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An Anthem of Baseball Nicknames by William “Sugar” Wallace.

Posted in Uncategorized by twinfan1 on March 3, 2013

Catfish, Mudcat, Ducky, Coot.

The Babe, The Barber, The Blade, The Brat.

Windy, Dummy, Gabby, Hoot.

Big Train, Big Six, Big Ed, Fat.

Greasy, Sandy, Muddy, Rocky.

Bunions, Twinkletoes, Footsie, The Hat.

Fuzzy, Dizzy, Buddy, Cocky.

The Bull, The Stork, The Weasle, The Cat.

Schoolboy, Sheriff,

Rajah, Duke,

General, Major,

Spaceman, Spook.

The Georgia Peach, The Fordham Flash,

The Flying Dutchman. Cot.

The People’s Cherce, The Blazer. Crash.

The Staten Island Scot.

Skeeter, Scooter,

Pepper, Duster,

Ebba, Bama, Boomer, Buster.

The Little Professor, The Iron Horse. Cap.

Iron Man, Iron Mike, Iron Hands. Hutch.

Jap, The Mad Russian, Irish, Swede. Nap.

Germany, Frenchy, Big Serb, Dutch,

Turk. Tuck, Tug, Twig.

Spider, Birdy, Rabbit, Pig.

Fat Jack, Black Jack, Zeke, Zack. Bloop.

Peanuts, Candy, Chewing Gum, Pop.

Chicken, Cracker, Hot Potato, Soup.

Ding, Bingo.


Three-Finger, No-Neck, The Knuck, The Lip.

Casey, Gavvy, Pumpsie, Zim.

Flit, Bad Henry. Fat Freddie, Flip.

Jolly Cholly, Sunny Jim.

Shag, Schnozz,

King Kong, Klu.

Boog, Buzz,

Boots, Bump, Boo.

King Carl, The Count. The Rope, The Whip.

Wee Willie, Wild Bill, Gloomy Gus. Cy.

Bobo, Bombo, Bozo. Skip.

Coco, Kiki, Yo-yo. Pie.

Dinty, Dooley,

Tuffy, Snuffy,

Stubby, Dazzy,

Daffy, Duffy.

Baby Doll, Angel Sleeves, Pep, Sliding Billy,

Buttercup, Bollicky, Boileryard, Juice.

Colby Jack, Dauntless Dave, Cheese,

Gentle Willie,

Trolley Line, Wagon Tongue, Rough,

What’s the Use.


Poosh ‘Em Up,

Skoonj, Slats, Ski.

Ding Dong,


Dim Dom, Dee.

Famous Amos. Rosy, Rusty.

Handsome Ransom. Home Run, Huck.

Rapid Robert. Cactus, Dusty.

Rowdy Richard. Hot Rod, Truck.

Jo-Jo, Jumping Joe,

Little Looie,

Muggsy, Moe.

Old Folks, Old Pard, Oom Paul. Yaz.

Cowboy, Indian Bob, Chief, Ozark Ike.

Rawhide, Reindeer Bill. Motormouth. Maz.

Pistol Pete, Jungle Jim, Wahoo Sam. Spike.

The Mad Hungarian.

Mickey, Minnie.

Kitten, Bunny.

Big Dan, Moose.

Jumbo, Pee Wee; Chubby, Skinny.

Little Poison.

Crow, Hawk, Goose.

Marvelous Marv.

Oisk, Oats, Tookie.

Vinegar Bend.

Suds, Hooks, Hug.

Hammerin’ Hank.

Cooch, Cod, Cookie.

Harry the Horse.

Speed, Stretch, Slug.

The Splendid Splinter. Pruschka. Sparky.

Chico, Choo Choo, Cha-Cha, Chub.

Dr. Strangeglove. Deacon. Arky.

Abba Dabba. Supersub.

Bubbles, Dimples, Cuddles, Pinky.

Poison Ivy, Vulture, Stinky.

Jigger, Jabbo

Jolting Joe

Blue Moon

Boom Boom



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  1. zumiee said, on March 3, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Some of them are perplexing. “Wagon Tongue”?

    • twinfan1 said, on March 3, 2013 at 9:24 am

      Joseph Edward “Wagon Tongue” Adams (October 28, 1877 – October 8, 1952) was a Major League Baseball player and minor league manager.
      Maybe his wife would have had more info on the nickname..

      • tedspe said, on March 3, 2013 at 9:52 am

        hahahaha. I would hope so

  2. xoot said, on March 3, 2013 at 9:14 am

    That’s a beautiful piece of poetry to encounter of an early ST morn. I suppose the freak and cool papa could fit in, as well, if you need a few syllables here or there.

    • twinfan1 said, on March 3, 2013 at 9:28 am

      I was awake at 4:30 thinking of baseball. I almost looked for my glove in the closet, packed away for the winter..

  3. Bozo said, on March 3, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Rube! As in Rube Waddell a great, great “sousepaw”!

  4. tedspe said, on March 3, 2013 at 9:35 am


    • twinfan1 said, on March 3, 2013 at 9:46 am

      That might be William Joseph Barbeau…

  5. tedspe said, on March 3, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Sort of off topic but another acclaimed nickname, there’s a minor profile about Nate “The Great” Thurmond in today’s SFChron and he has a great quote about the impending Warriors’ move to SF:

    “Oh, man, I can’t wait. Nothing against Oakland but I live in San Francisco and it is ‘The City’, bottom line. Nobody calls Oakland ‘The City'”

    Nate lives in Diamond Heights. There’s a sort of mini-mall over there predominantly occupied by a Safeway but its also got doctors, veterinarians, Walgreens, restaurants et.al. And back in the day when it was still fairly common, a video rental place. I used to go there a lot when I lived on 28th and Noe. The video place had an adult section that was siloed off by these old fashioned swinging wooden doors like the type you see in saloons in cowboy movies.

