You would think that someone who cares deeply for baseball’s rich history would thoughtfully choose which players she highlights and celebrates.
You would think that she wouldn’t just see a player named “Highball” and think, “Oh my God, a pitcher named Highball. I’m gonna have to write about him.”
You would think.
Here Are 12 Things You Should Know About Highball Wilson.
Sadly, but not surprisingly, Highball Wilson was not named Highball by his parents. Highball Wilson, a righty pitcher, was born Howard Paul Wilson in Philadelphia on August 9, 1878. (I realize that this would be a far more interesting post if his parents had named him Highball, and I’m sorry if you feel duped.)
(Highball Wilson was one of five future big leaguers born in Philadelphia in 1878. Only Highball played more than one season.)
So, who named him Highball? Continue reading