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Roy Tucker
01-19-2012, 01:13 PM
The name "Bob" is almost extinct in modern day sports.

http://www.sbnation.com/2012/1/18/2713941/rip-sporting-bobs

gonelong
01-19-2012, 05:29 PM
The name "Bob" is almost extinct in modern day sports.

http://www.sbnation.com/2012/1/18/2713941/rip-sporting-bobs (http://www.sbnation.com/2012/1/18/2713941/rip-sporting-bobs)

I blame Bob Boone.

GL

/Bob Purkey, Bob Bescher, Bob Borkowski, Bob Tolan, Bob Quinn, Bob Howsam and Bob Castellini weep silently.
// Need to convince Robert Stephenson to go by Bob, he could corner the Bob market.

UKFlounder
01-19-2012, 05:33 PM
You win. :beerme:


I blame Bob Boone.

GL

/Bob Purkey, Bob Bescher, Bob Borkowski, Bob Tolan, Bob Quinn, Bob Howsam and Bob Castellini weep silently.
// Need to convince Robert Stephenson to go by Bob, he could corner the Bob market.

New York Red
01-20-2012, 05:49 AM
I'm sure it's not a sports thing, but more a society thing. I think of the first names of many of my older relatives (some of whom are deceased) and most of those names are rarely given to newborn babies these days. I have an uncle Bob who's in his 70's, but I can't think of anyone I know (relative, friend or co-worker) with that name who's under the age of 30 or so. I'm sure we could come up with a list of quite a few names besides Bob that are also becoming "extinct".

Roy Tucker
01-20-2012, 09:11 AM
From 1924 to 1939, Robert was the #1 baby name. From 1940 to 1952, it was #2 and then had a brief re-appearance at #1 in 1953. That's a lot of Bob's. Both my dad and older brother are named Robert.

And then it steadily dropped all through the years till 2009 when it was #55. It was #54 in 2010.

Everything you ever wanted to know about given names here... http://www.ssa.gov/OACT/babynames/

blumj
01-20-2012, 09:29 AM
Seems like most Roberts start out as Robbies and grow up to be Robs now, and then, even when you do get the occasionally Bobby, he stays a Bobby. And you have to think a lot of the Roberts are Robbies-Robs because their Dads or Granddads are already the Bob in the family.