    Saw Nate there once or thrice behind these swinging doors perusing the selections. At 6’11”, hard not to notice

  6. Alleykat said, on March 3, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Great work Twin..
    Ruben Sierra:”The Village Idiot”
    Carl Hubble:”Meal Ticket”
    Johnny Bench:”Corkhead”
    Mike Hargrove : “The Human Rain Delay”
    Gary Allenson:”Hard Rock”
    Burleigh Grimes: “Old Stubblefield”
    Frank “The Wonderful Wop” Bodie
    Juan Berenguer: “Senor Smoke”
    Willie “Hit’em where they ain’t”Keeler
    Fred “Bonehead” Merkle
    Oil Can Boyd
    Mordecai “Three Fingers Brown
    “”The Splendid. Splinter
    ” Im Illegal ” Sergio Romo


    bby Bonds:”The Riverside Ripper”
    Ted McGriff:”Crime Dog”

    • tedspe said, on March 3, 2013 at 10:02 am

      Nice but one minor adjustment. Sergio ‘I only look Illegal’ Romo

  7. ewisco said, on March 3, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Speaking of getting the ol glove out:


  8. tedspe said, on March 3, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Let’s go all out:

    “A-Ram” = Aramis Ramírez, Dominican third baseman
    “A-Rod” = Alex Rodriguez, American shortstop and third baseman
    “The Amazing Amezaga” = Alfredo Amézaga, outfielder
    “Arky” = Joseph Vaughan, American shortstop


    “B. J.” = Melvin Upton, American center fielder (an abbreviation of his childhood nickname, “Bossman Junior”)
    “Babe” = Charles B. Adams, American starting pitcher
    Floyd C. Herman, American right fielder
    George Ruth, American starting pitcher and outfielder[1]

    “Baby Bull” = Orlando Cepeda, Puerto Rican first baseman
    “Baby Braves” = Group of young Atlanta Braves players from the mid-2000s (decade) Brian McCann , Pete Orr, Ryan Langerhans, Jeff Francoeur, and Kyle Davies. The list develops as new players, mostly developed from the highly successful draft, are developed.
    “Bake = Arnold McBride, American outfielder
    “Bam Bam” = Hensley Meulens, Curaçao left fielder
    “The Great Bambino” = George Herman Ruth, American starting pitcher and outfielder
    “The Barber” = Sal Maglie, American starting pitcher
    “The Bash Brothers” = José Canseco and Mark McGwire, Cuba-born American outfielder/DH and native-born American first baseman respectively, when they were teammates on the Oakland Athletics
    “Batman and Robin” = Mike Piazza and Robin Ventura, American catcher and third baseman respectively, when they were teammates on the New York Mets during the late 1990s
    “The Beast” = Jimmie Foxx, American first baseman
    Michael Morse, American first baseman

    “Bernie” = Bernabé Williams, Puerto Rican center fielder
    “Be Home” = Bert Blyleven, Dutch-born American starting pitcher given the nickname by sports announcer Chris Berman.
    “Big Cat” = Andrés Galarraga, Venezuelan first baseman
    “Big Daddy” = Cecil Fielder, American first baseman/DH
    Rick Reuschel, American starting pitcher

    “Big Daddy Vladdy” Vladimir Guerrero Dominican outfielder
    “Big Donkey” = Billy Butler, American DH
    Adam Dunn, American left fielder

    “The Big Hurt” = Frank Thomas, American first baseman/DH
    “Big Jew” = Sandy Koufax NL Pitcher
    “Big Mac” = Willie McCovey, American first baseman
    Mark McGwire, American first baseman

    “Big Papi” = David Ortiz, Dominican DH
    “Big Poison” = Paul Waner, American outfielder
    “Big Puma” = Lance Berkman, American outfielder and first baseman
    “Big Red” = Mark McGwire, American first baseman
    “Big Six” = Christy Mathewson, American starting pitcher
    “The Big Train” = Walter Johnson, American starting pitcher
    “The Big Unit” = Randy Johnson, American starting pitcher
    “Big Z” = Carlos Zambrano, Venezuelan starting pitcher
    “Billy” = Alfred Manuel Martin, Jr., American second baseman and manager
    “Bip” = Leon Roberts, American outfielder
    “Bird” = Mark Fidrych, American starting pitcher

    “Biz” = John Raleigh Mackey, United States baseball player[2]
    “Black Jack” = Jack McDowell, American starting pitcher
    “Black Mike” = Mickey Cochrane, American catcher
    “Blue Moon” = John Odom, American starting pitcher
    “Bone” = Jay Buhner, American outfielder/DH
    “Boomer” = Ron Blomberg, American DH/first baseman/right fielder
    George Scott, American first baseman
    David Wells, American starting pitcher

    “Bubba” = Richard Crosby, United States baseball player
    “Buck” = Frank McCormick, United States baseball player
    John Jordan O’Neil, United States baseball player and ambassador
    William Showalter, American manager
    George Weaver, American shortstop and third baseman

    “Bucketfoot Al” = Al Simmons, American outfielder
    “Buddy” = David Bell, American third baseman and manager
    Charles Myer, American second baseman

    “The Bull” = Greg Luzinski, American left fielder/DH
    “Bulldog” = Orel Hershiser, American starting pitcher
    “Bullet” (or “Bullets”) = Charles W. Rogan, American starting pitcher (also played frequently in other positions)
    “Bullet Joe” = Charles Rogan, American starting pitcher [3]
    “Bump” = Elliott Wills, American second baseman
    “Bye Bye” = Steve Balboni, American first baseman/DH


    “El Caballo” (Spanish, “The Horse”) = Carlos Lee, Panamanian left fielder
    “Campy” = Roy Campanella, American catcher
    Bert Campaneris, Cuban shortstop

    “Candyman” = John Candelaria, American starting pitcher
    Tom Candiotti, American pitcher

    “Cap” = Adrian Anson, American first baseman
    “Captain Bly” = Bert Blyleven, Dutch-born American starting pitcher
    “Captain Hook” = George L. Anderson, American manager (also a second baseman, but this nickname is exclusive to his managing career)
    “Cat” = Frank Catalanotto, United States baseball player
    “Catfish” = Jim Hunter, American starting pitcher[4]
    “CC” = Carston Charles Sabathia, American pitcher
    “Charlie Hustle” = Pete Rose, American multi-position player
    “Chick” = Arnold Gandil, American first baseman
    “Chicken” = Fred Stanley, American shortstop
    “The Chicken” = Ted Giannoulas, baseball mascot
    “Chicken Man” = Wade Boggs, American third baseman
    “Chico” = Cleotha Walker, United States baseball player
    “Chief” = Charles Bender, American starting pitcher
    “Chipper” = Larry Jones, Jr. , American third baseman
    “Choo-Choo” = Clarence Coleman, United States baseball player
    “Chooch” = Carlos Ruiz, Panamanian catcher
    “El Chupacabra” (Spanish for “the goatsucker”) = Yovani Gallardo, Mexican baseball player
    “Cobra” = Dave Parker, American outfielder/DH
    “Cocky” = Eddie Collins, American second baseman
    “Coco” = Covelli Crisp, American center fielder
    “Colossus” = Mark McGwire, American first baseman
    “The Commerce Comet” = Mickey Mantle, American center fielder
    “Connie Mack” = Cornelius McGillicuddy, United States baseball player, manager, and team owner
    “Cookie” = Octavio Rojas, Cuban (later United States) outfielder and second baseman
    Carsten “CC” Sabathia, American starting pitcher, derisive nickname given to him by the Cleveland media due to his size and use of his initials

