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.

date vteam hteam VisSP HomeSP vnick hnick
19140808 NYA SLA BROWN Hamilton Yankee BROWN
19140826 SLA NYA Weilman BROWN BROWN Yankee
19140921 NYA SLA BROWN Hamilton Yankee BROWN
19150720 NYA SLA BROWN Sisler Yankee BROWN
19280714 SLA WS1 Gray BROWN BROWN Senator
19280929 WS1 SLA BROWN Ogden Senator BROWN
19291006 CLE SLA BROWN Stiely Indian BROWN
19300430 CLE SLA BROWN Crowder Indian BROWN
19300522 SLA CLE Collins BROWN BROWN Indian
19300706 SLA CLE Gray BROWN BROWN Indian
19300801 CLE SLA BROWN Stiles Indian BROWN
19300823 SLA WS1 Blaeholder BROWN BROWN Senator
19300902 CLE SLA BROWN Collins Indian BROWN
19300911 WS1 SLA BROWN Stewart Senator BROWN
19310428 SLA CLE Blaeholder BROWN BROWN Indian
19310507 CLE SLA BROWN Blaeholder Indian BROWN
19310517 WS1 SLA BROWN Blaeholder Senator BROWN
19310615 SLA WS1 Gray BROWN BROWN Senator
19310726 SLA WS1 Gray BROWN BROWN Senator
19310801 CLE SLA BROWN Blaeholder Indian BROWN
19310816 WS1 SLA BROWN Blaeholder Senator BROWN
19310830 SLA CLE Coffman BROWN BROWN Indian
19310903 CLE SLA BROWN Coffman Indian BROWN
19310915 SLA WS1 Cooney BROWN BROWN Senator
19320425 CLE SLA BROWN Gray Indian BROWN
19320504 SLA CLE Gray BROWN BROWN Indian
19320518 SLA WS1 Stewart BROWN BROWN Senator
19320522 SLA CLE Blaeholder BROWN BROWN Indian
19320527 CLE SLA BROWN Blaeholder Indian BROWN
19320611 WS1 SLA BROWN Hebert Senator BROWN
19320714 SLA WS1 Fischer BROWN BROWN Senator
19320726 WS1 SLA BROWN Blaeholder Senator BROWN
19320920 SLA CLE Fischer BROWN BROWN Indian
19330416 CLE SLA Ferrell BROWN Indian BROWN
19330422 SLA DET BROWN Marberry BROWN Tiger
19330425 SLA CLE Hadley BROWN BROWN Indian
19330426 SLA CLE BROWN Hildebrand BROWN Indian
19330430 DET SLA Sorrell BROWN Tiger BROWN
19330506 PHA SLA Grove BROWN Athletic BROWN
19330508 WS1 SLA Thomas BROWN Senator BROWN
19330516 SLA BOS Hadley BROWN BROWN RedSock
19330608 SLA CLE Wells BROWN BROWN Indian
19330622 NYA SLA BROWN Hadley Yankee BROWN
19330625 BOS SLA BROWN Blaeholder RedSock BROWN
19330826 BOS SLA BROWN Blaeholder RedSock BROWN
19330904 SLA CLE Hebert BROWN BROWN Indian
19330913 SLA BOS Knott BROWN BROWN RedSock
19340602 CLE SLA BROWN Newsom Indian BROWN
19340904 CLE SLA BROWN Knott Indian BROWN
19350808 CLE SLA BROWN Knott Indian BROWN
19350822 NYA SLA BROWN VanAtta Yankee BROWN
19350917 SLA NYA Andrews BROWN BROWN Yankee
19360418 CLE SLA BROWN VanAtta Indian BROWN
19360702 CLE SLA BROWN Mahaffey Indian BROWN
19530519 SLA BOS Pillette BROWN BROWN RedSock
19530621 SLA BOS Pillette BROWN BROWN RedSock
19530806 SLA BOS Kretlow BROWN BROWN RedSock
19530912 SLA BOS Kretlow BROWN BROWN RedSock

5 thoughts on “Ray Faces the Rays, Brown Faces the Browns

  1. It involves a relief pitcher, but I think this game fits the spirit of your post very nicely. One of only six major-league games in which our man appeared.

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