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Old 04-23-2009, 09:16 PM
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Great baseball nicknames

I was messing around on www.baseball-reference.com and I came upon two of the greatest nicknames ever.

"The Only" Nolan
http://www.baseball-reference.com/pl...olanth01.shtml

and Bob "Death to Flying Things" Ferguson
http://http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/f/fergubo01.shtml

Can either one of these nicknames be topped?
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Old 04-23-2009, 09:46 PM
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Dick "Doctor Strangeglove" Stuart

Hugh "Losing Pitcher" Mulcahy.

Al "The Mad Hungarian" Hrabosky

'Ronald "Big Mac" McDonald (only a minor leaguer, but still . . . )
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Old 04-23-2009, 09:51 PM
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Garry "The Secretary of Defense" Maddox
Every Day Eddie Guardado
Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd
Spaceman Bill Lee
Mike "The Human Rain Delay" Hargrove
Jimmy "The Toy Cannon" Wynn
Charlie "Piano Legs" Hickman
Charlie "The Mechanical Man" Gehringer

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Old 04-23-2009, 10:33 PM
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Good old "Losing Pitcher" Mulcahy, the ultimate Phillie. Since this was the one I came in to name, an amusing stat from his linked Baseball Reference page is in order. In 1938, Mulcahy went 10-20, "led" the league in giving up earned runs, had a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 0.75, and boasted an ERA+ of 87. The Baseball Writers Association of America, obviously no more up to the task than they are today, placed him 25th in voting for NL MVP with three votes (two votes ahead of Fat Freddie Fitzsimmons, 11-8 with an ERA+ of 129).

Now I've thought of one:

Johnny "Pepper" Martin, "The Wild Horse of the Osage"
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Old 04-23-2009, 11:12 PM
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When your name is Rusty Kuntz or Johnny Dickshot, you don't need a nickname, but they called Johnny... "Ugly." Ugly Dickshot.

I was always partial to "Wild Horse of the Osage" as well (in fact I'm now editing to pretend that I knew it had already been mentioned).

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Old 04-23-2009, 11:21 PM
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What about Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown?
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Old 04-24-2009, 06:33 AM
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Fred McGriff-The Crime Dog

Gabby Harnett-Old Tomato Face

Vladimir Guerrero-Vlad The Impaler

Alex Rodriguez---A-Roid

Travis Snider- The Amazing Sniderman
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Old 04-24-2009, 08:52 AM
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Joakim "The Mexicutioner" Soria. And those he strikes out have been "Mexicuted". My hispanic roommate is insanely jealous he never thought of it before.
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Old 04-24-2009, 08:58 AM
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Old 04-24-2009, 09:19 AM
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Old 04-24-2009, 09:49 AM
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Travis Snider- The Amazing Sniderman
I'm a Blue Jay fan and have never heard this. But I hope Snider succeeds, because this would be a genuinely fabulous nickname.

But you have to spell it "Snider-man."
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Old 04-24-2009, 10:00 AM
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Gabby Harnett-Old Tomato Face
I wonder whether he or Henry Nicholas "Tomato Face" Cullop received the nickname first.

James Timothy "Mudcat" Grant

Larvell "Sugar Bear" Blanks

Carl "The Reading Rifle" Furillo
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Old 04-24-2009, 10:00 AM
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Did anyone ever call him that during his playing career? A Bermanism isn't the same thing as a real nickname.
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Old 04-24-2009, 10:12 AM
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Old 04-24-2009, 10:28 AM
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Did anyone ever call him that during his playing career? A Bermanism isn't the same thing as a real nickname.
I don't know. One thing I did like about Chris Berman was his penchant for coming up with some humorous nicknames.

