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Our Special Bonds: The Nibbler (Questions)

Tom Glavine is having trouble getting to 300 wins. The Mets, as a franchise, can sympathize, although as an inanimate object, I don't know that they're capable of such emotion.

It took the Mets seven tries to get from their 299th win to their 300th win all-time, something they finally did on August 1, 1967 when Don Shaw's five scoreless innings of relief nabbed the club a 5-1 victory over the Astros.

But that's not the story. The chase for 300 is much more interesting, particularly the Mets first attempt at getting their 300th win as a team. Harken back with us to July 27, 1967 with this blog post and then take our Tom Glavine-themed trivia quiz (question assistance provided by Baseball-Reference.com)

By the way: If you like Mets trivia, it's worth trying to find the book Amazing Mets Trivia (published in 2004) online (as I did a week ago). You'll find the questions to be of a similar nature and as enjoyable as those found here.

Tom Glavine trivia, with answers found here:

http://metswalkoffs.blogspot.com/2007/01/our-special-bonds-nibbler-answers.html


1) Tom Glavine has more hits against this pitcher than any other he's faced. This pitcher both beat the Mets in a postseason game and bears the distinction of being the losingest pitcher of the 1990s (a tidbit that once stumped me at a SABR convention). Name him.


2) Tom Glavine has allowed six home runs to Mike Piazza, Jimmy Rollins and Gary Sheffield, more than he's allowed to anyone else. The two players who have hit five against him are both retired. One is Tim Wallach. The other is a former 1986 Met. Name him.


3) Tom Glavine made his MLB debut on August 17, 1987, against the Astros and not surprisingly, allowed two first-inning runs in an 11-2 loss. Name the two players who played for the Mets who were in the Astros lineup that day, with the acknowledgement that spring-training invitee Glenn Davis does not count.

4) The first batter that Tom Glavine ever hit with a pitch is still an active major leaguer. Name him.

5) We're coming up on the 10th anniversary of a game in which Tom Glavine allowed 8 runs against the Mets (July 11, 1997), the most he ever allowed in any start against them. Three Mets had RBI hits against Glavine in that game. Name any of them.

Answers can be found here:
http://metswalkoffs.blogspot.com/2007/01/our-special-bonds-nibbler-answers.html

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