In the 1880s,when the the team was known as the Chicago White Stockings and their roster was peppered with young players, observers called them “Anson’s Colts”, after veteran manager Cap Anson. The name gradually morphed into Orphans (after Anson bolted) and then became the Cubs in the early years of the 20th century.
Why are they called the Chicago Cubs?
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.