Friday, June 19, 2009

Great Sports Name Hall of Fame Nominee - Rusty Kuntz

Easily one of the best sports names (if not names in general) of all time.

Russell Jay "Rusty" Kuntz (pronounced Koontz, but hey that's way less fun) was an OF/DH for the Tigers, White Sox, and Twins over a career spanning 1979-1985. The high point of his career was an unlikely sacrifice fly as a pinch hitter in game 5 of the 1984 World Series. The low point? Well...there were a lot of them. Most related to mispronunciations of his name.

Kuntz himself on his name: “I get my balls busted like my last name was “pussy” “snatch” or “cooter” but it’s not, it’s Kuntz. PA announcers in the minors flubbed it up constantly. I’d see parents holding their hands over their kids ears when I walked up to the plate. You think I wanted this?” - (Thanks to Sportsman's Daily for the quote, the article has a lot more wisdom from Mr. Kuntz as well.)

How would Rusty Kuntz enter the Great Sports Name Hall of Fame? No question he's first ballot. A simply filthy name on a seemingly good guy...it's just too funny to pass up.

To see the best sports names of all time, visit the Truly Great Names page.
To see some good sports names that were voted out, visit the Good Names page.
To see the current voting ballot, visit the Ballot page.

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