"State of Play" - the 2009 U.S. movie, not the BBC television show - is not a baseball film. It's not about baseball whatsoever. It's mostly about politics and jounalism (newspapers, specifically) and a little bit about the seedier side of Washington, D.C.
So why am I giving it away here? Because I got my hands on this film so I could confirm a "Pop Quiz" question (part of my Sunday Insider) submitted by my Newsday teammate Dave Whitehorn. Ben Affleck's character, a U.S. Congressman in trouble, has a vintagePhillies pennant in his office.
So what the heck. It's an eminently watchable movie, and I don't need it anymore. I'll give it to the first person who e-mails me - at firstname.lastname@example.org - with the correct answer to this question:
The 1964 Phillies blew a 6 1/2-game National League lead with 12 games left to play, finishing in second place behind St. Louis. Name the pitcher who picked up both the '64 Phillies' last win of the season and their last loss of the season.
--Here are the contest rules.
--UPDATE, 4:14 p.m.: We have a winner! Devon from Long Island knew that Jim Bunning suffered the '64 Phillies final loss, on September 30 to the Cardinals, and then picked up their final victory four days later, over Cincinnati.