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Name the player who hit 26 home runs with 4 teams in 1977.
Dave Kingman

Who is the only hitter ever to lead the National League in batting average while playing for an expansion team in its first season?
In 1993, Andres Galaragga led the league in batting with a .370 average to go along with his 22 HR and 98 RBI.

Which team was the first to have 3 players steal 50 or more bases in the same season?
In 1976 the Oakland A's stole 341 total bases with the help of 3 players stealing 50 or more. Bill North led the way with 75 steals.

Name the last pitcher to pitch a no-hitter and lose.
In 1992, Boston Red Sox pitcher Matt Young lost to the Cleveland Indians 2-1 while pitching an 8 inning complete game no-hitter.

Name the oldest player to acquire 100 RBIs for the first time.
Paul Molitor acquired 111 RBIs in 1993 at the age of 37.

Name the oldest first time 20 game winner.
Jamie Moyer, 20-6 in 2001.

How many times in Major League history has a player hit in 31 consecutive games?
27

Name the first pitcher in history to toss a shutout and hit a homer in his big league debut.
Jason Jennings, while pitching for the Colorado Rockies

Only 4 players in San Francisco Giants history have driven in 100 or more RBIs in 5 consecutive seasons. Name them.
Willie Mays, Mel Ott, Bill Terry, Jeff Kent

Name the last team to lead the Major Leagues in home runs AND win the World Series.
1984 Detroit Tigers hit 187 home runs and won the Series. They had eight players with double digit home runs.

Prior to Kazuhisa Ishii, name the last Los Angeles Dodger rookie to go 5-0 to begin his rookie season, and name the year this occurred.
Fernando Valenzuela opened the 1981 season 8-0.

This active player has hit home runs for a record nine different teams. Name him.
Todd Zeile - Rockies, Mets, Rangers, Marlins, Dodgers, Orioles, Phillies, Cubs, Cardinals

Fernando Tatis holds the distinction of being the only player in the history of Major League baseball to do what?
Tatis hit two grand slams in the same inning off of the same pitcher. The pitcher was Chan Ho Park of the Los Angeles Dodgers. He also holds the record for most RBIs in an inning - 8.

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Name the pitcher with the most Major League wins in the 1990s.
Greg Maddux - 176 wins.

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Name the last team to have 6 or more pitchers with 10 or more wins each.
1987 Toronto Blue Jays:
Jimmy Key, 17-8
Jim Clancy, 15-11
Dave Stieb, 13-9
Jeff Musselman, 12-5
John Cerrutti, 11-4
Mark Eichorn, 10-6

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Who was the first slugger with over 400 career homers not to be elected to the Hall of Fame when he became eligible?
Dave Kingman

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Name the only player to die as a result of an on-field incident.
Ray Chapman

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Name the only player born in the 1980's who opened the 2001 season on a Major League roster.
Accepted: C.C. Sabathia or Rafael Furcal

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Three rookies have had at least two 15 game hitting streaks since 1981. Who are they?
Kent Hrbek, 1982
Juan Pierre, 2000
Ichiro Suzuki, 2001

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John Lieber is on pace to win 20 games for the Chicago Cubs. Who is the last Cub pitcher to win 20 games?
Greg Maddux had a 20-11 record with a 2.18 ERA in 1992.

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Who holds the Major League record for most consecutive years hitting 30 or more home runs?
Jimmie Fox

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Who holds the Major League career record for most wins as a relief pitcher?
Hoyt Wilhelm

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Who holds the Seattle Mariners rookie season record for home runs (27)?
Alvin Davis

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Where was the first All Star game played? Name the city and/or stadium.
City: Chicago
Stadium: Comiskey

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Who is the only pitcher to strike out 300 or more batters in a season after the age of 40?
Nolan Ryan

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Before the 1998 season, who was the last player to hit more than 50 home runs in a National League season?
George Foster hit 52 home runs for the New York Mets in 1977.

In their franchise history, how many seasons have the Seattle Mariners finished with a winning record?
5 seasons

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Who holds the all-time Cubs record for games played?
Billy Williams

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Who holds the Colorado Rockies' season record for saves?
Dave Veres had 31 saves in 1999.

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How many players have hit 200 homers in one stadium?
21 players have hit 200 homers in one stadium.

