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?

 

Answer 1992 AL, Frank Thomas, .975

 

2. When was the last time that both leagues were led in OPS by a player with an OPS of less than 1.000?

 

Answer 1988 AL, Wade Boggs, .965; NL, Darryl Strawberry, .911

 

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.

 

Answer 1945 Snuffy Stirnweiss, .862; 1976, Hal McRae, .868

 

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?

 

Answer 1990 Willie McGee, .335; George Brett, .329

 

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?

 

Answer Cecil Fielder did it in 1990; The other three players are Ralph Kiner, Willie Mays, and Johnny Mize.

 

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?

 

Answer 1) In 1995, Quilvio Veras led the NL with 56 and Kenny Lofton led the AL with 54. 2) In 1992, Marquis Grissom led the NL with 78, and Kenny Lofton led the AL with 66.

 

7. What is the largest disparity between the totals of the stolen base leaders in a single season?

 

Answer 73, in 1962 Maury Wills had 104 steals to lead the NL, and Luis Aparicio had 31 to pace the AL.

 

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?

 

Answer 2001 Matt Morris, Curt Schilling, Randy Johnson, John Lieber

 

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?

 

Answer 1880 George Bradley, .28 (6/196)

 

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?

 

Answer Bert Blyleven, Robin Roberts, Phil Niekro