Am I really doing something as obvious as trotting out a Turkey Mike Donlin item because it's Thanksgiving? Yes, I am. Old-time ballplayers don't get any more interesting than Donlin, as this SABR bio by Michael Betzold attests. As to how he got his holiday-relevant nickname, Betzold writes:
"Because of his strutting walk and red neck, he was dubbed "Turkey"--a nickname that he hated, but he had such a following that kids imitated his strut. With his cap at a belligerent angle over one ear, a scar running down his left cheek from a knifing, and an ever-present plug of tobacco in his jaw, he looked the part of a rough, tough deadballer."