Nicknames are an essential part of baseball lore, culture and fandom. Some of them arefunny, some of them come from the players’ ability or physical characteristics, and some of them are made up by fans or the media, and they just stick!
There’s so many great nicknames to pick from, it’s a challenge to narrow them down, but without further ado, here are some of our favorite nicknames in MLB history.
Joey probably got his nickname based on his surname, but we like to think it’s because of hiscolorful and fresh personality. Either way, we’re proud of our Texas Rangerforperforming extremely well in the All-Star game!
It’s been nearly 30 years sinceOil Can Boyd has pitched in the big leagues, but his reliability inning after inning after inning has always stuck with us. While many think he got his nickname because his hometown of Meridian, Mississippi called beer “oil”, heopened up in 2012 to reveal the true origins.
“One day somebody caught us in a tin shed drinking Big Mama’s whiskey out of oil cans, so my friend Pap started calling me “Oil Can.” I wrote it under the bill of my baseball cap, and my high school teammates started calling me that too. It stuck.”
Now, we know this isn’t a traditional nicknameper se and more of a catchphrase,and no oneactually calls Aaron “All Rise”. However,with the gargantuan home runshe hits accompanied by the last name Judge, it’s no wonder everyone in the stadiumstands at attention when Aaron is at the plate!
This nickname fits Jimmy so well because not only was he listed at 5-foot-9 and 160 pounds (below average for baseball players in the MLB) but he could belt home runs akin to a cannon in the most pitcher-friendly parks. He hit 291 home runs in his entire career!
Ozzie isn’t the first person to be called a wizard, but he definitely made magic happen on defense as one of the best shortstops of all time, holding the record for career assists (8,375).
Not only that, but he’s also a 15-time All Star, 13-time Golden Glove winner, and a Baseball Hall of Famer. He’s also known for his signature aerobatic backflips when he took the field! A wizard he truly is.