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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Sports: The Awesome Baseball Names



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Those of you following @TippingPitches on Twitter know about my "Awesome Baseball Names" feature. Five times per day, I tweet a famous or not-so-famous (though undeniably awesome) baseball name.

Following are the most recent names that have been shared so far. There are a good 300 or so more on the way:

Jim 'Sarge' Bagby
Bill 'Blue Sleeve' Harper
Boob 'Gink' Fowler
Harry 'Harry The Cat' Brecheen
Loren 'Bee Bee' Babe
Kid 'Sunshine' McLaughlin
Joe 'Bananas' Benes
Johnny 'Peaches' Werhas
Hinkey Haines
Charlie 'Hummer' DeArmond

Expecting a baby and considering a baseball inspired name? Start here. If you don't care much for originality, go with Lefty, Red, Dutch, Doc or Buck. I encourage you to dig deeper. There's some baseball nickname gold buried in the depths.

They just don't make baseball nicknames the way they once did (though, it's good they no longer do in some of the racially insensitive cases). Special thanks to BaseballReference.com and Sean Lahman for providing easy access to this information.

Below are all of the names that have occurred more than once through 2006 along with the number of times the name has occurred. Which are your favorites?

Lefty - 181
Red - 145
Doc - 82
Dutch - 66
Buck - 51
Bud - 42
Chick - 36
Cy - 34
Whitey - 34
Buddy - 31
Babe - 29
Kid - 29
Butch - 25
Chief - 25
Tex - 25
Moose - 24
Heinie - 23
Pop - 23
Duke - 20
Buster - 19
Deacon - 19
Rip - 19
Rod - 19
Junior - 18
Big Bill - 17
Woody - 17
Rusty - 16
Big Ed - 15
Rabbit - 15
Slim - 15
King - 14
Ducky - 13
Dusty - 13
Happy - 13
Jumbo - 13
Rocky - 13
Sheriff - 13
Dixie - 12
Moe - 12
Pep - 12
Swede - 12
Wild Bill - 12
Blackie - 11
Bull - 11
Hub - 11
Nig - 11
Pinky - 11
Shorty - 11
Ace - 10
Bunny - 10
Buzz - 10
Hack - 10
Hawk - 10
Homer - 10
Paddy - 10
Smokey - 10
Bo - 9
Bucky - 9
Cap - 9
Cotton - 9
Count - 9
Ham - 9
Irish - 9
Mack - 9
Mule - 9
Patsy - 9
Pepper - 9
Skip - 9
Baldy - 8
Big Jim - 8
Bubba - 8
Bugs - 8
Dummy - 8
Flash - 8
Hooks - 8
Lucky - 8
Skeeter - 8
Sonny - 8
Tiny - 8
Chink - 7
Farmer - 7
Hi - 7
Jocko - 7
Judge - 7
Rebel - 7
Skinny - 7
Slats - 7
Specs - 7
Spike - 7
Stubby - 7
Tug - 7
Wee Willie - 7
Win - 7
Biff - 6
Candy - 6
Curly - 6
Dad - 6
Frenchy - 6
Gabby - 6
Huck - 6
Iron Man - 6
Mac - 6
Muscles - 6
Porky - 6
Preacher - 6
Slick - 6
Sparky - 6
Stretch - 6
Broadway - 5
Cannonball - 5
Chappie - 5
Chip - 5
Con - 5
Dandy - 5
Dizzy - 5
Dode - 5
Germany - 5
Gibby - 5
Hap - 5
Happy Jack - 5
Honest John - 5
Hoot - 5
Jiggs - 5
Monk - 5
Nap - 5
Newt - 5
Pug - 5
Rock - 5
Roxy - 5
Sarge - 5
Scrap Iron - 5
Shotgun - 5
Smoke - 5
Speed - 5
Sunny Jim - 5
Baby - 4
Bear - 4
Birdie - 4
Bobo - 4
Boots - 4
Bub - 4
Buckshot - 4
Bulldog - 4
Chicken - 4
Colonel - 4
Corky - 4
Cowboy - 4
Dallas - 4
Dasher - 4
Deerfoot - 4
Fats - 4
Fireman - 4
Flip - 4
Foghorn - 4
German - 4
Ginger - 4
Goat - 4
Hook - 4
Hy - 4
Izzy - 4
Little Joe - 4
Mouse - 4
Moxie - 4
Mutt - 4
Old Hoss - 4
Ox - 4
Peaches - 4
Peanuts - 4
Polly - 4
Pudge - 4
Sad Sam - 4
Schoolboy - 4
Scoops - 4
Silent John - 4
Silver - 4
Slug - 4
Snake - 4
Socks - 4
Solly - 4
Soup - 4
Spanky - 4
Spec - 4
Spider - 4
Spud - 4
Sugar - 4
T-Bone - 4
Tiger - 4
Turk - 4
Yank - 4
Admiral - 3
Bad Bill - 3
Beau - 3
Big Daddy - 3
Big Dan - 3
Blimp - 3
Bones - 3
Boomer - 3
Brick - 3
Bruno - 3
