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Friday, April 18, 2008

Trivia redux

Who is the first pitcher to beat all 30 current teams?

This is a tough one.

It stumped a bunch of us in Pittsburgh.

A reader tells me that I worded the question wrong. I should have said current "franchises," not teams. Al Leiter beat the Montreal Expos, but not the Washington Nationals.

So who was first to beat the 30 current teams?


66 Comments:

at 2:02 AM Blogger DrOptimism said...

Terry Tata?

 
at 2:05 AM Blogger MONEY MIKE said...

I know the anwser to this because I googled it, but just to be fair my guess would have been Randy Johnson.

The correct picther is def. not expected.

 
at 2:10 AM Blogger Chris said...

Al Leiter! What do I win?

 
at 2:10 AM Blogger Pete Rose - HOF said...

Wow, I just looked it up. I can't believe he played AL long enough to do it. Those first 5 years or so he hardly pitched any innings.

 
at 2:12 AM Blogger Mr. Pitt said...

Al Leiter did it in 2002.

 
at 2:20 AM Blogger ghf said...

RANDY JOHNSON...?

 
at 2:30 AM Blogger John said...

Al Lieter...

 
at 2:59 AM Blogger Bryan said...

Al Leiter in 2002. I think Kevin Brown did also but I'm not sure when.

 
at 3:24 AM Blogger bp4..mvp said...

Kevin Brown??

 
at 3:46 AM Blogger Another losing season said...

It's Al Leiter. I know this because I was there when the Mets routed my Dbacks early in the season back in 02.

 
at 3:52 AM Blogger the chosen one said...

Al Leiter. You got anything harder than that John.

 
at 4:57 AM Blogger Jason said...

Randy Johnson, maybe?

 
at 5:03 AM Blogger GookiePokeyHomer said...

I would say Al Leiter, who ruined my dreams as a 15 yr old in the Wild Card chase, but I'm also thinking Randy Johnson..

 
at 6:29 AM OpenID stiven said...

Al Leiter

 
at 6:45 AM Blogger omnired said...

My first guess would be Curt Schilling, but it's probably a little more obscure pitcher given your comments about taking a while to get.

Is this pitcher still an active player?

 
at 6:49 AM Blogger Bville Reds said...

Randy Johnson?

 
at 7:08 AM Blogger Dan H said...

My pick is Randy Johnson

 
at 7:25 AM Blogger Red Faced said...

I'd guess it was Curt Schilling or Al Lieter

 
at 7:40 AM Blogger ZNoeth said...

I would say Randy Johnson. He's been in both leagues long enough.

 
at 7:48 AM Blogger Mr. PG said...

Al Leiter

 
at 8:02 AM Blogger Jeff Lehner said...

Clemens or Jamie Moyer. If not either of those, I'm stumped. Good question.

 
at 8:10 AM Blogger KevinFtMyers said...

Has to be a recent guy since before D Rays /Rocks we didnt have 30. If I had to guess Id say Clemens, but thats kind of obvious and I dont know if in his short stint in the NL if he pitched against all 16 teams, (let alone beat all 16). Probably would be a guy that spent alot of time in both leagues.
Im sure im not right as you say its a tough one.


Just googled the answer, he never entered my mind, but when I saw it I wasnt suprised. Just never would of thaught of him.

 
at 8:12 AM Blogger brad_allen1 said...

I don't know for sure, but it would have to be someone who has pitched in both leagues for a long time....My guess would be Randy Johnson.

 
at 8:20 AM Blogger crab42 said...

Al Leiter?

 
at 8:21 AM Blogger Popcan said...

Hmmm....Curt Schilling?

 
at 8:24 AM Blogger Mike Grayson said...

April 30, 2002 - Al Leiter of the New York Mets earns a win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. He is the first pitcher in history to record wins over all 30 Major League franchises that have existed since 1901.

 
at 8:27 AM Blogger Jay11 said...

Tough question...gotta be someone who pitched a lot of years in both leagues or possibly a reliever. My only guess would be Al Leiter. Possibly Clemens, but I don't think he pitched long enough in the NL.

 
at 8:30 AM Blogger Reds Fan in Illinois said...

I'm gonna go out on a limb, and say Jeff Suppan. I don't know why, just a gut thought.

 
at 8:31 AM OpenID PJFan821 said...

Al Leiter?
He beat the Reds in '99 when he was with the Mets correct?

 
at 8:32 AM Blogger Brendan T said...

The Big Unit?

 
at 8:36 AM Blogger Kyle Cummins said...

Digger Phelps son in law: Jamie Moyer???????

 
at 8:43 AM Blogger jdeezman said...

I found the answer and I would've been wrong.

I would've guessed that it was Al Leiter, and the only reason I remember that he did it is I was watching him pitch on TV when the announcers said that he had accomplished it.

I forgot all about the 1st one though... I won't give it away.

 
at 8:51 AM Blogger Jeff Lehner said...

John:

Looking ahead at potential roster moves there's a logjam in each of the Ross/Bako/Valentin, Votto/Hatteberg and Patterson/Hopper/Freel situations. I assume none of the catchers has options left, what about the outfielders?

 
at 9:01 AM Blogger Matt Gorrasi, Cincinnati OH said...

