Thursday, December 3, 2015

JUST FOR THE FUN OF IT- 1970'S BASEBALL TRIVIA PART #124 (A REVISIT OF #42)




Time for trivia again, and today we look at some pitcher odds and ends. See what you come up with.
As usual I'll post the answers tomorrow. Enjoy:

1. Who are the only two pitchers in the decade to lead their league in Earned Runs allowed, yet sport a sub-3.00 E.R.A.?

2. What pitcher drove in the most runs during a season at the plate in the 1970's?

3. What hurler faced the most batters in any one season during the decade?

4. Among all pitchers who threw more than 250 innings in a season, who allowed the fewest home runs?

5. Among all pitchers who gave up 100 or more runs in a season during the 1970's, who is the only one to NOT surrender a single unearned run during the same campaign?


***SPOILER ALERT! ANSWERS BELOW: 

1.  Wilbur Wood, White Sox. 1972 & Phil Niekro, Braves. 1978.

2. Fergie Jenkins, Cubs. He had 20 runs batted in in 1971.

3. Mickey Lolich, Tigers. 1538 batters in 1971.

4. Ron Reed, Braves / Cardinals. Only 5 home runs allowed in 250.1 innings pitched in 1975.

5. Dick Ruthven, Braves. 112 runs allowed, all earned in 1976. 

1 comment:

  1. Funnily enough, the great sportswriter Joe Posnanski just had a trivia question about that Jenkins season. His was:

    2. Only one pitcher has hit more than five home runs in a season when he also won the Cy Young Award. Name that pitcher! (Hint: He actually hit six home runs).

    Answer: Ferguson Jenkins in 1971. He hit six home runs. Jenkins was not a good hitter … but he was for some reason in 1971. He was a .154 hitter with seven home runs in 784 plate at-bats for the rest of his career. But in 1971, he hit .243, slugged .478 and hit those six homers.

    Jenkins never had more than 11 RBIS in any other season, but he did have 10 in both '67 and '68 as well as 11 in '70, so '71 wasn't THAT out of nowhere. Or maybe it was...his OPS+ in '70 was NEGATIVE 12, and then in '71 it was 102, which would make him slightly above average among all hitters! Amazing. His career OPS+ was only 23.

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