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

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

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