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Name the six active NL players with 2000 or more hits.
T. Gwynn
R. Henderson
B. Bonds
M. Grace
B. Larkin
C. Biggio

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Prior to Christian Guzman hitting 20 triples in the year 2000, who was the last American Leaguer to hit 20 or more triples in a season?
Willie Wilson, 21 in 1985.

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Name the five pitchers who faced both Mark McGwire and Roger Maris.
Don Sutton, Nolan Ryan, Phil Niekro, Joe Niekro and Tommy John.

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In 1999, two Devil Rays teammates became the first to each hit 30 homers for four different teams. Name the players and the teams they played on.
Jose Canseco - Devil Rays, A's, Rangers, Blue Jays
Fred McGriff - Devil Rays, Blue Jays, Padres, Braves

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Which two Yankees both homered, in the same game, from both sides of the plate in 2000, the first teammates to do so?
Bernie Williams and Jorge Posada

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Name the Cy Young Award winning pitcher who was cast against type as an intimidating slugger in the film Major League?
Pete Vuckovich

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Luis Castillo looks a shoo-in for finishing up the season with less than 20 RBI while amassing over 500 at bats. Name the last man to have fewer than 20 RBI's and more than 500 at bats in a season.
Enzo Hernandez had 12 RBIs in 539 at bats for the San Diego Padres in 1971.

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Gerald Williams became just the 7th Major League player and the 5th in the American League to have 20 homers and 80 RBI from the leadoff spot. Name the other six players to have accomplished this feat.
Tommy Harper
Bobby Bonds
Brady Anderson
Craig Biggio
Nomar Garciaparra
Darrin Erstad

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Which A's pitcher had 22 straight complete games in 1980?
Rick Langford pitched 22 straight complete games in 1980. Langford compiled a 19-12 record in 33 starts. What a year:

IP CG SH K ERA WHIP
290 28 2 102 3.26 1.17

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Who holds the Major League single season record for the most times being hit by a pitch?
Ron Hunt holds the Major League single season record. He was with 50 pitches in 1971 when he played for the Montreal Expos.

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Only 5 players in Major League history have reached the 30 home run plateau for the first time after their 37th birthday. Name the 5 players.
Rico Carty
Carlton Fisk
Chili Davis
Luke Easter
Edgar Martinez

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Charlie Manuel, the manager of the Cleveland Indians, won the MVP award for what Japanese team?
Kinetsu Buffalo, 1979.

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Atlanta closer Kerry Ligtenberg was traded from the independent minor league Minneapolis team for what?
Ligtenberg was traded from the Minneapolis Loons of the Prairie League for 6 dozen bats and 2 dozen baseballs.

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Name the last righthanded hitter to bat .380 or higher in a season. Also, name the year in which he did it.
Joe DiMaggio batted .381 for the New York Yankees in 1939.

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Who are the only players ever with over 700 at bats in a season?
Willie Wilson - K.C. in 1980 - 705 at bats
Juan Samuel - Phil. in 1984 - 701 at bats

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Who holds the American League record for the highest rookie batting average?
Tony Oliva

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The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome has the distinction of being the stadium where three players reached the 3000 hit milestone. Name the players.
Eddie Murray
Dave Winfield
Cal Ripken Jr.

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In the past 5 years, 18 players have averaged 30 HR and 100 RBI in a season. Only one has never been to an all-star game. Name the player.
Eric Karros.

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As of June 19, 2000, the Colorado Rockies' players have hit four of the last eight cycles in the Major Leagues. Name the Rockies' last four players who have hit for the cycle.
Dante Bichette, 6/10/1998
Neifi Perez, 7/25/1998
Todd Helton, 6/19/1999
Mike Lansing, 6/18/2000

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On September 3, 1970, the Cub's Billy Williams ended his consecutive games streak at 1,117. Five years later to the day, the Dodger's Steve Garvey started a streak that would eventually break Williams' National League record. How many consecutive games did Steve Garvey play to break the record?
1,207 consecutive games.

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As of June 5, 2000, Ron Cey is the all-time Los Angeles Dodger career home run leader. Who is number two?
Eric Karros.

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Two position players have made pitching performances for the Seattle Mariners in their 24 year history. Name the two players.
John Mabry, 2000 (27.00 era)
Manny Castillo, 1983 (23.63 era)

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Name the only player in Major League history to hit two grand slams in one inning.
Fernando Tatis of St. Louis Cardinals hit two grand slams in the same inning on April 23, 1999.

