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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A Lineup of Unique Last Names

In response to the most recent article on the VORG (titled “Our Opponents Don’t Look Familiar”), Jamie Gray tweeted the following: Jamie Gray ‏@Jamee999 This title gave me a question: has there ever been a lineup of surnames seen no where else in MLB history? Jamie was seeking lineups with names that are unique to … Read more

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