Sports Nicknames (Hardcover)

20,000 Professionals Worldwide

By Terry W. Pruyne

McFarland & Company, 9780786410644, 432pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2002

List Price: 75.00*
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When did Michael Jordan become "Air Jordan"? How did Earvin Johnson come to be known as "Magic"? Why is Juan Rodriguez called "Chi Chi"? These questions are answered in this major reference work featuring about 20,000 nicknames of professional athletes from around the world. Part One is subdivided into sections for each sport; baseball, basketball, football, hockey and miscellaneous sports (mainly individual sports or ones not listed in the four main sections)--under which entries are alphabetized by players given names. The entries in Part One tell the players position, team, year of retirement, and--in as many instances as extensive research could afford--how the player got his or her nickname. Part Two offers the opposite access alphabetized by nickname and giving players names and their sport.