World Series Game Seven Factoids

Well we’ve finally reached the end of the 2016 season, with what should be a very entertaining game seven between the Cubs and Indians.  Here are some “game seven” facts to whet your appetite. Record for most SP K’s in a WS game 7 is 10, done 4 times. Last done by Roger Clemens in … Read more

Teams with Same Linescore in Consecutive Games

Friend of the VORG James Smyth, Wednesday afternoon … Air the @dianagram Siren: Yankees have 5 runs, 9 hits, 0 errors for all 3 games of their series in Seattle — James Smyth (@JamesSmyth621) August 24, 2016 Now I have my own “Bat signal”?  Cool! So, using the Retrosheet gamelogs, I’ve determined that the Yankees … Read more

VORG’S International Left-handers Day Salute

Did you know that August 13 is Lefthanders Day? As per Wikipedia: As the name suggests, it is meant to promote awareness of the inconveniences facing left-handers in a predominantly right-handed world. It celebrates their uniqueness and differences, who are from seven to ten percent of the world’s population. Thousands of left-handed people in today’s … Read more

The “First Half” Record Holders

A couple of weeks ago on Sunday Night Baseball, John Kruk mentioned how the “first half” of the season doesn’t really match up with the “All-Star Break” anymore.  Now, loyal readers of the VORG will remember that we covered this in detail last year.  The phrase “Most ____ by the All-Star Break” is relatively meaningless … Read more

Who Moved My All-Star Break?

We’re in the last week prior to the 2013 All-Star Break, and with it will come the usual pronouncements of some player setting a record for most ____ by the Break.  Now of course, the actual date of All-Star Break moves around quite a bit, but its generally the beginning of the second week of July.    Here’s a breakdown of the actual dates of the All-Star Game, excluding 1981 (when it was held after the end of the strike) and the dates of the second of the two games played each year from 1959-1962:

DATE OF ALL-STAR GAME
DATE Count Pct.
7/11 11 13.9
7/13 11 13.9
7/10 9 11.4
7/9 8 10.1
7/12 7 8.9
7/8 7 8.9
7/14 5 6.3
7/7 5 6.3
7/15 4 5.1
7/6 4 5.1
7/16 2 2.5
7/23 2 2.5
7/17 1 1.3
7/19 1 1.3
7/24 1 1.3
7/25 1 1.3
Total 79 100.0

Take that and add in that fact that the teams all play a different number of games prior to the break, and it renders “Most ____ by the Break” statements kind of weak (at least without many caveats).  Here is the percentage of each season’s games actually played prior to the Break from 1933-2012, excluding strike years:

gamesbyasb

As you can see, prior to the 1950s, the Break generally occurred with less than 50% of the season completed.  That dramatically changed during the last 60s and early 70s, before dropping back under 50% in the early 1980s.  The percentage has been trending upward since then, with the last season that had a break before 50% of games played occurring in 1991.  (This represents games actually played based on rainouts/postponements, rather than the original schedule, but the percentages based on the original schedule didn’t differ significantly.)

Read more

Leap Year Leaders

Wednesday is Leap Day and to “celebrate”, the VORG hereby presents the single-season record holders specifically restricted to Leap Years. I limited this to post-1900, if you’re wondering . . . STAT LEADER RECORD YEAR AVG Rogers Hornsby .424 1924 OBP Barry Bonds .609 2004 SLG Babe Ruth .847 1920 OPS Barry Bonds 1.422 2004 … Read more

%d bloggers like this: