Birthplace of Most MLBers, By Decade of Debut

Here is a fun little data wrangle, with birthplace and date of player debut culled from the wonderful Lahman Baseball Database.  For each “debut decade” from 1900 on, here are the five most popular cities of birth for MLB players. Of course, with no west coast baseball, the early 1900s were dominated by east coast … Read more

“Baby New Year” for Ballplayers

We’re coming up on the annual tradition of stories noting which child was the first born in a particular city in the new year.  To give this a VORG flavor, we are providing you the first player of each “birth year” to make the majors (debuting 1900 forward): Birth Name Debut 1869 John McPherson 7/12/1901 … Read more

Baseball is a Melting Pot

In honor of the official Columbus Day today, here are the earliest appearances of a player from each US State/territory, Canadian province and many foreign countries.  This covers 1871-2011: Birthplace / Name / Debut Afghanistan Jeff Bronkey 5/2/1993 American Samoa Tony Solaita 9/16/1968 Aruba Gene Kingsale 9/3/1996 Australia Joe Quinn 4/26/1884 Austria Kurt Krieger 4/21/1949 Austria-Hungary Joe Koukalik 9/1/1904 Bahamas Andre Rodgers 4/16/1957 Belgium Brian Lesher 8/25/1996 British Honduras Chito Martinez 7/5/1991 CAN AB Fred Osborne … Read more

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