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Who holds the Major League record for the most career extra base hits?
Hank Aaron hit 1,477 career extra base hits. 624 doubles, 98 triples and 755 home runs.

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Name the only two teammates in Major League history to hit 2 home runs in the same game, 1 from each side of the plate.
On April 23, 2000 Bernie Williams and Jorge Posada accomplished the feat for the New York Yankees.

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On April 14, 1968, Nolan Ryan earned the first of his 324 career victories. Against what team did he get that win?
Houston Astros. Ironically, it happened on Easter Sunday and the opposing pitcher was current Houston Astros manager Larry Dierker.

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Who was the last pitcher to win 300 games before Gaylord Perry accomplished the feat in 1982?
Early Wynn.

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Name a pitcher in Major League history who struck out the same amount of batters as his own age in a single game. Name the pitcher and the magic number.
Bob Feller struck out 17 batters at age of 17 in for the Cleveland Indians in 1936.

Kerry Wood struck out 20 batters at age of 20 (one month before his 21st birthday) for the Chicago Cubs in 1998.

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Name the three players who the Cincinnati Reds acquired when they traded then 30-year old, future Hall-of-Famer Frank Robinson to the Baltimore Orioles in 1965.
In 1965, the Reds traded Frank Robinson to the Orioles for Milt Pappas, Jack Baldschun and Dick Simpson. Robinson went on to win the AL Triple Crown the very next season batting .317 with 49 HR and 122 RBI. Before the trade, Red's owner Bill DeWitt called Robinson "an old 30."

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Who had the highest single-season batting average since Ted Williams hit .406 in 1941?
In the strike-shortened 1994 season, Tony Gwynn led the league in batting average hitting .394. It marked the highest average in the National League since 1930 and the highest in the majors since 1941.

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Name the last player to hit 2 home runs in his Major League debut.
Marc Quinn hit 2 home runs in his Major League debut for the Kansas City Royals this season (1999).

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Name the only two Hall of Fame players to get 200 hits in their rookie season.
Lloyd Waner and Joe DiMaggio.

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How many times did Willie Mays lead the league in RBIs?
The answer is 0. Mays never led the league in RBI's despite amassing 1,903 career RBI's and hitting 100+ RBI's 10 times.

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Name the last Major League pitcher to lose 20 games in a season.
Brian Kingman went 8-20 in 1980 for the Oakland A's. Despite this horrific record, Kingman managed an ERA of 3.83 in 30 starts and 211 innings pitched with 10 complete games.

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From 1927 to 1941, the New York Yankees appeared in 8 World Series, winning all of them (32 wins). How many games did the Yankees lose in those 8 World Series?
The New York Yankees lost only 4 games in the 8 World Series they appeared in between 1927 and 1941.

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Who is the only player to hit for the cycle in both leagues?
Bob Watson hit for the cycle as a member of the Houston Astros (NL) in 1977 and again with the Boston Red Sox (AL) in 1979.

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Name the only Major League pitcher in modern history to win 20 games and have an ERA over 5.00 in the same season.
In 1938, Bobo Newsom of the St. Louis Cardinals went 20-16 with a 5.07 ERA in 40 starts. Amazingly, Bobo completed 31 of those 40 starts that season.

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Name the three of the five pitchers who have won over 200 games but never had a 20-victory season.
Here are all five: Charlie Hough (216-216), Dennis Martinez (245-193), Frank Tanana (240-236), Milt Pappas (209-164), Jerry Reuss (220-191).

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Name the five former Major League ballparks that are still standing today.
The Kingdome (Seattle), Exibition Stadium (Toronto), Mile High Stadium (Denver), The Coliseum (Los Angeles), Memorial Stadium (Baltimore).

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Name the only pitcher to throw a no-hitter in his first Major League start.
In 1953, Bobo Holloman threw a no-hitter in his first Major League start while a member of the St. Louis Browns. That year, Bobo was 3-7 with a 5.23 ERA. After his rookie season, he would never pitch in the Major Leagues again.

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What pitcher holds the record for the most relief innings pitched in a season?
Mike Marshall pitched 206 innings of relief in 1974 for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He led the league in that category and also led in appearances (106) and saves (21).

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What is the most home run prolific surname in the history of baseball?
The Williams surname has amassed 2,240 home runs over the course of Major League baseball history.

