Major League Baseball: History of Team Name Changes

Brooklyn Bridegrooms 1889

The Brooklyn Bridegrooms: 1888-1890 and 1896-1898 (wikipedia.org)

Every baseball fan knows about the storied franchise, the Brooklyn Dodgers.

But did you know the Brooklyn Dodgers were only around for 28 years?  In that short time, the Dodgers left an indelible historical mark on the game.  Before 1932, they were known as the Brooklyn Atlantics, Grays, Bridegrooms, Grooms, Superbas and Robins.

Now of course, they are the Los Angeles Dodgers.

There is a lot more fascinating name-change history in baseball.  Just take a look at the list below.  The Atlanta Braves started out in Boston, not Milwaukee.  For over 20 years they were known as the Boston Beaneaters, for example.

And how about the Baltimore Orioles, who were once known as the Milwaukee Brewers?  Or the New York Yankees, who were once known as the Baltimore Orioles?

Tragic were those New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers moves to San Francisco and Los Angeles in 1958.  But, those teams are hogging your empathy.  Other teams, like the Oakland Athletics, Minnesota Twins and Texas Rangers had their origins in the East, too.

Looking at these name changes and the inclusion of expansion teams over the years, one can follow baseball as it “went west.”

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS
Arizona Diamondbacks 1998 Present
ATLANTA BRAVES
Boston Red Stockings 1876 1882
Boston Beaneaters 1883 1906
Boston Doves 1907 1910
Boston Rustlers 1911 1911
Boston Braves 1912 1935
Boston Bees 1936 1940
Boston Braves 1941 1952
Milwaukee Braves 1953 1965
Atlanta Braves 1966 Present
BALTIMORE ORIOLES
Milwaukee Brewers 1901 1901
St. Louis Browns 1902 1953
Baltimore Orioles 1954 Present
BOSTON RED SOX
Boston Americans 1901 1907
Boston Red Sox 1908 Present
CHICAGO CUBS
Chicago White Stockings 1876 1889
Chicago Colts 1890 1897
Chicago Orphans 1898 1902
Chicago Cubs 1903 Present
CHICAGO WHITE SOX
Chicago White Sox 1901 Present
CINCINNATI REDS
Cincinnati Red Stockings 1882 1889
Cincinnati Reds 1890 1953
Cincinnati Redlegs 1954 1959
Cincinnati Reds 1960 Present
CLEVELAND INDIANS
Cleveland Blues 1901 1901
Cleveland Bronchos 1902 1902
Cleveland Naps 1903 1914
Cleveland Indians 1915 Present
COLORADO ROCKIES
Colorado Rockies 1993 Present
DETROIT TIGERS
Detroit Tigers 1901 Present
FLORIDA MARLINS
Florida Marlins 1993 Present
HOUSTON ASTROS
Houston Colt .45’s 1962 1964
Houston Astros 1965 Present
KANSAS CITY ROYALS
Kansas City Royals 1969 Present
 L.A. ANGELS of ANAHEIM
Los Angeles Angels 1961 1964
California Angels 1965 1996
Anaheim Angels 1997 2004
L.A. Angels of Anaheim 2005 Present
LOS ANGELES DODGERS
Brooklyn Atlantics 1884 1884
Brooklyn Grays 1885 1887
Brooklyn Bridegrooms 1888 1890
Brooklyn Grooms 1891 1895
Brooklyn Bridegrooms 1896 1898
Brooklyn Superbas 1899 1910
Brooklyn Dodgers 1911 1912
Brooklyn Superbas 1913 1913
Brooklyn Robins 1914 1931
Brooklyn Dodgers 1932 1957
Los Angeles Dodgers 1958 Present
MILWAUKEE BREWERS
Seattle Pilots 1969 1969
Milwaukee Brewers 1970 Present
MINNESOTA TWINS
Washington Senators 1901 1960
Minnesota Twins 1961 Present
NEW YORK METS
New York Mets 1962 Present
NEW YORK YANKEES
Baltimore Orioles 1901 1902
New York Highlanders 1903 1912
New York Yankees 1913 Present
OAKLAND ATHLETICS
Philadelphia Athletics 1901 1954
Kansas City Athletics 1955 1967
Oakland Athletics 1968 Present
PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
Philadelphia Quakers 1883 1889
Philadelphia Phillies 1890 Present
PITTSBURGH PIRATES
Pittsburgh Alleghenys 1882 1890
Pittsburgh Pirates 1891 Present
SAN DIEGO PADRES
San Diego Padres 1969 Present
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
New York Gothams 1883 1884
New York Giants 1885 1957
San Francisco Giants 1958 Present
SEATTLE MARINERS
Seattle Mariners 1977 Present
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
St. Louis Brown Stockings 1882 1882
St. Louis Browns 1883 1898
St. Louis Perfectos 1899 1899
St. Louis Cardinals 1900 Present
TAMPA BAY RAYS
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 1998 2007
Tampa Bay Rays 2008 Present
TEXAS RANGERS
Washington Senators 1961 1971
Texas Rangers 1972 Present
TORONTO BLUE JAYS
Toronto Blue Jays 1977 Present
WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Montreal Expos 1969 2004
Washington Nationals 2005 Present

Source: baseball-reference.com

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