An alphagram of a word (or of any group of letters) consists of the word’s letters arranged in alphabetical order. For example, the alphagram of marlins is ailmnrs (no, its not “LOSING” . . . quiet down in the peanut gallery back there!). Two words are anagrams of each other if and only if they have the same alphagram.
Competitive Scrabble players use alphagrams as a way to study words, as explained here in Scrabble player and author Mike Baron’s “Scrabble Wordbook”:
One of my Scrabble-playing and baseball-loving friends noted that Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria’s first name is an alphagram. This got me wondering how many other players in MLB history shared this property. While no player has had both his first and last names be alphagrams, many have had at least one or the other.
For brevity sake, I’m not including alphagrams shorter than four letters. You can easily figure out that names like “Al”, “Lou”, “Art”, or “Fox” and “Cox” meet the criteria. Note that Adeiny is the longest MLB alphagram (first or last name) in history.
Last name alphagrams:
First name alphagrams:
Emory Nusz (sometimes listed as “William Nusz”)