Posted by Andy on July 24, 2009
Several weeks back, Sean announced the addition of a new search feature where using "the" in the search box returns the page meeting the search criteria with the highest number of page views.
I absolutely love this new feature and it has saved me a lot of time. In case you don't quite get how it works, let me explain:
Let's say you want to see Willie Mays' page, so you enter "Willie Mays" into the search box.
Click on that link and you'll see the result: Willie Mays, as well as Willie Mays Aikens.
Now trying putting "the Willie Mays" into to search box. It takes you direct to Willie Mays' page because he has more page views than Aikens.
Big deal? Well let's say you search for just "Mays".
That gives you 11 major-leaguers and 36 minor-leaguers. But "the Mays" takes you right to Willie's page again. So does "the Willie" and even "the Willy".
Now, here's some fun.
Can you guess who comes up when you put in "the Jim"?
It's not James Cool Papa Bell, Jim Bottomley, Jim Bouton, Jim Bunning, Jimmie Fox, Jim Thome, or any other All-Star or Hall of Famer. Nope, it's this guy, who has the most hits of any Jim.
I was recently wondering who'd come up the most for "the Charlie". I thought maybe Pete Rose, due to his nickname. But anybody with the first or middle name of Charles or Charlie is fair game, meaning even a guy like Whitey (Edward Charles) Ford is eligible. Turns out that the Charlie with the most page views is, ahem, Mickey Mantle.
This new search feature isn't perfect, but it makes finding many guys a lot quicker.
Which "the" searches can you find that turn back surprising results?