If that doesn't count, then I'll go with The Say Hey Kid.
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Old 04-24-2009, 10:35 AM
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I'm kind of partial to Arky Vaughn, but not because I think it's such a great name or anything.
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Old 04-24-2009, 10:39 AM
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Dummy Hoy, a deaf centerfielder in the 1800's.
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Old 04-24-2009, 10:42 AM
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I don't know. One thing I did like about Chris Berman was his penchant for coming up with some humorous nicknames.
I like some of them too, and I'm not as down on him as some other posters are. But I think his names are a different animal and selfishly I'd prefer this thread not turn into a list of Bermanisms because there are so many, even though some are good.
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Old 04-24-2009, 10:43 AM
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An ode to my Phillies:

Mitch "Wild Thing" Williams
Pat "The Bat" Burrell
Shane "Flyin' Hawaiian" Victorino
Jimmy "J-Roll" Rollins
Ryan "Mad Dog" Madson
Brad "Lights Out" Lidge
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Old 04-24-2009, 11:07 AM
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Felix "El Gato" Fermin

Coco Crisp's name is a nickname, but a family nickname not a baseball one. I think it's spectacular, tho.
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Old 04-24-2009, 12:29 PM
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The Rockies' original "ace" - David Nied "for speed"
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Old 04-24-2009, 02:21 PM
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Joakim "The Mexicutioner" Soria. And those he strikes out have been "Mexicuted". My hispanic roommate is insanely jealous he never thought of it before.
I just saw this one the other day and it is fantastic. Best one I've seen in awhile. Nice to get away from the "First letter of first name + first syllable of last name" meme that has stripped all creativity away from nicknames.

I'll add Jim "Catfish" Hunter.
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Old 04-24-2009, 02:26 PM
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Old 04-24-2009, 02:27 PM
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Here are my three favorites (granted, not as obscure as some others):

Walter "Big Train" Johnson
The Splendid Splinter (Ted Williams)
The Sultan of Swat (Babe Ruth)

Another one I've heard that I find amusing:

Death to Flying Things (Bob Ferguson)
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Old 04-24-2009, 02:36 PM
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Harry "Suitcase" Simpson, a utility infielder and outfielder of the 1950s, who moved around to so many teams the word was he kept his suitcase packed and ready to go.

Sheldon "Available" Jones, a pitcher of the late 40s and early 50s who liked to announce "I'm available." whenever the manager was trying to decide who he should use to start a game.

In his early days with Boston, Ted Williams was known as "The Splendid Splinter" because he was so thin.

And let's not forget "Dizzy" Dean and his under-rated brother, "Daffy Dean", Babe "The Sultan of Swat" Ruth, "Ironman" McGinty, .....
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Old 04-24-2009, 02:39 PM
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I just saw this one the other day and it is fantastic. Best one I've seen in awhile. Nice to get away from the "First letter of first name + first syllable of last name" meme that has stripped all creativity away from nicknames.
Indeed, there's been a lack of good sports nicknames for the past few decades. I'm sure this has something to do with changes in the way sports journalism works. "The Mexecutioner" is just fantastic.

Other good nicknames for relief pitchers: Mariano "The Sandman" Rivera and Tom "The Terminator" Henke.
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Old 04-24-2009, 02:45 PM
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I wonder whether he or Henry Nicholas "Tomato Face" Cullop received the nickname first.
There was also Jack "Tomato Face" Lamabe.

Some others:

Dave "Kong" Kingman
Wilmer "Vinegar Bend" Mizell
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Old 04-24-2009, 02:45 PM
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Mark "The Bird" Fidrych: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:2BirdsSICover.jpg

Phil "Scrap Iron" Garner: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Phil_Garner.jpg

Willie "Pops" Stargell: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Wi...s_super-19.jpg

Dave "The Cobra" Parker: http://www.nostalgiables.com/DaveParkerSoloSI.jpg

Albert "Mr. Freeze" Belle: http://assets.sbnation.com/imported_...pensinger2.jpg

Charles Dillon "Casey" Stengel, AKA "The Old Professor": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Stengel.jpg

Tyrus Raymond "Ty" Cobb, AKA "The Georgia Peach": http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...d1/Ty_Cobb.jpg

Christopher "Christy" Mathewson, AKA "Big Six", "The Christian Gentleman" or "Matty": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ch...Mathewson2.jpg
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Old 04-24-2009, 03:42 PM
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Walter "Big Train" Johnson
Followed by, of course, Randy "Big Unit" Johnson, aka "The Intimidator" (If I recall correctly, Yankee Paul O'Neill dissed Johnson, saying he just went out there and intimidated people. Johnson responded with, "I am the Intimidator, he is the Intimidatee."

Joey "El Gallo" Cora
Dennis "El Presidente" Martinez
Ritchie "Big Sex" Sexson

Last year after Mariners closer Brandon Morrow's first few appearances with his 99-100 MPH fastballs, somebody came up with "The Pulverizer", but it didn't stick.

