The Most Memorable Names Project – Cal McLish

CAL MCLISH Birth name: Calvin Coolidge Julius Caesar Tuskahoma McLish Position: Pitcher Height/Weight: 6′, 179 lb. Born: December 1, 1925 in Anadarko, OK Years active in the Majors: 1944, 1946-1949, 1951, 1956-1964 Family tree: father John, mother Lula, brothers Thomas, Larence and Edward, sister Aina, wife Ruth, sons Cal Jr., John, Tom and Brian, daughters … Read more

The Most Memorable Names Project – Bris Lord

BRIS LORD Birth name: Bristol Robotham Lord Position: Outfielder Height/Weight: 5′ 9″, 185 lb. Born: September 21, 1883 in Upland, PA Years active in the Majors: 1905-1907, 1909-1913 Family tree: father Bristol, mother Ida, brother William, sister Sarah, wife Bertha, daughter Ida, son John, two other children Etymology: Bristol is likely derived from the city … Read more

The Last Baseball Game Ever Played by Your Team?

So tomorrow is apparently the last day on Earth for all of us, at least to some of us.  If that is indeed the case, here is how every team finished up their 2012 (and final) season. Here are the teams who played their final game on October 3rd, with the final batter and result … Read more

Announcing “The Most Memorable Names Project”

If you are a loyal reader of the VORG, you know I love baseball player names.  I love to anagram them, figure out their Scrabble score, calculate their percentage of vowels and host a 512-name NCAA-like tournament to determine the best name of all time. Occasionally, I’ve written profiles on players with great names.  These … Read more

The VORG “All-Punctuation Mark” Team

Late last week, while the Twitterverse waited for the finalization of the “R.A. Dickey to the Blue Jays” trade, Gar Ryness, better known to the world as “Batting Stance Guy“, tweeted the following: If R.A. Dickey is traded for Travis D’Arnaud that would be a lot of decimals & apostrophes. The VORG was intrigued by … Read more

Twelve to the Third Powerhitter

So in case you’ve been asleep all day, today is “12-12-12”.  The VORG is celebrating by giving you the players with the most “twelveness” in a season, based on their major batting stat categories:

Let’s start off by stating that there has never been a player-season in which the homers, RBI and batting average all ended in “12” (ex. .312/12/112).

Of those who hit exactly 12 homers in a year, only six had a batting average that ended in a “12”, and none of those had an RBI total ending in “12”:

Player BA HR Year Tm AB RBI
Jose Cruz .312 12 1984 HOU 600 95
Al Oliver .312 12 1972 PIT 565 89
Joe Cunningham .312 12 1958 STL 337 57
Tommy Griffith .312 12 1921 BRO 455 71
Player BA HR Year Tm AB RBI
Jim Sundberg .212 12 1986 KCR 429 42
Bobo Osborne .212 12 1963 WSA 358 44

There has not been any occurrence of a player ending a season with exactly 12 homers and 112 RBI.

There have been two player-seasons with a batting average and RBI total each ending in “12”:

Player BA RBI Year Tm AB HR
Al Cowens .312 112 1977 KCR 606 23
Hank Greenberg .312 112 1939 DET 500 33

In terms of careers, of those who ended their playing days with exactly 12 homers, only two players ended with RBI totals ending in “12”, and neither one had a batting average ending in “12”:

Player BA HR RBI From To G AB
Charlie Hanford .280 12 112 1914 1915 232 776
Kiko Garcia .239 12 112 1976 1985 619 1470

Only three other players have career homer totals ending in “12” and only one of those (Jim Thome) was active in 2012.  None of the three have BA or RBI totals ending in twelve:

Player HR RBI BA
Jim Thome 612 1699 .276
Ernie Banks 512 1636 .274
Eddie Mathews 512 1453 .271

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Ron Blomberg and “Sabbathmetrics”

Saturday night marks the beginning of Chanukah, the eight-day Jewish celebration commemorating the rededication during the second century B.C. of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, where according to legend Jews had risen up against their Greek-Syrian oppressors in the Maccabean Revolt.  At the VORG, it means its time for another edition of “Sabbathmetrics“. Today, we’ll … Read more

The VORG’s Holiday Songbook: “Dreidel Song”

Last year, the VORG started rewriting traditional Winter holiday song lyrics using only last names of professional ballplayers. We had “The 12 Days of Christmas“.  Then we tackled “Auld Lang Syne“. This year, with Hanukah coming up later this week, we begin by offering our Jewish readers a little something . . . the “Dreidel … Read more

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