The best animal nicknames in baseball history were recently the focus of an episode of Prime 9 on the MLB Network. Panelists discussed players like Mark “the Bird” Fydrich, Jim “Mudcat” Grant and Jim “Catfish” Hunter.
Only one of the players who made the list was a member of the Reds, Cincinnati native Dave Parker. “The Cobra” would certainly head almost any list, especially an an all-time Cincinnati Reds animal nickname roster.
In addition to Cobra, the Reds have had many other players with animal nicknames. For instance, they have had more Chicks than Donald Trump has ex-wives. Chick Fraser was a pitcher on the 1906 team, and Chick Autry played first base for the 1907 and 1909 clubs. Chick Smith pitched for the 1913 team, and Chick Shorten played outfield for Cincinnati in 1924. In the first century of baseball, the Reds used Chick Fulmer at shortstop.
Here are ten other animal nicknames who have played home games in the Queen City.
“Doggie” Tony Perez
The Hall of Famer was a key component in the Big Red Machine, both at third base and first.
“O-Dog” Orlando Cabrera
The friendly infielder spent just one season with the Reds, but he has been the best double play partner Brandon Phillips has ever had in Cincinnati.
“The Hawk” Clay Carroll
The right hander was, along with Pedro Borbon, the best reliever of the Reds of the early 70s.
“Big Donkey” Adam Dunn
The former football quarterback led the Reds in nearly every power category before being traded to Arizona to make way for Jay Bruce and Joey Votto.
“Bull” Leon Durham
The native Cincinnatian was an All-Star for the Cubs before returning to the Queen City to play for his home town team.
“Cuckoo” Walter Neils Christensen
The outfielder was a regular in the lineup of the 1926-27 teams.
“Snake” John Wesley Deal
One hundred years before Great American Ball Park, this first baseman provided lefty pop for the 1906 team.
“Ducky” William Charles Pearce
This catcher, also known as Bunny, was a member of the 1908-9 squads.
“Piggy” Frank Gray Ward
Before the turn of the century, the 1893 outfield featured this uniquely named player.
“The Animal” Brad Lesley
The 6 foot 6, 230 pound reliever got his nickname because of his animated emotions on the mound between 1982 and 1984.