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25 Best Baseball Nicknames in History | MLB.com

No. 1: Babe Ruth (George Ruth)
What if he had gone by George Ruth? It’s hard to even imagine. He was called Babe as a young player when he was all naiveté—he was like a babe in the woods. Over the years, he was called many other things—“Bambino,” “The Sultan of Swat,” “The Big Bam” and “Jidge”—but at heart, he was always Babe, and 100 years after he began, everyone still knows him that way.

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   1. Tom Nawrocki Posted: August 23, 2017 at 10:23 AM (#5519247)
Never heard Mariano Rivera called "Sandman."

This is pretty good, although it leans way too far in the direction of great players. If Ozzie Smith weren't a Hall of Famer, no one would think "The Wizard" was a great nickname. The list would have been more fun with more obscure players, like "The Immortal Azcue" or "Death to Flying Things" or "Handsome Ransom Jackson" or "Egyptian."
   2. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: August 23, 2017 at 10:38 AM (#5519261)
Rivera, Judge, Seager...none of those belong on this list but all in all it's a fun little article.
   3. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: August 23, 2017 at 10:38 AM (#5519263)
Agreed. I immediately thought of 'Egyptian' Healy when I saw the headline. I would probably include 'Icebox' in there too.
   4. JJ1986 Posted: August 23, 2017 at 10:49 AM (#5519273)
Judge and Seager really don't belong.
   5. Renegade (((JE))) Posted: August 23, 2017 at 10:50 AM (#5519274)
No. 23: The Human Rain Delay (Mike Hargrove)
Hargrove got the nickname for the many time-consuming adjustments he would make between pitches.
Come on, Poz, how is this moniker not in the top five?
   6. weiss-man Posted: August 23, 2017 at 10:56 AM (#5519282)
As others have pointed out, if Hargrove played today, he wouldn't stand out at all for his delaying tactics.
   7. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: August 23, 2017 at 11:00 AM (#5519287)
When I was a kid I had a little orange paperback that I think was called "High and Inside" that was the story of all sorts of nicknames. It was a really really cool little book that I read endlessly.
   8. SoSH U at work Posted: August 23, 2017 at 11:01 AM (#5519289)
No. 23: The Human Rain Delay (Mike Hargrove)
Hargrove got the nickname for the many time-consuming adjustments he would make between pitches.


Come on, Poz, how is this moniker not in the top five?

I'm partial to nicknames you can actually use in conversation. Human Rain Delay looks good in print, and the TV guy can say, "they call him the tge Heater from Van Meter," but I doubt too many guys were saying, "Hey, Death to Flying Things, wanna play pepper?"

By the way, where the hell is Catfish?
   9. PreservedFish Posted: August 23, 2017 at 11:06 AM (#5519294)
Not sure names like Yogi or Satchel should count either. They're great, of course, but the best baseball nicknames should be in some way related to play on the field or at least to the player's life as a player. Not childhood relics.
   10. PreservedFish Posted: August 23, 2017 at 11:09 AM (#5519297)
I'm partial to nicknames you can actually use in conversation. Human Rain Delay looks good in print, and the TV guy can say, "they call him the tge Heater from Van Meter," but I doubt too many guys were saying, "Hey, Death to Flying Things, wanna play pepper?"


There are nicknames that are just stand-ins for first names, and then there are these sportswriterly nicknames, some of which are tremendous and should be encouraged. Sultan of Swat. Iron Horse. Trout's nickname The Millville Meteor is a good one of this type and its use should be encouraged too.
   11. Swoboda is freedom Posted: August 23, 2017 at 11:14 AM (#5519303)
Dick Stuart- Dr. Strangeglove is pretty good.

Hank Aaron- The Hammer. Which gave birth to the nickname for MC Hammer, who looked like Aaron.
   12. Batman Posted: August 23, 2017 at 11:18 AM (#5519306)
I doubt too many guys were saying, "Hey, Death to Flying Things, wanna play pepper?"
The proper response would have been, "I have no need for pepper, mortal, for I am Death to Flying Things!"

