Baseball Crank
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October 29, 2003
BASEBALL/POP CULTURE: Deacon Phillippe

I see that Reese Witherspoon had a baby boy, and named him "Deacon." Now, given that her husband is actor Ryan Phillippe, this would make the boy Deacon Phillippe. Well, since Deacon isn't exactly a common first name these days, that set me a-thinkin': is he named after the six-time twenty-game winner (born Charles Louis Phillippi) who pitched for Honus Wagner's Pirates in the early part of the century, won 3 games in the inaugural World Series, never had a losing season and finished his career with an admirable 189-109 record and a 2.59 ERA despite not arriving in the major leagues until age 27? Is Ryan Phillippe a relative (the original Deacon died in 1952), or perhaps a baseball fanatic? Or was there some other origin to the original Deacon's nickname (a literary reference I'm missing here?) that the new baby shares in common?

Posted by Baseball Crank at 07:03 PM | Baseball 2002-03 • | Pop Culture | Comments (5) | TrackBack (0)
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I'm pretty sure Deacon was the name of Ted's little brother in "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure".

Posted by: Brian Harper at October 30, 2003 07:56 AM

Yes, he was named for Deacon Phillippe, the Pirates pitcher.

Posted by: Carissa at November 14, 2003 01:58 PM

Yes, he was named for Deacon Phillippe, the Pirates pitcher. (at least according to the 11/17/03 issue of InTouch magazine)

Posted by: Carissa at November 14, 2003 01:58 PM

I live in Wytheville Va..15 minutes from Rural Retreat VA where Charles Phillippe was born...My madien name is Phillippi We named our son Deacon Phillippi Beamer after Deacon Phillippe

Posted by: stacy Beamer at November 20, 2003 10:27 AM

I am Ryan Phillippe's Uncle and Ryan & Reese's 7-month old son is named after my 4th cousin...Deacon Phillippe so the name lives on.

Posted by: Dale Phillippe at June 8, 2004 10:35 AM
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