The VORG’s List of Unique Names in Baseball History

Fans of the VORG know the topics that make the blog burn bright . . . and those fans tweet items that often end up as posts.  Such as this recent exchange:

Neal Kendrick @funbaseballfact

Xander Bogaerts is about to be the only Xander in MLB history and the only Bogaerts in MLB history. Any other unique first & last name guys?

@Bill_TPA @dianagram @HighHeatStats I thought of Shin-Soo Choo. But yeah, this has Dianagram written all over it.

So, using the Lahman Baseball Database as our guide, here are the players with unique names to have played from 1871 through 2012.  We may have missed some names due to typos or variations in spelling of names.  But this should be a reasonably complete list (note that some of these players [like Wilmer Font] will fall off this list after I add in the 2013 debuts [like Wilmer Flores], but that can wait until after the season ends):

Gibson Alba
Gair Allie
Yonder Alonso
Porfi Altamirano
Norichika Aoki
Rugger Ardizoia
Tucker Ashford
Elden Auker


Shooty Babitt
Burke Badenhop
Cha-Seung Baek
Jersey Bakley
Wladimir Balentien
Pelham Ballenger
Studs Bancker
Jap Barbeau
Cuno Barragan
Kimera Bartee
Yorman Bazardo
Petie Behan
Reno Bertoia
Dellin Betances
Randor Bierd
Rivington Bisland
Rae Blaemire
Linc Blakely
Hiram Bocachica
Ping Bodie
Brennan Boesch
Jung Bong
Boof Bonser
Gibby Brack
Yhency Brazoban
Leslie Brea
Fatty Briody
Arlo Brunsberg
T.R. Bryden
Francisley Bueno
Sim Bullas
Madison Bumgarner
Jeromy Burnitz
Emmanuel Burriss
Putsy Caballero
Cardell Camper
Sil Campusano
Esmailin Caridad
Giovanni Carrara
Keefe Cato
Yoenis Cespedes
Italo Chelini
Jin-Ho Cho
Hee-Seop Choi
Archi Cianfrocco
Uke Clanton
Maikel Cleto
Harlond Clift
Flea Clifton
Pasqual Coco
Ivanon Coffie
Bunk Congalton
Mays Copeland
Trace Coquillette
Ensign Cottrell
Marlan Coughtry
Callix Crabbe
Gavvy Cravath
Creepy Crespi
Ches Crist
Walton Cruise
Press Cruthers
Fats Dantonio
Yu Darvish
Yurendell de Caster
Flame Delhi
Wheezer Dell
Delino DeShields
Orestes Destrade
Reese Diggs
Pickles Dillhoefer
Alec Distaso
Octavio Dotel
Clise Dudley
Shawon Dunston
Erubiel Durazo
Rawly Eastwick
Vallie Eaves
Derrin Ebert
Jacoby Ellsbury
Narciso Elvira
Vaughn Eshelman
Alvaro Espinoza
Dude Esterbrook
Uel Eubanks
Ferris Fain
Rags Faircloth
Anton Falch
Irving Falu
Jeurys Familia
Rikkert Faneyte
Chone Figgins
Pembroke Finlayson
Gar Finnvold
Wilmer Font
Bartolome Fortunato
Marion Fricano
Ernesto Frieri
Emiliano Fruto
Kosuke Fukudome
Dot Fulghum
Kason Gabbard
Yovani Gallardo
Balvino Galvez
Daff Gammons
Nomar Garciaparra
Debs Garms
Dinty Gearin
Bernard Gilkey
Jerry Don Gleaton
Jot Goar
Purnal Goldy
Goose Goslin
Yasmani Grandal
Beiker Graterol
Didi Gregorius
Denver Grigsby
Cecilio Guante
Creighton Gubanich
Yamid Haad
Atlee Hammaker
Loy Hanning
Devern Hansack
J.A. Happ
Topsy Hartsel
Ziggy Hasbrook
Shigetoshi Hasegawa
Thorny Hawkes
Chicken Hawks
Dirk Hayhurst
Drungo Hazewood
Adeiny Hechavarria
Emmet Heidrick
Crese Heismann
Liam Hendriks
Olaf Henriksen
Orel Hershiser
Mahlon Higbee
Shea Hillenbrand
Myril Hoag
Oris Hockett
L.J. Hoes
Holly Hollingshead
Trader Horne
Hanson Horsey
Chin-lung Hu
Miller Huggins
Ryota Igarashi
Kei Igawa
Tadahito Iguchi
Blaise Ilsley
Kazuhisa Ishii
Hisashi Iwakuma
Waldis Joaquin
Kenji Johjima
Smead Jolley
Addie Joss
Jair Jurrjens
Kila Ka’aihue
Kenshin Kawakami
Munenori Kawasaki
Cactus Keck
Katsy Keifer
