Friday, April 16, 2010

#41: 18 year old players in ML Baseball

It used to be somewhat common for there to be an 18 year old player in ML baseball, or even younger than 18.  There were 7 players who got a plate appearance at the age of 16 (Coonie Blank, Carl Scheib, Rogers McKee, Putsy Caballero, Tommy Brown, Alex George, Jim Derrington) although none since Derrington in 1956.  McKee, Scheib and Derrington were the only players to pitch an inning at the age of 16 or younger in  too. 

Take it up to age 17 for pitchers, and there were 20 more, but none since (future Astros manager) Larry Dierker in 1964.  The last year with an 18 year old pitcher in the league was 1978, with 2 pitchers from the Oakland A's: Mike Morgan (who ended up playing with 12 different teams before retiring in 2002) and Tim Conroy (who pitched his final game in 1987).

It is very uncommon for this to happen in today though.  Since 1979, there has only been one player to get a plate appearance in the ML, and it's someone you've heard of: Alex Rodriguez in 1994.  He made his ML debut on July 8, 1994 and turned 19 on July 27th.  In the meantime, he hit .204 with 0 HR over 59 plate appearances.

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

#40 Trivia Carnival, April 15th

Courtney presents Wedding Theme Ideas - Unique Wedding Theme Ideas And Creative Wedding Ideas-Cajun Wedding Theme posted at Wedding Themes, saying, "Are you a fan of New Orleans and are getting married? Consider a Cajun wedding theme."

Samantha Marks presents How to Use a Lawn Roller posted at
Madeleine Begun Kane presents Not Tickled Pink About Girlish Pink Guns posted at Mad Kane's Political Madness.

Aparna presents Spring water that imparts youthfulness posted at Beauty and Personal Grooming, saying, "From ancient times water has been called as an ‘elixir of life’ and not without reason. It has been found that drinking water helps. Not only does it cure hosts of diseases but waters from certain springs are believed to have astounding powers ranging from anti-ageing effects to curing several skin diseases. Now when everyone seems to be in pursuit of the eternal fountain of youth, this topic has gained enough relevance and several researches are being conducted to test the potency of these ‘miraculous spring waters’."

Zhu presents The Mud People Correr Es Mi Destino posted at Correr Es Mi Destino, saying, "A Brazilian tradition: The ¨Bloco Da Lama¨ (Group Of The Mud) celebrates Carnival by covering themselves in mud, dressing up as cavemen and partying on the beach."

Digerati Life presents 5 Money and Currency Facts Your History Teacher Never Told You posted at The Digerati Life, saying, "Thanks!"

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

#39 Pitchers with power

All-time leaders: Home Runs hit by Pitchers
Warren Spahn 35 (1942-1965)
Don Drysdale 29 (1956-1969)
Carlos Zambrano 20 (2001-present): Fewest plate appearances on the list at 606.
Milt Pappas 20 (1957-1973)
Dizzy Trout 20 (1939-1957)
Mike Hampton 16 (1993-2009): Highest batting average on the list at .246.
Rick Wise 15 (1964-1982)
Don Cardwell 15 (1957-1970)
Joe Nuxhall 15 (1944-1966)
Dick Donovan 15 (1950-1965)
Johnny Antonelli 15 (1948-1961)
Claude Passeau 15 (1935-1947)
Lefty Grove 15 (1935-1947)

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Sunday, April 11, 2010

#38 Most watched YouTube video ever, for now

This video, called, 'Charlie Bit my Finger - again!', is the most watched YouTube video ever, with over 177 million views.  The next closest video now is Lady Gaga - Bad Romance, which is over 175 million hits.  The Lady Gaga video was only uploaded last year, so it could easily surge to #1.

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Having the Number 1 spot on YouTube has been fun but it hardly the most important thing about life. Staying honest, genuine and true to yourself and everyone else is of much higher value.
We have always been proud that a simple home video has been able to do so well in the charts compared to all the commercial offerings out there but as we are incredibly proud of our sons anyway a chart position is just a bonus.

I hope no one minds me referring to the artist knows as ‘Lady Gaga’ as Gaga. In the UK ‘Lady’ means something. I could go around saying Lord Harry and Lord Charlie but I don’t for any number of reasons not least because it would be meaningless and probably upset a few people. If you do have a problem with this please write your complaint to making sure you address Harry and Charlie with their stage names of the day; Lord Ahh Ahh Harry and Lord HaHa Charlie.
YouTube's most viewed video of all time is an unlikely champion. Seen more than 170 million times since its posting in May 2007, "Charlie Bit My Finger" was never meant to be anything more than a family flick. But the Internet's hive mind saw something it liked and catapulted the clip, which depicts a laughing British baby gnawing on the finger of his crying brother, past "Evolution of Dance" as YouTube's views champ by the fall of 2009


Wednesday, April 7, 2010

#37 Buzzer Beaters

If Butler's Gordon Hayward had hit his last second, half-court runner in last Monday's NCAA Championship Game against Duke, it would probably become the #1 buzzer-beater ever because it was a title game (the '83 NC State was tied, whereas Butler was behind by 2). 

Even if it was put at #1, I'd still prefer the entirety of the '92 Laettner play because it happened more slowly and was less of a fluke.  It was a planned shot that required a great pass from Grant Hill that went nearly the length of the court and an incredible shot from Laettner.            

Buzzer Beater

Hayward's near-miracle shot:


Tuesday, April 6, 2010

#36 Eephus Pitch

Japanese Pitcher Kaz Tadano throws a pretty good eephus pitch here.  It was invented in the 1930's by Rip Sewell, but is rarely employed in MLB today, although Randy Johnson surprisingly threw one a few years ago.


Update: I'm not sure if this qualifies, but it looks a bit like an eephus pitch.


Update: This is an odd way to throw what appears to be an eephus-like pitch:


Sunday, April 4, 2010

#35 Great NBA Seasons, Non-Hall of Fame Players

22 Pts/Game, 10 Rbs/Game, 50 Games (Players not elected to the Hall of Fame, but who have been eligible)
Willie Naulls 1961-62 (Knicks)
Bob Rule 1968-69 (Supersonics)
Spencer Haywood 1971-73 (Supersonics)
Sidney Wicks 1971-72 (Trail Blazers)
George McGinnis 1975, 1978 (Sixers, Nuggets)
Artis Gilmore 1977-78 (Bulls)
Truck Robinson 1977 (Jazz)
Terry Cummings 1982 (Clippers)
Jeff Ruland 1983 (Bullets)
Ralph Sampson 1984 (Rockets)
Larry Johnson 1992 (Hornets)

Saturday, April 3, 2010

#34 NBA: All-Around Greats?

13 Points/Game, 6 Rebounds/Game, 6 Assists/Game, 750 Career Games
Oscar Robertson (1961-1974)
Larry Bird (1980-1992)
Magic Johnson (1980-1996)
Lafayette "Fat" Lever (1983-1994)
Jason Kidd (1995-present)