I wish "Baskets Jeter" had caught on.
   13. Jose Bautista Bobblehead Day Posted: August 23, 2017 at 11:21 AM (#5519307)
Vinegar Bend Mizell. Dazzy Vance. Ewell "The Whip" Blackwell.
   14. Batman Posted: August 23, 2017 at 11:23 AM (#5519309)
Hillbilly Bildilli
   15. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: August 23, 2017 at 11:30 AM (#5519322)
I'm partial to nicknames you can actually use in conversation. Human Rain Delay looks good in print,

"Hey, Human Rain Delay, get your ass back in the box or the next pitch is in your ear" is a type of conversation.
   16. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: August 23, 2017 at 11:34 AM (#5519327)
the best baseball nicknames should be in some way related to play on the field or at least to the player's life as a player.

Hugh "Losing Pitcher" Mulcahy
   17. Renegade (((JE))) Posted: August 23, 2017 at 11:37 AM (#5519334)
By the way, where the hell is Catfish?
Hank Aaron- The Hammer. Which gave birth to the nickname for MC Hammer, who looked like Aaron.
Agreed on both.
   18. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: August 23, 2017 at 11:40 AM (#5519340)
How you can draw up a list of this and leave off Charlie Pabor and Bob Ferguson entirely (when they should be #1 and #2, in either order) is beyond me.
   19. JAHV Posted: August 23, 2017 at 11:46 AM (#5519346)
It was pretty fun, although I was reflexively annoyed by the inclusion of Aaron Judge' "nickname." And in the top 10, no less.

I'm partial to nicknames that I grew up with, so I was disappointed not to see "The Big Hurt" on there. Or Maddux's "The Professor."

Also, "The Mad Hungarian" didn't make it?
   20. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: August 23, 2017 at 11:52 AM (#5519358)
Teddy Ballgame

Donnie Baseball

The Mechanical Man

The Duke of Flatbush

The Human Vacuum Cleaner

Will the Thrill

Stan the Man

The Flying Dutchman

The Yankee Clipper

Big Poison & Little Poison

Fordham Flash

Laser Show

Wee Willie

Baby Bull

.....really, there are a lot of good ones out there. I'd even throw in there Dave Winfield's "Mr. May." Meant as an insult obviously - but it's a good one.


   21. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: August 23, 2017 at 11:54 AM (#5519361)
I'm partial to nicknames that I grew up with, so I was disappointed not to see "The Big Hurt" on there.

It's #20 on there.
   22. PreservedFish Posted: August 23, 2017 at 11:54 AM (#5519362)
This was published on MLB.com days before the Players Weekend debacle as a way of hyping that event. Obviously Poz was forced by his boss that he had to include at least two of the "player's weekend" nicknames. It's lame but he's gotta make a living, I ain't mad.
   23. Swoboda is freedom Posted: August 23, 2017 at 11:56 AM (#5519366)
Scooter Rizzuto
Dizzy Dean
Cy Young
Mark Fidrych- The Bird
Joltin Joe Dimaggio- even appears in Mrs. Robinson
Sparky Anderson
Home Run Baker
   24. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: August 23, 2017 at 12:02 PM (#5519379)
Ee-Yah is another dandy of a nickname.
   25. Rennie's Tenet Posted: August 23, 2017 at 12:11 PM (#5519388)
Try calling a ballplayer "Grandma" today.
   26. Tom Nawrocki Posted: August 23, 2017 at 12:17 PM (#5519401)
By the way, where the hell is Catfish?


Doesn't hold a candle to Mudcat Grant.
   27. esseff Posted: August 23, 2017 at 12:20 PM (#5519405)
Try calling a ballplayer "Grandma" today.


Or Lena.
   28. Booey Posted: August 23, 2017 at 12:20 PM (#5519407)
The days when many stars were known more by a nickname than their actual name (Babe Ruth, Lefty Grove/Gomez, Whitey Ford, Duke Snider, Yogi Berra, Catfish Hunter, Goose Gossage, etc) are mostly gone, but I applaud Chipper Jones and Buster Posey for doing their damndest to keep the trend alive. Are there any other players in the last 25-ish years that would fit that description (to the point where casual fans might have to look it up to see what their real name even is)?
   29. BDC Posted: August 23, 2017 at 12:21 PM (#5519408)
where the hell is Catfish?

