Your Last Name is My First Name!

Friend of the VORG Keith DeCandido alerted me to the following Wednesday afternoon:

Keith R.A. DeCandido @KRADeC

Ben Francisco batting before Francisco Cervelli, and I’m wondering how often that’s happened. (Paging @dianagram….)

Well, after poring over the nearly 160,000 Retrosheet gamelogs of NL/AL games through 2012, it appears that there have been approximately 130 instances of one player’s last name being the same as the first name in the next batter in the lineup.

The first occurrence came on September 13, 1916 in the second game of a doubleheader between the Cardinals and Phillies.  The Cardinals third hitter, SS Dot Miller, was immediately followed in the batting order by 2B Miller Huggins.  The most recent occasion (prior to 2013) was April 12, 2011 when the Mariners SS Brendan Ryan was followed by CF Ryan Langerhans in their game against the Blue Jays.  There has never been a “trio” in a single lineup, though on May 30, 1958 the Dodgers had C Sammy Taylor, 2B Tony Taylor and P Taylor Phillips as the bottom third of the order.

The most frequent “name duo” in history is Casey Blake and Blake DeWitt, who were in the same lineup in the same order 41 times for the Dodgers between 2008 and 2010.  Here is the list of lineup pairings for all 130 occurrences through 2012:

Pairing Count
Casey Blake, Blake DeWitt 41
Jake Early, Early Wynn 20
Felix Jose, Jose Lind 13
Greek George, George Kell 9
Dan Wilson, Wilson Valdez 6
Roberto Kelly, Kelly Dransfeldt 6
Sammy Taylor, Taylor Phillips 6
Brendan Ryan, Ryan Ludwick 5
Vance Wilson, Wilson Delgado 5
Chad Curtis, Curtis Pride 4
Cliff Lee, Lee King 3
Cody Ross, Ross Gload 3
Brendan Ryan, Ryan Langerhans 2
Tony Taylor, Taylor Phillips 2
Desi Wilson, Wilson Delgado 1
Donnie Scott, Scott Scudder 1
Dots Miller, Miller Huggins 1
Josh Paul, Paul Byrd 1
Rodney Scott, Scott Sanderson 1

And here is the list of each occurrence by date:

