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Things That Don't Happen Any More
Written by Tom Thayer   
Friday, 18 April 2014 06:00

 

Things That Don't Happen Any More

by Tom Thayer

(Presented at chapter meeting on April 17, 2014)

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1.  Who is the last player to hit .400 in a season? (qualifying for BA title)

    a. Bill Terry
    b. Ted Williams
    c. George Brett
    d. Tony Gwynn

Ted Williams 1941 .406

2.  Who is the last player with 30 triples in a season?
    a. Chief Wilson
    b. Sam Crawford
    c. Shoeless Joe Jackson
    d. Willie Wilson
Chief Wilson 36 1912
3.  Who is the last player to lead his league with fewer than 30 home runs?
     (non-strike years)
    a. Dick Allen
    b. Graig Nettles
    c. Gus Zernial
    d. Ralph Kiner
Ralph Kiner 23 1946

4.  Who is the last player to lead the league with fewer than 100 strikeouts?
    a. Jim Rice
    b. Harry Anderson
    c. Jim Lemon
    d. Pat Seerey

Harry Anderson 95 1958
5.  Who is the last player to steal 100 bases in a season?
    a. Kenny Lofton
    b. Vince Coleman    
    c. Rickey Henderson
    d. Lou Brock
Vince Coleman 109 1987
6.  Who is the last pitcher to win 30 games in a season?
    a. Lefty Grove
    b. Sandy Koufax   
    c. Denny McLain
    d. Bob Welch
Denny McLain 31 1968
7.  Who is the last pitcher to lead his league in saves pitched with fewer than 30?
    a. John Franco
    b. Dave Righetti
    c. Lee Smith
    d. Rollie Fingers
Lee Smith 29 1983
8.  Who is the last pitcher to throw 300 innings in a season?
    a. Steve Carlton       
    b. Jack Morris
    c. Wilbur Wood
    d. Phil Niekro
Steve Carlton 304 1980
9.  Who is the last pitcher to throw  400 innings in a season?
    a. Walter Johnson
    b. Cy Young
    c. Ed Walsh
    d. Joe McGinnity
Ed Walsh 464 1908
10.  Who is the last pitcher to lead his league in strikeouts with fewer than 200? (non-strike years)
    a. Jose DeLeon
    b. Len Barker
    c. Al Downing
    d. Early Wynn
Len Barker 187 1980

11.  Who is the last pitcher to start 40 games in a season?
    a. Charlie Hough    
    b. Phil Niekro
    c. Wilbur Wood
    d. Steve Carlton

Charlie Hough 40 1987
12.  Who is the last pitcher with 20 complete games in a season?
    a. Roger Clemens
    b. Jack Morris
    c. Fernando Valenzuela
    d. Nolan Ryan
Fernando Valenzuela 20 1986
13.  Who is the last pitcher with 10 shutouts in a season?
    a. Mike Scott   
    b. Sandy Koufax
    c. Bob Gibson
    d. John Tudor
John Tudor 10 1985

14.  Who is the last pitcher with 200 walks in a season?
    a. Nolan Ryan
    b. Phil Niekro
    c. Bob Lemon
    d. Bob Feller

Nolan Ryan 204 1977
15.  Who is the last fielder to commit 50 errors in a season?
    a. Jose Offerman
    b. Dick Allen
    c. Roy Smalley
    d. Al Brancato
Roy Smalley, Jr 51, 1950

16.  Which is the last team to hit lower than .230 in a season?
    a. 1981 Toronto Blue Jays
    b. 1979 Oakland As
    c. 1971 San Diego Padres
    d. 1968 New York Yankees

1981 Toronto Blue Jays .226

17.   Which is the last team with fewer than 100 home runs in a season that made the playoffs?
    a. 1980 Houston Astros
    b. 1982 St Louis Cardinals
    c. 1987 St Louis Cardinals
    d. 1988 Los Angeles Dodgers

1988 Los Angeles Dodgers 99

18.  Which is the last team to bat over .300 for the season?
    a. 2000 Colorado Rockies
    b. 1995 Cleveland Indians
    c. 1950 Boston Red Sox
    d. 1936 New York Yankees

1950 Boston Red Sox     .302

19.  Which is the last team with an ERA under 3.00?
    a. 1992 Atlanta Braves
    b. 1989 Los Angeles Dodgers
    c. 1988 Montreal Expos
    d. 1981 Houston Astros

1989 Los Angeles Dodgers 2.95

20.  In what year did the Chicago Cubs last win the NL pennant?
    a. 1984
    b. 1945
    c. 1938
    d. 1908

1945

Bonus:  What was the last year in which all World Series games were scheduled  during the daytime?

1970