Monday, November 13, 2006

November 13th, 1946

George Theodore Born

If there's something I really like in the names department, it's someone with two first names that are also two last names: George Theodore. That's pretty good. His full name: George Basil Theodore, is even better. That's three first names that can also be last names. Cramming all that in there is no easy feat. (Incidentally, whether first, last or middle, Theodore is the only man with "Basil" in his name to play in the Major Leagues.)

As it turns out, it was a good thing George Theodore had the name going for him, as his career is not the sort that inspires much in the way of commentary. Theodore only had one season in which he played significant time. As it turns out, he had the good fortune for that one season to be 1973 with the "Ya Gotta Believe!" Mets. Theodore appeared in forty-fives as an outfielder/first baseman for the Mets that season, posting an OPS+ of 80. He also saw action in two World Series games, although he received only two at-bats and went hitless.

In 1974 Theodore appeared in fifteen more games but managed forty less at-bats as he was unable to repeat even his modest success at the plate from 1973. Theodore never played in the Majors after that season and today works a youth baseball coach, where perhaps he can help another three first/last named player make it to the big leagues.

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