Great Names in Baseball History: A true “4-A” player

You might have missed this minor transaction from this morning’s sports section, but the Washington Nationals now possess a true “4-A” player, as Atahualpa Severino was recalled from the minors today.

Just who or what IS an “Atahualpa“:

Atahualpa, Atahuallpa, Atabalipa, or Atawallpa (March 20, 1497 – July 26, 1533), was the last Sapa Inca or sovereign emperor of the Tahuantinsuyu, or the Inca Empire.  . . . During the Spanish conquest of the Inca Empire, the Spaniard Francisco Pizarro captured Atahualpa and used him to control the Inca empire. Eventually, the Spanish executed Atahualpa by garrote, ending the Inca Empire (although several successors claimed the title of Sapa Inca (“unique Inca”) and led a resistance against the invading Spaniards). After Atahualpa died, the Incan Empire began to fall apart.

O-kay then . . .

Before he even sets foot on the mound in his first pro game, Severino will set a major league record: most “A”s in a first name (4).

The previous record was three, held by the following players:

  • Alamazoo Jennings, of the 1878 Milwaukee Grays
  • Astyanax Douglass, of the 1923 and 1925 Reds
  • Anastacio Martinez, of the 2004 Red Sox
  • Abraham (Orlando) Nunez, a middle infielder for Cards, Phils, Pirates and Mets from 1997-2008
  • Abraham Nunez, a poor-hitting outfielder for the Royals and Marlins in 2002 and 2004

Congrats to “Ata” …

(Postscript: Just after posting this, the following tweet came across the interwebs …. “NationalsWashington Nationals option LHP Atahualpa Severino to Triple-A Syracuse.” Oh well.)

5 thoughts on “Great Names in Baseball History: A true “4-A” player

  1. It kind of feels like there’d be more than two Abrahams, but I’m very amused that they both have the same last name.

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