A farmer’s guide to baseball player’s nicknames

baseball nicknamesJuly 15, 2015

Bull. Workhorse. Pickles.

Nicknames in the sporting world are no new thing, but did you ever stop to think about how many of those nicknames have agricultural ties? A long look at the history of baseball and its players says quite a few. Whether you were tagged for your size, style of play or simply because a new moniker played well (or humorously) with your real name, nicknames have defined these athletes since the late 1800s.

Here, in alphabetical order by nickname, is a near-exhaustive list of the many different baseball players with ag-related nicknames from the past century or more…

“Apples”
Andy Lapihuska
Team played for:  Phillies
Years played:  1942-1943

“Baby Bull”
Orlando Cepeda
Teams played for:  Giants, Cardinals, Braves, Red Sox and Royals
Years played:  1958-1974

Wilin Rosario
Team played for:  Rockies
Years played:  2011-present

“Baby Goose”
Lance McCullers
Teams played for:  Padres, Yankees, Tigers and Rangers
Years played:  1975-1992

“Barnyard”
Bernie Henderson
Team played for:  Indians
Year played:  1921

“Beans”
Harry Keener
Team played for:  Phillies
Years played:  1896

“Beef”
Welington Castillo
Teams played for:  Cubs, Diamondbacks and Mariners
Years played:  2010 – present

“Big Donkey”
Adam Dunn
Teams played for:  Reds, White Sox, Nationals, Diamondbacks and Athletics
Years played:  2001-2014

“Blue Goose”
Gene Moore
Teams played for:  Reds and Pirates
Years played:  1909-1912

“Bull”
Ed Durham
Teams played for:  Red Sox and White Sox
Years played:  1929-1933

Leon Durham
Teams played for:  Cubs, Cardinals and Reds
Years played:  1980-1989

Bruce Edwards
Teams played for:  Dodgers, Cubs, Senators and Redlegs
Years played:  1946-1956

John Henry
Teams played for:  Senators and Braves
Years played:  1910-1918

Brooks Lawrence
Teams played for:  Redlegs, Cardinals and Reds
Years played:  1954-1960

Al Schroll
Teams played for:  Red Sox, Twins, Phillies and Cubs
Years played:  1958-1961

Bobby Thompson
Team played for:  Rangers
Year played:  1978

Bob Watson
Teams played for:  Astros, Yankees, Braves and Red Sox
Years played:  1966-1984

“Cheese”
Al Schweitzer
Team played for:  Browns
Years played:  1908-1911

“Chick”
Chet Morgan
Team played for:  Tigers
Years played:  1935-1938

Frank Naleway
Team played for:  White Sox
Year played:  1924

Marino Pieretti
Teams played for:  Senators, White Sox and Indians
Years played:  1945-1950

Ivey Shiver
Teams played for:  Reds and Tigers
Years played:  1931-1934

Charlie Wiedemeyer
Team played for:  Cubs
Year played:  1934

 “Chicken”
Fred Stanley
Teams played for:  Yankees, Athletics, Indians, Padres…
Years played: 1969-1982

“Chicken Man”
Wade Boggs
Teams played for:  Red Sox, Yankees and Devil Rays
Years played:  1982-1999

“Cotton”
Brandon Dickson
Team played for:  Cardinals
Years played:  2011-2012

Bowie Jones
Team played for:  Cardinals
Year played:  1921

Hughie Miller
Team played for:  Phillies
Years played:  1911-1915

Oscar Siemer
Team played for:  Braves
Years played:  1925-1926

“Country”
Mark Littell
Team played for:  Cardinals and Royals
Years played:  1963-1982

“Country Breakfast”
Billy Butler
Teams played for:  Royals and Athletics
Years played: 2007-present

“Cowboy”
Ray Harrell
Teams played for:  Cardinals, Phillies, Giants, Cubs and Pirates
Years played:  1935-1945

Michael Lorenzen
Team played for:  Reds
Year played:  2015-present

George Milsread
Team played for:  Cubs
Years played:  1924-1926

Jim Winford
Teams played for:  Cardinals and Dodgers
Years played:  1932-1938

“Duck”
Garland Shifflett
Teams played for:  Twins and Senators
Years played:  1957-1964

“Ducky”
George Hale
Team played for:  Browns
Years played:  1914-1918

“Farmer”
Ray Moore
Teams played for:  Twins, Orioles, White Sox, Senators and Dodgers
Years played:  1952-1963

“Goat”
Les Channell
Teams played for:  Highlanders and Yankees
Years played:  1910-1914

“Goose”
John Easton
Team played for:  Phillies
Years played:  1955-1959

Rich Gossage
Teams played for:  Yankees, Padres, White Sox, Pirates, Athletics…
Years played:  1962-1994

“Ham”
Tom Hamilton
Team played for:  Athletics
Years played:  1952-1953

“Horse”
Bob Lee
Teams played for:  Angels, Reds and Dodgers
Years played:  1964-1968

