Sunday, April 3, 2011
Awesome night card, pt. 106
A general perception exists that baseball has lost its ability to nickname its players. Once a colorful part of the sport's past, nicknames have either degenerated into Han-Ram, A-Rod, I-Pod style abbreviationisms, or come about because some people actually think Chris Berman is clever.
Although I tend to think the nicknames were better back in the day, I'm not totally convinced that people are nickname illiterate today. I mean "Pokey" is a perfectly ideal baseball nickname, and Reese was around as recently as 2004.
So this is what I'm going to do. Occasionally, I am going to post an all-decade baseball nickname team. I'll do one for the '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s and '00s (I'll think about going back farther to the '20s, '30s and '40s). Then, once I'm done -- which will probably take about 7 years -- everyone can vote on which team is the best.
Meanwhile, I am taking suggestions for your favorite baseball nicknames. Leave them in the comments or in the comments on future all-decade nickname posts. Or just send me an email. There are lots of nicknames out there -- and they're not all as lame as "Tex" and "Longo."
So give me some examples. Go back 70 years if you like, or restore my faith in current players' ability to continue the fine art of nicknaming.