• What’s In A Name?

    Written by Maria Stefanopoulos on Apr 6, 2012 | 5 Comments

    flickr.com  Peter Dindinger

    As we approach Baseball season, I thought it would be great fun to take a look back at what the nicknames of some of the famous baseball players were known by.

    Hank Aaron – Hammer
    Johnny Bench – Little General
    Ty Cobb – The Georgia Peach
    Dizzy Dean – The Great Man
    Joe DiMaggio – The Yankee Clipper or Joltin Joe
    Don Drysdale – Big D
    Leo Durocher – The Lip
    Lou Gehrig – The Iron Horse
    Connie Mack – Mr. Baseball
    Mickey Mantle – The Mick
    Willie Mays – The Say Hey Kid
    Joe McGinnity – Iron Man
    Brooks Robinson – Hoover or The Vacuum Cleaner
    Cal Ripken – Iron Man
    Babe Ruth–King of Swing, The Sultan of Swat
    Noland Ryan – The Ryan Express
    Tom Seaver – Tom Terrific
    George Sister – Gorgeous George
    Ozzy Smith – he Wizard of Oz
    Casey Stengel – The Old Perfessor
    Carl Yaztrzemski – Yaz

    Nicknames for Baseball players fall into several different categories.

    Color – Michael Higgins, aka Pinky Higgins.
    Physical characteristics – Mordecai Brown, aka three Finger Brown
    Animals – Greg Madduz, aka Mad Dog Maddux
    Ethnic Nicknames – Herman Long,  aka The Flying Dutchman
    Titles and Ranks – Duke Snider, aka The Duke of Flatbush
    Personality – Joe Knight, aka Quiet Joe
    Food – John Candelaria, aka the Candy Man
    Mechanical – Roger Clemons,  aka Rocket


    Did your favorite player make our list?

    Photo Source:  flickr.com  Peter Dindinger

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    1. Ah, very cool. Those are some awesome nicknames. Everyone just calls me Suki or Queen 🙂 Are you excited for baseball season? 🙂

    2. Tereza says:

      Not a big baseball fan but always enjoyed sports nicknames!

    3. David says:


    4. Do you have a favorite player? I grew up in Atlanta and loved the Braves. I loved Hank Aaron, but I also liked Eddie Matthews, Phil Niekro and Joe Torre. I don’t remember them having nicknames, but especially not the ones listed in Wikipedia. Seriously? “Eddie Mattress”??

      I haven’t followed baseball in a long time. Kinda like the Trenton Thunder, but not enough to know any players or their nicknames.

    5. Being that I’ve always been in a marketing role I have been intrigued with what a name means or is trying to communicate/express. Really enjoyed this post.

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