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savafan
01-30-2011, 11:58 PM
I thought we had a thread on this, but I couldn't find it. I think more than any other sport, baseball has had its share of colorful characters and colorful nicknames.

There is of course, "The Sultan of Swat" Babe Ruth.

I bet Hugh "Losing Pitcher" Mulcahy's team was instilled with confidence each time he took the mound.

We had Mark "The Bird" Fidrych.

I imagine a lot of guys went up swinging to escape the batters' box with their lives against "The Mad Hungarian" and "The Big Hurt".

"The Wizard of Oz", "The Flying Dutchman", "The Chairman of the Board", "Hammerin' Hank", "The Hit King", "Mr. October", "The Spaceman", "The Iron Horse", "Cobra", "Eric the Red", "Spud" and "The Say Hey Kid"...you know who I'm talking about when I throw those out there.

Some other greats were "Oil Can" Boyd, "Captain Hook" Sparky Anderson, Bucky "_____________" Dent, "Cool Papa" Bell, "Shoeless" Joe Jackson, "Dizzy" and "Daffy" Dean and "Bam Bam" Meulens.

Of course, now we all know about "Moonlight" Graham.

There are also great modern day nicknames like "The Big Donkey", Lance "Fat Elvis" Berkman, "Manos de Oro", "The Kid", "Godzilla" and "The Mayor".

I also used to love "Skeeter" Barnes and "Motorboat" Jones for their names alone.

I could go on and on, but I'd like to hear others' favorite nicknames.

Screwball
01-31-2011, 12:03 AM
Jimmy Ballgame.

It's just a ridiculously fun name to say.

Spitball
01-31-2011, 12:13 AM
Willie "Puddin' Head" Jones from the old Phillie Whiz Kids was a Cincinnati resident after he retired. He sold Chevrolets in the 1960s for somebody.

Chip R
01-31-2011, 12:23 AM
Former Red Arlie Latham "The Freshest Man on Earth."

MrCinatit
01-31-2011, 01:22 AM
Choo Choo Coleman.
Shooty Babbit.
Mookie Wilson
Pig House.
The Scooter.
The Kid.
Schoolboy Rowe.
The Baby Bull.
The Toy Cannon.
Rube.
Cy.

savafan
01-31-2011, 01:30 AM
How did I forget "The Splendid Splinter"?

George Anderson
01-31-2011, 01:46 AM
Ron Cey...The Penguin
Peter Edward....Charlie Hustle
Carlton Fisk/Ivan Rodriquez....Pudge
Rich Gossage ....Goose
Edwin Duke Snider....The Duke of Flatbush
Eric Davis......Eric the Red
Chris Sabo.....Spuds
Greg Luzinski....Bull
Carl Hubbell....The Meal Ticket
Billy Martin.....Billy the Kid
Earl Weaver....The Earl of Baltimore
Lee May....The Big Bopper
George Anderson....Sparky, The Main Spark
Lou Pinella...Sweet Lou
Leo Durocher....Leo the Lip
Bob Feller.......Rapid Robert

Caveat Emperor
01-31-2011, 01:59 AM
The correct answer has to be "Oil Can" Boyd -- mostly because he would refer to himself in the third person as "The Can" from time to time.

I also enjoy the fact that he once forgot to return pornography tapes that he rented while at spring training, racking up hundreds of dollars in late fees and resulted in him being detained at the end of spring training. The incident was referred to in the Boston sports media as "The Can's Film Festival."

Ron Madden
01-31-2011, 02:08 AM
Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown.

Forrest Harrill "Smoky" Burgess.

Eugene Franklin "Bubbles" Hargrave.

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919191
01-31-2011, 02:29 AM
Abraham "Sweetbread" Bailey

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/bailesw01.shtml

I ran across the name several years ago playing on whatifsports when it was free. Played 1919-1921. Always included him as a kind of good luck charm.

Plus Plus
01-31-2011, 02:56 AM
Here's one that I came across and am a bit confused as to its origins...

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/a/arroybr01.shtml

919191
01-31-2011, 03:29 AM
Here's one that I came across and am a bit confused as to its origins...

