Asher's Quiz for November 10, 2005
When Was The Last Time . . .
November 10, 2005
As I noted in my 2005 Year in Review, Derrek Lee became the first player since 1993 to lead the league in hits with less than 200 in a non-strike year. That got me to wondering about other accomplishments, and when the last time they were accomplished.
1. When was the last time that a player led a league in OPS with an OPS of less than 1.000?
2. When was the last time that both leagues were led in OPS by a player with an OPS of less than 1.000?
3. Since 1920, a player has led their league in OPS with an OPS of less than .900 exactly twice. For one point each, name each player and the year in which they accomplished the feat.
4. This season, Derrek Lee won the NL batting crown with a .335 average, while Michael Young led the AL at .331. When was the last time that both leagues were led by players with a batting average of .335 or lower?
5. This season, Andruw Jones became the fifth player ever to hit exactly 51 homeruns in a season. Who was the last player to hit 51 home runs in a season, and who are the other three?
6. This season, Jose Reyes led the NL with 60 stolen bases, while Chone "Ca-hon-ee" Figgins paced the AL with 62. First, when was the last time that the leaders of the respective leagues finished within 2 of each other, and second, when was the last time that the leader of both leagues had 60 or more stolen bases?
7. What is the largest disparity between the totals of the stolen base leaders in a single season?
8. Dontrelle Willis, Cris Carpenter, and Roy Oswalt each finished the season with 20 or more wins in the National League this season. When was the last time 3 or more pitchers finished with 20 or more wins in the National League?
9. Carlos Silva posted a remarkable .43 BB/9IP (9/188.3) this season to lead the AL. When was the last time a pitcher posted a .43 or lower in the BB/9IP department?
10. For the second year in a row, Eric Milton gave up more than 40 home runs. Who are the other players to have given up 40 or more homeruns twice?
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