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Best Nicknames in Phillies History

September 01, 2011

We’ve done hoops, hockey, and football. But let’s not kid ourselves. The best nicknames in sports have always been reserved for baseball players, and the Phillies have had their share of great ones. So instead of doing a Top 10 like we did with the others, we’re gonna put together a full 25 man roster by position. Keep in mind, we’re going by best nicknames, not player stats, to pick our starters.

Catcher- Carlos Ruiz, aka “Chooch“. Got the nickname from Antonio Alfonseca, who called him Chucha once, which is a Columbian slang term for underarm odor. Sportswriters misunderstood what Alfonseca said, and referred to him as Chooch. His real nickname is Chucha.

First Base- Nelson “Chicken” Hawks. No idea how he got this great nickname. Not much info on this guy who played for the Phils for one season (1925).

2nd Base- Bob “Death to Flying Things” Ferguson (picture, above). The best nickname in Phillies history if you ask me. It’s funny, because he only played for them for one year…1883, their inaugural season. He got the nickname for being so great defensively.

Shortstop- Larry “Gnat” Bowa. Got it for being so small and pesky.

Third Base-Willie “Pudd’nhead” Jones. Got the nickname as a kid from a song called “Woodenhead Pudd’nhead Jones”

Outfield- Lenny “Nails” Dykstra. Snopes claims he got the nickname not for being tough but for regularly using the word “nail” as a verb. If you catch our drift.

Outfield- Arnold “Shake ‘n’ Bake” McBride. No clue on this one.

Outfield- Shane “The Flyin’ Hawaiian” Victorino. Who will ever forget his leap onto the pile after the Phils won the 2008 World Series?

PITCHERS

Steve “Bedrock” Bedrosian. Pretty obvious that the nickname came from Flintstones.

John “Brewery Jack” Taylor. Pitched for the Phils for 6 years in the 1890s. Wasn’t scared to throw back a cold one. Died of kidney disease possibly brought on by binge drinking.

Cole “Hollywood” Hamels. He supposedly got the nickname from Ryan Howard, who saw him wearing surfer shorts and flip flops when the two played minor league ball and gave him the name.

Brad “Lights Out” Lidge. Yeah, he’s playing out the string now, but we’ll never forget what he did in 2008, when he earned the “Lights Out” moniker.

Mitch “Wild Thing” Williams. The closest anyone has ever come to the character Charlie Sheen played in Major League, he truly earned the nickname.

Hugh “Losing Pitcher” Mulcahy. Did a story on him a few days ago.

Frank “Tug” McGraw. He got the nickname from his mother for the aggressive way he was breastfed. No, I’m not making that up.

 

Antonio Alfonseca. “El Pulpo” (The Octopus). Got it because he has 6 fingers on each hand. Picture on the right.

BENCH PLAYERS

Richie Ashburn “Putt-Putt”. I like Putt-Putt even better than Whitey.

Darren “Dutch” Daulton. Can’t figure out how he got the nickname. Somebody wanna ask him? I’d love to know.

Clifford “Cactus Gavvy” Cravath. The answer to one of the great trivia questions in baseball is also a member of the All-Nickname team.

Greg “The Bull” Luzinski. Just got it for being so large and muscular.

Chuck Klein, “The Hoosier Hammerer”. Got the nickname because he was from Indiana.

Pearce “What’s the Use” Chiles. Best known, perhaps, for being the guy who set up the buzzer system that stole signs in 1899, Chiles used to shout “What’s the Use?” at batters when they prepared to hit, and thus earned the nickname. After baseball, he became a criminal, escaped prison, and disappeared into the shadows in 1903.

Octavio “Cookie” Rojas. Actually, the nickname was Cuqui, a popular Cuban nickname, but it was anglicized to Cookie when he moved to the U.S

Dick “Crash” Allen. He wore a batting helmet while he played the field in Philly, so he wouldn’t be hit by the objects Phillies fans threw at him. He had the nickname “Crash Helmet”, which was shortened to “Crash”.

Mickey Morandini “Dandy Little Glove Man”. Self explanatory.

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Size Charts

Select your brand and style to read more about how your purchase will fit:

American Needle fitted hats | '47 Brand hats | '47 Brand apparel | Majestic apparel | Majestic jerseys | Red Jacket apparel | Junk Food apparel | Next Level apparel (Shibe Originals)

Use these tips as a general guide when finding your measurements:

 

American Needle Fitted Hats

If you do not know your size, first determine where on your head you want to wear your hat. Usually it is worn about a half-inch to an inch above the eyebrows and/or just above the ears. Have a friend hold the tape measure (cloth, plastic, or download a printable version here) at the point where you want the hat to rest on your head.  Insert the tip of your little finger between the tape and your head.  Record the measurement and find your Fitted Hat size using the chart below.  This should provide you with a comfortable fit.

