Your Name Doesn’t Ring a Bell

A few days ago, this tweet came in:

@dianagram . . . Have you ever done “current players with deadball era names”? I nominate Tuffy Gosewisch as the starting catcher.

In fact, I haven’t tackled such a subject . . . until now.

Here are pair of players who share a last name, along with their big league debut date.  The thing that makes these pairs special is that there was no other player with that last name who debuted between those two dates.  As an example, between Bill Karns in 1901 and Nate Karns in 2013, there has not been another Karns in the Majors.  There may have been one before Bill and/or after Nate, but no one in between for 112 years.  This list shows all the name pairs with at least 75 years between the players.

Name Debut Name Debut Span (Yrs)
Bill Karns 8/1/1901 Nate Karns 5/28/2013 112
Red Ames 9/14/1903 Steve Ames 7/30/2013 110
Pat Hynes 9/27/1903 Colt Hynes 7/14/2013 110
Pete Noonan 6/20/1904 Nick Noonan 4/3/2013 109
Matt Broderick 5/1/1903 Brian Broderick 4/3/2011 108
Jerry Hurley 9/23/1901 Eric Hurley 6/12/2008 107
Doc Tonkin 8/19/1907 Michael Tonkin 7/11/2013 106
Chub Aubrey 4/22/1903 Michael Aubrey 5/17/2008 105
Frank Mahar 8/29/1902 Kevin Mahar 5/16/2007 105
Grant Thatcher 9/9/1903 Joe Thatcher 7/26/2007 104
John Dobbs 4/20/1901 Greg Dobbs 9/8/2004 103
Moose Baxter 4/19/1907 Mike Baxter 9/6/2010 103
John McPherson 7/12/1901 Dallas McPherson 9/10/2004 103
Harry Bay 7/23/1901 Jason Bay 5/23/2003 102
Deacon Van Buren 4/21/1904 Jermaine Van Buren 8/31/2005 101
Gabby Street 9/13/1904 Huston Street 4/6/2005 101
Bill Lindsay 6/21/1911 Shane Lindsay 9/2/2011 100
Jack Hoey 6/27/1906 Jim Hoey 8/23/2006 100
Fred Link 4/15/1910 Jon Link 4/20/2010 100
John Godwin 8/14/1905 Tyrell Godwin 5/27/2005 100
Gus Getz 8/15/1909 Chris Getz 8/12/2008 99
Braggo Roth 9/1/1914 Michael Roth 4/13/2013 99
Fred Walden 6/3/1912 Jordan Walden 8/22/2010 98
Joe Cassidy 4/18/1904 Scott Cassidy 4/1/2002 98
John Hummel 9/12/1905 Tim Hummel 8/26/2003 98
Paul Meloan 8/2/1910 Jonathan Meloan 9/1/2007 97
Joe Houser 4/24/1914 James Houser 6/24/2010 96
Charlie Grimm 7/30/1916 Justin Grimm 6/16/2012 96
Jack Coffey 6/23/1909 Todd Coffey 4/19/2005 96
Josh Devore 9/25/1908 Doug DeVore 5/6/2004 96
Ed McNichol 7/9/1904 Brian McNichol 9/7/1999 95
Limb McKenry 7/24/1915 Michael McKenry 9/8/2010 95
Larry Milton 5/7/1903 Eric Milton 4/5/1998 95
Tim Bowden 9/17/1914 Michael Bowden 8/30/2008 94
Joe Knotts 9/18/1907 Gary Knotts 7/28/2001 94
Ralph Pond 6/8/1910 Simon Pond 4/7/2004 94
George Stovall 7/4/1904 DaRond Stovall 4/1/1998 94
