Alright, baseball ended last week but I want to try to keep it alive. If you’re a fan on my Facebook page, you’ve probably seen the trivia questions I’ve been posting. Well, now it’s time to get serious. Beginning Monday, November 7, I’m going to kick off an off-season long trivia contest that will include mostly Tigers trivia but potentially some “Tiger related” trivia as well. Even better, I have some stuff to give away to the winner and some consolation prizes to those that take part in the contest and do well. First, let’s talk rules. I’m hoping to get through everything here but if I miss something, I’ll be sure to update this page.
1) On the morning of November 7, I’ll post the first question on the Tigerblog Facebook page. If someone answers it by the next morning, then I’ll have a new question that day. If nobody answers it, I’ll post a hint. The next day, the same thing will happen until the question is answered. After a few days, I’ll probably be getting pretty specific with the hints just to keep things going. Be sure to read the question closely. I don’t have data for every year so a lot of times you’ll find if it relates to a certain game, it only goes back to 1919. You don’t want to guess wrong just because you didn’t read the question closely.
2) One answer per question per person. If you guess early and get it wrong, you get to watch everyone else whittle it down. There’s some strategy here because if you’re on the fence on an answer, you have to weigh waiting for the next hint versus getting in early to get the point.
3) Speaking of points, you get one point for each question you get correct. Whoever has the most points when the Tigers open up their season on April 5th gets the top prize. Nine others will get something as well.
4) We’ll be taking the weekends off. So if nobody answers Friday’s question (or carryover question), there won’t be a new question or hint until Monday. That doesn’t stop you from guessing the answer to the question on a Saturday or Sunday, just everything else will be on hold. There will also be some periodic breaks which I’ll announce. Namely Thanksgiving weekend.
5) I’m not going to commit to a time in the morning when the question or hint will be put up so be sure to check in from time to time.
6) I think I covered most of what I needed to but in the event something comes up (someone finds a loophole somehow that I want to close or there’s just a hole I’m missing), I’m going to tweak the rules as neccesary. Hopefully this doesn’t happen but I thought I’d throw it out there.
Alright, let’s talk about prizes…..
1st Prize – A copy of every Hardball Times Baseball Annual from 2006 through 2012 as well as your choice of either the Detroit Tigers Vintage World Series Films DVD or The Essential Games of the Detroit Tigers DVD.
2nd place through tenth place all sort of get the same prize with a twist. They get their choice of the above DVD, availability permitting. I have five of each and the higher place gets first choice and so on so if you’re at the bottom, you get what’s left. I’ve watched the World Series DVD and it’s very cool (it has footage from 1945) and you just have to check out the details for the other DVD to see how great some of those games are.
So good luck and if you have any questions, post them in the comments.
Alright, this is the final question. Tom Seaver holds the record with ten consecutive strikeouts in a game. The Tiger record is seven consecutive strikeouts, which is held by two different Tigers.
Here’s the question – Who are the two Tigers who hold the team record with seven consecutive strikeouts in a game?
It’s now 7 pm so you have until 8 pm on June 1, 2007 to send your answer, as well the name of your favorite Tiger site, to email@example.com. For more information on the rules and the trivia contest, please click here.
In 1938, Pinky Higgins set the record for most consecutive hits with 12. He broke Tris Speaker’s record of 11 that was back in 1920. In 1952, a Tiger tied Pinky Higgins mark of 12 consecutive hits.
Here’s the question – Who is the Tiger who tied Pinky Higgins with twelve consecutive hits?
It’s now 3 pm so you have until 4 pm on May 31, 2007 to send your answer, as well the name of your favorite Tiger site, to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the rules and the trivia contest, please click here.
No intro tonight.
Here’s the Question - Who is the only Tiger to hit two homeruns in the same inning?
It’s now 10 pm so you have until 11 pm on May 30, 2007 to send your answer, as well the name of your favorite Tiger site, to email@example.com. For more information on the rules and the trivia contest, please click here.
On April 17, 1955, in the fifth inning against the Kansas City Athletics, Al Kaline hit two homers to become the only Tiger to hit two homeruns in the same inning.
Nine pitchers in the modern era (since 1901) have had perfect games broken up with two outs in the ninth. The first was Hooks Wiltse in 1908 and the last was Mike Mussina in 2001. Two of the nine pitchers were Tigers.
Here’s the question – Who are the two Tigers to have perfect games broken up with two outs in the ninth?
It’s now 8 pm so you have until 9 pm on May 29, 2007 to send your answer, as well the name of your favorite Tiger site, to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the rules and the trivia contest, please click here.
