New Day, Opposing Pitcher with Same Last Name

From the Twitterverse on Thursday. It started innocently enough:

… which led to:

 

To which Jayson Stark replied:

So, using the Retrosheet game logs, it turns out that the same team has faced two different pitchers with the same last name in consecutive games nearly 200 times between 1914 and 2015! Of course there are brother combinations in there, like the Perrys, Niekros and Deans, but there are quite a few more without a familial link.  Here they are, in team-by-team order:

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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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Opposing Pitchers Sharing a Birthday

In a group of 25 people (such as a baseball club), there is a 57% chance that at least two people will share a birthday. In a group of 50 people (such as competing ballclubs), there is a 97% chance of at least two people sharing a birthday. Given this, how often have opposing pitchers … Read more

More Pitching Matchup Weirdness

Friend of the VORG Tim Moore on the “Effectively Wild” Facebook page earlier this week: Curious about pitchers with the same surname as the opposing pitcher’s birthplace. Bonus points if it’s a Capitol. resulting in the following discussion … Diane Firstman Tim ….. are you serious about that? Tim Moore Always. OK, so pulling the … Read more

Intentionally Walking the Pitcher?

Last Monday night, HighHeatStats tweeted the following:

High Heat Stats@HighHeatStats 

Boxscore Trivia (difficulty 4 out of 5): what happened most recently in this 1995 game? http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/HOU/HOU199507250.shtml …

In attempting to answer the question, I misread the boxscore and this conversation ensued:

intentionally walking the pitcher?

Hmm @dianagram wow did that happen? Not what I was looking for.

scratch that 🙂

But it got me wondering if there had ever been an intentional walk of a pitcher.  With the Baseball Reference Play Index Event Finder fired up, I found these nine occurrences since 1945 (as far back as the Event Finder goes, with the caveat that IBBs were not an officially-tracked statistic until 1955):

Date Batter Tm Opp Pitcher Score Inn RoB Out
1946-04-21 (1) Schoolboy Rowe PHI BSN Johnny Sain tied 2-2 b9 -2- 2
1947-08-15 Schoolboy Rowe PHI BRO Joe Hatten tied 1-1 b2 -2- 2
1947-08-15 Schoolboy Rowe PHI BRO Joe Hatten tied 1-1 b4 -2- 2
1947-09-20 (1) Fred Hutchinson DET CLE Bob Feller tied 2-2 b10 -2- 1
1957-05-12 (1) Mickey McDermott KCA @CLE Early Wynn ahead 0-2 t4 -23 1
1957-07-14 (2) Lou Sleater DET BAL George Zuverink tied 6-6 b9 -2- 1
1958-07-25 (2) Juan Pizarro MLN CHC Don Elston ahead 1-3 b6 -2- 2
1970-09-01 (2) Jim Kaat MIN @MIL Bobby Bolin ahead 1-2 t11 -23 1
2004-05-05 Brooks Kieschnick MIL @CIN Danny Graves tied 4-4 t9 -2- 1
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/7/2013.

 

Schoolboy Rowe could really handle himself at the plate.  As a 22-year-old in A-ball in 1932, he hit .295 and smacked ten homers in 112 at-bats, while also going 19-7 on the mound with a 1.094 WHIP.  In 1943, at the age of 33, he hit .294/.390/.510 in 59 plate appearances as a pinch-hitter, to go along with a .304/.385/.420 rate in games he actually started at pitcher.

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Glove Will Keep Us Together

Its Valentine’s Day on Tuesday, and what better way for the VORG to celebrate it than to examine the “couples” that have lasted the longest on the diamond. I’m speaking of the batterymates . . . pitchers and catchers.  They have to be able to communicate well, in many different, subtle forms.  The twittering of … Read more

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