Sunday, July 14, 2013

Trivia Answers and Winner

Well, only two people answered my trivia challenge.  Part of it may be because I forgot that you need a Blogger account to comment.  I'll change that next time.  One posted their answers on the comments section, the other PM'ed them to me at The Bench.

Anyways, answers:

1. What was the last number to go unworn in the NHL, and who was the first player to finally wear it?

A: #84, first worn by Guillaume Latendresse of the 2005-06 Montreal Canadiens.

2. Seven jersey numbers have never been worn by any player in a regular season MLB game.  Name them.

A: According to, 80, 86, 89, 90, 92, 93, and 98

3. What is the lowest number never to be worn in an NBA game?

A: According to, 57

4. Who wore the only triple-digit jersey number in a professional hockey league in North America?

A: Mel Hewitt wore #111 in the 1986-87 season with the IHL's Salt Lake Golden Eagles.

5. It's rare enough to see a major league pitcher wear ANY single digit number, but who was the last pitcher (not including position players pitching) to wear #1 in a regular season game?

A: Matt Young briefly wore #1 with the Seattle Mariners in 1990.

We had two people put in answers to the contest, Jeff and Chris.  Jeff nailed it on questions 2 and 3 (close on 5, but not quite; Ed Gallagher was the only other pitcher to wear #1, but it was before Young), but Chris was our winner, being right on questions 1, 3, and 5, as well as 5 of the 7 on question 2.

For the record, Chris-- 85 was worn by Lastings Milledge with Washington and Pittsburgh in 2009 and 2010, as well as Che-Hsuan Lin of the 2012 Red Sox. 87 was worn by Dan Otero of the 2012 Giants.

Thanks to those who participated, and we'll definitely do another of these in the future.  We'll find a way to open it to easier participation from everyone as well-- big thanks to Jeff for pointing that out to me.

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