MLB team name origins Vol 2.
Okay, you’ve read Volume 1 and are dying to know about the rest of the teams in the league and their name history right?! Well, if you are, then here is a list of the next six additions to the National League, all of which are still in existence. Volume 3 will be in the works soon! So without further adieu…
San Francisco Giants– 1883 welcomed the New York Gothams, they became the first lasting professional baseball franchise based in New York. In 1888 and 1889 they won an early version of the World Series against the A.A. before they had merged with the N.L. Soon after this their manager started referring to the Gothams as his Giants and before too long that is what they began to go by. As the New York Giants they won the World Series in 1905, 1921, 1922, 1933, and 1954. They moved to San Francisco for the 1958 season and won a World Series there in 2010.
Little know fact, the New York Mets later used the same logo that the New York Giants used during 1948-57.
Philadelphia Phillies-The Phillies entered the N.L. in 1883 as the Philadelphia Phillies. Dating all the way back to 1883,the Phillies have the longest history of one name and one city affiliation of any American professional sports team.
Little known fact- Unlike most other teams, the Phillies have never had a name change… EVER!
Pittsburgh Pirates– In 1887 the Pittsburgh Alleghenys joined the N.L. They were the first A.A. team to join the N.L. from the A.A. Oddly enough the name Alleghenys comes from the Pennsylvania city Allegheny city! It was eventually annexed into Pittsburgh in 1907 though. They renamed themselves the Pirates in 1891 although it wasn’t on uniforms until 1912. In a strange twist of events, the United States board on Geographic names forced the city of Pittsburgh to remove the H at the end of its spelling so the Pirates became the Pittsburg Pirates from the time they changed the name to the Pirates until 1912! They won their first World Series as the Pittsburg Pirates in 1909. They also won the World Series in 1925, 1960, 1971 and 1979… They are the only team to ever win the World Series on a game 7 walkoff homerun.
Little known fact, the Pirates didn’t play a game in Pittsburgh until 1908, 25 years after they originally got into the league!
Cincinnati Reds– The Cincinnati Reds joined the N.L. in 1890 as the Cincinnati Reds, surprise! They, like the Pittsburgh Alleghenys came from the A.A. When they were a part of the A.A. they were called the Red Stockings but when they became a part of the N.L. they shortened it to the Reds. The first World Series they won was the infamous 1919 series. They also won the World Series in 1940, 1975, 1976 and 1990.
A little known fact is that from 1953 through 1958 the Reds changed their name to the Redlegs for fear of being associated with Communists!
Los Angeles Dodgers– In 1890 the Brooklyn Base Ball Club entered the N.L. They unofficially went by the names Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers, Dodgers, Grays, Grooms, Bridegrooms, Superbas and the Robinswhich. Up until 1932 not one of these names was used in an official capacity, their official name however was the Brooklyn Base Ball Club. In fact the name Dodgers didn’t actually appear on a Brooklyn uniform until 1932. They won their lone World Series in Brooklyn in 1955. In 1958 the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles where they won the World Series in 1959, 1963, 1965, 1981 and 1988.
Little known fact, The Brooklyn Bridegrooms of the A.A. won the A.A. title in 1889 and then went to the N.L. in 1890 and subsequently won the N.L. title the following season, still the only team to win titles in both leagues in consecutive years!
St. Louis Cardinals– In 1892 the first team from the Central United States joined the N.L., the St. Louis Brown Stockings or just Browns. They were another team that originated in the A.A. In 1899 they changed their name to the St. Louis Perfectos and the following season changed it to the Cardinals. They have won the World Series 11 times. They won it the following years: 1926, 31, 34, 42, 44, 46, 64, 67, 82, 2006, 2011…
Little known fact- In 1920, Cardinals GM Branch Rickey pioneered the original minor league farm system that is immeasurable to every MLB team now.
Volume 3… Coming soon.