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/a/arroybr01.shtml


"Friday is going to be a legit struggle, got a team fighting for its life against a kid making his first ever post season start, FWIW I take the kid Friday night, he's got nuts the size of Saturn." - Curt Schilling

The Operator
01-31-2011, 03:34 AM
I'm far from a Danny Graves enthusiast but I always thought "The Baby Faced Assassin" was a cool nickname.

Kinda had a similarity to "Baby Face Nelson" and I've always been fascinated with the Great Depression Gangster/Crime Wave era.

savafan
01-31-2011, 07:17 AM
I'm far from a Danny Graves enthusiast but I always thought "The Baby Faced Assassin" was a cool nickname.

Kinda had a similarity to "Baby Face Nelson" and I've always been fascinated with the Great Depression Gangster/Crime Wave era.

Fitting, Graves represents the era of my Reds fandom that I like to call The Great Depression.

RedsBaron
01-31-2011, 07:32 AM
I love original nicknames but I am not too fond of obvious copies. As an example, Ted Williams liked being called "Teddy Ballgame," a name he was once called by a kid. I really like that nickname, but when someone in the NY media dubbed Don Mattingly "Donnie Baseball" it just seemed to me to be too much of a copy of Williams's nickname (and as great as he was, Donnie was no Teddy).
19th century star Charlie Pabor probably had the most unusual nickname: "The Old Woman In The Red Cap." I've never read an explanation for that name--maybe he was a crossdresser.
1870s defensive star Bob Ferguson's nickname was "Death To Flying Things."
Other good nicknames include Christy Mathewson's "Matty" and "The Big Six"; Walter "Big Train" Johnson; Ty "The Georgia Peach" Cobb; Tris "Grey Eagle" Speaker; "Iron Man" Joe McGinnity; Joe "The Yankee Clipper" DiMaggio; Edwin "Duke" Snider; Roy "Campy" Campanella; Lou "Iron Horse" Gehrig; and Lawrence "Yogi" Berra.
"The Yankee Clipper" was a particularly good nickname, as it evoked the graceful sailing style of a clipper ship for a player whose fielding was always remarked upon for its grace, while also including the player's team's name. Joe's little brother Dom DiMaggio's "The Little Professor" was another good nickname, evoking his size and cerebral style of play; Dom later was an extremely successful businessman.
"The Big Dog" and "Doggie" were great nicknames for Tony Perez, "The Big Bopper from Birmingham" captured Lee May's home, his size and his approach to hitting.

PuffyPig
01-31-2011, 07:47 AM
Then there is "Wonderful Terrific Monds", who needed no nickname.

Other than maybe "Not".

cumberlandreds
01-31-2011, 08:34 AM
"Vinegar Bend" Mizell is my favorite.

Cesar Geronimo was "The Chief".

Clay Carroll was "The Hawk".

mth123
01-31-2011, 09:01 AM
The Say Hey Kid, Big Stretch, The Express, The Rocket, The Hammer, The Remington Rifle, The Goose, The Hawk, The Vulture, The Blade, Pops, The Yankee Clipper, Big Poison, Little Poison, Death to Flying Things, The Big Donkey, Yahtzee, The Spaceman, Oil Can, Manos de Oro, The Mick, Popeye, El Presidente, El Duque, The Big Dog.....

....In 2011 I hope these become household names:

Vottomatic, The Boss, Homer, The Cuban Missile

We need a nickname for Drew Stubbs. Something that reflects his effortless speed and grace in the OF.

camisadelgolf
01-31-2011, 09:04 AM
http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/k/kellyge01.shtml
Hall of Famer and ex-Red, High Pockets Kelly.

BCubb2003
01-31-2011, 09:44 AM
Loved the Baby-Face Assassin nickname (we forget how good he was at the time). Reminds me of Death to Flying Things Ferguson. At one point, the Reds were on their way to an infield of Pokey, Gookie and Noochie. Plus the legendary Toe Nash.

oneupper
01-31-2011, 09:46 AM
We need a nickname for Drew Stubbs. Something that reflects his effortless speed and grace in the OF.

The giraffe?

'cause "Stubby" doesn't do it.

mth123
01-31-2011, 09:53 AM
The giraffe?

'cause "Stubby" doesn't do it.

I was thinking more like the Cheetah but it sounds too contrived.

