INFOGRAPHICS > Team names
A name used for other Baltimore baseball teams in the past; named after the official bird of Maryland.
Boston Red Sox
They have red socks.
New York Yankees
Synonym for "American," as in American League, used by the press.
Tampa Bay (Devil) Rays
Named after the manta ray (a/k/a devil ray). The name was shortened in 2008 to Rays to reference the sun's rays in the Sunshine State.
Toronto Blue Jays
Named after the bird, selected from a name-the-team contest.
Chicago White Sox
Because they had white stockings.
A play on the name Braves, apparently.
Named after the Detroit Light Guard military unit, known as "The Tigers."
Kansas City Royals
Named after the American Royal Livestock Show that occurs in Kansas City; also gotta be in the bragging section because, logically, if the livestock show was called American Beef Show or American Bacon Show, the team quite likely wouldn't be called the Kansas City Bacons... or maybe they would... we'll never know...
Representing the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. First team to named after their state not their city.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Tautologous English translation of the word "Angeles." Indeed, translating the Spanish parts of their name turns the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim into "the The Angels Angels of Anaheim."
From the 19th century "athletics clubs."
Lots of fishing and marine industry in the area.
After the law enforcement agency.
The term for an Native American warrior. The Boston Braves' then-president, James Gaffney, was a member of Tammany Hall, which used an Indian chief as its symbol.
Named after a local fish.
New York Mets
Named after New York Metropolitan Baseball Club, Inc. the corporate name, and a 19th century American Association team, the New York Metropolitans, referencing the city.
Diminutive of the city name.
Referencing the six other defunct teams called the Washington Nationals in the nation's capital.
The team had a lot of young players at the time. Originally nicknamed Cubs by the press.
They had red stockings, and then shortened their name.
Named after their then-ballpark, the Astrodome; which in turn was named to honor the local area's signifcance to the nation's space program.
They make lots of beer in Milwaukee.
Signed second baseman Lou Bierbaucher away from the Philadelphia Athletics much to their annoyance. An American Association official described the action as "piratical," and, later, the Pittsburgh team adopted it as their name.
St. Louis Cardinals
They held a name-the-team contest, and the winning entry refers to a local rattlesnake.
Named, unsurprisingly, after the mountain range.
Los Angeles Dodgers
The term "Trolley Dodgers" was attached to the Brooklyn ballclub due to the complex maze of trolley cars that weaved its way through the borough of Brooklyn.
San Diego Padres
Named after the earlier Pacific Coast League team, which in turn was named for the term for Spanish missionaries in the area. Only team with an entirely non-English name.
San Francisco Giants
After a particularly impressive win over the Phillies, manager Jim Murtie apparently called his players as "My big fellows! My giants!" and it stuck.