 

'47 Brand Hats

 

47 Brand Adjustable Hats Size Chart Size Hat Size Circumference (cm)
Adjustable Hats Men's 6 7/8 - 7 5/8 55 - 61
Women's 6 5/8 - 7 1/4 53 - 58
Youth 6 5/8 - 7 1/8 53 - 57

 

47 Brand Fitted Hats Size Chart Size Hat Size Circumference (cm)
Fitted Hats XX Small 6 1/2 - 6 5/8 52 - 53
X Small 6 3/4 54
Small 6 7/8 - 7 55 - 56
Medium 7 - 7 1/8 56 - 57
Large 7 1/4 58
X Large 7 3/8 - 7 5/8 59 - 61
XX Large 7 5/8 - 7 3/4 61 - 62
XXX Large 7 7/8 63
XXXX Large 8 64
XXXXX Large 8 1/8 65

 

47 Brand Stretch Fit Hats Size Chart Size Hat Size Circumference (cm)
Stretch Fit Fitted Hats Youth 6 1/2 - 6 5/8 52 - 53
Small / Medium 6 7/8 - 7 55 - 56
Medium / Large 7 1/8 - 7 3/8 57 - 59
Large / X Large 7 1/2 - 7 5/8 60 - 61
One Size Fits All 7 - 7 1/2 56 - 60

 

47 Brand Knit Hats Size Chart Hat Size Circumference (cm)
Knit Hats Youth 6 1/2 - 6 3/4 52 - 54
One Size Fits All 6 7/8 - 7 1/2 55 - 60

 

'47 Brand Apparel

 

 
47 Brand Men's Size Chart S M L XL XXL
Neck 14"-14.5" 15"-15.5" 16"-16.5" 17"-17.5" 18"-18.5"
Shoulder 21" 22" 23" 24" 25"
Chest 36"-38" 39"-41" 42"-44" 45"-47" 48"-50"
Waist 28"-30" 31"-33" 34"-36" 37"-39" 40"-42"

 

47 Brand Women's Size Chart S M L XL
Size 2-4 6-8 8-10 10-12
Shoulder 14.25" 15.25" 16.25" 17.25"
Bust 32"-34" 35"-36" 37"-38" 39"-42"
Waist 26"-27" 28"-29" 30"-31" 32"-33"

 

 

Majestic apparel

Men's Sizing (measurements in inches)
  S M L XL XXL 3XL 4XL
Chest 34-36 38-40 42-44 46-48 52-52 54-56 58-60
Waist 28-30 32-34 36-38 40-42 44-46 48-50 52-54
Hip 34-36 38-40 42-44 46-48 50-52 54-56 58-60
Sleeve 32-33 33-34 34-35 35-36 36-36 1/2 36 1/2-37 37-37 1/2
Neck 14-14 1/2 15-15 1/2 16-16 1/2 17-17 1/2 18-18 1/2 19-19 1/2 20-20 1/2

 

Women's Sizing (measurements in inches)
  XS S M L XL 1X 2X
Size 0-2 4-6 8-10 12-14 16-18 16W-18W 20W-22W
Chest 32-33 34-35 36-37 38-40 41 1/2-43 1/2 43-45 47-49
Waist 24-25 26-27 28-29 30-32 33 1/2-35 1/2 36-38 39-41
Hip 34 1/2-35 1/2 36 1/2-37 1/2 38 1/2-39 1/2 40 1/2-42 1/2 44-46 46-48 49-51
Sleeve 29 1/4 30 30 3/4 31 1/2 32 32 1/2 33

 

Youth Sizing (measurements in inches)
  S M L XL XXL 3XL
Size 6-8 10-12 14-16 18-20 20 22
Chest 24-26 28-30 32-34 36-38    
Waist 21-23 25-27 29-31 33-35 37-39 40-42

 

 

 

Majestic Jerseys

Adult Men's Replica Jersey Sizing  
Jersey Size Small Medium Large X Large XX Large
Neck (diameter of neck) 6.5 6.75 7 7.25 7.5
Chest (underarm to underarm) 20 1/2 22 1/2 24 1/2 26 1/2 28 1/2
Sleeve (back of inside neck to end of middle sleeve) 8 1/2 8 3/4 9 9 1/4 9 1/2

 

Apparel Sizing Tips:

Use these tips as a general guide when finding your measurements:

Chest/Bust: With your arms at your sides, measure around the fullest part of your chest, across shoulder blades and under arms.

Waist: To measure your natural waistline, wrap the tape so it intersects your navel. Keep tape flat, but comfortably loose.

Hips: Stand with your heels together and measure the fullest part of your hips. Make sure the measuring tape is level all the way around your body.

Inseam: Stand up straight, and start the tape measure high in your crotch. Straighten the tape down the inside of your leg to the bottom of your ankle.

 

 

Red Jacket apparel

 

 

Junk Food apparel

 

Next Level apparel (Shibe Originals)

General Size Neck
(in inches)
Chest
(in inches)
Waist
(in inches)
Arm
(in inches)
Small 14-14.5 34-36 28-30 31.5-32
Medium 15-15.5 38-40 32-34 32.5-33
Large 16-16.5 42-44 36-38 33.5-34
X-Large 17-17.5 46-48 40-42 34.5-35
XX-Large 18 – 18.5 50-52 44-46 35.5-36