A Treatise on Baseball Names

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


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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