(Trying to) Use MLB Results to Predict the Super Bowl

Super Bowl 48 is expected to be a close contest, with each team having legitimate reasons why they could or should win.  Since I don’t really have a rooting interest, and I’m pining very hard for baseball, I decided to see if the winning league in MLB’s All-Star Game and/or World Series could be used as a predictor of the winning conference in the Super Bowl.

Below you will find the yearly winners of the World Series, All-Star Game from 1966 forward, and that season’s Super Bowl :

YEAR WS ASG SB
1966 AL NL NFC
1967 NL NL NFC
1968 AL NL AFC
1969 NL NL AFC
1970 AL NL AFC
1971 NL AL NFC
1972 AL NL AFC
1973 AL NL AFC
1974 AL NL AFC
1975 NL NL AFC
1976 NL NL AFC
1977 AL NL NFC
1978 AL NL AFC
1979 NL NL AFC
1980 NL NL AFC
1981 NL NL NFC
1982 NL NL NFC
1983 AL AL AFC
1984 AL NL NFC
1985 AL NL NFC
1986 NL AL NFC
1987 AL NL NFC
1988 NL AL NFC
1989 AL AL NFC
1990 NL AL NFC
1991 AL AL NFC
1992 AL AL NFC
1993 AL AL NFC
1994 NONE NL NFC
1995 NL NL NFC
1996 AL NL NFC
1997 NL AL AFC
1998 AL AL AFC
1999 AL AL NFC
2000 AL AL AFC
2001 NL AL AFC
2002 AL TIE NFC
2003 NL AL AFC
2004 AL AL AFC
2005 AL AL AFC
2006 NL AL AFC
2007 AL AL NFC
2008 NL AL AFC
2009 AL AL NFC
2010 NL NL NFC
2011 NL NL NFC
2012 NL NL AFC
2013 AL AL  ???

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The VORG’s All-Time PTBNL Team

The Dickson Baseball Dictionary describes a “Player to be Named Later” (PTBNL) as: An unnamed player to be delivered at some future date to a team in order to complete a trade.  The assignment must be completed within six months from the date of the agreement . . . The player must not have been … Read more

It Could be a Good RotAAAAAtion

With the signing of Masahiro Tanaka today, the Yankees added a much-needed arm to their questionable staff.  If Michael Pineda and Ivan Nova join Hiroki Kuroda, CC Sabathia and Tanaka in the rotation, the Bombers could break Spring Training with every one of their starting pitchers having a last name ending in “A”.  How often … Read more

“Doctors Without Borders” Blogathon

Michael Clair, the man behind the prodigious “Old Time Family Baseball” site, is having his third annual blogathon to raise funds for “Doctors Without Borders” this weekend.  Michael has been blogging every 30 minutes today, before turning it over to guest bloggers (including yours truly, tentatively at 4PM Eastern) on Sunday. You haven’t heard about … Read more

If “Baseball Player” is ever a “Wheel of Fortune” Category

Loyal VORG reader Jeff Gelman emailed me recently:

A short time after his call-up to the majors I read that Andy Pettitte had become just the second major leaguer with 4 t’s in his last name, joining Mickey Tettleton. I don’t know if anyone else has since joined this club . . .

Anyhow, I thought that perhaps you’d research which player last names contain the most of each letter. In the event of a mega-tie, perhaps an indication of the number of players and which one made the most recent major league debut?

In the interest of being thorough, I compiled the record-holders for first, last and combined names, using the Lahman Baseball Database as a name/spelling source (we’re going by how they were referred to in their careers, not necessarily their given name).  Each table below lists the letter tallied, the “record” for most of that letter in the name, the number of players sharing that record, and the most recent debut of any such player.

In the first name group, we’ve previously written about Atahualpa Severino.  Severino is one of only three players to have a “letter record” all to himself.  Meanwhile, no  “2 V” player has suited up since Gavvy Cravath in 1908:

First

Most

Players

Most recent debut

A

4

1

Atahualpa Severino

9/6/2011

B

3

120

Bobby LaFromboise

4/10/2013

C

2

171

C.C. Lee

7/14/2013

D

2

304

David Hale

9/13/2013

E

4

2

Pee Wee Reese

4/23/1940

F

2

209

Tuffy Gosewisch

8/1/2013

G

3

3

Gregg Zaun

6/24/1995

H

3

1

Hung-Chih Kuo

9/2/2005

I

3

1

Keiichi Yabu

4/9/2005

J

2

12

J.J. Hoover

4/25/2012

K

2

19

Kensuke Tanaka

7/9/2013

L

3

7

Glenallen Hill

7/31/1989

M

2

199

Tommy Medica

9/11/2013

N

3

7

Brennan Boesch

4/23/2010

O

4

2

Choo-Choo Coleman

4/16/1961

P

3

3

Phillippe Aumont

8/23/2012

Q

1

26

Arquimedes Caminero

8/16/2013

R

2

734

Roger Kieschnick

7/31/2013

S

2

142

Jesus Sucre

5/24/2013

T

2

330

Matt Shoemaker

9/20/2013

U

2

8

Julius Matos

5/31/2002

V

2

2

Gavvy Cravath

4/18/1908

W

1

651

Wilfredo Tovar

9/22/2013

X

1

184

Xander Bogaerts

8/20/2013

  Max Stassi

8/20/2013

Y

2

8

Yunesky Maya

9/7/2010

Z

2

29

Gonzalez Germen

7/12/2013

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Ten Years, No HOF Votes . . . Where is the love? – 2014 Update

After the 2012 Hall of Fame ballot results were announced, I thought it would be cool to take a historical look at those players who were on the standard BBWAA ballot at least once, and didn’t receive even one vote.  I presented the respective “career category leaders” within that group. Then we did this again with … Read more

Its Johnny Bench degrees Outside!

This polar vortex that is passing through a wide swath of the United States has led to some of the VORG’s baseball brethren to proclaim their cities’ temperatures in a slightly different fashion.  To wit: Stacey Gotsulias @StaceGots So according to my phone the temperature is Babe Ruth and the wind chill is minus Yogi … Read more

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