Sunday, November 18, 2007
Joe Hornung has no connection to 19th century St. Louis baseball that I'm aware of but I just discovered that his nickname was "Ubbo Ubbo" and felt it necessary to share this information.
You have to take this with a grain of salt but there's an explanation for the nickname at Wikipedia. The article on Hornung claims that he earned his nickname because he habitually shouted "ubbo ubbo" when he got a hit or made a nice play in the field. Shockingly, there's no source cited for this claim.
"Ubbo Ubbo"-it's kind of funny, slightly disturbing, and just one more reason to love 19th century baseball.