Challenge I – Who am I?

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1. I was born in Villa Gonzalez of the Dominican Republic and signed a Major League contract as an amateur free agent. So far I have played six seasons in the National League. I finished in the top ten for Rookie-of-the –Year voting. One season I finished in the top ten voting for the MVP. Three times I have led the NL in stolen bases and triples. I led the league once in hits and four times I have finished in the top five of singles. I have one Silver Slugger award, and on one occasion I was a starter in the midsummer classic.
Who am I?

2. I was born in Chicago and played ball at Richards High in Oak Lawn. Upon graduation I moved north for two years where I led my team to the Final Four – it was the school’s first trip to the national semi-finals since winning the title 26 years earlier. That year I earned a nomination as a first-team AP All-American. I went in the first round of the NBA draft. During my five years I have averaged 23.9 ppg and 6.5 assists per game. I was selected first-team All-Rookie honors and have played in four All-Star games. I am a two-time All NBA second team player. On different occasions I have finished in the top ten for free throws made, points scored, and points per game. In my awards case I have a Finals MVP trophy.
Who am I?

3. I was born in Freeport, New York. My career in the NFL was a modest one. After being chosen in the third round of the league draft I wore four different jerseys during a 13 year tenure. Much of my time was spent holding a clipboard as I only started 20 games and completed 508 passes in 932 attempts. I threw 40 tds in the regular season and seven in the playoffs. Despite all that time spent in the shadow of other starting quarterbacks, I engineered two of the greatest comebacks in football history – one in college and one in the NFL. After falling behind the Hurricanes of Miami 31-0, I came off the bench, and we outscored the U 42-9 in the second half to pull off the upset in the Orange Bowl. At the time the biggest comeback in NCAA history. I proved that lightning can strike twice as I came off the bench and orchestrated a 35-3 comeback to help my team advance in the AFC playoffs.
Who am I?

4. Born in Cranbrook, British Columbia I gravitated to a life of faceoffs, goals, assists, overtime, cold rinks, breakaways, 5 am practices, broken sticks, and broken bones. I cut my teeth playing in the junior ranks with the Napean Raiders and Peterborough Petes. I was eventually taken in the first round of the NHL draft and played my entire career with one team. In 22 years I lit the lamp over 600 times and dished out over 1,000 assists. I was an important part of returning Lord Stanley’s Cup to my team after a four-decade absence. I played in nine all-star games, was selected first team all-rookie, and earned a first-team all-star nomination once. I rank in the top ten all-time for goals, assists, and points. My trophy case includes a Lester B. Pearson, a Conn Smythe, Frank J. Selke, and a Bill Masterson.
Who am I?

5. After honing my diamond skills at Bradley University I was taken in the first round of the MLB draft and wore only one jersey during a 12-year career. Five times I ripped at least 200 hits in a season and finished with a lifetime batting average over .300. I led the AL in batting average once and RBI once. I won six Gold Gloves and six Silver Sluggers. I appeared in 10 midsummer classics starting at all three of the outfield positions. Although I never won a league MVP (finished second once and third twice), I did garner an ALCS MVP, and All-Star MVP, and a Branch Rickey Award. Teams I played on qualified twice for the post-season. Both times we won the World Series.
Who am I?

6. I was born in Washington DC and played my high school ball there at Springarn. I would eventually take my playmaking north to Syracuse University. My exploits there on the Manley Field House court were the stuff of legend. I averaged a double-double for my three years and earned an AP All-American nomination. I was taken in the first round and played 12 seasons in the NBA. Though I never played for a champion I finished my career averaging more than 20 points per game. I won Rookie of the Year and an All-Star game MVP. I played in seven All-Star games. I was selected a First Team All-Star twice and Second Team once. SU retired my number as did one professional team. I was chosen as one of the NBA’s 50 Greatest of all-time and have my spot in the Hall of Fame.
Who am I?

7. I was born in Garden Grove, California and eventually taken in the fourth round of the MLB amateur draft. At 6’2” and 220 lbs. I have settled in as a back-up catcher – playing 274 games during my five years in the NL. I’m not sure why I am even included as a part of this challenge. My numbers are nothing special. I have 19 passed balls in 1,900 innings of work. I have thrown out 50 of 189 would-be base stealers. At the dish I have eight home runs and 70 RBI and batting average of .237. In fact I am probably known more because of my wife who earned some precious metal while playing in the sand.
Who am I?

8. I was raised in Boardman, Ohio and eventually would be the first pick in the NFL draft. I completed over 1900 passes during my 12 seasons. I threw 124 touchdown passes in the regular season and 16 in the playoffs. I completed over 59% of my career passes. I finished in the top ten of passes completed five different times. I played in one Pro Bowl. But I never really lived up to expectations. Unfortunately, I am probably known more as the quarterback who had to sit by and watch some of the greatest comebacks ever – I was the losing quarterback when #3 (above) orchestrated that comeback. I also was on the opposing sideline for ‘The Drive’ and the ‘Hail Mary’.
Who am I?

