While baseball has had numerous variations upon the game’s inception, the game we know now became established in the United States in the mid-1850’s, a time at which the game was referred to as the “national pastime”. The National League was founded in 1876 and in 1887 softball was invented. Called “indoor baseball”, softball was an indoor version of the game. With all modern rules of the game established by 1901, the game continued to increase in popularity. For fans of the game, there may be nothing that you enjoy more than watching nine innings of your favorite team or playing in a game yourself. As it is likely that your new friend will be enjoying these games by your side, a baseball themed name can be a perfect moniker for your pup.
Baseball Inspired Dog Names in Pop Culture
A baseball dog that is well-known in pop culture is “The Beast”, who played a part in the 1993 film The Sandlot, directed by David M. Evans. The film features the story of a group of kids playing baseball in California’s San Fernando Valley during the summer of 1962. Scotty Smalls, the new kid in the neighborhood, is looking to make friends. He is invited to play on the sandlot baseball team, only he does not know how to play. When he cannot catch a fly ball and all but the team’s leader (Benny) laugh at him, Scotty runs from the field. Scotty’s stepfather and Benny work with him and he eventually becomes a part of the team and begins making friends.
Behind the sandlot is the backyard of Mr. Mertle; living in the backyard is The Beast, who is an English Mastiff that Mr. Mertle got as a puppy when he was experiencing theft at his junkyard. The Beast is a neighborhood legend, apparently killing and eating anyone who tried to steal from Mr. Mertle’s junkyard. Baseballs that fly over the fence disappear forever. When Scotty takes his stepfather’s baseball for the team to play with, he does not realize that it was special; thus when it goes into Mr. Mertle’s backyard, he has to get it back. This leads to an encounter with The Beast, named Hercules, a friendship with the dog and Mr. Mertle, and the discovery of all of the lost baseballs. Over the next few years, The Beast becomes the team’s mascot.
Another baseball dog is Buddy, or Air Bud, from the movie Air Bud: Seventh Inning Fetch, made in 2002 for video. Buddy, who has previously demonstrated excellent abilities in other sports (basketball, football and soccer) in the first three Air Bud movies, shows he has great baseball skill as well. In addition to honing his baseball ability, Buddy has to deal with the kidnapping of his puppies, who researchers had dognapped with the help of a raccoon named Rocky, in order to research whether they had a gene that made them good at sports. Buddy has to find his puppies while making it to the major leagues. Interestingly, the role of Buddy was played by three different dogs in the film.
Baseball Inspired Dog Name Considerations
While you consider what is the right name for your new pooch, a baseball inspired name may be just what you are searching for. If you have brought home a Golden Retriever, for example, he may remind you of Buddy from Air Bud, while an English Mastiff may bring to mind Hercules, also known as “the Beast”.
If you are a fan of sports, particularly of baseball, giving your pup a baseball inspired name can be ideal. You may have a favorite player whose name you want to pass on to your dog, or you might want to be reminded of your favorite team by giving your new friend the team’s name or the name of the stadium where they play. Every time you call your dog, you will be reminded of the excitement that you feel as your team takes the field each season. It can also be fun to name your dog after a play or call that occurs in the game.
No matter your reason for choosing a baseball inspired name for your dog, you should have no trouble finding possibilities that are a fit for your new pal. Once a name is chosen you will enjoy the regular reminders simply calling your dog’s name will bring of your favorite sport.
Community Dogs with Baseball Inspired Names
We are the biggest cubs fans CubbyBear
ACE refers to the Best pitcher on a baseball team
Our whole family plays and love baseball. Both my boys play since they where 4. We have had a total of three bull dogs and have named them all after Baseball. Our oldest bulldog was “STRIKE” he had three balls down the side of his body. Our second was “coach”. He was big and had the boss attitude. And our baby is “Slugger”. These where all amazing ... and everyone loved the fact that we are a true Baseball fam. Now we have aquired our first Chihuahua and are debating on calling her “Diamond” to continue our tradition :)
We are a baseball family and wanted a great baseball name.
Life long Chicago Cubs fan. Husband is a life long Chicago White Sox fan. I was able to sneak in the name Ivy after the ivy that grows in Wrigley field without him realizing it was after the Cubs!!! Shhhhh.....don't tell him! It's another win for me!!!
My husband and I are are huge baseball fans, specifically Yankees fans but Chicago is my favorite city and every time I have visited, I’ve gone to a Cubbies game...hence the name Wrigley. We have a cat named Jeter and a cat named Baby Ruth aka Ruthie❤️
he was named that after gizmo the grimlen. he is a shih Tzu York mix are hole family loves him
He is named after Ozzie Smith and Ozzie Albies