For the Love of the Name

A look at a century of the goofiest Tiger names

Apr 6, 2011 at 12:00 am

With this year's Tiger spring training roster including such a great name as Charlie Furbush, now seems a fitting occasion to look back on some of the most delightfully unusual names ever to grace a Tiger uniform. According to an informal office poll, here they are.

Boom-Boom Beck
Pitcher, 1944

Red Cox
Pitcher, 1920

Snooks Dowd
Second Base, 1919

Goose Goslin
Outfielder, 1934-1937

Howard Johnson
Third Base, 1982-1984

Rusty Kuntz
Outfielder, 1984-1985

Slim Love
Pitcher, 1919-1920

Heinie Manush
Outfielder, 1923-1927

Dick Sharon
Outfielder, 1973-1974

Kid Speer
Pitcher, 1909

Tuck Stainback
Outfielder, 1940-1941

Dizzy Trout
Pitcher, 1939-1952

Coot Veal
Shortstop, 1958-1960, 1963