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Name the pitcher who threw the first Major League no-hitter.
On July 15, 1876, George Washington Bradley pitched the first Major League no-hitter. Bradley pitched the St. Louis Brown Stockings to a 2-0 victory over Hartford.

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Name the first U.S. president to throw out the ceremonial opening day "first pitch" in a major league game.
William Howard Taft

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Which Hall of Fame pitcher had mediocre records of 2-2, 2-4, 5-4, 11-11, 8-6 and 8-13 in his first six seasons.
Sandy Koufax went on to post an impressive .655 career winning percentage (165-87).

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Who holds the record for being walked the most times in one day?
The Athletics' Max "Camera Eye" Bishop drew eight walks during a doubleheader sweep over the Yankess on May 21, 1930. Bishop would duplicate the feat four years later. No other player has ever walked more than six times in one day.

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What Major League player holds the record for most home runs in his final season?
In 1986, Dave Kingman hit 35 home runs in his final season as a member of the Oakland Athletics.

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What is the longest game by time in Major League history?
Chicago White Sox and the Milwaukee Brewers played the longest game by time in Major League history. The White Sox and Brewers battled for eight hours and six minutes. Harold Baines homered off Chuck Porter with one out in the bottom of the 25th inning for a 7-6 White Sox victory.

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Name the only man to amass 389 hits in his first 1,000 major league at-bats.
"Shoeless" Joe Jackson.

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Who holds the United States professional baseball single-season home run record?
In 1954, Joe Bauman blasted 72 home runs while playing for Roswell (NM) of the Longhorn League. Bauman, a native of Welch, OK, was a lefthanded hitting first basemen who stood 6-5 and weighed 235 punds. Bauman not only hit 72 homers that season, but also had a .400 batting average with 199 hits in 498 at-bats, drove in 224 runs and scored 188. He did all of this in just 138 games.

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Name the only man in Major League history to hurl two shutouts in one day.
Ed Reulbach of the 1908 Chicago Cubs defeated the Dodgers twice on September 25, 5-0 and 3-0. Satchel Paige also accomplished this feat but in a Negro League game.

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What player is credited with making the first relief appearance in Major League history?
Boston's Jack Manning made the first relief appearance in ML history on April 25, 1876. The rules in those days did not permit substitutions except in case of injury, so rightfielder Manning switched places with starting pitcher Joe Borden in the 5th inning. After inheriting a 5-0 deficit, Manning picked up the win as Boston rallied to beat Brooklyn 7-6.

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Name the player who stole the most career bases without ever leading the league in that category.
Joe Morgan stole 689 bases in his career yet never led the league in steals in any year. He finished second in the NL in steals six times.

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One way that teams covered expenses of spring training was by playing games against other major or minor league teams as they traveled north. Another method of paying training costs at a minor league site was to leave behind a rookie as payment. What Hall of Famer was used this way?
In 1908, the Red Sox trained in Little Rock, Arkansas, and when they were ready to head for Boston, they left behind a rookie Tris Speaker as payment. Speaker went on to play 21 more seasons in the majors compiling a .344 batting average. He would eventually earn a place in Cooperstown in 1937.

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Occasionally teams have ventured out of the United States for all or part of spring training. The Giants (1937), Dodgers (1940s), and Pirates (1953) have all trained in Cuba. Which team was the first to train outside the continental United States, what year was it, and where did they train?
In the spring of 1913, the Yankees traveled to Hamilton, Bermuda to train. They did venture abroad again to the Panama Canal zone (1946) and Puerto Rico (1947).

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Who is the only starting pitcher in a World Series not to bat ninth?
Babe Ruth. Babe started for the Red Sox in the fourth game of the 1917 World Series against the Chicago Cubs. He batted in the sixth spot in the order.

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Which team was the only one to enter the World Series without having on its roster a .300 hitter, 20-game winner, or a player who drove in 100 runs?
The 1973 New York Mets. The Mets also had the second lowest run production in the league that season. They finished with a record of 82-79, edging out the Pirates and Cardinals for the division, then beat Cincinnati for the NL pennant

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Who is the only pitcher to win more than three triple crowns?
Grover Cleveland Alexander

1915 31-10 1.22 era 241 K
1916 33-12 1.55 era 167 K
1917 30-13 1.83 era 200 K
1920 27-14 1.91 era 173 K

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Who holds the American League rookie season record for the most saves?
Gregg Olson recorded 27 saves in 1989 as a rookie.

