A cold lineup

Eric Snow
Eric Snow
Posted: February 11, 2010

THOUGHT WE'D try something different while another Himalayan snowstorm blankets the region: players, former and current, with winter-related names.

Easy ones are former Sixer Eric Snow, ex-Flyers goalie Garth Snow, longtime Rams receiver Jack Snow and his boy J.T. Snow, who spent 16 years in the big leagues - mostly with the Angels and Giants. But the list has to include Colts long snapper Justin Snow, who finally got to a Super Bowl last weekend after 10 seasons. Linebacker Percy Snow, Eric's big brother, spent 3 years in the NFL: He was a Chiefs first-round bust out of Michigan State in 1990.

Pitcher Dave Frost had a mediocre 6-year career in the big leagues, except for that 1979 season when he went 16-10 with the Angels and helped them to the postseason.

Lots of guys named Winter or Winters in the major sports, but center Frank Winters played 16 seasons in the NFL, mostly with the Packers, so he tops our list. We'll give defensive lineman Blaise Winter a spot because he lasted nine NFL seasons in the 1980s and '90s - and because his name is an oxymoron.

Hockey, ironically, appears to have the fewest number of cold-weather names. Aside from Garth Snow, we could only come up with Harry Frost, who played four games with the Bruins in 1938-39, and left wing Jim Storm (yeah, it's a stretch), who played three seasons in the 1990s for Hartford and Dallas. And for his 12 seasons in the NHL and perfect pronunciation, Jeff Friesen makes the list, even though the spelling is off (thanks to colleague Ed Barkowitz for that one).

No one except members of his family will remember pitcher Jake Freeze, who appeared in two games for the White Sox in 1925. But any guy named Freeze makes the list. Know who else? Tim Raines. Not for his wishful-thinking last name, but for his nickname: Rock, as in rock salt (ugh). OK, if we're doing nicknames, we have to include Storm Davis and George "Iceman" Gervin.

One more from the college ranks: Drexel guard Gerald Colds. For so many reasons.

- Joe Berkery

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