Bump - 3
Bus - 3
Butcher Boy - 3
Catfish - 3
Chub - 3
Cookie - 3
Country - 3
Crab - 3
Cyclone - 3
Dino - 3
Dodo - 3
Dolly - 3
Dude - 3
Footsie - 3
Gator - 3
General - 3
Gentleman George - 3
Goose - 3
Gunner - 3
Hickory - 3
Home Run - 3
Hoss - 3
Jeep - 3
Jigger - 3
Jo-Jo - 3
Jug - 3
Klondike - 3
Long John - 3
Long Tom - 3
Major - 3
Midget - 3
Minnie - 3
Mo - 3
Molly - 3
Moon - 3
Noisy - 3
Old Folks - 3
Old Reliable - 3
Packy - 3
Pee Wee - 3
Piano Legs - 3
Pick - 3
Piggy - 3
Popeye - 3
Prince Hal - 3
Pud - 3
Rowdy - 3
Scat - 3
Scooter - 3
Shadow - 3
Shag - 3
Sig - 3
Skipper - 3
Smiley - 3
Smokey Joe - 3
Squeaky - 3
Steamboat - 3
Stub - 3
Stud - 3
Stuffy - 3
Stump - 3
Suds - 3
The Bull - 3
Tip - 3
Toots - 3
Truck - 3
Tubby - 3
Turkey - 3
Watty - 3
Wimpy - 3
Windy - 3
Ziggy - 3
Zip - 3
Bad News - 2
Bananas - 2
Beauty - 2
Bee Bee - 2
Big Ben - 2
Big George - 2
Big Jack - 2
Big John - 2
Big Mac - 2
Big Mike - 2
Big Pete - 2
Big Sam - 2
Big Six - 2
Black Jack - 2
Blondie - 2
Bonnie - 2
Boob - 2
Brownie - 2
Bullet - 2
Bumpus - 2
Bunions - 2
Bunker - 2
Burrhead - 2
Cactus - 2
Campy - 2
Cannon Ball - 2
Cat - 2
Champ - 2
Chappy - 2
Chippy - 2
Cholly - 2
Chubby - 2
Cocky - 2
Coco - 2
Cocoa - 2
Commy - 2
Coonie - 2
Cozy - 2
Cracker - 2
Cuckoo - 2
Daffy - 2
Dazzy - 2
Death To Flying Things - 2
Diamond Jim - 2
Dinty - 2
Duck - 2
Dud - 2
Duff - 2
Duffy - 2
Eagle Eye - 2
El Caballo - 2
Fiddler - 2
Fire - 2
Firpo - 2
Foots - 2
Fuzzy - 2
Gimpy - 2
Gink - 2
Goody - 2
Grasshopper - 2
Grump - 2
Guido - 2
Hammerin' Hank - 2
Handy Andy - 2
Harry the Horse - 2
Heavy - 2
Hick - 2
Highpockets - 2
Hilly - 2
Hondo - 2
Honey - 2
Horse - 2
Hot Rod - 2
Howdy - 2
Hummer - 2
Humpty Dumpty - 2
Husky - 2
Icicle - 2
Iron Duke - 2
Jockey - 2
Lady - 2
Liberty - 2
Little Mac - 2
Long Bob - 2
Long Jim - 2
Mad Dog - 2
Monkey - 2
Mr. Chips - 2
Noodles - 2
Officer - 2
Oom Paul - 2
Peck - 2
Pickles - 2
Pony - 2
Pooch - 2
Possum - 2
Prime Time - 2
Prince - 2
Punch - 2
Rags - 2
Rasty - 2
Razor - 2
Reds - 2
Rosy - 2
Runt - 2
Sailor - 2
Scoop - 2
Scrappy - 2
Shanty - 2
Skeets - 2
Skippy - 2
Sleepy - 2
Sleepy Bill - 2
Slippery - 2
Smiling Al - 2
Smoky - 2
Snapper - 2
Snipe - 2
Snuffy - 2
Soldier Boy - 2
Sparrow - 2
Speedy - 2
Spoke - 2
Spook - 2
Spot - 2
Squirrel - 2
Stash - 2
Sterling - 2
Stoney - 2
Sugar Bear - 2
Swats - 2
Sweet Lou - 2
Swish - 2
Tarzan - 2
The Golden Greek - 2
The Kid - 2
The Mad Russian - 2
The Octopus - 2
The Silver Fox - 2
The Terminator - 2
Three Finger - 2
Tink - 2
Topsy - 2
Tot - 2
Tripp - 2
Tub - 2
Tuck - 2
Tuffy - 2
Tut - 2
Twig - 2
Wagon Tongue - 2
Whoa Bill - 2
Wildfire - 2
Woodie - 2
Yip - 2
Yo-Yo - 2
Zeb - 2
3-Dog - 1

5 comments:

Tommy on March 09, 2010 said...

I think my favorite fact from your post is that a guy named Boob Fowler needed a nickname. Second favorite fact is that said nickname is 'Gink,' which is equal to the nickname task of one-upping one's given name.

Jon Loomer on March 09, 2010 said...

Good point, Tommy. You can't really improve on "Boob."

Thanks for reading.

Dave Hunter on March 10, 2010 said...

My faves: Popeye (a big Steve Garvey fan as a kid), Stubby, Klondike and Scrap Iron. Scrap Iron for me is along the same lines as Oil Can.

Johanes on July 02, 2010 said...

lol

viagra online on July 02, 2010 said...

the favorite fact is that said nickname is 'Gink,' which is equal to the nickname task of one-upping one's given name.

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