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David Sabino
October 27, 2003
Freshman Class
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October 27, 2003

Trivial Matters

Freshman Class

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False Starts

Baseball's award season begins when the World Series ends. The Rookie of the Year award, while coveted, has never been a reliable indicator of who'll have the best career. For example, who among the following was the 1954 NL winner, beating out future Hall of Famers Hank Aaron and Ernie Banks?

a. Gene Conley
b. Jim Gilliam
c. Wally Moon
d. Bill Virdon

Rising Sons
After hitting .287 with 16 homers and 106 RBIs, Yankees outfielder Hideki Matsui is favored for AL Rookie of the Year. Even if he doesn't win, he'll be the fifth former Japanese leagues player to get Rookie of the Year votes. Three of them, the Dodgers' Hideo Nomo and the Mariners' Kazuhiro Sasaki and Ichiro Suzuki, won. Who's the only Japanese player to get votes but not the award?

Who Am I?
I won Rookie of the Year in 1969 at age 26, five years after my big league debut and as a member of the Royals, my third team. I never won a batting title, but I placed in the top 10 four times. I made it to the World Series five times, four as a player and once as a manager, and I'm still in the game today.

Call to Order

Put the teams in order of their most recent Rookie of the Year.

a. Giants
b. Mets
c. Rangers
d. White Sox