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Re: 50's Baseball Nicknames

Postby KDFINE » Tue Sep 04, 2012 7:04 am

Since the last post was nearly a week ago I suppose I can bring myself back from my self-imposed exile and interject some hints to still unanswered questions.
I know the answers to:
Kitten - a "perfect" pitcher;
Ducky - HOF from the 30s & 40s;
The Walking Man - almost as many bases on balls as hits;
Dr. Strangeglove - a power hitting first baseman;
and of course, since I posted him, Paw Paw, a Yankee Killer in his own right, he was for a while a teammate of the "Yankee Killer" Frank Lary.
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Re: 50's Baseball Nicknames

Postby dukehjsteve » Tue Sep 04, 2012 8:16 am

KDFINE wrote:Since the last post was nearly a week ago I suppose I can bring myself back from my self-imposed exile and interject some hints to still unanswered questions.
I know the answers to:
Kitten - a "perfect" pitcher;
Ducky - HOF from the 30s & 40s;
The Walking Man - almost as many bases on balls as hits;
Dr. Strangeglove - a power hitting first baseman;
and of course, since I posted him, Paw Paw, a Yankee Killer in his own right, he was for a while a teammate of the "Yankee Killer" Frank Lary.



Is "Kitten" Harvey Haddix ?
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Re: 50's Baseball Nicknames

Postby dj » Tue Sep 04, 2012 8:22 am

dukehjsteve wrote:
KDFINE wrote:Since the last post was nearly a week ago I suppose I can bring myself back from my self-imposed exile and interject some hints to still unanswered questions.
I know the answers to:
Kitten - a "perfect" pitcher;
Ducky - HOF from the 30s & 40s;
The Walking Man - almost as many bases on balls as hits;
Dr. Strangeglove - a power hitting first baseman;
and of course, since I posted him, Paw Paw, a Yankee Killer in his own right, he was for a while a teammate of the "Yankee Killer" Frank Lary.



Is "Kitten" Harvey Haddix ?


Yes.

And the nicknames are restricted to players in the 1950s, so Ducky Medwick (originally Ducky Wucky, but media members tended to drop the Wucky) is not correct.
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Re: 50's Baseball Nicknames

Postby KDFINE » Tue Sep 04, 2012 8:39 am

DJ. As soon as you rejected Medwick it clicked with me as to who the Ducky of the 50s was. He was a light hitting powerless utility infielder, who nonetheless managed to play 19 years in the big league (which surprised me when I just looked him up). If I hadn't have had his baseball card as a kid I probably would have forgotten him.
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Re: 50's Baseball Nicknames

Postby dj » Tue Sep 04, 2012 10:39 am

KDFINE wrote:DJ. As soon as you rejected Medwick it clicked with me as to who the Ducky of the 50s was. He was a light hitting powerless utility infielder, who nonetheless managed to play 19 years in the big league (which surprised me when I just looked him up). If I hadn't have had his baseball card as a kid I probably would have forgotten him.


And his link to T&F is . . . ?
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Re: 50's Baseball Nicknames

Postby DrJay » Tue Sep 04, 2012 11:19 am

JayIsMe wrote:and one from a little farther back- Three Fingers


Mordecai Three-Finger Brown. Got his hand caught in a feed chopper on the family farm as a youth. Pitched mostly for the Cubs, on their last World Series winning team in 1908.

Includes pics of his hand: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mordecai_Brown
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Re: 50's Baseball Nicknames

Postby DrJay » Tue Sep 04, 2012 11:20 am

Who was "Doggie"?
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Re: 50's Baseball Nicknames

Postby DrJay » Tue Sep 04, 2012 11:31 am

The Destroyer?
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Re: 50's Baseball Nicknames

Postby DrJay » Tue Sep 04, 2012 11:34 am

Blue Moon?
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Re: 50's Baseball Nicknames

Postby DrJay » Tue Sep 04, 2012 11:44 am

Spaceman?
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Re: 50's Baseball Nicknames

Postby dukehjsteve » Tue Sep 04, 2012 11:54 am

DrJay wrote:Blue Moon?



Odom.
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Re: 50's Baseball Nicknames

Postby DrJay » Tue Sep 04, 2012 11:55 am

The Hawk?
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Re: 50's Baseball Nicknames

Postby dukehjsteve » Tue Sep 04, 2012 11:57 am

2 more 50's, but don't ask me their first names... I don't know them:

Peanuts

Puddin'Head
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Re: 50's Baseball Nicknames

Postby dukehjsteve » Tue Sep 04, 2012 11:57 am

DrJay wrote:The Hawk?


Harrelsen
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Re: 50's Baseball Nicknames

Postby dukehjsteve » Tue Sep 04, 2012 11:58 am

Slats
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Re: 50's Baseball Nicknames

Postby DrJay » Tue Sep 04, 2012 12:03 pm

dukehjsteve wrote:
DrJay wrote:The Hawk?


