Right you are. Football for 50. This 308-pound offensive lineman at North Carolina State laid a hit so fierce on Clemson's William (the Refrigerator) Perry that the Fridge's helmet went aflying. Bzzzzz. Joe (the Defroster) Milinichik. Answer in the form of a question, please! O.K., Who was Joe (the Defroster) Milinichik?
GREAT MOMENTS IN NICKNAME HISTORY
The Nickname That Helped Fire Don Zimmer. It all began before the 1978 season, after the Boston Red Sox traded pitchers Rick Wise and Ferguson Jenkins. Zimmer denounces Wise and Jenkins as having "cried all the time, got the hell beat out of them and blamed me." On behalf of his departed colleagues, pitcher Bill (Spaceman) Lee—inspired by his manager's roundish head (which contains a metal plate) and large cheeks—dubs Zimmer the Gerbil. The club asks for an apology. "I guess I should have apologized," Spaceman says. "To the gerbils." From Texas, where he went after Boston, Jenkins chimes in with a protest. Lee has erred terribly, Jenkins says. Zimmer's nickname ought to be Buffalo because "a buffalo is the dumbest animal on earth."
And so, toward the end of the 1980 season, the Gerbil is fired and claims that the nickname fostered disrespect in the clubhouse and diminished his authority. He is then hired by Texas, from where a suddenly penitent Jenkins issues the statement, "Zimmy and I have patched it up."
Let's take a moment to answer some questions that may have occurred to you.
Q. What was Early Wynn's full name?
A. Early Wynn.
Q. How many fingers did Mordecai (Three-Fingers) Brown have on the hand that earned him his nickname?
A. Four and a half. Part of his index finger was sliced off in a feed cutter.
Q. Of what ethnic background was Bobby (Greek) DelGreco?