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The Rise of Hyphenated Last Names in Pro Sports

You may have the jersey of a favorite athlete hanging in their closet, but have you ever thought about the significance of the name on the back? Jan Diehm, a self-proclaimed sports enthusiast and writer for The Pudding, has. "The Rise of Hyphenated Last Names in Sports" uses data from various sports reference sites to track the frequency of hyphenated last names in several different leagues (including the WNBA, NBA, and NHL) from the 1950s through the 2010s. The findings are creatively cataloged in an interactive chart that allows readers to select a sports league (using the dropdown bar on the left-hand side) and decade (using the sliding bar on the right-hand side). From there, the chart lists all the applicable players' jersey names, highlighting hyphenated names in yellow. For example, a search for NBA jerseys in the 1980s reveals only 1 of the 628 players used a hyphenated last name (that player is the legendary Kareem Abdul-Jabbar). Nonetheless, "double-barrelled last names," are on the rise, and in the 2010s, 17 out of 782 NBA players chose hyphenated last names. In addition to colorful charts summarizing research findings, the piece shares some stories and illustrations (drawn by Arthur Mount). For example, Herb Mul-Key, the first NFL player to hyphenate his last name, did so because he was teased about his given "Mulkey," while football player BenJarvus Green-Ellis's hyphenation is an ode to his parents (combining their surnames).
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2020-06-05
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Posted By: bizimmekansohbet
Date Posted: 5/31 6:06pm
very blog thanks