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Hints for the no hitter quiz:

QUES 1:

The no-hitter pitcher was born with the last name of Braun.

The pitcher who gave up the hit was later traded to the Mets for Rob Gardner and spent the last two years of his career in the Mets farm system.  

The guy who got the hit: 

a) Was missing the top of an ear because of an automobile accident. Actually it wasn't missing, it was sewn onto his chest at the accident scene for re-attachment which they never did and his skin around grew so it stayed there

b) Spent most of his first 12 seasons in the minors before he got called up because a player broke his ankle. That player later came to the Mets in a trade that also brought Derrell Griffith

QUES 2:

Well you gotta know the year by the clue. Pretty much a famous baseball event. 

a) The no hitter pitcher has two other baseball records. He pitched 2 complete game 3 hitters in both ends of a double header for the record for least hits allowed in a double header. The other is the longest no hitter in pro baseball history with a 17 inning no hitter in the minors

b) The losing pitcher won the pitching triple crown the following year

QUES 3:

C'mon, you gotta know this.  If he didn't throw the no hitter no one would have ever heard of him. He had the same nickname as a teammate who was more well known due to a 20 year MLB career.

 

BONUS QUESTION:

The Mets had a no hitter in spring training. Two pitchers combined. A righty and a lefty. Name them. 

 

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2 hours ago, The Crimson King said:

QUES 3:

C'mon, you gotta know this.  If he didn't throw the no hitter no one would have ever heard of him. He had the same nickname as a teammate who was more well known due to a 20 year MLB career.

Must be referring to Athens, GA's very own Bobo Holloman.  No hitter in his first ever start, but out of the league by the end of his first season.

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44 minutes ago, Lith said:

Must be referring to Athens, GA's very own Bobo Holloman.  No hitter in his first ever start, but out of the league by the end of his first season.

Yessir !

I knew one of you mavens would know this

Interesting story. Apparently, he got hit hard the whole game and all of the balls found gloves.

Isn't baseball a great game for stories?

 

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1. The perfect game/no-hitter, one-hitter question is still open. 

An easy hint:

The perfect game catcher was Jeff Torborg

2. Only once in MLB history did both pitchers throw a no hitter through 9. The game was lost in the 10th however and although counted as a no hitter for the loser for many years, baseball took it away with a stats rule change in the 80's (?) 

The answer to # 2 is Fred Toney (Reds) and Hippo Vaughn (Cubs). Guess you had to know that specifically.

The bonus question of the no-hitter the Mets threw in spring training

Year was 1965; Two pitchers, a hard throwing righty named Gary Kroll, who they got from the Phillies for Frank Thomas went 6 (IIRC) and lefty Gordon Richardson, who they got in the Tracy Stallard trade threw 3. 

 

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1 hour ago, The Crimson King said:

1. The perfect game/no-hitter, one-hitter question is still open. 

An easy hint:

The perfect game catcher was Jeff Torborg

2. Only once in MLB history did both pitchers throw a no hitter through 9. The game was lost in the 10th however and although counted as a no hitter for the loser for many years, baseball took it away with a stats rule change in the 80's (?) 

The answer to # 2 is Fred Toney (Reds) and Hippo Vaughn (Cubs). Guess you had to know that specifically.

The bonus question of the no-hitter the Mets threw in spring training

Year was 1965; Two pitchers, a hard throwing righty named Gary Kroll, who they got from the Phillies for Frank Thomas went 6 (IIRC) and lefty Gordon Richardson, who they got in the Tracy Stallard trade threw 3. 

 

Pitcher has to be Sandy Koufax. Guess 1963?

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2 hours ago, section314 said:

Pitcher has to be Sandy Koufax. Guess 1963?

Koufax indeed pitched the perfect game, but it couldn't be '63 because Jim Bunning's famous PG at Shea in '64 was the first regular season PG in over 40 years and only the 4th in over 6 decades of MLB, but it was the next one in '65. 

The opponent was Bob Hendley, a forgettable pitcher other than this event who was also forgettable on the mostly forgettable 1967 Mets which we won't forget because it was Seaver's rookie year.

The only hit in the game was a 2B by Lou Johnson (thought that the ear thing or replacing Tommy Davis would give it away) in the 7th but he also scored the game's only run early in the game when he stole third and the Cubs catcher threw the ball away.  

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To close the loop on the Hall of Fame question.  First player at each position voted to the Hall:

Manager: Mack and Mcgraw.

P: Mathewson/Johnsont
C  Buck Ewing
1B: Gehrig, Anson, Sisler
2B: Nap Lajoie.
SS: Honus Wagner
3B Jimmy Collins
LF: Fred Clarke, Ed Delehanty, Jim O'rourke
CF Ty Cobb
RF: Babe Ruth

Delehanty and O'Rourke were the two guys not guessed.  Not sure if anyone guessed Sisler at 1B either.  Delehanty is the guy who fell to his death near Niagara Falls in '03.  Jim O'Rourke played until he was in his 40s, then continued his career in the Minor Leagues.  Coming back to play one game for John Mcgraw's Giants in 1904 at age 53.

