Comments on: Meet the Oracle of Baseball http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/2230 This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 By: Raphy http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/2230/comment-page-1#comment-8535 Thu, 20 Aug 2009 04:16:25 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=2230#comment-8535 Two quick oracle searches for me:

4 players played with both Bobby and Barry Bonds:
Ken Oberkfell, Rick Reuschel, Mel Hall and Danny Darwin

Here's the chain between the only great-grandfather/great-grandson combo in mlb history (according to baseball-almanac): http://www.baseball-reference.com/oracle/link.cgi?n1=1205&n2=15201

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By: DoubleDiamond http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/2230/comment-page-1#comment-8530 Thu, 20 Aug 2009 00:21:58 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=2230#comment-8530 I remember reading a trivia question in a magazine in the early 1990s asking who was a teammate of both Paul Waner and Tug McGraw, with the answer being Warren Spahn.

Unfortunately, Spahn missed being a Mets teammate of Nolan Ryan by one season. If this had occurred, Ivan Rodriguez would have been connected to Paul Waner with very few steps. Now Rodriguez is a long-tenured veteran who has just come back to the Rangers. Neftali Feliz could have then gone back to Waner in few steps. Oh, well.

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By: tomepp http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/2230/comment-page-1#comment-8525 Wed, 19 Aug 2009 15:59:04 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=2230#comment-8525 LOVE that name, Gerry!

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By: gerry http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/2230/comment-page-1#comment-8519 Wed, 19 Aug 2009 03:35:41 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=2230#comment-8519 About 15 years ago, we had a discussion on the Usenet newsgroup rec.sport.baseball where we tried spanning the years from 1871 or 1876 to the present, using as few ballplayers as possible. Spahn came up in so many of the best lists that I suggested we rename the effort, Spahning the years....

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By: DavidRF http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/2230/comment-page-1#comment-8516 Wed, 19 Aug 2009 00:33:42 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=2230#comment-8516 Re: Spahn

Though he spent the vast majority of his career with one franchise, the two stints at the end with the Giants and Mets help him out quite a bit. The Mets links him to young players like Tug McGraw and the Giants links him to Mays, McCovey and Gaylord Perry. Also, Spahn's pre-WWII call-up in 1942 is quite helpful as Lombardi and Waner were on that Braves club. Additionally, his generation benefits because as connected they can maintain connectivity to both modern guys and 19th century guys.

Though you are right, I would have guessed Wynn & Newson would have a big advantage basically being teammates with an entire generation. Plus Minoso had those gimmick appearances in 1976 & 1980.

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By: DavidRF http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/2230/comment-page-1#comment-8515 Wed, 19 Aug 2009 00:27:48 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=2230#comment-8515 The movie list is here:

http://oracleofbacon.org/center_list.php

Currently, Dennis Hopper is at the top of the list. The list is changing though, I remember Rod Steiger used to be at the top, but since he passed away he can't keep building connections.

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By: JohnnyTwisto http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/2230/comment-page-1#comment-8514 Tue, 18 Aug 2009 21:25:41 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=2230#comment-8514 I have no idea where I saw it, but someone actually went through IMDB and determined who is the true nexus of the film world. Kevin Bacon is actually not that close to the top, though he is pretty well-linked. I don't remember who was the #1 guy. Walter Matthau or something.

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By: aawillsher http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/2230/comment-page-1#comment-8513 Tue, 18 Aug 2009 21:18:57 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=2230#comment-8513 Is it possible to determine the most-linkable active player?

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By: np http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/2230/comment-page-1#comment-8512 Tue, 18 Aug 2009 21:07:22 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=2230#comment-8512 Yeah, the key is definitely playing a ton of seasons and playing with other guys who were either at the end of a long career when you broke in or just starting one when you were almost retired. I would have also expected guys who played on a lot of teams to fare well, but Spahn played the vast majority of his career with just one franchise.

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By: mandamin http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/2230/comment-page-1#comment-8511 Tue, 18 Aug 2009 20:49:26 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=2230#comment-8511 Funny, I was sure (from playing around with that for a league on imaginesports.com) that it would be Brooks Robinson, who came up in just about every search I did. But that's probably because with Brooks and Eddie Murray, you can span 43 seasons in a single step with only the necessary minimum overlap (55-77 and 77-97). Pretty cool.

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