Given that its Father’s Day weekend, I’m going to offer up something a bit more serious. This is an essay I wrote for a series of “Lasting Yankee Stadium Memories” over at Bronx Banter back in 2008. An abridged version of this piece appears in the anthology book. The Only Bond We Had My mom … Read moreFor Father’s Day
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 moreIntroducing “Great Names in Baseball History”
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 moreLots of Alliterative Last Name Lineup Loading
On the heels of the Craig Calcaterra-inspired “7-3 score day” post, there was a request for the most frequent final scores in baseball history. Fortunately, the VORG is prepared with the Retrosheet game logs of most every contest from 1871-2010, so one crosstab of home and visitor scores later, and I’ve determined there have been … Read moreThe Most Popular Scores in Baseball History
The lineup is of course an integral part of baseball. It literally establishes an order to the game, as described within the Official Baseball Rules: 6.01 (a) Each player of the offensive team shall bat in the order that his name appears in his team’s batting order. Over the years, lineups have been drawn up … Read moreLineups from A to Z
During Friday night’s Blue Jays/Rays tilt, Toronto right fielder Jose Bautista scored each of the first four Blue Jay runs. Sadly for the VORG, with Chris Woodward on first base in the bottom of the 11th, John McDonald homered, ruining Bautista’s run-hogging. Nonetheless, scoring all of your team’s runs is pretty easy if its only … Read moreAll 4 Runs and Runs for All, Almost . . .
After managing more than seven hits in only two of their first eight games, the Cardinals pounded out 11 hits in their game on April 10th. Then they kicked it into another gear, with a streak of five straight games with at least 14 hits, including last night’s 11-2, 19-hit thumping of the Dodgers in … Read moreCards’ Magic Number (of late) is 14