Monday, January 16, 2012

GSNHOF Nominee - Alamazoo Jennings

Some of you might have felt let down by the last name added to my list, since Doug Fister is fairly well known and not as obscure as some past great name nominees. So today I thought I'd bring you a player with a shorter, much less recent career - Alamazoo Jennings:
The guy is so obscure that the only image out there even a little related to him comes from a 2010 book. I'd love to read it personally, since the Grays that Alazmazoo belonged to were a one year wonder team much in the same vein as the 1969 Seattle Pilots.

The Grays were a little different though, in that their one year was prior to the turn of the century: 1878. The team went 15-45 in their only year in the National League.

Jennings' contributions to the 1878 Grays? One game played, a 13-2 loss to Cincinnati. It might seem odd that Jennings only received one game to show his worth, but his stats show why one game was plenty enough. Offensively, Jennings went 0-2 with a walk in three at bats. Now if Jennings was a DH that wouldn't be too bad, but Jennings played catcher and added 4 errors and 10 passed balls (a then record which stood for 6 years) to his stat line as well. Not exactly Roy Campanella territory.

But what Jennings lacked in playing prowess, he made up for in Alamazoo Ability. And for that we nominate him to the GSNHOF! Best of luck Mr. Jennings!

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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