Home Runs by Egantx7

Champion(s):

DynowskiP


Runner(s)-Up:

GoodmanDL
A genius is someone like Norman Einstein...


Quiz Description

Sam Breadon, the one time owner of the St. Louis Cardinals, in response to hearing that fans may be getting tired of too much hitting, is attributed to have responded "Well, I have yet to hear a fan boo a home run." This only proves that he didn't invent a time machine and travel to Baltimore, Maryland on 9 October 1996 ... though I guess that technically wasn't a real home run accept in the scorebook, which I guess is all that counts. Here are a dozen questions related in some way to famous homers, dingers, taters, and the men who both hit them and give them up. This is not a quiz that is based on a common theme. There will be no questions about Clu Haywood and his triple crown or that amazing home run hit by Roy Hobbs of the Knights. Nope, this is 12 questions about genuine real life home runs, dingers, homers, longballs, goners, and slams ... the men who hit them, and the men who regretfully pitched them.. As usual, no cheating, ESPECIALLY if a little kid in a Yankees cap should offer you an answer!

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Questions:

Certainly the most famous home run ever hit was "The Shot Heard 'Round the World" that ended the special 1951 series between the Giants and Dodgers. Ralph Branca got saddled with the loss, after relieving this pitcher who would later win the 1956 NL MVP award, as well as the very first Cy Young Award (also given in 1956). Who was the starting pitcher for the Dodgers in that faithful game?

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Don Newcombe

On 24 July, 1983, George Brett hit what would eventually be a go ahead home run for a Royals win over the Yankees ... on 18 August. This was the infamous Pine Tar Game which resulted in a rare protest being upheld by the League Office and the near death of umpire Tim McClelland, had Brett gotten his hands around McClelland's neck. We need two names here: first, name the Yankee pitcher who gave up the famous pine-tar home run. Second, name the Royals pitcher who gave Brett's bat to a bat boy in an ironic attempt to hide a bat coated with foreign substance. Both of these pitchers eventually made it to the Hall of Fame.

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Rich "Goose" Gossage and Gaylord Perry

We take you to Game 5 of the 1986 ALCS. It is the bottom of the ninth, and the Angels are one strike from advancing to their first World Series. A Red Sawx home run ties the game, which the Angels then lose in extra innings before dropping Games 6 & 7 at Fenway Pahk. Name either the Red Sawx slugger who hit that game-tying homer, or the unfortunate Angels pitcher who gave it up. Sadly, that pitcher entered into a spiral of depression and alcohol abuse that culminated in his suicide two years later.

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Dave Henderson & Donnie Moore

Along with Reggie Jackson, Darrell Evans, and Alex Rodriguez, this guy is the only other player to have hit 100 home runs for three different franchises. Notably, he holds the MLB career record for walk-off home runs with 13. Who is this slugger whose tenth career walk-off home run was also the 500th of his career; the only player to have a walk-off homer for his 500th career home run.

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Jim Thome

This man hit the very first World Series home run hit at old Yankee Stadium; an inside-the-park home run that would win Game 1 of the 1923 World Series for the Giants. His third and longest managerial assignment would end after losing to the Pirates in the 1960 World Series on Bill Mazeroski's series ending home run. Name this Hall of Famer who won seven World Series as a manager, and who once flipped off a crowd by releasing a live sparrow from under his cap as he came to bat.

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Casey Stengel

Everyone who has ever seen baseball can remember Carlton Fisk waving that 1975 World Series Game 6 home run fair. Fewer people recall that the only reason that Fisk even had his chance was because this man was sent in to pinch hit in the 8th inning. Despite being drunk and high by his own admission, and flailing horribly, this man somehow connected for a game tying three run homer that pushed the game to extra innings where Fisk would become the hero. Name this future cosmetologist who allegedly introduced Keith Hernandez to cocaine before being born again.

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Bernie Carbo

In the 6th and final game of the 1977 World Series, Reggie Jackson famously hit three home runs on three successive swings of the bat, off of three different Dodger pitchers. Name any one of the three Dodger pitchers who surrendered those home runs to Mr. October. One would later win the 1981 NLCS MVP Award, one was a journeyman relief pitcher, and the other was a knuckleballer who finished his career with a record of 216-216 after spending the 1980s in Texas, and ending his career with the Whtie Sox and Marlins, where he was the first starting pitcher in Marlins history.

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Burt Hooton, Elias Sosa, or Charlie Hough

This four word phrase is used to refer to the famous bash that ended the September 28, 1938 game between the Pirates and the Cubs. This Gabby Hartnett walk-off won the game for the Cubs and pushed them ahead of the Pirates in the standings; a lead they would (in very un-Cublike fashion) not relinquish in the last four games of the season. Identify this four word phrase which denoted the literal (and perhaps figurative) lateness of Hartnett's smash off of the Pirates' Mace Brown.

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Homer in the Gloamin'

On 4 September 1995, this man victimized Rangers pitching for two grand slams in one game. On 20 May 1999 he hit grand slams in each game of a double header; the only man in history to have two grand slams on the same day, twice. His 18 career grand slams are tied for fifth all-time. Name this player whose most famous grand slam was the one that wasn't ... going in the books as only a 3 RBI single as he was mobbed by teammates before getting to second base after winning Game 5 of the 1999 NLCS with a shot over the fence at Shea Stadium off of Kevin McGlinchy. Today, he spends a lot of time watching opposing home runs clearing the fence at U.S. Cellular Field.

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Robin Ventura

Before entering into a managing career that stretched over 22 years, this man had a Hall of Fame playing career with the Giants, that included a career 0.301 batting average, 2390 walks, 2170 RBI, and an OPS of 1.080. Who is this slugger whose professional career record of 868 home runs, hit between 1959 and 1980, remains the still unapproached professional baseball world record.

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王貞治 (or Sadaharu Oh or Ō Sadaharu)

This pitcher holds the Chicago Cubs record for wins (201), games (605) and innings pitched (3137.1), and is remembered, sadly, for none of those accomplishments. Name this pitcher whose most famous pitch was a home run to Babe Ruth in the 5th inning of Game 3 of the 1932 World Series, a home run which may have been (but almost certainly wasn't) called by Ruth prior to hitting it.

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Charlie Root

Joe Carter of the Toronto Blue Jays ended the 1993 World Series with a 2-run home run off of Mitch Williams of the Phillies. While Joe Carter is not going to be elected to the Hall of Fame, the two runners who scored ahead of Carter on his epic home run have already been elected to Cooperstown. Name both of those runners who scored with Joe Carter on his 1993 World Series winning walk-off homer.

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Rickey Henderson & Paul Molitor