A Treatise on Baseball Names

By Bob Sheppard (1910-2010), longtime Yankees PA announcer

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There are certain names that go over well,
Like Pena, Ramos, Carrasquel,
With liquid sounds so panoramic.
And strangely, they all are Hispanic.
Aurelio, Hipolito, Cecilio, Domingo
Have a lovelier sound than American lingo.
What native name could I ever tell so
Musically, as Valdivielso?
And no native name could ever show us
The splendor of Salome Barojas.

Posted in memory 7/11/10


Published in History, Lyric, New York Yankees, Players | Link to this poem | 2 Comments

A Treatise on Baseball Names: 2 Comments

  1. Laurie Schuh wrote,

    Lovely…I enjoyed hearing him pronounce the non-Latino name of Derek Jeter as well. More than I enjoy Mr. Jeter himself.

  2. James Finn Garner wrote,

    And saying “Nick Swisher”? Sounds like a short in the mic connection.

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