Or Mudcat (as Tom says), or Blue Moon.

Though I see Fish's distinction between baseball-related nicknames and civilian nicknames that just happen to sound darn good for baseball players.
   30. Tom Nawrocki Posted: August 23, 2017 at 12:22 PM (#5519409)
Are there any other players in the last 25-ish years that would fit that description (to the point where casual fans might have to look it up to see what their real name even is)?


El Duque deserves credit for having a nickname that more or less obliterated both his first and last names.
   31. Bourbon Samurai is disturbed by bagel developments Posted: August 23, 2017 at 12:24 PM (#5519411)
I understand the huge recency bias, but ranking "Corey's Brother" above "the Say-Hey Kid" is a criminal act
   32. BDC Posted: August 23, 2017 at 12:27 PM (#5519415)
known more by a nickname than their actual name … any other players in the last 25-ish years that would fit that description

Rusty Greer. Ivan Rodriguez was more often called "Pudge," though people at least knew his name; I didn't know Rusty's (Thurman) till I looked it up just now.

Scooter Gennett, unless that's his actual given name.
   33. Tom Nawrocki Posted: August 23, 2017 at 12:34 PM (#5519421)
Bud Black's real name is William, which I didn't know till I just now looked it up.
   34. Booey Posted: August 23, 2017 at 12:36 PM (#5519423)
Rusty Greer, yeah, that's a good one. Pudge Rodriguez doesn't quite count IMO cuz like you said, everyone knows his real name too. Same with Junior Griffey (and I suppose Junior is part of his actual name anyway).
   35. Batman Posted: August 23, 2017 at 12:38 PM (#5519426)
Are there any other players in the last 25-ish years that would fit that description (to the point where casual fans might have to look it up to see what their real name even is)?
Chili Davis. Chili's real first name is the same as Sabathia's middle name. CC isn't really a nickname, but I bet most people don't know his real first name.
   36. Tom T Posted: August 23, 2017 at 12:44 PM (#5519431)
As a kid I was always greatly entertained by Piano Legs (Hickman) and the brothers Bubbles and Pinky (Hargrave).

Given that the SABR bio for Hickman indicates he was actually fast, I'm assuming his fielding struggles led to the nickname. Best guess might be that he moved around in the field in a rather stiff-legged manner...?
   37. Booey Posted: August 23, 2017 at 12:47 PM (#5519438)
CC isn't really a nickname, but I bet most people don't know his real first name.


Isn't it Carston Charles or something like that? Initials don't count though. Same with guys who go by their middle names (like Jose Alberto Pujols and Jose Miguel Cabrera)
   38. stanmvp48 Posted: August 23, 2017 at 12:56 PM (#5519447)
Who can come up with Rusty Staub or Sonny Jackson's first name.

Dante Bichette also went by his middle name (Alphonse Dante Bichette)
   39. Booey Posted: August 23, 2017 at 12:59 PM (#5519450)
Dante Bichette also went by his middle name (Alphonse Dante Bichette)


George Kenneth Griffey (both)
George Thomas Seaver
Lynn Nolan Ryan
   40. stanmvp48 Posted: August 23, 2017 at 01:02 PM (#5519452)
Four Presidents of the United States
   41. Rusty Priske Posted: August 23, 2017 at 01:13 PM (#5519463)
I don't consider a name that you actually go by in your day-to-day life to be a nickname. It maybe different than your birth certificate, but it is still your name.

Of course, I may be biased since my name is Rusty.