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Who holds the American League single season record for the most singles hit?
Wade Boggs. Of his 240 hits in 1985, 187 of them were singles.

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Lefty Grove won nine ERA titles, a record. Name the four players who are tied for second place with five ERA titles a piece.
Roger Clemens, Grover Cleveland Alexander, Sandy Koufax, and Walter Johnson

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Who holds the Major League single game record for the most intentional bases on balls received?
Andre Dawson was intentionally walked five times during a game on May 22, 1990. The game lasted 16 innings.

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Who was the last player prior to Roger Clemens to lead the American League in Wins, ERA and strikeouts?
Hal Newhauser in 1945 led all AL pitchers with 25 wins, 1.81 ERA and 212 strikeouts. He also led the AL that year in win percentage-.735, complete games-29, shutouts-8, and innings pitched-313.

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Who holds the single season record for at-bats by a righthanded hitter?
Juan Samuel had 701 at-bats in 1984.

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Who holds the Major League record for most consecutive stolen bases without being caught stealing?
Vince Coleman stole 50 consecutive bases without being caught from September 18, 1988 through July 26 1989.

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Who holds the modern National League single season record for the highest batting average by a switch hitter?
Willie McGee .353 average in 1985.

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Who holds the National League single season record for the most at-bats without a triple?
Vinny Castilla 629 at-bats without a triple in 1996.

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Only six men have played in 3,000 or more Major League games. Name them.
1.) Hank Aaron, 3,298
2.) Ty Cobb, 3,033
3.) Stan Musial, 3,026
4.) Eddie Murray, active
5.) Pete Rose, 3,562
6.) Carl Yastrzemski, 3,308

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This player holds the single-season major league record for stolen bases by a catcher.
John Wathan, Kansas City Royals. 36 stolen bases, 1982.

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In the 1980's, only three men batted .300 while playing the entire decade with the same team. Name the players and their respective teams.
George Brett, Kansas City Royals
Tim Raines, Montreal Expos
Paul Molitor, Milwaukee Brewers

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Reggie Jackson's October heroics and 563 home runs made him a lock for the Hall of Fame. Name the four Major League records that he holds.
Most career strikeouts: 2597
Most strikeouts by a left-handed batter in a season: 177
Most seasons with 100 or more strikeouts: 18
Most consecutive 100 plus strikeout seasons: 13

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Name the oldest 1st-time batting champion.
Al Oliver was 35 years old when he won the batting title with a .331 average as a member of the 1982 Montreal Expos.

G AB H HR RBI R
160 617 204 22 109 90

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Name the only pitcher ever to win 20 games in less than 200 innings pitched.
Bob Grim of the 1954 New York Yankees put together a 20-6 record in 199 innings. He struck out 108 and had an ERA of 3.26. More impressively, Grim did this in his rookie year.

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Name the only player in Major League History to hit at least 15 home runs without driving in at least twice as many runs.
Kevin Maas, 1990, New York Yankees
254 AB, .252 AVG., 64 H, 21 HR, 41 RBI, 42 R

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Five teams in baseball history have managed 300 stolen bases in a season. Name the only 2 teams to accomplish this feat in the last 80 years.
The 1976 Oakland A's: 346 steals.
Phil Garner 35, Bert Campaneris 54, Sal Bando 20, Bill North 75, Claudell Washington 37, Don Baylor 52.

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The 1985 St. Louis Cardinals:
Tommy Herr 31, Ozzie Smith 31, Terry Pendleton 17, Vince Coleman 110, Willie McGee 56, Andy Van Slyke 34.

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Who holds the Major League Record for the longest consecutive game hitting streak by a rookie?
Benito Santiago
34 game hitting streak, San Diego Padres, 1986

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Name the all-time father-son, homerun hitting combo.
Bobby and Barry Bonds had 666 HR entering this ('97) season. Bobby Bonds hit 332 during his career. Barry Bonds had hit 334 HR entering the '97 season.

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Name the only player to have 3 successive 35 homer, 200 hit seasons?
Jim "Ed" Rice, Boston Red Sox
1977 - 39 HR, 206 h, 114 RBI, .320 AVG
1978 - 46 HR, 213 h, 139 RBI, .315 AVG
1979 - 39 HR, 201 h, 130 RBI, .325 AVG
Comment: What a monster!

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