Jack Ridgway 5/20/1914 Jeff Ridgway 9/17/2007 93
Frank Hemphill 4/17/1906 Bret Hemphill 6/28/1999 93
Earl Moseley 6/17/1913 Dustin Moseley 7/17/2006 93
Bill Bankston 8/5/1915 Wes Bankston 7/2/2008 93
Ralph Good 7/1/1910 Andrew Good 4/18/2003 93
Kid Durbin 4/24/1907 Chad Durbin 9/26/1999 92
Louis LeRoy 9/22/1905 John LeRoy 9/26/1997 92
Joe Crisp 9/2/1910 Coco Crisp 8/15/2002 92
Billy Orr 5/3/1913 Pete Orr 4/5/2005 92
George Dickerson 8/2/1917 Chris Dickerson 8/12/2008 91
Tom Dougherty 4/24/1904 Jim Dougherty 4/27/1995 91
Chick Davies 7/11/1914 Kyle Davies 5/21/2005 91
Tom Whelan 8/13/1920 Kevin Whelan 6/10/2011 91
Jim Ball 9/21/1907 Jeff Ball 6/10/1998 91
Coonie Blank 8/15/1909 Matt Blank 4/3/2000 91
Chief Meyers 4/16/1909 Chad Meyers 8/6/1999 90
Wally Clement 8/17/1908 Matt Clement 9/6/1998 90
Jake Livingstone 9/6/1901 Scott Livingstone 7/19/1991 90
Pete Standridge 9/19/1911 Jason Standridge 7/29/2001 90
Sam McConnell 4/19/1915 Sam McConnell 6/25/2004 89
Charley O’Leary 4/14/1904 Troy O’Leary 5/9/1993 89
Jack Cameron 9/13/1906 Mike Cameron 8/27/1995 89
Lew Carr 7/4/1901 Chuck Carr 4/28/1990 89
Phil Redding 9/14/1912 Tim Redding 6/24/2001 89
Jimmy Ring 4/13/1917 Royce Ring 4/29/2005 88
Gene Dale 9/19/1911 Carl Dale 9/7/1999 88
Verdo Elmore 9/11/1924 Jake Elmore 8/11/2012 88
Charlie Pickett 6/21/1910 Ricky Pickett 4/28/1998 88
Germany Schaefer 10/5/1901 Jeff Schaefer 4/7/1989 88
Lil Stoner 4/15/1922 Tobi Stoner 9/10/2009 87
Pip Koehler 4/22/1925 Tom Koehler 9/5/2012 87
Walter Zink 7/6/1921 Charlie Zink 8/12/2008 87
Zaza Harvey 5/3/1900 Bryan Harvey 5/16/1987 87
Johnny Priest 5/30/1911 Eddie Priest 5/27/1998 87
Red Smyth 8/11/1915 Steve Smyth 8/6/2002 87
Harry Arndt 7/2/1902 Larry Arndt 6/6/1989 87
Art Delaney 4/16/1924 Rob Delaney 9/4/2010 86
Freddy Sale 6/30/1924 Chris Sale 8/6/2010 86
Sam Hope 8/5/1907 John Hope 8/29/1993 86
Otto Neu 7/10/1917 Mike Neu 4/9/2003 86
Felix Chouinard 9/11/1910 Bobby Chouinard 5/26/1996 86
Earl Kunz 4/19/1923 Eddie Kunz 8/3/2008 85
Emmet McCann 4/19/1920 Brian McCann 6/10/2005 85
Lee Magee 7/4/1911 Wendell Magee 8/16/1996 85
Ted Cather 9/23/1912 Mike Cather 7/13/1997 85
Ray Miner 9/15/1921 Zach Miner 6/4/2006 85
Elmer Pence 8/23/1922 Hunter Pence 4/28/2007 85
Vic Aldridge 4/15/1917 Cory Aldridge 9/5/2001 84
Lerton Pinto 5/23/1922 Renyel Pinto 5/18/2006 84
Del Gainer 10/2/1909 Jay Gainer 5/14/1993 84
Bill Byers 4/15/1904 Randy Byers 9/7/1987 83
Lew Richie 5/8/1906 Rob Richie 8/19/1989 83
Bob Groom 4/13/1909 Buddy Groom 6/20/1992 83
George Ellison 8/21/1920 Jason Ellison 5/9/2003 83
Cap Crowell 6/23/1915 Jim Crowell 9/12/1997 82
