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Nerdlinger
07-29-2010, 10:42 AM
As it says on the tin: the challenge is to make an all-time all-star team of players with the same first name. If you're short on players, you can use middle names too. Here's a team using one of my favorite first names:

Team David

Manager: Davey Johnson

Starters
P: David Cone
C: Dave Nilsson
1B: Dave Orr
2B: Davey Lopes
3B: Buddy Bell (David Gus)
SS: Dave Bancroft
LF: David Justice
CF: J.D. Drew (David Jonathan)
RF: Dave Winfield
DH: David Ortiz

Pitchers
P: Dave Stieb
P: David Wells
P: Dave Foutz
P: Dave Roberts (David Arthur)
P: Dave Stewart
P: Dave Goltz
P: Dave Righetti
P: Dave McNally

Bench
C: Dave Valle
IF: Dave Concepcion
IF: Travis Fryman (David Travis)
IF: David Wright
IF: Dave Magadan
OF: Dave Parker
OF: Dave Henderson

If I had used middle names too, I would have been able to add players like:

Randy Johnson (Randall David)
Mark McGwire (Mark David)
Jim Bunning (James Paul David)
Johnny Damon (Johnny David)

But there were plenty of guys with David as their first name, so I passed them up.

RuthMayBond
07-29-2010, 12:56 PM
Do they have to have been All-Stars? I'm guessing not since you have Foutz. All the British police couldn't beat my Bobbys

SP-Grove. Feller, Gibson, Lemon, Shantz
RP-Nen, Dibble, Wickman
C-Boone
1B-Watson
2B-Alomar?, Doerr
3B-Elliott, Horner, Bonilla
SS-Wallace
LF-Abreu
CF-Bonds
RF-Clemente, Johnson, Veach

RuthMayBond
07-29-2010, 01:02 PM
This'll make you run to the Johns

SP-Clarkson, Marichal, Smoltz, Podres
RP-Franco
C-Bench
1B-Mize
2B-Evers
3B-McGraw
SS-Wagner
LF-Baker
CF-Callison
RF-Gonzalez

RuthMayBond
07-29-2010, 01:04 PM
Two (or more) Eds are better than one

SP-Plank, Walsh, Ford
RP-Reulbach
C-Sprague
1B-Murray
2B-Collins
3B-Mathews
SS-?
LF-Delahanty
CF-Snider
RF-Roush
DH-Martinez

Nerdlinger
07-29-2010, 01:30 PM
No, they don't have to actually have been All-Stars; they're just your picks for an all-time all-star team. You got Robert, John, and Edward pretty easy. How about trying Rogers or Harmon?

You're missing a SS for your Ed team. How about McKean?

RuthMayBond
07-29-2010, 01:33 PM
No, they don't have to actually have been All-Stars; they're just your picks for an all-time all-star team. You got Robert, John, and Edward pretty easy. How about trying Rogers or Harmon?
I'll give you a workout at the Jims

SP-Palmer, Galvin, Bunning, Kaat, McCormick, Hunter
RP-Brown
C-Sundberg
1B-Foxx
2B-Gilliam
3B-Collins
SS-Fregosi
LF-O'Rourke
CF-Bell, Wynn
RF-Rice, Ryan

RuthMayBond
07-29-2010, 01:36 PM
I'll put Charles in charge

SP-Nichols, Ruffing, Bender, Radbourn
C-Hartnett
1B-Comiskey
2B-Gehringer
3B-Dressen/Hayes
SS-Myer, Neal
LF-Klein
CF-Davis
RF-Hafey, Keller

RuthMayBond
07-29-2010, 01:42 PM
Better than a cup of joe

SP-Williams, McGinnity, Hill, Rogan
RP-Hoerner, Putz
C-Mauer, Torre
1B-Judge
2B-Morgan
3B-Crede? Dugan?
SS-Vaughan
LF-Jackson
CF-DiMaggio
RF-Medwick

Nerdlinger
07-29-2010, 01:53 PM
You're quite the wit. (And I see you changed the comment for John to the more obvious pun.) How about William or George?

