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THE ALPHABETICAL SPORTS BONUS
(A-nother B-oneheaded C-oncept)
a) When the fans elected Stan Musial to the 1957 NL All-Star team, his was truly a singular distinction. Please explain.
b) In 1934, the first All-Star game was held. And of the 18 starters, only the Braves' Wally Berger "boasts" this dubious distinction. What? From the "Bo Knows" commercial with the Sonny Bono cameo, list the 15 different roles portrayed by that Renaissance bo.
a) At the moment, Chick Hafey enjoys a unique status among Hall of Fame inductees, but in two years, what was one shall be two. What is the Chickster's tenuous claim to one-of-a-kind Cooperstown fame?
b) Who are the only two people represented in the Hall of Fame who are unaffiliated with baseball on any level, in any capacity? The Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Yankees are two franchises that became defunct during the 1940's. Explain.
What is the greatest contribution to sport made by Etchohuaquita?
What do the following athletes have in common-- it obviously isn't their sport: Roger Clemens, Raghib Ismail, Maurice Richard, and Rod Laver?
The West Texas State University football team has graduated more pros than any other; however, football isn't their field of experience. Name four professional wrestlers to have played for this goon squad. (We can think of at least nine
What is the athletic significance of "the hand of God"?
From 1984 through 1989, only six NCAA Division-1 schools had athletic graduation rates of 96% or better. Numbers 2 through 6 were Princeton, Harvard, Holy Cross, Duke and Dartmouth. But one brain factory outdid them all-- what school boasted the only pristine, 100%-success ratio in the USA?
INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER LEARNING
a) There are only three current major leaguers who never played a game in the minors-- name two of them.
JUST A FEW MORE BASEBALL QUESTIONS
b) Only twice in baseball history have two players managed to stay teammates for 18 consecutive years. This feat was first accomplished by Senators Joe Judge and Sam Rice, who watched each other shower from 1915 to 1932. Name the other, more recent pair.
c) Pathetic though it may be, only three players have managed to hit 20 home runs and drive in 80 RBI in each of the past five years. Name 'em.
d) About a decade ago, the Yankees' Tommy John was named "Father of the Year" by a group that does such things. How did Tommy's family make the news during the same year that led up ro his honor?
e) In 1988, Orel Hershiser won the last game of the World Series, allowing the Oakland A's just three hits, while hitting three himself! Before Orel, who was the last pitchers to get as many hits in a complete Series game as he permitted the other team? (No relievers)
f) Nowadays, we all know that big leaguers charge for their autographs. What two living ex-players' signatures are currently the most expensive buys on the autograph circuit, and for what gruesome reasons?
In the four major sports, what major sports franchise has gone the longest-- 25 years and counting-- without one .500 or sub-.500 winning percentage?
KEEPING ONES HEAD ABOVE WATER
What professional wrestler had the longest uninterrupted title reign?
LONGEVITY IS WHAT DEFINES THE TRUE GREATS
What is the largest U.S. City that does not have an active sports franchise in any of the four major sports?
If you decided to name your horse "Fuck You, President Bush," why wouldn't you be allowed to enter it into the Kentucky Derby?
We all know about the Brooklyn/LA Dodgers, and all the other teams that have gone mobile. No, we're not going to ask you the Yankees' original name, or about any baseball teams at all. We want to make you work a little. And so, please give the genealogical permutations of the following franchises. (Years spent in spot not needed, but all name or city switches are
d) ATLANTA HAWKS
c) LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS
e) SACRAMENTO KINGS
a) What are the five classifications for thoroughbred racehorses, and what are the distinctions between them?
e) WASHINGTON BULLETS
b) Within 3, by how many lengths did Secretariat finish ahead of the place horse in the 1973 Belmont Stakes? Assuming that one player is a grandmaster and the other a moron, what is the fewest amount of moves in which a checkamte can be obtained in a chess game? Describe or diagram the sequence.
The Washington Redskins' all-time receiving record is held by the unforgettable Anthony Allen, who pulled down 255 yards in a single game. Wait a minute-- the unforgettable Anthony WHO? How did this gridiron obscurity manage to leave his indelible mark in Washington sports history?
Give us five major rule differences between the NFL and the league which we predict will eventually bury it, the WLAF?
SPRING, WHEN A YOUNG MAN'S FANCY LIGHTLY TURNS TO THOUGHTS OF OFFSIDES PENALTIES
a) When Will Clark went hurtling into the crowd in pursuit of a foul pop-up during the 1989 postseason, into whose lap did he crash-land?
b) If you call Will Clark when he's not at home, what song will you hear on his answering machine? Back in 1913 (some of us were at the game), Army was considered the unbeatable football team. But a tiny, unknown school pulled off one of the biggest upsets in the history of sports, using some truly unorthodox strategy to beat Army, 35-13. What was the secret trick, devised by player Knute Rockne, that catapulted Notre Dame into American football consciousness?
According to the always-compelling WWF Collectors' Cards, who is Hulk Hogan's "Least favorite person"?
VITAMINS, TRAINING AND PRAYERS..... AND ANABOLIC STEROIDS DON'T HURT
What was the distinction of Paul Franklin Otis, Class of 1912?
WILLIAMS COLLEGE ALUMNI IN SPORTS WHOSE NAMES DON'T RHYME WITH "FLEINBRENNER"
Most NBA players are terrestrial; that is, they were born on the planet Earth. Only one NBAer is immune to this-- who is he, and what planet does he hail from?
XTRATERRESTRIAL ATHLETES (NOT TO MENTION XTRA LEEWAY IN COMPLETING THIS ALPHABET SHTICK)
In what sport will you find competitors duking it out in the "one-man buck"?
The last time we ran Trivia, we asked you about the most famous sports figure named "Yelberton." Okay, who's the most famous sports figure named "Dorrel"?