Father's Nickname is Dad: Joe Posnanski's 25 Best Nicknames

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My favourite is probably "The Mad Hungarian" (Al Hrabosky), which isn't listecd. Have to give it some thought.

http://m.mlb.com/news/article/249924830/25-best-baseball-nicknames-in-history/

Poll Results

OptionVotes
21. Oil Can Boyd (Dennis Boyd) 4
24. Scrabble (Marc Rzepczynski) 3
2. Cool Papa Bell (James Bell) 2
20. The Big Hurt (Frank Thomas) 1
23. The Human Rain Delay (Mike Hargrove) 1
11. Toy Cannon (Jimmy Wynn) 1
16. The Say Hey Kid (Willie Mays) 1
7. Shoeless Joe Jackson 0
8. The Wizard (Ozzie Smith) 0
25. The Penguin (Ron Cey) 0
6. Satchel Paige (Leroy Paige) 0
5. Charlie Hustle (Pete Rose) 0
4. Yogi Berra (Lawrence Berra) 0
3. Big Papi (David Ortiz) 0
1. Babe Ruth (George Ruth) 0
9. Mr. October (Reggie Jackson) 0
10. All Rise (Aaron Judge) 0
22. Joey Bats (Jose Bautista) 0
19. Kung Fu Panda (Pablo Sandoval) 0
18. The Secretary of Defense (Garry Maddox) 0
17. Turkey Stearnes (Norman Stearnes) 0
15. Thor (Noah Syndergaard) 0
14. Sandman (Mariano Rivera) 0
13. Double Duty Radcliffe (Ted Radcliffe) 0
12. Corey's Brother (Kyle Seager) 0
0. something not listed (specify) 0


clemenza, Wednesday, 23 August 2017 15:41 (four years ago) link

"Scrabble" always cracks me up

frogbs, Wednesday, 23 August 2017 16:29 (four years ago) link

yeah Scrabble is the one in which i'll always use instead of proper name.

Van Horn Street, Thursday, 24 August 2017 00:49 (four years ago) link

i'm sad to say i didn't even know satchel was a nickname! i just thought it was an odd name.

i might go with cool papa bell. reading about the negro leagues as a kid, i was always transfixed by him. part of it was the old story about him being able to climb into bell before the lights went off, and part of it was this photo of him that accompanied his bio in the book i had

http://i.imgur.com/fqZEWmu.jpg

he just looked so fresh and young and cheerful. but his nickname, i think, is what really made him an instant fave.

Karl Malone, Thursday, 24 August 2017 01:06 (four years ago) link

is "All Rise" Judge's nickname or just a phrase used w/him?

nomar, Thursday, 24 August 2017 01:21 (four years ago) link

it's bad either way

mookieproof, Thursday, 24 August 2017 01:28 (four years ago) link

Oil Can Boyd because it gives me flashbacks to my youth in 80s Boston. Big Papi a close second.

Moodles, Thursday, 24 August 2017 01:28 (four years ago) link

agree all rise is terrible

johnny crunch, Thursday, 24 August 2017 01:34 (four years ago) link

lol yeah wtf

k3vin k., Thursday, 24 August 2017 01:43 (four years ago) link

The Big Hurt is probably the only good thing Hawk has ever said.

Van Horn Street, Thursday, 24 August 2017 01:47 (four years ago) link

i appreciate nicknames that are complete non sequiturs. voted oil can

mookieproof, Thursday, 24 August 2017 01:53 (four years ago) link

Oil Can would be my pick though I have a fondness for the big hurt. yeah All Rise is garbage.

nomar, Thursday, 24 August 2017 02:01 (four years ago) link

call him tallboy imo

Karl Malone, Thursday, 24 August 2017 02:02 (four years ago) link

Posnanski says in the piece that All Rise isn't really a nickname, so I'm not sure why he included it. Babe and Yogi and Satchel seem like a separate category to me--when the nickname eclipses the birth name, they don't seem like nicknames anymore. (And yet, Goose Gossage does seem like a nickname to me, even though I never heard anyone ever refer to him as Rich past a certain point.) There are lots of great nicknames throughout Ball Four, some of them pretty cruel. "Dr. Strangelove" for Dick Stuart was a great one, even though I don't know why they called him that. Surprised "Le Grand Orange" didn't make the list.

clemenza, Thursday, 24 August 2017 03:22 (four years ago) link

every pick more current than the big hurt is a bad choice

qualx, Thursday, 24 August 2017 05:04 (four years ago) link

"corey's brother" come on, that's not even a nickname it's a one-off joke

qualx, Thursday, 24 August 2017 05:04 (four years ago) link

I like Kung Fu Panda. Never cared much for Joey Bats, believe it or not--and I thought it had to do with Goodfellas, not The Untouchables.

clemenza, Thursday, 24 August 2017 05:22 (four years ago) link

"Dr. Strangelove" for Dick Stuart was a great one, even though I don't know why they called him that.

