Athlete Nicknames [split]


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Re: Athlete Nicknames [split]

Postby tandfman » Sun Sep 30, 2012 2:53 pm

8aldP|23 wrote:I thought Mottram also went by Bubba?

I believe it's Buster, not Bubba,
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Re: Athlete Nicknames [split]

Postby 8aldP|23 » Sun Sep 30, 2012 2:59 pm

Mo Green the GOAT, I think he's got the tat also
Prefontaine was called Rube (unsofisticated rural/country person)by Bowerman.
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Re: Athlete Nicknames [split]

Postby 8aldP|23 » Sun Sep 30, 2012 3:00 pm

tandfman wrote:
8aldP|23 wrote:I thought Mottram also went by Bubba?

I believe it's Buster, not Bubba,

Yes Buster, thanks for the correction
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Re: Athlete Nicknames [split]

Postby bushop » Sun Sep 30, 2012 3:35 pm

8aldP|23 wrote:Mo Green the GOAT, I think he's got the tat also

I think that was more of an opinion than a nickname.
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Re: Athlete Nicknames [split]

Postby gh » Sat Oct 06, 2012 11:40 pm

I just realized we've missed one of the best ever: "Multiple Mac" Willkins.

(as an aside, whose mother and father were... no really.... Dick & Jane!)
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Re: Athlete Nicknames [split]

Postby KDFINE » Sun Oct 07, 2012 4:28 pm

DJ listed Norwood "Barney" Ewell. Was Barney his middle name or was it truly a "nickname?" Perhaps similarly, Paul Drayton's "real" first name has been listed as Otis.
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Re: Athlete Nicknames [split]

Postby KDFINE » Sun Oct 07, 2012 4:36 pm

Leonard "Buddy" Edelen.
What about guys taking on names? I won't get into Kenyan's migrating all over the Middle and Near East, but does Jerome Drayton count as a nickname for Peter Buniak (sp?). I read recently that Sandor Iharos wasn't his name at all.
(Not to mention the 1936 Olympic marathon champion forced to take on a Japanese name, both of which elude me.)
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Re: Athlete Nicknames [split]

Postby dj » Sun Oct 07, 2012 5:08 pm

KDFINE wrote:DJ listed Norwood "Barney" Ewell. Was Barney his middle name or was it truly a "nickname?" Perhaps similarly, Paul Drayton's "real" first name has been listed as Otis.


Henry Norwood Ewell.

Otis Paul Drayton, Otie to his friends.

And some others who went by their middle names: Frederick Carlton Lewis, Frederick Morgan Taylor, James Randel Matson, William Parry O'Brien, William DeHart Hubbard, John Kenneth Doherty, William Bruce Jenner

James Edwin Meredith = Ted

Walter Francis Davis = Buddy
Warren Jay Cawley = Rex

Then there are all the Chips (Charles Lamont Jenkins, Jr.), Buds (Emerson Lane Spencer, Franklin Wesley Held, Lemuel Clarence Houser) and Treys (James Edward Hardee, III) of the world.
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Re: Athlete Nicknames [split]

Postby cullman » Sun Oct 07, 2012 7:21 pm

dj wrote:
KDFINE wrote:...Otis Paul Drayton, Otie to his friends.

Speaking of Drayton...not sure if it's a nickname because he changed his surname too: Peter Buniak = Jerome Drayton
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Re: Athlete Nicknames [split]

Postby noone » Tue Oct 09, 2012 3:26 pm

Didn't anybody say Skeets Nehemiah?
Edit: I see dj beat me to that one.

Also Salvatore Morale: "The Southern European who could become a European Southern", admittedly a very cumbersome nickname!
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Re: Athlete Nicknames [split]

Postby cullman » Tue Oct 09, 2012 6:26 pm

dj wrote:Otis Paul Drayton, Otie to his friends.

And some others who went by their middle names: Frederick Carlton Lewis, Frederick Morgan Taylor, James Randel Matson, William Parry O'Brien, William DeHart Hubbard, John Kenneth Doherty, William Bruce Jenner

Silas Edward "Eddie" Southern. Maybe Silas wasn't a cool name back in the late 50s but it sure sounds cool now.
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Re: Athlete Nicknames [split]

Postby 79. » Wed Oct 10, 2012 1:41 pm

Harry "Butch" REYNOLDS.
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Re: Athlete Nicknames [split]

Postby KDFINE » Fri Oct 12, 2012 10:58 am

DJ's posting a short time ago of the death of Albert Richmond "Boo" Morcom is a reminder of yet another nickname.
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Re: Athlete Nicknames [split]

Postby br » Fri Oct 12, 2012 12:12 pm

Johnny "Lam" Jones. His bio is very interesting.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lam_Jones

Jones was drafted by the New York Jets from the University of Texas with the second overall pick in the 1980 NFL Draft. He played wide receiver for the Jets from 1980-1985. Since Jones was a world class sprinter, he could beat any coverage, but had trouble catching the football. He was viewed more as an athlete than a receiver. He received the first million dollar contract worth $2.1 million dollars.