    “Cool Papa” = James Bell, United States baseball player[5]
    “Country” = Enos Slaughter, American right fielder
    “Crime Dawg” = Fred McGriff, American first baseman/DH
    “Cy” = Denton Young, American starting pitcher
    “Cyclone” = Denton Young, American starting pitcher


    “D-Mat” = Daisuke Matsuzaka, Japanese starting pitcher (no longer used)[6]
    “The D-Train” = Dontrelle Willis, American starting pitcher
    “Daffy” = Paul Dean, American starting pitcher
    “Dazzy” = Clarence Vance, American starting pitcher
    “Deacon” = Charles Phillippe, American starting pitcher
    James White, American catcher and third baseman

    “Death To All Flying Things” = Bob Ferguson, American infielder
    “Dewey” = Dwight Evans, American right fielder
    “Dice K” = Daisuke Matsuzaka, Japanese starting pitcher[6]
    “Dixie” = Fred E. Walker, American right fielder
    “Dizzy” = Jay Dean, American starting pitcher[7]
    “Doc” = Roger Cramer, United States baseball player
    Dwight Gooden, American starting pitcher
    Roy Halladay, American starting pitcher

    “Dr. K” = Dwight Gooden, American starting pitcher
    “Donie” = Owen Bush, United States baseball player
    “The Donkey” = Adam Dunn, American left fielder
    “Donnie Baseball” = Don Mattingly, American first baseman
    “The Donora Greyhound” = Stan Musial, American outfielder and first baseman
    “Double X” = Jimmie Foxx, American first baseman
    “Dragon Slayer” = Josh Fogg, American starting pitcher
    “Ducky” = Joe Medwick, American left fielder
    “Duke” = Edwin Snider, American center fielder[8]
    “Dummy” = William E. Hoy, American center fielder
    “El Duque” = Orlando Hernández, Cuban starting pitcher
    “Dusty” = Johnnie Baker, Jr., American outfielder and manager
    James L. Rhodes, United States baseball player


    “E-Rod” = Alex Rodriguez, American shortstop and third baseman [9][10]
    “El Hombre” = Albert Pujols, Dominican first baseman
    “El Sid” = Sid Fernandez, American starting pitcher
    “Everyday Eddie” = Eddie Guardado, United States baseball player
    “Everyday Jonny” = Jonny Venters, United States baseball pitcher


    “Flash” = Joe Gordon, United States baseball player
    Tom Gordon, American closer

    “Fleet” = Moses Walker, United States Negro League baseball player
    “Flip” = Al Rosen, American third baseman
    “The Flying Dutchman” = Honus Wagner, American shortstop
    “The Frying Dutchman” = Bert Blyleven, Dutch-born American starting pitcher
    “The Flyin’ Hawaiian” = Shane Victorino, American baseball player (a native of Hawaii)
    “The Fordham Flash” = Frankie Frisch, United States baseball player
    “Foxy” = Arthur Irwin, Canadian baseball player
    “The Franchise” = Tom Seaver, American baseball player, pitcher, so nicknamed because he spent most of his career with one team.
    “The Freak” = Tim Lincecum, American baseball player, pitcher, so nicknamed because of his strange delivery to the plate.
    “Fran-Rad” = Francisco Rodríguez, Venezuelan closer
    “Fred-Ex” = Freddy Sanchez, United States baseball player
    “The Fury” = Jonathan Papelbon, American closer


    “The Gambler” = Kenny Rogers, American starting pitcher, so nicknamed after the hit song recorded by the country singer of the same name.
    “Gator” = Mike Greenwell, American left fielder
    Ron Guidry, American starting pitcher

    “Gee” = Gerald Walker, United States baseball player
    “The Georgia Peach” = Ty Cobb, United States baseball player
    “Generation K” = three pitching prospects in the New York Mets organization, Paul Wilson, Bill Pulsipher, and Jason Isringhausen
    “Germany” = Herman A. Schaefer, United States baseball player
    “Godzilla” = Hideki Matsui, Japanese left fielder
    “Gonzo” = Luis Gonzalez, American outfielder
    “Goose” = Leon Goslin, United States baseball player[11]
    Rich Gossage, American closer[12]

    “Gorgeous George” = George Sisler, American first baseman
    “Le Grand Orange” (French, “Big Red”) = Daniel Staub, American outfielder (for his red hair)
    “The Great One” = Roberto Clemente, Hall of Fame Puerto Rican baseball player
    “The Greek God of Walks” = Kevin Youkilis, American first baseman and third baseman
    “The Grey Eagle” = Tris Speaker, American outfielder and manager
    “El Guapo” (Spanish, “The Handsome One”) = Rich Garcés, Venezuelan baseball player


    “H-Rod” = Henry Rodríguez, Dominican baseball player
    “The Hammer” = Josh Willingham, United States baseball player
    “Hammerin’ Hank” = Hank Aaron, American right fielder[13]
    Hank Greenberg, American first baseman

    “Han-Ram” = Hanley Ramírez, Dominican baseball player
    “Hap” or “Happy” = Oscar Felsch, United States baseball player
    “The Hat” = Harry Walker, United States baseball player
    “The Hawk” = Andre Dawson, American outfielder
    Ken Harrelson, American outfielder and first baseman

    “The Hebrew Hammer” = Ryan Braun, American left fielder
    “Hendu” = Dave Henderson, United States baseball player
    “The Hit Dog” = Mo Vaughn, United States baseball player
    “HoJo” = Howard Johnson, United States baseball player
    “The Holland Hammer” = Rick VandenHurk, Dutch baseball player
    “Home Run Baker” = Frank Baker, United States baseball player
    “Hondo” = Don Hahn, United States baseball player
    Frank Howard, United States baseball player

    “The Hoosier Thunderbolt” = Amos Rusie, American starting pitcher
    “The Hopper” = Burke Badenhop, American baseball player
    “The Horse” = Harry Danning, American catcher
    “Hotshot” = Joseph Mayo, United States baseball player
    “The Human Rain Delay” = Mike Hargrove, United States baseball player[14]
    “Hurricane” = Herb Washington, United States baseball player


    “The Incredible Hurk” = Rick VandenHurk, Dutch baseball player
    “Irish” = Emil Meusel, United States baseball player
    “I-Rod” = Iván Rodríguez, Puerto Rican catcher
    “The Iron Horse” = Lou Gehrig, American first baseman[15]
    “The Iron Man” = Cal Ripken, Jr., American shortstop


    “J-Roll” = Jimmy Rollins, American shortstop
    “Jake” = Mike Jacobs, United States baseball player
    “Jete” = Derek Jeter, American (baseball player) shortstop
    “Jimmy Ballgame”= Jim Edmonds, American (baseball player) center fielder
    “Joltin’ Joe” = Joe DiMaggio, American center fielder
    “Juice” = Jason Giambi, American First Baseman
    “Junior” = Jim Gilliam, United States baseball player
    Ken Griffey, Jr., American center fielder