John Orsino
Teams played for:  Orioles, Giants and Senators
Years played:  1961-1967

“Horse Belly”
Joe Sargent
Team played for:  Tigers
Year played:  1921

“Hot Potato”
Luke Hamlin
Teams played for:  Dodgers, Athletics, Tigers and Pirates
Years played:  1933-1944

“Little Cowboy”
Josh Tomlinson
Team played for:  Indians
Years played:  2010-2014

“Mule”
Frank Lary
Teams played for:  Tigers, Mets, White Sox and Braves
Years played:  1954-1965

Charlie Peete
Team played for:  Cardinals
Year played:  1956

Joe Sprinz
Teams played for:  Indians and Cardinals
Years played:  1930-1933

Milt Watson
Teams played for:  Cardinals and Phillies
Years played:  1916-1919

“Oats”
Joe DeMaestri
Teams played for:  Athletics, Browns, Yankees and White Sox
Years played:  1951-1961

“Old Tomato Face”
Gabby Hartnett
Teams played for:  Cubs and Giants
Years played:  1922-1941

“Onion”
Jhonatan Solano
Teams played for:  Nationals and Marlins
Years played:  2012-present

“Ox”
Ray Goolsby
Team played for:  Senators
Year played:  1946

 “Peaches”
Andy Nelson
Team played for:  White Sox
Year played:  1908

Dan Petry
Teams played for:  Tigers, Angels, Red Sox and Braves
Years played:  1979-1991

Johnny Werhas
Teams played for:  Angels and Dodgers
Years played:  1964-1967

“Peanuts”
Erv Kantlehner
Teams played for:  Pirates and Phillies
Years played:  1914-1916

Paul Lehner
Teams played for:  Browns, Athletics, White Sox, Indians and Red Sox
Years played:  1946-1952

Ed Pinnance
Team played for:  Athletics
Year played:  1903

 “Pepper”
Marty Berghammer
Teams played for:  Reds, Rebels and White Sox
Years played:  1911-1915

Eddie Morgan
Teams played for:  Dodgers and Cardinals
Years played:  1936-1937

“Pickles”
George Gerken
Team played for:  Indians
Years played:  1927-1928

“Pig”
Frank House
Teams played for:  Tigers, Athletics and Reds
Years played:  1950-1961

“Piggy”
Walt French
Team played for:  Athletics
Years played:  1923-1929

“Pigpen”
Eric Byrnes
Teams played for:  Athletics, Diamondbacks, Orioles, Rockies and Mariners
Years played:  2000-2010

Jim Dwyer
Teams played for:  Orioles, Cardinals, Red Sox, Twins, Expos…
Years played:  1973-1990

“Plowboy”
Tom Morgan
Teams played for:  Yankees, Angels, Tigers, Athletics and Senators
Years played:  1951-1963

“Pork Chop”
John Hoffman
Team played for:  Astros
Years played:  1964-1965

“Potato”
Manuel Cueto
Teams played for:  Reds and Terriers
Years played:  1914-1919

“Rooster”
Rick Burleson
Teams played for:  Red Sox, Angels and Orioles
Years played:  1974-1987

“Spinach”
Ski Melillo
Teams played for:  Browns and Red Sox
Years played:  1926-1937

“Strawberry Bill”
Bill Bernhardt
Teams played for:  Naps, Phillies, Athletics and Bronchos
Years played:  1899-1907

“Sugar”
Frank Kane
Team played for:  Yankees
Years played:  1915-1919

“T-Bone”
Tommy Giorando
Team played for:  Athletics
Year played:  1953

Bill Koski
Team played for:  Pirates
Year played:  1951

Taylor Phillips
Teams played for:  Braves, Cubs, Phillies and White Sox
Years played:  1956-1963

Jesse Winters
Teams played for:  Phillies and Giants
Years played:  1919-1923

“The Bull”
Greg Luzinski
Teams played for:  Phillies and White Sox
Years played:  1970-1984

George Uhle
Teams played for:  Indians, Tigers, Yankees and Giants
Years played:  1919-1936

“The Horse”
Matt Cain
Team played for:  Giants
Years played:  2005- present

“Tomato Face”
Nick Cullop
Teams played for:  Reds, Indians, Senators, Robins and Yankees
Years played:  1926-1931

“Tomatoes”
Jake Kafora
Team played for:  Pirates
Years played:  1913-1914

“Turkeyfoot”
Frank Brower
Teams played for:  Senators and Indians
Years played:  1920-1924

“Wagon Tongue”
Bill Keister
Teams played for:  Orioles, Cardinals, Senators, Phillies and Beaneaters
Years played:  1896-1903

“Workhorse”
Herb Crompton
Teams played for:  Yankees and Senators
Years played:  1937-1945

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