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Baseball Player Name of the Week

I guess he was sort of the Coco Crisp of his day. Too bad he played so long ago, or he might have made himself some nice endorsement deals. Presenting:

Bud Weiser.

Bud Weiser not shown.

Weiser came about his nickname honestly – he was born Henry Budson Weiser in 1891 (about 13 years after Adolphus Busch, who had quite a name in his own right when you think about it, started his famous brewery). That was in Shamokin, PA, where Weiser also died, in 1961, and is buried in the fantastically named Odd Fellows Cemetery.

He never made it to the majors, but he had a long minor league career, playing with a few pauses here and there from 1911 to 1928, with 10 different teams from Scranton Wilkes-Barre to Dallas, the Charlotte Hornets to the Scottdale  Scotties. I bet Bud Weiser could have told a few stories.

Bonus names: Among his teammates were Ezra Midkiff, Wheat Orcutt, Norwood Hankee, and Bunny Hearn.

Norwood Hankee!


1 unmoderated   ~  Mar 8, 2011 11:22 am

That's gotta be the baseball name all star team.

2 Sliced Bread   ~  Mar 8, 2011 11:32 am

Wheat: You know somethin', Bunny?
Bunny: What's that, Wheat?
Wheat: Someday, someone's gonna name a beer after ole Bud.
Ezra: Why would anybody name their beer "Harry?"
Norwood: He'yuck (sniff)
Ezra: Jesus Christ, Hankee, find something to wipe yer nose with that ain't yer damn sleeves.

3 Alex Belth   ~  Mar 8, 2011 12:03 pm

Priceless, Emma.

4 Chyll Will   ~  Mar 8, 2011 12:49 pm

Okay, Bronxites, do you know what a Norwood Hankee is? And does it relate to Christmas in any way?

5 thelarmis   ~  Mar 8, 2011 1:04 pm

norwood hankee is all kindsa awesome!

not a baseball name, but i LOVE the name Hubert Tubbs. he was an awesome singer for the amazing soul band Tower of Power in the mid-70's. Lenny Williams is the 'main' singer that gets most of the credit. as great as he was, my favorite ToP record is In The Slot, from '75, and Tubbs is the singer on that. i think he sings in a similar kind of band these days...in Germany, of all places...

here's to Norwood Hankee and Hubert Tubbs!!!

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