Ed Stauffer 4/26/1923 Tim Stauffer 5/11/2005 82
Herb Cobb 4/21/1929 Alex Cobb 5/1/2011 82
John Potts 4/18/1914 Mike Potts 4/6/1996 82
Roy Parmelee 9/28/1929 Chris Parmelee 9/6/2011 82
Frank Scanlan 8/6/1909 Bob Scanlan 5/7/1991 82
Teddy Kearns 10/1/1920 Austin Kearns 4/17/2002 82
Al Stokes 5/10/1925 Brian Stokes 9/3/2006 81
Ski Melillo 4/18/1926 Kevin Melillo 6/24/2007 81
Pat McGehee 8/23/1912 Kevin McGehee 8/23/1993 81
Doc Cramer 9/18/1929 Bobby Cramer 9/13/2010 81
Jack Dalton 6/20/1910 Mike Dalton 5/31/1991 81
Bud Messenger 7/31/1924 Randy Messenger 6/22/2005 81
Jim Buchanan 4/16/1905 Bob Buchanan 7/13/1985 80
Bill Dietrich 4/13/1933 Derek Dietrich 5/8/2013 80
Maury Kent 4/15/1912 Jeff Kent 4/12/1992 80
Astyanax Douglass 7/30/1921 Sean Douglass 7/18/2001 80
Larry Duff 9/5/1922 Matt Duff 7/30/2002 80
Lew McCarty 8/30/1913 David McCarty 5/17/1993 80
Sloppy Thurston 4/19/1923 Joe Thurston 9/2/2002 79
Jim Park 9/7/1915 Chan Ho Park 4/8/1994 79
Hobe Ferris 4/26/1901 Bob Ferris 9/12/1979 78
Grover Hartley 5/13/1911 Mike Hartley 9/10/1989 78
Norm Lehr 5/20/1926 Justin Lehr 6/20/2004 78
Lew Wendell 6/10/1915 Turk Wendell 6/17/1993 78
Dutch Meier 5/12/1906 Dave Meier 4/3/1984 78
Skeeter Shelton 8/25/1915 Ben Shelton 6/16/1993 78
Frank Callaway 9/17/1921 Mickey Callaway 6/12/1999 78
Charlie English 7/23/1932 Jesse English 4/5/2010 78
Dolly Stark 9/12/1909 Matt Stark 4/8/1987 78
Bill Andrus 9/19/1931 Elvis Andrus 4/6/2009 78
Joe Sherman 9/24/1915 Darrell Sherman 4/8/1993 78
Ed Householder 4/17/1903 Paul Householder 8/26/1980 77
Eddie Plank 5/13/1901 Ed Plank 9/6/1978 77
Al Shealy 4/13/1928 Ryan Shealy 6/14/2005 77
Danny Silva 8/11/1919 Jose Silva 9/10/1996 77
Finners Quinlan 9/6/1913 Tom Quinlan 9/4/1990 77
Medric Boucher 5/20/1914 Denis Boucher 4/12/1991 77
Leo Tankersley 7/2/1925 Dennis Tankersley 5/10/2002 77
George Lowe 7/28/1920 Derek Lowe 4/26/1997 77
Leo Durocher 10/2/1925 Jayson Durocher 6/11/2002 77
Leon Carlson 5/31/1920 Dan Carlson 9/15/1996 76
Al Cabrera 5/16/1913 Francisco Cabrera 7/24/1989 76
Kewpie Pennington 4/14/1917 Brad Pennington 4/17/1993 76
Fred Fussell 9/23/1922 Chris Fussell 9/15/1998 76
Ed Moyer 7/20/1910 Jamie Moyer 6/16/1986 76
Freddy Spurgeon 9/19/1924 Jay Spurgeon 8/15/2000 76
Bud Morse 9/14/1929 Mike Morse 5/31/2005 76
Lyle Judy 9/17/1935 Josh Judy 5/22/2011 76
Al Klawitter 9/20/1909 Tom Klawitter 4/14/1985 76
Kit Carson 7/21/1934 Matt Carson 9/18/2009 75
Hank Olmsted 7/15/1905 Al Olmsted 9/12/1980 75
Rube Sellers 8/12/1910 Jeff Sellers 9/15/1985 75
Desmond Beatty 9/28/1914 Blaine Beatty 9/16/1989 75

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