Tag Archives: American League

Texas Rangers Best and Worst Season

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What were the best and worst seasons for the Texas Rangers?

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  • Best Season: The Texas Rangers’ best season came in 2011 when they went 96 and 66 (.593). Their best season as the Senators came in 1969 when they went 86 and 76 (.531).
  • Worst Season: The franchise’s worst season came in 1963 when as the Washington Senators they went 56 and 106 (.346). The worst season as the Texas Rangers came in the strike shortened year of 1972 when the Rangers went 54 and 100 (.351). The following full season of 1973 was not much better when they went 57 and 105 (.352).

First American League Back-to-Back MVP

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Who was the first American League baseball player to earn back-to-back Most Valuable Player (MVP) awards?

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Hall of famer Jimmie Foxx was the first to earn back-to-back MVP awards in the American League in 1932 and 1933 while playing for the Philadelphia A’s.

Red Sox Spring Training Locations

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What are the last three locations that the Boston Red Sox have conducted their spring training?

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The Boston Red Sox currently conduct spring training in Fort Myers, Florida where they have been since 1993. Prior to that, the Red Sox held spring training in Winter Haven, Florida (1966-1992), and Scottsdale, Arizona (1959-1965).

Other locations prior to Scottsdale include: Charlottesville, VA (1901); Augusta, GA (1902); Macon, GA (1903-1906); Little Rock, AK (1907-1908); Hot Springs, AK (1909-1910, 1912-1918, 1920-1923); Redound Beach, CA (1911); Tampa, FL (1919); San Antonio, TX (1924); New Orleans, LA (1925-1927); Bridgetown, FL (1928-1929); Pentacle, FL (1930-1931); Savannah, GA (1932); Sarasota, FL (1933-1942, 1946-1958); Medford, MA (1943-1944); and Atlantic City, NJ (1945).

First Winners of Baseball’s MVP Award

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What baseball players were the first to win Major League Baseball’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) award?

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Baseball’s MVP award has been in existence since 1931. In that first year, the following players won the award:

  • American League – Lefty Grove, a pitcher for the Philadelphia Athletics
  • National League – Frankie Frisch, a second baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals

MLB Duplicate Retired Numbers

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What are the only two Major League Baseball (MLB) teams to have the a retired number shared by more than one player?

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The Washington Nationals (formerly Montreal Expos) have retired jersey #10 in honor of both Rusty Staub and Andre Dawson. The New York Yankees have similarly retired jersey #8 to honor two Hall-of-Famers: Yogi Berra and Bill Dickey.

Most Complete Games in a Season without a Shutout

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What MLB pitcher holds the record for most complete-games pitched in a season without recording a shutout?

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Luis Tiant set the record in 1973 as a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox when he recorded a total of 23 complete games with no shutouts. Tiant won 20 games that year and finished with an ERA of 3.34.