|SPORTS TRIVIA 07-12|
|Written by Staff Report|
|Wednesday, July 11, 2012 4:37 PM|
Q: Detroit's Prince Fielder won the 2012 Major League Baseball All-Star Game Home Run Derby title for a second time Monday night in Kansas City. Name the only player with more Derby titles and the one with the most total home runs in a single Derby.
A: Ken Griffey Jr. won three Home Run Derby titles, in 1994 (Pittsburgh), 1998 (Denver) and 1999 (Boston). Bobby Abreu holds the single Derby record of 41 homers, including 24 in the first round, to win the 2005 Derby at Detroit.
Today in …
1901 – Reds catcher Heinie Peitz – a solid receiver who forms Cincy's “Pretzel Battery” with left-hander Ted Breitenstein - is shot at by his next door neighbor following an argument over Peitz's pet parrot. The neighbor, Dr. John Ludwig, is disturbed by the parrot's squawking on the fence separating the two houses. Ludwig throws a medical dictionary at the bird, which misses, angering Peitz and his wife. Following a heated discussion, Ludwig twice fires a pistol at the Reds player. Fortunately, the doctor's aim hasn't improved and both bullets miss their intended target. Ludwig is tried and convicted of discharging a firearm in public. The bird becomes a minor celebrity in Cincinnati. On July 27, two amateur teams play at League Park, with the proceeds going to charity. Admission is 25 cents. For an extra 10 cents, fans can gain a glimpse of Peitz's infamous parrot, in a cage beneath the stands. Ironically, Peitz was obtained by the Reds in their first major trade in history in 1895, along with pitcher Red Ehret, from the Cardinals in exchange for five players – including one named Tom Parrott.
Dodgers outfielder/first baseman Ron Fairly, born 1938. Reds pitcher Mario Soto, born 1956
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