Seven Players Named Ham

After a rookie campaign that saw him slash .282/.388/.599, post a 2.6 WAR in just 374 plate appearances, and win ROTY honors, Bob Hamelin has been of little use to the common baseballing fan.

However, were one ever to get curious about Hamelin’s career stats, and were one to search for said stats on FanGraphs, and were one — instead of typing Hamelin’s entire surname into the search box — were one to type only the first three letters of it, then one would find a rather peculiar and LOL-able thing: namely, that there have been seven players with the first name “Ham” in the history of the Majors.

Here they are below, with very, very, very, very, very important notes.

Player: Ham Allen
Given Name: Frank Erwin Allen or Homer S. Allen
Years Active: 1872-1872
Teams: Middletown Mansfields
PA / WAR: 66, 0.1
Notes: Was born either in Augusta, Maine, or Hamden, Connecticut. Died either in Natick, Massachusetts, or Hamden, Connecticut. Died either on February 6, 1881 or January 7, 1892. Is generally mysterious.

Player: Ham Hyatt
Given Name: Robert Hamilton Hyatt
Years Active: 1909-1918 (with years off for WWI, presumably)
Teams: Pirates, Cardinals, Yankees
PA / WAR: 1012, 4.2
Notes: With that 4.2 WAR, is most successful Ham. Also, at 6’1″ and 185, is almost biggest Ham, too. (Ham Patterson, below, was 6’2″, 185.)

Player: Ham Iburg
Given Name: Herman Edward Iburg
Years Active: 1902-1902
Teams: Phillies
IP / WAR: 236.0, -1.6
Notes: Born in San Francisco. Died in San Francisco. Played minor league ball with the San Francisco Wasps (1901) and San Francisco Seals (1903) of the California and Pacific Coast Leagues, respectively. Also played for Portland Browns (1904) and Oakland Oaks (1905) of the PCL.

Player: Ham Patterson
Given Name: Hamilton Patterson
Years Active: 1909-1909
Teams: St. Louis Browns, White Sox
PA / WAR: 54, -0.3
Notes: Managed such baseballing stalwarts as the Oskaloosa Quakers (1906-07), Pueblo Indians (1908), Wichita Witches (1915), Vernon Tigers (1916), Dallas Giants (1917-18), Dallas Marines (1919), and Dallas Submarines (1920-21).

Player: Ham Schulte
Given Name: Herman Joseph Schulte
Years Active: 1940-1940
Teams: Phillies
PA / WAR: 488, -0.6
Notes: Born Herman Joseph Schultehenrich.

Player: Ham Sweigert
Given Name: Unknown
Years Active: 1890-1890
Teams: Philadelphia Athletics (of the American Association)
PA / WAR: 2, 0.0
Notes: From the Bullpen: “Ham Sweigert is one of four amateur players who made their only major league appearance for the Philadelphia Athletics of the American Association on October 12, 1890 against the Syracuse Stars. It was the last game of the season, and was played in Gloucester, NJ. Early researchers confused this Sweigert with a Hampton Sweigert, who was a minor league player at the time. It is in fact very unlikely that they were the same two men, and in fact, this Sweigert probably had another first name, as absolutely nothing else is known about him or his three teammates for that day, Bob Stafford, John McBride and John Sterling.”

Player: Ham Wade
Given Name: Abraham Lincoln Wade
Years Active: 1907-1907
Teams: Giants
PA / WAR: 1, 0.0
Notes: Was hit by a pitch in his only Major League plate appearance. Also, per the Bullpen, played for several teams in Connecticut, both as a pitcher and as an outfielder. Also: named Abraham Lincoln.

Given names, pitcher WAR, and some notes courtesy of Baseball Reference (and BR Bullpen, too).




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NM
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5 years 6 months ago

That weird, misplaced red lip (or red mustache?) thingamajig on Ham Hyatt’s mouth in the above player card is really bothering me.

John
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John
5 years 6 months ago

Very interesting about Ham Allen. Look at his BR page. It shows he had 70 PAs, 19 hits and 11 RBIs, while FanGraphs shows something different. Anybody know why and which one is correct?

bureaucratist
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5 years 6 months ago

It’s a great nickname, but it seems to have peaked prior to 1910. I think we should bring it back. Who’s a good candidate in today’s game to go by Ham? Ryan Howard? Jonathon Pigott? Josh Hamilton? Ryan Braun, as a nickname for his nickname, the Hebrew Hammer? Hamsen Batista?

matt w
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matt w
5 years 6 months ago

Oy! You can’t nickname Ryan Braun after treyf.

Coladar
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Coladar
5 years 6 months ago

Don’t forget Josh Willingham. Not only does his last name end in Ham, his nickname in DC was “Hammer.” He is the prime candidate if ever there was one, last name and nickname.

As a Nats fan though, there will only ever be one Ham. Dmitri Young, aka. Mr. Florida All You Can Eat Buffet’s Worst Nightmare.

matt w
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matt w
5 years 6 months ago

To paraphrase the Dugout, Ham grows on Dmitri.

William
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5 years 6 months ago

Too bad Ham Schulte couldn’t have hung around seven more years. Then he could have played with Dick “Legs” Weik. Then they could have been billed as, “Ham and Legs.”

Ham Allen is one of the few known major league players that was also a Civil War veteran.

Telo
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Telo
5 years 6 months ago

For a second I thought it was “Ham Shrute”.

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