Visiting a struggling pitcher on the mound, Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver advised, “If you know how to cheat, start now.” Be advised that Googling is cheating as you try to identify:
(1) The player who compiled at least 400 total bases in five different seasons (no one else did it in four).
(2) Which three players hit 500 home runs but never struck out 85 times in a season.
(3) The last player to steal 100 bases in one season.
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(4) Before Madison Bumgarner last year, the only pitcher to win three world championships before age 26.
(5) Which two of the five players with the highest career batting averages are not in the Hall of Fame.
(6) The only pitcher to lead the majors in ERA four consecutive years.
(7) The manager with the highest winning percentage.
(8) The only rookie to win a Cy Young award.
(9) The first pitcher to win at least 30 games in three consecutive seasons.
(10) The two pitchers with 373 wins.
(11) In the 500 home run club, whose strikeouts per home run ratio of 1.74 is second to Ted Williams’ record of 1.36.
(12) The only player to hit at least .300, with at least 30 doubles, 30 homers and 100 RBIs in 10 consecutive seasons.
(13) Which three pitchers won their league’s triple crown (wins, strikeouts, ERA) three times.
(14) The only current major league city never to host a World Series.
(15) Who is fifth, behind Mark McGwire, Babe Ruth, Barry Bonds and Jim Thome, in the best ratio of at bats per home run.
(16) The two hitters with two 20 home run seasons before their 21st birthdays.
(17) The leader in career games pitched.
(18) The pitcher with the most strikeouts in a season in the 1980s.
(19) How many times Greg Maddux led the league in strikeouts.
(20) The pitcher who had 999 walks with three games remaining in his career, and walked no one in those three.
(21) The highest career batting average for a career that began after WWII.
(22) The first National Leaguer to hit 500 home runs.
(1) Lou Gehrig
(2) Mel Ott, Gary Sheffield, Ted Williams
(3) Vince Coleman (1987)
(4) Vida Blue
(5) Joe Jackson and Lefty O'Doul
(6) Clayton Kershaw
(7) Joe McCarthy (61.5)
(8) Fernando Valenzuela
(9) Christy Mathewson (1903-05)
(10) Grover Cleveland Alexander, Christy Mathewson
(11) Albert Pujols
(12) Albert Pujols
(13) Grover Cleveland Alexander, Walter Johnson, Sandy Koufax
(15) Ralph Kiner (one home run every 14.1 at bats)
(16) Tony Conigliaro, Bryce Harper
(17) Jesse Orosco
(18) Mike Scott (306 in 1986)
(20) Greg Maddux
(21) Tony Gwynn (.338)
(22) Mel Ott