    “K-Rod” = Francisco Rodríguez, Venezuelan closer
    “Kelly” = Tommy Holmes, United States baseball player
    “The Kid” = Gary Carter American catcher
    Ken Griffey, Jr., American center fielder
    Ted Williams, American left fielder

    “Kiki” = Hazen Shirley Cuyler, United States baseball player
    “King” = Mike Kelly, United States baseball player[16]
    “King Felix” = Félix Hernández, Venezuelan baseball player
    “King Kong” = Charlie Keller, American born outfielder.
    “Kitty” = Jim Kaat, American starting pitcher
    “Kung Fu Panda” = Pablo Sandoval, Venezuelan first basemen


    “Lefty” = Steve Carlton, American starting pitcher
    Vernon Gómez, American starting pitcher[17]
    Robert Grove, American starting pitcher[18]
    Francis O’Doul, American starting pitcher, outfielder, and manager
    Claude Williams, American starting pitcher

    “The Left Arm of God” = Sandy Koufax, American starting pitcher
    “Lieby” = Mike Lieberthal, American catcher
    “Lights Out” = Brad Lidge, American closer
    “The Lip” = Leo Durocher, American shortstop and manager
    “Little Poison = Lloyd Waner, United States baseball player
    “Live Oak” = Edward S. Taylor
    “Long Bob” = Robert Meusel, United States baseball player[19]
    “Losing Pitcher” = Hugh Mulcahy, American starting pitcher
    “Louisiana Lightning” = Ron Guidry, American starting pitcher[20]


    “M&M Boys” = Originally, teammates Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle, American right fielder and center fielder respectively
    Later, teammates Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau, American catcher and Canadian first baseman respectively

    “Mad Bum” = Madison Bumgarner, American starting pitcher
    “Mad Dog” = Greg Maddux, American starting pitcher
    “The Mad Hungarian” = Al Hrabosky, American closer
    “The Mahatma” = Branch Rickey, American baseball executive
    “Marvelous Marv” = Marv Throneberry, United States baseball player
    “The Mayor” = Sean Casey, United States baseball player
    “Melk Man” = Melky Cabrera, United States baseball player
    “The Mick” = Mickey Mantle, American outfielder
    “Mickey” = Gordon Cochrane, American catcher and manager
    John Rivers, United States baseball player

    “Miggie” = Miguel Cabrera, Venezuelan baseball player
    “Minnie” = Saturnino Miñoso Arrieta, Cuban baseball player
    “Mr. Cub” = Ernie Banks, American shortstop and first baseman
    “Mr. March” = Alex Rodriguez, American shortstop and third baseman
    “Mr. May” = Dave Winfield, American outfielder (derogatory)
    “Mr. October” = Reggie Jackson, American outfielder[21]
    “Mr. November” = Derek Jeter, American shortstop
    “Mo” = Mariano Rivera, Panamanian closer
    “Mookie” = William H. Wilson, United States baseball player
    “Moose” = Mike Mussina, American starting pitcher
    Bill Skowron, American first baseman

    “Mudcat” = Jim Grant, American starting pitcher
    “Muggsy” = Gary Allenson, United States baseball player
    “Mysterious” = Frederick Walker, United States baseball pitcher & baseball, basketball, & football coach
    “Mr. Sweet Swing” = Joe Mauer, American catcher


    “Nails” = Lenny Dykstra, United States baseball player
    “Nancy Drew” = J. D. Drew, United States baseball player
    “Nasty Boys” = Nickname given to 3 members of the 1990 Cincinnati Reds’ bullpen, Norm Charlton, Rob Dibble and Randy Myers
    “Neon” = Deion Sanders, United States American football and baseball player
    “No Neck” = Walt Williams United States Baseball player


    “Oh Henry!” = Henry Rodríguez, Dominican baseball player
    “Oil Can” = Dennis Boyd, American starting pitcher
    “Ol’ Pete” = Grover Alexander, American starting pitcher
    “Old Aches and Pains” = Luke Appling, United States baseball player
    “One Dog” = Lance Johnson, United States baseball player
    “One Tough Dominican” = Joaquín Andújar, Dominican starting pitcher


    “Pants” = Clarence Rowland, United States baseball player
    “Pap” = Jonathan Papelbon, American closer
    “Pat the Bat” = Pat Burrell, American left fielder
    “Peanuts” = Mamie Johnson, American Negro League baseball player[22]
    “Pee Wee” = Harold Reese, American shortstop[23]
    Paul Wanninger, American baseball player

    “The Peerless Leader” = Frank Chance, American first baseman
    “The People’s Cherce” = Dixie Walker, American right fielder
    “Penguin” = Ron Cey, American third baseman
    “Pepper” = Johnny Martin, American outfielder and third baseman
    Lavonne Paire Davis, female American baseball player

    “Perpetual Pedro” = Pedro Feliciano, Puerto Rican relief pitcher
    “Piper” = Lorenzo Davis, United States Negro League baseball player
    “Poosh ’em up” = Tony Lazzeri, United States baseball player
    “Pop” = John Henry Lloyd, United States baseball player[24]
    “Pops” = Willie Stargell, United States baseball player[25]
    “Popeye” = Don Zimmer, United States baseball player and manager
    “Preacher” = Elwin Roe, United States baseball player
    “El Presidente” = Dennis Martínez, Nicaraguan starting pitcher
    “Pronk” = Travis Hafner, United States baseball player
    “Psycho” = Steve Lyons, United States baseball player
    “Puddin’ Head” = Willie Jones, United States baseball player
    “Pudge” = Carlton Fisk, American catcher
    Iván Rodríguez, Puerto Rican catcher

    “Pumpsie” = Elijah Green, American utility infielder


    “The Rabbi of Swat” = Moe Solomon, American outfielder
    “Rabbit” = Walter Maranville, American baseball player[26]
    “Rajah” = Rogers Hornsby, American second baseman
    “The Reading Rifle” = Carl Furillo, American baseball player[27]
    “Rapid Robert” = Bob Feller, American starting pitcher (baseball player)
    “Red” = Urban Clarence Faber, United States baseball player[28]
    John Murray, United States baseball player
    Charles Ruffing, United States baseball player
    Albert Schoendienst, American second baseman and manager[29]

