The Greatest Players Have The Greatest Nicknames Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Ask any major league player and they’ll tell you the nickname(s) they were affectionately given by others over the years.  Some still carry a nickname attributed to them by sandlot players (like Eddie Murray’s nickname Steady Eddie), little league coaches or college fans; while others have assembled a laundry list of memorable nicknames that are often used interchangeable for fans, coaches, teammates and sports writers.

Mark McGwire

Ken Griffey, Jr. (606+) is known simply as “Junior," and his good friend and perennial MVP candidate Alex Rodriguez is know by the short, but snappy nickname "A-Rod."

Frank Thomas (known as “The Big Hurt" for the hurtin’ that he puts on the baseball…and opposing pitchers) has 526+ home runs and is back playing for his first team, The Oakland Athletics.  

His replacement in Chicago “Big Jim” Thome (a.k.a.. “The Thomenator”) is enjoying a resurgent career with the White Sox and has 526+ homers.

Boston Red Sox hero Manny Ramirez (509) (a.k.a. Man Ram) is often described as “Manny Being Manny” in reference to his eccentric behavior, as well as his passion for the game of baseball and fans.  Perhaps the best example of his wonderfully weird behavior came om May 14, 2008 when he made a great running catch, then climbed the wall to high-five a fan before making a great throw to his relay man, Dustin Pedroia, who threw to first for a double play. To view this classic "Manny Moment" click on http://soxanddawgs.com/?p=4240

JHarmon Killebrewimmie Foxx was known as “Double X” and “The Beast” for his fierce style of play. Harmon Killebrew was a hard-nosed player, but his nickname “Killer” came from a shortened version of his last name.  As his career steered him toward a first ballot induction into the Hall-Of-Fame, Mickey Mantle was known as “The Mick” or “Muscles.”

Ernie BanksErnie Banks is the one and only “Mr. Cub.”  So named for playing 17 seasons with his one and only major league team The Chicago Cubs, and for his sunny disposition and great love of the game. Willie McCovey was “Stretch” to his fans and friends, Frank Robison was “The Judge” for his ability to single handedly determine the outcome of a game.   Mel Ott was known as “Master Melvin” for his masterful play at both the plate and in the field.

Willie Mays will always be known as “Say Hey” for his fun-loving and gregarious approach to the game, and dazzling fielding.  Surprisingly, his god son Barry Bonds, who has evolved into the greatest hitter of his generation (and possibly of all time) is not known by any nicknames, except for perhaps the singular name “Bonds.”

“Steady Eddie” Murray was so named because he was one of the most reliable and productive hitters of his era; hitting equally well from both sides of the plate. 

And “Slammin’ Sammy” Sosa certainly lived up to his name when he tallied 198 hits and 66 homers in 1998.


Honorary 500 HRC Members

Sadaharu Oh (The Japanese Babe Ruth)

Joshua Gibson (The Black Babe Ruth)

Martín "El Maestro" Dihigo

Hector Espino Gonzalez (The Babe Ruth of Mexico)





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