Sports Biz with Darren Rovell

Man Who Submitted Winning Hush Puppies Name Surfaces


Out of the more than 9,000 names we received as the wild card entryfor the new Richmond minor league baseball team, only one person had our winner, the Richmond Hush Puppies.

Twenty four hours after we announced our name, which will be one of six considered for team, we received a phone call from Jeff Dunn.

Dunn, a neurologist who did his medical training in the Hampton Roads area, knows the state of Virginia well, even though he currently resides in California and teaches at Stanford University.

Dunn, who is a consulting neurologist for the San Francisco 49ers, the Seattle Seahawks and the Seattle Mariners, said he’s a big minor league baseball fan.

“Five minutes after I proposed to my wife, we were at a Tidewater Tides game against the Toledo Mud Hens,” Dunn said.

Dunn frequently brings his family to the San Jose Giants, the Single-A affiliate of the Giants.

“Our team name is the Giants and we have a mascot that looks like it is a giant that’s suffering from acromegaly,” Dunn said.

The reason Dunn picked the Hush Puppies?

“When my wife and I were in Virginia, it was busy and it was tough to get away to have a meal out together,” Dunn said. “But when we did, we’d have hush puppies. It’s a part of southeastern Virginia cuisine and it was part of our togetherness. And that’s what minor league baseball is about. It’s about bringing people in the community together.”

If the team picks Hush Puppies as the final name, Dunn says he’ll fly his family in to see a game and they’ll all scream, “Go Pupps!”

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