Friday, July 6, 2007

? No. 3: HRs in '75

I'm currently reading Tom Adelman's "The Long Ball," which is all about the 1975 baseball season. I'm only 75 pages in, but I've already learned so much about the characters of that baseball season, especially a couple of Reds — Sparky Anderson and Johnny Bench. The book is written in past-present tense, which is somewhat unique for historical books. Adelman spends much of his time recreating off-field scenes that delve into the personality of the players. Good stuff.

Anyway, today's question is specific to that season. The Red Sox made the World Series that year and faced the Reds in what many consider to be one of the finest World Series battles. Interesting side note about the Sox (and it's true for the Big Red Machine, too): no one on the roster made it to 30 dingers. A young Jim Rice paced the club with 22 homers, followed by a young Fred Lynn with 21. While the team had five others who hit double-digit homers, each of those players hit between 10 and 15. The team total was a relatively low 134, but that was actually good for fourth in the AL. (The Reds, by comparison, totaled just 124, but ranked third in the NL.)

It was a down year for dingers across the board, with the Angels at the bottom of the MLB barrel with 55. My question for you is, Who led the majors in home runs that season, with 38. Again, no googling the answer. Your choices are:

A) Reggie Jackson, Oakland
B) Dave Kingman, NY Mets
C) Mike Schmidt, Philly
D) Bobby Bonds, NY Yankees
E) Willie Stargell, Pittsburgh

Yesterday's Answer: Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, which was first known as D.C. Stadium, opened in 1961 and housed the Washington Redskins. One year later, the expansion Washington Senators debuted at RFK, making it the first of the concrete donuts in the majors. Interesting side note: The original Senators moved to Minnesota and became the Twins in 1960. The following year, baseball expanded due to intense anti-trust pressure and placed a new version of the Senators in D.C. For the team's first year, it played at old Griffith Stadium.

Those other concrete donuts opened as such: Shea ('64), Atlanta-Fulton County ('66), Busch ('66), Three Rivers ('70), Riverfront ('70), and Veterans ('71).


Don Gerard said...

Ida Lupino!

wild guess... said...

Kingman? It's gotta be Kingman or Jackson. Those A's teams could hit.