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The Saturday Baseball Quiz

The Saturday Baseball Quiz

The Saturday Baseball Quiz

(Paul J. Bereswill/AP)
(Paul J. Bereswill/AP)

(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

Since 1933, there have been nine triple crown winners (league leader in average, home runs and runs batted in). Four of them did not win their league's MVP Award that season. Name them?


LAST WEEK"S QUESTION

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

 

LAST WEEK"S ANSWER

Derek Lee, Jermaine Dye and Mel Ott.

Here are all 35-plus HR seasons by such players.

 Player  HR (Year)
 Derek Lee  46 (2005), 35 (2009) 
 Jermaine Dye      44 (2006) 
 Mel Ott  42 (1929), 38 (1932), 36 (1938), 35 (1934)   
 Lee May  39 (1971), 38 (1969)
 Carlos Lee  37 (2006)
 Jason Bay  36 (2009), 35 (2006)
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