Contracted Player Names

Due to an intestinal bug suffered by Cole Hamels, the Phillies are giving rookie Tyler Cloyd the start tonight.  It’s Cloyd’s big league debut.  When I saw the name, I thought of this guy, and apparently so did Andy, of the always-interesting High Heat Stats.  Andy tweeted the following:

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Phillies pitcher Cloyd making MLB today sounds like contraction of former major-leaguer Cliff Floyd.

Then Andy tweeted to me:

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@dianagram My Cloyd = Cliff Floyd tweet was just for you 🙂

Its good to have folks of like minds. 🙂

Anyhow, Andy’s tweet made me wonder how many other player names have the same “contraction” aspect to them.  That is, if you drop the first letter of their last name, and place the first letter of their first name in its place, do you get the name of another player?

It turns out, its happened nearly 300 times in history, through 2011.  The first column is the “root name” and the second column is the “contracted name”.  Some managers/non-players may be included here:
Al Myers      Bill Ayers
Bob Mabe      Loren Babe
Bill Dailey      Andrew Bailey
Bob Cain      Loren Bain
Brandon Laird      Al Baird
Bob Hale      John Bale
Bert Hall      Art Ball
Bill Gannon      Jimmy Bannon
Bob Garber      Brian Barber
Bryan Ward      Daniel Bard
Bill Garfield      Jesse Barfield
Billy Parker      Al Barker
Bill Carney      Darwin Barney
Benn Karr      Bob Barr
Buck Marrow      Ed Barrow
Buddy Hassett      Charley Bassett
Brent Gates      Aaron Bates
Bill Patton      Chris Batton
Bill Day      Harry Bay
Ben Tayl      or Don Baylor
Brent Mayne      Bill Bayne
Brent Leach      Jack Beach
Bill Leard      Dave Beard
Bob Uecker      Beals Becker
Bob Wellman      Jack Bellman
Babe Herman      Bob Berman
Bob Dernier      Carlos Bernier
Bob Perry      Charlie Berry
Billy West      Karl Best
Buzz Wetzel      Bruno Betzel
Bobby Clack      Bill Black
Bill Clowers      Mike Blowers
Bill Doak      Chet Boak
Brett Jodie      Ping Bodie
Billy Goeckel      Tony Boeckel
Ben Koehler      George Boehler
Bill Holden      Bill Bolden
Brian Holton      Cecil Bolton
Bob Cone      George Bone
Barry Jones      Ricky Bones
Bill Long      Jung Bong
Buck Hooker      Buddy Booker
Bubba Morton      Babe Borton
Brandon Moss      Harley Boss
Boob Fowler      Grant Bowler
Bill Coyle      Buzz Boyle
Brad Voyles      Harry Boyles
Bill Gray      Bill Bray
Bill Price      Alan Brice
Bill Wright      Harry Bright
Billy Lush      David Bush
Butch Huskey      Joe Buskey
Bill Ayers      Bill Byers
Chick Galloway      Ron Calloway
Cotton Nash      Dave Cash
Charlie Bates      Eli Cates
Craig Eaton      Howdy Caton
Clare PattersonTom Catterson
Carl Taylor      O.P. Caylor
Chris Gissell      Bill Cissell
Cy Blanton      Uke Clanton
Chuck Goggin      Dave Coggin
Carl Boles      Cad Coles
Chick Tolson      Loyd Colson
Cecil Bolton      Larry Colton
Chris Hook      Aaron Cook
Chet Morgan      Chuck Corgan
Cum Posey      Ray Cosey
Chad Fox      Bill Cox
Carl Doyle      Bill Coyle
Cory Doyne      Toots Coyne
Clarence Kraft      Harry Craft
