If you get to play in the major leagues but only for a small number of games, you've still accomplished more than most men can every dream of. If you can stick around and become a regular, that's even better. However, if you can play a full career and retire with a catchy nickname on your resume, then you have really hit the big time.
Think about it. Throughout baseball history, many of the game's best players have had a nickname by which the fans affectionately call them. Be it Ty "The Georgia Peach" Cobb, Stan "The Man" Musial or Jim "Catfish" Hunter, nicknames are a part of baseball history and without them, the game becomes dull, boring and without personality.
Of course, some nicknames are more fitting than others. To this day, I don't have a clue as to why Orlando Hernandez was ever called "El Duque" or how Harold Traynor came to be known as "Pie."
Still, regardless of origin, some players out there had some awesome nicknames that still stick with today's generation of fans, even though some of the legends who carried these monikers are long gone.