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Marlins’ Brian Anderson — inspired by Brian Anderson and Brian Anderson — has one of the most common names in baseball history - Sun Sentinel

“It’s almost like you see yourself. Oh, there’s a Brian Anderson up there. Maybe that’ll be me one day,” Anderson said. “It’s a pretty cool experience, seeing a guy with your name. That said, it also makes you realize you’re really common, so you’re not going to stand out much with your name.”

Anderson, the Miami Marlins’ third baseman, stood out enough anyway to earn his first major league call-up this month, becoming the third Brian Anderson in major league history. Out of the 19,169 players ever to play in the bigs, Brian Anderson is tied with several others as the 14th most common name, according to Baseball Reference.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 22, 2017 at 06:41 AM | 38 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Cooper Nielson Posted: September 22, 2017 at 07:02 AM (#5536583)
So what are the least likely duplicated names in MLB history? I think Steve Ontiveros would have to be one of them. (Jr./Sr. relationships don't count.)
   2. simon bedford Posted: September 22, 2017 at 07:40 AM (#5536585)
Doug Eyechart
   3. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: September 22, 2017 at 07:49 AM (#5536587)
So what are the least likely duplicated names in MLB history?


The Jeff D'Amicos. The only two D'Amicos in baseball history, who also happened to be active at the same time.
   4. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: September 22, 2017 at 08:11 AM (#5536595)
Using Census Bureau lookup data, there wre ~16,000 people in the US named Ontiveros in 2010. They're 95% Latino, so presumably there are multiple Esteban Ontiverosi lurking in Latin American countries that produce baseball players. There are about 13,000 people named D'Amico (leave off the apostrophe for the search), and they're going to be Italian, which means less chance of a non-American D'Amico making MLB. "Jeff" vs "Steve" is something of a wash, so I'll go with the Jeffs D'Amico as the more unlikely duplicates.
   5. 'Spos Posted: September 22, 2017 at 08:41 AM (#5536607)
So what are the least likely duplicated names in MLB history?


For full names I nominate Russell Nathan Coltrane Jeanson Martin Jr.
   6. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: September 22, 2017 at 09:05 AM (#5536620)
You could also pick Calvin Coolidge Julius Caesar Tuskahoma McLish.

That census link in #4 claims that there are 0 people in the United States with the surname Garciaparra. Since that may possibly be incorrect, I'll say that combining Garciaparra with a made-up first name like "Nomar" is going to fatten the odds.

There are also supposedly no Yaztrzemskis, Rzepczynskis, or Spooneybargers. And very few Thons.

There are more Figginses and Pozos, but adding Chone or Arquimedez should thin out that herd. In fact, I bet we'll never even see a baseball player named Chone Pozo.

There are 337 Hrbeks in this country. Kent Hrbek is only one of those by name, and no more than four of them by bulk.

Dipping into the minor leagues, it's still a crime against decency that Wonderful Monds III stalled at Double A.
   7. JJ1986 Posted: September 22, 2017 at 09:11 AM (#5536629)
There are also supposedly no Yaztrzemskis
Carl's grandson Mike is a player in the Orioles system.
   8. Swoboda is freedom Posted: September 22, 2017 at 09:12 AM (#5536631)
Heinie Manush. His real first name is Henry, but I couldn't find any Manush is the US. I doubt any Arabic players would have that last name. (Look it up)
   9. Bote Man Posted: September 22, 2017 at 09:16 AM (#5536633)
When I had no choice but to be an Oriole fan, back in the Storm Davis days a commentator remarked that Davis was the most common surname in baseball at that time. I did not verify this.
   10. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 22, 2017 at 09:16 AM (#5536635)
I have a hard time imagining that any parents would ever name their kid Dick Pole again.
   11. kubiwan Posted: September 22, 2017 at 12:00 PM (#5536771)
There are also supposedly no Yaztrzemskis, Rzepczynskis, or Spooneybargers.


Surnames that appear less than 100 times are not listed at all in the publically-available database.

It is a VERY long tail, as "The Census says that about 6.3 million surnames were recorded in 2010, with about 62 percent of them reported just once." means nearly 4 million people have a unique surname (not even shared with a spouse, parent, sibling, or child). Presumably most of them are really spelling/data-entry errors.
   12. Harmon "Thread Killer" Microbrew Posted: September 22, 2017 at 12:07 PM (#5536780)
So what are the least likely duplicated names in MLB history?


To clarify the original question above, I think Cooper was asking: "What are the least likely duplicated names in MLB history that have, in fact, been duplicated?"
   13. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: September 22, 2017 at 12:18 PM (#5536790)
I also think that was Cooper's question.

