‘Andre Dawson,” Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully once said, “has a bruised knee and is listed as day-to-day. Aren’t we all?” Yes, so use some of your remaining time constructively by identifying the player or players who:
(1) Won three batting titles by at least 44 points (two players).
(2) Hit more than 50 home runs in a season in which he had fewer than 50 strikeouts.
(3) Won a batting title hitting .361 but slumped to .243 the next season.
(4) Was the oldest MVP.
(5) Caught the most games.
(6) Was the first catcher to hit 40 home runs.
(7) Batted at least .300 and drove in at least 100 runs in each of his first eleven seasons.
(8) Hit 50 home runs in one season and stole 50 bases in another (two players).
(9) Had 3,000 hits and 1,500 walks (four players).
(10) Had 3,000 hits, 300 home runs, and a career .300 average (four players).
(11) Received the most unintentional walks.
(12) Is the only American League player to have 100 walks, 70 extra-base hits, and 30 stolen bases in a season.
(13) Are the only three National League players with such a season.
(14) Was the first lefthander to win 300 games.
(15) Won three ERA titles before age 26.
(16) Was the last player to have 600 hits with three teams.
(17) Is a Hall of Famer whose lowest winning percentage in ten pitching seasons was .643.
(18) Had ten consecutive 200-hit seasons.
(19) Had eight league home-run titles, ranking second to Babe Ruth’s twelve.
(20) Completed 237 of the 370 games he started in the 1950s.
(21) In 1968, the “year of the pitcher,” hit ten home runs in 20 at-bats in six games.
(22) Contracted tuberculosis, interrupting his Hall of Fame career at second base and perhaps costing his team a third consecutive pennant.
(23) Hit five home runs in a doubleheader (two players).
(24) Was the first African-American to win an American League batting title.
(25) Are the only active players to have at least 350 home runs and a .320 average (two players).
(26) Had his record for most home runs in the first ten seasons of a career broken by Albert Pujols.
(27) Had 27 wins in a season pitching for a losing team (three players).
(28) Was the World Series MVP on a losing team.
(29) Three times hit at least 40 home runs and had fewer strikeouts than home runs.
(30) Made All-Star Game rosters at catcher and second base.
(31) Played the most games at first base.
(32) Had only 54 wins at age 30 but won 318.
(33) Won two World Series MVP awards as a position player.
(34) Other than Jackie Robinson, had his number retired by three teams.
(35) Although a relief pitcher, started a season 17–0 and finished 18–1.
(36) Threw 16 shutouts in a season.
(37) Was the last pitcher with ten shutouts in a season.
(38) Hit the most career doubles.
(39) Won 16 consecutive Gold Gloves (two players).
(40) Won the Cy Young Award in his rookie season.
(41) Was an All-American basketball player (Duke) before being an MVP.
(42) Compiled the most total bases in a game.
(43) Had the lowest World Series ERA (minimum 30 innings pitched).
(44) Walked six times in a nine-inning game.
Bonus question: Who said, “The reason the Mets have played so well at Shea this year is they have the best home record in baseball.”