Mark Reynolds homers against the Mets in the 2010 season, a year in which he also whiffed quite a few times
Mark Reynolds homers against the Mets in the 2010 season, a year in which he also whiffed quite a few times|Ross D. Franklin (Associated Press)
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Wednesday Quickie Quiz & Vintage Digits - Mark Reynolds, Zach Ertz, Derek Harper, Adam Dunn, Yoan Moncada, Giancarlo Stanton, Joey Gallo

Vol. 3, No. 8

Bob Vetrone

Bob Vetrone

QUICKIE QUIZ

>>> Which Flyer was the first American-born player to record a hat trick in a Stanley Cup Final game?

(Answer Below)

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VINTAGE DIGITS

>>> MLB

Thirteen times a batter has struck out 200 times or more in a Major League season. The recently retired Mark Reynolds is responsible for three of them:

223 . . . Mark Reynolds, Diamondbacks (2009)

222 . . . Adam Dunn, White Sox (2012)

219 . . . Chris Davis, Orioles (2016)

217 . . . Yoan Moncada, White Sox (2018)

212 . . . Chris Carter, Astros (2013)

211 . . . Giancarlo Stanton, Yankees (2018)

211 . . . Mark Reynolds, Diamondbacks (2010)

208 . . . Aaron Judge, Yankees (2017)

208 . . . Chris Davis, Orioles (2015)

207 . . . Joey Gallo, Rangers (2018)

206 . . . Chris Carter, Brewers (2016)

205 . . . Drew Stubbs, Reds (2011)

204 . . . Mark Reynolds, Diamondbacks (2008)

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>>> BIG 5

In 1955-56 the first season of the Big 5 − La Salle, Penn, Saint Joseph’s, Temple and Villanova played a combined total of 124 games.

Only two of them went beyond the regulation 40 minutes.

The first was the opener of a Feb. 4 doubleheader when Villanova outlasted Fordham by 12-7 in a second extra period after the first overtime was scoreless.

The only other OT contest of that season was . . . the second game of that same twinbill, when La Salle dropped a 67-63, 45-minute decision to Georgetown.

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>>> EAGLES

Zach Ertz has not scored a first-quarter touchdown since Nov. 26, 2017.

He has 10 (including the postseason) in other quarters since then.

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>>> NBA

The Dallas Mavericks’ Derek Harper improved his NBA season scoring average every season from his second through eighth campaigns:

> 5.7 . . . 1983-84 (rookie)

> 9.6 . . . 1984-85

> 12.2 . . . 1985-86

> 16.0 . . . 1986-87

> 17.0 . . . 1987-88

> 17.3 . . . 1988-89

> 18.0 . . . 1989-90

> 19.7 . . . 1990-91

He dipped to 17.7 in 1991-92.

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QUICKIE QUIZ ANSWER

>>> Which Flyer was the first American-born player to record a hat trick in a Stanley Cup Final game?

Answer:

> Paul Holmgren on May 15, 1980, as the Flyers routed the Islanders, 8-3, to tie the series at 1-1. Homlgren scored the Flyers’ first (1-1), fifth (5-2) and eighth (8-2) goals, one in each period.

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