    “Red Baron” = Rick Sutcliffe, American starting pitcher
    “Red Beard” = Rick Sutcliffe, American starting pitcher
    “Red Light Curt” = Curt Schilling, American starting pitcher
    “The Riot” = Ryan Theriot, United States baseball player
    “Ripper” = James Collins, United States baseball player
    “The Rocket” = Roger Clemens, American starting pitcher
    “Russell the Muscle” = Russell Martin American catcher
    “Rusty” = Daniel Staub, American outfielder
    “Ryan Express” = Nolan Ryan, American starting pitcher
    “Ryno” = Ryne Sandberg, American second baseman


    “Sandman” = Mariano Rivera, Panamanian closer
    “Sandy” = Sanford Brown Koufax, American starting pitcher
    “Satchel” = LeRoy Paige, American starting pitcher[30]
    “The Say Hey Kid” = Willie Mays, American center fielder[31]
    “Schnozz” = Ernie Lombardi, American catcher
    “Schoolboy” = Lynwood Rowe, American starting pitcher
    “Scooter” = Phil Rizzuto, American shortstop
    “Scrap Iron” = Phil Garner, American second baseman and third baseman
    “Seattle Bill” = Bill James, United States baseball player
    “The Secretary of Defense” = Garry Maddox, American center fielder
    “Señor Octubre” = Carlos Ruiz, Panamanian catcher (named by KC and Mike at AiPH)
    “Señor October” = David Ortiz, Dominican DH
    “Señor Papi” = David Ortiz, Dominican DH
    “Señor Smoke” = Aurelio López, Mexican baseball player
    “The Shark” = Jeff Samardzija, American pitcher (and former college football player)
    “Shoeless” = Joe Jackson, United States baseball player
    “Shoeless Joe” = Joe Jackson, United States baseball player
    “Shotgun” = George Shuba, United States baseball player
    “Shrek” = Kevin Mench, United States baseball player
    “Silent George” = George Stone, American outfielder
    “The Silver Fox” = Edwin Snider, American center fielder
    “Skeeter” = James Webb, United States baseball player[32]
    “Skoonj” = Carl Furillo, United States baseball player[27]
    “Slammin’ Sammy” = Sammy Sosa, Dominican right fielder
    “Smoke” = Dave Stewart, American starting pitcher
    “Smoky” = Forrest Harrill Burgess, United States baseball player[33]
    “Snuffy” = George Stirnweiss, United States baseball player
    “Sockeye” = Tim Salmon, United States baseball player
    “Socks” = Ralph Seybold, United States baseball player[34]
    “The Spaceman” = Bill Lee, American starting pitcher[35]
    “Spanky” = Mike LaValliere, American catcher
    “Sparkplug” = Johnny Damon, American outfielder
    “Sparky” = Albert Lyle, American closer
    Earl Adams, American second baseman
    George Anderson, American second baseman and manager[36]

    “The Splendid Splinter” = Ted Williams, American left fielderr[37]
    “The Springfield Rifle” = Vic Raschi, United States baseball player[38]
    “Spuds” = Chris Sabo, United States baseball player
    “Stan the Man” = Stan Musial, American outfielder and first baseman
    “The Staten Island Scot” = Bobby Thomson, Scottish-born American outfielder
    “Steady Eddie” = Joseph Mayo, United States baseball player
    “Stretch” = Willie McCovey, American first baseman
    “Stuffy” = John McInniss, United States baseball player
    “The Sultan of Swat” = George Ruth, American starting pitcher and outfielder
    “Superjew” = Mike Epstein, United States baseball player
    “Superman” = Kevin Gregg, United States baseball player
    “Swede” = Charles Risberg, United States baseball player
    “Sweet Lou” = Lou Piniella, American outfielder and manager
    Lou Whitaker, American second baseman

    “Sweet Music” = Frank Viola, American starting pitcher
    “Sweet Swingin’ Billy” = Billy Williams, American outfielder


    “Tank” = Taylor Tankersley, United States baseball player
    “Teddy Ballgame” = Ted Williams, American left fielder
    “Three Finger” = Mordecai Brown, American starting pitcher[39] Nickname given due to the fact that he only had three fingers on his pitching hand (not counting his thumb). Injuries were result of a farming accident as a child.
    “The Thrill” = Will Clark, United States baseball player
    “Thunder Matt” = Matt Murton, United States baseball player
    “Tip” = James O’Neill, Canadian baseball player
    “Tom Terrific” = Tom Seaver, American starting pitcher[40]
    “El Toro” (Spanish, “The Bull”) = Fernando Valenzuela, Mexican starting pitcher
    “Trader Jack” = Jack McKeon, United States baseball manager
    “Trainwreck Olly” = Óliver Pérez, Mexican starting pitcher
    “Trot” = Christopher Nixon, United States baseball player
    “Turk” = Steven Wendell, United States baseball player
    “Turkey” = Norman Thomas Stearnes, United States baseball player[41]
    “Ty” = Biron LaForest, Canadian baseball player

    “Wahoo Sam” = Sam Crawford, United States baseball player[42]
    “Whitey” = Edward Ford, American starting pitcher[43]
    Dorrel Herzog, American manager
    Richie Ashburn, Hall of Fame outfielder

    “The Wild Horse of the Osage” = Pepper Martin, United States baseball player[44]
    “Wildfire” = Frank Schulte, United States baseball player[45]
    “Wild Thing” = Mitch WIlliams American born closing pitcher, primarily for his strange delivery, where he would fall to the third base side of the mound.
    “The Wizard of Oz” = Ozzie Smith, American shortstop[46]
    “Woody” = DeWitt Smallwood, United States Negro League baseball player
    “The Yankee Clipper” = Joe DiMaggio, American center fielder[47]


    “Yaz” = Carl Yastrzemski, American left fielder[48]
    “the Yiddish Curver” = Barney Pelty, American pitcher
    “Yogi” = Lawrence Berra, American catcher and left fielder[49]
    “Youk” = Kevin Youkilis, American first baseman and third baseman


    “Z” = Carlos Zambrano, Venezuelan starting pitcher

    • xoot said, on March 3, 2013 at 12:53 pm

      Where’s Cha Cha?

  9. zumiee said, on March 3, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Regarding “Bucketfoot Al”….I hadn’t really known why “stepping in the bucket” was called “stepping in the bucket.” Sure, we all know what it means- the batter bailing out with their front foot towards the dugout. In youth baseball, it happens because of fear of the pitched ball, and sometimes in pro ball, too, because of that. But why the “bucket”? I didn’t know. And had never even thought or cared enough to find out, I guess. And then….I was recently reading “Pitching in a Pinch,” by Christy “Big Six” Mathewson. The book was published in 1912, and is available for free on Kindle. In the book, Mathewson casually explains it’s called “stepping in the bucket” because teams had a water bucket next to the dugout to drink from.
    (There was a ladle they all shared. Kind of gross.)

