Comments on: Names This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 By: Expectant Gifts Tue, 02 Aug 2011 09:46:32 +0000 Amazing race today shame Hamilton didn't win
Button again shows he is got a brain for changeable conditions, although i feel he got somehow lucky with ham being the 1st of the two to pit.

By: Andy Mon, 01 Aug 2011 19:40:32 +0000 I've been to Powell's. Excellent indeed.

By: Kahuna Tuna Mon, 01 Aug 2011 18:02:59 +0000 Powell's Books, a store in Oregon I've heard great things about

Powell's Books is as good as you've heard, DD. Probably better, in fact.

Many years ago I worked at a well-known independent bookstore in Pasadena, California. The B-Ref version of its name is "the vroman."

By: DoubleDiamond Sun, 31 Jul 2011 21:35:52 +0000 Of course, neither Greg Olsen nor Gregg Olsen came up for "the olsen", because their names are Greg Olson and Gregg Olson, respectively.

But neither of them comes up for "the olson", either. That honor goes to Matt Guerrier, whose real name is Matthew Olson Guerrier.

By: DoubleDiamond Sun, 31 Jul 2011 19:14:42 +0000 I'm joining this late. Following up on a post I made regarding catchers with last names pronounced but not necessarily spelled the same as bookstore chains who wore #10 for 1993 postseason teams, here are "the" results for some bookstore names:

the borders - Pat Borders, #10 with the 1993 Blue Jays

the dalton (B. Dalton Books, a chain bought up by Barnes & Noble but later closed) - Not Darren Daulton, #10 with the 1993 Phillies (comes up for "the daulton") or Dalton Jones but Norman Dalton Cash

the olsson (Olsson's Books, a Washington, DC, area chain) - William Olsson, a 1948-1949 minor leaguer

(The spelling variation, the olsen, did not bring up either the 1993 Braves' #10-wearing Greg or the similarly named Gregg Olsen who played around the same time, but instead produced Scott Olsen.)

the barnes - Ross Barnes, who appeared, but not in every year, between 1871 and 1881

the noble - Tom Oliver, full name Thomas Noble Oliver, who played with the Red Sox from 1930-1933.

the walden (Waldenbooks, a chain bought up by Borders but later closed) - Jordan Walden, 2011 All-Star on the Angels, appears to be their current closer.

the booksa - no matches

the million - Doug Million, a pitching prospect with the Rockies in the 1990s who died of some sudden illness while playing at the AA level. (I had thought there'd at least be some major leaguer with a nickname like "Million Dollar Arm" or "Five Million Dollar Man".)

the powell (Powell's Books, a store in Oregon I've heard great things about) - Boog Powell (of 26-game postseason hitting streaks by guys wearing #26 fame)

the crown (discount chain that started in the DC area in the late 1970s and spread elsewhere in a fairly short lifetime) - Crownwell, a 1926 minor leaguer who appeared in 4 games for Haverhill.

the encore (Philadelphia-based chain that was almost a Crown-clone, also with a fairly short lifespan) - no matches

the brentano (another chain bought up by Borders but now closed) - no matches

the amazon (bringing us into the online age) - no matches. I thought maybe there'd be someone with this in a nickname.

the strand (big bookstore in NYC) - Paul Strand, played for the Boston Braves from 1913-1915 as a pitcher and sometime-outfielder and then re-appeared in 1924 with the Philadelphia A's only as an outfielder.

By: John Autin Sat, 30 Jul 2011 18:16:06 +0000 Kahuna -- What, no diacritical marks?

By: Kahuna Tuna Sat, 30 Jul 2011 07:37:49 +0000 Thanks for indulging me with one final list.

The Alpha: Alpha Eugene Brazle
The Beta: Yuniesky Betancourt
The Gamma: Terry Gammage (1983 Yankees system)
The Delta: Delta Brogden (1961 Athletics system)
The Eps(ilon): Mike Epstein
The Zet(a): George Zettlein (1871-76 NA-NL, mainly for the Chicago White Stockings)
The Eta: Etanislao Toni (Tony) Abreu
The The(ta): Closest match would be Jug Thesenga (1944 Senators)
The Iot(a): Hooks Iott (mainly 1947 Giants)
The Kapp(a): Joe Kappel (1884 Phi. NL, 1890 Phi. AA)
The Lambda: David Lamb (mainly 1999 Devil Rays)
The Mu: Mickey (Muscles) Mantle
The Nu: William Nuschler Clark
The Xi: Xavier Ximello (2008-09 Mexican League)
The Omic(ron): Noriyoshi Omichi (2007-10 Yomiuri Giants)
The Pi: Mike Piazza
The Rho: Arthur Rhodes
The Sigma: Tripp Sigman (1929-30 Phillies)
The Tau: Andrés Torres
The Ups(ilon): Willie Upshaw
The Phi: Clifton Phifer Lee
The Chi: Chipper Jones
The Psi: Closest match would be either Pumpsie Green or Joe Tepsic (1946 Dodgers)
The Ome(ga): Henry Omer Benn (one game for the 1914 Cleveland Naps)

By: jay Sat, 30 Jul 2011 02:42:18 +0000 Is anyone wondering who their zodiac player is?
Aries (the Ram): Manny Ramirez
Taurus (the Bull): Orel Hershiser
Gemini (The Twins): George Selkirk (I had to use "the Twin.")
Cancer (the Crab): Johnny Evers
Leo (the Lion): Charley Hall
Virgo (the Maiden): John Maiden (minors 1945 and 1950. He debuted when he was only 15.)
Libra (the Scales): Bobby Scales
Scorpio (the Scorpion): no one. (Sorry people born between October 23 and November 21.)
Sagittarius (The Archer): Jimmy Archer
Capricorn (The Goat): Goat Anderson
Aquarius (The Water Bearer): Chris Waters and Mr. Bearer, who played for the 1911 Point Pleasant-Gallipolis/Middleport-Pomeroy team in the Mountain States League.
Pisces (The Fishes): Showboat Fisher

And, in the spirit of inclusion and multiculturalism, I also looked up the Chinese Zodiac.
The Rat: Gary Gaetti
The Ox: Chris Oxspring (minors 2001-11)
The Tiger: Don Hoak
The Rabbit: Rabbit Maranville
The Dragon: Garth Dragon (minors 1965-66)
The Snake: Tom Sturdivant
The Horse: Lou Gehrig
The Goat: Goat Anderson
The Monkey: Frank Foreman
The Rooster: Rick Burleson
The Dog: Greg Maddux
The Pig: Eric Byrnes

By: Julian Fri, 29 Jul 2011 22:18:08 +0000 The Chico: Leo Cardenas.
The Harp(o): Tommy Harper.
The Grou(cho): O. Grounds (?!).
The Gummo: Sam Gummo.
The Zeppo: Kenneth Zepponi.

By: Richard Chester Fri, 29 Jul 2011 18:41:32 +0000 @74

Speaking of Dave Philley he is one of a handful of players whose surname matched his team nickname. The only other ones I know are a few guys named Brown who played for the Browns. Jose Cardenal (Car-de-nal')is a near miss.

Harry Agganis was a major league player for the Red Sox. He died at 26 due to a pulmonary embolism. He was an outstanding college football player.