This post is for voting and discussion in the 140th round of balloting for the Circle of Greats (COG). This is the last of three rounds of balloting adds to the list of candidates eligible to receive your votes those players born in 1979. Rules and lists are after the jump.

Continue reading# Category Archives: Quiz

# Circle of Greats 1979 Balloting Part 2

This post is for voting and discussion in the 139th round of balloting for the Circle of Greats (COG). This is the second of three rounds of balloting adding to the list of candidates eligible to receive your votes those players born in 1979. Rules and lists are after the jump.

Continue reading# All-Star Break Diversion

To tide us over for the next couple of days, here’s a quick quiz. Not very hard, but some of the names may surprise you. So, what accomplishment can be claimed only by these players?

Rk | Player ▲ |
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1 | Richie Ashburn |

2 | Rod Carew |

3 | Corbin Carroll |

4 | Joe DiMaggio |

5 | Mark Fidrych |

6 | Ron Hansen |

7 | Frank Robinson |

8 | George Scott |

9 | Fernando Valenzuela |

10 | Dick Wakefield |

11 | Jerry Walker |

# Richard’s Ruminations and Assorted Statistical Oddities

Richard Chester is a regular contributor to the HHS blog and the HHS Twitter feed. Many of the unusual factoids he comes up with are gleaned from his own homegrown game log database (think of it as Play Index or Stathead on steroids). For your enjoyment, here are some statistical nuggets he has recently unearthed.

# Quick Quiz – SOLVED

Well, Doug posted a quiz about sluggers; here’s one where you won’t find any of those. What career accomplishment do these Live Ball era players have in common? (I hope I caught them all, but I’m not 100% sure, so I make no promises!)

Lou Brock

Bert Campaneris

Brett Butler

Michael Bourn

Tony Womack

Dave Collins

# Name That Stat: Sluggers (Solved)

This is a different take on a quiz, with an added variable of ranking. I’ll give you the ranked list, and you get to figure out the statistic that produces that list. In other words, just like a regular quiz, but with the added criterion of ranking.

So, here’s the list, showing the top 10 sluggers in a particular statistic. What is it? .

Rk | Name |
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1 | Alex Rodriguez |

2 | Jimmie Foxx |

3 | Albert Pujols |

4 | Manny Ramirez |

4 | Rafael Palmeiro |

4 | Lou Gehrig |

4 | Sammy Sosa |

8 | Babe Ruth |

8 | Mark Teixeira |

8 | Albert Belle |

Hint #1: the stat involves traditional metrics for sluggers

Hint #2: the rankings could provide a clue as to the type of stat to look for.

**Congratulations to Howard!** He knew that these ten sluggers have the most consecutive seasons with 30 HR and 100 RBI. More after the jump.

# Big Cat Trivia

While researching my latest post, I came across a name that loomed large in my childhood, about whom I haven’t thought in a long time. Andres Galarraga is probably, at this point, the second-most-famous “A. Galarraga” in your baseball encyclopedia/brain. But while Armando may be more famous today, the Big Cat belongs to a couple specific groups. I’m hoping you can figure out what they are in these trivia questions.

Note: I’ve never done one of these trivia things before, as you know, so they’re not going to be as hard or clever as Doug’s… or maybe they’ll be too hard. I genuinely don’t know, but I hope it’s fun either way.

# Quiz – Fire and Fizzle (solved)

For a quick diversion, here’s a list of ten notable starting pitchers of the modern era (since 1901). Which career accomplishment (min. 250 decisions) distinguishes these players among all retired pitchers of the modern era?

Rk | Player |
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1 | James Shields |

2 | Kevin Tapani |

3 | Kevin Millwood |

4 | Earl Moore |

5 | Mike Flanagan |

6 | Rube Walberg |

7 | Mickey Lolich |

8 | Rube Marquard |

9 | George Mullin |

10 | Doug Drabek |

Congratulations to Bob Eno. He knew that only these pitchers compiled a .550 W-L% in 200+ decisions over their first 10 seasons, but then slid below .450 in 50+ decisions for the rest of their careers. More after the jump.

# Quiz – Who are we? (solved)

There are two players in this quiz with a lot of similarities in their careers. Your job is to figure out their identities based on these clues:

- We were both born in New York City.
- We both played over 200 games for teams in the same two cities.
- We both played over 200 games at each of the same two positions.
- We were both All-Stars playing a third position in a third city.
- We both have older brothers who played in the majors.

Congratulations to **no statistician but** and **Voomo Zanzibar**!** **They teamed up to make short work of this quiz, identifying the mystery players as Joe Torre and B.J. Surhoff. More after the jump.

# Quiz – Modern Mashers (and one ahead of his time) (stumped!)

This quiz involves eight players, all but one of which were active in the past 30 years. Yet they are only players in majors history to retire with a certain career accomplishment. What is it?

Seems I’ve managed to stump the HHS panel. The quiz answer is that only these players recorded a 3000 PA career having 45% of hits go for extra bases, and with doubles comprising 45% of extra-base hits. More after the jump. Continue reading