  10. Bozo said, on March 3, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    And still no “Rube” = George Edward Waddell. If it wasn’t for the drink (that and he might have suffered from autism, or attention deficit disorder), the Cy young award might have been called the Rube Waddell.

  11. Alleykat said, on March 3, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Hey, We have to add John “The Count” Montefusco …
    And one of my favorites,”The Embesseler ” Denny McClain.

  12. snarkk said, on March 3, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Great name of today’s D’backs catcher:
    Tuffy Gosewisch…

    • zumiee said, on March 3, 2013 at 2:18 pm

      A pitcher for the Australian WBC team has the last name “Oxspring,” or something like that, and caught my eye as kind of a cool name. He could just be called “Ox” by his teammates, which is a pretty good nickname.

    • chipower9 said, on March 4, 2013 at 9:38 am

      Ah…catching up (was gone all weekend competing with the dogs), but was going to add this one (caught part of the game on the radio). I told Gail, if that was his name (or nickname) while growing up, I bet there were a lot of kids who wanted to whoop his ass, just to see if he truly was tough.

  13. zumiee said, on March 3, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    Kirk “Woody” Rueter is an example of how a nickname can start off as poking fun at the player, but eventually ends up becoming a beloved nickname.

  14. Salty said, on March 3, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    “Pegs” had 3 more hits today…it’s just ST, but lookin’ good.

  15. Flavor said, on March 3, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Nice thread, Twin. I almost did one about my glove after I read Jenkins article but the morning got away from me. I lost my boyhood glove when my relationshit with Ann Marie ended in the mid 90’s– she took a couple of boxes that were mine by accident, my glove was in one of them and that vindictive whore wouldn’t send it back to me. She moved to another state, never to be heard from again.
    I started playing softball in the mid 90’s bought a few gloves that I didn’t like. Finally found a Mizuno glove that fit my hand perfectly. I left it at the park after a game once back in 2003. I didn’t realize it till the next day, still went back to the park, nothing. I was so mad at myself. I woulda punched myself in the face had I thought I could have absorbed such a violent blow.
    Got a call from the city mid week, someone had called in saying “I picked up that big dude’s first base glove”. City guy calling gave me an address in Milpitas. Only time I’ve ever been there and it’s only about 30 mins away from my house….

    • twinfan1 said, on March 3, 2013 at 4:21 pm

      Feeling any better? You should get your stuff by the end of the week. I don’t know about you, but a picture of Zito always lifts *my* spirits 😉
      I had two gloves, one I got because it was supposed to be like the one Maz wore…uh, it didn’t work the way it did when Bill wore it..the other was when I pitched. It made a nice shield…

  16. twinfan1 said, on March 3, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    As much as we know that ST numbers don’t translate all that well into the regular season, it’s usually the only way a guy like like Peguero can make his claim. Bond has progressed from just another body to having a chance, as well.
    I’ve tried to get my sister to get reports live, but to no avail. It was her hubby who was the scout- and I’ll always love him for taking the leisure suit off my hands- he even married my sister wearing it…
    Anyway, good time for this again..

    • tedspe said, on March 3, 2013 at 8:48 pm

      Fucking,fucking love it

    • eddacker said, on March 4, 2013 at 12:48 am

      ALWAYS love that bit, need to see it at least twice a year.
      baseball is played on a – diamond . . . .

    • chipower9 said, on March 4, 2013 at 10:00 am

      Had not seen that in years…still as good now as it ever has been. Thanks for sharing…fucking awesome!

  17. twinfan1 said, on March 3, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Here’s BProspectus Top Ten Giants’ Prospects for 2013:

    RHP Kyle Crick
    RHP Clayton Blackburn
    RHP Chris Stratton
    CF Gary Brown
    RHP Heath Hembree
    C Andrew Susac
    OF Mac Williamson
    IF Joe Panik
    RHP Martin Agosta
    OF Francisco Peguero


  18. Alleykat said, on March 3, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    Wow baseball gloves ,went through plenty over my lifetime of playing T-ball, pony league,little league,Babe Ruth,American Legion,HS Baseball,on to a career in Softball Leagues,Traveling Softball teams.
    Had to have a Wilson 2000,early on.Great Glove.Rawlings another great glove extra large for Softball.Loss that one,really pissed me off.Tried a Mizuno for awhile,only OK.Switched to a Nokoma. glove loved it.Still play in an over 50 league can still hit,throw a cannon,but the wheels are gone,and the glove reaction is slowing god dammit.

    • Flavor said, on March 3, 2013 at 7:43 pm

      This is a life story told in probably less than 60 words or so. I’m watching another HP movie with my kid– I’m still not getting why this is such a big deal

  19. salty said, on March 3, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    Zito went 3 good innings. No way of course to say what will happen but fact is he’s never come to ST as a Giant feeling this confident and angst free. No one is talking about him being released. The focus is now on TL and his return to form. Should be interesting to see what effect that has.

  20. salty said, on March 3, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    After trading Wheeler, Sabean said they immediately turned their focus to finding a replacement. Hopefully that guy is Crick.

  21. xoot said, on March 3, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    I still have the last glove I bought in Alaska, when I played in the SB leagues there in 91. Naturally enough, I hadn’t packed a mitt when I left Calif. Those people in Anchorage play 24/7 in May and June, and they have many many fields. Lot of fun. I am attached to that glove. But buying gloves over the years for my kids was the best. My younger son, who made his way onto all star and traveling teams, really hit the prize. He deserved it. I remember going into West Coast Sporting Goods and telling the guy — show us your best. He laid about five gloves on the counter. I really liked the kangaroo skin number. Seemed perfect for a middle IF. But the kid wanted top of the line — a pro-style Wilson with the fancy laces that were just starting to show up on nat’l tv broadcasts. Turned out to be a great glove, after we broke it in and had a knowledgeable trainer tighten all of those complicated laces.

    I’ve never been a camera buff. But I have all the gloves my kids out grew as they played up through the leagues. A glove is worth a million words.

    • Flavor said, on March 3, 2013 at 7:46 pm

      Fantastic post, one of the best I’ve read anywhere in months. Thanks

    • tedspe said, on March 3, 2013 at 8:42 pm


    • xoot said, on March 3, 2013 at 8:53 pm

      Thanks. Nice to be able to contribute.

    • PawlieKokonuts said, on March 5, 2013 at 6:26 pm

      pure poetry

  22. snarkk said, on March 3, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    I still have the glove I used in little league. When I played SS, I never missed with it. Never.
    When the 12 year old Snarkkette throws me a ball now, somehow it doesn’t seem to see as well as it did back then…

  23. twinfan1 said, on March 3, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Again, many fine posts,,,you can read about some of the guys here. Fellas like “Hill Billy Bildilli”



  24. blade3colorado said, on March 3, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    New post on my blog, partially about Giants baseball, but moreover a proposal to Flav and other Flapsters. Heading back to Bangkok today. Hope all of you are well. 🙂

  25. unca_chuck said, on March 3, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Toy Cannon Jim Wynn was such a cool nickname when I was a kid. Loved that.