I bet I know Rusty's Staub's given name, even though I have never heard it. :)
   42. Rusty Priske Posted: August 23, 2017 at 01:13 PM (#5519466)
How about that. I was wrong.
   43. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: August 23, 2017 at 01:22 PM (#5519473)
Whether or not you consider "Rusty" to be a nickname, I think we can all agree that "Le Grande Orange" is pretty damn righteous.
   44. ESPaul Posted: August 23, 2017 at 01:28 PM (#5519476)
While I don't agree with all that's on this list, and there were some notable omissions, as usual this is choice stuff from Pos. Fun to read both the piece and these comments!
   45. Rusty Priske Posted: August 23, 2017 at 01:30 PM (#5519479)
Whether or not you consider "Rusty" to be a nickname, I think we can all agree that "Le Grande Orange" is pretty damn righteous.


Hells to the yes. That is on any list of best nicknames that I would make.
   46. BDC Posted: August 23, 2017 at 01:33 PM (#5519482)
Managers often used to have nicknames, too, Pop and Uncle Robbie and the like. In addition to Bud Black, there're still Dusty and Buck active. Tito too, I suppose, though that name has always seemed to me lazy since it's borrowed from his father, whose name is John Patsy.
   47. SoSH U at work Posted: August 23, 2017 at 01:39 PM (#5519487)
Though that name has always seemed to me lazy


Says the guy whose catcher was Pudge.

   48. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: August 23, 2017 at 01:44 PM (#5519490)
Says the guy whose catcher was Pudge.


Pudge never played for BDC's team, he only played for the Red Sox and White Sox.
   49. BDC Posted: August 23, 2017 at 01:48 PM (#5519492)
Agreed, Pudge was lazy for Rodriguez as well. Sometimes not a lot of thought goes into these things, but they stick anyway. The media in Philly often called Steve Carlton "Lefty," which always struck me as "really? how long did it take you to come up with that?"
   50. DavidFoss Posted: August 23, 2017 at 01:54 PM (#5519498)
I think we can all agree that "Le Grande Orange" is pretty damn righteous.

I had lunch at a restaurant with that name last month. I shared photos of Mr. Staub with my friends. They were not baseball fans, so they didn't really appreciate it but I was quite amused all the same.
   51. Morty Causa Posted: August 23, 2017 at 01:55 PM (#5519499)
The writer doesn't show much enterprise or much of a sense of history. (See Bill James's Historical Abstract for that.) There were some really neat nicknames in the 19th century and early 20th century. Cannonball Titcomb. Socks Seibold. Death to Flying Things Bob Ferguson. Luke Old Aches and Pains Appling. Harry the Hat Walker is one from the '40s and '50s. Hector "What a Pair of Hands" Lopez.
   52. Batman Posted: August 23, 2017 at 01:57 PM (#5519502)
The media in Philly often called Steve Carlton "Lefty," which always struck me as "really? how long did it take you to come up with that?"
At least it's better than his third baseman, "Schmitty."

The rest of the 1980 Phillies was a pretty good collection of nicknames: Bake, Bull, Skates, Charlie Hustle, Secretary of Defense, Zonk, Tug, and a little bit of Sparky. I don't remember hearing them, but bb-ref lists two appropriate nicknames for Larry Bowa: Gnat and Pee Wee.
   53. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: August 23, 2017 at 02:00 PM (#5519505)
I remember a quote from Paul Molitor a long time ago, who despised the nickname he was bestowed* with by somebody ('The Ignitor'). Said something like: 'It's a terrible nickname, not even spelled correctly, and never have I walked into a room and heard, Hey, it's the Ignitor!'

*He was also called "Molly" but that goes in the same 'end shortened name in 'y' or 'ey', rinse repeat scrap heap as 90% of baseball nicknames.
   54. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: August 23, 2017 at 02:05 PM (#5519508)
He was also called "Molly" but that goes in the same 'end shortened name in 'y' or 'ey', rinse repeat scrap heap as 90% of baseball nicknames.

Molly >>> P-Mol
   55. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: August 23, 2017 at 02:12 PM (#5519512)
You really need two lists, one for media given names that no player ever gets called in person, and another for names that actually get used as de facto first names by the player's teammates and opponents.

