I can’t claim to be much of a sports fan.
But I do enjoy reading about interesting personalities, and participating in an organized sport is one way to express your uniqueness. Maybe it’s the pressure of competition that brings interesting qualities to the fore. And for some reason, the sporting world attracts individuals with remarkable names. Especially baseball, where fan and jazz pianist Dave Frishberg was inspired to set to music this list of compelling monikers.
This comes up because I noticed today marks the birthdays of some sports figures from the past who had outstanding names –
- French cyclist and Tour de France winner Gustave Garrigou
- Greek Soccer Player Georgios Georgiou
- And German soccer coach Wolfgang Wolf (who spent five years managing the Wolfsburg Wolves)
- British athlete and five-time Wimbledon winner Lottie Dod
All of Lottie Dod’s wins at Wimbledon came against the same player – the imposingly named Blanche Bingley Hillyard.
As an amateur sing-song poet and shameless creator of too many stupid little rhymes, I find this pair irresistible. And of course one of them has a perfect name for this justifiably unappreciated form.
Some sports can hinge on state of mind,
like tennis, golf and billiards,
Opponents can get in your head.
ie: Blanche Bingley Hillyard’s.
Though BBH was quite a champ,
(they will not soon forget her),
Each time they played at Wimbledon
Another girl was better.
The focus and the discipline
that Blanche brought to the game
was poised and stately, and it is
reflected in her name.
So it’s not fair that winning was
(if tennis has a God)
A major task for BBH.
And fun for Lottie Dod.
For Lottie didn’t practice
or prepare in any way.
She danced around the tennis court
and sang her name all day.
Lottie Dod, Lottie Dod,
Dotty Lottie Dod
Doodly Doodly Doodly dee
Lah dee Lottie Dod.
What sport comes easily to you?