Great Baseball Nicknames- ‘ The Barber’- Sal Maglie. Sal Maglie had an interesting career. After breaking into the major leagues in 1945 with the NY Giants- he jumped to the Mexican League and ended up being suspended from MLB- until 1950 when at the age of 33 he returned to the NY Giants and lead the league with a 2.71 ERA with a record of 18-4. From 1950-52 he won 59 games and lost 18. He ended up playing for five teams in his ten year career but is remembered most for his years with the Giants- and for the unflattering portrait of Maglie’s year as a pitching coach with the Seattle Pilots in Jim Bouton’s ‘Ball Four.’
Sal always looked like he hadn’t shaved in a few days- but was given the nickname “The Barber” because as a pitcher he was known for pitching inside to hitters- giving them a close shave. In an era when pitchers were known to pitch inside on hitters- Maglie was one of the pitchers most famous for owning the inside part of the plate. Hitters did not dig in and get comfortable with Maglie on the mound.