Baseball Nicknames

Baseball nicknames have been around as long as the game has been. More than any other sport, we seem to thrive on baseball nicknames.

Some players go their entire career being called by their nickname rather than their real name.

Imagine the Yankee Stadium announcer saying,"Now batting, number 8, catcher Lawrence Berra".

Or what if they would have named the best pitcher of the year award the "Denton True Young Award"?

Would you know who the Yankees starting pitcher was if he was announced as "Edward Charles Ford"?

Cool names like Dizzy, The Georgia Peach and The Splendid Splinter. What other sport has nicknames like these?

My nephew is a life long Atlanta Braves fan. He said if he ever has a son, he's going to name him "Chipper". I can remember when we played youth baseball, we would adopt the nicknames of our favorite players and refer to each other by them.

Here's a list of baseball nicknames past and present. Some of course you'll know. Maybe there are some players that you didn't even know what their real name is. It's part of baseball lore.

First let's start with some Hall of Fame baseball nicknames:

Hank Aaron- Henry Louis Aaron: Hammerin' Hank

Sparky Anderson- George Lee Anderson

Cap Anson- Adrian Constantine Anson

Richie Ashburn- Don Richard Ashburn: Whitey

Home Run Baker- John Franklin Baker

Ernie Banks- Ernest Banks: Mr. Cub

Cool Papa Bell- James Thomas Bell

Johnny Bench- Johnny Lee Bench: The Little General

Chief Bender- Charles Albert Bender

Yogi Berra- Lawrence Peter Berra

Lou Brock- Louis Clark Brock

Dan Brouthers- Dennis Joseph Brouthers

Mordecai Brown- Mordecai Peter Centennial Brown: Three Finger Brown

Roy Campanella- Campy

Steve Carlton- Steven Norman Carlton: Lefty

Gary Carter- Gary Edmund Carter: The Kid

Orlando Cepeda- The Baby Bull, Cha Cha

Happy Chandler- Albert Benjamin Chandler

Roberto Clemente- Roberto Clemente Walker: Arriba, The Great One

Ty Cobb-Tyrus Raymond Cobb: The Georgia Peach

Mickey Cochrane- Gordon Stanley Cochrane

Jocko Conlan- John Bertrand Conlan

Candy Cummings- William Arthur Cummings

Kiki Cuyler- Hazen Shirley Cuyler

Dizzy Dean- Jay Hanna Dean

Joe DiMaggio- Joseph Paul DiMaggio Jr.: The Yankee Clipper, Joltin' Joe

Leo Durocher- Leo Ernest Durocher: The Lip

Red Faber- Urban Clarence Faber

Bob Feller- Robert William Andrew Feller: Rapid Robert

Rollie Fingers- Roland Glen Fingers

Carlton Fisk- Carlton Ernest Fisk: Pudge

Whitey Ford- Edward Charles Ford: The Chairman Of The Board, Slick

Rube Foster- Andrew Foster

Nellie Fox- Jacob Nelson Fox

Jimmie Foxx- James Emory Foxx: Double X

Frankie Frisch- Frank Francis Frisch: The Fordham Flash

Lou Gehrig- Henry Louis Gehrig: The Iron Horse

Lefty Gomez- Vernon Louis Gomez

Goose Goslin- Leon Allen Goslin

Lefty Grove- Robert Moses Grove

Chick Hafey- Charles James Hafey

Bucky Harris- Stanley Raymond Harris

Gabby Hartnett- Charles Leo Hartnett

Rogers Hornsby- Rajah

catfish Hunter- James Augustus Hunter

Reggie Jackson- Reginald Martinez Jackson: Mr. October

Walter Johnson- Walter Perry Johnson: Big Train

Willie Keeler- William Henry Keeler: Wee Willie

King Kelly- Michael Joseph Kelly

Harmon Killebrew- Harmon Clayton Killebrew: Killer

Chuck Klein- Charles Herbert Klein

Nap Lajoie- Napoleon Lajoie

Buck Leonard- Walter Fenner Leonard

Connie Mack- Cornelius McGillicuddy

Mickey Mantle- Mickey Charles Mantle: The Commerce Comet, The Mick

Rabbit Maranville- Walter James Vincent Maranville

Willie Mays- Willie Howard Mays Jr.: The Sey Hey Kid

Bill Mazeroski- William Stanley Mazeroski: Maz

Willie McCovey- Willie Lee McCovey: Stretch

Joe Medwick- Joseph Michael Medwick: Ducky

Johnny Mize- John Robert Mize: The Big Cat

Stan Musial- Stanley Frank Musial: Stan The Man

Phil Niekro- Philip Henry Niekro: Knucksie

Satchel Paige- Leroy Robert Paige

Pee Wee Reese- Harold Henry Reese

Branch Rickey- Wesley Branch Rickey

Cal Ripken, Jr.- Calvin Edwin Ripken Jr.: Iron Man

Phil Rizzuto- Philip Francis Rizzuto: Scooter

Brooks Robinson- Brooks Calbert Robinson Jr.: The Human Vaccum Cleaner

