• Cardboard Gods: An All-American Tale Told Through Baseball Cards Giveaway

    Posted by on April 20th, 2010 · Comments (23)

    Up for a little Yankees trivia with a prize at the end of the stick? O.K., then, read the following:

    I was born in Boston, Massachusetts – and I played for both the Red Sox and Yankees in the same season. The number I wore while playing with the Yankees was worn by another player in New York just before me – and he also played for both the Yankees and Red Sox. In that player’s last major league game, another Yankees player hit a career milestone homerun. The player who hit that homerun once won an MVP award for another team. And, the year he won, a Yankees player finished third in the voting behind him.

    The first person to name all of the following, correctly, in the comments section of this entry, will be the winner of a free copy of Cardboard Gods: An All-American Tale Told Through Baseball Cards:

    1. Who was the aforementioned player born in Boston, Massachusetts?
    2. Who was the player who wore the same number as the player in “Question 1″ (above) who also played for the Yankees and Red Sox?
    3. What Yankees player hit a career milestone homerun in the last game for the player in “Question 2″ above?
    4. What Yankees player finished two slots behind the player in “Question 3″ above in the MVP voting when he won it for a team other than the Yankees?

    Good luck to all who decide to play this game! And, thanks the good folks at Seven Footer Press for making this possible.

    Also, please note that I will not leave a comment in the comments section until a winner has been found in the contest. I will not be commenting on an interim basis to indicate whether someone is incorrect, partially correct, or not answering the questions in the required manner. And, please, only leave comments in this entry if you’re participating in the contest. Related, please do not attempt to interfere with “the game” by suggesting to someone that their answers are correct or not – even if your intentions are good. Thanks!

    Comments on Cardboard Gods: An All-American Tale Told Through Baseball Cards Giveaway

    1. Corey Italiano
      April 20th, 2010 | 9:42 am

      I know the answers

    2. Corey Italiano
      April 20th, 2010 | 9:42 am

      Is it cheezy if I answer since I’m an author?

    3. chrism101
      April 20th, 2010 | 9:43 am

      1. Mark Bellhorn
      2. Rey Sanchez
      3. Alex Rodriguez
      4. Jorge Posada

    4. Tresh Fan
      April 20th, 2010 | 9:45 am

      Well, I’m working my way bass ackwards. So far I have:

      4.) Jorge Posada
      3.) Alex Rodriguez

      But if Corey’s there already, then I’m out of the running.

    5. Corey Italiano
      April 20th, 2010 | 9:52 am

      @ Tresh Fan:
      Go for it, I didn’t technically answer yet. If you figure it out first, it’s yours! :)

    6. Corey Italiano
      April 20th, 2010 | 9:53 am

      @ Corey Italiano:
      I’ll only give my answers if nobody gets it. I feel that’s fair. (I got the correct answers I’m sure so the pressures on) ;)

    7. Tresh Fan
      April 20th, 2010 | 9:54 am

      2.) Rey Sanchez, whose last game was the game A-Rod hit his 400th career HR.

    8. April 20th, 2010 | 9:58 am

      Corey Italiano wrote:

      Is it cheezy if I answer since I’m an author?

      Nope. It’s a contest open to all.

    9. Tresh Fan
      April 20th, 2010 | 10:04 am

      1.) Mark Bellhorn
      2.) Rey sanchez
      3.) Alex rodriguez
      4.) Jorge posada

    10. Corey Italiano
      April 20th, 2010 | 10:05 am

      @ Tresh Fan:
      How in the world did you work backwards? THAT needs an explanation, lol.

    11. April 20th, 2010 | 10:10 am

      Tresh Fan wrote:

      1.) Mark Bellhorn
      2.) Rey sanchez
      3.) Alex rodriguez
      4.) Jorge posada

      We have a winner! Congrats TF!
      I’ll be in touch soon, via the email addy you used to register here, for details on where to send the book.

    12. Tresh Fan
      April 20th, 2010 | 10:11 am

      @ Corey Italiano:
      I ljust looked up Yankees who won an MVP award for another AL team, then checked the voting results to see who finished third in balloting. That gave me A-Rod and Posada. Then I looked up A-Rod’s milestone HRs on Retro Sheet—where they most conveniently list the players who appeared in their last MLB game that day. That gave me Rey Sanchez. Then I headed to YankeeNumbers.com to see who wore Sanchez’s number just after him. That gave me Mark Bellhorn. Then I checked Bellhorn’s place of birth on Retro Sheet and it confirmed it as Boston.

    13. Corey Italiano
      April 20th, 2010 | 10:14 am

      @ Tresh Fan:
      I went completely the opposite way. I went to B-R and looked up all mlb players who were born in Boston. Then I checked to see how played for the sox and yanks, came upon Belhorn. Once I got Belhorn, the rest was pie.

    14. April 20th, 2010 | 10:20 am

      chrism101 wrote:

      1. Mark Bellhorn
      2. Rey Sanchez
      3. Alex Rodriguez
      4. Jorge Posada

      Hey, guys – sorry to do this – but, I just saw that chrism101′s comment was held in moderation mode – because it was their first post here, ever. (First time posts and posts with more than one URL get held in queue for review/approval.)

      And, once I approved their post – it appears with the proper time-stamp.

      Looking at that, chrism101 had TF beat by 21 minutes.

      chrism101 – you are the winner. Congrats!

      Treesh Fan – sorry about the false alarm.

    15. Corey Italiano
      April 20th, 2010 | 10:21 am

      Grats chrism101!

    16. Tresh Fan
      April 20th, 2010 | 10:23 am

      @ Corey Italiano:
      Well your way sounds a lot easier. I’ve tended to use the backwards method for problem solving ever since I was a child. Did you ever try to work out those mazes that were in your coloring books or on the backs of your boxes of cereal? They’re a snap if you work them backwards. Try it sometime. :)

    17. Tresh Fan
      April 20th, 2010 | 10:24 am

      @ Steve Lombardi:

      No prob, Steve. I relish the hunt more than the game. ;)

    18. April 20th, 2010 | 10:27 am

      @ Tresh Fan:

      I really feel bad about this…the false alarm. Do you like hockey at all? I recently got a copy of the re-release of Going for the Gold: How the U.S. Olympic Hockey Team Won at Lake Placid and I’m not a hockey fan, at all. I’d gladly send this new book to you as a make-up prize, if you want it.

    19. Tresh Fan
      April 20th, 2010 | 10:29 am

      @ Steve Lombardi:

      I’m not much into Hockey. Let’s call it even if you get this one:

      “I was the last man to see Casey Stengel in a Yankee uniform.”

    20. April 20th, 2010 | 10:37 am

      @ Tresh Fan: Casey, himself, looking in a mirror? ;-)

    21. April 20th, 2010 | 10:40 am

      @ Tresh Fan:

      I cheated. One of the most famous “two first names as a name” guys in Yankees history.

    22. Tresh Fan
      April 20th, 2010 | 10:46 am

      @ Steve Lombardi:

      LOL And both his first and last names are also the first and last names of Hall of Famers!

    23. Tresh Fan
      April 20th, 2010 | 10:49 am

      It’s simple if you work backwards. In what game did Stengel last wear a Yankees uniform? And who would need to see Stengel after that game?

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