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By George Will
JewishWorldReview.com | "Andre Dawson," Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully once said, "has a bruised knee and is listed as day-to-day. Aren't we all?" Yes, so use some of your remaining time constructively by identifying the player or players who:
(1) Won three batting titles by at least 44 points (two players).
(2) Hit more than 50 home runs in a season in which he had fewer than 50 strikeouts.
(3) Won a batting title hitting .361 but slumped to .243 the next season.
(4) Was the oldest MVP.
(5) Caught the most games.
(6) Was the first catcher to hit 40 home runs.
(7) Batted at least .300 and drove in at least 100 runs in each of his first 11 seasons.
(8) Hit 50 home runs in one season and stole 50 bases in another (two players).
(9) Had 3,000 hits and 1,500 walks (four players).
(10) Had 3,000 hits, 300 home runs and a career .300 average (four players).
(11) Received the most unintentional walks.
(12) Is the only American League player to have 100 walks, 70 extra-base hits and 30 stolen bases in a season.
(13) Are the only three National League players with such a season.
(14) Was the first lefthander to win 300 games.
(15) Won three ERA titles before age 26.
(16) Was the last player to have 600 hits with three teams.
(17) Is a Hall of Famer whose lowest winning percentage in 10 pitching seasons was .643.
(18) Had 10 consecutive 200-hit seasons.
(19) Had eight league home run titles, ranking second to Babe Ruth's 12.
(20) Completed 237 of the 370 games he started in the 1950s.
(21) In 1968, the "year of the pitcher," hit 10 home runs in 20 at-bats in six games.
(22) Contracted tuberculosis, interrupting his Hall of Fame career at second base and perhaps costing his team a third consecutive pennant.
(23) Hit five home runs in a doubleheader (two players).
(24) Was the first African-American to win an American League batting title.
(25) Was an All-American basketball player (Duke) before being an MVP.
Bonus question: Who said, "The reason the Mets have played so well at Shea this year is they have the best home record in baseball."
1) Rod Carew, Rogers Hornsby
2) Johnny Mize, 1947
3) Norm Cash, 1961-1962
4) Barry Bonds, 40 in 2004
5) Ivan Rodriguez
6) Roy Campanella
7) Al Simmons
8) Brady Anderson, Barry Bonds
9) Rickey Henderson, Stan Musial, Pete Rose, Carl Yastrzemski
10) Hank Aaron, George Brett, Willie Mays, Stan Musial
11) Rickey Henderson
12) Mike Trout
13) Bobby Abreu, Jeff Bagwell, Barry Bonds
14) Eddie Plank
15) Clayton Kershaw
16) Johnny Damon
17) Babe Ruth
18) Ichiro Suzuki
19) Mike Schmidt
20) Robin Roberts
21) Frank Howard
22) Red Schoendienst, 1959
23) Nate Colbert, Stan Musial
24) Frank Robinson, 1966
25) Dick Groat, 1960
Bonus answer: Ralph Kiner, of course.
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