Ted Lilly

 
at 9:04 AM Blogger M L Bock said...

I'd guess Randy Johnson

 
at 9:06 AM Blogger M L Bock said...

I'd guess Randy Johnson

 
at 9:30 AM Blogger Crouton17 said...

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at 9:30 AM Blogger Richie Rich said...

Al Leiter

 
at 9:30 AM Blogger Crouton17 said...

My guess would be either Pedro Martinez or Randy Johnson.

 
at 9:32 AM Blogger Mike Kramer said...

Bob Welch

 
at 9:34 AM Blogger ironman1921 said...

Al Leiter?

GO REDS IN 2008!

 
at 9:37 AM Blogger Grizzlyfox said...

Andy Pettite

 
at 9:38 AM Blogger Chris Sabo said...

I think it was Al Leiter...I love new age trivia...stuff I was actually alive for.

 
at 9:39 AM Blogger Chris Sabo said...

I think it was Al Leiter....I love new age trivia, something I was actually alive for

 
at 9:42 AM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

Perhaps that will keep the stat brats busy for awhile.
St CSA

 
at 9:42 AM Blogger LoveMyTeam.com said...

It is Al Leiter... I live in NY now, so its not as hard as it would have been had I not. When he pitched it was always mentioned int he broadcasts.

 
at 9:53 AM Blogger John Fay said...

Al Leiter it is.

 
at 9:57 AM Blogger redsfanwoody said...

Never would have got it. I would of said Mike Morgan since he pitched for just about everyone.

 
at 10:02 AM Blogger Brad said...

Before I read the comments, I thought it would be Randy Johnson,but I guess that is wrong. My second guess is Jaime Moyer.

 
at 10:08 AM Blogger Jeff said...

I would not have guessed him.

 
at 10:12 AM Blogger robdicken said...

Perhaps that will keep the stat brats busy for awhile.

Good ol' CSA. No one even needs to respond anymore to make him look like a tool-bag.

Anyway, I just saw this posting 5 min ago, went to do some research, came back and like 45 people had answered already (the other post by CSA)!

I need to be on top of my game next time! WOW!

 
at 10:30 AM Blogger BATSFAN said...

I would guess Randy Johnson to, anyway did anybody have an earth quake this morning? There was one in louisville today lol. I know who was behind it, it was Wayne Krivsky, I said the other day he needs to "Shake up the team" I didnt mean the earth.

 
at 10:57 AM Blogger omnired said...

One of the tough parts about this question is identifying a pitcher who has not only played in both leagues, but beaten the teams they pitched for. I was thinking either Schilling or Johnson, but I couldn't recall Johnson playing for anyone in the NL other than Arizona (he did have that short stint in Houston.)

I've looked up numbers to some of the answers given here:

Schilling has done it.
Johnson has not (has not pitched against Arizona.)
Pedro Martinez has not beaten Boston (only made 1 start against.)
Clemens has not pitched against Houston (and is 0-3 agaist Atl.)
Mike Morgan was a good guess, though he never faced Arizona and was 0-1 against Tampa Bay.

 
at 11:00 AM OpenID cmdugan34 said...

First was Leiter...Second was Brown...third was Terry Mulholland.

http://www.mlb.com/news/gameday_recap.jsp?ymd=20040719&content_id=803775&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=min

 
at 11:02 AM Blogger cmdugan34 said...

Win was Al Leiter...Place was Kevin Brown...and Show was Terry Mulholland.

http://www.mlb.com/news/gameday_recap.jsp?ymd=20040719&content_id=803775&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=min

 
at 11:04 AM Blogger ST fan said...

Elmer Riddle might have done it too. Woops

 
at 11:52 AM Blogger Brad said...

Hey John, has Marty got any real trouble from Chicago people about his rant against Cub fans the other day? I've seen stuff on the internet but I'm wondering if it goes beyond Cubs fans just venting.

 
at 12:13 PM Blogger ankurv5 said...

Elmer Dessens?

Haha, just kidding. I would have guessed Jamie Moyer, but I read the comments and found out that it was a pitcher I hate for ruining that 1999 season.

 
at 1:33 PM Blogger Pat said...

It's not Dave Williams? I'd give Lieter 100 more wins if I could pick one game to take from him.

Here's a trivia question: Name the five teams named after their socks? Three are easy and two are much harder.

 
at 2:19 PM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

Anybody say Al Leiter yet?
ST CSA

 
at 3:25 PM Blogger Mike said...

Schilling

 
at 4:03 PM Blogger ankurv5 said...

Reds, Red Sox, White Sox, Royals, Dodgers?

Or Black Sox if you can include them...the Dodgers one is a real guess, but I'm pretty sure about the first 4.

 
at 4:03 PM Blogger omnired said...

The Washington Nationals are the Montreal Expos. We don't count the Tampa Rays as different from the Devil Rays? Or the Marlins a different team when former Expos owner Jeff Loria bought them.

 
at 10:49 AM Blogger CrimsonVoodoo said...

So what is the answer?
Johnson?
Great question.

 
at 10:50 AM Blogger CrimsonVoodoo said...

So what is the answer?
Johnson? Leiter?
Great question though.

 
at 2:50 PM Blogger John Fay said...

The "teams" is Woody Williams.

 
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