Personally I reserve my love for the likes of Losing Pitcher Mulcahy, Rusty Peters, Creepy Crespi, Pickles Dillhoefer, Mr. May, and Jidge, which was the preferred name that Babe Ruth's teammates called him.

But truth be told, there are very few baseball nicknames that can match the directness of some of the best old school pool room names like "Half Man" (a midget), "Shakey" (a well known junkie), "Crip" (a player with a notorious limp), "Peg Leg" (three guesses), Robbin' John (figurative), Killer Joe (not figurative), and on a more embellished note, a Norfolk player known as "The Riverboat Nitshit", because he'd never lose more than $20 before he'd want to play on ass.
   56. GeoffB Posted: August 23, 2017 at 02:12 PM (#5519513)
Walt "No Neck" Williams. Hard to top that one.
   57. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: August 23, 2017 at 02:28 PM (#5519525)
Roland "Sonny" Jackson. He and Joe Morgan were going to be the keystone combination for the ages.
   58. stanmvp48 Posted: August 23, 2017 at 02:50 PM (#5519538)
Except that Jackson could not hit or field. If I remember correctly he led the league in errors at least once playing on the only AstroTurf field in the league.
   59. RickA. Posted: August 23, 2017 at 03:02 PM (#5519548)
How about Arlie Latham? The Freshest Man on Earth
   60. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: August 23, 2017 at 03:14 PM (#5519558)
King Kelly, Silver King, Old Hoss Radbourn, The Apollo of the Box

edit: The Earl of Snohomish. The Donora Greyhound
   61. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: August 23, 2017 at 03:19 PM (#5519569)
Dizzy and Daffy
   62. JimMusComp likes Billy Eppler.... Posted: August 23, 2017 at 03:25 PM (#5519575)
Doug Mientkweitz (sp) aka: Eye Chart....that is all.
   63. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: August 23, 2017 at 03:32 PM (#5519581)
Molly >>> P-Mol


I wanted to see "A-Rod" on here, because that format was actually new at one time.

Also missing: Big Poison and Little Poison, the Waner Brothers.

And #1 is spot-on, I never heard Rivera referred to as "Sandman".

   64. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: August 23, 2017 at 03:34 PM (#5519586)
The Georgia Peach, The Silver Eagle, the Hoosier Thunderbolt

Rube (I couldn't tell you the real names of any of Marquard, Waddell, or Foster).
   65. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: August 23, 2017 at 03:35 PM (#5519587)
And #1 is spot-on, I never heard Rivera referred to as "Sandman".


His walk-in music was "Enter Sandman"

edit: I guess I never did hear him called Sandman, but, it does make some sense with the walk-in music.
   66. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: August 23, 2017 at 03:40 PM (#5519594)
His walk-in music was "Enter Sandman"

Right, but no one ever said "Sandman Rivera ( or Sandman) was really dealing last night."
   67. PreservedFish Posted: August 23, 2017 at 03:40 PM (#5519595)
His walk-in music was "Enter Sandman"


And yet I never heard him referred to as "Sandman."
   68. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: August 23, 2017 at 03:45 PM (#5519601)
Try calling a ballplayer "Grandma" today.


Or Lena.


Or Lady
   69. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: August 23, 2017 at 03:48 PM (#5519604)
The Mayor was a good, modern nickname. It was perfect for Sean Casey's personality. I don't know how much it is even known outside of Cincinnati though.
   70. BDC Posted: August 23, 2017 at 03:53 PM (#5519609)
I didn't know that Casey was The Mayor.

Whitey Ford is The Chairman of the Board. Fits the archetypal #1 starter role, plus it rhymes.
   71. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: August 23, 2017 at 03:59 PM (#5519613)
I didn't know that Casey was The Mayor.


He definitely is in Reds country. I also like Big Puma for Lance Berkman, but, I don't know if he was ever really called that, or just something that's listed on b-ref.


Also, does anyone actually refer to Kershaw as The Claw, or Kid K, or the Minotaur (All listed on b-ref). All of those are good.