Harrelsen


More than one Hawk. I was thinking Clay "The Hawk" Carroll, 1970s reliever for the Reds. His 37 saves in 1972 was an NL record.
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Re: 50's Baseball Nicknames

Postby Conor Dary » Tue Sep 04, 2012 12:41 pm

dukehjsteve wrote:
DrJay wrote:Blue Moon?



Odom.


I already got that one....
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Re: 50's Baseball Nicknames

Postby KDFINE » Tue Sep 04, 2012 1:36 pm

The Hawk was from the 60s not the 50s.
I know Puddin' Head. He played 3rd base, and was one of the first baseball cards that I got.
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Re: 50's Baseball Nicknames

Postby KDFINE » Tue Sep 04, 2012 1:45 pm

Ducky's link to T&F? I haven't a clue. I guess I'll cheat and look him up on Wikipedia but I won't ruin it by giving his name on this board (for now).
I know Peanuts but don't know his real first name.
The baseball encyclopedia lists him as Peanuts and gives his given name in small print.
Another from the 50s was Chico. The BB encyclopedia lists him that way, and gives his given name in small print. This one should be relatively easy.
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Re: 50's Baseball Nicknames

Postby dukehjsteve » Tue Sep 04, 2012 1:50 pm

KDFINE wrote:Ducky's link to T&F? I haven't a clue. I guess I'll cheat and look him up on Wikipedia but I won't ruin it by giving his name on this board (for now).
I know Peanuts but don't know his real first name.
The baseball encyclopedia lists him as Peanuts and gives his given name in small print.
Another from the 50s was Chico. The BB encyclopedia lists him that way, and gives his given name in small print. This one should be relatively easy.



Chico's gotta be Carrasquel.. and I always have assumed that was his real name.
( Boy I dug deep into the head for this one ! )
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Re: 50's Baseball Nicknames

Postby Davidokun » Tue Sep 04, 2012 2:25 pm

Chico Escuela

Baseball...bin berra berra good to me.


:lol:
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Re: 50's Baseball Nicknames

Postby tandfman » Tue Sep 04, 2012 5:24 pm

dukehjsteve wrote:Slats

What about Slats?

I asked who Slats was on page 1 of this thread, and you correctly answered!
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Re: 50's Baseball Nicknames

Postby dj » Tue Sep 04, 2012 6:44 pm

dukehjsteve wrote:2 more 50's, but don't ask me their first names... I don't know them:

Peanuts

Puddin'Head


Harry Lowery and Willie Jones
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Re: 50's Baseball Nicknames

Postby dj » Tue Sep 04, 2012 6:48 pm

dukehjsteve wrote:
KDFINE wrote:Ducky's link to T&F? I haven't a clue. I guess I'll cheat and look him up on Wikipedia but I won't ruin it by giving his name on this board (for now).
I know Peanuts but don't know his real first name.
The baseball encyclopedia lists him as Peanuts and gives his given name in small print.
Another from the 50s was Chico. The BB encyclopedia lists him that way, and gives his given name in small print. This one should be relatively easy.



Chico's gotta be Carrasquel.. and I always have assumed that was his real name.
( Boy I dug deep into the head for this one ! )


A couple of '50s shortstop Chicos: Alfonso Carrasquel and Humberto Fernandez. Carrasquel was the first Latin ballplayer to play in the MLB all-star game (1951).
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Re: 50's Baseball Nicknames

Postby dj » Tue Sep 04, 2012 6:50 pm

KDFINE wrote:Ducky's link to T&F? I haven't a clue. I guess I'll cheat and look him up on Wikipedia but I won't ruin it by giving his name on this board (for now).
I know Peanuts but don't know his real first name.
The baseball encyclopedia lists him as Peanuts and gives his given name in small print.
Another from the 50s was Chico. The BB encyclopedia lists him that way, and gives his given name in small print. This one should be relatively easy.


Ducky Schofield is the father of U.Florida LJer Kim Schofield from the '70s and early '80s.
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Re: 50's Baseball Nicknames

Postby KDFINE » Tue Sep 04, 2012 6:52 pm

DJ is correct on Lowery and Jones.
Chico Carrasquel's real first name is Alfonso.
I looked up Ducky's link to T&F. After reading it I can honestly say that I hadn't any recollection of her.
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Re: 50's Baseball Nicknames

Postby cullman » Tue Sep 04, 2012 6:53 pm

dj wrote:Ducky

Dick Schofield whose daughter Kim was a long jumper and whose granddaughter is former trackster Hillary Werth.

edit: Answered already...missed by that much! Toronto Blue Jays fans know the Schofield family trivia as Ducky's son Dick Schofield and grandson Jason Werth both played for them...one too late in his career and the other too early. :cry:
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Re: 50's Baseball Nicknames

Postby cullman » Tue Sep 04, 2012 7:01 pm

How about Jungle Jim? He played in a World Series in the 1950s.
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Re: 50's Baseball Nicknames

Postby dj » Tue Sep 04, 2012 7:06 pm

cullman wrote:How about Jungle Jim? He played in a World Series in the 1950s.


