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Why are they called the Cleveland Guardians?

The team's name references the Guardians of Traffic, eight monolithic 1932 Art Deco sculptures by Henry Hering on...

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Why baseball calls it a “bullpen”

This week PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) asked Major League Baseball to stop using the...

Members of the Cleveland Indians, Gene Bearden, Jim Hegan, and Bob Lemon celebrate the 1948 World Series title.
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When did the Cleveland Indians last win the World Series?

The last time the Cleveland Indians won the World Series was in 1948, when they defeated the Boston...

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Who is the only player to hit two home runs in the same inning twice?

Hitting two home runs in a game is not easy. But imagine hitting two home runs in a...

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Who has thrown the most no-hitters?

The most no-hitters in a career is seven by Nolan Ryan, who is a member of the Baseball...

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Why are they called the Colorado Rockies?

Team officials picked the name “Rockies” over “Bears,” which had the support of the Denver newspaper and many...

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Why are they called the Arizona Diamondbacks?

Fans chose Diamondbacks in a contest from among Coyotes, Phoenix, Rattlers, and Scorpions. A diamondback is a snake,...

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Why are they called the St. Louis Cardinals?

Sportswriter William McHale started using the “Cardinals” name when covering the game for area newspapers in the late...

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Why are they called the Pittsburgh Pirates?

Once upon a time in the 1880s, there was a baseball league called the Players’ League. It was a...

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Why are they called the Milwaukee Brewers?

Milwaukee earned the nickname “Suds City” because they are home to several of the nation’s most successful breweries....

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Why are they called the Houston Astros?

Originally known as the Colt .45s, that nickname was never appreciated by the Colt Firearm Company (who manufactured...

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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...

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Why are they called the Chicago Cubs?

In the 1880s,when the the team was known as the Chicago White Stockings and their roster was peppered...

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Why are they called the Washington Nationals?

The Nationals name comes from the fact that the team is located in the nation's capital, in Washington...

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Why are they called the Philadelphia Phillies?

Since 1890, the team has continuously been known officially as the “Phillies” (simply a shortening of Philadelphia or...

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Why are they called the New York Mets?

When the franchise entered the National League for the 1962 season, team owners asked fans to select from...

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Why are they called the Miami Marlins?

The marlin is obviously a salt water fish that is found in the waters off the coast of...

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Why are they called the Atlanta Braves?

Late in 1911, when he became owner of the Boston Braves, James Gaffney, a construction magnate who was...

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Why are they called the Toronto Blue Jays?

“The blue jay is a North American bird, bright blue in color, with white undercovering and a black...

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Why are they called the Tampa Bay Rays?

When team officials selected Devil Rays as their nickname when Tampa Bay was first announced as an expansion...

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Why are they called the Boston Red Sox?

In 1907, Boston team owner John Taylor decided to give his team a makeover. Prior to that, the...

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Why are they called the Baltimore Orioles?

Baltimore has used the Orioles nickname for more than a hundred years, dating back to the 19th century...

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Why are they called the Minnesota Twins?

Minneapolis and St. Paul are known as "Twin Cities," separated by a narrow river. Since the team plays...

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Why are they called the Kansas City Royals?

The name “Royals” was selected from over 15,000 entries in a name-the-team contest. The name “Royals” is meant...

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Why are they called the Detroit Tigers?

According to one source, the Detroit Tigers earned their nickname from their orange striped socks. However, when they...

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Why are they called the Cleveland Indians?

The team was officially dubbed the Indians in 1915, but the reason is in dispute. Some sources say...

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Why are they called the Chicago White Sox?

For decades in the 19th century, the only major league team in Chicago was the Chicago White Stockings...

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Why are they called the Texas Rangers?

The Texas Rangers baseball club is named for the legendary Texas Ranger law enforcement agency, which traces their...

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Why are they called the Seattle Mariners?

When the American League decided to expand by two teams in 1977, the Seattle market was offered a...

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Why are they called the Oakland Athletics? Or Oakland A’s?

One of the oldest nicknames in pro sports, the Athletics name goes back to the Philadelphia Athletic Club,...