Where did the baby name Tiant come from in 1975?

Baseball player Luis Tiant
Luis Tiant

In the mid-1970s, the curious name Tiant started popping up in the U.S. baby name data:

  • 1977: 6 baby boys named Tiant
  • 1976: 18 baby boys named Tiant
  • 1975: 18 baby boys named Tiant [debut]
  • 1974: unlisted
  • 1973: unlisted

The influence? Cuban-born baseball pitcher Luis Tiant (pronounced tee-ahnt), who played in the Major Leagues from 1964 until 1982. He also had a magnificent horseshoe moustache, as you can see.

For most of the ’70s he played for the Boston Red Sox. The year 1975 is notable because of his excellent postseason performance, including shutting out the Cincinnati Reds in Game 1 of the World Series, and also winning Game 4.

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