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Main Event: Famous Barons

If Oklahoma City's new AHL team is called the Barons, the nickname will be a relation to its NHL affiliate, the Edmonton Oilers. Famous oil barons include the real — Jean Paul Getty, John D. Rockefeller, Oklahoma's own Boone Pickens — to the fictional such as Jed Clampett and J.R. Ewing.

Here are some other famous barons who have little to do with the oil industry:

The Red Baron

Manfred von Richthofen was a German fighter pilot who was officially credited with 80 air combat victories during World War I. He was a member of an aristocratic family and flew a red triplane for some of those victories, earning his nickname.

The nickname has stuck in the popular culture with references in the Peanuts comic strip as Snoopy dreams of being a WWI flying ace, piloting with doghouse Sopwith Camel against the Red Baron.

It's also the name of a frozen pizza using an image unlike Richthofen and been used as a nickname for Formula One driver Michael Schumacher and baseball player Rick Sutcliffe.

Baron Davis

An 11-year veteran in the NBA, Davis averaged 15.3 points this season for the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Black Baron

A German tank commander during World War II, Michael Wittmann was credited with the destruction of 138 tanks and 132 anti-tank guns.

Robber barons

A term for U.S. businessmen and bankers of the 19th and early 20th century that built up massive personal fortunes by using anti-competitive and/or unfair business practices.

Some well-known businessmen who were considered robber barons include John Jacob Astor, Andrew Carnegie, J.P. Morgan and John D. Rockefeller.

Sacha Baron Cohen

A British actor known for playing the roles of mercurial characters Ali G, Borat and Bruno. Baron Cohen also appeared in Talladega Nights, Sweeny Todd and Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Michael Jordan

After Michael Jordan retired from basketball for the first time in 1993, he soon signed a minor league contract with the Chicago White Sox.

He was eventually assigned to the White Sox Double-A affiliate, the Birmingham Barons.

BY RYAN ABER

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