Kevin Youkilis and “Sabbathmetrics”

Wednesday night marks the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, the “Jewish New Year”.  That means its time for another Sabbathmetrics post, in which we look at whether certain Jewish players performed better on worse on the Sabbath.  This time, we focus our attention on Kevin Youkilis. Many fans first found out about Youkilis in the pages … Read more

“Baby New Year” for Ballplayers

We’re coming up on the annual tradition of stories noting which child was the first born in a particular city in the new year.  To give this a VORG flavor, we are providing you the first player of each “birth year” to make the majors (debuting 1900 forward): Birth Name Debut 1869 John McPherson 7/12/1901 … Read more

The VORG Holiday Songbook: Winter Wonderland

In 2011, the VORG started rewriting holiday songs by replacing most/all of the lyrics with baseball player names. We began with “12 Days of Christmas“. We then moved onto  “Auld Land Syne“. In 2012, we rewrote the lyrics to “The Dreidel Song“. This year, we add to the jukebox with a reimagining of “Winter Wonderland” … Read more

The VORG’s “Friday the 13th” Team

We’re coming up to another “Friday the 13th”, and regardless of how you feel regarding the supposed “unluckiness” of that date, there is a pattern to how/when a “Friday the 13th” shows up on the calendar: Any month that starts on a Sunday contains a Friday the 13th, and there is at least one Friday … Read more

The VORG’s Holiday Songbook: “Dreidel Song”

Last year, the VORG started rewriting traditional Winter holiday song lyrics using only last names of professional ballplayers. We had “The 12 Days of Christmas“.  Then we tackled “Auld Lang Syne“. This year, with Hanukah coming up later this week, we begin by offering our Jewish readers a little something . . . the “Dreidel … Read more

“Veteran” Teams

Veteran’s Day is here, and the VORG is celebrating by highlighting the oldest teams (relative to league-average age) since 1901.  Listed below are the ten teams with the biggest difference between their average age “TmAge” and the league average that year “LgAge” (expressed as “TotDif”).  You’ll notice that though seven of these squads finished over … Read more

Spring is Here, and Spring was in the Majors

At 1:14 AM Eastern time this morning, the Vernal Equinox occurred, bringing with it the first day of Spring.  (As an aside, ever notice how most of “Spring Training” actually takes place in the Winter?). Here at the VORG, we celebrate this day with a hat tip to the only “Spring” to ever make it … Read more

In honor of “Groundhog Day”

There hasn’t been anyone named “Groundhog” in the Majors or Minors, but there WAS a Frank “Groundhog” Thompson in the Negro Leagues.  I’ll let Baseball Reference explain: Groundhog Thompson was a Negro League pitcher for ten seasons. Thompson’s appearance (far from handsome) drew considerable notice, just like Don Mossi in the majors or Agapito Mayor … Read more