Dr. K, the Rocket, the Big Train

Doc Halladay

   72. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: August 23, 2017 at 04:05 PM (#5519619)
Charlie Hustle is truly a great nickname. So great that I named my dog Charlie Hustle.
   73. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: August 23, 2017 at 04:08 PM (#5519623)
The first dog we had in my family when i was a kid was named Sparky (Cincinnati, in the 70s).
   74. JAHV Posted: August 23, 2017 at 04:21 PM (#5519634)
It's #20 on there.


Thanks, I just missed it.
   75. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: August 23, 2017 at 04:37 PM (#5519650)
One Dog
   76. Perry Posted: August 23, 2017 at 04:42 PM (#5519654)
The media in Philly often called Steve Carlton "Lefty," which always struck me as "really? how long did it take you to come up with that?"


Maybe, although as some (Bill James?) said, when you refer to someone as "Lefty" and everybody in the game knows exactly who you mean, that's a hell of a pitcher.
   77. Perry Posted: August 23, 2017 at 04:48 PM (#5519660)
Bill James had a great bit in one of his Abstracts about how the tenor and style of nicknames have changed over the decades, and used Graig Nettles as an example, i.e. If Graig Nettles had played in [decade] his nickname would have been [nickname]. The only ones I remember were "The Leaping Octopus" for the 1890s, when they tended to be kind of flowery, and "Flatnose" for the 1930s, when they got mean, but the whole thing was hilarious.

   78. DanG Posted: August 23, 2017 at 04:50 PM (#5519665)
   79. DavidFoss Posted: August 23, 2017 at 04:52 PM (#5519667)
The Only Nolan

... but he's neither of the Nolans that you're thinking of.
   80. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: August 23, 2017 at 04:52 PM (#5519668)
Maybe, although as some (Bill James?) said, when you refer to someone as "Lefty" and everybody in the game knows exactly who you mean, that's a hell of a pitcher.


Lefty Grove, right?
   81. Perry Posted: August 23, 2017 at 04:54 PM (#5519669)
I don't believe Boom Boom Beck has been mentioned yet -- that's an all-timer, especially since it was supposedly based on the sounds one often heard in rapid succession when he threw a pitch, the first from the ball hitting the bat, the second from it hitting an outfield wall.

Which also reminds me: John "Way Back" Wasdin.

   82. Perry Posted: August 23, 2017 at 04:57 PM (#5519673)
Lefty Grove, right?


Applies to both of them, although it's possible he was writing about Grove in that comment, I don't remember for sure.
   83. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: August 23, 2017 at 05:08 PM (#5519685)
Lefty Grove, right?

I don't know. Lefty Gomez overlapped his career significantly, and was a hell of a pitcher too.
   84. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: August 23, 2017 at 05:34 PM (#5519716)
I've always liked Hippo Vaughn as a nickname, although he was probably smaller than Mo.
   85. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: August 23, 2017 at 05:39 PM (#5519721)
Lefty Gomez overlapped his career significantly, and was a hell of a pitcher too.

also the rare nickname X 2--Lefty "Goofy" Gomez
   86. Rennie's Tenet Posted: August 23, 2017 at 06:13 PM (#5519739)
A very good pair of nicknames is Harry "the Cat" Brecheen and Harvey "the Kitten" Haddix, the Kitten reminding some of the Cat.
   87. Booey Posted: August 23, 2017 at 06:16 PM (#5519741)
As far as ironic nicknames go, I always liked Bartolo "Big Sexy" Colon and Rich "El Guapo" Garces.
   88. Zach Posted: August 23, 2017 at 06:37 PM (#5519747)
"Death to Flying Things" has got to be the best ever.

   89. Zach Posted: August 23, 2017 at 06:40 PM (#5519750)
Billy "Country Breakfast" Butler is pretty good for a (nearly) current player.
   90. cardsfanboy Posted: August 23, 2017 at 06:50 PM (#5519755)
Second article I've read on great nicknames this month, that didn't include Final Boss / Stone Buddha. I'm sorry but All Rise? Really? c'mon, heck Jon Jay "Chief Justice" is better than that thing.
   91. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: August 23, 2017 at 06:55 PM (#5519758)
I've always liked Hippo Vaughn as a nickname, although he was probably smaller than Mo.