Red Ruffing- Charles Herbert Ruffing

Babe Ruth- George Herman Ruth: The Babe, The Bambino, The Sultan Of Swat

Nolan Ryan- Lynn Nolan Ryan Jr.: The Ryan Express

Mike Schmidt- Michael Jack Schmidt

Tom Seaver- George Thomas Seaver: Tom Terrific

Enos Slaughter- Enos Bradsher Slaughter: Country

Ozzie Smith- Osborne Earl Smith: The Wizard

Duke Snider- Edwin Donald Snider: Silver Fox, The Duke Of Flatbush

Tris Speaker- Tristram E. Speaker: The Grey Eagle

Casey Stengel- Charles Dillon Stengel: The Old Professor

Pie Traynor- Harold Joseph Traynor

Dazzy Vance- Clarence Arthur Vance

Arky Vaughan- Joseph Floyd Vaughan

Rube Waddell- George Edward Waddell

Honus Wagner- John Peter Wagner: The Flying Dutchman

Lloyd Waner- Lloyd James Waner: Little Poison

Paul Waner- Paul Glee Waner: Big Poison

Hack Wilson- Lewis Robert Wilson

Ted Williams- Theodore Samuel Williams: The Spendid Splinter, Teddy Ball Game, The Kid

Carl Yastrzemski- Carl Michael Yastrzemski: Yaz

Cy Young- Denton True Young

Greg Luzinski- Gregory Michael Luzinski: The Bull

Here are some more baseball nicknames. Some of these guys are retired and others are still playing.

Dusty Baker- Johnnie B. Baker, Jr

Ron Cey- The Penguin

Andre Dawson- The Hawk

Leon Durham- Bull

Richie Hebner- The Gravedigger

Burt Hooton- Happy

Peanuts Lowrey- Harry Lee Lowrey

Mitch Williams- Wild Thing

Carlos Zambrano- El Toro

Don Zimmer- Popeye

Randy Johnson- The Big Unit

Steve Bedrosian- Bedrock

Buzz Capra- Lee William Capra

Rico Carty- Ricardo Adolfo Jacobo Carty

Chris Chambliss- Carroll Christopher Chambliss

Andrés Galarraga- Andrés José Padovani Galarraga: Big Cat

Ralph Garr- The Road Runner

Al Hrabosky- The Mad Hungarian

Chipper Jones- Larry Wayne Jones

Javy López- Javier Torres López

Fred McGriff- Crime Dog

Red Schoendienst- Albert Fred Schoendienst

Mark Belanger- The Blade

Dennis Martinez- Jose Dennis (Emilia) Martinez: El Presidente

Mike Mussina- Moose

Jim Palmer- Cakes

Boog Powell- John Wesley Powell

Rick Burleson- Rooster

Oil Can Boyd- Dennis Ray Boyd

Roger Clemens- The Rocket

Tony Conigliaro- Anthony Richard Conigliaro: Tony C

Dwight Evans- Dewey

Bill Lee- Spaceman

David Ortiz- David Americo (Arias) Ortiz: Big Papi

George Scott- Boomer

Al Simmons- Bucketfoot

Luis Tiant- Luis Clemente (Vega) Tiant: El Tiante

Joe Wood- Smokey Joe

Smoky Burgess- Forrest Harrill Burgess

Norm Cash- Stormin’ Norman

Rocky Colavito- Rocco Colavito

Bucky Dent- Russell Earl O’Day

Goose Gossage- Richard Michael Gossage

Bo Jackson- Vincent Edward Jackson

Joe Jackson- Shoeless Joe

Ted Kluszewski- Big Klu

Chet Lemon- Chester Earl Lemon

Jack McDowell- Black Jack

Minnie Miñoso- Saturnino Orestes Armas: The Cuban Comet

Blue Moon Odom- Johnny Lee Odom

Bubba Phillips- John Melvin Phillips

Tim Raines- Rock

Bill Skowron- Moose

Frank Thomas- Big Hurt

Lefty Williams- Claude Preston Williams

Ken Griffey, Jr.- Junior, The Kid

Dave Parker- The Cobra

Pete Rose- Charlie Hustle

David Wells- Boomer

Buddy Bell- David Gus Bell

Tito Francona- John Patsy Francona

Juan González- Juan Gone

Mudcat Grant- James Timothy Grant

Toby Harrah- Colbert Dale Harrah

Orel Hershiser- Bulldog

Addie Joss- Adrian Joss

Phil Garner- Scrap Iron

Luis Gonzalez- Gonzo

Bip Roberts- Leon Joseph Roberts

Leo Cardenas- Chico

Eric Davis- Eric The Red

Lou Pinella- Sweet Lou

Gary Matthews- Sarge

Schoolboy Rowe- Lynnwood Rowe

Dizzy Trout- Paul Howard Trout

Rusty Staub- Le Grand Orange

Jim Wynn- The Toy Cannon

Buddy Biancalana- Roland Americo Biancalana

Buck Martinez- John Albert Martinez

Cookie Rojas- Octavio Victor (Rivas) Rojas

Lonnie Smith- Skates

Chili Davis- Charles Theodore Davis

Don Mattingly- Donny Baseball

Mickey Rivers- Mick The Quick

Mookie Wilson- William Hayward Wilson

So, there's my list of baseball nicknames. I'm sure there's more. Every ball player that ever put on a uniform seems to have had a nickname. I can't wait to hear what some new ones will be.

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