Here’s a review of this week’s questions:
Here are this week’s questions:
- This stadium on the University of Cincinnati campus is named for a player who died after an injury incurred during the 1923 intrastate rival game against Miami University (of Ohio). What was his name?
- Who was the Cincinnati Enquirer cartoonist from 1976 to 2008? He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1991 and created the nationally syndicated comic strip “Zits.”
- Name the politician from Southgate, KY who attended Xavier University in Cincinnati, played major league baseball from 1955 to 1971, and eventually served as both a Congressman and Senator from Kentucky?
And here are the answers!
- Nippert Stadium is the second-oldest college football stadium the U.S. The Cincinnati Bearcats have taken the same field every year since 1902! James Gamble, founder of Procter & Gamble, funded the renovation of the original UC stadium and renamed it after his grandson, James “Jimmy” Gamble Nippert. The details of Jimmy’s life-ending injury are sad and incredible, as he was kicked in the leg by an opposing player whose cleats caused a serious open wound. He continued playing in the mud and slime of a Thanksgiving Day Ohio gridiron battle. The wound became infected and poor Jimmy died on Christmas morning at the age of 23.
- Kenyon College alum and lifelong Cincinnati Reds fan James Borgman found his “wheelhouse” in the controversial early 1990’s editorial cartoons he created for the Enquirer. The Mapplethorpe exhibit, Pete Rose’s taxes and the AIDS crisis were among the topics covered. The newspaper was celebrating its 150th anniversary at the same time the Pulitzer judges announced the honors for Borgman, and the event almost upstaged the newspaper’s big birthday celebration. Before leaving the Enquirer in 2008, he had started cartooning the strip, “Zits,” partnered with writer Jerry Scott. Syndicated since 2010, the comic strip tells the tale of Ohio teens pursuing rock & roll stardom.
- The fact that Hall of Fame right-hander Jim Bunning did not miss a pitching start in 11 years is a testament to his toughness and fortitude. Whether or not that strong mindset served him well in the US Senate is up to individual political alignment. The eight-time all-star had an illustrious baseball career, mostly with the Tigers and Phillies, including a perfect game no-hitter in 1964. His decision to choose a political career after retiring certainly separated him from other MLB retirees. He remains the only professional baseball player to serve in the US Congress. After serving as minority leader in the Kentucky State Senate, Bunning was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1986. He served six terms in the House and then was elected to the Senate in 1998 and re-elected in 2004. He spoke out against spending and taxes and showed a contrarian streak in the Senate. He passed away in 2017 at age 85.
Thanks for playing!