In the celebrity world, we have Vince Vaughn, Amy Adams, Janet Jackson, and Sylvester Stallone. We have had Presidents of the United States named Ronald Reagan and Woodrow Wilson. The beauty and wonder of the world’s landscapes was captured by photographer Ansel Adams. One of the best children’s books involves a charismatic chocolate factory owner named Willie Wonka. Marilyn Monroe was one of the most beautiful people to ever live, in my opinion. What do all these famous people have in common? They have the same initials in their first and last names. Very cool and I got to thinking “Who are the baseball players, past and present, who have the same initials in their first and last names?” So, I came up with this list:

  • Andy Ashby
  • Bobby Bonds
  • Cecil Cooper
  • Danny Darwin
  • Edwin Encarnacion
  • Freddie Freeman
  • Greg Gagne
  • Harry Hooper
  • I – Sorry No I’s
  • Josh Johnson
  • Kevin Keirmaier
  • Luis Lopez
  • Manny Mota
  • Norihiro Nakamura
  • Omar Olivares
  • Pascual Perez
  • Q – Sorry no Q’s
  • Rick Rhoden
  • Sammy Sosa
  • Taylor Teagarden
  • Ugueth Urbina
  • Vince Valasquez
  • Walt Weiss
  • X- Sorry no X’s
  • Yasuhiko Yobuta
  • Zip Zabel

Special thanks to Baseball Reference and their always reliable website of boundless baseball information. Here is where I filled in the gaps that my own personal baseball library (in my head) could not come up with names. The Baseball Reference.

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