The Name Game, #3



We have played this game twice before.  This 3rdedition is an “Athletes Only”version.  The game, as before, is quick, simple, and enjoyable. If given a few clues, can you guess the names of two famous people?  Remember: the LAST name of one famous person will always be the FIRST name of the other famous person.

For example: a) Who was the 3rdPresident of the United States?  And: b) Who was the President of the Confederacy during the American Civil War?  Answers: Thomas Jefferson (see above) and  Jefferson Davis.

This is a game, not a test for a grade or a contest to win money or prizes.  Give these 10 pairs of questions a try.  The answers will follow the 10 question combinations.  I hope you have some fun.


  1. a) Who won the most games as a Philadelphia Phillies pitcher? Also, he won the Cy Young Award 4 times.  And: b) He was a Hall of Fame catcher who played for the Red Sox and White Sox.


  1. a) Who struck out the most batters in a career (5,714), and pitched 7 no-hitters? And: b) He was the Phillies first baseman from 2004 – 2016, and he was the National League’s MVP in 2006?


  1. a) He was the Brooklyn Dodger Executive who signed Jackie Robinson to a Major League contract and, thus, integrated MLB. And: b) He had the most stolen bases in a season (130) and in a career (1,406)?


  1. a) He was the great Kansas City Royals 3rd He was the AL’s MVP in 1980.  And: b) He played MLB from 1992 to 2005, mostly for Cincinnati and Seattle.  His Grandfather, Father, and Brother also played MLB.


  1. a) He broke Babe Ruth’s career home run record. And: b) He played MLB from 1997 to 2009 with the most time in Cincinnati. His Grandfather, Father, and brother also played MLB.


  1. a) He played for the Baltimore Orioles and won 16 Gold Gloves at third base. And: b) He is in his 14thyear having played for the New York Yankees and, now, the Seattle Mariners.


  1. a) He played Basketball for the Boston Celtics and won 11 Championships in a 13 year career.And: b) He plays in the NBA for the Oklahoma City Thunder and has averaged a triple double in 2016-17 and 2017-18.


  1. a) He is the best “small forward” in the NBA’s history. And: b) He played basketball at small forward in LA with Magic and Kareem.


  1. a) He played in the NBA for 14 years (usually for the Golden State Warriors), was a fine scorer, and shot free throws underhand. And: b) Played 10 years in the NFL.  As a running back, he is 3rdin running yards for career. Gained 1,000+ yards every season; once had over 2,000 years in single year.  VERY fast and elusive.


10. “Sweetness” (his nickname) was the Chicago Bears greatest player ever. And: b) This NFL QB played 18 years and won a Super Bowl, but he was great in commercials and on  Saturday Night Live, too.





  1. Steve Carlton and Carlton Fisk
  2. Nolan Ryan and Ryan Howard
  3. Branch Rickey and Rickey Henderson
  4. George Brett and Bret Boone
  5. Hank Aaron and Aaron Boone
  6.  Brooks Robinson and Robinson Cano

7. Bill Russell and Russell Westbrook

8. LeBron James and James Worthy

9. Rick Barry and Barry Sanders

10) Walter Payton and Peyton Manning










About rcarmean

Two things... First, why have I decided to establish this blog? I like to put essays together. I research an idea or topic looking for information, statistics, stories, quotes, pictures, etc. I enjoy the process and seeing a finished product. I’m told that as I get older, new activities can help maintain energy and keep my brain alert. In other words, I am not doing this for money or fame. Second, regarding the gentleman in the collage of pictures's not me. Those are photos of Christy Mathewson. Why him? When I was young, my primary activity was being sick. It took up much of my time. Eczema (a case so bad I was written up in a medical journal showing doctors what their patients COULD look like), asthma, and allergies. You know allergies: don’t eat this, don’t wear that, and, for Heaven’s sake, don’t touch any of these things (eg, dogs, cats, horses --I only saw horses in cowboy movies and TV shows, dust, swimming pools, my brother --OK, that’s an exaggeration, Rick was a fine brother). In my spare time between doctors' appointments, pills, and ointments, baseball kept me sane. In the 1940s and 1950s, when I grew up, pro footballI and basketball had not yet become extremely popular. Baseball truly was “the national pastime.” I listened to games on the radio (remember it? TV without the picture). I read magazines, books, and newspaper accounts of games. I collected baseball cards. I learned about the game’s history, as well as present. The same with its stars. One man stood out: Christy Mathewson. He was a great pitcher for the New York Giants in the early 20th century. But there was much more to him. At a time when professional athletes made little money (yes, there was such a time) and ball players were considered on the same level as actors, artists, and prostitutes, Mathewson stood out. One of his nicknames was: “The Christian Gentleman.” Most men is baseball drank, smoked, cursed, and fought —with other players, umpires, and fans. The fights were physical, not just verbal. Mathewson did none of these things. But he earned the respect of other players who did them all. Even Ty Cobb and John McGraw. There’s more. He was a college graduate (Bucknell University) when most men were lucky to have a high school diploma. He played other sports, including pro football which you wouldn’t recognize. He was handsome. He played in New York City, then as now, the largest city in the country. Excellence and popularity there meant fame and money. He dressed well. Today, his commercials would rival LeBron’s. And, finally, a hero’s life must have tragedy. After his playing career ended, WWI arrived. He suffered from influenza and was exposed to mustard gas. Chemical warfare. His lungs were damaged and he required treatment for the rest of his life. (Like my Grandfather who also fought in The Great War.) He died in 1925. He was 45 years old. I have his picture here because you need to know more about him than me. He was what an athlete could be. Players like him and their accomplishments got me through a sickly, painful childhood and can still sustain me in difficult times. *****
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