My name is David. Growing up that's all I ever remember being called. At some point in college that changed and I started going, in greater part, by "Dave". After that I reverted back and have always gone by the original. The funny thing is, lots of people, particularly acquaintances and people I see in my job, automatically call me Dave. Though I find it interesting, I really don't mind. I see it as a friendly nickname. I have no stories like that about all the guys below. You'd have to ask them.
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Saturday, December 4, 2021
Dandy Daves and Davids
Here's 3 NBA Hall of Famers. All three were picked for both the 50th and 75th NBA Anniversary Teams. All three were two time NBA Champs.
If I'm correct there are only two baseball Hall of Famers with my given name, Dave Winfield and Dave Bancroft. Incidentally, both of their Hall of Fame plaques list them as David.
I do have a story about Dave Winfield that relates to his name. Click here.
This guy was sure fun to watch.
You can't think about The Big Red Machine without thinking of Dave Concepcion. You can make a Hall of Fame argument for him. Some do.
I grew up a Cubs fan but the Orioles were on TV a lot during my childhood. I have an affinity, particularly for the great American League teams of the era. Dave, or Davey -- the way I think of him, comes to mind as readily as Brooks, Frank and Boog.
Dave McNally was part of the Orioles great starting pitching staffs of the sixties and seventies. From 1968-1973 he went 117-65 with a 2.91 ERA --and he wasn't even the ace of the team.
The Cobra was a fearsome hitter with a great arm. Should he be in the Hall of Fame? Talk among yourselves.
Rags had a great career, first as a starter and reliever, then as a pitching coach.
That's a lot of star power! Who did I miss?
Thanks for reading.