RuthMayBond
07-29-2010, 01:55 PM
This should fill the bill

SP-Clemens, Foster, Pierce
C-Dickey, Ewing
1B-McCovey
2B-Randolph
3B-Johnson, Madlock
SS-Wells, Dahlen
LF-Stargell
CF-Mays
RF-Keeler, Hamilton

RuthMayBond
07-29-2010, 01:57 PM
I hope you like these chaps, by george

SP-Seaver, Waddell
C-Miller
1B-Sisler, Suttles
2B-Stirnweiss, Grantham
3B-Brett
SS-Davis
LF-Foster
CF-Griffey Jr
RF-Ruth

Nerdlinger
07-29-2010, 02:02 PM
OK, here are some more: Thomas, Jeffrey, Daniel, Roger, Frank, Frederick, Henry, Michael, Philip, Carl, Louis, Steven, Paul, Harold, Mickey, Donald, Anthony, Timothy, Peter, Christopher, Ryan, Brian, Richard, Howard, Raymond, Kenneth, Andrew, Stanley, Martin, Benjamin, Walter, Ralph, Alexander, and Albert.

westsidegrounds
07-29-2010, 02:42 PM
Babe Ruth RF
Babe Herman LF
Babe Ganzel CF
Babe Dahlgren 1B
Babe Ellison 2B
Babe Pinelli SS
Babe Young 3B
Babe Marchildon P
Babe Phelps C

Nerdlinger
07-29-2010, 02:57 PM
Babe Ruth
Babe Herman
Babe Dahlgren
Babe Adams

...... Babe Didrickson

....?

Babe is probably not a good name to pick. Plus, it's a nickname. You might have better luck with one of the first names I listed in the post above yours.

Gee Walker
07-29-2010, 04:25 PM
Two (or more) Eds are better than one

SP-Plank, Walsh, Ford
RP-Reulbach
C-Sprague
1B-Murray
2B-Collins
3B-Mathews
SS-?
LF-Delahanty
CF-Snider
RF-Roush
DH-Martinez

You could put Eddie Joost or Eddie Brinkman at SS.

Gee Walker
07-29-2010, 04:26 PM
The "Lefty" team might have some problems at C, 2B, SS, and 3B.

ol' aches and pains
07-29-2010, 04:35 PM
You could put Eddie Joost or Eddie Brinkman at SS.

Or Eddie Kasko.

Gee Walker
07-29-2010, 04:45 PM
I'll see if I can find fourteen guys named Louis:

MGR: Lou Boudreau

C: Lou Berberet, Louis Santop
1B: Lou Gehrig
2B: Lou Whitaker
SS: Luis Aparicio
3B: Lou Klimchock
LF: Luis Gonzalez
CF: Lou Brock... well, somebody has to do it. Or do I DH Brock and use Lou Sockalexis here?
RF: Lou Piniella

SP: Luis Tiant
SP: Lou Fette
SP: Luis Leal
SP: Luis Arroyo (he began as a starter)
RP: Luis DeLeon

I resisted the urge to use Henry Louis Aaron (the same names as Gehrig) or Vernon Louis Gomez...

Honus Wagner Rules
07-29-2010, 04:52 PM
The "Jim" team. The starting pitching is pretty deep.

