Athletes that took flight or at least they tried to

Posted by Andy Durham on February 16, 2015 at 10:57 pm under College, High School, Professional | 3 Comments to Read

Here’s a list that I was building today of athletes with a “bird-type” name of some sort and some were able to fly and others just tried…We hope to add some more names to this list and you may have some others to go with these and here is what we have for now…

Otis Birdsong(University of Houston basketball/Kansas City Kings NBA)
Larry Bird(Indiana State University and Boston Celtics)
Kevin Duckworth(Portland Trailblazers)…Deceased
Jim “Goose” Ligon(ABA 7 years)….Deceased
Mark “The Bird” Fidrych(Detroit Tigers)…Deceased
Ian Eagle(CBS sports announcer)…Nicknamed “The Bird”
Frank Starling(former Page High School assistant football coach)
Charles “Hawkeye” Whitney(N.C. State basketball, once kidnapped Hillary Clinton’s attorney and served time in prison for it..
Brian Cardinal(Purdue basketball and played for several teams in the NBA)
Lloyd “Sonny” Dove(played college basketball at St. John’s and with ABA New York Nets, plus Detroit Pistons/NBA)…Deceased
Sidd Finch(fictional April Fool’s Day Joke pitcher in Sports Illustrated on April 1, 1985)
Rory Sparrow(NBA New Jersey Nets)
James Sparrow(N.C. A&T basketball)
James “The Fly” Williams(Austin Peay basketball and ABA’s Spirit of St. Louis)
Chris “The Birdman” Andersen(Miami Heat)
Frank Wren(Atlanta Braves former GM)
Rich “Goose” Gossage(Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher)
Goose Tatum(Harlem Globetrotters)
Tony Hawk(Skateboarder)
Frank Quayle(former quarterback at the University of Virginia)…Quail…
Dennis Byrd(former N.C. State defensive lineman)

We are adding to our list with the additions from our readers:
Lynn Swann (Pittsburg Steelers)
Eric Swann (Arizona Cardinals via Western Harnett HS)
Jennie Finch (USA Softball)

Lon Warneke (MLB in the 1930’s)
“The Arkansas Hummingbird”


  • Birds... said,

    Lynn Swann (Pittsburg Steelers)
    Eric Swann (Arizona Cardinals via Western Harnett HS)
    Jennie Finch (USA Softball)

  • Andy Durham said,

    One of my favorites in there is Sonny Dove and I wish we could get somebody like Eddy Raven in the there…

    Most all of these are coming in by memory and if have some, leave them in here…

  • More Birds said,

    Here is another cool one I found.

    Lon Warneke (MLB in the 1930’s)
    “The Arkansas Hummingbird”