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Names I Can’t Believe Aren’t Famous – Charlie Spikes

10 Dec
1981 Fleer - Charlie Spikes

1981 Fleer – Charlie Spikes

With a name like Charlie Spikes, having a nickname as a professional baseball player seems rather redundant.  However, Charlie Spikes had a great nickname to go along with his natural nickname – the “Bogalusa Bomber,” because of his hometown of Bogalusa, Louisiana and his alleged ability to hit home runs.  Despite seasons of 23 and 22 home runs in 1973 and 1974, Spikes never lived up to the expectations that surrounded him, and fizzled out of baseball by 1980.  However, in terms of great baseball names, he is Hall of Fame in my books.

Out of Place – Maury Wills, Seattle Mariners

16 Oct

1981 Fleer- Maury Wills

Maury Wills is remembered as a Dodger – one who stole a lot of bases, played some decent shortstop, and helped them win three World Series titles in 1959, 1963 and 1965.

He’s not often remembered as a Major League Manager, nor is he remembered as a Seattle Mariner.  However, he was in fact the Mariners’ Manager for 83 glorious games in the last part of the 1980 season and the early part of the 1981 season.  In his book entitled “Rob Neyer’s Big Book of Baseball Blunders,” author Neyer writes that Wills might have been the worst manager of all time.  That’s saying something.  There have been some bad managers.

Wills also played a little bit for Pittsburgh and Montreal, but something about seeing him in a Seattle uniform just doesn’t work.

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