C-Jim Sundberg
1B-Jimmie Foxx
2B-Jimmy Dykes
3B-Jimmy Collins
SS-Jim Fregosi
LF-Jim Rice
CF-Jim Edmonds
RF-Jimmy Wynn

SP-Jim Palmer
SP-Jim Bunning
SP-Jim "Catfish" Hunter
SP- Pud Galvin
SP-Jim Kaat/Jim Perry

RP-Jim Konstanty

ol' aches and pains
07-29-2010, 05:01 PM
I'll see if I can find fourteen guys named Louis:

MGR: Lou Boudreau

C: Lou Berberet, Louis Santop
1B: Lou Gehrig
2B: Lou Whitaker
SS: Luis Aparicio
3B: Lou Klimchock
LF: Luis Gonzalez
CF: Lou Brock... well, somebody has to do it. Or do I DH Brock and use Lou Sockalexis here?
RF: Lou Piniella

SP: Luis Tiant
SP: Lou Fette
SP: Luis Leal
SP: Luis Arroyo (he began as a starter)
RP: Luis DeLeon

I resisted the urge to use Henry Louis Aaron (the same names as Gehrig) or Vernon Louis Gomez...

What, no Lew Burdette in your rotation?

Gee Walker
07-29-2010, 05:05 PM
What, no Lew Burdette in your rotation?

He should make it easily. My pitching satff was weak. I didn't find him because he's a Lewis, not a Louis...

Honus Wagner Rules
07-29-2010, 05:17 PM
The "George" team. The starting pitching is pretty weak after the first two.

C-Jorge Posada
1B-George Sisler
2B-High Pockets Kelley
3B-George Brett
SS-George Davis
LF-George Foster
CF-George Kenneth Griffey, Jr! (Yes, his first name is George!)
RF-George Herman Ruth

SP-George Thomas Seaver (Tom Seaver!)
SP-Rube Waddell
SP-Red Munger
SP- Jorge de la Rosa
SP-Jorge Sosa

RP-George Sherrill

RuthMayBond
07-29-2010, 05:39 PM
The "Lefty" team might have some problems at C, 2B, SS, and 3B.You'd really have to tough it out with a really decent player, two near HoFers, and two actually HoFers

C-Fred Tenney
2B-Roger Connor
3B-Willie Keeler
SS-George Van Haltren or Jimmy Ryan

RuthMayBond
07-29-2010, 05:41 PM
Well Honus, I guess you haven't completely copied my teams

Gee Walker
07-29-2010, 05:46 PM
You'd really have to tough it out with a really decent player, two near HoFers, and two actually HoFers

C-Fred Tenney
2B-Roger Connor
3B-Willie Keeler
SS-George Van Haltren or Jimmy Ryan

They threw left-handed, hit left-handed, but nobody called them "Lefty".

Gee Walker
07-29-2010, 06:06 PM
I don't know Jack about this team... No James, Jims, or Jacksons allowed.

MGR: Jack McKeon

C: Jack Clements
1B: Jack Clark
2B: Jackie Robinson
SS: Jack Glasscock
3B: Jack Saltzgaver
LF: Jack O'Connor
CF: Jackie Jensen
RF: Jack Tobin
SP: Jack Morris
SP: Jack McDowell
SP: Jack Quinn
SP: Jack Chesboro
RP: Jack Aker

All games will be played at Jack Murphy Stadium...

Gee Walker
07-29-2010, 06:21 PM
I'll be Frank; this team was easier than most to make up.

MGR: Frank Chance
C: Frankie Hayes
1B: Frank Thomas
2b: Frankie Frisch
SS: Frank Crosetti
3B: Frank Baker
LF: the other Frank Thomas
CF: Frank Robinson (he played a couple hundred games there. I can see "Bad Outfield Defence" here.
RF: Frank Howard
SP: Frank Tanana
SP: Frank Viola
SP: Frank Lary
SP: Frank Kitson
RP: Frank Francisco

ol' aches and pains
07-29-2010, 06:43 PM
^ Frankly, that club would score some runs!

Victory Faust
07-29-2010, 07:34 PM
What in the Sam Hill?

