The late Pat Stapleton (left) was on three of the Chicago Black Hawks teams that played in the Western Division with the Flyers
The late Pat Stapleton (left) was on three of the Chicago Black Hawks teams that played in the Western Division with the Flyers|Fred Jewell (Associated Press)
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Wednesday Quickie Quiz & Vintage Digits - Willie Mays, J.R. Richard, Phil Niekro, Jay Johnstone, Milt Thompson, Bill Gullickson

Vol. 2, No. 18

Bob Vetrone

Bob Vetrone

QUICKIE QUIZ

>>> On Aug. 17, 1966, Willie Mays became the MLB all-time home run leader for righthanded batters. Whom did he pass that day?

(Answer Below)

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VINTAGE DIGITS

>>> FLYERS

In 52 seasons, the Flyers have played in a division with 15 different franchises (seasons designated by the second calendar year of that season; the 1967-68 season is 1968):

> Atlanta (Calgary) Flames (9) – 1973-81

> Carolina Hurricanes (7) – 2014-2020

> Chicago Black Hawks (4) – 1971-74

> Columbus Blue Jackets (7) – 2014-22

> Florida Panthers (5) – 1994-98

> Los Angeles Kings (7) – 1968-74

> Minnesota North Stars (7) – 1968-74

> New Jersey Devils (37) – 1983-2020

> New York Islanders (45) – 1975-2020

> New York Rangers (45) – 1975-2020

> Oakland (California Golden) Seals (7) – 1968-74

> Pittsburgh Penguins (40) – 1968-74; 1982-93; 1999-2020

> St. Louis Blues (7) – 1968-74

> Tampa Bay Lightning (5) – 1994-98

> Washington Capitals (26) – 1980-98; 2014-20

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>>> MLB

The great folks at baseball-reference.com reminded us of this note a few weeks back . . .

Since 1893, three different pitchers have thrown six wild pitches in a single game. And they did it within a three-year span to the day:

> J.R. Richard, Astros, April 10, 1979

> Phil Niekro, Braves, Aug. 4, 1979

> Bill Gullickson, Expos, April 10, 1982

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>>> PHILLY

According to tedsilary.com, there were no Philadelphia Public League, Catholic League or Inter-Ac League products drafted in the four NFL Drafts from 2009 to 2012.

There have been 21 players from those leagues picked in the eight drafts (2013-20) since then.

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>>> NBA

The Detroit Pistons once went seven consecutive seasons lowering their points allowed per game:

1983-84 . . . 113.51

1984-85 . . . 113.46

1985-86 . . . 113.01

1986-87 . . . 107.76

1987-88 . . . 104.06

1988-89 . . . 100.78

1989-90. . . . 98.26

1990-91. . . . 96.79

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>>> PHILLIES

The Phillies have had two players fall just one hit shy of a postseason cycle (both times a home run):

> Jay Johnstone

Oct. 12, 1976/NLDS3 at Reds

Singled in 1st

Grounded out in 4th

Walked in 6th

Doubled in 8th

Tripled in 9th

> Milt Thompson

Oct. 20, 1993/WS4 vs. Blue Jays

Tripled in 1st

Grounded out in 3rd

Doubled in 5th

Singled in 6th

Grounded out in 7th

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QUICKIE QUIZ ANSWER

>>> On Aug. 17, 1966, Willie Mays became the MLB all-time home run leader for righthanded batters. Whom did he pass that day?

Answer:

> Jimmie Foxx (534).

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