Over the years, major league baseball players ended up with nicknames derived from how they played to how they acted. Some names became terms of affection or recognition of a player's performance on the field.
Some have lasted throughout baseball's long history until just saying that nickname brings to mind an image or memory forever associated with an outstanding or otherwise colorful player.
Some nicknames recall a player's hometown, background, or skills. Some simply rhyme. Many have complex back stories; while some seem to make no sense whatsoever. For whatever reason nicknames and athletes go together.
This list is some of my favorite Major League Baseball player nicknames because that's the sport I follow the most.
Baseball trivia buffs may be able to explain the origins of names like Luke "Old Aches and Pains" Appling, Mordecai "Three Fingers" Brown or Roger "The Duke of Tralee" Bresnahan.
I am not going into details, I am just listing the names I like.
Serious fans of the game know the nicknames of the greats: "The Sultan of Swat," "Shoeless Joe," "The Iron Horse" and many more. The mere mention starts a flood of memories about that player's career even if we never actually saw them play.
I hope this list brings back some good memories.