Its Your Birthday . . . Go Directly to the Big Leagues

So you are thinking of having a child, and hoping that if its a boy, he’ll grow up to be a major leaguer.  Is there any more likelihood of that happening based on his birthday? The indispensable Lahman Baseball Database has demographic information on the nearly 18,000 players in major league history, with birthdates 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 Popular Scores in Baseball History

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 more

The Pirates “Road” to Respectability

Last season, the Pittsburgh Pirates went an amazing 17-64 (.210) on the road.  This season, going into Monday’s game at Citi Field, the Buccos already have 15 wins away from home (15-13, .536).  That’s a .326 improvement so far in 2011. So, which team has the best road winning percentage improvement from year-to-year?  Here are … Read more

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