#FTFTrivia Answer 2/21/13

Tonight we asked…

and the answer to tonight’s #FTFTrivia is…

Jack Wilson

Offensively, Jack Flash had his best season in 2004.  Among his 201 hits were 12 triples, making him the last Pirate to hit more than 10 in a season.  His .301 batting average helped him win a Silver Slugger, and he was the only Bucco to make the All-Star team that year.

Wilson is actually the only player to collect double digit triples in a season since the Pirates have moved to PNC Park.  The only other player to come close was Andrew McCutchen, who hit 9 in his rookie year.  The next Pirate to hit more than 10 will most likely be a right-handed hitter, considering the large left field and “North Side Notch” in left-center.

Starling Marte has the potential to hit plenty of triples, as he possesses a combination of speed and power. Bill James predicts Starling to hit 11 triples in 2013, while ZiPS projects 14.

Congratulations to tonight’s winners: @johnlucas18, @SpinuptheFTL, and @Zach_Morrison1.

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#FTFTrivia Answer 2/14/13

Tonight we asked…

and the answer to tonight’s #FTFTrivia is…

Willie Stargell

In a late-May of 1968 game against the Cubs at Wrigley, where anything can happen, Pops crushed three bombs, doubled off the ivy wall, and singled to collect a total of 15 bases.  He led the offensive charge and drove in more runs than the Cubs even scored.  The Pirates won the game by a score of 13-6.

Stargell’s 15 total bases were brought up a few times throughout the 2012 season when Pedro Alvarez had a few games with two home runs and an extra base hit, but Pops’ record still stands going into 2013.

Congratulations to tonight’s winners: @RobertBit, @Zach_Morrison1, @johnlucas18, @fdawg30, @baseballfan4746, and @yarpirates.

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#FTFTrivia Answer 1/24/13

Tonight we asked…

and the answer to tonight’s #FTFTrivia is…

Jack Wilson

Wilson, just 23 years old at the time, let loose an errant throw in the top of the first of the Pirates’ second game ever at PNC Park. Aaron Boone reached on Wilson’s error, and Dmitri Young and Alex Ochoa crossed the plate to make it 3-0 in favor of Cincinnati. Despite Jack’s blunder, the Bucs went on to win the game, 6-5. Jumpin’ Jack Flash made plenty of spectacular plays to make up for his errors, such as this:

…and especially this:

Congratulations to tonight’s winners: @Zach_Morrison1, @johnlucas18, and @gustaggart.

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#FTFTrivia Answer 1/10/13

Tonight we asked…

…and the answer to tonight’s #FTFTrivia is…

Bert Blyleven

The Dutchman was inducted into Cooperstown in 2011 as a Minnesota Twin, where he spent most of his career, but was a key part of the Bucs’ success in the late 70s.  With the Pirates, Blyleven earned 34 of his 287 career wins and recorded 522 of his 3,701 career strikeouts, which is good for 5th best all-time.  In the 1979 World Series, he started and won Game 5 with the Pirates down three games to one.  His career in Pittsburgh ended with him threatening to retire if he wasn’t traded, but he went on to put up dominating numbers with a few different teams.  In his first year of Hall of Fame eligibility, Blyleven received only 17% of the votes, but eventually broke the 75% mark needed in his 14th year of eligibility.

Congrats to tonight’s winners: @MattWeaver_21, @Zach_Morrison1, @SpinuptheFTL, and @mark_quis.

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#FTFTrivia Answer 1/3/13

Tonight we asked…

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…and the answer to tonight’s #FTFTrivia is…

Roberto Clemente

Clemente knocked three triples on September 8th, 1958 against Cincinnati (box score); no other Pirates player has accomplished the feat since then. Other Buccos to hit three three-baggers in one game include Dave Brain in 1905, Chief Wilson in 1911, and Carlos Bernier in 1953. Additional triples records can be viewed HERE. We ask a question about Clemente tonight because the 40th anniversary of his tragic death was this past Monday, December 31.

Congrats to tonight’s winners: @SteelCityVoice, @NuttingHostage, @johnlucas18, and @AJMeneo.

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