Unrepeatable (that’s what you are)

You know those “brainy” questions regarding the English language, like “what are the only words you can type with your left hand” (tesseradecades, aftercataracts, sweaterdresses), or “what are the words with all the vowels“?  Well, I’m here to provide you baseball brains with the list of players with no repeated letters in their first and … Read more

Great Names in Baseball History: A true “4-A” player

You might have missed this minor transaction from this morning’s sports section, but the Washington Nationals now possess a true “4-A” player, as Atahualpa Severino was recalled from the minors today. Just who or what IS an “Atahualpa“: Atahualpa, Atahuallpa, Atabalipa, or Atawallpa (March 20, 1497 – July 26, 1533), was the last Sapa Inca … Read more

KIPNIS plays well with others … other letters that is

The Cleveland Indians, in desperate need of some offense given their recent rash of injuries, last week called up their top prospect, 2B Jason Kipnis. While the VORG applauds this move for baseball reasons, it also makes good sense for Scrabble purposes. You see, many tournament Scrabble players like to study what are called “stems”.  … Read more

Introducing “Great Names in Baseball History”

While doing research for an upcoming post, I came upon quite possibly the most wondrous (if not most tasty) name in organized baseball history.  May I present to you . . . Josh Cakebread! Yes . . . Josh Cakebread . . . a 5’7″, 165 pound, 26-year-old Aussie who is currently manning shortstop for … Read more

Lots of Alliterative Last Name Lineup Loading

We’ve done lineups in fielding position order.  We’ve done alphabetical lineups.  Now, how about lineups with last names that all begin with the same letter? Well, there has never been a batting order with all nine guys starting with the same letter.  But there HAVE been two games with seven similarly-surnamed fellows.  Both games featured … Read more

The Most Voweluable Player Award goes to …

A few days ago, I wrote about the longest player names in major league history.  But of course, there is more gold to be mined when it comes to player names. With that, I present the all-time “Most Voweluable Player” awards, given to the players whose last names have the highest percentage of vowels.  The … Read more

Best Players with Tiles in Scoring Position

So we’ve been through the guys whose names are acceptable in Scrabble.  But what about the guys whose names are worth the most points in Scrabble? We’re not going to concern ourselves with those names that can’t be formed with the standard English distribution of tiles.  So, nobody with two Zs in their name are … Read more

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