Sunday, December 21, 2014

The Saturday Baseball Quiz

The Saturday Baseball Quiz

The Saturday Baseball Quiz

(We post a baseball trivia question every Saturday, just for fun, as well as a detailed answer, stats, charts and commentary on the previous week's question. Pass along your questions, thoughts and ideas to vetronb@phillynews.com.)

 

THIS WEEK'S QUESTION

Name the three players whose last name is three letters long and have reached 40 home runs in one season.

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LAST WEEK"S QUESTION

Justin Verlander won the MVP and CY Young Award in the American League in 2011. Who was the last major leaguer to pull off that double?

 

LAST WEEK"S ANSWER

 

Oakland's Dennis Eckersley in 1992.

Here are all the pitchers that won Most Valuable Player and Cy Young Awards in the same season, as well as the position player who finished highest in the MVP voting (*one Cy Young winner for both leagues):

Year   Lg.   Pitcher Team Top Position Player   Team Pos.  
2011 AL Justin Verlander Tigers Jacoby Ellsbury Red Sox CF
1992 AL Dennis Eckersley   Athletics Kirby Puckett Twins CF
1986 AL Roger Clemens Red Sox Don Mattingly Yankees 1B
1984 AL Willie Hernandez Tigers Kent Hrbek Twins 1B
1981 AL Rollie Fingers Brewers Rickey Henderson Athletics LF
1971 AL Vida Blue Athletics Sal Bando Athletics 3B
1968 NL Bob Gibson Cardinals   Pete Rose Reds RF
1968 AL Denny McLain Tigers Bill Freehan Tigers C
1963 NL* Sandy Koufax Dodgers Dick Groat Cardinals   SS
1956 NL* Don Newcombe Dodgers Hank Aaron Brewers RF
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