A Rose By Any Other Name

The Aaron’s, Clemente’s and Mays’ Of A Lesser Ilk

Roberto, Willie and Hank

In major league baseball history there was only one Ruth, Gehrig, Koufax, Medwick, Seaver and Carew. You know who is being referred to when you hear the name Mantle.

Yet there have been several Robinson’s, Johnson’s, Ryan’s and Smith’s of varying playing ability. Some were great, some were good, and others were let’s just say, not so great. If you say, “Robinson was a fantastic player,” you usually have to clarify which- Jackie, Frank or Brooks.

What if you were a professional ballplayer and your last name happens to be Jeter, but your first name is not Derek?

Sharing a baseball great’s last name can sometimes be a drag because comparisons may be drawn to your famous counterpart. You can be sure that with the exception of your family and close friends, most references by the baseball loving public to your last name, go to the superstar.

So as a professional ballplayer if you share that famous last name but you never achieved super-stardom, at least you can always say you had your name on a baseball card.

So which baseball card would you rather have?

Hank Aaron or….

Tommie Aaron?

Derek Jeter or…

Johnny Jeter?

Wade Boggs or…

Tommy Boggs?

Roberto Clemente or…

Edgard Clemente?

Ferguson Jenkins or…

Jack Jenkins?

Mike Schmidt or…

Bob Schmidt?

Gaylord Perry or…

Pat Perry?

Duke Snider or…

Travis Snider?

Pete Rose or….

Don Rose?

Lou Brock or…

Greg Brock?

Hoyt Wilhelm or…

Jim Wilhelm?

Ernie Banks or…

George Banks?

And finally an easy one.

Honus Wagner or…

Charles “Heinie” Wagner?

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