The Story Behind Drungo

Here’s another story about choosing a baby name, courtesy of Name of the Year.

One of this year’s NOTY contestants is baseball player Drungo Hazewood, who was born in Mobile, Alabama, in 1959. New York Times writer Dan Barry mentions the story behind Drungo’s name in his book Bottom of the 33rd:

His mother, Catherine, was a housewife who gave her life to raising ten children and helping to rear who knows how many grandchildren. With her ninth about to be born, Catherine announced a dare: Whoever wins a foot race to the hospital gets to name the baby. Her son Aubrey won the challenge, and he had a good friend whose last name was Drungo. So Drungo Hazewood it was.

I wonder how she named the tenth.


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