A Brief History of the Last Player Alphabetically

Tuesday, this transaction burst onto the Twitterverse:

#Mariners recall OF Stefen Romero & Jose Ramirez from AAA Tacoma; select INF Shawn O’Malley & RHP Tony Zych from AAA.

— MarinersPR (@MarinersPR) September 1, 2015

The VORG instantly recognized that “Zych” would set a new record for the last player, alphabetically, to appear in the Majors. Because we track those things …

Here is the progression of the “alphabetically last” record-setters leading up to Zych:

Name Debut
George Zettlein 5/8/1871
Chief Zimmer 7/18/1884
Frank Zinn 4/18/1888
Ed Zmich 7/23/1910
Dutch Zwilling 8/14/1910

Yes, Zwilling held the record for the last 105 years!

In fact, there are only 12 minor league players in history with last names “later” than Zych, and the most recent one finished his career in 2002.

Congrats to Tony Zych on making it to The Show, and to the VORG!


Post-script … this was part of the recap of the Mariners/Athletics game of September 4th:

Zych made his Major League debut in the fourth and the September callup became the last player in the all-time alphabetical list of players in MLB history, replacing Dutch Zwilling, an outfielder who played in Chicago from 1910-16. The Mariners also had the first player in the alphabetical listing at one time, reliever David Aardsma.


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