Baseball Team Names

A Worldwide Dictionary, 1869–2011


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About the Book

Professional baseball is full of arcane team names. The Los Angeles Dodgers, for instance, owe their nickname to the trolley tracks that honeycombed Brooklyn in the early 1880s. (Residents were “trolley dodgers.”) From the Negro Leagues, there were the Pittsburgh Crawfords (sponsored early by the Crawford Bath House and Recreation Center); from the minors, the Tucson Waddies (slang for cowboy) and, later, the Montgomery Biscuits (for the would-be concessions staple); from overseas, the Adelaide, Australia, Bite (a shark reference but also a pun for bight) and the Bussum, Netherlands, Mr. Cocker HCAW (the sponsoring restaurant chain, followed by the acronym for the official team name, Honkbalclub Allan Weerbaar).
This comprehensive reference book explains the nicknames of thousands of major and minor league franchises, Negro League and early independent black clubs, and international teams—from 1869 through 2011.

About the Author(s)

Writer Richard Worth lives in Melrose Park, Illinois.

Bibliographic Details

Richard Worth
Format: softcover (8.5 x 11)
Pages: 416
Bibliographic Info: appendices, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2013
pISBN: 978-0-7864-6844-7
eISBN: 978-0-7864-9124-7
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction  1
How to Read the Entries  6
Abbreviations and Initialisms  14
Team Names  15
Appendix I: Barnstorming and League-Affiliated Road Teams  335
Appendix II: Major League Team Nicknames
Year-by-Year, 1871–1900  336
Appendix III: Major League Team Nicknames
Year-by-Year, 1901 to Date  343
Bibliography  379
Index  381

Book Reviews & Awards

“amazing”—Baseball Nation; “as comprehensive a tome as one can imagine”—Spitball; “impressive…fascinating reading…remarkably thorough work”—ARBA.