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12-08-2004, 11:53 AM
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Almost every single baseball name is stupid. TWO teams are named SOX. twins? padres? expos? wtf is a dodger?
Baseball nicknames 100 years ago were generally divised by sports writers. Teams often didn't have official names.

When the American League formed in 1901, the only uniform references to nicknames were Baltimore's orange "O" on their black road uniforms, Detoit's red tiger silhoutte on their caps, and Philadelphia's "A" on both their home and road uniforms.

The Boston team of the AL wore blue socks and were refered to as the Pilgrams or Amcericans in the press. During their second season, they wore a "BA" on their home and road jerseys so they could be distinguished from the Boston National League team in black and white newspaper photos. In 1908, the Americans switched to red socks and placed a large red sock logo with the word "Boston" on it on their home and road jerseys.

The Red Stockings was the nickname of the first fully professional base ball team, the Cincinnati Red Stockings of 1869. Baseball has also had White Stockings, Browns and Blues. The Chicago club of the American League officially adopted "White Sox" in 1911 after the Chicago National League team of the 19th Century (who officially became the "Cubs" in 1908.)

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padres? expos? wtf is a dodger?
AHL MV did a good job of explaining these, but here's a little more:
San Diego was founded by Spanish priests (which is Padre in Spanish.) As a baseball nickname, the San Diego club on which Ted Williams got his pro start was called the Padres.

Montreal hosted the World's Fair in 1967, which was called Expo67. The city was awarded an expasnsion team, as well as the nation's first first Major League Baseball team two years later.

To go see a baseball game in Brooklyn, a fan had to literally dodge the trolleys to get to the field. They were refered to as the "Trolley Dodgers" for a time in the 19th Century. The famous "Dodger" script was added to their uniforms in 1938.

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Player nicknames have really gone downhill lately. The trend is to cut the name in half and add an "ie". How boring. I miss the days of the Rockey, Mr Hockey, Big Bird, Gump, The Chicoutimi Cucumber, The Stratford Streak, Tiger, etc...

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I would guess that Padres has something to do with missionaries ( not the position ).

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The Canucks fans have a terrible way of giving nicknames to Canuck players.

Jason King = Kinger
Matt Cooke = Cookie
Trent Klatt = Klatter

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Player nicknames have really gone downhill lately. The trend is to cut the name in half and add an "ie". How boring. I miss the days of the Rockey, Mr Hockey, Big Bird, Gump, The Chicoutimi Cucumber, The Stratford Streak, Tiger, etc...
Yeah, it's fine to have the TEAM call you by a shortened version of your name when you are on the ice ("Chuk, Chuk" for Dave Andreychuk, for instance), but for promotional purposes the nickname should be better.

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