Not Who You Think It Is, Part 2

Programming Note: I tried to post this blog entry last night, but was prevented from doing so by “technical difficulties” (i.e., MLBlogs’ platform was being ornery, and wouldn’t let me upload any images. I can’t blog without visual aids!)

In my first installment of “Not Who You Think It Is”, I apparently jumped the gun a bit when I mentioned there were no Phillies injuries to worry about (yet). Note I did use that disclaimer “yet”. Because now it appears that Chase Utley has been hampered so far this spring by what has been diagnosed as patellar tendinitis.

Patellar tendinitis is also known as “jumper’s knee”, which begs the question as to what Chase has been doing this offseason, hmm? Turns out it can be caused by many activities that don’t involve jumping, so I guess we can stop wondering what Chase was spending all his time jumping over, or on.

So to distract my thoughts from Chase’s knee, let’s get on with the next entry in the possible mistaken identity sweepstakes, Buster Brown.

If you’re of a certain generation, the first thought that pops into your head when you hear the name “Buster Brown” is probably a pair of shoes you had (or wish you had) as a child.

buster brown shoe logo.jpg[an aside: is this not the creepiest looking dog in advertising history? How on earth did they plan to appeal to children with a psycho dog that looks like it’s about to shred you apart with a huge mouthful of piranha teeth??]

But just like Ethan Allen, there was no Buster Brown heading up Buster Brown shoes. There was, though, a George Brown, who started the Brown Shoe Company in 1878. In 1904, the Brown Shoe Company purchased the rights to the name Buster Brown, which was a popular comic strip that had debuted in 1902.

Blues fans may remember a different Buster Brown, who cracked the pop Top 40 and hit #1 on the Billboard R&B charts in 1960 with his song “Fannie Mae”, presumably not about affordable housing.

buster brown blues.jpg
Finally, we have Buster Brown the baseball player. A major league pitcher from 1905 to 1913, he appeared in 31 games for the Phillies from 1907 to 1909, compiling a 9-6 record with a 2.56 ERA.

His career totals would be less than stellar at 51-103, which would probably be why we think of shoes first, and not him.

Next time, rock icons that played for the Phillies?



  1. greg1969

    Well, Sue, the “jumper’s knee” might make it a little more difficult for Utley to “Chase” balls around. (His name always sounds like a runner, to me!) πŸ˜‰ The dog is going to play for the New Yorks, and not the “Yorkies? Hmmm… πŸ˜‰
    Take care, Sue! I hope Utley can get back to Chasing soon enough…

  2. blithescribe

    What a great idea for a blog series, Sue! I have always been amused by players with “not who you think it is” names too. When Milton Bradley first started playing, I did a double take every time I read his name in the box scores.
    The dog is very scary but Buster Brown isn’t exactly wholesome looking either.
    This is a very simple game…

  3. crzblue2

    Yucko on that picture of the dog and EWWW! Jeff’s image of lard while I am eating was no bueno.
    Great idea on the post and sorry to hear about our local boy Utley.

  4. Catherine

    I don’t know, maybe it’s just me, but there’s something about that dog’s psychotic appearance that’s a bit endearing to me. As for Buster Brown the baseball player…well, his hair is slightly less endearing.

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