Nicknames have been a prominent part of baseball since the days when runners were required to say, “Tally me, sir,” to the umpire when crossing home. Seriously, how many of you honestly knew “Oil Can” Boyd was born Dennis before just now? He’s one of a dozen guys whose nicknames will be remembered long after their careers are forgotten.
Jim “Catfish” Hunter When Catfish signed with the Yankees in 1975, he was the highest-paid pitcher in the Show.
Cecil “Big Daddy” Fielder In 1990, Big Daddy became the first batter to crack 50 home runs in a season since 1977.
Michael “Beast Mode” Morse Now a Marlin, Morse blasted the Series-winning RBI for the Giants last year.
Bob “Death To Flying Things” Ferguson “Death To Flying Things” was the type of nickname they gave really good defensive players back in the 1870s.
Joaquin “One Tough Dominican” Andujar We’re guessing that people just found this easier to say than Andujar’s real name. Either that or it was all the beefing with umps.
Josh “Dragon Slayer” Fogg Fogg went 62-67 over nine major league seasons. Which leads us to believe the number of professional baseball playing dragons is limited.
Willie “Puddin’ Head” Jones Puddin’ Head was part of the 1950 Phillies “Whiz Kids” team that lacked experience but made up for it with gumption to win the NL pennant.
Paul “Big Poison” Waner and Lloyd “Little Poison” Waner These brothers were the shining stars of the Pittsburgh Pirates outfield throughout the ’20s and ’30s.
Rick “The Incredible Hurk” VandenHurk Hurk pitches for the Dutch National Team when he’s not trying to get back into the Majors.
Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown This pitcher actually lost parts of two fingers in a childhood farm-machinery accident. Stuff like that happened back in the day.
Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd “Oil Can” Boyd hasn’t pitched in the bigs for over 20 years. He was last seen throwing for the Cranberry League All Star team.