Have we all forgotten Piano Legs Hickman? Yes. Yes, we have. Great nickname, though.

Creepy Crespi.

El Presidente.
   92. Sweatpants Posted: August 23, 2017 at 06:57 PM (#5519759)
I'm partial to nicknames that I grew up with, so I was disappointed not to see "The Big Hurt" on there. Or Maddux's "The Professor."
If you asked a Braves fan in the '90s or '00s who The Professor was, they'd have told you it was Pete Van Wieren. I don't recall Maddux being called that very often.
c'mon, heck Jon Jay "Chief Justice" is better than that thing.
Jon Jay was The Federalist.

Oh, and I think my favorite old-time nickname is Glass Arm Eddie.
   93. The Duke Posted: August 23, 2017 at 07:06 PM (#5519762)
Great nicknames encapsulate a player's mystique. Skates for Lonnie smith was awesome. Big Hurt, Toy Cannon and Charlie Hustle were perfect.

Trump used perfect nicknames to win the presidency. Nicknames can be quite powerful
   94. BDC Posted: August 23, 2017 at 07:13 PM (#5519766)
'70s relievers used to have outlandish nicknames. JAHV mentioned Al Hrabosky, The Mad Hungarian. Jim Kern was the Emu, Bill Lee was Spaceman, Aurelio Lopez was Señor Smoke. Terry Forster was Fat Tub of Goo, though that wasn't really used on an everyday basis.
   95. cardsfanboy Posted: August 23, 2017 at 07:15 PM (#5519771)
Jon Jay was The Federalist.


Yep, he's been gone so long I forgot...:) Still better than "all rise"...I'm not even sure how that is a nickname.
   96. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: August 23, 2017 at 07:16 PM (#5519772)
'70s relievers used to have outlandish nicknames. JAHV mentioned Al Hrabosky, The Mad Hungarian. Jim Kern was the Emu, Bill Lee was Spaceman, Aurelio Lopez was Señor Smoke. Terry Forster was Fat Tub of Goo, though that wasn't really used on an everyday basis.

Not outlandish, but Sparky Lyle was used exclusively, and Goose Gossage far more frequently than Rich.

Was Rollie Fingers his real name or a nickname?
   97. BDC Posted: August 23, 2017 at 07:23 PM (#5519777)
Fingers' given name was Roland.
   98. cardsfanboy Posted: August 23, 2017 at 07:27 PM (#5519779)
'70s relievers used to have outlandish nicknames. JAHV mentioned Al Hrabosky, The Mad Hungarian. Jim Kern was the Emu, Bill Lee was Spaceman, Aurelio Lopez was Señor Smoke. Terry Forster was Fat Tub of Goo, though that wasn't really used on an everyday basis.


I've seen so many articles in the past talking about different nicknames and how the past was so much better, yet here Posnanski has Mr Smile (Francisco Lindor), Scrabble (Marc Rzepczynski), Joey Bats (Jose Bautista), Kung Fu Panda (Pablo Sandoval), Thor (Noah Syndergaard), Corey's Brother (Kyle Seager) , All Rise (Aaron Judge), Millville Meteor (Mike Trout)....

The only one worthy of a top 25 list and honorable mention is Kung Fu Panda, Scrabble and maybe Thor....you could push Joey Bats I guess..
   99. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: August 23, 2017 at 07:27 PM (#5519780)
Still better than "all rise"...I'm not even sure how that is a nickname.

It's not, but it's what's going on the back of his jersey for the "players' weekend." It's as much a nickname as "He Hate Me."
   100. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: August 23, 2017 at 07:39 PM (#5519786)
A very good pair of nicknames is Harry "the Cat" Brecheen and Harvey "the Kitten" Haddix, the Kitten reminding some of the Cat.

They were also both smallish lefthanders who were teammates on the 1952 Cardinals. Haddix's nickname was almost a foregone conclusion.
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