    I’ve got my Ryno Sandberg mitt from post college days. Got a kick out of my younger daughter (2nd baseman) using it when she was on her travelling fast-pitch softabll team. Got all my son’s gloves from t-ball to minors. Got to be 8 or 9 gloves between the 4 of us.

  26. twinfan1 said, on March 3, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    Good night, all.
    “Pops” Scott…

  27. pawliekokonuts said, on March 3, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    Late saying this (but I tend to be late on everything): Twin’s parade of nicknames reads like a baseball fan’s Litany of the Baseball Saints and Sinners, only to be superseded by TedSpe’s Encyclopaedic and Annotated Litany of the Baseball Saints and Sinners.

  28. DJLoo said, on March 3, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Doug Gwosdz: “Eyechart”

  29. DJLoo said, on March 3, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    Today in the supermarket I bought pre-toasted toast.
    Swear to God.

  30. DJLoo said, on March 3, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    I used to date a chick who had a certain body part that looked just like a catcher’s mitt.
    It made a nice target.

    • snarkk said, on March 3, 2013 at 10:35 pm

      So, which did you put down more — one finger or two?…

    • Chico said, on March 4, 2013 at 12:37 am


  31. ewisco said, on March 3, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    I don’t remember when i got it, but mine is a Rawlings “Dale Murphy” OR520 model with many patents “edge U cated heel”, “FASTBACK”, “holDster”. The great part is when i managed my first little league team, both my coaches had the same glove. i’ve seen it everywhere. i was ATT this past year and across the aisle was a guy with my glove. i HAD to go over and ask. sure enough, dale murphy. he was clueless unfortunately. When my boys started playing, they started using my glove. when it started to get old, i found “the gloveman” (sports illustrated, somewhere in the 80’s i think) who used to be in Fremont but had move to Stockton. he took it all apart, put new leather where it was needed and redid the laces. a thing of freaking beauty.

    Then a few years ago, i was in the chicago area visiting the wife’s relatives. At one point, one of the dad’s went to have a catch with his grown sons. he had a catchers mitt. the sound of the “pop” as the ball hit the mitt was incredible. That xmas, santa gave me a catchers mitt. It was my first year of coaching baseball. when i went to try outs, every coach seemed to have a catchers mitt. i felt like i belonged. One of my sons is a catcher now. guess what mitt he uses. the other son has moved on to another glove so i have my beloved Rawlings back.

  32. DJLoo said, on March 3, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    I don’t know if they make them about nowadays but back in the early-mid 60’s me and my friends seemed to all have gloves of no-name players. I had a Ken Hunt, My best friend had Bobby Klaus. And one unfortunate child had a Gary Kolb. Why the fuck would someone make a Gary Kolb model glove?

  33. DJLoo said, on March 3, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    This concludes our broadcast day.

    • James said, on March 3, 2013 at 10:18 pm

      What, no “High Flight”?

  34. Chico said, on March 4, 2013 at 12:52 am

    I’m usually busy with the wife and kids especially in the weekends but I’m going to make an effort to read this blog earlier in the day. Great topics fellas.. I still have my have two gloves, one a Mizuno glove with the weaved pocket look that I used at the SS position and a black Rawlings glove that I used in the OF. The Rawlings was a hand-me-down from my older brother, and by the time it got to me that glove was broken in something perfect..

    Every couple of years I lube them up just to keep the leather moist and alive.. They will eventually be given to my son and daughter but things never work out as planned..

    With every passing day something becomes more apparent – my son looks like he’ll be a lefty. Everything he throws, be it be toy or a ball – he uses his left arm.. I don’t want to eliminate a possible 3rd basemen or a catcher spot in his future, but it’s looking that way..

    • willedav said, on March 4, 2013 at 7:26 am

      chico, every spring when i was still playing softball was the time I took my glove to a buddy of mine we used to call the “glove doctor.” He’d lube it up and re do the all the laces, and when it came back it was just beautiful. i’ve still got 3 of them, but since it’s 10 yrs past the “over 50” leagues….
      Dude, the kid can still learn IF skills and play anywhere, any position. Younger kids can even C. It’s also tremendous advantage on b-ball court, at least first time someone guards you, lol.

    • xoot said, on March 4, 2013 at 8:01 am

      If your kids are into baseball there’s nothing better than coaching them through the lower levels of LLeague (or Pony or Babe Ruth — whatever’s best in your neighborhood).

      • Chico said, on March 4, 2013 at 12:18 pm

        Looking forward to coaching my kid.. Plus, two of my good friends are both the frosh/soph and varsity coaches where I live, and I know the guy who runs the Joe -D league.. We still have a lot of time to go as my son will turn 4 in July.

    • willedav said, on March 4, 2013 at 8:54 am

      son could also learn to switch hit, or like pablo, even switch pitch. I helped my glove doctor buddy (who had 3 girls who played HS) coach a girl who could switch hit, and had an advantage in bunting and getting on by IF hit with that extra step you get from that side. It’s funny to watch teams over react to LH…even in adult 4 OF leagues, guys will move 3-4 steps, which of course opens up holes on the left side you can take advantage of if you get an outside pitch to hit.

    • chipower9 said, on March 4, 2013 at 11:07 am

      Yeah, I get busy on the weekends, too…but I too will make a concerted effort to get on here earlier…some great stuff, guys.

      • Chico said, on March 4, 2013 at 12:20 pm

        Gotta get better at that.. I’m spending more time at JDR and here than I am the Splash.. Sick of the trolls over there and the idiots who run that place..

  35. twinfan1 said, on March 4, 2013 at 7:06 am

    Loo, I am making prpgress with NBC. I’ll keep you posted..
    BTW, I don’t have any of my gloves. I really have no idea what became of them. I might have given them to my youngest brother.He thinks he might have given them to one of his sons. I stopped caring when I went into the Navy. They were still in my closet 4 years later…

  36. Salty said, on March 4, 2013 at 8:05 am

    Sounds like enough have gloves. Why not org a oneflap softball game? Wives, girlfriends, kids, dogs…Do a bbq. Nipper can be the DH for both squads.

