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A great trivia question
« on: October 23, 2017, 08:27:46 pm »

Everyone on here knows I love baseball trivia. I heard this great question yesterday.

This player played in 105 MLB games over 2 years. He scored 33 runs, had 31 stolen bases and was caught stealing 17 times. He never recorded a hit nor did he ever have a putout or an assist. He never walked or struck-out. He was never HBP and he never had a sacrifice bunt or fly-out. Who was he and for whom did he play?
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Re: A great trivia question
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2017, 09:17:54 pm »

Herb Washington, the "designated runner" of the 1974-75 Oakland A's.
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Re: A great trivia question
« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2017, 11:09:09 pm »

Yep
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Re: A great trivia question
« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2017, 11:09:54 pm »

He signed for 45,000 a year and also got a 20,000 signing bonus.
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Re: A great trivia question
« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2017, 10:55:07 am »

He scored 33 runs, had 31 stolen bases and was caught stealing 17 times.

that is definitely a negative value adding stat line
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Re: A great trivia question
« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2017, 12:04:33 pm »

that is definitely a negative value adding stat line

Good point.   I always enjoyed the Finley A's of the early to mid-'70s, but the Washington experiment was just that, and it didn't really succeed.  If you can't steal successfully at a 70-75% rate in MLB, the data suggests you may as well not bother in most cases.

Still, excellent question, JHicks.  Hadn't thought about old Herb Washington in years!
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Re: A great trivia question
« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2017, 03:09:16 pm »



Speaking of the Finley A's......they were one of the first teams to feature women as entertainment between innings. The woman pictured was a ball girl for the team but would often make sweet treats for umpires and field crew. Her treats became so famous, she decided to start a business with little formal training. This woman, Debbi sivier , started a cookie empire named after she was married to her first Husband, Randy Fields.....

The name of the company.....Mrs. Fields.

I always found this interesting.
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