9. I was born in Dayton, Ohio where a road is now named after me. I went on to Morehouse College and studied Physics and Engineering. I earned my fame on the track. At one point I won 122 consecutive races – a streak that lasted ten years. I won medals (two gold medals and one bronze) in three different Olympics and was denied a certain fourth when the United States boycotted the 1980 Moscow games. I won a Sullivan Award honoring the most outstanding amateur athlete in the U.S. and I was awarded the Co-Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated.
Who am I?

10. I was born in Gloucester, Mass. I played 19 seasons in the American and National Leagues for six different teams. I finished my career with 20 home runs, 1,063 RBI, and a batting average of .307. Twice I finished in the top ten voting for league MVP. Five times I finished in the top ten of the AL batting leaders. I led the AL in singles for one season and the NL for sacrifice hits another year. But those numbers do not truly represent me. I was one of the first athletes who possessed that intangible we call ‘it’. I won four World Series with three different teams – the Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox, and Pittsburgh Pirates. This accomplishment places me at the top of one list – winning the most World Series without winning any or playing for the New York Yankees.
Who am I?

13 Responses to "Challenge I – Who am I?"

  1. Chas   October 22, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    1. Jose Reyes
    2. Dwayne Wade
    3. Frank Reich
    4. Steve Yzerman
    5. Kirby Puckett
    6. Dave Bing
    7. Matt Treanor
    8. Bernie Kosar
    9. Edwin Moses
    10. Stuffy McInnis

  2. Smitty   October 22, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    1. Jose Reyes
    2. Dwayne Wade
    3. Frank Reich
    4. Steve Yzerman
    5. Kirby Puckett
    6. Dave Bing
    7. Matt Treanor
    8. Bernie Kosar
    9. Edwin Moses
    10. Stuffy McInnis

  3. muels   October 22, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    1. Jose Reyes
    2. Dwayne Wade
    3. Frank Reich
    4. Steve Yzerman
    5. Kirby Puckett
    6. Dave Bing
    7. Matt Treanor
    8. Bernie Kosar
    9. Edwin Moses
    10. John “Stuffy” McInnis

  4. crossword pete   October 22, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    1 Jose Reyes
    2 Dwayne Wade
    3 Frank Reich
    4 Steve Yzerman
    5 Kirby Puckett
    6 Sherman Douglas
    7 Matt Treanor
    8 Bernie Kosar
    9 Edwin Moses
    10 Eddie Collins

  5. Ryan- Robert   October 22, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    1-Jose Reyes
    2-Dwayne Wade
    3-Frank Reich
    4-Steve Yzerman
    5-Kirby Puckett
    6-Dave Bing
    7-Matthew Treanor
    8-Bernie Kosar
    9-Edwin moses
    10-Stuffy McInnis

  6. JD   October 22, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    Okay – I got Jose Reyes and Dave Bing so far.

  7. JD   October 22, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    And #9 Edwin Moses

  8. Kevin T   October 22, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    1. Jose Reyes
    2. ??????
    3. Frank Reich
    4. Gordie Howe???
    5. Kirby Puckett
    6. Dave Bing
    7. Matt Treanor
    8.Bernie Kosar
    9. Edwin Moses
    10. Wee Willie Keller???

  9. Rey   October 22, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    1. Jose Reyes

    2. Dwayne Wade

    3. Frank Reich

    4. Steve Yzerman

    5. Kirby Puckett

    6. Dave Bing

    7. Matthew Treanor

    8. Bernie Kosar (if this is right, Kosar was not the first pick in the draft)

    9. Edwin Moses

    10. Stuffy McInnis

  10. Wally   October 22, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    1. Jose Reyes
    2. Dwayne Wade
    3. Frank Reich
    4.
    5. Kirby Puckett — but he played most of his college ball at Triton JC
    6. Dave Bing
    7. Matt Treanor
    8. Bernie Kosar
    9.
    10.

    Incomplete … Best I can do in my short time … this took me 17 mins. Knew all of these from the clues and memory … except 1 … I looked up Misty May … knew she was married to an MLBer (Treanor). Gotta go coach hoops now …

    Wally

  11. Red Sox Fan   October 22, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    1. Albert Pujols
    2. Dwayne Wade
    3. Frank Reich
    4. Steve Yzerman
    5. Kirby Puckett
    6. Dave Bing
    7. Alex Alvarez
    8. Jim Kelly
    9. Edwin Moses
    10. Stuffy McInnis

    If you’re looking up Stuffy McInnis, you must have a lot of free time…

  12. Chas   October 23, 2008 at 7:06 am

    It took me about 15 seconds to “look up” Stuffy McInnis. I don’t know about you, but I’m not so busy that I would consider that a lot of free time.

  13. Dan Pincelli   October 23, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    1. jose reyes
    2. Dwayne Wade
    3. Frank Reich
    4. Steve Yzerman
    5. Kirby Pucket
    6. Dave Bing
    7. Matt Treanor
    8. Warren Moon
    9. Edwin Moses
    10. John Phelan “Stuffy” McInnis

    I started at 2:25 and finished at 2:49. That’s 24 minutes. Where does that put me. I tried all the questions first without the computer assistance. I got 1,2,3,6,8 by myself.

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