The Los Angeles Dodgers posted a recent promo that featured a sketch of third baseman Justin Turner, who was decked out in a beret and robe while holding a paintbrush in front of an easel. Legend identifies Turner as “The Artful Dodger”, an allusion to a character in Charles Dickens’ famous novel, Oliver Twist.
For all of us who get the reference right away, here’s a comprehensive list of baseball players who share a name with a character from Dickens’s writings.
First baseman: Wally Pipp
Young Lou Gehrig replaced it for what was supposed to be one day, but history tells us the Iron Horse stayed there for the next 2,632 games. in the beautiful novel High expectationsPip was the protagonist who was bequeathed a fortune from an unknown benefactor.
Second Base: Jason Bates
He played five seasons for the Colorado Rockies in the 1990s while Charley Bates was a member of the gang of robbers in Oliver Twist.
Shortstop: Barry Larkin
The Hall of Fame shortstop spent his entire career with the Cincinnati Reds. Miss Larkins was the first love of David Copperfielda beautiful girl who ended up marrying a soldier in the book.
Third Base: Tommy Lastella
With a combined .284 average the past two seasons, he helped the Chicago Cubs win back-to-back NL West championships. When you drop the first letter of his last name, he matches the snobbish girl Pip falls head over heels for in High expectations.
Left field: Danny Heep
Uriah Heep was employed by Mr. Wickfield in David Copperfieldwhile the baseball player was a constant hitter for the Astros and the Mets during a ten-year career in the Major Leagues.
Center field: Fred Snodgrass
He spent nine years primarily with the New York Giants until he left the game in 1916, and Augustus Snodgrass appears in The Pickwick Papers as a member of the club named after the novel’s title.
Right field: Al Oliver
As if his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates wasn’t impressive enough, Oliver went on to join the Texas Rangers and capture the American League batting title. His last name, of course, is the first name of the young Mr. Twist in the title of the Dickens novel that became a huge hit on Broadway.
Catcher: Bill Plummer
by Dickens The cricket in the home focused on the Plummer family, and in the 1970s, Bill served as Johnny Bench’s backup at Big Red Machine.
Starting pitcher: Bob Sykes
He was a southpaw who played for both the Tigers and Cardinals in the 1970s and 1980s, while Bill Sikes was a boy Oliver Twist fought with but later befriended.
Relief pitcher: Hi, Jasper.
This right-hander who was part of the White Sox, Cardinals and Indians bullpens in the second decade of the 20th century, but Mr. Jaspers was the lawyer who eventually married the female lead in gloomy house.