Chuck Kress      Walker Cress
Charlie Fritz      Hughie Critz
Charlie Mullen      Jack Cullen
Chick Fulmer      Wil Culmer
Craig Kusick      Jack Cusick
Doyle Lade      Paul Dade
Dad Hale      Carl Dale
Danny Walton      Jack Dalton
Dick Baney      Art Daney
David Manning      Harry Danning
Darrell May      Bill Day
Denny Neagle      Ren Deagle
Donald Veal      Charlie Veal
Domingo Jean      Chubby Dean
Dale Gear      Buddy Dear
Dillon Gee      Jim Dee
Dave Geisel      Pat Deisel
Don LeJohn      Mark DeJohn
David Bell      Wheezer Dell
Drew Henson      Drew Denson
Doug Bernier      Bob Dernier
Dennis Higgins      Ben Diggins
Dave Hillman      Bill Dillman
Dave Kingman      Craig Dingman
Donell Nixon      Ken Dixon
Don Hoak      Bill Doak
Dave Cole      Lester Dole
Dan Norman      Charlie Dorman
Dan Cotter      Gary Dotter
Dixie Howell      Ken Dowell
David Huff      Larry Duff
Don Hurst      Cedric Durst
Everett Fagan      Bill Eagan
Ernie Mason      Mal Eason
Ed Wells      Harry Eells
Frank Harris      Eric Farris
Fred Lear      Vern Fear
Felix Hernandez      Alex Fernandez
Fin Wilson      Pete Filson
Fred Link      Herman Fink
Frank Zinn      Neal Finn
Footsie Blair      Al Flair
Fred Norman      Bill Forman
Fred Koster      Alan Foster
Frank Cox      Andy Fox
Frank Brill      John Frill
Freddie Muller      Ed Fuller
Gene Dale      Rich Gale
George Hall      John Gall
George Carman      Mike Garman
Gary Weiss      Bill Geiss
Gary Pettis      Byron Gettis
George Meyer      Rube Geyer
Garry Hill      Ed Gill
Gary Wilson      Hal Gilson
German Jimenez      Chris Gimenez
George Winn      Tinsley Ginn
George Winter      Keith Ginter
Gordon Slade      Fred Glade
George Flynn      Bill Glynn
George Wood      Andrew Good
George Foss      Howie Goss
Grover Powell      Larry Gowell
Grant Briggs      Art Griggs
Harold Baines      Hinkey Haines
Howard Wall      Al Hall
Heinie Sand      Brad Hand
Harry Danning      Loy Hanning
Howie Carter      Frank Harter
Harry Patton      Grady Hatton
Heinz Becker      Guy Hecker
Heinie Meine      Bud Heine
Howie Kendrick      George Hendrick
Henry Benn      Sean Henn
Haddie Gill      Aaron Hill
Hack Miller      Chuck Hiller
Harry Little      Lloyd Hittle
Hank Foiles      Chris Hoiles
Hub Collins      Damon Hollins
Harry Wood      Abie Hood
Harry Moran      John Horan
Harland Rowe      Art Howe
Hosken Powell      Dixie Howell
Henry Boyle      Tex Hoyle
Howie Judson      Charles Hudson
Henry Luff      Aubrey Huff
Hap Myers      Tim Hyers
Jed Hansen      Kenley Jansen
Jordan Tata      Paul Jata
Joe Savery      Al Javery
Jason Bay      Joey Jay
Joe Bean      Domingo Jean
John Peltz      Steve Jeltz
John Hester      Virgil Jester
Jeff Holly      Dave Jolly
Joe Foy      Pop Joy
Jesse Hudson      Howie Judson
Jeff Yurak      Ed Jurak
Jack Cust      Joe Just
Kermit Wahl      Nick Kahl
Kid Camp      Ike Kamp
Ken Ray      Bill Kay
Kevin Bearse      Eddie Kearse
Karl Meister      Bill Keister
Kevin Bell      George Kell
Kyle Denney      Art Kenney
Kid Mohler      Henry Kohler
Ken Holloway      Don Kolloway
Kevin Romine      Shane Komine
Kevin Foster      Fred Koster
Lew Camp      Dennis Lamp
