From: HTP on 28 Apr 2010 12:31
On Apr 27, 9:16 pm, John Kasupski <w2...(a)spamfilter.verizon.net>
> On Tue, 27 Apr 2010 19:28:46 -0700, eddyg...(a)msn.com (john smith) wrote:
> And finally...back in the 1800's there was an infielder named Bob Ferguson who
> is credited with being the first guy in history to switch-hit and whose
> defensive greatness was such that they dubbed him "Death To Flying Things.."
> Ferguson managed eight different teams in the National Association (in which he
> also umpired 804 games and also served as league president), the American
> Association, and the National League before he died of apoplexy at age 49, so
> I'll make Death To Flying Things my field manager!
When i saw the topic that was the first nickname that came to my mind.
Its the best nickname ever, and i'd like to come up with something
similar for Drew Stubbs
From: Ron Johnson on 28 Apr 2010 14:22
On Apr 27, 2:38 pm, eddyg...(a)msn.com (john smith) wrote:
> 1b- Boog Powell
> 2b- Bip Roberts
> ss- Pee Wee Reese
> 3b- Ron The Penguin Cey
> of- Rock Raines
> of- Bake McBride
> of- MookIe Wilson
> c- Choo Choo Coleman
> Starters- Mark The Bird Fydrich, Oil Can Boyd, Bill The Spaceman Lee,
> John The Count Montefusco
> Relievers- Brad The Animal Lesley
> Tom Flash Gordon
> Manager- Captain Hook
The earliest nickname I'm aware of belongs on the team some place.
Bob "Death to Flying Things" Ferguson
First known switch-hitter. Played all 9 positions in
the majors, managed and was an umpire.
Big Poison (Paul Waner)is a pretty good nickname. And The Mechanical
Man is such a good description of Charlie Gehringer. Likewise,
The Beast for Jimmy Foxx and King Kong for Charlie Keller and
Wee Willie Keeler. Toy Cannon (Jimmy Wynn) works really well too.
Peerless Leader (Frank Chance) is a great nickname for a
manager. Big Train seems like a great nickname for
a power pitcher -- like Walter Johnson. (Pud Galvin
was the little steam engine) Iron Man (Joe
McGinnity) gave his nickname to a particular type
of player (Helps if you understand that he was still
pitching in the minors in his mid-50s)
Boomer Scott made the nickname fit. I think you could
guess the type of player Deerfoot Milan was. Mike
Donlin might have picked up the nickname Turkey if
he'd played today. Maybe something more insulting.
Speaking of which, Motormouth Blair, Fat Freddie
Some others known by their nicknames:
Ducky Medwick (it was actually Ducky-Wucky when he played)
Cap Anson (or Pop Anson at the end of his career)
Miner Brown (Three Finger Brown)
Hoss Radbourne (or Old Hoss)
Dazzy Vance (A modest fellow who called himself the Dazzler)
Bullet Joe Bush
Cy Young (Cy is a short form of Cyclone. Though he's
though of as a control pitcher, Young was
one of the first pitchers who threw hard)
I'm sure there are millions more. These
are pretty much off the top of my head.
From: Ron Johnson on 28 Apr 2010 14:26
On Apr 28, 12:16 am, John Kasupski <w2...(a)spamfilter.verizon.net>
Who proudly wears a t-shirt that reads,
"I may not be smart but I can lift heavy things"
(Should have refreshed before I posted my list. Looks like you got
most of them before me)
From: john smith on 28 Apr 2010 15:01
Three Finger Mordeci Brown
From: Ron Johnson on 28 Apr 2010 15:55
On Apr 28, 3:01 pm, eddyg...(a)msn.com (john smith) wrote:
> Three Finger Mordeci Brown
As I mentioned, while active he was usually referred to as Miner
Actually it looks like he started out as Miner Brown and after
people learned that the references to his mangled hand
didn't bother him, it became more and more common to refer
to him as Three Finger.
In his book "Pitching In A Pinch" Christy Mathewson almost
always refers to him as Mordecai Brown. And there are
quite a few references. He's among the players that Matty