How did your favorite teams get their names

Hey sports fans!  Welcome to another edition of Fanaticsport. Have you ever wondered how your favorite teams got their names? Well, so have I. That’s what prompted me to write this post. In this post, I will be explaining the reasons behind the names of some of America’s most well-known sports teams. Let’s get started!


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After the Baltimore Colts left for Indianapolis, the city of Baltimore was left without a football team for many years. In 1995,  the Cleveland Browns announced that they would be moving to Baltimore. The ownership of the team wanted to change the team’s name to something that would represent the city of Baltimore. They decided to name the team after Edgar Allen Poe’s famous poem, The Raven, written in 1845 because Poe resided in Baltimore. He also died there in 1849.  Other potential names were the Americans, Bulldogs and Marauders


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The Chicago Cubs were originally, the Colts. In 1897 the team’s ownership refused to renew the manager Cap Anson’s contract. The team called Anson “Pop” so when he left, the team was nicknamed the Orphans.  The team wasn’t renamed until 1902 when the Chicago Daily referred to the team as Cubs because of how young they were.  



The Yankees organization started off as the Baltimore Orioles. In 1903 the team moved to New York where they were renamed the Highlanders. There are two theories on why the Team was named the Highlanders.

Theory 1

The name Highlander was short for the Gordon Highlanders. This name is a play on words.  A Gordon Highlander is a British Military Unit that fought all over the world including the two world wars. Joseph Gordon was also the President of the club hence the name Gordon’s Highlanders. 

Theory 2

Some people also believe the Highlanders were named after the 79th   New York volunteer infantry unit known as the Highlanders who fought in the American civil War.

In 1913 the Name Highlanders was replaced with the Yankees. Some people think this change can be attributed to the hit song Yankee Doodle Dandy. Others cite that a Yankee represents Americans and the Yankees were in the American League.

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The Knick’s name can be traced back to Washington Irving who wrote a book called “The History of New York” under the pen name Diedrich Knickerbocker. This was a satirical book that followed the Dutch empire from the beginning of the world to the end of the Dutch empire. In the book, anyone who could trace their lineage back to the original Dutch settlers in New York was called a Knickerbocker.

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