Van Lingle Mungo

Dave’s Note: With this post, we welcome a third contributor to this blog – my brother, Rob!  You may recognize his name from my post on Ossee Schreckengost, where I explain Rob’s role in starting what would become the Funny Names Blog. Give him a warm welcome!

Van Lingle Mungo, a right-handed pitcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants, had a mediocre won-loss record (120-115) but an All-Star caliber name (Mungo, incidentally, was a three-time All-Star).

Known for his strikeouts (he led the National League in 1936 with 238 Ks) and combative personality, Mungo once had to be smuggled out of Cuba via laundry cart and seaplane after being caught cavorting with a married woman by the woman’s husband, who pulled out a machete in the incident. Mungo’s assistant in the escape was another humorously named fellow – Dodgers executive Babe Hamberger.

Mungo was brought back into the public eye after his career was over when he was featured in a novelty song by musician Dave Frishberg. Although the poem was comprised of the names of dozens of oddly-named ballplayers, “Van Lingle Mungo” was chosen as the title, largely due to Mungo’s “prosodic” name.

Sadly, Mungo did not follow up his playing career by becoming a coach. Had he done so, he likely would have been given an apt nickname – Van Lingle “Fungo” Mungo. (A fungo bat, for those uninitiated, is a baseball bat specifically designed for coaches to easily hit fly balls and grounders).

About Rob

Huge San Diego Padres fan, working as an economic consultant in Pasadena, CA. Contributor to the Funny Names Blog.
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20 Responses to Van Lingle Mungo

  1. aFrankAngle says:

    As fan of baseball and its history, this post was perfect for my first trip here. Great reference to the fungo bat!

  2. THANKS for visiting my “pun-ny” photoblog and leaving a “like.” Since I’ve always been fascinated by funny names, I’ve just subscribed. You are doing a service alerting the public to these oddities, and your blog serves as a cautionary tale for parents to pick their children’s names wisely (unless their goal for their progeny is to one day have them featured HERE).

  3. What a great blog! A very original, interesting and hilarious idea. Love it! I think I’ll change my name so I can be a potential subject.

    • Dave says:

      Thank you! If I could make a suggestion, I’d suggest you change your name to Outerbridge Horsey VIII, since it looks like Outerbridge the seventh didn’t pass on his name to a new generation. I’ll be uploading a page called “Theory” in a few days where we explain why Outerbridge Horsey VII is the standard by which all funny names should be judged.

      Thanks again for the visit! We hope to see you again!

    • Dave says:

      P.S. Here’s the link to our Outerbridge Horsey post (the first one on our blog), so you know what a fine tradition you’d be carrying on if you changed your name.

      • Visited it. Great start–a whole line of people with the same odd name. An “Outerbridge Horsey” sounds to me like the horse you would choose to visit the bridge farthest from the manor house.

  4. Baseball’s a treasure trove of great names, especially the early eras…thanks fer the post

    • Dave says:

      It really is. Five years ago, Rob and I began our list by focusing on funny baseball player names, and we probably compiled 300 or 400 of them. With so many players and such a well-documented history, it’s hard to beat baseball in the funny names category – perhaps politics gives it a run for its money, though.

      Thanks for the comment and the ongoing readership. We really appreciate it!

  5. rhijulbec says:

    Hi Rob!! Nice to meet you. Oh, I am so excited to see how this blog is gaining subscribers day by day! Used to be mine was usually the only like on a page, but now this one has 14!! How freakin cool is that! Great place to read before bed. Keep up the good work guys.

    • Dave says:

      It’s exciting, isn’t it! To answer your question, it’s very freakin cool! Thanks Jenn! You’re our #1, even if you’re not technically a follower of our blog, you’re still awesome. 🙂 Dysfunctional Unit is becoming a great commenter too, as are some others, but you’re our #1.

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