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

The VORG’s Ice Cream Roster

Seattle Mariners prospect Jesus Montero apparently got into an altercation with one of the team’s scouts Thursday, over an ice cream sandwich: Montero was coaching first base, and at the end of an inning, the unidentified crosschecker yelled at him to hustle off the field, according to Boise official scorer Liza Safford. Montero then headed … Read more

The VORG’s Salute to FXX’s “The Simpsons” Marathon

So cable network FXX has begun its marathon showing of all 552 episodes of “The Simpsons”. To celebrate, the VORG presents the list of Major and Minor league players whose names closely resemble characters from the beloved show: Character Character’s role Player Homer Simpson Husband of Marge; father of Bart, Lisa, and Maggie. Harry Simpson, … Read more

Drop a Letter and You Still Have a Name

Andy, owner of the terrific High Heat Stats and friend of the VORG, asked the following question this afternoon: High Heat Stats MLB @HighHeatStats Oswaldo Arcia makes me wonder how many MLB players have a surname the same as another, minus the first letter (i.e. Garcia)… @dianagram? So with the Lahman Baseball Database fired up, … Read more

Most of a Given Name on a Team

Last time out, we listed the yearly leaders for most popular first names in baseball.    A natural extension of this is to find the teams with the most players with the same first name in a single season.  There have been four teams with at least seven different players with the same first name: 1989 … Read more

Most Popular First Name – Yearly Leaders 1871-2013

We seem to have a lot of Brandons in baseball nowadays.  The Giants had three-quarters of an all-Brandon starting infield earlier this year.  However, Brandon is not the most popular first name in baseball today.  We’re going to list the yearly leaders for most common first name, from 1871-2013, with a big assist from the … Read more