Cubs Trivia

Ten Cubs have won the NL Batting crown, a total of twelve times - name the ten and bonus points if you can name the two repeat winners.
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Didn't Madlock do it twice? as far as the other guys go...

I'll check back.

Buckner?

DLee did it in 05 right?

let's try and post our answers in one post instead of spread out over a couple...

i'm done.

well you did name the last 4 and one repeat winner..

(hint: 4 of them were pre-1900 including the other repeat winner)

"well you did name the last 4 and one repeat winner.."

only 3

well technically the last 4 Cubs batting champions, Madlock did it twice.

On the list I'm staring at, it's the last 4.

Derrek Lee .335 (2005)
Bill Buckner .324 (1980)
Bill Madlock .339 (1976)
Bill Madlock .354 (1975)

ic. After i posted, I went and looked up the rest. If anyone gets it without looking it up, they are cheaters.

Ernie Banks
Billy Williams
Cap Anson 2
Honus Wagner
Hack Wilson

Well I was 1 for 5. I agree with Chad, I doubt anyone gets this honestly.

Honus Wagner?

actually 2 of 5 chifann

Derrek Lee .335 (2005)
Bill Buckner .324 (1980)
Bill Madlock .339 (1976)
Bill Madlock .354 (1975)
Billy Williams .333 (1972)
____________ .355 (1945)
____________ .372 (1912)
____________ .388 (1886
____________ .354 (1884)
Cap Anson .399 (1881)
___________ .360 (1880)
___________ .429 (1876)

I imagine no one will get the last 2 but everything from Cap Anson is possible.

Phil Cavararetta
William Hulbert
Frank Chance
Billy Hamilton

Everything but Cavaretta is a guess.

Known (w/o looking up):

Ross Barnes (1876)
Heinie Zimmermann (~1912) (?)
Phil Cavarretta (1945)
Billy Williams (1972)
Bill Madlock (x2 - 1975 - 76)
Bill Buckner (1980)
Derrick Lee (2005)

Guesses:
Pre-1900s
Cap Anson
Mike "King" Kelly
Ned Williamson

Rob --

BTW, I wrote my post before I saw your post @ #12.

damn, Pepitone nailed them all except Ned Williamson.

I would have been impressed either way...

Mike "King" Kelly was the other repeat winner btw, and you all thought Babe Ruth was a boozer.

Ooo!! Nailed all but one! (Except I failed to guess the second two-time winner). Ned Williamson was incorrect....

Derrek Lee .335 (2005)
Bill Buckner .324 (1980)
Bill Madlock .339 (1976)
Bill Madlock .354 (1975)
Billy Williams .333 (1972)
Phil Cavaretta .355 (1945)
Heinie Zimmermann .372 (1912)
King Kelly .388 (1886
King Kelly .354 (1884)
Cap Anson .399 (1881)
___________ .360 (1880)
Ross Barnes .429 (1876

Sorry, Rob! Delete my post #19 -- Shouldn't blow my own horn.

it's all good, it was impressive.

Anyone have any educated guess about the last Cub batting champ from 1880? I looked it up and it's a name I recognize but I never would have guessed it. A guy with a great nickname, too, btw. Rob -- how about setting a deadline for revealing his identity (and his fabulous nickname) if no one guesses it? Or should I just go ahead and tell everybody?

go ahead, I don't know his nickname....

George "Piano Legs" Gore? I wouldn't have known he won a batting title, but I am guessing by the talk of the great nickname that this is who we are looking for. The only reason I know him is that I remember his profile on the top 100 Cubs on Bleed Cubbie Blue last winter and some crack about him having Prior-calves. He's also considered baseball's first "hold out."

George "Piano Legs" Gore.

Great example of a typical nickname from the late 1800's. I recall Bill James making some mention of him in his Hysterical Abstract....

Great catch, WISCGRAD!

Btw, I love the "William Hulbert" guess @ #13. Hulbert was the President of the Chicago National League ballclub in 1876 and the NL President from 1877 until his death in 1882. In 1876, he was 44 yrs old and (from photos) appeared as obese and stuffy as any fat cat industrialist of the period. I loved the mental picture of him trying to actually play the rough, barehanded game of the 1870, much less being anything close to a batting champ. Sort of like seeing P.K. Wrigley at the bat.

"1870's"

MLB Trade Rumors reported that Fukadome had two offers in his native Japan.

He gives the Japanese web site as the source:
http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20071105-00...

I did a Google translation, and did not get the same meaning he did.

http://bostonherald.com/sports/baseball/red_s...

Schilling, RSox near deal...

and even though I thought he wouldn't leave Boston I picked Philly in the FA contest. Way to go me...way to go

Anson *
Chance
Cavaretta
Lee
Buckner
Madlock *
Williams

Stumped

Rob G. — November 5, 2007 @ 4:54 pm
damn, Pepitone nailed them all except Ned Williamson.

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ROB G: Ned Williamson set the single-season MLB HR record (27) in 1884, a record that stood for 35 years, until it was broken by somebody named Babe Ruth in 1919.

Williamson was also the first MLB player to hit three home runs in one game (also in 1884).

Of course it didn't hurt that Williamson played his home games in Chicago's Lakefront Park, which had a LF wall that was only 180 feet away from home plate.

"And there's a pop up to short... back, back, back, hey! hey!... atta boy Ned!..."

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