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Baseball Player Names of the Week

We have a tie, folks! Today’s first honoree is…

Yam Yaryan.

Yam, who was christened Clarence Everett Yaryan, was born in Iowa in 1892, and played only parts of two seasons for the Chicago White Sox. In that time he hit .260/.326/.376 for a less-than-mighty OPS+ of 81, and acquired an excellent and, based on the photo, fitting nickname. Next up:

Flame Delhi.

Flame was born the same day as Yam, November 5, 1892, in Town-Name-of-the-Week Harqua Hala, Arizona. Despite the imposing nickname (his real name was Lee) he only ever got into one major league game: April 16, 1912. He pitched three innings and allowed six runs, three earned, on seven hits and three walks. And that, apparently, was that.

Feel free to offer suggestions for future Player Names of the Week, either in the comments or via email.


1 The Mick536   ~  Nov 1, 2010 4:21 pm

Check out the SABR BioProject article on Flame. Knickname came from fastball and his red hair. Guy lived an interesting life.

2 Emma Span   ~  Nov 1, 2010 5:09 pm
3 omarcoming   ~  Nov 1, 2010 5:35 pm

I always thought that Montgomery Ward was the best name for a player.

4 The Mick536   ~  Nov 1, 2010 5:40 pm

[3] Did ya know he was a lawyer? Can ya name the other lawyers in the HOF?

5 RIYank   ~  Nov 1, 2010 6:15 pm

So, not to put a damper on things, but if the Giants win... no more baseball.

6 seamus   ~  Nov 1, 2010 6:34 pm

anyone see the fielding bible awards? I'm not surprised that Gardner did so well but I am surprised that Cano didn't do better. Thoughts?

7 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Nov 1, 2010 8:52 pm

[0] I kinda like the simplicity of Matt Batts. What else could he do?

Giants win tonight.

8 Chyll Will   ~  Nov 1, 2010 11:54 pm

[1],[2] Wowzers.

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