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As I watch the tumbleweeds blow down Main Street in the Village, I thought perhaps a little trivia may urge the townsfolk to swing open the shutters and join me for a Sarsaparilla here in the saloon.
As I mention at any opportunity, baseball died for me with the strike of '94 and I pride myself in knowing virtually nothing about the sport I so dearly loved my entire youth for lo these past 20 years. However, given the historical significance of this year's World Series, I can't help but be drawn in, if only for a brief sideways glance. Thus, the idea for this trivia question.
It seems very likely the young Cub, Kris Bryant, will win this year's NL MVP. Evidently, he was the 2015 NL Rookie of the Year. We all know Fred Lynn won the AL ROY and MVP in the same season (1975) and rumor has it some guy named Ichiro did it around the turn of the century - unfortunately, this one.
QUESTION 1: Who were the only two players in MLB history to win ROY and MVP in CONSECUTIVE seasons? (Hint: I would have no way of knowing this.)
Now here's one for us old school guys:
QUESTION 2: There have been 20 players who have won both a ROY and MVP award in their careers. How many can you name?
I'll post a table with the correct responses as they trickle in (hopefully). Since audience participation isn't our strong suit here in the Village, I'll post all the answers at the end of the week.
The only way I can justify posting about a post-strike era player is with a mocked up 1975 Topps...please bear with me (pun intended as always).
"Strato ergo sum - I Strat, therefore I am."