Great Baseball Nicknames- ‘No-Neck’- Walt Williams. I can never remember outfielder Walt ‘No-Neck’ Williams being called simply by his name Walt Williams- it was always Walt ‘No-Neck’ Williams as if ‘No Neck’ was part of his name. Walt Williams did look like he had no neck- here is the story from wikipedia-
Williams was nicknamed No-Neck due to his relatively short stature (5 feet 6 inches) combined with a muscular, compact torso and a short neck. His odd physical appearance was the result of a typhus injection he received as a baby. After his hometown was hit by a flood, the government gave typhus injections to prevent the spread of the disease. Williams was so muscular even as a baby that they couldn’t reach a vein except in the back of his neck. He developed a crick in his neck, which then stiffened and shrank.
Walt ‘No-Neck’ Williams was a major league outfielder for four teams -most notably the Chicago White Sox from 1964-75. He was a career .270 hitter.