Top Ten Baseball Nicknames
You may think I spend an inordinate amount of posting space dedicated to baseball. And you'd be right. Well, I love the game. So deal with it. One of the many little intricacies of the game that I love so much is how every player that makes a major league roster eventually winds up with a nickname. So, here it is, the list of the top ten baseball nicknames of all time. Some of them are funny, some are very apt, one is ironic (see if you can pick it out!), and some are just awesome. Oh yeah, you might notice that George Herman Ruth is not included on the list. The Babe may be the most easily recognizable nickname ever (not to mention the bevy of other nicknames he had), so it's a given.
1. Ted Williams - The Splendid Splinter and Teddy Ballgame
2. Reggie Jackson - Mr. October
3. Fred McGriff - The Crime Dog
4. Bob Ferguson - Death to Flying Things
5. Willie Mays - The Say Hey Kid
6. Andre Dawson - The Hawk
7. Frank Thomas - The Big Hurt
8. Ernie Banks - Mr. Cub
9. Ty Cobb - The Georgia Peach
10. (TIE) Walter Johnson/Nolan Ryan - Big Train/The Ryan Express
Honorable Mentions: Mark "The Bird" Fidrych, Pete "Charlie Hustle" Rose, Lenny "Nails" Dykstra, Rich "El Guapo" Garces, Greg "Mad Dog" Maddux, Ozzie "The Wizard of Oz" Smith, Hank "Bad Henry" Aaron, Tris "Spoke" Speaker, Brooks "Hoover" Robinson, Walt "No Neck" Williams, George "Steam Engine in Boots" Mullin, Charlie "Piano Legs" Hickman, Ted "Simba" Simmons, Andres "Big Cat" Galarraga
Man, I love baseball.
- Jordan M.