The Most Unbelievable Athlete Names in Sports History

Coco Crisp of the Cleveland Indians paces in the dugout after striking out against the Chicago White Sox

Coco Crisp of the Cleveland Indians definitely qualifies as having one of the most unique athlete names in baseball. | Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Athletes, especially in the Olympics or in professional leagues in North America, come from all around the world to compete in their sports. That can sometimes create for interesting or unfamiliar names for the average sports fan, but often these are just ethnic or religious names that are normal in the player’s culture. Sometimes, players just have strange or funny names that will cause a double-take when reading about them. It’s not like athletes are exempt from being slightly bizarre. Here are the 40 most unique athlete names of all time.

40. Metta World Peace

Basketball player Metta World Peace defending the ball from an opposing team member

Metta World Peace AKA Ron Artest | Getty Images

39. Dick Pole

Dick Pole of the Chicago Cubs posing for a promotional photo

Dick Pole of the Chicago Cubs | Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images

38. Rusty Kuntz

Coach Rusty Kuntz of the Kansas City Royals

Coach Rusty Kuntz of the Kansas City Royals | Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

37. Chad Ochocinco

Chad Johnson of the Cincinnati Bengals

Chad Johnson of the Cincinnati Bengals | Stringer/Getty Images

36. Pete LaCock

Pete LaCock posing for a picture

Ralph Pierre “Pete” LaCock, Jr. | Flickr/Sergei ~ 5of7

35. D’Brickashaw Ferguson

D'Brickashaw Ferguson of the New York Jets gestures to fans from the field

D’Brickashaw Ferguson of the New York Jets | Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

34. DeWanna Bonner

DeWanna Bonner of the Phoenix Mercury

DeWanna Bonner of the Phoenix Mercury | Christian Petersen/Getty Images

33. Milton Bradley

Milton Bradley of the Seattle Mariners smiles as he leaves the field

Milton Bradley of the Seattle Mariners smiles as he leaves the field | Harry How/Getty Images

32. World B. Free

World B. Free of the Houston Rockets looks to shoot during a game

World B. Free of the Houston Rockets looks to shoot during a game | Rick Stewart/Getty Images

31. Bo Hart

Second baseman Bo Hart of the St. Louis Cardinals

Second baseman Bo Hart of the St. Louis Cardinals | Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

30. Dickey Simpkins

Dickey Simpkins of the Chicago Bulls

Dickey Simpkins of the Chicago Bulls | Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

29. Dean Windass

Dean Windass battles for control of the ball

Dean Windass battles for control of the ball | Pal Pillai/Getty Images

28. John David Booty

John David Booty of the Minnesota Vikings

John David Booty of the Minnesota Vikings | NFL Photos/Getty Images

27. Richie Incognito

Richie Incognito takes a knee on the field

Richie Incognito has a funny name and is also a well-known bully | Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images

26. Stubby Clapp

Stubby Clapp of the St.Louis Cardinals gets up to throw the ball

Stubby Clapp of the St.Louis Cardinals | Eliot Schechter/Getty Images

25. Ricky Von Wolfswinkel

Paris Saint-Germain's Italian goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu (R) vies with Saint-Etienne's Ricky von Wolfswinkel

Paris Saint-Germain’s Italian goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu (R) vies with Saint-Etienne’s Ricky von Wolfswinkel | FRANCK FIFE/Getty Images

24. Fat Lever

Lafayette 'Fat' Lever, Denver Nuggets alum, is honored during half time against the Los Angeles Lakers

Lafayette ‘Fat’ Lever, Denver Nuggets alum, is honored during half time against the Los Angeles Lakers | Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

23. Coco Crisp

Coco Crisp of the Cleveland Indians paces in the dugout

Coco Crisp of the Cleveland Indians paces in the dugout | Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

22. Harry Colon

Running back Harry Colon of the Jacksonville Jaguars

Running back Harry Colon of the Jacksonville Jaguars | Scott Halleran/Getty Images

21. Frank Brickowski

Dallas Maverick Loren Meyer (R) tries to knock the ball away from Seattle Supersonic Frank Brickowski

Dallas Maverick Loren Meyer (R) tries to knock the ball away from Seattle Supersonic Frank Brickowski | DAN LEVINE/Getty Images

20. Urban Shocker

Former MLB pitcher Urban Shocker watches from the dugout

Former MLB pitcher Urban Shocker | Library of Congress/ Bain Collection

19. Chris Weinke

Chris Weinke of the San Francisco 49ers looks to pass the ball

Chris Weinke of the San Francisco 49ers | Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

18. Jim Bob Cooter

Jim Bob Cooter of the Indianapolis Colts

Jim Bob Cooter of the Indianapolis Colts | Handout/Getty Images

17. O.J. Mayo

O.J. Mayo of the Milwaukee Bucks

O.J. Mayo of the Milwaukee Bucks | Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

16. Grant Balfour

Grant Balfour of the Tampa Bay Rays laughs during a game

Grant Balfour of the Tampa Bay Rays | Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images

15. Al Alburquerque

Al Alburquerque of the Los Angeles Angels winds up to throw the ball

Al Alburquerque of the Los Angeles Angels | Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

14. David Fales

Quarterback David Fales of the Chicago Bears looks to pass the ball

Quarterback David Fales of the Chicago Bears | Rey Del Rio/Getty Images

13. Uwe Blab

Uwe Blab of the Dallas Mavericks

Uwe Blab of the Dallas Mavericks | Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

12. Boof Bonser

Boof Bonser of the Oakland Athletics pitches during a game

Boof Bonser of the Oakland Athletics | Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

11. Captain Munnerlyn

Captain Munnerlyn of the Minnesota Vikings

Captain Munnerlyn of the Minnesota Vikings | Jon Durr/Getty Images

10. Spud Webb

Point guard Anthony (Spud) Webb of the Atlanta Hawks takes the ball down the court

Point guard Anthony (Spud) Webb of the Atlanta Hawks | Tim DeFrisco/Getty Images

9. Charlie Furbush

Charlie Furbush of the Seattle Mariners pitches during a game

Charlie Furbush of the Seattle Mariners | Joe Scarnici/Getty Images

8. Pooh Richardson

Guard Jerome (Pooh) Richardson of the Minnesota Timberwolves dribbles the ball down the court

Guard Jerome (Pooh) Richardson of the Minnesota Timberwolves | Tim de Frisco/Getty Images

7. Royal Ivey

Royal Ivey (L) of the Oklahoma City Thunder

Royal Ivey (L) of the Oklahoma City Thunder | Harry How/Getty Images

6. Cannonball Titcomb

Portrait of former pitcher Cannonball Titcomb

Former pitcher Cannonball Titcomb | The A.G. Spalding Baseball Collection

5. Dick Butkus

Pro Football Hall of Famer Dick Butkus waves

Pro Football Hall of Famer Dick Butkus | Win McNamee/Getty Images

4. God Shammgod

Guard God Shammgod of the Providence Friars

Guard God Shammgod of the Providence Friars | Doug Pensinger /Getty Images

3. Popeye Jones

Assistant coach Popeye Jones of the Indiana Pacers

Assistant coach Popeye Jones of the Indiana Pacers | Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images

2. Ha ha Clinton-Dix

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix runs the ball during a game

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix has one of the great names in sports | Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

1. Dick Trickle

Dick Trickle (C) receives the Bobby Isaac Memorial Award from Humpy Wheeler (R)

Dick Trickle (C) receives the Bobby Isaac Memorial Award from Humpy Wheeler | Chris Trotman/Getty Images