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First African American in American League

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Jackie Robinson broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier in 1947 when he was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers of the National League. Who was the first African American to play in the American League?

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Larry Doby was the 2nd black player to play major league baseball and the first in the American League. His major league debut was July 5, 1947 for the Cleveland Indians. He was signed by Cleveland 11 weeks after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier with Brooklyn. Doby played through 1959, was on 7 All-Star teams, was a member of 1948 World Series Champion Cleveland Indians team, and was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998 by the Veteran’s Committee.

Win Rookie of the Year, MVP, and Cy Young in Career

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What MLB players have won the Rookie of the Year, MVP, and Cy Young awards in their career?

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Two players have won the Rookie of the Year, MVP, and Cy Young awards in their career:

  1. Don Newcombe won the Rookie of the Year Award in 1949. He won the MVP and Cy Young awards in 1956. He was also a 4 time All-Star (1949, 1950, 1951, 1955), and a World Series Champion (1955).
  2. Justin Verlander won the Rookie of the year award in 2006. He won the Cy Young and MVP awards in 2011. To date (end of 2016 season) he is a 6 time All-Star (2007, 2009–2013).

First 3 Members of 500 Home Run Club

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Who were the first 3 major league baseball players to become members of the 500 home run club?

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The first 3 major league baseball players to join the 500 home run club were:

  1. Babe Ruth who hit his 500th home run on August 11, 1929.
  2. Jimmie Foxx who hit his 500th home run on September 24, 1940.
  3. Met Ott who hit his 500th home run on August 1, 1945.

Pitcher Win 30+ Games in a Season Four Times

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Since 1900, who is the only major league pitcher to win 30 or more games in a season four or more times?

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Pitcher Christy Mathewson of the New York Giants won 30 or more games four times in 1903 (30), 1904 (33), 1905 (31) and 1908 (37). Since 1900, he is the only major league pitcher to win 30 or more games in a season four times and was the first to do it three years in a row.

Cy Young misses out on the honor since three of his five 30+ win seasons happened in the 1800s (1892 – 36, 1893 – 34, 1895 – 35, 1901 – 33, 1902 – 32).

In the 1800s many pitchers had 30+ win seasons four or more times.

3B, HR and RBI Same Season Leader

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Who is the only player in major league history to lead the league in triples, home runs and RBIs in the same year?

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Jim Rice of the Boston Red Sox lead the league in triples (15), home runs (46), and RBIs (139) in 1978 becoming the only player to do so. That same year he also lead the league in extra-base hits, total bases, slugging percentage, and OPS (on-base + slugging).

Grand Slam First Major League Pitch

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Two players have hit a grand slam on the first major league pitch they faced. Name those players.

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On the first pitch of his first major league at bat on September 2, 2006, Kevin Kouzmanoff of the Cleveland Indians hit at grand slam off Texas Rangers pitcher Edinson Volquez. While many players have hit a home run on the first pitch they faced, Kouzmanoff is one of only two major league players to hit a grand slam off of the first pitch he faced. The second person to hit a grand slam off of the fist pitch they saw in the major leagues was Red Sox rookie Daniel Nava who hit a grand slam on the first pitch he saw in his first major league at bat on June 12, 2010.

Career On-Base Percentage (OBP) Leader

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What major league player holds the record for the highest career on-base percentage (OBP)?

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With an OBP of .4817, Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox (1939–1942, 1946–1960) holds the major league record for career on-base percentage.

Lowest Single Season WHIP

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WHIP stands for walks and hits per inning pitched. It is a simple calculation where the number of walks and hits given up by a pitcher are divided by the number of innings that they have pitched. It is a measure of a pitcher’s effectiveness at keeping runners off base. What major league pitcher holds the record for the lowest single season WHIP?

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In 2000 Pedro Martínez, who at the time was with the Boston Red Sox, set the record for the lowest single season WHIP with a WHIP of 0.7373 (128 hits and 32 walks over 217 innings).

What does WHIP stand for?

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In baseball, what does WHIP stand for?

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WHIP is a baseball statistic that stands for walks and hits per inning pitched. It is a measure of a pitcher’s ability to prevent batters from getting on base. WHIP is easy to calculate: WHIP = (walks given up + hits given up) / innings pitched, or (BB + H) / IP.