  37. Flavor said, on March 4, 2013 at 8:44 am

    Chico– I’m left handed. My dad is from the south, he’s pretty old school. So when it came time to teach me how to hit he made me do it right handed (cause he’s right handed). Same thing with golf and ping pong, taught me how to play right handed. As I got older I realized I was better at hitting as a left hander (at least, I had more power) and became a good switch hitter. Still golf right handed though I’ve got a lefty club in my bag that I use when I’m in a tight spot. I play ping pong with both hands during the game, never have to hit a backhand.
    My point is, well, I don’t really have one. Don’t bum too hard on your kid throwing lefty. He’ll always have a job in the bullpen, no matter how old he gets. 🙂

    • Chico said, on March 4, 2013 at 12:23 pm

      Ha! Not bummed, just surprised.. No lefties in the family, he’ll be the first.

  38. ewisco said, on March 4, 2013 at 9:16 am

    I kept putting balls in the boys left hands. One left handed pitcher and dad’s retirement is set. and they pitch until they’re dead.

  39. twinfan1 said, on March 4, 2013 at 9:45 am

    My Mom was my catcher, and my frequent escort to the games when I was a boy. I’ve told of our day at Game 7 of the 1960 WS many times– it was a day no young person could ever forget. But there were so many smaller moments, the kind we remember only when we lie awake and recall the times that made us what we are today. Mom is in skilled nursing now, “The Gardens”, sometimes she remembers the days and sometimes not. I sure remember how often her hand was swollen from our sessions and how she never ended them until I tired.

  40. twinfan1 said, on March 4, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Loo- I can obtain the news broadcast of Willie’s farewell speech. I’ll send you details to your Email.

    • chipower9 said, on March 4, 2013 at 11:04 am

      Would be very cool if you can post it here…I would love to see/hear it.

  41. twinfan1 said, on March 4, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Chi, I had to go thru NBC, to a university archive, where they will send a a DVD (2 minutes) of the John Chancellor broadcast on the news that day of Willie’s speech.

    “Studio) Fans cheer Willie Mays. Mays to retire.
    REPORTER: John Chancellor

    (New York) Mays says last goodbye to fans amid cheers and tears. [MAYS – loves baseball.] Film from earlier heroic years shown as crowd gives standing ovation to hero.”

    They want 37 bucks, which I am going to pay. I will make copies for anyone who wants them. I will see if I can post it without getting into trouble. Otherwise, I will Email the footage. I told the NBC lady it was a dying request 😉

    • chipower9 said, on March 4, 2013 at 12:58 pm

      Thanks, Michael. If DVD ends up being the medium, I’ll gladly pay you (you name the price) to help cover your costs.

      • twinfan1 said, on March 4, 2013 at 1:22 pm

        I’ll just do it the EBay way- 2 bucks for the DVD, $39.95 S&H ;- )
        Nah, just whatever postage is. I told Loo I’d split the 37 but i don’t want to do that, he was kind to me. Postage for whoever wants one…I’ll send them to Craig for whoever doesn’t want me to have their address. They say it will be a couple weeks.
        There other clips- his 600th HR, 3,000th hit… they want $27 more for each video- and they’re short-I think one of them is 20 seconds… I’ll imagine it instead…

  42. dirtnrocksnomo said, on March 4, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Interesting comments about lefties. I am left handed as well and played catcher staring in little league around age 12 and through high school. I remember my grandfather driving all over the city to find a left handed catchers glove for me. He was never a sports fan but he was always doing cool stuff like that for me. Part of being a grandpa I guess. Man, I miss him all the time.

  43. dirtnrocksnomo said, on March 4, 2013 at 11:43 am

    What has happened to the link to recent comments? I don’t know about everyone else but I no longer see it.

    • twinfan1 said, on March 4, 2013 at 12:45 pm

      I haven’t seen them for a few days.

    • chipower9 said, on March 4, 2013 at 12:59 pm

      Hmmm…they were there earlier this morning, but I don’t see them now.

  44. unca_chuck said, on March 4, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    DJ, yup re weird player mitts. My first mitt was a Rusty . . . . wait for it . . .


    Not a complete no-name, but certainly a journeyman . . .

    • zumiee said, on March 4, 2013 at 12:53 pm

      He was from an earlier era when redheaded guys became “Rusty” or “Red.” whether they liked it or not.
      In the earlier eras, the Italians, (when there used to be a lot of Italian-Americans in the MLB) were usually “Dago,” whether they liked it or not. On the Yankees, there were two guys who were Big Dago and Little Dago, and DiMaggio was just THE Dago. It was a weird era. (grin) I think one of those guys was Lazzeri, if I’m spelling that correctly.

    • snarkk said, on March 4, 2013 at 12:58 pm

      Chuck, I’d disagree with you a little. Staub played in a lotta places, but I’d give him a better category than journeyman for your glove. I’d say he was good ballplayer, especially those few years in Montreal when he was pretty damn good as “Le Grand Orange”. Over 11,000 PAs, 292 HRs, .793 OPS, .279 BA, 2716 hits. 23 seasons in the bigs, albeit the last several weren’t much. That’s better than a journeyman, IMO. FP Santagelo, now that’s a journeyman. I wouldn’t buy his glove, if anyone produced one with his name on it…

  45. twinfan1 said, on March 4, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Rusty was more than a journeyman in his prime, IMO..I’ll take his 1969-1978 from Belt any ole time…

  46. snarkk said, on March 4, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Belt’s been ripping the ball, lately down in Scottsdale. I like it. The rubber will meet the road in a few weeks when the minor leaguers and pretenders are gone and the real pitchers are left to fine tune for the season. If he’s hitting well then, I’ll be encouraged for a break out season. He’s got the number of pro career ABs now (about 1500, nic Winter Ball after 2011) where the hitting light bulb should be going off for a guy with natural talent…

  47. chipower9 said, on March 4, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Yeah, I am liking what I see (hear) of Belt. Peguero is really making a case for now, too. I’m still pulling for Kieschnick, but I think he’ll have to catch lightening in a bottle to have any chances of making the club this year. Crawford’s stick is finally coming around, and Pablo is in fine form.

    I am hoping by the 15th (the first game my daughter and I will catch in Scottsdale) that they will have weeded things out a bit, and we’ll get to see some of the real contenders for the few open spots.

  48. unca_chuck said, on March 4, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    Little Looie?

  49. unca_chuck said, on March 4, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    Fine about Staub. But as a 7 year old I had no clue who the hell Rusty Staub was.

    • snarkk said, on March 4, 2013 at 3:32 pm

      No real reason why you should have at that age.
      As a 40 year old, I had no clue who FP Santangelo was, and almost didn’t when he actually was on the Giants. I’m almost proud of that…

  50. manny said, on March 4, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    I am also left handed, runs in my mothers family. My uncle gave me my first glove, a Rawlings “Claw” first baseman’s mitt when I was around seven. Being in the early 60’s the autograph in it was (drum roll), Whitey Lockman. I literally wore that glove out.

  51. chipower9 said, on March 6, 2013 at 10:25 am


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