Saturday, June 19, 2010

Rodak Remembers: Baseball Quiz #5

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Here, from the banks of the O-hi-o, is a threefer fer ya. Of this trio of precursors to the Big Red Machine, one of them should be--in the words of the immortal Latka Gravas--"a piece of pie." So, in addition to naming him, what (jointly held) record of his was demolished by Mark McGwire?


Of the remaining two, one a had son who played in the majors four years longer than he did (1972-1989), but finished with a lifetime BA two points lower (.279 vs .281).


The third man set the bench mark for backstops before there was Johnny. Name all three.


And because 3 is the number of the day, don't miss the other two highly amusing new posts below this one.

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11 comments:

Graham Womack said...

Let's see, two of the three are easy:

-Ray Boone, whose son Bob and grandson Bret (and Aaron?) also played in the majors

-Frank Robinson, who (I'm guessing) had the most home runs in a season by a National League player before McGwire demolished that record.

-Not sure on the third, but the name that's coming to mind for some reason is Johnny Temple.

SINVILLE said...

Larry, Curly and Moe.;-) I had to google 'Big Red Machine'. I can't believe the number of father-son baseball players. I love a mystery game, but I threw in the towel on this one.

Rodak said...

Ray Boone is incorrect. As far as I can remember, Ray Boone never played for Cincinnati. He played primarily for Cleveland and Detroit, I believe. I knew a guy in NYC who lived next door to the Boones as a kid in Michigan and was friends with Bob Boone.
The family name of the correct answer does begin with "B" also, however.
As for the third guy, the hints I should be telling you that he was the catcher on that team ("bench", "backstop"). Johnny Temple played with these guys, but he was a middle-infielder.
And, you didn't correctly tell us what record of Frank Robinson's was broken by Mark McGwire, either.
Keep guessing, this is fun!

Rodak said...

No, Mary--they aren't the Three Stooges. Iggy Pop was in my high school graduating class, though, if it's Stooges you want.

Rodak said...

If and when you want to give up ib this one, you can find info on the correct players, here and here. And you can go here and scroll down to find the Robinson record broken by McGwire.

SINVILLE said...

I grew up in a hockey family and have equal dislike for that sport too but I thought I would tell you that I do have a Babe Ruth family story. My grandfather was a chef in Toronto (I think a drinking man, as I believe Mr. Ruth was) and he cooked for BR and I believe often. (he like hot dogs?). BR gave my two oldest brothers autographed baseball hats. A neighbor took them from my brothers, and gave them $1. My mother was of certain temperament, and would not object to what she knew was abhorrent manners and cheating a child.

Rodak said...

Babe Ruth. Wow. You must be older than I had imagined, Mary, since Babe Ruth died when I was a year old, and I'll be 64 in six months.

SINVILLE said...

I am in my forties!!! I have older siblings.

Rodak said...

Forties is what I figured--what with taking kids to camp, and all.

SINVILLE said...

I graduated from HS at sixteen, and my cultural references are not American but I nearly panicked and made a botox appointment! 'Older' and 'woman' are two words that a wise man should never use or imagine ;-)

Rodak said...

I'll keep that in mind.