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Old 04-24-2009, 08:36 PM
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I wonder whether he or Henry Nicholas "Tomato Face" Cullop received the nickname first.
Hard telling,tho Gabby's debut came four years earlier and his career lasted much longer.


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Did anyone ever call him that during his playing career? A Bermanism isn't the same thing as a real nickname.
Tho some do stick,not 100% sure, but I think Berman gave Fred McGriff his
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Old 04-25-2009, 03:10 AM
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I don't think "Frank Tanana Daiquiri" ever took hold.
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Old 04-25-2009, 07:26 AM
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Y'all leave it up to one of the house Hoop Junkies to mention the inimitable Walt "No-Neck" Williams? What kinda baseball fans are you people?
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Old 04-25-2009, 07:31 AM
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I'd mention Rollie Fingers, but that's his real name How great is that real name for a pitcher?
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Old 04-25-2009, 09:41 AM
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Rogers Hornsby was called "The Rajah", not bad for the hitting king.

Huh. Wiki says that Bruce Hornsby is a distant relative and sometimes performs with a bust of Rogers on his piano.

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Old 04-25-2009, 09:56 AM
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I'd mention Rollie Fingers, but that's his real name How great is that real name for a pitcher?
I still say the best pitcher names ever were Bob Walk, Early Wynn and Eric Plunk.
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Old 04-25-2009, 10:28 AM
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Old 04-25-2009, 11:53 AM
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I still say the best pitcher names ever were Bob Walk, Early Wynn and Eric Plunk.
Let's not forget Herb Score.

And three great nicknames from my early days of listening to Red Sox baseball on the radio: Dom "The Little Professor" Dimaggio, Walt "Moose" Dropo, and Virgil "Fire" Trucks.

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Old 04-25-2009, 12:26 PM
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I still say the best pitcher names ever were Bob Walk, Early Wynn and Eric Plunk.
The A's have a pitcher named Outman.

Just a few nights ago, he was pitching to Nick Swisher (who, of course, has also pitched in the major leagues.) That's a promising matchup for the A's right there.
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Old 04-25-2009, 04:19 PM
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Let's not forget Herb Score.

And three great nicknames from my early days of listening to Red Sox baseball on the radio: Dom "The Little Professor" Dimaggio, Walt "Moose" Dropo, and Virgil "Fire" Trucks.
Virgil ,Firetrucks was a great hitter. Tigers used him as a pinch hitter.
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Old 04-25-2009, 09:39 PM
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And let's not forget "Dizzy" Dean and his under-rated brother, "Daffy Dean"
Also "Dazzy" Vance from the same pitching staff.
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Old 04-25-2009, 11:04 PM
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A minor-league player most of his career, Stubby Clapp did play for the Cardinals for a few games in '01. Love the guy, love the name - even if it does sound like a weird STD
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Old 04-25-2009, 11:27 PM
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Vladimir Guerrero-Vlad The Impaler
This one, I don't get. The only connection between the two is the name. It would a great name though if Guerrero's sport were fencing.
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Old 04-25-2009, 11:42 PM
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How about "Ock" Duliba (from the German song "Ach, du lieber Augustine". I forget who he played for. I think he was better known for his nickname than anything else he did.
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Old 04-25-2009, 11:43 PM
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How about James "Cool Papa" Bell
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cool_Papa_Bell
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Old 04-26-2009, 06:36 AM
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The A's have a pitcher named Outman.
A better name than Rays' pitcher Grant Balfour.

Pity Rollie Fingers and Bill Hands were never on the same pitching staff. Bill Lamb, Bob Moose, and Stan Veale were, though.
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Old 04-26-2009, 09:52 AM
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Other good nicknames for relief pitchers: Mariano "The Sandman" Rivera and Tom "The Terminator" Henke.
I dig Mo Rivera's other nickname, "The Hammer of God."
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Old 04-26-2009, 01:24 PM
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Old 04-27-2009, 11:06 AM
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Not here to add any nicknames, but wanted to link the OP's original suggestions to some pages with information about them:

"The Only" Nolan

Bob "Death to Flying Things" Ferguson



After that pitch of Randy Johnson (?) hit the bird flying by and killed it, I'd have thought that nickname should be applied to him!

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