Best Nicknames of All Time

One thing we can argue about in sports is whether today’s players are better than those from yesteryear. One guy’s opinion is that modern athletes are stronger, fitter and faster than the old timers. Whether they are more talented as a whole is something that can be debated forever without resolution.

But one thing that’s missing from today’s sports is the really transcendent nickname. They simply don’t make ‘em like they used to. That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it.

Usain Bolt ran a 9.58 100 meters yesterday. That’s, like, 30 MPH. That’s insane. But are they calling him Insane Bolt? No, of course not.

So I made a list of great nicknames then pared it down to my ten favorites. (I know, I know, it’s a mindless exercise, but . . . exhibition football bores me, none of the American channels will show either Canadian or Aussie Rules football, the Tigers have the day off, I’m tired of talking about Pitino and am way bored from debating how you know who lost the PGA.)

So here goes my fave ten (In no particular order.). Feel free to weigh in if you like.

1 – Dick “Night Train” Lane

2 – Dave “Cementhead” Semenko (He played hockey.)

3 – Sal “The Barber” Maglie

4 – Elroy “Crazy Legs” Hirsch

5 – Leo “The Lip” Durocher

6 – Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd

7 – Wilmer “Vinegar Bend” Mizell

8 – Herman “Helicopter” Knowings

9 – William “Refrigerator” Perry

10 – Teddy Ballgame

Which leaves out Catfish, Mudcat, Bambi, Hondo, Schoolboy, Cadillac, Magic, The Horse, The Dream, Easy, Dizzy, Dazzy, Microwave, The Stilt, The Pearl, Iceman, Say Hey, Pistol Pete, Boom Boom, Clyde, The Galloping Ghost, Rocket, Broadway, The Iron Horse, The Horse, The Big Train, The Bus, The Splendid Splinter, Charlie Hustle and Georges “The Chicoutimi Cucumber” Vezina. (That’s right, another hockey player.)

– Seedy K

3 Comments

  1. cbcard
    Posted August 18, 2009 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

    Night Train is also a great song be it played as jazz or even funky R&B by James Brown. And Mr. Lane was also married to Dinah Washington which should count for bonus points.

  2. Mikailey
    Posted August 30, 2009 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

    my name is mikailey and my nicknames are:
    Mik, Kailey, Oliver(dont ask long story), and palle (cuz my last name)

  3. John Simpson
    Posted October 9, 2009 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

    YES! Dick Lane had the best nickname. Even though he played eons ago, the Night Train still powers along in memory.

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