Teammates with the Same Repeating Initials

Friend of the VORG David Branson sent me the following message recently: David Branson @obxleatherman @dianagram Greg Gagne and Gary Gaetti were teammates on a WS winning team. Other teams with players sharing the same repeating initials? Well, using the Lahman Baseball Database as my source for names, I found at least 382 instances of … Read more

If All “Initialed” Players went by their Given Names

Yankees catching prospect J.R. Murphy has informed the club he wants to be known by his full given name, John Ryan Murphy.  This got the VORG wondering about the given names of other “initialed” players, and how long their names would be if they went by their full given names (we’re excluding all hyphens, periods … Read more

A “Freddie Freeman” List

Maybe it was Freddie Freeman’s big contract extension, or his recent wedding engagement, but something possessed friend of the VORG HighHeatStats to ask me this: High Heat Stats @HighHeatStats  Hey @dianagram how about a Freddie Freeman list–players with identical 1st 3 letters in both names? Using the Lahman Baseball Database as my reference, I found … Read more

The VORG’s All-Time PTBNL Team

The Dickson Baseball Dictionary describes a “Player to be Named Later” (PTBNL) as: An unnamed player to be delivered at some future date to a team in order to complete a trade.  The assignment must be completed within six months from the date of the agreement . . . The player must not have been … Read more

It Could be a Good RotAAAAAtion

With the signing of Masahiro Tanaka today, the Yankees added a much-needed arm to their questionable staff.  If Michael Pineda and Ivan Nova join Hiroki Kuroda, CC Sabathia and Tanaka in the rotation, the Bombers could break Spring Training with every one of their starting pitchers having a last name ending in “A”.  How often … Read more

If “Baseball Player” is ever a “Wheel of Fortune” Category

Loyal VORG reader Jeff Gelman emailed me recently:

A short time after his call-up to the majors I read that Andy Pettitte had become just the second major leaguer with 4 t’s in his last name, joining Mickey Tettleton. I don’t know if anyone else has since joined this club . . .

Anyhow, I thought that perhaps you’d research which player last names contain the most of each letter. In the event of a mega-tie, perhaps an indication of the number of players and which one made the most recent major league debut?

In the interest of being thorough, I compiled the record-holders for first, last and combined names, using the Lahman Baseball Database as a name/spelling source (we’re going by how they were referred to in their careers, not necessarily their given name).  Each table below lists the letter tallied, the “record” for most of that letter in the name, the number of players sharing that record, and the most recent debut of any such player.

In the first name group, we’ve previously written about Atahualpa Severino.  Severino is one of only three players to have a “letter record” all to himself.  Meanwhile, no  “2 V” player has suited up since Gavvy Cravath in 1908:

First

Most

Players

Most recent debut

A

4

1

Atahualpa Severino

9/6/2011

B

3

120

Bobby LaFromboise

4/10/2013

C

2

171

C.C. Lee

7/14/2013

D

2

304

David Hale

9/13/2013

E

4

2

Pee Wee Reese

4/23/1940

F

2

209

Tuffy Gosewisch

8/1/2013

G

3

3

Gregg Zaun

6/24/1995

H

3

1

Hung-Chih Kuo

9/2/2005

I

3

1

Keiichi Yabu

4/9/2005

J

2

12

J.J. Hoover

4/25/2012

K

2

19

Kensuke Tanaka

7/9/2013

L

3

7

Glenallen Hill

7/31/1989

M

2

199

Tommy Medica

9/11/2013

N

3

7

Brennan Boesch

4/23/2010

O

4

2

Choo-Choo Coleman

4/16/1961

P

3

3

Phillippe Aumont

8/23/2012

Q

1

26

Arquimedes Caminero

8/16/2013

R

2

734

Roger Kieschnick

7/31/2013

S

2

142

Jesus Sucre

5/24/2013

T

2

330

Matt Shoemaker

9/20/2013

U

2

8

Julius Matos

5/31/2002

V

2

2

Gavvy Cravath

4/18/1908

W

1

651

Wilfredo Tovar

9/22/2013

X

1

184

Xander Bogaerts

8/20/2013

  Max Stassi

8/20/2013

Y

2

8

Yunesky Maya

9/7/2010

Z

2

29

Gonzalez Germen

7/12/2013

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“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

All the Sets of Same-named Players

A few days ago, this tweet flashed across my timeline:

No offense to Pedro A. Martinez, but I wish he’d have gone by a different name so @baseball_ref would automatically pull up the other guy.

As a public service to Jacob and other users of Baseball Reference, the VORG has culled a fairly complete list of all sets of same-named players, as generated from the Lahman Baseball Database.  There have been 506 sets of same-named players in baseball history, totaling 1,098 names.  The most-repeated name is John Sullivan, of which there have been five.

You’ll see the name, their debut, their most frequent position where available and the Baseball Reference ID:

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