Redsfan320
01-31-2011, 10:02 AM
Stubbs= the Gazelle. Its not from my mind. I've seen it on RZ several times.

320

BCubb2003
01-31-2011, 10:04 AM
Drew "The Ticket" Stubbs?

GOYA
01-31-2011, 01:01 PM
Baby Doll Jacobson

Binky Jones

And my avatar, Dummy Hoy

Homer Bailey
01-31-2011, 01:11 PM
Bucky "Bleeping" Dent

westofyou
01-31-2011, 01:19 PM
Bob "Death to Flying Things" Ferguson

Ed "The Only" Nolan

oneupper
01-31-2011, 01:30 PM
Drew "The Ticket" Stubbs?

:thumbup:

Johnny Footstool
01-31-2011, 01:39 PM
My favorite is Darryl "Cool FM" Akerfelds, so named for his spring training ERA of 94.6.

RichRed
01-31-2011, 02:33 PM
Jeffrey "Penitentiary Face" Leonard

Caveat Emperor
01-31-2011, 02:48 PM
The Ticket in CF.
The Boss in RF.

I like it.

Puffy
01-31-2011, 02:55 PM
Cannonball Titcomb.

End of thread/

redsmetz
02-02-2011, 08:26 AM
Came across this poem this morning

http://www.baseball-almanac.com/poetry/po_anth.shtml

oneupper
02-02-2011, 08:44 AM
My favorite is Darryl "Cool FM" Akerfelds, so named for his spring training ERA of 94.6.

All FM Frequencies end with odd decimals, so :thumbdown. :D

oneupper
02-02-2011, 08:55 AM
The Ticket in CF.
The Boss in RF.

I like it.

We need to nickname the rest of the team. I'll suggest a few.

Brandon "No spills" Phillips (For BP...get it?)
Edgar "Buy Or" RENT-eria (Awful, I know)
Scott "The Rock" Rolen (he is the cornerstone of the IF, you know). "Got your Back" would be cruel.
Jonny "Raging Bull" Gomes (Bull in China Shop would be more precise).

Jpup
02-02-2011, 11:44 AM
35 posts and no one has mentioned "Charlie Hustle".

BTW, I'm no sure anyone really calls Jay Bruce "The Boss." I think most people just say "Bruuuce" . I don't care for "Vottomatic" either. It sounds like someone was trying too hard to come up with a nickname.

George Anderson
02-02-2011, 11:52 AM
35 posts and no one has mentioned "Charlie Hustle".

.

Look again

Johnny Footstool
02-02-2011, 12:54 PM
All FM Frequencies end with odd decimals, so :thumbdown. :D

Hey, I'm not the one who named him.

mace
02-02-2011, 01:29 PM
Ed "The Only" Nolan

Bingo. I was searching the thread for that one. He's actually listed in Baseball Reference as The Only Nolan.

I'd never heard "Cool FM." That's awesome.

RichRed
02-02-2011, 01:39 PM
We need to nickname the rest of the team. I'll suggest a few.

Brandon "No spills" Phillips (For BP...get it?)
Edgar "Buy Or" RENT-eria (Awful, I know)
Scott "The Rock" Rolen (he is the cornerstone of the IF, you know). "Got your Back" would be cruel.
Jonny "Raging Bull" Gomes (Bull in China Shop would be more precise).

Scott "Rawhide" Rolen - You know, because he keeps them dogies Rolen.

/ducks

Always Red
02-02-2011, 01:49 PM
My avatar- "Harvard Eddie" Grant.

Grant graduated from Harvard in 1905, played for the Naps, Phillies, Reds and Giants. Retired from the game in 1915, and practiced law.

Enlisted in the military in 1917, and led command of his troops on a 4 days search for the infamous "Lost Battalion." Was killed in action during that search, in 1918- the only MLB player to be killed during WW1.

In 1921, a monument to Harvard Eddie was placed in CF in the Polo Grounds, where it was the focal point of Memorial Day commemorations, and remained until the last game there in 1957, when someone pried the plaque off the pedestal after the last out. The monument has since been replicated and today is part of the Giants AT&T Park.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2727/4308577922_303fb0a8cf.jpg

at AT&T Park:

http://www.worldwar1.com/tripwire/jpg/0208egrant.jpg

westofyou
02-02-2011, 05:17 PM
My avatar- "Harvard Eddie" Grant.

