Pointless Exercise: If Nicknames Were Always Done The Way They Are Today

T-Mun

1971 Topps #5 - Thurman Munson - Courtesy of COMC.com

1971 Topps #5 – Thurman Munson – Courtesy of COMC.com

HonWag

1976 Topps #344 - Honus Wagner ATG - Courtesy of COMC.com

1976 Topps #344 – Honus Wagner ATG – Courtesy of COMC.com

Diz-D

1983 Donruss HOF Heroes #29 - Dizzy Dean - Courtesy of COMC.com

1983 Donruss HOF Heroes #29 – Dizzy Dean – Courtesy of COMC.com

B-Maz

1958 Topps #238 - Bill Mazeroski - Courtesy of COMC.com

1958 Topps #238 – Bill Mazeroski – Courtesy of COMC.com

LooBoo

1949 Leaf #106 - Lou Boudreau MG RC (Rookie Card) - Courtesy of COMC.com

1949 Leaf #106 – Lou Boudreau MG RC (Rookie Card) – Courtesy of COMC.com

P-Riz

1951 Bowman #26 - Phil Rizzuto [Good to VG‑EX] - Courtesy of COMC.com

1951 Bowman #26 – Phil Rizzuto [Good to VG‑EX] – Courtesy of COMC.com

MelOtt

1941 Play Ball #8 - Mel Ott [Good to VG‑EX] - Courtesy of COMC.com

1941 Play Ball #8 – Mel Ott [Good to VG‑EX] – Courtesy of COMC.com

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2 thoughts on “Pointless Exercise: If Nicknames Were Always Done The Way They Are Today

  1. You’ve hit a nerve with me. I hate the lazyness of the modern craze of nicknames. It’s like nails on a chalkboard to me. Real nicknames– apparently Munson was known to some as Squatty Body. Honus Wagner was The Flying Dutchman or Hans. Dizzy, well.. and his brother Daffy. Maz was also known as “No Hands”. Though I kind of like LooBoo, I’ve always known Boudreau as “Good Kid”. Phil Rizzuto–Scooter! Mel Ott was “Master Melvin”. Now tell me those weren’t better than the crap that passes for nicknames these days.

    • Oh, absolutely. I’d read an article about Zack Greinke where half of the previous Dodgers acquisitions were referred to by these ‘abbreviations’ and that’s what set me off.

      I mean, come on… Do you really want to have the same type of nickname as J-Lo?

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