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 Post subject: Test your knowledge (WARNING--spoilers for thread below)
PostPosted: Tue Jul 11, 2006 10:59 pm 
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Candy Cummings? Isn't she appearing with Mystique and Aura at the Boom-Boom Room?

How many of you were as surprised as I was that Ty Cobb didn't hold the triples record? Turns out he had 295, second on the career list.

Was anyone else as surprised as I was about Rogers Hornsby's not being the .426 hitter? He had declined by the time he got to the AL.

Interesting that Foxx was the first to 500 homers. I guessed Ott.

I knew the answer to the first to hit 50 homers and strike out fewer than 50 times because I just last night read a quote from Johnny Mize about his doing that very thing in teammate Phil Rizzuto's "The October Twelve," which I'm reading.

I had thought Don Newcombe's career had started before the Rookie of the Year award was given. My guess was Drysdale.

And I thought it was the 2001 Mariners who had hit 264 homers, given that they won 116 games. But they weren't among the choices, and I knew Buhner and Griffey were on the '97 team, so I chose them.


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I got Nap Lajoie correct.

My knowledge of baseball history is very scattered ... and slipping.


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jjmoney62 wrote:
I got Nap Lajoie correct.

My knowledge of baseball history is very scattered ... and slipping.


Look at it this way, JJ: Your knowledge just improved with your having taken the quiz.


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You know, some of my historical knowledge, including Nap Lajoie's .426, comes from playing Earl Weaver Baseball on my PC when I was a kid. That game was loaded with all-time greats, and their stats from the "best" year of their careers.

Also when I was a kid, man, I soaked baseball up. Read everything I could get my hands on. Even though I was born a few years after Roberto Clemente died, he was one of my all-time favorites, just from what I read about him. Same with Hank Aaron.

And, as with many baseball fans, I absolutely loved the stats - digging into the numbers, comparing this and that.

So even though I haven't read much baseball lately, some of that stuck with me and helped me out a bit.


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