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StMic

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Haven't posted in a while but today's was kind of a special one.

For played catcher 1 game/1 team I used Bill Mills who was born in Boston and graduated from Holy Cross. He played in just 5 games in 1944 with the A's.
He was also my 7th grade math teacher!

Played for Providence in the New England League in the late 40's.

 
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Amos Otis regrets

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An opportunity to remember two Red Sox catchers of my youth: Andy Merchant and Roger LaFrancois (he of the .400 lifetime batting average). If I remember correctly, the latter was on the roster for all or most of the 1982 season and Houk found him 10 plate appearances.
 

Sad Sam Jones

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Interesting to note that when they have the 1st round draft pick category, the player need not sign as a 1st rounder. I read the little info box which didn't exclude that, but I still didn't expect it to actually accept Tommy Hinzo as an answer, since he was 1st round draft pick three different times (back when there was both a regular and secondary phase draft each year). He didn't actually sign with a team until he was a 7th round pick, but sure enough, he works.
 

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I love these Saturday ones now that the East-West game counts as an All Star Game. But I'm kicking myself for going for Mookie instead of Rice. I'm sure he would have gotten me a 4 instead of the 5 I got for this one.

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Sad Sam Jones

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9/9.
RS: 1

This is probably the best I've ever done. Although I had to settle for 8/9 Clevelanders, because after using Boudreau for my 2B/C answer, I couldn't come up with another one for SS/C. Of course, as I type this, I realize I've forgotten about the negro leagues again and Quincy Trouppe technically was a Cleveland player and fits the category.

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Since there was a Negro League column today I decided to go with all Negro League veterans and got one of my better RS scores (though not even close to the experts in this thread):
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SirPsychoSquints

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Since there was a Negro League column today I decided to go with all Negro League veterans and got one of my better RS scores (though not even close to the experts in this thread):
Your top right killed my score also - I would get a zero otherwise. - ETA: I used 8 Negro Leaguers plus a 60s guy I use a lot
Roy Sievers
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Blew it today by Brock Holt, who never hit 10 homers in a season (highest was 7).
 

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Blew it today by Brock Holt, who never hit 10 homers in a season (highest was 7).
I blew when I thought that Yaz had a lifetime .300 average. For some reason he's one of the more forgotten HoFers and good for low percentage points.
 

Sad Sam Jones

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I need to deepen my knowledge of negro league pitchers – 2 of my 3 rarity score points were wracked up on that one.

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Today is the first day that I've noticed where the entire grid could be answered with one player -- Rickey Henderson.
I don't have anything comprehensive, but it's happened before. #272 had 2 guys, Kiki Cuyler and Ryne Sandberg, who were HoF, AS, and had seasons with 100 RBI, 200 hits, and 30 SB for the Cubs.

Edit: Yount was 1 HR away from it getting all 9 a couple days ago, #447.

Edit 2: a few weeks ago, #433, Vida Blue, Walter Johnson, Bob Gibson, Clayton Kershaw and Justin Verlander are all: MVP, threw a no-hitter, 2000 Ks, 40 WAR, 200 Wins, and a season of 200 Ks.

Edit 3: #426, 9 players with 40WAR, .300 Batting Average (although Freeman could lose that any season as he's at .301), 300 HR, played 3B, plus a 100RBI season and a 200 hit season:
  • Aaron
  • Mays
  • Foxx
  • Cabrera
  • Walker
  • Cano!
  • Freeman
  • Brett
  • Hornsby
 
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Sad Sam Jones

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I'm usually only happy with single-digit rarity scores, but when I was already at 8 after my first two answers today I realized I'd subconsciously picked two former Cleveland players and went with that as my theme (for a score of 30)… and put "myself" in the center square.

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SirPsychoSquints

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Some more examples of all 9 cells:

#412, Fernando - Outside US, GG, CY, No-hitter, 2,000 K's, under 3.00 ERA season

#405 - 40 WAR, 500 HR, GG, MVP, 1B, SS - Pujols, ARod, Mays, Schmidt, Mantle, Banks.

#391 - HOF, AS, 1B, 2000 Hits, 40 HR season, outside the US - Papi, Walker, Cepeda, Tony Perez.

Edit: #370 - HoF, GG, .300 Avg Career, CF, 3,000 Hits, 6+ War Season - Aaron, Mays, Clemente, Gwynn
 
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In the simulacrum
I don't have anything comprehensive, but it's happened before. #272 had 2 guys, Kiki Cuyler and Ryne Sandberg, who were HoF, AS, and had seasons with 100 RBI, 200 hits, and 30 SB for the Cubs.

Edit: Yount was 1 HR away from it getting all 9 a couple days ago, #447.

Edit 2: a few weeks ago, #433, Vida Blue, Walter Johnson, Bob Gibson, Clayton Kershaw and Justin Verlander are all: MVP, threw a no-hitter, 2000 Ks, 40 WAR, 200 Wins, and a season of 200 Ks.

Edit 3: #426, 9 players with 40WAR, .300 Batting Average (although Freeman could lose that any season as he's at .301), 300 HR, played 3B, plus a 100RBI season and a 200 hit season:
  • Aaron
  • Mays
  • Foxx
  • Cabrera
  • Walker
  • Cano!
  • Freeman
  • Brett
  • Hornsby
Nice!

After I posted I pretty quickly thought, "yeah, there likely are some other grids like this that I'm not remembering." This one was just so obvious even I saw it.

(My own little personal grid aspiration is for a grid to come up where I can use all players with the same last name. I haven't found one yet, but I think I'd have to cheat my way to it anyway.)
 

SirPsychoSquints

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Nice!

After I posted I pretty quickly thought, "yeah, there likely are some other grids like this that I'm not remembering." This one was just so obvious even I saw it.

(My own little personal grid aspiration is for a grid to come up where I can use all players with the same last name. I haven't found one yet, but I think I'd have to cheat my way to it anyway.)
That would be quite difficult.

edit: but there appears to have been at least a couple hundred Smiths in major league history.