Zee Matchup was Zee Wonderful

Another day, another question for the VORG from the Twitterverse: Ruben Lipszyc @BaseballRuben Is Ziegler vs Zunino the highest alphabetical matchup in baseball history? Opposite of Aardsma vs Aaron if they ever faced each other? Doug Kern @dakern74 @BaseballRuben @dianagram   Ruben Lipszyc @BaseballRuben @dakern74 @dianagram Is Diane going to look this up for me? … 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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Winning and Saving Pitcher with Same Last Name

The logical extension to the winning and losing pitchers having the same last name is to list the winning and saving pitchers sharing a last name. Here they are through 2015: date vteam hteam winpnam savepnam 20140928 KCA CHA Casey Coleman Louis Coleman 20130529 WAS BAL Steve Johnson Jim Johnson 20120924 TOR BAL Steve Johnson … Read more

Pitchers of Record with Same Last Name

We previously dealt with starting pitchers sharing the same last name, but friend of the VORG Isaac Sasson, as well as ESPN’s Jayson Stark asked me a variation of that:

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The VORG’s “Hard to Spell” List

Tonight will be the conclusion of the Final Round of the 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee. In honor of this, the VORG presents some of our favorite hard-to-spell player names: Adam Hyzdu Al Hargesheimer Andy Lapihuska Andy Stankiewicz Archi Cianfrocco Arquimedez Pozo Aurelio Monteagudo Bevo LeBourveau Biggs Wehde Bill Nahorodny Bill Wambsganss Billy Grabarkewitz Bob … Read more

Longest-Named Batteries (Update)

A few years ago, we delved into the shortest-named batteries of all-time, and included a brief mention of the longest-named pair. “. . . the battery with the longest combined last name?  It appears to be 23.  On September 27, 1940, the Chicago Cubs had Ken Raffensberger pitching to Clyde McCullough“ Last night, the Twitterverse … Read more

When the Pitcher and Home Plate Ump Share a Name

Friend of the VORG Bill Arnold got in touch with me today: Diane, I’m sure you have heard of this last night Carlos Torres of the Brewers started a game with umpire Carlos Torres behind the plate. I was wondering how many times has this happened of a pitcher throwing to a umpire with the … Read more

Longest Last Name with 1-Point Scrabble Tiles

Once again, my Twitter followers come up with the idea for a fun post: “Iannetta” in running for longest player name made of 1-point Scrabble tiles, cc @dianagramhttps://t.co/b6Su4JbZzM — Batboy Glidden (@Number5TypeCard) April 16, 2016 @Number5TypeCard welp … now I know what I’m writing about next :-0 — Diane Firstman (@dianagram) April 16, 2016 @dianagram … Read more

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