2015 NL Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta is one of the twelve pitchers below to record a certain single game pitching accomplishment in the past twenty seasons (since 1996). What is this unusual feat?
- Jake Arrieta
- John Danks
- Brian Anderson
- Kris Benson
- Jamey Wright
- Brian Moehler
- Ross Detwiler
- Aaron Laffey
- Francisco Cordova
- Glendon Rusch
- Kevin Millwood
- Esteban Loaiza
Hint #1: Roger Clemens is the only other Cy Young Award winner to accomplish this feat.
Hint #2: Since 1914, no pitcher has accomplished this feat on his birthday.
Looks like this one was a stumper. The key to the solution was observing that these twelve pitchers were born on only 6 dates, two pitchers per date. In fact, only these pitchers have started a game since 1996 in which the the two starters shared a common birth date (i.e. born same day and year). More after the jump.
Here is the complete list of games since 1914 in which the two starters shared a common birth date, with the pitchers from the quiz highlighted.
|16-Jan||1891||Marv Goodwin||Ferdie Schupp||1917-08-18(1)|
|06-Mar||1986||Jake Arrieta||Ross Detwiler||2012-06-24|
|15-Apr||1985||John Danks||Aaron Laffey||2009-09-28|
|26-Apr||1972||Brian Anderson||Francisco Cordova||1998-09-03||1999-09-14|
|31-Jul||1892||Art Nehf||Erv Kantlehner||1915-09-24|
|04-Aug||1962||Roger Clemens||John Farrell||1990-06-03||1990-06-08|
|11-Aug||1907||Bobo Newsom||Gordon Rhodes||1934-05-18|
|01-Oct||1894||Ray Kolp||Duster Mails||1922-05-07||1922-07-02|
|07-Oct||1939||John O’Donoghue||Phil Ortega||1965-05-04|
|19-Oct||1965||Mike Gardiner||Dave Haas||1992-09-21|
|07-Nov||1974||Kris Benson||Glendon Rusch||2002-06-08||2003-07-09||2004-09-24|
|17-Nov||1933||Orlando Pena||Dan Osinski||1963-05-26||1963-06-10|
|24-Nov||1967||Cal Eldred||Ben McDonald||1992-09-13||1993-09-17||1994-06-22||1995-05-03|
|24-Dec||1974||Jamey Wright||Kevin Millwood||2000-05-23||2005-06-16|
|31-Dec||1971||Brian Moehler||Esteban Loaiza||1999-08-30||2000-05-30||2005-09-28|
Thanks to Richard Chester for the idea for this quiz. Richard had read on another blog the assertion that one of these games had not occurred since 1992. That, of course, is not the case as, with more teams and games, this quirky event has become more commonplace in recent years.