Grant graduated from Harvard in 1905, played for the Naps, Phillies, Reds and Giants. Retired from the game in 1915, and practiced law.

Enlisted in the military in 1917, and led command of his troops on a 4 days search for the infamous "Lost Battalion." Was killed in action during that search, in 1918- the only MLB player to be killed during WW1.

In 1921, a monument to Harvard Eddie was placed in CF in the Polo Grounds, where it was the focal point of Memorial Day commemorations, and remained until the last game there in 1957, when someone pried the plaque off the pedestal after the last out. The monument has since been replicated and today is part of the Giants AT&T Park.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2727/4308577922_303fb0a8cf.jpg

at AT&T Park:

http://www.worldwar1.com/tripwire/jpg/0208egrant.jpg

http://baseballminutia.com/blog/2006/03/24/todays-dead-baseball-player/

http://www.worldwar1.com/tgws/smtw1102.htm

Griffey012
02-02-2011, 05:57 PM
Fred "The Crime Dog" McGriff
Frank "The Big Hurt" Thomas

Are two of my favorites, along with "The Kid" which has always been mentioned, but thats mainly the homer in me.

Always Red
02-02-2011, 06:18 PM
Blue Moon Odom, Mudcat Grant and Catfish Hunter pitched on the same staff in Oakland.

Yachtzee
02-02-2011, 08:40 PM
"Freshest Man on Earth" has been mentioned, so I'll add:

Tony "Apollo of the Box" Mullane
Dick "Dr. Strangeglove" Stuart

Ron Madden
02-03-2011, 03:58 AM
Harry "Peanuts" Lowrey.

Far East
02-03-2011, 03:48 PM
From Wikipedia, some Reds' nicknames:

George Anderson: "Sparky" or “Captain Hook”
Dusty Baker: "Fistbands"
Johnny Bench: "Little General"
Jeff Brantley: "The Cowboy"
Tom Browning: "Mr. Perfect"
Jay Bruce: "Bruce Almighty" or "The Deal"
Juan Castro: "Manos de Oro"
Smoky Burgess: "Smoky"
Orlando Cabrera: "O-Cab"
Leo Cardenas: "Chico" or "Mr. Automatic"
Sean Casey: "The Mayor"
Aroldis Chapman: "The Cuban Missile"
Norm Charlton: "The Sheriff" (Shouldn't that be Don Gullett?)
Francisco Cordero: "Co-Co" or "Matador"
Sam Crawford, “Wahoo Sam”
Kiki Cuyler
Eric Davis: "Eric The Red"
Rob Dibble: "Nasty Boy", "Dibs", or "Officer"
Adam Dunn: "Big Donkey" or "Dunner"
Álex González: "Seabass", "A-Gon", or "Gonzo"
Ken Griffey, Jr.: "Junior", "The Natural", or "The Kid"
Heinie Groh
Eddie Guardado: "Everyday Eddie"
Noodles Hahn
Aaron Harang: "The Gentle Giant" or "The Harangutan"
Bubbles Hargrave
Ernie Lombardi: "Schnozz"
Dolf Luque: "The Pride of Havana"
Frank McCormick: "Buck" or "Mac"
Greasy Neale
Joe Nuxhall: "The Ol' Left-Hander" or "Nuxy"
Dave Parker: "Cobra"
Brandon Phillips: "B-Phill" or "BP" or "BP Mouth Spill"
Babe Pinelli
Eppa Rixey: "Jeptha"
Frank Robinson "Robby", "F. Robby", or "The Judge"
Pete Rose: "Charlie Hustle"
Chris Sabo: "Spuds" or "Specks"
Tom Seaver: "Tom Terrific"
Champ Summers
Javier Valentín: "Latin Love Machine"
Dazzy Vance
Johnny Vander Meer: "The Dutch Master" or "Double No-Hit"
Joey Votto: "Votto-matic"
Bucky Walters
David Weathers: "Stormy"
David Wells: "Boomer"
Chris Welsh: "The Crafty Ol' Left-Hander"......

