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

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.)

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