http://www.lampasasdispatchrecord.com/n ... e/001.html

He was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer in 2005 that has taken its toll on his body for the past three years. Once a sleek, 6-foot specimen, Jones now stands at 5'9", but he is in full remission.
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Re: Athlete Nicknames [split]

Postby tandfman » Sun Oct 14, 2012 11:37 am

Ex-Villanova runner Phil "Tiny" Kane.
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Re: Athlete Nicknames [split]

Postby tandfman » Mon Oct 15, 2012 6:46 am

Has anyone mentioned Lori "Lolo" Jones?
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Re: Athlete Nicknames [split]

Postby berkeley » Mon Oct 15, 2012 8:05 pm

Prominent Irish track coach Father Liam Kelleher is widely known as "Galloping Jesus".
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Re: Athlete Nicknames [split]

Postby br » Wed Oct 17, 2012 12:17 pm

Kevin "Spiderman" Young
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Re: Athlete Nicknames [split]

Postby tandfman » Wed Oct 17, 2012 1:07 pm

Justin "Juice" Gatlin. (All things considered, not a particularly good nickname, IMHO)
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Re: Athlete Nicknames [split]

Postby bambam » Wed Oct 17, 2012 1:14 pm

cullman wrote:
dj wrote:
KDFINE wrote:...Otis Paul Drayton, Otie to his friends.

Speaking of Drayton...not sure if it's a nickname because he changed his surname too: Peter Buniak = Jerome Drayton


He legally changed his entire name. Not a nickname.
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Re: Athlete Nicknames [split]

Postby bambam » Wed Oct 17, 2012 1:15 pm

dj wrote:
KDFINE wrote:DJ listed Norwood "Barney" Ewell. Was Barney his middle name or was it truly a "nickname?" Perhaps similarly, Paul Drayton's "real" first name has been listed as Otis.


Henry Norwood Ewell.

Otis Paul Drayton, Otie to his friends.

And some others who went by their middle names: Frederick Carlton Lewis, Frederick Morgan Taylor, James Randel Matson, William Parry O'Brien, William DeHart Hubbard, John Kenneth Doherty, William Bruce Jenner

James Edwin Meredith = Ted

Walter Francis Davis = Buddy
Warren Jay Cawley = Rex

Then there are all the Chips (Charles Lamont Jenkins, Jr.), Buds (Emerson Lane Spencer, Franklin Wesley Held, Lemuel Clarence Houser) and Treys (James Edward Hardee, III) of the world.


Then there's John Walter Beardsley Tewskbury - oh, ... wait a minute

(Its an inside joke for me and DJ)
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Re: Athlete Nicknames [split]

Postby bambam » Wed Oct 17, 2012 1:17 pm

br wrote:Johnny "Lam" Jones. His bio is very interesting.


As opposed to Johnny "Ham" Jones, his football teammate at U Texas, which is why they were given the nicknames, to differentiate them.
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Re: Athlete Nicknames [split]

Postby Conor Dary » Thu Oct 18, 2012 6:36 am

bambam wrote:
cullman wrote:
dj wrote:
KDFINE wrote:...Otis Paul Drayton, Otie to his friends.

Speaking of Drayton...not sure if it's a nickname because he changed his surname too: Peter Buniak = Jerome Drayton


He legally changed his entire name. Not a nickname.


And he competed in the Olympics twice, once under each name.

I remember a contemporary story that he picked the name out of a phone book.
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Re: Athlete Nicknames [split]

Postby EME1980 » Sun Oct 21, 2012 8:56 pm

http://allafrica.com/stories/201210210083.html

Janeth Jepkoskei has changed her nickname from The Eldoret Express to The KQ Express following a sponsorship deal with Kenyan Airways whose flight numbers all start with KQ.
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Re: Athlete Nicknames [split]

Postby gh » Mon Oct 22, 2012 1:14 pm

There was a popular tale at one point that Jerome Drayton had picked his name because he was enamoured of his sprint contemporaries Harry Jerome and Paul Drayton.

When asked if that were true his response was something like, "If I'd wanted to be named after my heroes I'd be Abebe Clarke"
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Re: Athlete Nicknames [split]

Postby shivfan » Fri Oct 26, 2012 3:12 am

gh wrote:The greatest monicker of all time belonged to Roy Martin, but since this is a family website.... Allow me just to say it was an 8-word rhyming couplet.

:lol:
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Re: Athlete Nicknames [split]

Postby shivfan » Fri Oct 26, 2012 3:12 am

gh wrote:I just realized we've missed one of the best ever: "Multiple Mac" Willkins.

(as an aside, whose mother and father were... no really.... Dick & Jane!)

:lol:
This thread cracks me up....
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Re: Athlete Nicknames [split]

Postby shivfan » Fri Oct 26, 2012 3:13 am

tandfman wrote:Justin "Juice" Gatlin. (All things considered, not a particularly good nickname, IMHO)

:lol:
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