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Baseball Player Name of the Week

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

It’s been a while since I found an inspiring name of the week, but this one could not be overlooked. Ladies and gentlemen, I present:

Buttercup Dickerson.

Buttercup gets bonus points for having played for the Worcester Ruby Legs, which is clearly the Baseball Team Name of the Week.

I stumbled onto Mr. Lewis Pessano Dickerson this weekend after passing through Troy, New York, on my way to my dad’s wedding upstate. Troy is, as my companion pointed out, the erstwhile home of the Troy Haymakers, one of the first professional baseball teams, and then later the Troy Trojans, for whom Buttercup played. He was a pretty good player by the standards of his time, with a lifetime OPS+ of 121, though of course his power numbers and OBP don’t look like much these days. Let’s not lose track of what’s important, however – namely, that HE WAS CALLED BUTTERCUP DICKERSON.

Also, check out this ‘stache from later in his career:


Baseball Player Names of the Week

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

Today’s names come courtesy of valued commenter Unmoderated:

Mutz and Jewel Ens, brothers out of St. Louis, MO.

Mutz made it to the White Sox for all of 5 days in 1912, where he had zero hits and no walks in 6 plate appearances, giving him a lifetime OPS+ of -100. He also made two errors at first base, just for good measure.

His brother Jewel, younger by two years, played with Pittsburgh for parts of four seasons – 47 games in 1922, but only 3 by 1925. His batting average was .290, but his OBP was just .323, and he hit one home run in his career. The internet doesn’t tell us much more than that about the Ens brothers, except that Mutz’s real name was Anton, and that Jewel’s middle name was… (drumroll):


Baseball Player NICKname of the Week

Monday, October 5th, 2009

According to, there have been 10 different Major League Baseball players nicknamed “Wild Bill,” from Bill Hutchinson in 1884 to Bill Connolly in 1953.

But there is only one Ed Heusser, “The Wild Elk of the Wasatch.”

Heusser pitched for five different teams in the 1930s and 40s, though why he reminded anyone of a wild elk is not clear. (It seems safe to assume “Wasatch” refers to the mountain range in Utah, where Heusser was born). He ended up with 300 walks (compared to 299 Ks), but didn’t hit an especially large number of batters or throw that many wild pitches.

I just hope this unsolved nickname doesn’t come to haunt me the way that Bristol Robotham Lord‘s “The Human Eyeball” still does.

NB: Heusser is not to be confused with Pepper Martin, “The Wild Horse of the Osage.”

Baseball Player Name of the Week

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

In honor of the Yankees’ recent hard-earned series win in Anaheim, I scoured the roster of the Angels’ AAA team, the Salt Lake Bees, to bring you this week’s Name:

Catcher Flint Wipke.

I know you’ll all join me in my earnest hopes that this young man eventually makes it to the majors. On a side note, has there ever been a less appealing Minor League team name than the “Salt Lake Bees”? I mean, two things in this world that I really don’t care for: dry laws and stinging insects.

Anyway, my Yanks-Angels recap is up at the Banter for those who are interested; I’m still working on a Mets post but it feels increasingly futile. What is there to say?

Baseball Player Name of the Last Sixth Months

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Yefri Carvajal.

Yeah. You know I’m coming out of retirement for that one.

Yefri is a Padres prospect, currently playing for the high-A Lake Elsinore Storm. And I had no idea there was a town in America called Lake Elsinore — which is awesome, though now that I think about it that’s actually kind of an unsettling name to pick, given what went down at Elsinore.

I hope the Padres won’t bury a name as great as Yefri Carvajal in A-ball for too long. But of course there is no baseball player name either good or bad, but thinking makes it so…

Meanwhile, I have a recap of last night’s Yanks-Sox unpleasantness up at the Banter.

Baseball Player Name of the Week

Saturday, November 1st, 2008

Via RAB, The Yankees have just added to their 40-man roster…

Eric Hacker.

Good thing he’s a pitcher. If he ever makes it to the majors, though, I hope he gets to bat in a few interleague games in NL parks.

Baseball Player Name of the Week

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

Courtesy of astute reader Perpetual Memory Loss, I give you:

Phillies pitching prospect Antonio Bastardo.

You might laugh, but it actually sounds pretty badass. I’d imagine that last name would have to make you tough, in a Boy Named Sue kind of way.

Baseball Player Name of the Week (Bonus Edition)

Friday, July 11th, 2008

Via Rob Neyer’s ESPN blog, I give you:

Independant League manager Kash Beauchamp.

Yes. But wait, it gets better… because Kash Beauchamp manages a team called the Wichita Wingnuts.

He also appears to be something of a wingnut himself, but that’s neither here nor there.

Previous Names of the Week

Baseball Player Name of the Week

Thursday, July 10th, 2008

Having just watched the Yanks-Rays series, I have no choice but to select:

Reid Brignac.

(Runner up: Gary Glover. It’s an aptonym!)

“Reid Brignac” sounds like a fine liqueur but is, instead, a rookie shortstop from St. Amant, Louisiana. He really and truly looks 14 years old, but the Rays are claiming he’s 22.

Baseball Player Name of the Week

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

… and I use the word “week” loosely here, but:

Marv “Rotty” Rotblatt.

I was reading up on the history of the sadly extinct bullpen car the other other day, and it turns out Mr. Rotblatt, a Chicago White Sox reliever, made Comiskey Park history (well, sort of) in 1951 when he became the first Sox pitcher ever driven from the bullpen out to the mound. Ah, to live in an era when nobody had ever heard of the phrase “carbon footprint.”

The Yankees’ bullpen car was retired after 1972 when rats ate through its engine cables. Seriously.