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 this melange of punctuation marks.  So, what kind of team could one construct if we limited the roster to those players with hyphens, periods and apostrophes in their name?

(It would have been nice to include players with diacritical marks such as the tilde or umlaut, but my reference sources don’t include those in an easily-identifiable manner.)

Here is the all-hyphen team:
C: NONE
1B: Peek-A-Boo Veach 1B
2B: Jo-Jo Morrissey 2B
SS: Chin-lung HuPee-Wee WanningerYo-Yo Davalillo
3B: NONE
OF: Chin-Feng ChenShin-Soo ChooJohn-Ford GriffinJo-Jo MooreJo-Jo White, Che-Hsuan Lin
P: Ryan Rowland-SmithByung-Hyun KimChien-Ming WangBoom-Boom BeckHong-Chih KuoSang-Hoon LeeJean-Pierre RoyChin-hui TsaoSun-Woo Kim, Dae-Sung KooChi-Chi OlivoPop-boy SmithFu-Te NiJo-Jo Reyes, Wei-Yin Chen

Here is the all-apostrophe team:
C: Charlie O’Brien, Peaches O’Neill, George O’Brien, Johnny O’Connor, Mickey
O’NeilPaddy O’Connor, Harry O’Donnell, Harry O’Neill, Steve O’Neill, Mike O’Berry, Dink O’Brien, Jack O’Brien, Jack O’Connor, John O’Connell, John O’Donnell, Greg
O’Halloran, Jack O’Neill, John O’Neill, Ken O’Dea, Bob O’Farrell, Tom O’Meara, Tom
O’Rourke
1B: Jamie D’Antona, Kila Ka’aihue, Billy O’Brien, Denny O’Neil, Pete O’Brien, Dan
O’Connor, Hal O’Hagan, Johnny O’Brien, Danny O’Connell, John O’Brien
2B: Pete O’Brien, John O’Connell, Tom O’Brien, D’Angelo Jimenez
SS: Charley O’Leary, Chase d’Arnaud, Eddie O’Brien, Ollie O’Mara, Patsy O’Rourke, John O’Neil, Jim O’Neill
3B: Frank O’Rourke, Syd O’Brien, Tom O’Malley, Tim O’Rourke
OF: Queenie O’Rourke, Darby O’Brien, Tommy O’Brien, Jimmy O’Connell, Lefty O’Doul, Jack O’Brien, John O’Brien, Paul O’Dea, Bill O’Hara, Troy O’Leary, Bill O’Neill, Fred O’Neill, Paul O’Neill, John O’Rourke, Ray O’Brien, Tom O’Brien, Pat O’Connell, Kid O’Hara, Tom O’Hara, Dan O’Leary, Tip O’Neill, Jim O’Rourke
P: Darren O’Day, George O’Donnell, Skinny O’Neal, Emmett O’Neill, Dennis O’Toole,
Darby O’Brien, Brian O’Connor, Frank O’Connor, Billy O’Dell, Randy O’Neal, Harry
O’Neill, Marty O’Toole, John D’Acquisto, Jeff D’Amico, Buck O’Brien, Andy O’Connor,
Jack O’Connor, Mike O’Connor, Hank O’Day, John O’Donoghue, Eric O’Flaherty, Ryan O’Malley, Mike O’Neill, Mike O’Rourke, Sean O’Sullivan, Bob O’Brien, Dan O’Brien, Don O’Riley, Jim O’Toole, Ed O’Neil

And finally, here is the all-period team:
C: Ebba St. ClaireMax St. PierreJ.P. ArencibiaJ.C. BoscanJ.D. ClosserA.J. Ellis,
A.J. HinchJ.R. HouseJ.C. MartinA.J. PierzynskiJ.R. TowlesB.J. Waszgis
1B: D.T. CromerJ.R. PhillipsJ.T. Snow
2B: P.J. ForbesJ.J. Furmaniak
SS: J.J. HardyJ.C. HartmanT.E. Newell
3B: NONE
OF: T.J. BohnJ.T. BruettJ.J. DavisD.J. DozierJ.D. DrewJ.D. MartinezR.J. ReynoldsF.P. SantangeloJ.B. ShuckB.J. SurhoffB.J. Upton, L.J. Hoes, A.J. Pollock
P: Randy St. ClaireJim St.VrainC.V. Matteson, T.J. BeamT.R. BrydenA.J. Burnett, D.J. CarrascoR.A. DickeyJ.D. DurbinJ.A. HappD.J. HoultonJ.P. HowellJ.D. MartinT.J. MathewsA.J. MurrayC.J. NitkowskiJ.J. PutzJ.R. RichardJ.C. RomeroB.J. RyanA.J. SagerJ.D. SmartR.J. SwindleJ.J. ThobeJ.J. TrujilloT.J. TuckerP.J. WaltersC.J. WilsonJ.B. Young, A.J. Griffin, J.J. Hoover, D.J. Mitchell, A.J. Ramos, B.J. Rosenberg

Sadly, there is no existing trade database that allows for punctuation mark searches, so we can’t easily figure out if any of these players were traded for each other.  Perhaps that will be undertaken on a VERY rainy day.