Date VisT HmT VisDuo HmDuo
9/13/1916 SLN PHI Dot Miller, Miller Huggins
8/18/1921 PIT PHI Cliff Lee, Lee King
8/27/1921 CIN PHI Cliff Lee, Lee King
9/10/1921 PHI BSN Cliff Lee, Lee King
9/2/1942 CHA WS1 Jake Early, Early Wynn
9/19/1942 WS1 PHA Jake Early, Early Wynn
5/12/1943 WS1 CLE Jake Early, Early Wynn
5/27/1943 SLA WS1 Jake Early, Early Wynn
5/31/1943 CLE WS1 Jake Early, Early Wynn
6/16/1943 NYA WS1 Jake Early, Early Wynn
5/30/1945 CHA PHA Greek George, George Kell
5/31/1945 CHA PHA Greek George, George Kell
6/1/1945 SLA PHA Greek George, George Kell
7/4/1945 PHA SLA Greek George, George Kell
7/7/1945 PHA CHA Greek George, George Kell
8/17/1945 PHA CLE Greek George, George Kell
8/19/1945 PHA DET Greek George, George Kell
8/20/1945 PHA DET Greek George, George Kell
8/23/1945 PHA DET Greek George, George Kell
7/21/1946 CLE WS1 Jake Early, Early Wynn
8/10/1946 PHA WS1 Jake Early, Early Wynn
8/15/1946 WS1 NYA Jake Early, Early Wynn
4/19/1948 NYA WS1 Jake Early, Early Wynn
5/1/1948 PHA WS1 Jake Early, Early Wynn
5/16/1948 WS1 BOS Jake Early, Early Wynn
6/19/1948 WS1 CHA Jake Early, Early Wynn
6/25/1948 WS1 CLE Jake Early, Early Wynn
6/29/1948 WS1 PHA Jake Early, Early Wynn
8/1/1948 WS1 SLA Jake Early, Early Wynn
8/3/1948 WS1 CLE Jake Early, Early Wynn
8/19/1948 NYA WS1 Jake Early, Early Wynn
9/3/1948 WS1 NYA Jake Early, Early Wynn
9/30/1948 WS1 BOS Jake Early, Early Wynn
5/3/1958 MLN CHN Sammy Taylor, Taylor Phillips
5/7/1958 CIN CHN Sammy Taylor, Taylor Phillips
5/21/1958 CHN PIT Sammy Taylor, Taylor Phillips
5/25/1958 CHN MLN Sammy Taylor, Taylor Phillips
5/30/1958 LAN CHN Tony Taylor, Taylor Phillips
7/30/1958 CHN PIT Tony Taylor, Taylor Phillips
8/19/1958 PIT CHN Sammy Taylor, Taylor Phillips
4/22/1959 SLN CHN Sammy Taylor, Taylor Phillips
5/3/1980 SFN MON Rodney Scott, Scott Sanderson
10/2/1991 ATL CIN Donnie Scott, Scott Scudder
4/15/1994 KCA CLE Felix Jose, Jose Lind
4/19/1994 KCA DET Felix Jose, Jose Lind
4/22/1994 KCA MIL Felix Jose, Jose Lind
4/28/1994 DET KCA Felix Jose, Jose Lind
4/30/1994 MIL KCA Felix Jose, Jose Lind
5/1/1994 MIL KCA Felix Jose, Jose Lind
5/1/1994 MIL KCA Felix Jose, Jose Lind
5/3/1994 KCA TOR Felix Jose, Jose Lind
5/4/1994 KCA TOR Felix Jose, Jose Lind
5/6/1994 KCA CHA Felix Jose, Jose Lind
6/13/1994 CAL KCA Felix Jose, Jose Lind
6/17/1994 SEA KCA Felix Jose, Jose Lind
5/12/1995 CAL KCA Felix Jose, Jose Lind
5/29/1996 DET KCA Chad Curtis, Curtis Pride
6/2/1996 DET CHA Chad Curtis, Curtis Pride
6/4/1996 DET BAL Chad Curtis, Curtis Pride
6/6/1996 DET BAL Chad Curtis, Curtis Pride
9/24/1996 SFN LAN Desi Wilson, Wilson Delgado
5/13/1999 BAL TEX Roberto Kelly, Kelly Dransfeldt
5/14/1999 BAL TEX Roberto Kelly, Kelly Dransfeldt
5/15/1999 BAL TEX Roberto Kelly, Kelly Dransfeldt
5/17/1999 TBA TEX Roberto Kelly, Kelly Dransfeldt
5/18/1999 TBA TEX Roberto Kelly, Kelly Dransfeldt
5/19/1999 TBA TEX Roberto Kelly, Kelly Dransfeldt
8/14/2004 ARI NYN Vance Wilson, Wilson Delgado
8/23/2004 SDN NYN Vance Wilson, Wilson Delgado
8/25/2004 SDN NYN Vance Wilson, Wilson Delgado
8/26/2004 SDN NYN Vance Wilson, Wilson Delgado
9/7/2004 NYN FLO Vance Wilson, Wilson Delgado
4/6/2005 MIN SEA Dan Wilson, Wilson Valdez
4/14/2005 SEA KCA Dan Wilson, Wilson Valdez
4/16/2005 SEA CHA Dan Wilson, Wilson Valdez
4/28/2005 SEA TEX Dan Wilson, Wilson Valdez
4/30/2005 SEA OAK Dan Wilson, Wilson Valdez
5/4/2005 ANA SEA Dan Wilson, Wilson Valdez
5/22/2005 ANA LAN Josh Paul, Paul Byrd
7/8/2007 SFN SLN Brendan Ryan, Ryan Ludwick
6/17/2008 KCA SLN Brendan Ryan, Ryan Ludwick
7/23/2008 MIL SLN Brendan Ryan, Ryan Ludwick
7/27/2008 SLN NYN Brendan Ryan, Ryan Ludwick
8/30/2008 LAN ARI Casey Blake, Blake DeWitt
8/31/2008 LAN ARI Casey Blake, Blake DeWitt
9/1/2008 SDN LAN Casey Blake, Blake DeWitt
9/2/2008 SDN LAN Casey Blake, Blake DeWitt
9/8/2008 LAN SDN Casey Blake, Blake DeWitt
9/14/2008 LAN COL Casey Blake, Blake DeWitt
9/16/2008 LAN PIT Casey Blake, Blake DeWitt
9/23/2008 SDN LAN Casey Blake, Blake DeWitt
9/24/2008 SDN LAN Casey Blake, Blake DeWitt
4/8/2009 WAS FLO Cody Ross, Ross Gload
5/3/2009 FLO CHN Cody Ross, Ross Gload
8/16/2009 COL FLO Cody Ross, Ross Gload
4/5/2010 LAN PIT Casey Blake, Blake DeWitt
4/7/2010 LAN PIT Casey Blake, Blake DeWitt
4/9/2010 LAN FLO Casey Blake, Blake DeWitt
4/10/2010 LAN FLO Casey Blake, Blake DeWitt
4/13/2010 ARI LAN Casey Blake, Blake DeWitt
4/14/2010 ARI LAN Casey Blake, Blake DeWitt
4/16/2010 SFN LAN Casey Blake, Blake DeWitt
4/20/2010 LAN CIN Casey Blake, Blake DeWitt
4/21/2010 LAN CIN Casey Blake, Blake DeWitt
4/22/2010 LAN CIN Casey Blake, Blake DeWitt
4/30/2010 PIT LAN Casey Blake, Blake DeWitt
5/1/2010 PIT LAN Casey Blake, Blake DeWitt
5/4/2010 MIL LAN Casey Blake, Blake DeWitt
5/8/2010 COL LAN Casey Blake, Blake DeWitt
5/9/2010 COL LAN Casey Blake, Blake DeWitt
5/10/2010 LAN ARI Casey Blake, Blake DeWitt
5/12/2010 LAN ARI Casey Blake, Blake DeWitt
5/14/2010 LAN SDN Casey Blake, Blake DeWitt
5/15/2010 LAN SDN Casey Blake, Blake DeWitt
5/17/2010 HOU LAN Casey Blake, Blake DeWitt
5/18/2010 HOU LAN Casey Blake, Blake DeWitt
5/22/2010 DET LAN Casey Blake, Blake DeWitt
5/27/2010 SLN SDN Brendan Ryan, Ryan Ludwick
5/29/2010 LAN COL Casey Blake, Blake DeWitt
6/8/2010 SLN LAN Casey Blake, Blake DeWitt
6/9/2010 SLN LAN Casey Blake, Blake DeWitt
6/11/2010 ANA LAN Casey Blake, Blake DeWitt
6/15/2010 LAN CIN Casey Blake, Blake DeWitt
6/16/2010 LAN CIN Casey Blake, Blake DeWitt
6/29/2010 LAN SFN Casey Blake, Blake DeWitt
7/25/2010 NYN LAN Casey Blake, Blake DeWitt
7/27/2010 LAN SDN Casey Blake, Blake DeWitt
7/30/2010 LAN SFN Casey Blake, Blake DeWitt
4/8/2011 CLE SEA Brendan Ryan, Ryan Langerhans
4/12/2011 TOR SEA Brendan Ryan, Ryan Langerhans
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