You mean "Dr. Strangeglove" (because he was a bad fielder)?

NoTimeBeforeTime, Thursday, 24 August 2017 09:25 (four years ago) link

There you go--I misread that every time I read Ball Four (even though I bet Bouton specifically mentions Stuart's defense).

clemenza, Thursday, 24 August 2017 19:14 (four years ago) link

"Thor" is the laziest one here

nomar, Thursday, 24 August 2017 19:21 (four years ago) link

I don't think this is a minor point: Ozzie Smith's nickname is "The Wizard of Oz," not "The Wizard."

clemenza, Thursday, 24 August 2017 21:04 (four years ago) link

nah, it's the wizard

Karl Malone, Thursday, 24 August 2017 21:39 (four years ago) link

at least, that's what we all called him on the playground. and that's what jack buck called him in his famous call when he won game 6 of the 1985 NLCS against the dodgers:

Smith corks one into right, down the line! It may go!! ... Go crazy, folks! Go crazy! It's a home run, and the Cardinals have won the game, by the score of 3 to 2, on a home run by the Wizard!

Karl Malone, Thursday, 24 August 2017 21:42 (four years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVVAf_fY5a0

Karl Malone, Thursday, 24 August 2017 21:44 (four years ago) link

great pic of Cool Papa

have you heard of the guy known as Babe Ruth's Legs?

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 24 August 2017 21:44 (four years ago) link

game 6 5 of the 1985 NLCS

Karl Malone, Thursday, 24 August 2017 21:46 (four years ago) link

Obviously I'll defer to you here (and the Jack Buck clip is all the proof you need), but I always remember him as being the Wizard of Oz (what it says on his Baseball Reference page too).

clemenza, Thursday, 24 August 2017 21:51 (four years ago) link

oh, he was both! i was a bit confusing there, sorry, but i've definitely heard him called both. but at least in my area just plain ol' The Wizard seemed to be more commonly used

Karl Malone, Thursday, 24 August 2017 21:53 (four years ago) link

Something that always bugged me. When Tom Henke settled in as the Jays closer in '85 or '86, I remember the radio guys casting around for a nickname. Someone suggested "The Canadian Goose"--I thought that was perfect. Instead, "The Terminator" caught on, which was literally appropriated from another player; Jeff Reardon (still a big-deal closer at the time) was already the Terminator. "We're just gonna use this nickname and pretend it's not already in use."

clemenza, Thursday, 24 August 2017 21:57 (four years ago) link

http://i.imgur.com/1X1lAxq.jpg
THE TERMINATOR

Karl Malone, Thursday, 24 August 2017 22:16 (four years ago) link

have you heard of the guy known as Babe Ruth's Legs?

nope, but i like it

Karl Malone, Thursday, 24 August 2017 22:17 (four years ago) link

paul waner = big poison
younger brother lloyd waner = little poison

both spent 1927-1940 with the pirates, both are hall of famers (although paul, who was an inch shorter, was significantly better)

mookieproof, Thursday, 24 August 2017 23:11 (four years ago) link

Isn't Lloyd, when viewed in the context of the 1930s, generally considered one of the worst HOF picks ever?

clemenza, Friday, 25 August 2017 00:03 (four years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Wednesday, 30 August 2017 00:01 (four years ago) link

Kong was a great nickname. The Mad Hungarian or the Bird is my all-time favourite, but for what's listed, I'll vote for the Toy Cannon.

clemenza, Wednesday, 30 August 2017 03:20 (four years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Thursday, 31 August 2017 00:01 (four years ago) link

four years pass...

The Dodgers' starter today, Michael Grove, made his MLB debut. No nickname yet, but how can they pass up Righty Grove?

clemenza, Monday, 16 May 2022 01:06 (one month ago) link


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