From Gaylord to Mookie: The Best Names in the 1982 Topps Baseball Card Set

How this could possibly be relevant to the Perfect Duluth Day website will be explained at the end, but up top we present the 30 best names of the 1981 Major League Baseball season, as preserved for history in 1982 Topps cards.









I’m not sure what the magic formula is for having an awesome baseball name, but I know it when I see it. One thing that helps is having an actual word in the name, like “bake” or “rusty.” An uncommon first name that is fun to say, like “Mookie” or “Vida,” goes a long way, too. But often it comes down to the way the first and last names work together to produce a harmony of syllables, like “Carl Yastrzemski” or “Fernando Valenzuela.”

If you collected baseball cards three decades ago, these names were forever engrained into your brain, so there’s more to it now than just the sounds of the name … there is nostalgia.

But what does this have to do with Perfect Duluth Day? Well, back in 2007 there was a strange meme on PDD that played out over three days in which people posted old baseball cards. It was fun for some, but drove at least one founder of this website nuts. So let’s not do that again.

Below are links to the old baseball card posts, compiled by Lithis when the subject came up a few years ago. Feel free to comment here with your favorite old baseball name, or upload an image of the card in a comment.

(Just don’t start a new post about baseball cards or we’ll turn the website off and send everyone to sit in corners.)

Totally Awesome Baseball Player of the Night – by Sherman
Upping the Ante
TABPOTN – 2 by Sherman
Oh Yeah?
the mustache always wins
Terry Freakin Forster
Bombo Baby!!!
The Champ !!!!!
It is SO on!
My take on the madness.
Eat some Hosken, bitches
Sweet Music.
Just for good measure
TABPOTN – 3
I’m Booger and More Powellful Than All of You
Jutze and Aase
My Contribution to This Madness
But who’s the most famous of them all?
So, it’s gonna be like that, is it?
And another thing.
No his face isn’t melting.
For Christa.
Biggest Claude of them all
New Hand, New Game

8 Comments

Paul Lundgren

about 9 months ago

By the way, in case Tim Broman checks in, yes, I do still have Manny Mota on my desk.

Paul Lundgren

about 9 months ago

Thanks to a hot tip on Facebook, I am now aware of this book: Big Hair and Plastic Grass

Chris

about 9 months ago

I'm still not sure why he got so bent about it. For you Barrett...

Drab T-Shirt

about 9 months ago

Pete LaCock is the son of Hollywood Squares host Peter Marshall

Barrett Chase

about 9 months ago

I think the reason I cracked down on it was that we had just received some sort of positive press that would theoretically lead to an influx of new people checking us out, and this meme had basically taken over the entire website. It wasn't just a single post with a bunch of baseball cards under it. Every post was a baseball card post. It was a game that three or four people were playing, while all of our other members had to just sit on their hands and wait it out. After a few days (yes, days) of it, it had to come to an end because obviously there's an infinite supply of baseball players with dopey names.

Chris

about 9 months ago

I guess I can see your point. I forgot that each card was its own post, one right after another. But to reiterate Berv's reply, "I count nine people, not four."

Paul Lundgren

about 9 months ago

Maybe we should bring in John "Count" Montefusco to tally up the correct number.

Paul Lundgren

about 2 months ago

Apparently I hadn't seen anything yet.

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