Tommy Bridges was one out away from pitching a perfect game on August 5, 1932 against the Senators but he gave up a single to Dave Harris that broke it up. Then on April 15, 1983, Milt Wilcox gave up a single to Jerry Hairston, Sr. with two outs in the ninth to fall just short of pitching a perfect game.
In 1941, Ted Williams broke Babe Ruth’s major league record of 17 consecutive games with a walk by drawing a walk in 19 consecutive games. That record was subsequently broken by a Tiger.
Here’s the question – Which Tigers holds the major league record for most consecutive games with a walk?
It’s now 8 pm so you have until 9 pm on May 28, 2007 to send your answer, as well the name of your favorite Tiger site, to email@example.com. For more information on the rules and the trivia contest, please click here.
Ron Cullenbine drew a walk in 22 consecutive games to set the major league record. Barry Bonds came close to breaking it in 2002/2003 but he fell two games short and he holds the National League record with 20.
On April 25, 1901, the Detroit Tigers played their first game in the franchises history. They beat the Milwaukee Brewers 14=13 in a huge come from behind win. Tigers first baseman Pop Dillon hit a walk off RBI double to win the game for the Tigers but they needed a ton of runs in the ninth to complete the comeback.
Here’s the question – How many runs did the Tigers score in the ninth inning to come from behind to beat the Brewers in the Tigers’ first game on April 25, 1901?
It’s now 3 pm so you have until 4 pm on May 25, 2007 to send your answer, as well the name of your favorite Tiger site, to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the rules and the trivia contest, please click here.
You didn’t have to go too far to find the answer to this one. The Tigers scored ten runs in the bottom of the ninth to win it.
The leader is stuck at three. We have quite a few people at two and one, so while everyone is running out of time, I think it’s still open for several people.
Two players spent 23 seasons with the same franchise. Brooks Robinson spent 23 years with the Baltimore Orioles while Carl Yastrzemski spent 23 years with the Boston Red Sox. The former mark was 22 years, which is currently held by five different players, two of which are Tigers.
Here’s the Question – Who are the two Tigers who spent 22 years with their team?
It’s now 1 pm so you have until 2 pm on May 24, 2007 to send your answer, as well the name of your favorite Tiger site, to email@example.com. For more information on the rules and the trivia contest, please click here.
Ty Cobb and Al Kaline were the two Tigers who played 22 years for the team. The only other Tiger who played at least 20 was Alan Trammell (20).
We have a lone leader as one person now has three correct answers. There’s a ton of people at one and two so it’s still pretty open at this point even if you haven’t gotten one correct yet.
In 1922, Rabbit Maranville racked up 672 at bats for the Boston Braves without hitting a single homerun. That record still stands and the closest anyone has gotten was Doc Cramer who had 658 at bats for the Boston Red Sox in 1938. The most recent player to have 600 or more at bats and not hit a homerun was Jason Kendall in 2005, who had 601 at bats.
Here’s the question – Who holds the Tigers’ record for most at bats in a season with hitting a single homerun?
It’s now 1 pm so you have until 2 pm on May 23, 2007 to send your answer, as well the name of your favorite Tiger site, to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the rules and the trivia contest, please click here.
In 1926, Doc Cramer fell just short of breaking the Red Sox record for most at bats without a homerun. His 643 fell just short of the mark set by Tom Oliver in 1930 (646) Then two years later, Cramer set the American League record and blasted the Red Sox record by racking up 658 at bats without a homerun, falling just short of the mark set by Rabbit Maranville.
Prior to the 1940 offseason, Cramer was traded to the Senators for former Tiger Gee Walker. He scored 93 runs for the Senators and hit .273, but they traded him along with Jimmy Bloodworth to the Tigers for Frank Croucher and Bruce Campbell prior to the 1941 season. Then in Cramer’s first season with the Detroit, he picked up 630 at bats without hitting a single homerun to set the Tigers all time mark.
I got a lot of answers for Donnie Bush but he’s actually third. In 1904, Jimmy Barrett had 624 at bats without hitting a homerun.
This was a tough one and it showed in the results as not a lot of people got it. And nobody who answered the first two got this one right so the top score is still two with a lot of people having one correct answer. That gives those of you haven’t gotten into a chance to still make an impact with seven questions remaining.
Five different Tigers have hit forty or more homeruns nine different times. The first Tiger to do it was Hank Greenberg back in 1937.
In 1957, Duke Snider belted 40 homeruns and drove in 92 RBIs to become the first player to hit at least 40 homeruns and drive in less then 100. Two players did it last year (Alfonso Soriano and Adam Dunn) and Mickey Mantle and Hank Aaron had two different seasons each where they had at least 40 homeruns and drove in less then 100 runs.
