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    SB Nation: What about Bob?

    The name "Bob" is almost extinct in modern day sports.

    http://www.sbnation.com/2012/1/18/27...-sporting-bobs

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    Re: SB Nation: What about Bob?

    Quote Originally Posted by Roy Tucker View Post
    The name "Bob" is almost extinct in modern day sports.

    http://www.sbnation.com/2012/1/18/27...-sporting-bobs
    I blame Bob Boone.

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    /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.
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    Re: SB Nation: What about Bob?

    You win.

    Quote Originally Posted by gonelong View Post
    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.

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    Re: SB Nation: What about Bob?

    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".
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    Re: SB Nation: What about Bob?

    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/
    Last edited by Roy Tucker; 01-20-2012 at 08:14 AM.

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    Re: SB Nation: What about Bob?

    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.
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