Spring Training Trivia: Double duty

March 11, 2012 0 Comments

Leading up to the start of the Major League Baseball season, I will ask a baseball-related trivia question. It’s spring training for the baseball minds, if you will. Feel free to chime in with your answers or if you have a good question you think might get baseball fans looking at old cards or surfing the Internet for the answer, feel free to offer it up.

This week’s theme is doubleheaders so I’ll offer up two questions per day.

Let’s get to the answers from our last doubleheader.

Q: Nine players share the record for most hits in a doubleheader with nine. Who was the last player to do it?

On Sept. 5, 1961, the Los Angeles Angels’ Lee Thomas tied the record by collecting five hits in the first game and four in the second game of a doubleheader against the Kansas City Royals. Thomas hit three home runs in the second game and tied an AL record with 19 total bases. However, the Royals won both games.

Q: Two players share the record for most RBI in a doubleheader with 13. Which St. Louis Cardinals player did it?

In 1972, the Padres’ Nate Colbert collected 13 RBI in a doubleheader against the Braves in which he hit five home runs. Twenty-one years later, Cardinals outfielder Mark Whiten matched Colbert’s RBI record. On Sept. 7, 1993, playing in a doubleheader at Cincinnati, Whiten slugged four home runs and drove in 12 runs in the second game of the twinbill. Add in his lone RBI in the first game and he matched Colbert’s mark. That paled in comparison to his mammoth performance in the nightcap.

Later, Cardinals teammate Todd Zeile joked with a writer from Sports Illustrated that “you can’t even do what he did in batting practice.”

Now, on to the next set of questions.

Q: Who was the last pitcher to win both games of a doubleheader?

Q: Who was the last pitcher to start both games of a doubleheader?

Check back for the answers.

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