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    The Best Nicknames In The World of Baseball

    First let me say that the nickname his teammates used for him must of boosted his confidence immensely when he took the mound. In 1937, he led the NL in pitching appearances for Philadelphia with 56, of which 26 were starts... his name is Hugh Mulcahy.

    I could see it now when one of his teammates would ask the manager "Who's going for us today?"

    His nickname was "Losing Pitcher"
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    Re: The Best Nicknames In The World of Baseball

    Originally posted by Dave Visbeck
    First let me say that the nickname his teammates used for him must of boosted his confidence immensely when he took the mound. In 1937, he led the NL in pitching appearances for Philadelphia with 56, of which 26 were starts... his name is Hugh Mulcahy.

    I could see it now when one of his teammates would ask the manager "Who's going for us today?"

    His nickname was "Losing Pitcher"
    He was the pitching coach for the White Sox in 1970. That year they
    went 56-106. I guess that's what happens when you hire a pitching
    coach with the nickname "Losing Pitcher."

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    19th century player Bob Ferguson was known as "Death to Flying Things" my own personal favorite nickname.
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    Re: The Best Nicknames In The World of Baseball

    Originally posted by Dave Visbeck
    First let me say that the nickname his teammates used for him must of boosted his confidence immensely when he took the mound. In 1937, he led the NL in pitching appearances for Philadelphia with 56, of which 26 were starts... his name is Hugh Mulcahy.

    I could see it now when one of his teammates would ask the manager "Who's going for us today?"

    His nickname was "Losing Pitcher"
    Intersting things about him:

    - He never had a season with more Ks than BBs (in a season he had an impressive 0.88 K/BBs)

    - He never had a winning record. He was .500 twice: In 1936 (2 decisions) and in 1947 (0 decisions, does it count? )

    Imagine a team with Mulcahy as the SP, Heredia the LOOGY and setup man with Chacon closing...

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    Re: Re: The Best Nicknames In The World of Baseball

    Originally posted by Babe Rules
    Intersting things about him:

    - He never had a season with more Ks than BBs (in a season he had an impressive 0.88 K/BBs)

    - He never had a winning record. He was .500 twice: In 1936 (2 decisions) and in 1947 (0 decisions, does it count? )

    Imagine a team with Mulcahy as the SP, Heredia the LOOGY and setup man with Chacon closing...
    In fairness to old LP, those Phillies teams he pitched on were an absolute basket case, so he must have actually been one of their better pitchers to be used often enough to rack up all those losses. Also, it wasn't unusual in those days for pitchers to have more BBs than Ks not that pitchers were wilder back then, but K rates were far lower than they are today.

    I also believe Mulcahy was the first major league player to enlist in the armed forces after Pearl Harbor.
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    Re: The Best Nicknames In The World of Baseball

    Of course some guys nicknames we will never hear publicly. However I really like Dick Tidrow's nickname of "DIRT".
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    The Bird - forgot his name.. Tigers pitcher who always talked to himself and the ball

    Fred "Bonehead" Merkle
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    Re: The Best Nicknames In The World of Baseball

    Quote Originally Posted by expectTHEunexpected
    The Bird - forgot his name.. Tigers pitcher who always talked to himself and the ball
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    Re: The Best Nicknames In The World of Baseball

    Quote Originally Posted by #7forever
    Of course some guys nicknames we will never hear publicly. However I really like Dick Tidrow's nickname of "DIRT".

    Thanks for reminding me, I had completely forgotten about "Dirt".
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    Re: The Best Nicknames In The World of Baseball

    I always wondered if Fred Stanley liked being called "The Chicken"...

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    Here one of my all-time faves...

    Juan Marichal

    a.k.a. "The Dominican Dandy"

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    Al Hrabosky had a very memorable nickname-
    The Mad Hungarian

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    I have a few favorites: "Peek-A-Boo" Veach is one. "The Squire of Kennett Square" Herb Pennock; "Naugatuck Nugget" Spec Shea; "Marvelous Marv" Throneberry. Also, Fred Merkle was a damn fine ballplayer. Aside from that rookie blunder in 1908, he was a solid, line-drive hitting first baseman and defensive standout for the New York Giants until 1916, playing in three World Series for them, and in 1916 for the Brooklyn Robins/Dodgers. He finished up in 1925 as a backup first baseman for the Yankees. In that role, he replaced a young Lou Gehrig in the late innings.
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    That whole Cards team (Gas House Gang) seemed to be full of colorful nicknames. Dizzy and Daffy always struck me as two of the best.

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    He undoubtly hates it but I love the nickname John "way back" Wasdin. He signed a minor league deal with Texas for next year.

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    Don't know if this is a nickname but I love Bucky F.....n Dent just becasue of the meaning of the Home Run.
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    Re: The Best Nicknames In The World of Baseball

    I know this may seem obvious, but is there any more famous nickname in all of sports than YOGI! I bet you could go almost anywhere in this country and perhaps throughout the world and say yogi and people would know that name and who it pertained to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sixty one
    I know this may seem obvious, but is there any more famous nickname in all of sports than YOGI! I bet you could go almost anywhere in this country and perhaps throughout the world and say yogi and people would know that name and who it pertained to.
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    Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown

    "Oil Can" Boyd

    Walt "No Neck" Williams

    And this one isn't weird. Just a perfect testament to his abilities> Stan "The Man" Musial

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    Re: The Best Nicknames In The World of Baseball

    Rich "Goose" Gossage
    Babe Ruth "The Sultan of Swat," "The Colossus of Clout," and "Bambino"
    Whitey Ford "Chairman of the Board"
    Walter "Big Train" Johnson
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    Doug "Eyechart" Gwozdz
    Ryne "The Peerless Wonder" Duren
    "Marvelous Marv" Throneberry (who wasn't very marvelous at all and whose initials were MET)
    Horace Guy "Dooley" Womack
    Steve "Tennis Ball Head" Hovley
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    Re: The Best Nicknames In The World of Baseball

    I am partial to Russ "The Mad Monk" Meyer, not to be confused with Russ
    "King of the Nudies" Meyer.

    I also like Arlie "The Freshest Thing On Earth" Latham.

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    Re: The Best Nicknames In The World of Baseball

    How about a Yankee player... Sammy Byrd. He was called "Babe Ruth's Legs"
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    Re: The Best Nicknames In The World of Baseball

    How about Charlie "King Kong" Keller an outfielder with the Yanks in the 1940's?

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    Stubby Overmire
    Shucks Pruett
    Hank "Bow-Wow" Arft
    "Bucketfoot Al" Simmons
    Al "The Curveless Wonder" Orth
    Jack "Crab" Warhop
    Frankie "The Fordham Flash" Frisch
    Ernie "Schnozz" Lombardi
    Dick "Baldy" Rudolph
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