Monthly Archives: August 2015

At Least 30 Saves in Each of First Five Seasons

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Who was the first pitcher to have 30 or more saves in each of their first five complete seasons?

Trivia Question Answer

Jonathan Papelbon holds the record for being the first pitcher to have 30 or more saves in their first five complete seasons in the league (2006 – 35, 2007 – 37, 2008 – 41, 2009 – 38, 2010 – 37: all with the Boston Red Sox). “Pap” went on to get 30 or more saves in 2011 with the Red Sox (31) and 2012 with the Philadelphia Phillies (38).

First American League hitter with two 3-Home Run Games in a Season

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Who was the first American League hitter to hit three home runs in a game twice in the same season?

Trivia Question Answer

The “Splendid Splinter”, Ted Williams hit three home runs twice in 1957:

o May 8, 1957 against the Chicago White Sox. The Red Sox won the game 4-1.

o June 13, 1957 against the Cleveland Indians. The Red Sox won the game 9-3.

First Tight End with Four 10 Touchdown Seasons

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Who was the first NFL tight end to catch 10 or more touchdown passes in four seasons?

Trivia Question Answer

Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots achieved his record setting fourth 10+ touchdown season in 2014. Gronk had 10 touchdown receptions in 2010, 17 in 2011 (a single season record for tight ends), 11 in 2012, and 12 in 2014.

NFL Most Touchdown Passes in a Season

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Name the top five NFL quarterbacks with the most touchdown passes in a single season.

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The quarterbacks with the most touchdown passes in a single season are:

1. Peyton Manning in 2013: 55
2. Tom Brady in 2007: 50
3. Peyton Manning in 2004: 49
4. Dan Marino in 1984: 48
5. Drew Brees in 2011: 46

Players with Highest Career Slugging Percentage

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What is the MLB record for the highest career slugging percentage and who holds the number two and three spots for career slugging percentage?

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The MLB players with the highest career slugging percentage are:

1. Babe Ruth: .6897
2. Ted Williams: .6338
3. Lou Gehrig: .6324

7 Hits in a Single Game

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Who is the only major league player to get 7 hits in a 9 inning game since 1900?

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Rennie Stennett of the Pittsburgh Pirates got 7 hits (1 triple, 2 doubles, 4 singles) in a September 16, 1975 game against the Chicago Cubs. The Pirates drubbed the Cubs on that day 22-0.

First Professional Football Game

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When was the first professional football game played?

Trivia Question Answer

The first professional football game was played on November 12, 1892 between the Allegheny Athletic Association (AAA) and the Pittsburgh Athletic Club. It is deemed to be the first pro game because one of the AAA players, William (Pudge) Heffelfinger, was paid $500 to play the game. Allegheny won the game by one touchdown 4 to 0 (back in 1892 a touchdown was only four points).

There is an excellent write up on this first game on the Pro Football Hall of Fame website – History: Birth of pro football.

First Million-Dollar Contract

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Who was the world’s first player in professional team sports to receive a million-dollar-a-year contract?

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Major League Baseball Hall-of-Famer Nolan Ryan signed with the Houston Astros as a free agent following the 1979 season, agreeing to MLB’s first million-dollar per year salary and also the first of its kind in any professional team sport.

1st Back-to-Back Stolen Base Leader Since 1900

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Since 1900, who was the first major league baseball player to lead the league in stolen bases in back to back years?

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Honus Wagner was the first major leaguer to lead the league in stolen bases in back-to-back years since 1900. He accomplished this feat in 1901 and 1902. He again went back-to-back leading the league in stolen bases in 1907 and 1908. Both times he was playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates.