ron 'the penguin' cey
this could quite possibly be the best nickname ever. it's not a 'berman-ism' like john 'tonight, let it be' lowenstein or bert 'be home' blyleven (both of which i absolutely love), but rather a reference to ron cey's gait. maybe mordecai '3 finger' brown comes close. i'll stick with the penguin, though.
here's burt 'happy' hooton.
i guess the man doesn't smile. josh wilker kills anything i would have to say about hooton, so i'm not going to write anything more.
how about john 't-bone' shelby?
shelby's middle name starts with a 't', or maybe it's just 't', and that's where i thought the nickname came from, but always trustworthy wikipedia says it's due to his 'slight frame'. whatever the reason, it's a good badass nickname. shelby was a member of the 1983 and 1988 world champions. everyone talks about mike davis' walk in game 1 of the 1988 series, but let's not forget that shelby drew a walk off of dwight gooden in the nlcs to set up mike scioscia's unlikely game-tying 9th inning home run.
tim 'rock' raines
as in 'solid as a...'. i guess he got this nickname early on in his career, but it seems to me it didn't get mainstream attention until 1990 or so.
there are so many other great cards in the checklist (like rusty 'le grand orange' staub), and i may try at some point to complete this set. until then, i created a few that should have been included. here then are the 2006 fleer greats of the game nickname greats that should have been:
orel 'bulldog' hershiser
this should have been a no-brainer for the set.
mickey 'stunt man' hatcher
i think the entire 1988 dodger bench was nicknamed the stunt men, but i'll let mickey hold the name on his own. he certainly responds to it in person. plus, we need more mickey hatcher cards where he's not doing something goofy.
you knew i would include a steve 'popeye' garvey card, didn't you?
i don't recall garvey being called popeye too much, actually, even though he did have large forearms. i remember 'senator' or 'mr. clean', but he has signed several cards with this nickname so i guess it's legit. don zimmer is a better popeye though, at least facially if not in the forearm department.
who else has a good nickname, worthy to be included in this set. how about a certain blogger?
if you, or anyone you know, happen to have any real nickname great cards lying around - i want 'em!