Setting the Record Straight on 
Major League Team Nicknames

By Ed Coen

This article was published in the Fall 2019 Baseball Research Journal.

Of the major league teams that trace their history before 1960, most started out with several short-term unofficial nicknames or even no nickname at all. This study identifies the nicknames, based on contemporary newspapers, that each existing team has been known as throughout its history. Of the major league teams that trace their history before 1960, most started out with several short-term unofficial nicknames or even no nickname at all. Although several reputable sources provide a history of these nicknames, there are numerous contradictions between the available sources, and . . .

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