Full Houses of all Types

Now that Kris Bryant has become the first player to complete a three homer/two double “full house” in a game, I thought it would be fun to look at other full house combinations. Three singles / two doubles: Achieved 245 times through 6/28/2016, most recently done by Aledmys Diaz on 4/23/16. Three singles / two … Read more

Stopped Before Making His Start

Friend of the VORG Andrew H asked: Has there ever been a 0 pitch start in MLB history? Paging @dianagram for this one. — Andrew H (@AndrewtheNerd85) June 21, 2016 Now, there HAVE been plenty of starts where a pitcher was listed as not facing a single batter, with no pitches listed: Player Date Tm … Read more

Doubleheaders with Same Linescores

Tuesday, the Mets lost both ends of a doubleheader to the Pirates by the same score, 3-1. The Pirates had a 3-10-0 linescore in each game while the Mets themselves nearly had the same linescore in both games. They were off by a grand total of 2 “pips” (1 fewer hit and 1 more error): … Read more

Ray Faces the Rays, Brown Faces the Browns

Friend of the VORG Dave Haller had a question for me Monday afternoon …

Here’s the boxscore from the Ray versus Ray(s) contest.

David Branson did some research and came up with this … which partially answered what Haller had asked …

I merged the Teams data file from the excellent Lahman Baseball Database with the gamelogs from Retrosheet, and this is what I found.  Prior to 2015, there had only been 58 similar occasions of a starting pitcher’s last name matching either his team or the opposing team’s nickname (singular of that name). The breakout is as follows:

Visiting Starting Pitcher the same as Visiting Team Nickname: 2 times

Visiting Starting Pitcher the same as Home Team Nickname: 27 times

Home Starting Pitcher the same as Visiting Team Nickname: 25 times

Home Starting Pitcher the same as Home Team Nickname: 4 times

All 58 happened to feature a pitcher and team named “Brown” (Browns).  Besides Lloyd Brown of the ’28 to ’36 St. Louis Browns, the other “Brown” pitchers are the 1914-5 Yankees’ Boardwalk Brown, the 1933 and ’35 Yankees’ Jumbo Brown (19330622, 19350822 and 19350917 games only, h/t to Richard Chester) and the 1953 Red Sox’ Hal Brown.

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