Ray Faces the Rays, Brown Faces the Browns

Friend of the VORG Dave Haller had a question for me Monday afternoon …

Here’s the boxscore from the Ray versus Ray(s) contest.

David Branson did some research and came up with this … which partially answered what Haller had asked …

I merged the Teams data file from the excellent Lahman Baseball Database with the gamelogs from Retrosheet, and this is what I found.  Prior to 2015, there had only been 58 similar occasions of a starting pitcher’s last name matching either his team or the opposing team’s nickname (singular of that name). The breakout is as follows:

Visiting Starting Pitcher the same as Visiting Team Nickname: 2 times

Visiting Starting Pitcher the same as Home Team Nickname: 27 times

Home Starting Pitcher the same as Visiting Team Nickname: 25 times

Home Starting Pitcher the same as Home Team Nickname: 4 times

All 58 happened to feature a pitcher and team named “Brown” (Browns).  Besides Lloyd Brown of the ’28 to ’36 St. Louis Browns, the other “Brown” pitchers are the 1914-5 Yankees’ Boardwalk Brown, the 1933 and ’35 Yankees’ Jumbo Brown (19330622, 19350822 and 19350917 games only, h/t to Richard Chester) and the 1953 Red Sox’ Hal Brown.

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Kevin Youkilis and “Sabbathmetrics”

Wednesday night marks the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, the “Jewish New Year”.  That means its time for another Sabbathmetrics post, in which we look at whether certain Jewish players performed better on worse on the Sabbath.  This time, we focus our attention on Kevin Youkilis. Many fans first found out about Youkilis in the pages … Read more

Consecutive Games Scoring Unique Number of Runs

The Red Sox lost 6-4 Wednesday evening, but thanks to friend of the VORG Joey Mallick, we were more disappointed that Boston failed to score either seven runs, or more than nine runs in the game. You see, a couple of days ago, Mallick pointed out to me that his beloved Sox had scored a … Read more

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