Here’s the Questions – Who is the only Tiger to hit at least 40 homeruns and drive in less then 100 runs in the same season?
It’s now 9 pm so you have until
10 pm (Extended to 10:30 pm – see below) on May 22, 2007 to send your answer, as well the name of your favorite Tiger site, to email@example.com. For more information on the rules and the trivia contest, please click here.
Alright, I’m still having problems with my host and the site went down for a while at a bad time. So I’m going to extend today’s question deadline to 10:30 to make up for the site outage.
In 1985, Darrell Evans hit 40 homeruns and he drove in just 94 RBIs to become the only Tiger with at least 40 homeruns and less then 100 RBIs in the same season. If you take out Ken Griffey, Jr.’s strike shortened 1994 season in which he hit 40 homeruns and drove in 90, Darrell Evans was the last American League player to do it.
It was another good showing but with a different cast. I’m not sure if it was because of the big change in time, but at this point, only two people have answered both questions right and there’s a huge log jam for second place with one question right. So if you’re getting into the game late, there’s still some hope.
Wahoo Sam Crawford is the all time major league leader in triples with 309. While he played most of his career with the Tigers, he did play four seasons with the Cincinnati Reds (and there’s an interesting story behind how we got him) so his career triples total with the Tigers puts him at second with 249. Ty Cobb is second all time with 295 triples but only 11 of those came with a team other then the Tigers (Philadelphia Athletics) so he’s the all time Tiger leader with 284 triples.
Here’s the question. Who’s third on the all time Tigers’ triples list behind Sam Crawford and Ty Cobb?
It’s now noon so you have until 1 pm on May 21, 2007 to send your answer, as well the name of your favorite Tiger site, to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the rules and the trivia contest, please click here.
Alright, I was a little worried at first because I didn’t get a single answer in the first 20 minutes but there was a late flurry and I had quite a few correct answers. Not enough to where if you you missed this first one that you’re out of the running though. There was also a pretty wide range of favorite blogs that were sponsored so it’s anyone’s ball game. I will try a different time tomorrow and hopefully more people will be able to play.
The answer to the question is Charlie Gehringer, who hit 146 triples as a Tiger. He was just ahead of Harry Heilmann, who had 145.
Alright, the trivia contest starts up today and here are the final/comments rules so you know what to do. For participants, I’ll be posting a Tiger trivia question at the top of the hour at some time between noon and 10 pm Detroit time (Eastern Daylight Time). You then have one hour to send in your answer as well as your favorite Tiger site (excluding Tigerblog, since the only reason you’re here is to win $50 anyway) to email@example.com. There’s going to be some judgement on my end as far as the cutoff time and the emails so if you want to be safe, don’t send your answer right at the deadline if you can avoid it. Also, try to use the same email address throughout the contest. If you can’t, then make sure when you send an email from a second email address, that you let me know what the original email address was so I don’t count you as two people.
Bloggers are excluded, but they win if the participant who wins the challenge picks them as their favorite site. All I ask from you is that you don’t post the question or, more importantly the answer, on your site. You can tell them that the question is up and how much time they have though. I know I have no way of enforcing this but your help here would be very much appreciated.
You’ll get a question Monday through Friday this week, then Monday through Friday next week for a total of ten questions. Whoever answers the most questions wins $50 and their favorite Tiger site/blogger wins $50 as well. And of course you get the bragging rights because I’m hoping some of these questions will be pretty tough (with today’s being the easiest to get you started). If there’s a tie, there will be a sudden death playoff round the following week.
So good luck to everyone, and I hope you have fun.
Alright, I need your help. In order to have as few surprises as possible when I start my Tiger Trivia Challenge next Monday, I’m going to have a test run today so if you follow through with the instructions, I’d appreciate it. This will also get you familiar with the format of the questions. Anyway, here we go…..
Eight different Tigers have won 21 different American League batting titles. In fact, for the Tigers first seven decades of the franchises existence, they had at least one player win a batting title in every decade. That streak came to an end when no Tiger won the batting title in the 1970s, with the last winner being Norm Cash in 1961.
Only two Tigers have won multiple batting titles in their career as a Tiger. Who are they?
Please send you answer to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include you answer as well as your favorite Detroit Tiger website/blog. As a disclaimer, all trivia questions only include the Tigers as they’ve existed since 1901. Any previous Detroit franchises are to be ignored with regard to these questions.
I got a few correct answers. Ty Cobb and Harry Heilmann were the two Tigers to win multiple batting titles. Thanks for your help with my test.