Does The 1920 World Series Hold The Answer To Logan Roy’s Successor?

A baby name website thinks they have the show’s finale figured out.

BYBen Mock
Does The 1920 World Series Hold The Answer To Logan Roy’s Successor?

HBO's boardroom thriller Succession concludes on May 28. After four seasons and hundreds of twists, turns, and backstabbings, we finally get an answer to the question "Who will succeed Logan Roy?" It's a question that was put sharply into focus following Logan's death earlier in the season.

There are three primary candidates to finally and permanently take over at Waystar Royco from the late Logan Roy. You have Kendall Roy, Logan's son and his presumptive successor for most of the show. Furthermore, Kendall has been running the company since his father's death. However, there is also youngest son Roman who has been gunning for his brother's gig after the collapse of CEBros. Finally, there is Shiv, Logan's daughter and one-time preferred choice for the role. She is currently playing the long game, budding up with Swedish tech magnate and potential new Waystar Royco owner, Lukas Matsson. But a baby name website might have solved the show's highly-anticipated finale.

Nameberry Reveals Sports Reference As Solution

In a TikTok video, the editor-in-chief of Nameberry broke down a fascinating baseball reference that has been sat in plain sight for the entirety of the show. Tom Wambsgans is Shiv's husband, baby daddy, and recurring villain. He has spent the show working his way up the corporate ladder at Waystar Royco and is seen as the "anti-nepo baby" option by the company's old guard.

Wambsgans, as Nameberry explains, is a very rare and somewhat unique German surname. The best-known example of the name is Bill Wambsganss, a second baseman who played in the MLB between 1914 and 1926. However, this is where things get interesting. Wambsganss is not especially notable, except for his unassisted triple play in the 1920 World Series. To put it another way, a man named Wambsgans took out three people in the season finale. It's an intriguing theory to be sure and one of many currently floating around. Meanwhile, sportsbooks currently have Shiv as the odds-on favorite to take over the company. What do you think about this theory - is Wambsgans a nod to the successor? Or is this simply a red herring to stir up a little drama?


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Benjamin Mock (they/them) is a sports and culture writer working out of Philadelphia. Previously writing for the likes of Fixture, Dexerto, Fragster, and Jaxon, Ben has dedicated themselves to engaging and accessible articles about sports, esports, and internet culture. With a love for the weirder stories, you never quite know what to expect from their work.