We’re around halfway through spring training, and that means sports writers are filing weird & wacky stories that are hitting print.
Over the weekend, Jared Diamond wrote about the six Mets players who have last names that sound like the name of an animal for the Wall Street Journal. The paper spoke with Donna Lillian, a professor at Appalachian State University and the president of the American Name Society, who offered this possible origin for Collin Cowgill‘s name:
Cowgill is a bit more complicated. Lillian said the name probably derives from a village in England called Cowgill, which may take its name because it was a place where cattle grazed. In Middle English, the word cowgill translated roughly to “cow gully.”
When told of his potential ancestry in England’s famed cow gullies, Cowgill said: “You’d have to have a lot of time on your hands to come up with that.”
If you didn’t see it, click through and read the full article – the quotes from some of the players and the “baseball card” mockups are amusing.