Rivera. Although my first inclination is to go to basketballer Jim Luscutoff.
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Re: 50's Baseball Nicknames

Postby dj » Tue Sep 04, 2012 7:19 pm

Time to fess up.

My knowledge of baseball first names starts with my first year of collecting baseball cards, 1959. That year the Topps series included the player's common name at the top of the card with a signature over the photo.

I found it curious at the time that most Latins were given a nickname that Anglos could pronounce, foremost of course being Bob Clemente, who was the first to successfully fight back. But there were the Chicos--Carrasquel and Fernandez, and Minnie Minoso, Pancho Herrera, Willy Miranda, Mike Fornieles, Pete Ramos, most of whom were never known by anything but their Anglo name.

The only Latins I can think of who played using their proper name as rookies were Camilo Pasqual, Orlando Cepeda and Humberto Robinson.

I know there are lots I'm not thinking of on both sides of the ledger, but I think the preponderance falls among the Anglo nicknames.
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Re: 50's Baseball Nicknames

Postby cullman » Tue Sep 04, 2012 7:30 pm

It is Jim Rivera. Ha! I thought you might be of that era. I couldn't resist a bit of 1959 Chicago White Sox trivia. :)
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Re: 50's Baseball Nicknames

Postby Dutra5 » Tue Sep 04, 2012 7:57 pm

DrJay wrote:
dukehjsteve wrote:
DrJay wrote:The Hawk?


Harrelsen


More than one Hawk. I was thinking Clay "The Hawk" Carroll, 1970s reliever for the Reds. His 37 saves in 1972 was an NL record.


Hawk Taylor was a catcher in the 60's. Real name Bob.

Of course there's always The Hawk who's the best of them....Andre Dawson.
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Re: 50's Baseball Nicknames

Postby dj » Tue Sep 04, 2012 7:58 pm

cullman wrote:It is Jim Rivera. Ha! I thought you might be of that era. I couldn't resist a bit of 1959 Chicago White Sox trivia. :)


Loved the photos from the '59 Series, particularly Al Smith having beer spilled on his head as he watches a Charlie Neal homerun go over the left field wall at Comiskey. It was the first year baseball news photos made some sense.
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Re: 50's Baseball Nicknames

Postby KDFINE » Wed Sep 05, 2012 5:46 am

And what was Al Smith's real first name, and what was his nickname? (I'll be gone all day.)
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Re: 50's Baseball Nicknames

Postby dj » Wed Sep 05, 2012 7:06 am

KDFINE wrote:And what was Al Smith's real first name, and what was his nickname? (I'll be gone all day.)


Alphonso. Don't know his nickname, and no, it wasn't The Happy Warrior!
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Re: 50's Baseball Nicknames

Postby KDFINE » Wed Sep 05, 2012 12:17 pm

I believe it is Alphonse rather than Alphonso. Close enough. I still have his 1954 Topps card as well as the card from the 1955 TV screen set (non-Topps).
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Re: 50's Baseball Nicknames

Postby dj » Wed Sep 05, 2012 4:38 pm

KDFINE wrote:I believe it is Alphonse rather than Alphonso. Close enough. I still have his 1954 Topps card as well as the card from the 1955 TV screen set (non-Topps).


You're right, Alphonse.

The 1955 TV screen set of cards was the last Bowman set until the Topps monopoly on bubblegum cards was broken in the 1970's.
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Re: 50's Baseball Nicknames

Postby dj » Wed Sep 05, 2012 4:40 pm

For those of you who were baseball card collectors, here's a website you might enjoy:

http://www.vintagecardtraders.com/virtual/
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Re: 50's Baseball Nicknames

Postby DrJay » Thu Sep 06, 2012 4:18 am

Doggie is Tony Perez.

The Destroyer is George Foster: "If (George) Foster would have been playing with the Dodgers in the '50's they wouldn't have had to tear down Ebbets Field. George would have demolished it with shots off his bat." --Sparky Anderson
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Re: 50's Baseball Nicknames

Postby KDFINE » Mon Sep 10, 2012 8:13 am

Final hints for Paw Paw.
Paw Paw is a place in Michigan.
Incredibly, my 1982 baseball gives "Smokey" as his nickname (and it isn't Smokey Burgess either).
One other source I've seen, I think Wikipedia, lists 4 nicknames, but Paw Paw was the only one I ever heard when he played.

Al Smith's nickname was Fuzzy, which I found out when double checking the spelling of his first name because I never heard it. I only put it up because someone else mentioned the memorable World Series beer cup photograph.
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