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The Yankees Name Game (Stream of Conscious Connections)

By Paul Semendinger

November 14, 2021

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William Faulkner wrote some of his more famous works, or at least parts of them (as I recall) in a sort of stream of consciousness fashion.

As I run on my treadmill, I usually listen to music. I find as I create playlists in my head that one song, for whatever reason tends to remind me of another song. For example, these are three songs that I find very similar, one reminds me of the next:

Sometimes the connections make sense (the last two songs come from mid-1980s movies), but why the first two have always blended together in my mind is a connection that I made, somehow long ago that I can’t quite explain. All three songs are great, and somehow, to me, they are all always connected. One make me think of the others.

Along those same lines, I thought it would be fun to just start connecting Yankees (and other baseball players) together to form a stream of conscious post that (I hope) encourages others to do the same in the comments (or if they’d like to send them to me to post as separate guest articles).

It’s the off-season, one can only write so much about the players we hope the Yankees acquire, past teams, players, stadiums, uniform numbers, and such.

I hope you enjoy!

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I began by continually refreshing the Baseball-Reference page until I found something Yankees specific. What came (eventually) was the 1991 Yankees team page. From that page, I closed my eyes and clicked on a random player. It was Jeff Johnson. That seemed a good place to start. I typed Johnson’s name and then next typed the first baseball name that popped into my head. Joe DiMaggio made me take a few detours, but I soon got back on task. The key was not thinking too much and just seeing where each name led me.

Here we go…


Jeff Johnson


R,J, Reynolds


Barry Bonds


Bobby Bonds


Bobby Murcer


Mickey Mantle


Whitey Ford


Billy Martin


Tony Kubek


Joe Garagiola


Yogi Berra


Bill Dickey


Thurman Munson


Johnny Bench


Pete Rose


Ty Cobb


Babe Ruth


Lou Gehrig


Joe DiMaggio


Marilyn Monroe (wait, that doesn’t count)


Joe DiMaggio


Paul Simon (ok, enough silliness)


Art Garfunkel (Ok, I’ll stop)


Phil Rizzuto


Pee Wee Reese


Jackie Robinson


Roy Campanella


Cool Papa Bell


Josh Gibson


Sadaharu Oh


Hideki Matsui


Ichiro Suzuki


George Sisler


Tris Speaker


Bill Terry


Carl Hubbell


Candy Cummings


Bruce Sutter


Rich Gossage


Sparky Lyle


Dave Righetti


Wade Boggs


Rod Carew


George Brett


Graig Nettles


Brooks Robinson


Frank Robinson


Willie Mays


Hank Aaron


Josh Gibson


Roy Hobbs


Joe Charboneau


Mark Fidrych


David Clyde


Lenny Randle


Jerry Royster


Tim Foli


Chris Speier


Bud Harrelson


Tug McGraw


Mike Schmidt


Greg Luzinski


Carlton Fisk


Tom Seaver


Jerry Koosman


Jon Matlack


Doug Flynn


Steve Henderson


Dave Henderson


Donnie Moore


Reggie Jackson


Dave Winfield


Paul Molitor


Robin Yount


Gorman Thomas


Ben Oglivie


Cecil Cooper


Reggie Smith


David Ortiz


Manny Ramirez


Pedro Martinez


Johnny Damon


Mark Teixeira


C.C. Sabathia


A.J. Burnett


Kevin Brown


Chad Green


Shawn Greene


Joe Black


Joe Page


Johnny Murphy


Wilcy Moore


Waite Hoyt


Bob Feller


Dizzy Dean


Lou Boudreau


Ted Williams


Bobby Doerr


Vern Stevens


Rick Burleson


Butch Hobson


Jim Nettles


Chris Chambliss


Dick Tidrow


Fritz Peterson


Jim Bouton

This could go on forever so I’ll stop there. I am sure that some of the connections I made above make perfect sense, others not so much. I’m not even sure if I can explain them all.

It was a fun activity.

If you have nothing else to do (or if you’re in a long boring meeting at work) this might help pass the time. Just don’t let your boss see because he might ask what Al Oliver, Oscar Gamble, Tony Oliva, and Rod Carew have in common and why you wrote their names on your Power Point slides or on a client’s contract.

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