Its the End of Your Name As We Know It

Friend of the VORG (and good personal friend) Jeremy Frank recently asked me:

“Cubs tonight have lineup with Castro, Navarro, Soriano and Rizzo. How many lineups have had more ending with O, or what’s the most number of players ending with the same letter?”

So we went to our chronological list of lineups from 1871-2012, and discovered that the highest number of players with names ending with the same letter in a team lineup is 7.  It has been done many times and each one involved the letter “n”.  The most recent occurrence was on August 31, 1990, when the Baltimore Orioles featured the following lineup:

 

Here are the highest totals for each other letter, along with their most recent occurrence prior to 2013, and the players involved:

a: (6) July 20, 2011 Indians: Ezequiel Carrera, Asdrubal Cabrera, Carlos Santana, Matt LaPorta, Orlando Cabrera, Luis Valbuena

b: (2) October 3, 1980 Rangers: Johnny Grubb, Rusty Staub

c: (1) October 1, 2012 Marlins: Wade LeBlanc

d: (4) September 6, 2000 Cubs: Jeff Reed, Ross Gload, Damon Buford, Kerry Wood

e: (6) May 29, 1919 Boston Braves: Walton Cruise, Jim Thorpe, Walter Holke, Lena Blackburne, Rabbit Maranville, Al Demaree

f: (2) July 19, 2008 Padres: Kevin Kouzmanoff, Randy Wolf

g: (4) July 8, 1916 Phila. A’s: Lee King, Red Lanning, Wally Schang, Ralph Mitterling

h: (5) August 23, 1923 Dodgers: Tommy Griffith, Bert Griffith, Andy High, Ray French, George Smith

i: (4) June 19, 1963 L.A. Angels: Jim Fregosi, Bob Sadowski, Ed Sadowski, Dan Osinski

j: (1) September 27, 1943 Phila. A’s: Johnny Welaj

k: (4) August 16, 1922 White Sox: Amos Strunk, Bibb Falk, Ray Schalk, Frank Mack

l: (5) September 8, 1928 Indians: Joe Sewell, Luke Sewell, Bruce Caldwell, Luther Harvel, Willie Underhill

m: (3) April 24, 2008 Giants: Ray Durham, Steve Holm, Tim Lincecum

n: (7) see above

o: (5) September 29, 2012 Cubs: Anthony Rizzo, Alfonso Soriano, Starlin Castro, Welington Castillo, Justin Germano

p: (3) August 5, 1931 Reds: Joe Stripp, Nick Cullop, Ray Kolp

q: None

r: (6) July 28, 2011 Royals: Mitch Maier, Billy Butler, Eric Hosmer, Jeff Francoeur, Matt Treanor, Alcides Escobar

s: (6) June 23, 2012 A’s: Jemile Weeks, Yoenis Cespedes, Jonny Gomes, Derek Norris, Brandon Moss, Brandon Hicks

t: (4) September 22, 1969 Giants: Ron Hunt, Jim Ray Hart, Jack Hiatt, Ron Bryant

u: (2) October 2, 2012 Royals: Tony Abreu, Irving Falu

v: (1) July 25, 1962 Houston Colt 45s: Bob Cerv

w: (2) September 28, 1984 White Sox: Rudy Law, Vance Law

x: (3) June 3, 1983 Dodgers: Steve Sax, Ken Landreaux, Dave Sax

y: (6) May 7, 1977 Orioles: Al Bumbry, Lee May, Eddie Murray, Pat Kelly, Tom Shopay, Rick Dempsey

z: (5) July 7, 2002 Padres: Ramon Vazquez, D’Angelo Jimenez, Deivi Cruz, Wiki Gonzalez, Oliver Perez

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2 thoughts on “Its the End of Your Name As We Know It

  1. The Braves could potentially tie the n-record this year if they decided to use this lineup:

    SS: Andrelton Simmons
    RF: Reed Johnson
    LF: Justin Upton
    1B: Freddie Freeman
    C: Brian McCann
    CF: B.J. Upton
    2B: Dan Uggla
    3B: Chris Johnson
    P: Tim Hudson, Kris Medlen, or Julio Teheran

    Unlikely since Reed Johnson doesn’t seem to get too many starts and Gattis has started a lot of games at catcher and likely will get more once off the DL, but possible.

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