Originally written on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 11/12/12
The Franchise: The Name Says It All One of the many great things about the history of Baseball is the abundance of nicknames. Some are based around physical appearance of a player: The Splendid Splinter, Pee Wee, Three Finger, The Beard. For others, the way they played the game is summed up in a nickname: Mr. October, The Wizard, The Iron Horse, Nails. Other monikers can be classified as downright intimidating: Hammerin’ Hank, The Ryan Express, Louisiana Lightning, The Mad Hungarian. In certain cases the nickname has, for all and intents and purposes, become their first name just because it sounds better: The guy who hit those 714 HR’s–George Ruth. The CFer for the Brooklyn Dodgers–Edwin Snider. The outfielder who hit a slow roller to Buckner–William Wilson. Then, there is The Franchise. This tells us nothing about Tom Seaver’s physical appearance, his professional demeanor on the mound and honestly, is not really even that cool. However, it tells everyone exactly what they need to ...
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