“Verb” Players

While doing some research for the recent PIPA/SOPA brouhaha (and wouldn’t “PIPA SOPA Brouhaha” be a great band name?), I came across this player.  After the 12-year-old in me got finished giggling, I wondered how many other players had verbs for last and first names.

It turns out, based on a cross-reference of this verb list and the indispensable Lahman Baseball Database, that there have been 219 players that fit the criteria.  Here they are, in alphabetical order:

Josh Bard
Ray Bare
Bill Bathe
Harry Bay
Jack Beach
Bill Bean
Mike Beard
Ted Beard
Bill Bell
Buddy Bell
Frank Bell
Josh Bell
Mike Bell
Mike Bell
Rob Bell
Ken Berry
Tom Berry
Bill Black
Bob Black
Bud Black
Buddy Black
Frank Bliss
Jack Bliss
Frank Bork
Bill Bray
Bill Brown
Bob Brown
Jimmy Brown
Mace Brown
Mark Brown
Mike Brown
Mike Brown
Ray Brown
Stub Brown
Tom Brown
Tom Brown
Tom Brown
Bob Brush
Frank Burke
Jimmy Burke
Mike Burke
Pat Burke
Guy Bush
Homer Bush
Kid Camp
Bob Carpenter
Mike Carp
Bill Champion
Mike Champion
Bob Chance
Frank Chance
Ken Chase
Chuck Churn
Mark Clear
Bob Cone
Mike Cook
Bill Cox
Frank Cox
Ted Cox
Harry Craft
Frank Cross
Lave Cross
Bill Crouch
Bill Crouch
Jack Crouch
Buddy Crump
Bill Dam
Snake Deal
Rob Dibble
Tom Dowse
Jack Fee
Jack Ferry
Bob File
Frank Fleet
Silver Flint
Ted Ford
Tom Ford
Pop Foster
Bill Fox
Jack Fox
Mike Frank
Bill French
Pat French
Ray French
Bob Friend
Frank Funk
Tom Funk
Bob Gamble
Ford Garrison
Tom Glass
Jimmy Gobble
Mark Grace
Mike Grace
Mike Grace
Jimmy Grant
Mark Grant
Tom Grant
Nick Green
Tom Grieve
Bob Groom
Buddy Groom
Kip Gross
Bob Hale
Chip Hale
Brad Hand
Bill Hill
Ken Hill
Frank House
Pat House
Tom House
Mike Huff
Ken Hunt
Ken Hunt
Pop Joy
Bill Keen
Bill Kern
Jimmy Key
Jack Kibble
Ray King
Silver King
Bob Kipper
Jack Knight
Ray Knight
Punch Knoll
Mike Loan
Bill Long
Bob Long
Tom Long
Tom Long
Harry Lord
Slim Love
Jack Lynch
Mike Lynch
Mike Lynch
Tom Lynch
Tom Lynch
Frank Madden
Kid Madden
Mike Madden
Mike Mason
Bud Messenger
Mike Minor
Ray Moss
Jimmy Outlaw
Josh Outman
Mike Page
Mike Palm
Mark Parent
Brad Peacock
Homer Peel
Bob Pepper
Ray Pepper
Jack Pierce
Ray Pierce
Lip Pike
Mike Potter
Squire Potter
Ted Power
Tom Power
Bill Price
Ray Prim
Ken Ray
Bob Reach
Bob Reed
Jack Reed
Ted Reed
Bob Rice
Harry Rice
Pat Rice
Jimmy Ring
Jimmy Ripple
Mike Roach
Mike Rouse
Bob Rush
Bob Savage
Jack Savage
Ted Savage
Jimmy Say
Bill Sharp
Bill Short
Bob Spade
Jack Spring
Bob Sprout
Guy Sturdy
Bob Trice
Bob Usher
Bob Vail
Mike Vail
Ham Wade
Rip Wade
Bob Walk
Chuck Ward
Hap Ward
Bob Welch
Frank Welch
Mike Welch
Ted Welch
Tub Welch
Jimmy Welsh
Bill White
Bill White
Bill White
Bill White
Deke White
Frank White
Fuzz White
Jack White
Jack White
Mark Whiten
Mike White
Will White
Bob Will
Ray Wolf
Bob Wood
Harry Wood
Jimmy Wood
Ken Wood
Mike Wood
Ted Wood

Now, I know you’re looking at some of these and saying things like “peacock is a verb?”.  But yes, it appears that it can be.

[And while I’ve got your attention and “parts of speech” curiosity piqued, let me offer OneLook as the ultimate dictionary source.  It gives you listings for many different dictionaries, across many different disciplines.  I refer to it quite often, and so should you.]
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4 thoughts on ““Verb” Players

  1. My favorite part about the Baseball Reference entry for Tony Suck is that he was “born Charles Anthony Zuck” but apparently at some point felt it was best to change Zuck to Suck.

    Also, on the topic of player names, as a kid I played a baseball game called Microleague Baseball on my Apple IIe. My favorite player in that game was outfielder Tommy Umphlett of the 1955 Senators, solely because I loved the name Umphlett (certainly not because of his underwhelming 0.217 batting average).

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