As Chicago first baseman Anthony Rizzo continues to develop into a star, he has already earned a spot on a unique list of Major Leaguers. He joins just a dozen or so players whose moniker, either first, last, or nickname, has two Z’s.
The team of course has several Ozzies, as well as several Hall of Famers. It could be called baseball’s Top ZZs, in honor of that little old band from Texas, who hit the charts with classics like “Legs” and “Cheap Sunglasses.”
Here is the lineup, with apologies to Cincinnati fans for an omission. Reds Hall of Fame catcher Ernie Lombardi, affectionately known as “Schnozz,” was beaten out by an even better player.
The perennial All-Star and should be Hall of Famer had one of the best swings in the 1990s, while playing the game’s most demanding position for primarily the Dodgers and Mets.
First Base, Fuzzy Richards
The left handed hitter played for the Cubs, though his numbers pale in comparison to those of Chicago’s current first baseman.
Second Base, Phil Rizzuto
Scooter played just two games at second during his illustrious Hall of Fame career as the Yankees shortstop, but he would form a great double play tandem with Ozzie Smith.
Shortstop, Ozzie Smith
The Wizard was a human highlight reel while leading the Cardinals to the 1982 World Series championship.
Third Base, Ozzie Guillen
Before becoming a successful manager, the All-Star shortstop did spend about forty games at third base.
This ZZ made hitting look EZ, slugging over 20 home runs in three different seasons for three different teams between 1938 and 1942.
Outfield, Lee Mazzilli
The Italian left handed hitter was an All-Star during his career, spent mostly with the Mets and Pirates.
Outfield, Ozzie Virgil, Sr.
Although his son would become a well-known catcher for the Phillies, Dad was a respectable big league outfielder who also played third and did time behind the plate.
Starting Pitcher, Dizzy Dean
This colorful Hall of Famer won over 300 games as a member of the Cardinals, with whom he won the Most Valuable Player award in 1934.
Starting pitcher, Dazzy Vance
Brooklyn’s Hall of Fame hurler won the MVP in 1924, compiling 30 complete games, 28 victories, and 262 strikeouts.
Relief Pitcher, Buzz Capra
Capra won 16 games for Atlanta in 1974, when he finished 9th for Cy Young and was selected to be an All-Star.