Table of Contents

    (*Using Players Only With Cool Nicknames)

    By Bob Eckstein, of The Bob

    1st Base

    The Iron Horse –– Triple Crown, 7 World Series championships, 2 American League MVPs, and
    2,130 consecutive games played. Nickname’s origin: After 17 straight years at first base, the
    media and fans nicknamed him the “Iron Horse.” The phrase was originally what the Native
    Americans called steam locomotives of the 1880s. 

    Back-up, Stan the Man –– 24-time All-Star, 3 World Series championships, 3 National League
    MVPs, and 7 times NL batting champion. Nickname’s origin: During a June 23, 1946 game
    against the Dodgers at Ebbets Field, Sportswriter Bob Broegheard of the St. Louis Post-
    Dispatch heard Dodger fans chanting whenever he came to bat, “Here comes the man.” and
    changed that to Stan the Man.

    2nd Base

    Little Joe –– 10-time All-Star, 2 World Series championships, 2 National League MVPs, 689
    stolen bases and 5 Golden Gloves. Nickname’s origin: He was 5’ 7”.
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    Back-up, Sir Rodney –– 18-time All-Star, 2 World Series championships, 7 American League
    Batting Championships. 580 stolen bases and Roberto Clemente Award.

    3rd Base

    The Human Vacuum Cleaner –– 18-time All-Star, 2 World Series championships,
    Roberto Clemente award and 16 Golden Gloves (most in history for a 3rd baseman). Nickname’s
    origin: From his legendary performance in the 1970 World Series.

    Back-up, The Penguin –– 6-time All-Star, World Series MVP, and only one of two players on
    the lineup not to be in the Hall of Fame. Best nickname in baseball history. Nickname’s origin: his
    college coach gave him that nickname for his slow, waddling walk.


    The Wizard of Oz –– 15-time All-Star, 5 World Series championships, World Series
    MVP, National League MVP, Roberto Clemente award, 580 stolen bases, and 13 Golden Gloves
    (most in history for a shortstop). Nickname’s origin: His fielding play prompted the Yuma Daily
    Sun to give him that nickname.

    Back-up, Captain Clutch –– 14-time All-Star, 5 World Series championships, World Series MVP,
    3,465 hits, .321 World Series batting avg., and elected Hall of Fame in the first year (99.75%, 2nd-
    highest in history behind only teammate Mariano Rivera). Nickname’s origin: Due to his
    outstanding play in the postseason.

    Left Field

    The Great Bambino or Sultan of Swat–– 7 World Series championships, 714 home
    runs, 2,214 RBIs, and a 94-46 pitching record. Even had a candy bar and a great backup nickname,
    The Bambino. Nickname’s origin: Means baby boy in Italian and Sultan of Swat is from the
    famous 1888 poem, Casey at Bat.

    Back-up, Charlie Hustle. 3 World Series championships, 17-time All-Star at five different
    positions, had 4,256 hits, and 3 batting titles. Only player in this lineup, aside from the Penguin not in
    Hall of Fame. Nickname’s origin: Whitey Ford gave him the nickname after he sprinted to first
    base on a walk.

    Center Field

    Joltin’ Joe –– 9 World Series championships, 13-time All-Star, 56-game hitting
    streak, and 3-time American League MVP. The Yankee Clipper married Marilyn Monroe and is in
    a Simon & Garfunkel song. Nickname’s origin: His hard-hitting earned nickname from fans and

    Back-up, The Say Hey Kid –– 24-time All-Star, 12-time Golden Glove, and twice National
    League MVP. Nickname’s origin: Unknown as many lay claim including his manager Leo

    Right Field

    Hammerin’ Hank –– 755 home runs, 2,297 RBIs, 25-time All-Star (MLB record),
    and 3-time Golden Glove. Has a candy bar named after him. Nickname’s origin: Teammates
    rookie year.

    Back-up Mr. October–– 5 World Series championships, 14-time All-Star, and 563 home runs.
    Had a candy bar named after him. Nickname’s origin: Clutch hitter in playoffs and hit 3 home
    runs in one World Series game.


    Yogi –– 13 World Series championships, 18-time All-Star, 3-time American League
    MVP. Managed the Yankees and Mets. Nickname’s origin: His friend thought he resembled a
    yogi from India whenever he sat around with arms and legs while looking sad after a losing

    Back-up, The Black Babe Ruth –– 12-time All-Star, twice Triple Crown, and .374 batting avg.
    Considered among the best power hitters in baseball history. Some called Babe Ruth The White
    Josh Gibson.


    The Left Arm of God–– 2.76 ERA, 7-time All-Star, 4 World Series championships, 3-
    time Cy Young Award, 4 no-hitters, 1 perfect game, and 4-time MLB strikeout leader. Nickname’s
    origin: Short for Sanford.

    Back-ups; The Big Unit –– 10-time All-Star, World Series MVP, 5-time Cy Young Award, 1
    perfect game, 9-time MLB strikeout leader. Tallest player in MLB history Nickname’s origin,
    layman’s guess: We shudder to think why he has this nickname. Truth: Collided head-first with
    outfielder Tim Raines who screamed, “Damn! You’re a big unit!” and the nickname stuck.

    New York Yankees’ Randy Johnson pitches to Cleveland Indians’ Jason Michaels in the first inning in baseball action, Thursday, July 6, 2006, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

    Tom Terrific –– 2.86 ERA, 12-time All-Star, 3-time Cy Young Award, 5-time National League
    strikeout leader.

    Catfish –– 8-time All-Star, 5 World Series championships, and 1 perfect game. Nickname’s
    origin: Owner Charley Finley gave the 19-year-old rookie the nickname as a marketing ploy.

    Relief Pitcher

    Sandman –– 2.21 ERA, 13-time All-Star, 5 World Series championships, World
    Series MVP, and 652 saves (MLB record). Nickname’s origin: He grew up on the beach.

    Back-ups; Rollie –– 2.90 ERA, 7-time All-Star, 3 World Series championships, Cy Young
    Award, and World Series MVP. Nickname’s origin: Short for Roland, his legal name.

    Goose –– 9-time All-Star. Nickname’s origin: First nickname Goss didn’t stick. A friend noted he
    looked like a goose when he extended his neck to see the signs given by the catcher.

    Designated Hitter

    The Big Hurt –– Twice American League MVP, 521 home runs, and 5-time All-Star.
    Nickname’s origin: White Sox announcer Ken Harrelson
    Back-up, Big Papi –– 3 World Series championships, World Series MVP, 10-time All-Star, 3-
    time American League MVP, and 541 home runs. Nickname’s origin: Red Sox broadcaster Jerry
    Remy gave him the name because Papi is bad with names and calls everyone Papi.

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