FAQ

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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,...

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Why are they called the Los Angeles Angels?

The Angels came into the American League in 1961 as an expansion team. For decades, the Los Angeles...

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Why are they called the San Francisco Giants?

Like the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Giants are a transplanted team from New York. The Giants name goes...

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Why are they called the San Diego Padres?

The longtime Pacific Coast League entry from San Diego was called the Padres, so in 1969 the National...

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Why are they called the Los Angeles Dodgers?

The nickname "Dodgers" goes back to the days when the team was in Brooklyn. The Brooklyn club was...

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Why are they called the New York Yankees?

The New York Press lasted as a newspaper for less than 30 years, but it contributed quite a bit...

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What is the Mendoza Line?

The 1979 season was the only time a manager decided to write Mario Mendoza's name regularly into his...

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A not-so-short history of baseball team nicknames

Why are Boston's Sox red and Chicago's white? Who is it that the Dodgers dodge and why do...