“Baby New Year” for Ballplayers

We’re coming up on the annual tradition of stories noting which child was the first born in a particular city in the new year.  To give this a VORG flavor, we are providing you the first player of each “birth year” to make the majors (debuting 1900 forward): Birth Name Debut 1869 John McPherson 7/12/1901 … Read more

The VORG Holiday Songbook: Winter Wonderland

In 2011, the VORG started rewriting holiday songs by replacing most/all of the lyrics with baseball player names. We began with “12 Days of Christmas“. We then moved onto  “Auld Land Syne“. In 2012, we rewrote the lyrics to “The Dreidel Song“. This year, we add to the jukebox with a reimagining of “Winter Wonderland” … Read more

All the Sets of Same-named Players

A few days ago, this tweet flashed across my timeline:

No offense to Pedro A. Martinez, but I wish he’d have gone by a different name so @baseball_ref would automatically pull up the other guy.

As a public service to Jacob and other users of Baseball Reference, the VORG has culled a fairly complete list of all sets of same-named players, as generated from the Lahman Baseball Database.  There have been 506 sets of same-named players in baseball history, totaling 1,098 names.  The most-repeated name is John Sullivan, of which there have been five.

You’ll see the name, their debut, their most frequent position where available and the Baseball Reference ID:

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The All-Left (or Right) Side of the Typewriter Roster

Its pretty slow at the Winter Meetings so far, with most of the big deals happening in the days PRIOR to the actual gathering.  So the VORG is passing the time presenting you with the list of players whose names can be typed with only the left or right hand on a standard QWERTY keyboard: … Read more

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