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Thursday, May 12, 2011

"Like Magic, Great Sports Nicknames are Disappearing" by John Branch - NYTimes.com

Pretty cool article in the Times about how sports nicknames are becoming more and more rare. Nowadays they're all corporate and unoriginal--like A-Rod. I was going to write something about what I think the best nickname of all time is, but it's early and I think I drank out of a dirty tap last night, so I'll just leave you with these (true) nuggets about Joltin' Joe DiMaggio.

1. His teammates didn't call him Joltin' Joe. They called him The Big WOP. For some reason that nickname didn't catch on in the media though.

2. At his favorite brothel when DiMaggio visited they changed the sheets on his bed from the standard satin to cotton so he could get better traction. They called them The DiMaggio Sheets.


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