A farmer’s guide to baseball player’s nicknames

Posted on Jul 15, 2015
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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