Why are they called the Baltimore Orioles?

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Baltimore has used the Orioles nickname for more than a hundred years, dating back to the 19th century when their entry in the National League was the best and most innovative team in baseball. They were called the Orioles after the state bird of Maryland.

The Orioles are the descendants of the St. Louis Browns, who moved to Baltimore in 1954.

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Dan Holmes

Dan Holmes

Dan Holmes is the author of three books about baseball, including Ty Cobb: A Biography. He previously worked for the National Baseball Hall of Fame, and Major League Baseball Advanced Media. He lives in Michigan where he writes, runs, and enjoys a good orange soda now and again.
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