MLB team name origins Vol 3.
I’ve just got to say that this topic is really fascinating to me, when I first read what the New York Yankees were called it blew my mind! That’s coming soon enough though…
First off, if you missed the first two parts of this, go here…
All of the teams that we’ve went over so far were the only National League teams out there 1900 through 1952… In 1962 for the first time ever Major League Baseball added expansion teams. The two National league teams were the Houston Colt 45’s and the New York Mets. So obviously we will start with them!
Houston Astros– The Houston Colt 45’s were the first major league team to show up in the Lone Star state of Texas. They were called the Colt 45’s for their first three years and then they changed to the Astros when they moved into the Astrodome. They have been in the World Series once, in 2005. They have been in the National League for all of these years but beginning in the 2013 season they will be moving to the A.L. West division.
Little known fact about the Astros… The people who were trying to get a pro team in Houston, when turned down for a pro franchise, decided to start up a league to compete with the American and National league. They were going to call it the Continental League! MLB, wanting to protect other potential new markets for the future decided to expand each league from 8 teams to 10.
New York Mets– The Mets have always been called the Mets. New York was awarded the franchise to make up for the loss of the Giants and Dodgers a few years earlier. They have won the World Series twice, in 1969 and 1986.
Little known fact… The Mets played their first two years in the Polo Grounds, the home of New York Yankees from 1912-22 as well as the New York Giants from 1883-1957.
In 1969 the National League expanded again with the Montreal Expos and San Diego Padres.
Washington Nationals– In 1969, for the first time , major league baseball had a team outside of the United States… I know what you’re thinking, the Washington Nationals aren’t outside of the United States! But the Montreal Expos are. Just in case you forgot, the Nationals started out their journey in Montreal as the Expos. They were there from 1969 until they were moved to Washington to continue as the Nationals for the 2005 season. The Nationals have never made the World Series as either the Expos or Nationals.
Little known fact- In 1982, the MLB all-star game was played outside of the United States for the first time in Montreal.
San Diego Padres– In 1969, the Padres were the first National League team to originate in California. They’ve been called the Padres from their onset and have been to the World Series twice, in 1984 and in 1998.
Little known fact- Before the 1974 season the Padres were almost sold to an owner who was going to move the team to Washington D.C.
In 1993 MLB expanded for the first time since 1969 by adding two new teams to states that had no major league teams in their history, Colorado and Florida.
Colorado Rockies– In 1993 Colorado was given a major league franchise, they reside in Denver, the Colorado Rockies. They’ve been called the Rockies from their outset and have been to one World Series, in 2007.
Little known fact- Because of a lack of investors after the team was given to Denver the Rockies were almost moved to Tampa Bay before they ever played a game in Colorado!
Miami Marlins– The Marlins originated in 1993 as the Florida Marlins and have changed their name to the Miami Marlins effective for the 2012 season. They went to the World Series and won in 1997 as well as in 2003.
Not a little known fact- The Marlins currently have the ugliest uniforms in baseball.
Arizona Diamondbacks– In 1998 the Diamondbacks, or D-Backs as they are also know came into the National League. They’ve had the same name ever since their inception. They have been to and won one World Series, in 2001.
Little known fact- The Diamondbacks won a World Series faster than any other expansion team, doing it in only their 4th year of existence.
Milwaukee Brewers– The Brewers have one of the most unique histories in recent history. They started out in the American League in 1969 as the Seattle Pilots. They played in Seattle for that one lone year and after ending up in bankruptcy court and being acquired by now commissioner Bud Selig were moved to Milwaukee. The Brewers stayed in the American League until 1997 when they were moved to the National League due to the fact that there would have been an odd number of teams in each league which would mean one team had to be off at all times. The Brewers have been to one World Series, in 1982.
Little known fact- The Brewers were the second team offered to move to the National League.
Okay, so now that we’ve gotten all of the National League teams out of the way I can now start on the American League teams! So far this has been a really neat learning experience on the history of the names in baseball. There are lots of cool stories involved and I look forward to sharing more of them in the next segment!
Here is the link to part four, MLB team name origins Vol 4.