Zoilo Almonte is our First Z.A.!

Zoilo Almonte has gotten off to an unexpectedly hot start for the Yankees.  After being summoned to spell a slumping Vernon Wells in left field, the 24-year-old outfielder has compiled a line of .583/.643/1.000 in the first five games of his Major League career.

As you might know, Almonte is not the first Zoilo to appear in the Majors.  That distinction goes to Zoilo Versalles,  a shortstop for the AL pennant-winning Twins in 1965.  Versalles won the AL MVP that season, along with a Gold Glove, and led the league in runs (126), doubles (45, tied with Carl Yastrzemski) and triples (12, tied with Bert Campaneris).

So even though Almonte is only the second Zoilo (a name of Spanish and Greek origin, meaning “life”), he IS the first player with the initials Z.A. to ever play in the Majors.  Here are the counts, from 1871-2012, of players by their first and last initials:

1871-2012 Player Count by Initials
Initials Count Initials Count
AA 24 LO 9
AB 67 LP 36
AC 66 LQ 3
AD 31 LR 35
AE 21 LS 56
AF 20 LT 24
AG 47 LU 4
AH 43 LV 4
AI 3 LW 35
AJ 24 LY 4
AK 26 LZ 1
AL 44 MA 35
AM 74 MB 102
AN 15 MC 85
AO 15 MD 60
AP 49 ME 18
AQ 1 MF 39
AR 53 MG 62
AS 91 MH 72
AT 30 MI 5
AU 2 MJ 30
AV 12 MK 53
AW 37 ML 54
AY 5 MM 142
AZ 3 MN 17
BA 62 MO 17
BB 215 MP 57
BC 140 MQ 4
BD 98 MR 61
BE 36 MS 106
BF 62 MT 38
BG 90 MU 2
BH 179 MV 10
BI 5 MW 68
BJ 45 MY 6
BK 85 MZ 3
BL 85 NA 9
BM 187 NB 17
BN 23 NC 21
BO 29 ND 1
BP 79 NE 7
BQ 2 NF 9
BR 95 NG 12
BS 194 NH 13
BT 60 NJ 5
BU 8 NK 7
BV 23 NL 8
BW 100 NM 15
BY 5 NN 5
BZ 14 NO 1
CA 24 NP 11
CB 115 NR 14
CC 114 NS 17
CD 60 NT 3
CE 25 NV 1
CF 57 NW 10
CG 72 NY 1
CH 94 NZ 1
CI 4 OA 6
CJ 36 OB 14
CK 39 OC 11
CL 51 OD 8
CM 113 OE 2
CN 22 OF 5
CO 14 OG 7
CP 56 OH 14
CQ 3 OI 2
CR 66 OJ 7
CS 118 OK 5
CT 30 OL 2
CU 3 OM 18
CV 19 ON 6
CW 55 OO 6
CY 12 OP 8
CZ 10 OQ 1
DA 39 OR 4
DB 119 OS 17
DC 107 OT 5
DD 72 OV 9
DE 32 OW 5
DF 35 OZ 1
DG 63 PA 11
DH 94 PB 32
DI 3 PC 57
DJ 39 PD 36
DK 36 PE 4
DL 85 PF 26
DM 152 PG 30
DN 30 PH 39
DO 27 PI 1
DP 64 PJ 9
DQ 1 PK 17
DR 76 PL 28
DS 140 PM 69
DT 35 PN 11
DU 5 PO 15
DV 14 PP 24
DW 89 PQ 2
DY 9 PR 35
DZ 4 PS 62
EA 25 PT 15
EB 74 PU 1
EC 66 PV 9
ED 27 PW 32
EE 11 PY 2
EF 31 PZ 4
EG 37 QB 1
EH 66 QM 2
EI 1 QO 1
EJ 15 QT 1
EK 42 QV 1
EL 26 RA 35
EM 79 RB 114
EN 11 RC 93
EO 13 RD 55
EP 38 RE 22
EQ 1 RF 34
ER 40 RG 56
ES 77 RH 87
ET 18 RI 3
EV 15 RJ 46
