Back in the 1990's, Harry Colon was a starting safety for the Detroit Lions. Although his career turned out to be short-lived, Colon was one of the most underrated defensive backs -- and one of the toughest guys -- in the NFL during his day. But I always thought that Harry Colon had the most unfortunate name in sports. Little did I know that guys named Pete LaCock, Dick Pole and Dick Trickle had preceded him (well, I did actually know that Pole had been the Cubs' pitching coach at one point, but I didn't realize that he'd actually been a Major League player).
Sometimes ignorance is bliss, I guess.
And just in case you're similarly under-informed with regard to your knowledge of athletes who have made it big, despite possessing unfortunate names, Top Ten Chicago Sports enlightens us with the "Top Ten Names In Sports You Might Not Want to Have."
Thanks to a reader comment left by "Buckeye Tom," I hereby declare that, in being excluded from the list, Red Cox was given the shaft.