The more I read about baseball the more I am amazed by the variety of things it has featured over its history — from amazing talent, to greed, to wisdom, to lunacy, to ... well — you name it.
In researching for a blog I am writing on the best and the strangest outfields of all time I came across the backup outfielder for the 1911 to 1917 Boston Red Sox. He had lots of talent but had the misfortune to be on a team that had perhaps the greatest defensive outfield of all time, namely Tris Speaker, Harry Hooper, and Duffy Lewis.
In his first season he hit .366 in 108 pate appearances with an on-base percentage of .449, which is among the best ever for a rookie. In his second season he played even less but hit .321 with an OBP of .457.
The remarkable thing about this outfielder, whose name was Olaf Henriksen, was his birthplace - the Danish village of Kirkerup. Anyone who is familiar with baseball in the early days will know that almost all players were given nicknames then — often crude ones, like 'Dummy' for players who were deaf and mute — and can probably guess Olaf's. Inevitably it was 'Swede'.