On December 1, 1925, in Anadarko, Oklahoma, Lula McLish gave birth to a baby boy, and decided to give her husband John the opportunity to name their newborn son. John took full advantage of the opportunity to finally name their 7th child, and chose:
Calvin Coolidge Julius Caesar Tuskahoma McLish
The inspiration for the first four names is obvious, and perhaps it’s part of a naming convention used by the Choctaw Indian tribe, of which John McLish was a member. Tuskahoma refers to Tuskahoma, Oklahoma, which must have held some significance.
Twenty four years later, the young man went 19-8 with the Cleveland Indians, pitching two shutout innings and recording a save in the first ever major league All Star game. That year, he finished in the top 12 in MVP voting – an impressive task for anyone, but especially for a pitcher. This would end up being the best season of his 15-year career. McLish had a career record of 92-92, and still holds a share of the major league record for consecutive road wins with 16.
But the naming fun didn’t end there.
When McLish reached the major leagues, his teammates apparently decided that 6 names wasn’t enough, so they started calling him “Cal” officially, and gave him two nicknames: “Bus” and “Buster.”
This brought Cal McLish to a whopping total of 9 names – one for each inning in a major league baseball game.
After retiring from baseball in 1965, Calvin Coolidge Julius Caesar Tuskahoma “Cal” “Bus” “Buster” McLish spent the next 17 years as a major league pitching coach. He was elected into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame in 2009 and passed away from leukemia in 2010, receiving a full-page obituary from the Los Angeles Times.