The least duplicable name (that isn't simply a result of people making #### up or letting the cat walk on the typewriter at the birth certificate office) would be one with an extremely rare last name coupled with a rare first name that has a very different national or ethnic origin. So if there is another Rzepczynski out there he may well be named "Mark", but he's not likely to be named "Abu" or "Chati" or "Mbwana".
   14. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 22, 2017 at 12:19 PM (#5536792)
Yeah, I know, but come on. Dick Pole. Huhhuhhuh.
   15. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 22, 2017 at 12:20 PM (#5536797)
Double post.
   16. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: September 22, 2017 at 12:36 PM (#5536822)
Bob Miller's nothing special as a name, there's been four of them. But the Mets had two of them on the same pitching staff.
   17. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: September 22, 2017 at 12:39 PM (#5536828)
Does DNA count? "Jerry Hairston" or "Mel Stottlemyre" or "Earl Averill" or "Ken Griffey" are reasonably unlikely names to get duplicated.
   18. Perry Posted: September 22, 2017 at 12:44 PM (#5536833)
I always found it amusing that Jeff Pfeffer and Big Jeff Pfeffer were contemporaries. Also that Big Jeff was the smaller of the two.
   19. Ned Garvin: Male Prostitute Posted: September 22, 2017 at 03:49 PM (#5537013)
I have played an OOTP league from 1901-1989, and paid pretty close attention to everything (it started in 2005 and is still going). My best guess for most common MLB name is easily Bob Johnson. There always seemed to be one or two of those guys around until the 80's.
   20. Harmon "Thread Killer" Microbrew Posted: September 22, 2017 at 04:14 PM (#5537035)
Looks to be lots of Luis Ramirezes.
   21. Swoboda is freedom Posted: September 22, 2017 at 04:19 PM (#5537040)
Bob Miller's nothing special as a name, there's been four of them. But the Mets had two of them on the same pitching staff.

I remember when the Mets had 2 Bobby Jones on the same staff. There have been 2 other Bob Joneses in MLB history, but no Roberts or Robs.
   22. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 22, 2017 at 04:52 PM (#5537052)
I remember when the Mets had 2 Bobby Jones on the same staff.

Huh. I always thought that was the same guy, but sometimes he wore blackface and pitched left-handed just to change things up.
   23. Bote Man Posted: September 22, 2017 at 05:09 PM (#5537059)
Latin names don't count, as they very smartly maintain their genealogy by tacking on their ancestor's name with each generation. Americans can't be bothered with this so they truncate their family history and create ambiguity in the process. So you end up with how many Luis Castillos and Alex Gonzalezezezes.
   24. Random Transaction Generator Posted: September 22, 2017 at 05:22 PM (#5537064)
It boggles my mind that the pitcher Javier Lopez never had Javier Lopez as his catcher when they were both on the Boston Red Sox in 2006.

How do you pass up that chance?!
   25. Bote Man Posted: September 22, 2017 at 05:28 PM (#5537070)
When the Nationals played the Dodgers earlier this week both centerfielders were named Taylor. Talk about confusing while listening to the game on the radio!

And Turner hit a groundout to Turner.
   26. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 22, 2017 at 05:30 PM (#5537071)
When the Nationals played the Dodgers earlier this week both centerfielders were named Taylor. Talk about confusing while listening to the game on the radio!

Must have been like watching Duran Duran's "Behind the Music."
   27. RMc's Unenviable Situation Posted: September 22, 2017 at 08:35 PM (#5537129)
It's interesting how these guys were almost exact contemporaries. Neither made the majors, though. (And neither had my middle initial.)
   28. No longer interested in this website Posted: September 22, 2017 at 10:36 PM (#5537199)
Least likely to be duplicated? I nominate Urban Shocker.
   29. Bote Man Posted: September 23, 2017 at 12:33 AM (#5537244)
Hows abouts John Legend's cousin, Urban???
   30. TVerik, who wonders what the hell is "Ansky" Posted: September 23, 2017 at 05:11 AM (#5537255)
Hank Aaron the 24th.
   31. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: September 23, 2017 at 05:39 AM (#5537256)
Remember, if we ever see a player named Van Lingle Munga, it will NOT count.
   32. Cooper Nielson Posted: September 23, 2017 at 06:37 AM (#5537257)
To clarify the original question above, I think Cooper was asking: "What are the least likely duplicated names in MLB history that have, in fact, been duplicated?"

Yes indeed, that's what I meant. And so far I haven't seen any nominations beyond the Jeff D'Amicos and Steve Ontiveroses.
   33. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: September 23, 2017 at 07:43 AM (#5537261)
Here are a few more:

Bunny Hearn
Mark McLemore
Jim Walkup
Don Leppert
Glenn Liebhardt
Josh Billings
Charlie Householder
Nick Cullop
   34. Brian White Posted: September 23, 2017 at 12:03 PM (#5537305)
Johan Santana was a pretty unusual duplicated name, until the younger one decided to change his name to Ervin.
   35. Cooper Nielson Posted: September 23, 2017 at 12:33 PM (#5537309)
Bunny Hearn
Mark McLemore
Jim Walkup
Don Leppert
Glenn Liebhardt
Josh Billings
Charlie Householder
Nick Cullop


Great list, thanks! I forgot about the Mark McLemores, but wasn't aware of any of the others.

Anyone know the story about the two Jim Walkups? According to Baseball-Reference, they were both born in the tiny town of Havana, Arkansas, 14 years apart. But there's no mention of them being related. (Usually fathers/sons, cousins, and uncles/nephews are listed.)
   36. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: September 23, 2017 at 01:21 PM (#5537324)
2 Don Lepperts? I never knew that. The first one was just before my baseball awareness and card collecting began.
   37. simon bedford Posted: September 23, 2017 at 01:33 PM (#5537330)
Jesus Montero
   38. simon bedford Posted: September 23, 2017 at 01:35 PM (#5537332)
The mets had two Jose Reyes at camp at one point.

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