A Headhunter With Many Meanings

What is a headhunter? Well, it can be any one of three things, a pitcher in baseball, a savage, or an executive recruiter. But when you get because of it what does the word headhunter really mean?

Definition of a Headhunter

There are three main descriptions of a headhunter:

(1) a pitcher in baseball who intentionally tries to harm an opponent
(2) a member of any tribe or race of savages who have the custom recruitment agencies of decapitating human beings and protecting their heads as trophies
(3) a person whoever profession is to find professionals to fill open positions in firms

The Baseball Headhunter

In baseball, a beanball is a pitch which is intentionally thrown at a batter’s head. Pitchers who are know to throw beanballs are know as Headhunters. A headhunter who throws a beanball rarely uses it as a strategic throw, most of the time it is thrown in frustration and frustration. However batters who are facing known headhunters may alter their approach to hitting the ball in interest of self protection. In the history of major little league baseball there’s been only one player who has died after being hit by a headhunter, Indians shortstop Ray Chapman, who was hit by a beanball on May 16, 1920 and died twelve hours later.

The Tribal Headhunter

Headhunting has been practiced all throughout history in virtually every corner of the world. In fact headhunters had thrived in the Balkan region until eventually the early the twentieth century. Headhunter tribes usually believed in the existence of soul matter, which could be captured and added to the stock of soul matter from the tribe. The soul matter could then be taken in rituals to contribute to anything from the fertility of the population, to livestock and even crops. Taking the pinnacle of an adversary was also asked weaken the ability of these adversary. Headhunters would keep the heads as trophies as tokens of daring and male member. In many organizations, young headhunters are not able to get married to until they have taken their first head.

inch… there came strongly to my mind memories of the head-hunters–those grim, flinty, unyielding little men, never seen, but relaxing the warmest noonday by the subtle panic of their concealed presence… inch The Head-Hunter, by I. Henry (1862-1910)

The corporate Headhunter

A headhunter is another name for an executive recruiter who usually operates as a third-party, whereas a recruiter who works in-house is known as Recruiting. The first individual who described their profession as a ‘headhunter’ would have probably been using the term jokingly, well aware that their audience knew the normal (tribal) meaning of headhunting. However the headhunter name caught on due largely to the efforts of the people engaged in headhunting. Headhunters quite literally “pirate” the heads and key people of a corporation, leaving that corporation without their command, and core people — subsequently loping off the heads of the organization.

Other Famous Headhunters

The Headhunters is a professional fumbling tag team that consists of twin inlaws Manuel and Victor Santiago

US 9th Cavalry Program is nicknamed the Headhunters, because it was estimated to have been responsible for 50% of the adversary eliminates during the Vietnam War

The Headhunters are a popular jazz-funk blend band, most commonly known for their pictures they recorded with jazz keyboard player Herbie Hancock during the 1970s

US 80th Mma star Squadron was nicknamed the Headhunters after the local New Guinean Headhunter tribes who disliked the japanese and helped to rescue downed pilots.