Just some thoughts:
The definition of misnomer: A wrong or inaccurate use of a name or term.
He was a professional baseball player from 1908 to 1922. A very good one in fact, so good he is in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. By the way if you have never been and are a baseball fan it is well worth going. I have been a number of times during our years of living in New Jersey.
His name was John Franklin Baker and most of his famous years he played for the Philadelphia Athletic in the American League. In baseball circles he was knows as “Home Run” Baker. On more than one occasion he led his league in hitting home runs. In fact four years straight he was the home run king of his league. Home run hitting you say. Yes, in fact he once hit two home runs in the same game, I think it might even have been in the world series. Quite a feat one must say.
How many total home runs did he hit? Well his most productive year in hitting the cowhide over the fences he hit a whopping twelve. Excuse a misprint surely. No not so. His most productive year in hitting home runs he hit twelve. In all his years in baseball he hit a total of ninety-six home runs. Ninety-six. Hardly a breath taking statistic today. Yes they referenced him as “Home Run Baker.”
When I was in school we had a bus driver named Tiny. He was anything but. I once knew a kid they called “Lefty.” He was right handed. I once asked him, “why the name Lefty,” his answer, “I don’t know.” Once knew a guy called Skinny, again anything but. Knew a kid growing up we called “Speed” he was just the opposite. When I was a kid in our neighborhood a guy had a hound they called, Lightening. Don’t think I ever saw that dog act in anyway representative of that word. Most times he laid on top of his dog house. Seldom would he even raise his head when called. Once knew a guy they called Curly. He had no hair at all.
When I was in college I worked part time at a bank. There was a guy that also worked at the bank and he would come in most mornings to the coffee room. You could describe him as kinda a geek type of guy. Horn rimmed glasses, high water pants, pocket pencil protector in his shirt pocket with numerous pencils, black winged-tip shoes and white socks. You get the picture. One of the guys in the coffee drinking group tagged him with the name “Stud.” I think not.
Last year saw more then one hundred and eleven players hit twenty or more home runs that year in major league baseball. Does that mean we have one hundred and eleven “Home Run” Bakers now? Think not.
You know sometimes tags, names, get placed on people that are not accurate, in some cases misleading and in some cases just not fair to the person.
While the ones I have referenced here well possibly said in fun. But labeling people often is not said or done in fun. Sometimes we need to be careful about placing labels, name calling on people.
May 22, 2018
Posted August 19, 2018