John Wayne Gacy. Lee Harvey Oswald. The middle name is thrown in as a "let's make sure we don't mix up just who this is, cause this is a baaaaad dude." But it can go the other way as well.
Sometimes it's worth throwing in a middle name just to figure out who the heck we're talking about. Heck, the Pirates managed to have two different Jeff Robinson's pitch in the Steel City within a few years of each other.
And then there's Dave Johnson.
But Dave Wayne is here for his 5 games as a Pirate in 1987, a stretch that was virtually impossible to find photographic evidence of. But Dave Wayne hung around the Pirates AAA affiliate, the awesomely named Buffalo Bison, for a few seasons. And while the photos confirm it was indeed not the same Dave Johnson who had managed the Mets to the World Series a year earlier, the card was a cool addition to my collection.
And luckily for Dave Wayne Johnson, there are probably only a handful of diehard Pirates and Orioles and his dear mother who think of him as Dave Wayne. He's managed to escape enough infamy to truly justify the middle name.