From SABR member Paul Lukas at ESPN.com on January 15, 2014:
Last week, in honor of the NBA’s first all-nickname game, we took a look at the history of nicknames on sports jerseys. Response to that piece was extremely enthusiastic, so this time around we’re going to examine some other unusual jersey name formats.
Remember, as we discussed last week, people who obsess over the uni-verse refer to a name on a jersey as an “NOB” — short for “name on back.” So the other name formats all have abbreviations that are variations on the “NOB” theme. Here we go, one at a time:
FIOB: Short for first initial on back. Typically used when there are two same-surnamed players on the same roster. You’ve probably seen this a million times, but here are some interesting variations and footnotes.
Read the full article here: http://espn.go.com/espn/story/_/id/10293301/uni-watch-name-variations-worth-turning-second-look
Originally published: January 15, 2014. Last Updated: January 15, 2014.