Why are they called the Cincinnati Reds?

The Cincinnati baseball club, which traces their origins to the days of the Civil War, was known as the Red Stockings because they wore red stockings.

Over the years they’ve been called the Redlegs and Reds, the name which has stuck. Bowing to pressure, during the communist scare of the 1950s, the team officially changed the name back to the Redlegs for a short time to be politically correct.

Dan Holmes

Dan Holmes

Dan Holmes is the author of three books about baseball, including Ty Cobb: A Biography. He formerly 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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