And some omitted on Wikipedia's Reds' list:
Danny Graves: "The Baby-Faced Assassin"
Clay "Hawk" Carroll
"Bubba" Crosby
Eddie "Greyhound" Milner
Scott "Rubber Arm" Sullivan
"Bo" Diaz
Eric "Thunderfoot" Owens
Paul "The Warrior" O'Neill
"Bip" Roberts
Tony Perez:"Doggie"
Fred "The Great Stone Face" Hutchinson
"Gookie" Dawkins
Harvey Haddix: "The Kitten"
Ray "Mr. Nancy Lopez" Knight
"Corky" Valentine
Lee May: "The Big Bopper"
"Cookie" Rojas
"A.J." Alex Johnson
Curt "Opie" Stillwell
"Dixie" Howell
Ewell "The Whip" Blackwell
Jim "Hollywood" Edmonds
"Rocky" Bridges
"Peanuts" Lowrey
Dmitri "Da Meat Hook" Young
"Turk" Lown
Josh "The Natural" Hamilton
"Whitey" Lockman
Ted "Big Klu" Kluszewski
David "Gus" Bell
Austin "Ears" Kearns
"Skeeter" Barnes
"Bubba" Church
Todd "Rollercoaster" Jones
Vince "The Little Professor" DiMaggio
"Little Joe" Morgan
"Birdie" Tebbetts
"Dutch" Dotterer
Don "Popeye" Zimmer
Willie "Puddin Head" Jones
Dan "The Cobra" Driessen
Cesar Geronimo: "The Chief"
Todd "Mercedes" Benzinger
Corky (but that's his real name) Miller
And .........
another real name: Calvin Coolidge Julius Caesar Tuskahoma McLish

savafan
02-04-2011, 08:21 PM
Who calls Dusty "Fistbands". That's appalling!

BCubb2003
02-04-2011, 11:13 PM
"The True Creature" Ron Robinson

Bob Borkowski
02-05-2011, 12:48 AM
The Ol' Professor - Ken Raffensberger

Harry 'The Hat' Walker

Bob Borkowski
02-05-2011, 01:30 AM
Bob Borkowski - Bush

Ron Madden
02-05-2011, 03:36 AM
The Ol' Professor - Ken Raffensberger

Harry 'The Hat' Walker

When I think of "The Old Professor" I think of Casey Stengel.

Ron Madden
02-05-2011, 03:43 AM
Max Patkin "The Clown Prince Of Baseball"

Bob Borkowski
02-05-2011, 09:22 AM
When I think of "The Old Professor" I think of Casey Stengel.

Yeah, the tag 'Ol' Professor' was used all of the time by Lou Smith who covered the Reds for the Cincinnati Enquirer during Raffy's (another nickname) time with Cincy.

Caveat Emperor
02-05-2011, 01:51 PM
When I think of "The Old Professor" I think of Casey Stengel.

Or "The Little Professor" Dom DiMaggio:
http://www.sawxblog.com/photos/2009/regular_season/may/dom_dimaggio.jpg

BCubb2003
02-05-2011, 09:08 PM
Also, Jim "Professor" Brosnan.

How about Franchester Martin "Poofy-Haired Pretty Boy" Brennaman?

chicoruiz
02-05-2011, 10:02 PM
"Little All Right" Richey
"Hillbilly" Bildilli
"Swamp Baby" Wilson
Bill "Swish" Nicholson (because he struck out a lot, not for the reason you're probably thinking....)

And my all-time favorite: Lou "The Nervous Greek" Skizas. What has to happen for you to get the nickname "The Nervous Greek"? Never mind, I don't want to know.

But if you really want to get into some wonderful nicknames, check out the old Negro Leagues.

gm
02-06-2011, 05:19 PM
Chris Welsh: "The Crafty Ol' Left-Hander"......

The Creeper

After George Herman "Babe" Ruth, Yogi Berra has to be the greatest. Who else had a cartoon character named after him?

"Nobody goes to that restaurant anymore, it's too crowded"

My favorite Yogi-ism

Ga_Red
02-06-2011, 07:08 PM
Satchel Paige
Suitcase Simpson
Pee Wee Reese
Smokey Burgess
Arky Vaughn
Catfish Hunter

mth123
02-06-2011, 07:32 PM
A name I hope we revive right here in Cincy: Sliding Billy Hamilton.