EW 46 RK 47
EY 13 RL 52
EZ 5 RM 137
FA 14 RN 31
FB 79 RO 23
FC 52 RP 48
FD 24 RQ 4
FE 9 RR 87
FF 24 RS 134
FG 30 RT 37
FH 37 RV 19
FI 1 RW 73
FJ 11 RY 9
FK 22 RZ 4
FL 33 SA 21
FM 65 SB 79
FN 10 SC 64
FO 17 SD 44
FP 18 SE 22
FQ 5 SF 33
FR 31 SG 34
FS 56 SH 53
FT 31 SI 1
FU 2 SJ 28
FV 10 SK 29
FW 36 SL 44
FY 1 SM 75
FZ 4 SN 12
GA 26 SO 11
GB 82 SP 41
GC 57 SR 47
GD 35 SS 96
GE 14 ST 24
GF 21 SU 2
GG 57 SV 7
GH 63 SW 40
GI 4 SY 5
GJ 15 SZ 2
GK 31 TA 20
GL 32 TB 85
GM 84 TC 72
GN 9 TD 49
GO 8 TE 14
GP 38 TF 42
GQ 2 TG 50
GR 32 TH 76
GS 77 TI 4
GT 29 TJ 22
GU 2 TK 23
GV 10 TL 50
GW 51 TM 79
GY 6 TN 23
GZ 9 TO 20
HA 24 TP 48
HB 70 TQ 4
HC 53 TR 33
HD 21 TS 79
HE 22 TT 45
HF 31 TU 6
HG 37 TV 8
HH 52 TW 55
HI 9 TY 5
HJ 20 TZ 2
HK 34 UC 1
HL 29 UE 1
HM 71 UH 1
HN 9 UJ 1
HO 14 UL 1
HP 37 UP 1
HQ 2 US 1
HR 33 UU 1
HS 76 UW 1
HT 20 VA 5
HV 6 VB 8
HW 48 VC 12
HY 5 VD 8
HZ 1 VE 3
IA 2 VF 5
IB 8 VG 5
IC 5 VH 7
ID 8 VJ 4
IE 1 VK 3
IF 2 VL 6
IG 3 VM 13
IH 7 VN 1
IJ 1 VO 1
IK 4 VP 8
IL 1 VR 8
IM 7 VS 11
IN 2 VT 4
IO 2 VV 3
IP 3 VW 5
IR 4 VZ 1
IS 7 WA 16
IT 2 WB 30
IV 3 WC 37
IW 3 WD 14
IY 1 WE 4
JA 84 WF 17
JB 289 WG 24
JC 205 WH 32
JD 165 WI 1
JE 48 WJ 10
JF 108 WK 15
JG 159 WL 20
JH 203 WM 57
JI 5 WN 6
JJ 64 WO 6
JK 111 WP 13
JL 121 WQ 1
JM 301 WR 25
JN 50 WS 34
JO 66 WT 17
JP 147 WU 3
JQ 8 WV 4
JR 155 WW 33
JS 254 WY 1
JT 95 WZ 2
JU 11 XA 1
JV 50 XC 1
JW 151 XH 1
JY 8 XN 1
JZ 13 XP 1
KA 11 XR 1
KB 38 YA 1
KC 24 YB 5
KD 18 YC 1
KE 4 YD 3
KF 12 YE 1
KG 22 YG 3
KH 31 YH 3
KI 2 YJ 1
KJ 15 YL 1
KK 21 YM 3
KL 13 YN 1
KM 45 YP 2
KN 5 YR 1
KO 9 YT 3
KP 17 YV 1
KR 25 YW 1
KS 37 YY 2
KT 13 ZB 5
KU 1 ZC 3
KV 1 ZD 2
KW 25 ZE 1
KY 4 ZG 1
LA 22 ZH 2
LB 60 ZJ 1
LC 49 ZK 1
LD 35 ZL 1
LE 9 ZM 4
LF 24 ZP 2
LG 46 ZR 1
LH 42 ZS 5
LJ 15 ZT 3
LK 17 ZV 1
LL 34 ZW 3
LM 80 ZZ 1
LN 11

You might notice that we’ve never had anyone with a last name starting with “X” make the Majors.  There are 676 (26*26) possible combinations of first and last initials.  Here are the “initial combos” that are still to be christened by a player:

AX to ZX
EU
HU
II, IU, IZ
KQ, KZ
LI
NI, NQ, NU
OU, OY
QA, QC to QL, QN, QP, QQ, QR, QS, QU, QW, QY, QZ
RU
SQ
UA, UB, UD, UF, UG, UI, UK, UM, UN, UO, UQ, UR, UT, UV, UY, UZ
VI, VQ, VU, VY
XB, XD, XE, XF, XG, XI, XJ, XK, XL, XM, XO, XQ, XS to XZ
YF, YI, YK, YO, YQ, YS, YU, YZ
ZA, ZF, ZI, ZN, ZO, ZQ, ZU, ZY

 

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