Saturday, June 23, 2012

All-Around Athletes 6/23/12

Hey Guys!

As I promised in my Booming Batters post, today I will be blogging about some of the greatest all-around nicknames in baseball history. Hope you enjoy:

Stan the Man - Stan Musial
From 1942-1963 with the St. Louis Cardinals, Musial had one of the best careers of all time. With 475 homers,  3,630 hits, and a batting average of .331, Stan helped the Cards to five pennants and three World Series championships. He is considered one of the best outfielders in the game offensively, and was always "the Man" for the job.


The Say Hey Kid - Willie Mays
From 1951-1973 with the New York/San Fransisco Giants and the New York Mets, Willie probably did have the best overall career of all time. 660 homers. 3,283 hits. 338 stolen bases. A lifetime .302 batting average. 1,903 RBIs. A total five tool player.  Wow!! Now that's a career!!!  He was dubbed "The Say Hey Kid" because people would say after he hit a homer or made his famous basket catch: 'Say, hey, did you see what that kid just did?' Along with those accomplishments, he also helped his teams to four pennants and one World Series Championship.  He had probably the most famous catch ever too (see picture).  He was just plain amazing.


Charlie Hustle - Pete Rose
With the most career base hits at 4,256, Pete should be in the Hall of Fame. But, during his career, he gambled for his team to win, which is against baseball rules, so he was banned from baseball. He did have a great career though with the Reds, Phillies, and Expos from 1963-1986. He had over 200 hits 10 times, and helped the Big Red Machine and the 1980 Phils to five pennants and four World Series wins (one against the Yanks in '76). He was called "Charlie Hustle" because he would give it his all on every single play. What do you think: should he be in the Hall even though he gambled during his career, or should he stay out? Send me a comment and tell me what you think about one of the most controversial careers in baseball.


Mr. October - Reggie Jackson
In a career from 1967-1987 with the A's, O's, Yanks, and Angels, Reggie became Mr. October because of his excellent post-season play. In the 1977 Word Series against the Dodgers when he was on the Yankees, he hit five homers in six games, with three in the finale. It is considered one of the best World Series performances in history. In 27 World Series games, he batted .357!!! With 563 career homers, he is also considered one of the greatest power hitters the game has ever seen.  He got into the Hall of Fame as a first ballot member, but, sadly, he wasn't inducted in October.


Iron Horse - Lou Gehrig
He is called the Iron Horse because his energy and strength was at the same level as a locomotive.  He is also famous because he played in 2,130 consecutive games.  Lou was great. From 1923-1939 with the Yankees, Gehrig hit 493 homers, 2,721 hits, and had a lifetime batting average of .340. He helped the Yankees to seven pennants and as many World Series Championships. Although his career ceased because of a disease called ALS, he is probably the best first baseman of all time. Here's a good question about the Yankees and ALS: Who's the only other Yank to die of this nerve-affecting disease? The answer is sadly Catfish Hunter. Still, the disease is nicknamed "Lou Gehrig's Disease".


Well, there you have it, some of the best all-around nicknames of all time. This will be the last nickname-pertaining blog I will be doing. I'm not doing a funny nicknames blog, because those nicknames aren't earned, they're just given. I am, however, still putting up surveys about the other nicknames, so please vote on them. Thanks for reading!

10 comments:

  1. Don't forget Randy "The Big Unit" Johnson, Roger "Rocket Man" Clemens, and of course Don "Fullpack" Stanhouse! (If you don't know how Fullpack got his nickname...you can Google it. It's funny.)

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    2. Good point, but I only wanted to use hitters' nicknames, and I already used Clemens' nickname in the pitching nicknames blog. I will check out Fullpack.

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  2. Say Hey Kid - great nickname - Probably the best 5 tool player in baseball history. How many career HR's would he have hit if he didn't play half of his games in Candlestick park?

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  3. He is the favorite player of my grandpa too.

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  4. Jimmie Foxx, aka "the Beast". Just look at his stats and you'll see why. His Philadelphia A's team bested the Yankees of 1929 to 1931 to win the American League pennant. And they were world champs in 1929 and 1930.

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/f/foxxji01.shtml

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    1. I've actually blogged about him before. I completely agree that he earned his nickname rightfully.

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  5. Bob Feller had three great nicknames:

    1.) The Heater from Van Meter.

    2.) Bullet Bob

    3.) Rapid Robert


    Ted Williams:

    1.) The Thumper

    2.) The Kid

    3.) The Splendid Splinter

    4.) Teddy Ballgame



    Sal Maglie:

    "The Barber", because he often gave hitters a close shave if they stood too close to the plate.

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    2. I do like Feller's nicknames, but they don't characterize him as an all-around athlete. Also, I've already blogged about Sal in my Proficient Pitchers post. Go check it out.

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