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Another minor league question (and one that someone NOT collecting soc sec may remember)

The longest game in pro baseball history was 33 innings. 

1. What two teams?

2. Two HOF players were in the game, one for each team

3. The winning pitcher was a future Met. 

HINTS later

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On 1/22/2020 at 6:06 PM, The Crimson King said:

Another minor league question (and one that someone NOT collecting soc sec may remember)

The longest game in pro baseball history was 33 innings. 

1. What two teams?

2. Two HOF players were in the game, one for each team

3. The winning pitcher was a future Met. 

HINTS later

No? Guess not much interest here. Maybe when the season starts?

Anyway, this happened early in 1981 between the Orioles Rochester AAA farm club and the Red Sox farm club Pawtucket. The venue. located in an industrial area of the downtrodden town of Pawtucket opened during WWII and is a wonderful throwback to the way things used to be. For years, they embraced the 33 inning game with memorabilia, drink cups and even the winding ramps leading to the seats emblazoned with the long line score of that game.

The two HOF players were Wade Boggs and Cal Ripken, both at 3B. They went 32 innings before suspending the game just after 4am. According to league rules, it should have been stopped at 1am or so but for some reason, the umpires' rule book didn't not state that.

Fans in attendance at the end, all 19 of them, were awarded lifetime season tix.

One player (sorry, forgot who) struck out a pro record 7 times. Many records were set that night that will probably never be broken.

The game resumed in the 33rd inning later in the year when Rochester came back to town, They were going to do it in Fenway but since the MLB strike was going on the players voted to not cross the picket line so they played it in McCoy in front of a sold out crowd and press from all over the world (there was a lottery for the press).  The teams used their regularly scheduled starters and it only took one inning to decide the game (to the disappointment of all) it in favor of the home team. The Pawsox pitcher got two wins on his record that day because after the one inning, he started the regularly scheduled game. I vaguely remember the guy,  I think he was a lefty with a hellova changeup named Bob Ojeda :)

The stories for this game were priceless, from wives not believing players why they were out so late to the police being called for missing children that seemingly did not come home. My favorite was about one of the pitchers who was taken out earlier on the game and spent 20 or so innings in the clubhouse. Apparently when the players came in early that AM looking for a post game beer, the pitcher had drank all of it and was laying out hammered. 

This is a lot more detail than I put forth here. Surprised no one ever wrote a book about it. If you are unfamiliar with all of this, it is worth looking into as a great part of baseball lore.  

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17 hours ago, The Crimson King said:

No? Guess not much interest here. Maybe when the season starts?

Anyway, this happened early in 1981 between the Orioles Rochester AAA farm club and the Red Sox farm club Pawtucket. The venue. located in an industrial area of the downtrodden town of Pawtucket opened during WWII and is a wonderful throwback to the way things used to be. For years, they embraced the 33 inning game with memorabilia, drink cups and even the winding ramps leading to the seats emblazoned with the long line score of that game.

The two HOF players were Wade Boggs and Cal Ripken, both at 3B. They went 32 innings before suspending the game just after 4am. According to league rules, it should have been stopped at 1am or so but for some reason, the umpires' rule book didn't not state that.

Fans in attendance at the end, all 19 of them, were awarded lifetime season tix.

One player (sorry, forgot who) struck out a pro record 7 times. Many records were set that night that will probably never be broken.

The game resumed in the 33rd inning later in the year when Rochester came back to town, They were going to do it in Fenway but since the MLB strike was going on the players voted to not cross the picket line so they played it in McCoy in front of a sold out crowd and press from all over the world (there was a lottery for the press).  The teams used their regularly scheduled starters and it only took one inning to decide the game (to the disappointment of all) it in favor of the home team. The Pawsox pitcher got two wins on his record that day because after the one inning, he started the regularly scheduled game. I vaguely remember the guy,  I think he was a lefty with a hellova changeup named Bob Ojeda :)

The stories for this game were priceless, from wives not believing players why they were out so late to the police being called for missing children that seemingly did not come home. My favorite was about one of the pitchers who was taken out earlier on the game and spent 20 or so innings in the clubhouse. Apparently when the players came in early that AM looking for a post game beer, the pitcher had drank all of it and was laying out hammered. 

This is a lot more detail than I put forth here. Surprised no one ever wrote a book about it. If you are unfamiliar with all of this, it is worth looking into as a great part of baseball lore.  

I should have known that one -- at least that it waas the PawSox.  Never would have guessed it was that long ago, but I do remember hearing about it.  Wouldn't have know the answers to the other questions, because I would have guessed that it happened in the late 90s, not 1981.

Can't imagine what it would be like to sit through a 32 inning minor league game.  I was at the Mets-Brewers 18 inning game in Milwaukee last year, which was great for 17 1/2 innings, until we blew the lead and the game in the bottom of the 18th.  That was brutal.  Would have been one thing if the Brewers just won it, but taking the lead in the 18th only to blow it was such an empty feeling when they lost.

 

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