Bronx Bombers alias the New York
Yankees, the most successful franchise in baseball history has a corner
of things including nick-names. For your reading pleasure, a sampling
de plumes, aliases, sobriquets, catch words and of course nick-names,
Captain" - Derek
Jeter - was such an icon that the Yankees have yet to name a new
since his retirement.
Clutch” - Derek Jeter, that he was
of the Board" -
Elston Howard coined it for Whitey Ford and his commanding and take
manner on the mound.
''Carnesville Plowboy'' - Spud
Chandler, for his hometown of Carnesville,
CAT-a-lyst" - Mickey
Rivers, given this name by Howard Cosell.
Catfish" - James
Augustus Hunter was his real name but the world knew him as “Catfish,”
primarily because of Oakland A's owner Charles O. Finley.
ran away from home when he was a child, returning with two catfish. His
called him Catfish for a while. Finley decided that Jim Hunter was too
name a star pitcher and revived Hunter's childhood nickname.
"Columbia Lou" - Lou
Gehrig, for his collegiate roots.
Comet" - Mickey Mantle, for his speed
and being out of Commerce, Oklahoma.
- Jerry Coleman saw
combat in both World War II and the
Korean War, As a Marine Corps aviator, he flew 120 combat missions and
two Distinguished Flying Crosses.
was also a nickname for pitching coach Jim Turner who
came from the south and used by Jim Bouton in Ball Four
in a derogatory fashion.
"The Count" - Sparky Lyle,
handlebar mustache and lordly ways
Count" – John Montefusco, because his name reminded people of the Count
Jeter and Jorge Posada
were all drafted or
signed as amateurs by the Yankees in the early 1990s. After playing in
minors together they made their debuts in 1995. With the four
as a nucleus, the Yanks in the next 17 seasons missed the playoffs only
played in the World
Series seven times, won five world championships.
Crow" - Frank Crosetti loud voice and chirpy
of the Bambino" - Since 1920 and the selling of Babe Ruth to the
by Boston owner Harry Frazee in 1920, the Yankees have won all those
championships. The Red Sox have won a few.
Longlegs" - Dave Winfield, for his size and long legs.
"Danish Viking" - George Pipgras,
for his size and roots
"Deacon" - Everett Scott,
for his not too friendly look.
Valley" - the old deep centerfield in Yankee Stadium.
- Gabe Paul, for
his telephone trading habits.
Baseball" - Don Mattingly’s nickname. Some say it was coined by Yankee
broadcaster Michael Kay; others say it came from Kirby Puckett. Kay
credit; Mattingly gives the credit to Puckett.
- Affectionate abbreviation of Elston Howard's first
"El Duquecito" – Adrian Hernandez because of a pitching style
similar to Orlando "El Duque."
of the Emory Ball"
- Rookie right-hander Russ Ford posted a 26-6 record with 8 shutouts,
using that pitch.
“Figgy” – Ed Figueroa, short for his
surname which was tough, for some, to pronounce
"Five O'clock Lightning" -
At five o'clock the blowing of a whistle at a factory near Yankee
signaled the end of the work day in the 1930s and also the power the
were unleashing against opponents on the Yankee Stadium playing
- Johnny Murphy, the first to have this nick-name was the first great
pitcher. Joe Page picked up this nick-name for his top relief work
- Joe Gordon was fast,
slick fielding and hit line drives.
Ears” - Julie Wera. Was dubbed that by Babe Ruth. A backup infielder,
earned $2400, least on the ‘27 Yankees
Johnny" - for the
college Johnny Murphy attended.
manager" - Bucky Harris, who put his time in at the game and was
"Friday Night Massacre" -
April 26, 1974, Yankees Fritz Patterson, Steve Kline, Fred Beene, Tom
and half the pitching staff were traded to Cleveland for Chris
Tidrow, and Ceil Upshaw.
of the most prolific and respected sports journalists and oral
the United States, author of the autobiographies of legends Nolan Ryan,
Dorsett, and Red Holzman, Dr. Harvey Frommer is an expert on the New
Yankees and has arguably written more books, articles and reviews on
York Yankees than anyone. In 2010, he was honored by the City of New
serve as historical consultant for the re-imagined old Yankee Stadium
A professor for more than two decades in the
MALS program at Dartmouth College, Frommer was dubbed “Dartmouth’s Mr.
Baseball” by their alumni magazine. He’s also the founder of www.HarveyFrommerSports.com.
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