A Brief History of the Last Player Alphabetically

Tuesday, this transaction burst onto the Twitterverse: #Mariners recall OF Stefen Romero & Jose Ramirez from AAA Tacoma; select INF Shawn O’Malley & RHP Tony Zych from AAA. — MarinersPR (@MarinersPR) September 1, 2015 The VORG instantly recognized that “Zych” would set a new record for the last player, alphabetically, to appear in the Majors. … Read more

Same Last Name Pitching Matchups

Today’s Diamondbacks/Rockies matchup features Jorge De La Rosa versus Rubby De La Rosa.  Its far from the first time a game has featured two pitchers with the same surname.  Here is the complete list through the end of 2014. (Data from Retrosheet.  Please donate to their cause.)

Even More Improved “12 Days of Christmas”

Back in 2011 I rewrote the “12 Days of Christmas” using names of minor and major league ballplayers.  Here is a slightly improved version of that piece (more words accounted for).  Enjoy the holiday! Ahn Thees Ferst Day Steve Christmas, James Truelove gave Toomey, Jay Partridge Ina Peartree! Ahn Thees second Day Steve Christmas, James Truelove gave … Read more

The VORG Holiday Songbook: Deck the Hall

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“. In 2013, it was a reimagining of “Winter Wonderland” This year, we are … Read more

V is for Victory (for One Team)

Game four of the World Series will feature a match-up of Ryan Vogelsong and Jason Vargas.  It will mark the 39th World Series game with starting pitchers with matching first letters in their last names.  This will be the first World Series contest where both starters have last names beginning with the letter “V”. The … Read more

First Names by Debut Year

Given the ever-expanding world upon which Major League Baseball casts its scouting net, it shouldn’t be a surprise to note the growing uniqueness of player names. Just this season, we had big league debuts from players born in Taiwan, Cuba, Venezuela and Germany, to name a few “home fields”. Here is the complete list of … Read more

Players with the First and Middle Names of Other Players

Rogers Hornsby McKee, a pitcher for the Phillies in 1943-4, passed away last week.  That got the VORG wondering what other players have a first and middle name that is the same as the first and last name of another player.  Using the Master table of the Lahman Baseball Database, I separated out the birth … Read more

The VORG’s Football Terminology Roster

Sunday gives us the first weekend of the new NFL season.  To help celebrate this “other” sport, the VORG presents the following list of MLB and MILB names that have associations with pigskins: C: Frank Sacka, Wesley Holder, Kick Kelly, Robert Counterman, Bruno Block P: Claude Passeau, Pete Center, Brandon Backe, Harold Tackleson, Eddie Guardado, … Read more

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