Loy Hanning      Johnny Lanning
Len Barker      Norm Larker
Lou Marson      Brandon Larson
Logan Easley      Bill Lasley
Luis Matos      Mat Latos
Lou Bauer      Chuck Lauer
Lefty Hayden      Gene Layden
Lindsay Deal      Luis Leal
Larry See      Bill Lee
Lefty Willis      Bob Lillis
Lloyd Hittle      Bryan Little
Les Rock      Don Lock
Les Rohr      Howard Lohr
Lew Ford      Bris Lord
Les Howe      Bobby Lowe
Larry Gowell      Mike Lowell
Larry Duff      Henry Luff
Moose Haas      Duke Maas
Mark Wagner      John Magner
Matt Cain      Alex Main
Mike Capel      Rolla Mapel
Mike Darr      Lefty Marr
Matt Carson      Lou Marson
Mal Eason      Charlie Mason
Matt Kata      Frank Mata
Mike Cather      Joe Mather
Mat Latos      Francisco Matos
Mike Paul      Al Maul
Mark Dav      is Bob Mavis
Mike Payne      Brent Mayne
Manuel Lee      Tommy Mee
Mark Higgins      Larry Miggins
Marcus Giles      Aaron Miles
Matt Riley      Dave Miley
Maury Wills      Alan Mills
Miguel Dilone      Tom Milone
Matt Roney      Don Money
Mark Corey      Dave Morey
Mike Dorgan      Bill Morgan
Mark Worrell      Bill Morrell
Mike Norris      Bugs Morris
Mark Ross      Brandon Moss
Mark Lowe      Ray Mowe
Melvin Bunch      Jake Munch
Michael Dunn      Horatio Munn
Mike Dyer      Buddy Myer
Norm Cash      Billy Nash
Pat Ragan      Angel Pagan
Pep Harris      Steve Parris
Pop Tate      Bob Pate
Pat Deasley      Marv Peasley
Phil Hiatt      Adam Piatt
Pete Hill      Brett Pill
Paul Hinson      Vada Pinson
Pete Rose      Scott Pose
Pete Cote      Lou Pote
Pat Howell      Abner Powell
Rich Hand      Dick Rand
Rudy May      Carl Ray
Rick Leach      Al Reach
Rich Becker      Anthony Recker
Rich Gedman      Mark Redman
Roy Heiser      Pete Reiser
Razor Shines      Billy Rhines
R.A. Dickey      Branch Rickey
Rocky Biddle      Elmer Riddle
Reese Diggs      Adam Riggs
Randy Wiles      Ernest Riles
Ray King      Jimmy Ring
Ray Poat      Fred Roat
Ray Collins      Jimmy Rollins
Rod Booker      Jim Rooker
Ray Moss      Bob Ross
Ray Mowe      Dave Rowe
Red Howell      Bama Rowell
Rob Bowen      Ed Rowen
Ryan Tucker      Dave Rucker
Randy Bush      Andy Rush
Rich Nye      Gene Rye
Sam Page      Harry Sage
Sugar Cain      Johnny Sain
Sammy Hale      Chris Sale
Sam Lanford      Chance Sanford
Scott May      Jimmy Say
Sammy Taylor      Phil Saylor
Steve Yeager      Kyle Seager
Sam Weaver      Tom Seaver
Shorty Dee      Charlie See
Sam Mele      Aaron Sele
Skeeter Kell      Epp Sell
Spike Merena      Bill Serena
Shane Bowers      Jeremy Sowers
Troy Cate      Al Tate
Ted Reed      Dick Teed
Tom Berry      Adonis Terry
Trey Hillman      Bob Tillman
Ted Simmons      Ozzie Timmons
Thornton Kipper      Jim Tipper
Tom Dodd      Al Todd
Tom Dolan      Bobby Tolan
Ted Gray      Jim Tray
Vada Pinson      Charlie Vinson
Warren Hacker      Charlie Wacker
William Zay      Bob Way
Walt Meinert      Lefty Weinert
Wally Gerber      Billy Werber
Warren Giles      Randy Wiles
Wade Miley      Mark Wiley
Warren Gill      Bob Will
Willie Mills      Bump Wills
Wilbur Good      Blake Wood
Zach Day      William Zay

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