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Obscure sports trivia

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Chef2, Jan 3, 2019.

  1. micropolitan guy

    micropolitan guy Well-Known Member

    Who was the only pitcher to win his team's first game of the season, and his team's first game of the "second season," in the 1981 strike year?

    Tommy John of the Yankees. Both wins over Texas.

    I think the hitting streaks I'm thinking of for Joe D were in the PCL with the Seals.
  2. justgladtobehere

    justgladtobehere Well-Known Member

    Pete Rose?
  3. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    Nope. He only had the 40-something game streak, and never another one of 30-plus.
  4. cyclingwriter2

    cyclingwriter2 Well-Known Member

    Name the college football coach to take the most separate programs to at least one bowl game?
  5. da man

    da man Well-Known Member

    44. Ended when Gene Garber struck him out in the ninth, and Rose got pissed off, bitching to the media that Garber "was pitching like it was the seventh game of the World Series."
  6. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    Time's up.
    The third player with two 30-plus hitting streaks was Sam Rice of the Washington Senators. He had a 31-game streak in 1924, and then a 30-game streak that spanned the 1929 and 1930 seasons.
    Rice has another footnote in baseball history as the player closest to 3,000 hits without going over. He finished with 2,987. A couple of years after retiring he declined an offer to make a comeback to get the last 13 hits, thus likely denying his family a lawsuit claim to the "Mr. 3000" royalties.
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  7. micropolitan guy

    micropolitan guy Well-Known Member

    Not sure but Lou Holtz (W&M, NCSU, Arkansas, ND and USC east) and Skip Holtz (ECU, USF and La Tech) probably win the father-son daily double.
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  8. cyclingwriter2

    cyclingwriter2 Well-Known Member

    It’s daddy Lou
  9. micropolitan guy

    micropolitan guy Well-Known Member

    Could have been six. Minnesota went 6-5 in 1985, then Holtz left for ND. Gophers then beat Clemson in the Independence Bowl under new coach John Gutekunst.
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  10. cjericho

    cjericho Well-Known Member

    Could've also been 5. How did W&M go to the Tangerine Bowl with a 5-6 record. Thought that was the good ole
    days when there weren't 40-plus bowl games.
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  11. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    His life story is incredible. He got married in his late teens/early 20s and had a couple of kids. He went away from his farm to try out for a minor league team, and while he was gone, a tornado came through his town and killed his wife, his kids, his parents and his siblings (I think all of them).

    In his grief, he drifted for a couple of years and joined the Navy before deciding to give baseball another shot.

    He also had a controversial catch in the 1925 World Series where he fell in the stands afterward and was down. Some think he dropped the ball in the stands. The batter was ruled out. Rice would never say if he held onto the ball. He finally agreed to write a letter to the Hall, to be opened upon his death. When he died, they opened it, and he wrote that he held onto the ball.
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  12. micropolitan guy

    micropolitan guy Well-Known Member

    Southern Conference champions. Automatic berth at the time. It's the precursor of the Citrus Bowl.
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