Morning names: three ballplayers

On three different occasions dring the night, I woke with the name of a baseball player in my head: Al Kaline, Sal Maglie, Phil Rizzuto. (For the record, I was not a baseball card kid.)

Al Kaline. From Wikipedia:

Albert William “Al” Kaline (… born December 19, 1934), nicknamed “Mr. Tiger”, is a former Major League Baseball right fielder. He is a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Kaline played his entire 22-year baseball career with the Detroit Tigers.

(The name seems to be Scots.)


Sal Maglie. Clearly Italian-American. From Wikipedia:

Salvatore Anthony Maglie (April 26, 1917 – December 28, 1992) was an American Major League Baseball pitcher. He played from 1945 to 1958 for the New York Giants, Cleveland Indians, Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Yankees, and St. Louis Cardinals. Maglie was known as “Sal the Barber”, because he gave close shaves — that is, pitched inside to hitters. Coincidentally, he also sported a five o’clock shadow look.


Phil Rizzuto. Another Italian-American. From Wikipedia:

Philip Francis “Phil” Rizzuto (September 25, 1917 – August 13, 2007), nicknamed “The Scooter”, was an American Major League Baseball shortstop. He spent his entire 13-year baseball career with the New York Yankees (1941–1956), and was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1994.


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