Masao Kida
Harmon Killebrew
Malachi Kittridge
Hugo Klaerner
Nub Kleinke
Punch Knoll
Masahide Kobayashi
Satoru Komiyama
Dae-Sung Koo
Hong-Chih Kuo
Hiroki Kuroda
Jul Kustus
Masumi Kuwata
Flip Lafferty
Lerrin LaGrow
Hobie Landrith
Tacks Latimer
Bevo LeBourveau
Regis Leheny
Rufino Linares
Vive Lindaman
Em Lindbeck
Abel Lizotte
Graeme Lloyd
Baldy Louden
Torey Lovullo
Fletcher Low
Peanuts Lowrey
Donny Lucy
Dolf Luque
Waddy MacPhee
Warner Madrigal
Ever Magallanes
Duster Mails
Georges Maranda
Firpo Marberry
Jhan Marinez
Wedo Martini
Shairon Martis
Onan Masaoka
Daisuke Matsuzaka
Dal Maxvill
Yunesky Maya
Stoney McGlynn
Stover McIlwain
Bid McPhee
Mox McQuery
Trick McSorley
Jouett Meekin
Cla Meredith
Scat Metha
Hensley Meulens
Levi Meyerle
Miles Mikolas
Lastings Milledge
Vinegar Bend Mizell
Dustan Mohr
Fenton Mole
Bitsy Mott
Dominic Mulrenan
Horatio Munn
Masanori Murakami
Simmy Murch
Cholly Naranjo
Kristopher Negron
Bots Nekola
Fu-Te Ni
Jonathon Niese
Otho Nitcholas
Hideo Nomo
Takahito Nomura
Talmadge Nunnari
Rowland Office
Tomo Ohka
Franquelis Osoria
Case Patten
Harrison Peppers
Pol Perritt
Pretzel Pezzullo
Squiz Pillion
Vada Pinson
Togie Pittinger
Gaylen Pitts
Elmo Plaskett
Jennings Poindexter
Placido Polanco
Sidney Ponson
Harlin Pool
Arquimedez Pozo
Tot Pressnell
Jurickson Profar
Blondie Purcell
Pid Purdy
Merritt Ranew
Ribs Raney
Branch Rickey
Dorsey Riddlemoser
Nikco Riesgo
Jerrod Riggan
Culley Rikard
Eppa Rixey
Sendy Rleal
Billy Jo Robidoux
Henri Rondeau
Edd Roush
Bama Rowell
Muddy Ruel
Jae-Kuk Ryu
CC Sabathia
Lenn Sakata
Amauri Sanit
F.P. Santangelo
Kazuhiro Sasaki
Tanner Scheppers
Admiral Schlei
Crazy Schmit
Ossee Schrecongost
Pi Schwert
Epp Sell
Carey Selph
Jae-Weong Seo
Leyson Septimo
Merle Settlemire
Atahualpa Severino
Urban Shocker
Costen Shockley
Lev Shreve
Hosea Siner
Sibby Sisti
Roe Skidmore
Terrmel Sledge
Heathcliff Slocumb
Clancy Smyres
Esix Snead
Colonel Snover
Alay Soler
Joakim Soria
Denard Span
Tris Speaker
By Speece
Levale Speigner
Scipio Spinks
Jigger Statz
Kennie Steenstra
Rennie Stennett
Dernell Stenson
Royle Stillman
Gat Stires
Snuffy Stirnweiss
Allyn Stout
Cub Stricker
Tanyon Sturtze
Parke Swartzel
Oad Swigart
Kazuhito Tadano
So Taguchi
Shingo Takatsu
LaSchelle Tarver
Yoshinori Tateyama
Junichi Tazawa
Kanekoa Texeira
Jug Thesenga
Verle Tiefenthaler
Cannonball Titcomb
Specs Toporcer
Rupe Toppin
Wyatt Toregas
Overton Tremper
Coaker Triplett
Quincy Trouppe
Chin-hui Tsao
Twink Twining
Koji Uehara
Ugueth Urbina
Jordany Valdespin
Elam Vangilder
Zoilo Versalles
Dayan Viciedo
Edinson Volquez
Kermit Wahl
Chien-Ming Wang
Pee-Wee Wanninger
Buzzy Wares
Link Wasem
Ehren Wassermann
Podge Weihe
Huyler Westervelt
Stefan Wever
Guerdon Whiteley
Possum Whitted
Kettle Wirts
Mellie Wolfgang
Rynie Wolters
Favel Wordsworth
Yats Wuestling
Keiichi Yabu
Yasuhiko Yabuta
Yam Yaryan
Masato Yoshii

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6 Responses to The VORG’s List of Unique Names in Baseball History

  1. mrnybel says:

    there’s an awful lot of nicknames on that list…..just sayin’

  2. PDX_97209 says:

    A lot of winners, though I think Asian players shouldn’t be included. What about Vida Blue, Coco Crisp, Preacher Roe, RIp Repulski, Enos Slaughter and Dizzy Trout??

    A different sport, I know, but improbable NFL names run from Junior Ah You to Marion Motley to Royce Womble.

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