Who Needs all 26 Letters Anyway?

When the Royals selected Sean Manaea in the recent MLB First-Year Player draft, the VORG noticed the paucity of unique letters in his name.  You could spell his entire ten-letter name with only five distinct letters (a,e,m,n,s).

Previously, we had looked at the flip-side of the “unique letters” names.  Folks like Dustin Ackley, Michael Bourn, Michael Young and Daniel Murphy had the longest names with all unique letters (12 in each case).

So, where would Mr. Manaea rate in terms of fewest unique letters in his name, amongst all MLBers?  I took all the players listed in the indispensable Lahman Baseball Database and determine the length of each name (first and last combined) and the number of distinct letters in those names.  In Mr. Manaea’s case, he comes up just short of the best of the ten-letter names, with George Gore holding that title.

Here then is the list, by name length, of the fewest unique letters in player names:

Name Length Unique
Ed Ott 5 4
Al Hall 6 3
Bob Barr 7 4
Les Bell 7 4
Bob Botz 7 4
Bob Boyd 7 4
Doc Cook 7 4
Ona Dodd 7 4
Tom Dodd 7 4
Lee Elia 7 4
Ed Freed 7 4
Ed Greer 7 4
Don Hood 7 4
Bill Lee 7 4
Al Papai 7 4
Pat Rapp 7 4
Ted Reed 7 4
Bob Ross 7 4
Epp Sell 7 4
Lee Tate 7 4
Bob Wood 7 4
Doc Wood 7 4
Bill Bell 8 4
Bob Boone 8 4
Ed Edelen 8 4
Gary Gray 8 4
Hugh High 8 4
Bill Hill 8 4
Matt Kata 8 4
Greg Legg 8 4
Larry Ray 8 4
Gene Green 9 4
Pat Pettee 9 4
George Gore 10 4
Bert Brenner 11 5
Greg Garrett 11 5
Greek George 11 5
John Johnson 11 5
Josh Johnson 11 5
Mal Mallette 11 5
Heinie Meine 11 5
Elmer Miller 11 5
Elmer Miller 11 5
George Moore 11 5
Fred Pfeffer 11 5
Jeff Pfeffer 11 5
Pee Wee Reese 11 5
Lemmie Miller 12 5
Reggie Ritter 12 5
George Rettger 13 5
Carlos Carrasco 14 6
Rennie Stennett 14 6
George Bamberger 15 7
Nino Bongiovanni 15 7
Orestes Destrade 15 7
George Hogriever 15 7
Hernan Iribarren 15 7
Jonathan Johnson 15 7
Merle Settlemire 15 7
Robinson Chirinos 16 8
Cookie Cuccurullo 16 8
Mario Encarnacion 16 8
Armando Galarraga 16 8
Charlie Hollocher 16 8
John Henry Johnson 16 8
Takashi Kashiwada 16 8
Francisco Rosario 16 8
Gene Steinbrenner 16 8
Mark Strittmatter 16 8
Vito Valentinetti 16 8
Reggie Abercrombie 17 9
Kirk Dressendorfer 17 9
Angelo Encarnacion 17 9
Anderson Hernandez 17 9
Fernando Hernandez 17 9
Bill Knickerbocker 17 9
Arnie Portocarrero 17 9
Denny Riddleberger 17 9
Dorsey Riddlemoser 17 9
Hisanori Takahashi 17 9
Cannonball Titcomb 17 9
Shigetoshi Hasegawa 18 9
Charlie Reipschlager 19 10
William VanLandingham 20 10

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