1B: Sam Mele/Sam Horn
2B: Albert Samuel (Hobe) Ferris
SS: Sammy Esposito
3B: Sammy Hale
LF: Sam Thompson
CF: Sam Crawford
RF: Sam Rice
C: Sam Agnew
DH: Sammy Sosa

P: Sam McDowell
P: Sam Jones
P: Samuel Howard Camnitz
P: Sammy Stewart

RuthMayBond
07-29-2010, 09:59 PM
You could get rich running a team like this

SP-Marquard, Reuschel, Donovan, Harden, Rhoden
RP-Gossage, Radatz
C-Ferrell
1B-Sexson
2B-?
3B-Allen
SS-Bartell, Thon, Groat
LF-Henderson
CF-Ashburn
RF-Monday, Zisk

Nerdlinger
07-29-2010, 10:12 PM
How's about Dick McAuliffe for 2B?

Honus Wagner Rules
07-29-2010, 11:25 PM
Well Honus, I guess you haven't completely copied my teams

Doh! I never saw you post! :laugh

ol' aches and pains
07-30-2010, 05:41 AM
How's about Dick McAuliffe for 2B?

Or Dick Green. Or Dickie Thon.

Gee Walker
07-30-2010, 09:31 AM
Michael rowed the boat ashore. Oops, wrong sport!

MGR: Mickey Cochrane (not a bad choice at catcher, either)
C: Mike Piazza
1B: Mike Sweeney? Or it looks like I can play King Kelly just about anywhere...
2B: Mike Andrews. I resisted the urge to use Mike Tyson here...
SS: Michael Young
3B: Mike Schmidt
LF: Mike Donlin
CF: Mickey Mantle. Mickey was his real name, but that's a Michael, right?
RF: King Kelly
SP: Mickey Welch
SP: Mike Mussina
SP: Mickey Lolich
SP: Mike Garcia
SP: Mike Flanagan
RP: Mike Henneman


Geez, Donlin and Mantle on the same team. Do you think there will be a little bit of drinking?

Nerdlinger
07-30-2010, 09:45 AM
CF: Mickey Mantle. Mickey was his real name, but that's a Michael, right?

I don't think Mickey counts as Michael. Mantle's given first name is actually Mickey, so it's not short for Michael.

Gee Walker
07-30-2010, 09:59 AM
I'm Hennery the Eighth I am. Plus six pitchers and a manager. And I don't get to use Lou Gehrig.

MGR: Hank Bauer
C: Hank Gowdy
1B: Hank Greenberg
2B: Heinie Groh. More a 3B than a 2B
SS: I really want to use John Henry Lloyd here. If not, Hank Schreiber, ick!
3B: Hank Blalock
LF: Hank Sauer
CF: Heinie Manush
RF: Henry Aaron
SP: Hank Wyse
SP: Hank Aguirre
SP: Hank Leiber
SP: Hank Borowy
RP: Hank Johnson. Career total of 11 saves...

All games will be scored and reported by Henry Chadwick.

GiambiJuice
07-30-2010, 10:10 AM
how about some Latin names?

Juan
Carlos
Miguel
etc...

GiambiJuice
07-30-2010, 10:12 AM
Mickey Mantle is a bit of a stretch. His name is not Michael.

Buy hey, you can always substitute him for one of the greatest defensive CFers ever: Mike Cameron.

Nerdlinger
07-30-2010, 12:31 PM
how about some Latin names?

Juan
Carlos
Miguel
etc...

As RMB has been doing, these names count as forms of their English equivalents (list from here (http://www.brighthub.com/education/languages/articles/33249.aspx#ixzz0vCERliZ6)):

Alex/Alexander = Alejandro
Alfred = Alfredo
Anthony = Antonio
Charles/Charlie = Carlos
Christopher = Cristóbal
Daniel = Danilo
Doug = Diego
Edward = Eduardo
George = Jorge
Henry = Enrique
James = Jaime
John = Juan
Joseph = Jose
Mark = Marco
Michael = Miguel
Peter = Pedro
Richard = Ricardo
Robert = Roberto
Stephen = Esteban
Thomas = Tomás
William = Guillermo

The only one which was surprising to me was Doug/Diego.