Bobby Orr Keeps Streak Alive as Greatest 'Bob' Since Sliced Bread Want your son to grow up to be a legend? Name him Robert, shorten to Bob and call him Bobby.

The list of famous Bobs is longer than the time it will take BP to clean up the oil spill along the Gulf Coast.


Here’s a small sampling.


Robert De Niro


Robert Duvall


Robert Louis Stevenson


Robert Redford


Robert Downey Jr.


Robert Ritchie (Kid Rock)


Roberto Clemente


Bob Barker


Bob Eubanks


Bob Gibson


Bob Hope


Bob Newhart


Bob Saget


Bob Seger


Bob Uecker


Bob Lanier


Bob Costas


Bob Cousy


Bob Marley


Bob Wiley


Bob Vila


Bob Dole


Bob’s Big Boy


Billy Bob Thornton


Silent Bob


Bobby Kennedy


Bobby Layne


Bobby Thompson


Bobby Jones


Bobby Knight


Bobby McGee


Bobby Flay


Bobby Seale


Bobby Fischer


Ricky Bobby


It goes on and on. But the greatest Bobby of them all? When it comes to sports legends in Boston, it’s none other than Bobby Orr.


So next time you’re considering names for your newborn baby boy, keep it simple. Bob might not be the most creative name in the book. But if you want that boy to be the best in his field, a Hall of Famer who dates supermodels, revolutionizes sports, changes the world, entertains the masses, makes boatloads of money, becomes immortal or just goes down in history as one cool dude, it’s not a bad choice.