4 thoughts on “The VORG “All-Punctuation Mark” Team

  1. All-time umlaut team:

    Catchers (7): Ray Müller (3238 PA), Chad Möller (1539 PA), Fritz Bülow (1468 PA), Bill Schröder (1356 PA), Ernie Krüger (913 PA), Bob Ücker (843 PA), Pickles Dillhöfer (654 PA).

    1B (2): Wally Röttger (2104 PA), Jumbo Schöneck (681 PA).

    2B (5): Red Schöndienst (9224 PA), Bobby Dörr (8028 PA), Ron Öster (4666 PA), Heinie Müller (1465 PA), Marv Stähle (524 PA).

    3B (6): Ossie Blüge (7453 PA), Bill Müller (4886 PA), Steve Büchele (4790 PA), Bill Kühne (4423 PA), Tony Böckel (3200 PA), Tim Nähring (2162 PA).

    SS (1): Mark König (4603 PA).

    Utility infielders (4): Germany Schäfer (4307 PA), Otto Krüger (1948 PA), Art Hölskötter (1024 PA), Jeff Schäfer (388 PA).

    Outfielders (11): Harvey Künn (7617 PA; can also back up König at short), Don Müller (4594 PA), Gary Rönicke (3204 PA), Ted Uhländer (3192 PA), Danny Möller (2918 PA), Heinie Müller (2367 PA), Brennan Bösch (1713 PA), Ron Rönicke (1294 PA), Bill Hassamär (1162 PA), Len Könecke (1064 PA), Frank Hülsman (910 PA).

    Pinch hitters (2⅛): Dennis Päpke (211 PA), Len Böhmer (124 PA), and, I suppose, Eddie Gädel (1 PA).

    Starting pitchers (13): Mark Bührle (3283.1 IP), Dutch Rüther (2124.2 IP), Fritz Ostermüller (2066.2 IP), Kirk Rüter (1918 IP), George Bläholder (1914.1 IP), Billy Höft (1847.1 IP), Joe Öschger (1818 IP), Brian Möhler (1567.1 IP), Mickey Häfner (1466.2 IP), Bill Krüger (1194.1 IP), Tom Phöbus (1030 IP), Joe Böhling (925.1 IP), Tom Köhler (627 IP).

    Relief pitchers (9): Scott Schöneweis (972 IP), Ron Schüler (912.1 IP), Joe Böver (754.1 IP), Lee Gütterman (658.1 IP), Brian Dünsing (656 IP), Joe Möller (583.2 IP), Joe Hörner (563 IP), Brian Böhringer (534.2 IP), Michael Würtz (414.1 IP).

    Manager: Schöndienst, Rönicke, or Künn. GM: Schüler.

    Since I wanted to make sure I was considering only names that derived from an umlauted German original, it follows that not every “ae,” “oe,” or “ue” represents an umlaut. The first names “Joe” and “Michael” did not start out as “Jö” or “Michäl.” They are not considered here. Names from other languages that use “ae,” “oe,” and/or “ue” as digraphs or diphthongs are not considered. This eliminates Dutch-origin names like John Verhoeven, Trent Oeltjen, and Xander Bogaerts; Korean names like Jae Seo and Dae-ho Lee; Italian surnames like Gaetti and DeMaestri; and Hispanic first names like Miguel and Rafael and surnames like Rodríguez and Valenzuela. If the name in the original language contained an umlaut but the Americanized version does not indicate it, the player’s name was not considered. No “Kramers” were reconstructed to “Krämer” or “Yeagers” to “Jäger.” Hungarian ő and ű—I didn’t bother. Finally, some Scandinavian-origin names contain double-dotted vowels, but there is no tradition of Americanizing such names with a vowel-plus-e diphthong. All Swedish names ending in “-strom” (“-ström” in the original) drop out here because no one ever writes those endings as “-stroem.” And the real king of double-dotted vowels, ’90s outfielder Chad Mottola (Finnish Möttölä), drops out because the umlauted vowels of his name are not written as diphthongs. I want the player’s written record to reflect the presence of an umlaut in the original German.

    Regarding trades, I found four that involved two players with umlauted names. Mark König was part of three of those trades.

    August 18, 1916: The Washington Senators traded Joe Böhling and Danny Möller to the Cleveland Indians for Joe Leonard and Elmer Smith.

    May 29, 1925: The New York Yankees traded a player to be named later (Ernie Johnson), Fred Hofmann, Oscar Röttger and $50,000 to St Paul (American Association) for Mark König.

    May 30, 1930: The New York Yankees traded Waite Hoyt and Mark König to the Detroit Tigers for Ownie Carroll, Harry Rice and Yats Wüstling.

    December 20, 1933: The Philadelphia Phillies traded Mark König to the Cincinnati Reds for Otto Blüge and Irv Jeffries.

    One result of all this vowel-combination searching is that I have begun to think of my favorite AL team as the “Toronto Blü Jays.”

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