Do You Remember the Nicknames of these Famous Baseball Players of the 20th Century?
In honor of the beginning of the 2014 baseball season, I have put together this quiz to see how well you recall the nicknames of some of the more famous baseball players from the 20th century. The list is a sample of 30 players with memorable nicknames. If you were paying attention in the 1950s and early 1960s, you probably read about or collected the baseball cards of many of these players.
How many nicknames can you successfully link to the players’ real names? Put the correct nickname number by the names of the players. The answers follow.
NICKNAMES PLAYER NAMES
1 Boog ___George L Anderson
2 Casey (aka The Old Professor) ___Johnny B Baker Jr.
3 Catfish ___Ernest Banks
4 Charlie Hustle ___Lawrence Peter Berra
5 Chili ___Ronald Charles Cey
6 Dizzy ___Tyrus Raymond Cobb
7 Duke (aka The Silver Fox) ___Charles Theodore Davis
8 Dusty ___Jay Hanna Dean
9 Goose ___Joseph P. Dimaggio
10 Jolting Joe (aka The Yankee Clipper) ___Leo Ernest Durocher
11 Mr. Cub ___Edward Charles Ford
12 Mudcat ___Henry Louis Gehrig
13 Peanuts ___Richard M. Gossage
14 Pee Wee (aka The Little Colonel) ___James Timothy Grant
15 Pepper (aka The Wild Hoss of the Osage) ___James Augustus Hunter
16 Rusty ___William Francis Lee
17 Say Hey ___Harry Lee Lowrey
18 Sparky ___Salvadore Anthony Maglie
19 The Bambino (aka The Sultan of Swat) ___John L Roosevelt Martin
20 The Barber ___Willie Howard Mays Jr.
21 The Georgia Peach ___Wilmer David Mizell
22 The Hat ___John Wesley Powell
23 The Iron Horse ___Harold Henry Reese
24 The Lip ___Peter Edward Rose
25 The Penguin ___George Herman Ruth
26 The Spaceman ___Edwin Donald Snider
27 The Thumper (aka The Splendid Splinter) ___Daniel Joseph Staub
28 Vinegar Bend ___Charles Dillon Stengel
29 Whitey (aka Chairman of the Board) ___Harry William Walker
30 Yogi ___Theodore Samuel Williams
30 correct: You are the Sultan of Swat of Baby Boom Baseball Fans (Career batting ave: .342, 714 HRs)
25-29 correct: You are the Charlie Hustle of Baby Boomer Baseball Fans (you didn't cheat did you?) (Career batting average: .303, 4,256 hits)
20-24 correct: You are the Peanuts Lowery of Baby Boomer Baseball Fans (Career batting avg: .273 , 1177 hits)
Less than 20: You are a minor league hitter. Time to take a remedial course in baseball fundamentals
18 George Lee Anderson, 8 Johnny B Baker Jr., 11 Ernest Banks, 30 Lawrence Peter Berra, 25 Ronald Charles Cey, 21 Tyrus Raymond Cobb, 5 Charles Theodore Davis, 6 Jay Hanna Dean, 10 Joseph Paul Dimaggio, 24 Leo Ernest Durocher, 29 Edward Charles Ford, 23 Henry Louis Gehrig, 9 Richard Michael Gossage, 12 James Timothy Grant, 3 James Augustus Hunter, 26 William Francis Lee, 13 Harry Lee Lowrey, 20 Salvadore Anthony Maglie, 15 John Leonard Roosevelt Martin, 17 Willie Howard Mays Jr., 28 Wilmer David Mizell, 1 John Wesley Powell, 14 Harold Henry Reese, 4 Peter Edward Rose, 19 George Herman Ruth, 7 Edwin Donald Snider, 16 Daniel Joseph Staub, 2 Charles Dillon Stengel, 22 Harry William Walker, 27 Theodore Samuel Williams