Here are the answers to Jerry Sullivan's annual baseball trivia quiz.
If you haven't seen the questions yet, those are here:
1. Nolan Ryan, Randy Johnson and Jim Bunning. When Bunning retired in 1971, he was second all-time in strikeouts to Walter Johnson with 2,855. He’s now 17th. Ryan leads the all-time list with 5,714 and Johnson is second with 4,875.
2. Cliff Lee, who went 22-3 for Cleveland in 2008, winning the Cy Young award. By the way, Lee won his first seven career postseason decisions -- for the Phillies and Rangers.
3. The Orioles’ Nelson Cruz (2014), Chris Davis (2015) and Mark Trumbo (2016) did it over the last threee seasons. Dante Bichette, Andres Galarraga and Larry Walker did it for Colorado from 1995-97. Orlando Cepeda, Willie Mays and Willie McCovey (he shared the crown) turned the trick for the Giants from 1961-63.
4. Vada, Pinson, Willie Mays and Willie Davis. They just don’t hit triples the way they used to.
5. Tom Glavine, Lefty Grove, Randy Johnson, Andy Pettitte, Eddie Plank, C.C. Sabathia and David Wells. Whitey Ford didn’t have the strikeouts. Sorry, but Buffalo native Warren Spahn missed the cut with a .597 winning percentage.
6. Derek Jeter, Willie Randolph, Roy White and Hal Chase. Chase played for the Yankees from 1905-13, when they were called the Highlanders. He played two years for Buffalo in the Federal League in 1914-15.
7. Steve Carlton, Roger Clemens, Mike Cuellar, Dean Chance, Chris Carpenter and Bartolo Colon. Carpenter and Colon both won it in 2005.
8. Donie Bush. He went on to manage four MLB teams, including the Pirates team that lost to the Yanks in the 1927 World Series. He was born in Indiana and known as “Mr. Baseball” in Indianapolis. But the old Bush Stadium in Indy wasn’t named for him, but for Owen Bush. Talk about your trivia.
9. Curtis Granderson and Jimmy Rollins accomplished the feat in 2007. Willie Mays did it in 1957. The only other player to achieve the quadruple 20 was Frank Schulte for the 1911 Cubs.
10. Johnny Damon. He scored 504 runs for the Royals, 461 for the Red Sox and 410 for the Yankees. Damon and Gene Stephens are the only two players to have three hits in an inning. They both did it for the Red Sox.
11. Arky Vaughan. Vaughan sat out two seasons after he refused to play for Leo Durocher with the Dodgers. He drowned in a boating accident at 40.
12. Rajai Davis. Davis is now with the A’s. Entering July, he had two home runs.
13. Gil Hodges (1969 Mets), Joe Altobelli (1983 Orioles), Chuck Tanner (1979 Pirates), Jack McKeon (2003 Marlins). I’ll admit, I had forgotten that Altobelli managed the O’s in ‘82 after Earl Weaver’s first retirement.
14. Hank Aaron, Stan Musial and Carl Yastrzemski. Albert Pujols is about 100 hits from joining the list, too.
15. Babe Ruth, Smokey Joe Wood, Christy Mathewson and Clayton Kershaw. Ruth and Wood pitched for the 1915 Red Sox, who had a 2.39 team ERA and won the World Series when the Babe was 20.
16. The White Sox. Paul Konerko and Frank Thomas.
17. Lew Burdette (1957 Braves), Johnny Bench (1976 Reds), Pat Borders (1992 Blue Jays), Scott Brosius (1998 Yankees), Josh Beckett (2003 Marlins), Madison Bumgarner (2014 Giants).
18. Garret Anderson. He’s second in Angels career home runs to Tim Salmon.
19. Horace Clarke, of course. He did it against Jim Rooker of the Royals, Sonny Siebert of the Red Sox, and Joe Niekro of the Tigers.
20. Thornton Lee. It was the only time Lee won more than 15 games. More Ted trivia: Ted Williams homered off Lee in his rookie season in 1939 and off Lee’s son, Don, in his final season of 1960. He’s the only man to home off a father and son.
21. Matt Holliday, 2007 Rockies; Todd Helton, 2000 Rockies; Joe Torre, 1971 Cardinals; Tommy Davis, 1962 Dodgers; Stan Musial, 1948 Cardinals.
22. Fred Lynn of the Red Sox in 1975 and Ichiro Suzuki for the Mariners in 2001.
23. Mark McGwire set the rookie record for homers (49) and slugging (.618) for the 1987 A’s. Shoeless Joe Jackson has the rookie batting average mark of .408, set in 1911.
24. Antoan Richardson. I wouldn’t have gotten that one right in a million years. Oh, the guy he ran for, Jose Pirela, is now leading off and playing leftfield for the Padres.
25. Oakland’s Dallas Braden and Philip Humber of the White Sox. Braden, a lefty, tossed his against Tampa Bay in May of 2010. He was only 23 at the time, but he was sidelined by shoulder trouble after three starts in 2011 and never pitched in the majors again.
Humber, a righty who was once traded for Johan Santana, threw his gem in April of 2012, in his 30th career start. He got a congratulatory phone call from President Obama, a White Sox fan. It was all downhill from there. He finished 2012 with a 6.44 ERA, went 0-8 for the Astros in 2013 and was done.