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All About (sort of) “B” in Baseball Names

For all of you who enjoyed All About “A” — here is “All About “B.” With the season upon us and baseball in the air and on the tongue, herewith a primer for novices and super experts. Enjoy, and keeps those letters and suggestions coming.

THE BABE George Herman Ruth leads off the list and paces the list in most nick-names acquired. First called “Babe” by teammates on the Baltimore Orioles, his first professional team because of his youth, G.H.Ruth was also called “Jidge” by Yankee teammates, short for George. He called most players “Kid,” because he couldn’t remember names, even of his closest friends. Opponents called him “The Big Monk” and “Monkey.” Continue reading

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