Stars known by three names accounted for all of the answers during a category of a well-liked giveaway last week, and that I correctly identified three of them. David Lee Roth of Van Halen was the musical answer, while Billy Bob Thornton and Joe Don Baker were the 2 actors I recognized.
For some reason, I had anticipated that the category would come with a sports figure who fit the outline, but the opposite two answers weren’t athletes. Upon reflection, I understood why no sports stars appeared, for I could consider only a couple who pass three names.
Here are the simplest examples from baseball, enough to fill out a lineup.
First Base, Mays Aikens
The slugger with the famous name helped propel the Kansas City Royals to a pennant and a number of other playoff appearances.
Second Base, Billy Jo Robidoux
Primarily an outfielder, Robidoux would be asked to fill in at second for our three-name team.
Shortstop, Chin Leng Hu
Because he spent most of his career with the Dodgers, this infielder gave broadcaster Vin Scully to declare Hu’s on first when he reached base.
Third Base, Jim Ray Hart
Pounding over 100 home runs in his career, Hart was one among the facility hitters for the San Francisco Giants of the Sixties.
Left Field, Wily Mo Pena
He broke into the large Leagues with Cincinnati, who a couple of years later traded the underachieving slugger to the NY Yankees.
Center Field, Shin-Soo Choo
After several great seasons in both Cleveland and Cincinnati, Choo signed a lucrative free-agent contract to play for his current team the Texas Rangers.
Right Field, Ford Griffin
With a sweet left-handed swing, Griffin hit over .300 in two different stints with the Toronto Blue Jays within the early 2000s.
Catcher, John Ryan Murphy
He protected Joe Mauer for a season with the Minnesota Twins, who several years later sent him to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Starting Pitcher, John Henry Johnson
Over a span of ten years the left-handed hung out with Boston, Texas, and Milwaukee, but his best season was when he earned eleven wins for the Oakland Athletics.
Relief Pitcher, Ryan Rowland Smith
Seattle relied on this guy to be the lefty specialist out of the Mariners bullpen for four years, and he returned in 2014 to enjoy a comeback year with the Arizona Diamondbacks.