.

I'm almost embarrassed to admit that I know the great Jack Lazorko was drafted five times, although I have no idea if that's the record. It probably should have been considered a warning for his career that he was drafted in the 8th, 1st, 1st and 2nd rounds (the two 1st's were both by Philly in the same year), but he waited until he dropped to the 11th round before he finally signed with the Astros.


Ford Fricks Asterisk : April 11, 2007 01:45 PM

If we are in deed going that obscure, here's one for you...

Who is the only player to have homered in his only World Series at-bat? If you need to narrow your search, he also holds the distinction of having the lowest batting average of the '70s for anyone with at least 1500 at-bats.

He also has a couple of other odd claims to... well, not exactly fame... but I'll wait to see if anyone can answer it first.


triviamaster : April 11, 2007 02:07 PM

Jim Mason?

triviamaster : April 11, 2007 02:10 PM

Name two pairs of rookie teammates who have started their careers with 100 RBI seasons.

So far, I've only found one pair: Jim Rice and Fred Lynn.

Ford Fricks Asterisk : April 11, 2007 03:10 PM

Jim Mason is correct... he also shares the all-time record of doubles in a game (4) and was the original shortstop of the Toronto Blue Jays.

I'm not sure about Jeff Heath's rookie status (102 at-bats over two previous seasons), but he drove in 112 for the 1938 Indians. Rookie Ken Keltner drove in 113.

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