Thursday, March 26, 2015


Let's give my eleventh trivia set from 2013 another shot here. See how many you can answer, and I'll post the answers tomorrow.

1. On August 21, 1975 they became the only brothers to combine on a complete game shutout. Who were they?

2. In 1975 this St. Louis Cardinal had a 16 game hitting streak in which he collected exactly one hit in each of those games. Who is he?

3. The 1972 season saw no less than four pitchers with sub-2.00 E.R.A.'s. Name all four. Hint: two were in the A.L. and two were in the N.L.

4. In almost 1000 career at-bats, he hit his only home run against his own brother on May 29, 1976. Who was he?

5. This player fell one at-bat short of becoming the first player in Major League history to record 700 official at-bats in a season. Who was it?


1. Paul and Rick Reuschel, Chicago Cubs.

2. Ted Sizemore.

3. Gaylord Perry, Indians; Luis Tiant, Red Sox, Steve Carlton, Phillies and Gary Nolan, Reds.

4. Joe Niekro, Astros, off his brother Phil, who was pitching for the Braves.

5. Dave Cash, Phillies. He posted 699 at-bats with 213 hits in 1975.


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  2. Let's see (guessing - not resorting to Retrosheet or anything else) -
    1) The Reuschel boys.
    2) Complete guess here - Lou Brock
    3) (really resisting the urge to check my 1973 Topps AL and NL ERA leader cards...) Steve Carlton, Vida Blue, Tom Seaver, Jim Palmer (gotta go check now - not very confident)
    4) Phil Niekro
    5) Pete Rose

  3. Upon reflection (and research), this was not one of my finer responses. Sigh....for those of you scoring at home, and not cheating, I got one answer completely correct, and another 1/4 correct.

    1. Ha! All good Mark...No shame among brothers-in-cards....

    2. Thanks - by the way, in your survey of Topps paint jobs, when are you going to get the 1973 Graig Nettles? I was going through my '73 set (for obvious reasons) and saw the Nettles, plus a bunch of other ones, some outstanding, and some real head-scratchers...

  4. 1. Reuschel brothers
    2. Ted Simmons or Reggie Smith
    3. Steve Carlton, Don Sutton, Jim Palmer, Catfish Hunter
    4. Joe Niekro
    5. Dave Cash

  5. Having checked the answers...

    I got #2 correct on a complete guess (I figured it would be someone that had a a lot of at-bats with not a great average because 16 games with a max of 1 hit per game would actually hurt your average, and I knew this particular guy batted second for the Cardinals).

    for #3 I got 2 of the Pitchers (the 2 league leaders as it turned out (I must have been channeling the 1973 leader card.

    I got #5. I always liked this guy so i knew he had really high AB totals.

    I Guessed completely wrong on #1 and #4 even though there are only so many sets of Brothers to go around. I should have checked the 1977 topps brothers subset.

  6. Hey a little story about one of my favorites from the 1970's, Kent Tekulve (pictured)...actually it is more about the Pirates in general.

    I started to get into baseball and cards hot and heavy around 1976 so it was a little a little past the "Lumber Company" hey day, but looking back at some of the old cards my older brother had, I always liked the Pirates players because they always batted over .300 or had a lot of HR (Sanguillen, Oliver, Zisk, Stargell, Robertson, Parker, etc.) so when I would compare the stats to other teams, they would always win. So I kind of liked them as my second team, after he Yankees.

    Then after Thurman Munson died in 1979, the "Family" Pirates really saved my baseball love, because I was definitely losing it a little. It was hard to watch the Yanks for the rest of that season being reminded of Munson's death everyday...but it was so fun to watch the Pirates that summer/fall (seems like they were on TV constantly then). It really kept me interested in baseball until I could move on with the Yankees again.

    1. In early 1979, my mom entered a contest at a local bank in Connecticut. We forgot about it until a few months later when the bank called and said "you win!". Well, my dad and I had two tickets to Yankee Stadium (upper deck, first base side). The game was scheduled for August 3rd. As it turns out, it was the very first game they played after Munson's death. You've probably seen clips on TV or YouTube. Very somber, players crying, large tribute. To an 11 year old kid who was just really starting to follow baseball, it was overwhelming - it felt like a church service. I was a Red Sox fan, but Munson's death really hit hard. He and Pudge were real throw-backs - two tough sons-of-bitches. I regretted that I wouldn't be able to see them compete for years to come.

      I wasn't able to see it live because we were in the nose-bleeds, but in the clips you can see Reggie crying in right during the moment of silence - gets me everytime.



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