What’s in a Name? The Top 10
Greatest Nicknames for American
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It’s quite probable that some
the thrill of victory or the agony
of defeat when it comes to being nicknamed.
These names often stick long after
his playing days are over. Here are a few of our
Shane “The Flyin’ Hawaiian”
Phillies MLB All-Star center fielder
was traded to the Los
Angeles Dodgers on July
Native Hawaiian is a speedy threat
on the basepaths and in the field.
Jack “The Throwin’ Samoan” Thompson
Thompson, the Cincinnati
Bengals' 1st round draft
pick in 1979, earned his
nickname while playing
at Washington State University.
He is from Tutuwila,
Clarence “Taffy” Abel
Abel, a Chippewa
from Sault Ste. Marie,
Michigan, was a two-time Stanley
Cup-winner. With a legendary
sweet-tooth, the hockey
hall-of-famer earned his nickname for
the taffy candy he ate.
Gino “The Maniwaki Mauler” Odjick
called the Algonquin
Mauler, but always as "Sir," Odjick is
a former NHL player from Maniwaki,
Quebec. The 6' 3",
225-pound First Nations skater was one of
hockey’s toughest players. He could throw down, for sure, and even
protected Pavel “The Russian Rocket”while playing for
Jordin “Tootoo Train” Tootoo
The first Inuit to play in the NHL,
the feisty Tootoo hits opponents
like a freight train. Now
he'll be doing that for the Detroit Red Wings
who signed him away from the Nashville
Predators on July 1.
Reggie “The Riverton Rifle” Leach
The Métis Rifle from Riverton,
Manitoba could do it all in the NHL:
score goals and drop the gloves. In
1974-75, he teamed with hard guys Bobby Clarke and Bill
Barber to score 45 goals and earn
the respect of Philadelphia fans. While
helping the Flyers
repeat as Stanley Cup winners,
Leach scored eight goals in 17
Justin “Joba” Chamberlain
pitcher for the New York Yankees
told ESPN how
he got the nickname Joba: “I’ve
known myself asJoba since I was
born. My niece was unable to
pronounce Justin, so she’d call me
that. Nobody knew my real name
until I graduated from high school,
when my dad put it in the yearbook.
Now there’s nothing that could make
me switch back. It’ll never happen.
Eddie “Baby” Allen
Allen, a member of the Skokomish
Indian Tribe, fought as a
bantamweight in the
1930s out of
Washington state In
his earliest bouts, he brawled as
“Little Skookum” (“Little tough
one”), which later
became “Baby.” Allen wasn’t so
dominating in the ring, though. He
ended ending his
pro career with a 3-5-4 record.
The young Rabbit from
Tribal Nation is a minor league
hockey player. Originally from Lethbridge, Alberta, he plays for
the San Antonio Rampage of the
American Hockey League. Skate,
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