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Baseball: BASEBALL TRIVIAL QUESTION #8---The 500 HR Club, Part 2

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posted on Mar, 16 2006 @ 12:39 AM
OK, all, great job on the Fabulous Four of the year 1931.

NOW, there were FOUR MORE guys born later in the 1930's who would join the Class of '31 in the 500 HR Club.

They were born, respectively, in 1934, 1935, 1936 and 1938.

QUIZ: How many of them can you name?

posted on Mar, 16 2006 @ 03:45 AM
Through the process of elimination, this should be really easy.


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posted on Mar, 16 2006 @ 03:06 PM
I'm trusting nobody will look at the all-time HR list here.

TRD: You said you looked at it 2 or 3 months ago. Three of these guys retired with--respectively--586, 573 and 521 home runs. I will not give you the fourth number, and that right there should be quite a hint.

I posted this at 3:39 a.m. Eastern, 12:39 a.m. here on the Pacific Coast. At that time tonight--if he's in the mood--Hootie will name any that haven't already been named.

One more hint: As pure HR hitters, these guys put the Class of '31 to shame. Mr. 573 had, among guys who played MORE than 10 seasons in MLB, a better HR/AB ratio than anyone but Babe Ruth, until Steroid/HGH ball. Mr. I'm Not Giving His HR Number was ahead of Mays in HR/AB, and had the irony of playing all of his prime seasons in a dreadful park, but all of his "decline phase" seasons in a hitter's dream park. Mr. 521 blows Ernie Banks away in HR/AB, and not only shares Ted Williams' career HR number, but also shares Ted Williams' horribleness in the field--except he at least always tried to improve.

And that leaves Mr. 586 vs. Eddie Mathews. Mathews has the edge in HR/AB because he retired so young, but Mr. 586 has an edge of 74 HR's--and, in any event, was a MUCH better baseball player. He also was a great clutch hitter, with 10 HR's in 126 post-season at bats, including one W.S. where he had 14 AB's, with a triple and 2 HR's. (That's an .857 slugging average.)

I'm afraid Mr. 586 will get largely forgotten over time, because he played in the shadows of three of baseball's greatest players ever--Mays, Mantle, and Mr. I'm not giving his #. And no, he wasn't as good as they were. But that's not too different from saying Gehrig wasn't as good as Ruth, or Eddie Collins wasn't as good as Cobb, Speaker and Wagner. Now, it's true that having Ruth, and later DiMaggio, in the lineup inflated Gehrig's stats--especially his fantastic RBI stats. NOBODY ever inflated Mr. 586's stats, because except for All-Star games, nobody EVER wanted to pitch around him.

He was a VERY fierce competitor--not in a maniacal sense, like Cobb, but much more so than Mays or Mantle, and he once got arrested, early in his career, for carrying a concealed firearm. He had the kind of personality which, from my readings, I imagine the incredible Oscar Charleston to have had.

He also was baseball's first black manager, and as a player-manager, homered in his first at bat. Several years later, while managing my Giants, he took a NOTHING team whose two best everyday players (no, Jack Clark, NOT you) were far over the hill and kept them in contention until the penultimate game of the season. On the final game of the season, 40-year Joe Morgan hit a 3-run HR off Dodger reliever Terry Forster, to break a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the 7th, all but eliminating the Dodgers and giving the division to the Braves. When the game was over, as the beaten and despondent Dodgers walked off the field, the Giants' organist played "I Left My Heart in San Francisco." The fans acted like the Giants had just won the 7th game of the World Series.

Only 1.5 years later, the idiot Giants management somehow fired Mr. 586, instead of their horrible G.M., Tom Haller. But Mr. 586 still has a very prominent role in baseball today, 30 years after his great playing career ended, and his seek-no-quarter-and-give-none philosophy is as evident as when his playing career began in 1956. I do not know if he is STILL the only man to win the MVP Award in both leagues, but I do know he was the first to accomplish that heady feat.


posted on Mar, 16 2006 @ 06:51 PM
TRD,,, Are you awake??? You said you saw a list of the 500 Club several months ago. Do you want to take a shot at who these four greats are? You may miss one or two, but give it a shot, huh?

When the 24-hour mark hits, Hootie will bat 1.000 on any who are still left, I can pretty much gurantee that.


posted on Mar, 16 2006 @ 11:09 PM
OK, Hootie, do your magic. But try and match the player with both his year of birth and his career HR total.


posted on Mar, 16 2006 @ 11:32 PM
No clue on the years.

Aaron 755 34
Robinson 586 36
Killebrew 573 38
McCovey 521 35

posted on Mar, 17 2006 @ 12:00 AM
1934 is correct for Aaron. Robinson was 1935, so you're close. Killebrew was 1936, so you're fairly close. McCovey, you're way off on; he was born in 1938.

Anyway, those are hardly relevant.

CONGRATS on going 4 for 4--again--on a quiz. You're a stud.

But please read my comments re James' rankings of Brett and Mathews. It's fine for either or YOU or ME to rank Brett ahead, though I'm surprised you would, given your emphasis on big years. But it is absolutely indefensible for James to do so, since Mathews beats Brett--and usually badly--on every single one of James' criteria. And that's doubtless why, whereas James went into a long and detailed explanation of why he ranked Cobb ahead of Mantle (very barely--#5 and #6), he didn't say a peep about his Brett/Mathews rankings.



posted on Mar, 19 2006 @ 04:40 PM
Great question, and i actually knew two of them. Damm!

I will be back now all the time, so give us some more easy ones.

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