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 … Read more

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