“Unoccupied” Career Totals Records

Baseball is full of career records, with numbers that everyone can reference … 762, 511, 652, 4256.   But what about the numbers that no player currently has? The VORG wanted to know what is the LOWEST career total that no one is currently sitting on. In other words and as an example, does no one … Read more

Catchers Working Doubleheaders Behind the Dish

During Saturday’s SABR Day event in New York City, panelists Dave Anderson, Dave Kaplan and Lindsay Berra (eldest granddaughter of Yogi Berra) were discussing the magic that was Lawrence Peter Berra. Among all his awards and statistical records, it was noted that Berra started and played catcher in both games of 117 doubleheaders.

This stat floored most of the audience, myself included.  I knew that back in the day, men were men and catchers routinely caught 150+ games in a year.  But I also knew there were many more scheduled doubleheaders and why wouldn’t a manager rest his number one backstop for one of those games. I decided to check on the accuracy of that 117 doubleheader stat.

I parsed out all the doubleheaders from the Retrosheet game logs of 1911-2015 (which includes those with complete lineups), and then searched for instances in which the catcher in game one was the same one in game two.  Not only did Berra catch both ends of 117 doubleheaders, by my count, he caught 28 more, for a staggering total of 145.

Here is the list of all players to catch both games of a doubleheader, along with the number of times they did that.  Note that the current poster boy for indefatigability, the Royals Salvador Perez, hasn’t been called upon to catch both ends of a twinbill:

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Greatest Difference in Age of Opposing Starting Pitchers

One of the cool facts of the upcoming Super Bowl is the record 13-year age difference between the starting quarterbacks (Peyton Manning is 39 while Cam Newton is 26). That got the VORG wondering what the regular season record is for age difference between starting pitchers.  With the Retrosheet gamelogs accessed, here is the answer: … Read more

Birthplace of Most MLBers, By Decade of Debut

Here is a fun little data wrangle, with birthplace and date of player debut culled from the wonderful Lahman Baseball Database.  For each “debut decade” from 1900 on, here are the five most popular cities of birth for MLB players. Of course, with no west coast baseball, the early 1900s were dominated by east coast … Read more

Ten Years, No HOF Votes . . . Where is the love? – 2016 Update

After the 2012 Hall of Fame ballot results were announced, I thought it would be cool to take a historical look at those players who were on the standard BBWAA ballot at least once, and didn’t receive even one vote.  I presented the respective “career category leaders” within that group. I did this again with the … Read more

Most Future Managers in a Lineup

Here’s a topic that was brought to me by friend of the VORG Kurt Blumenau: @dianagram (This inspired by ’62 Mets, who had four appear in their first-ever game. Probably not a record but it got me thinking.) — Kurt, still. (@kblumenau) December 7, 2015 Well it turns out that while four is quite a … Read more

VORG Baseball Crossword – 11/28/15

Its been quite a while since we’ve done a baseball crossword here at the VORG.

You can find/solve the puzzle here, or print out a PDF.

puzzle 112815 GRID








1. Chop finely
5. Had 52 doubles and 50 homers in 1995
10. “___ the night before …”
14. 1994 NL Manager of the Year
15. Nabisco cookies
16. LP player
17. ___ Willard, heavyweight champ dethroned by Jack Dempsey
18. Bangladesh’s capital, old-style
19. “-zoic” things
20. Pitched perfect game 5/8/1968
23. ____ Hendriks, recently traded reliever
24. Cereal grain
25. Finished 3rd in 2015 AL MVP vote
31. “That’s ___ …”
34. 180, so to speak
35. Prefix with type
36. Anguish
37. 1987 Costner role
38. Ballpark beverages
40. Coal site
41. Howe or Nehf
42. La ___ Tar Pits
43. Emergency supply
44. ___ White, left fielder on 1970s Yankees teams
45. LF who hit .316/.358/.563 with 31 homers for 1987 Orioles, but didn’t get even one MVP vote
48. Trifling amount
50. Appraiser
51. Yielded only grand slam in All-Star Game history
57. Like a Jekyll/Hyde personality
58. Gindl, Joseph or Thielbar
59. Middle name of Greg Maddux
61. Needle case
62. Zoo heavyweight
63. ____ Martinez, finished 2nd in 1997 AL MVP vote
64. Brain area
65. Up to
66. Won 65 games for Boston Braves from 1946-8

1. Pilgrimage to Mecca
2. ____ Asher, Phillies rookie startiing pitcher
3. 1998 NL MVP
4. Those who employ unscrupulous methods to obtain money
5. Catcher on 1983 World Series-winning Phillies
6. ____ Ramirez, won 11 games for Rays in 2015
7. Poland’s Walesa
8. Fishing spot for Scots
9. Biblical birthright seller
10. Certain sorority member
11. Led from game 1 to 162
12. Way, way off
13. “___ boom bah!”
21. Boy in “Adventure Time” cartoon series
22. Ringo Starr 1975 tune “The ____ Song” (baseball title?)
25. Kind of cycle
26. Dan ____, A’s reliever
27. Le Grand Orange
28. Cloudless
29. Balloon filler
30. ___ and outs
32. On-deck circle accessory
33. Considers
38. Car accessory
39. Always, in verse
40. African mongeese
42. Subject of June 1976 voided trade between A’s and Yankees
43. Mets former home stadium
46. Dweller on the Red Sea
47. “E6” or “F9” on a scorecard
49. “Downtown” ____ Brown, ’60s-’70s outfielder
51. Fiat, for one
52. Almond
53. Jesse ___, former Padre who started 16 games for A’s in 2015
54. Came down
55. Lee ____, Cubs manager with famous post-game rant 4/29/83
56. Doctor Who villainess, with “the”
57. _____ Ennis, Phillies outfielder of 40s and 50s
60. Oui’s opposite









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The VORG’s Thanksgiving Message for 2015

Its Thanksgiving Eve, so I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the following people/entities for making my baseball blogging world a better place (in no particular order): Baseball Prospectus: The folks I followed (Kahrl, Jaffe, Goldstein, Lindbergh, Sheehan, Goldman) are gone, but they continue to find great writers/analysts. From prospect talk to fantasy baseball … Read more

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