History Of Major Leauge Baseball Team Moves And Name Changes

History Of Major Leauge Baseball Team Moves And Name Changes

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Below is the History Of Major League Baseball Team Moves And Name Changes. For the most part, the list has been compiled in chronological order. We hope you enjoy reading through this as much as we enjoyed doing the research in putting this together.

Boston Braves (Now Atlanta Braves)

1871 (as Boston Red Stockings) – Present (as Atlanta Braves) The franchise began as the Boston Red Stockings in 1871, became the Boston Beaneaters (1883-1906), the Boston Doves (1907-1910), the Boston Rustlers (1911), the Boston Braves (1912-1935, 1941-1952), the Boston Bees (1936-1940), and then back to the Braves before moving to Milwaukee in 1953 and becoming the Milwaukee Braves. They played at Milwaukee County Stadium until 1965. The team moved to Atlanta in 1966 to become the Atlanta Braves, initially playing at Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium. The moves were driven by the search for new markets and modern stadiums, with ownership shifting to various hands over the years, most notably Lou Perini who moved the team to Milwaukee.

Philadelphia Athletics (Now Oakland Athletics)

1901 (as Philadelphia Athletics) – Present (as Oakland Athletics) Established in 1901, the Philadelphia Athletics moved to Kansas City in 1955 to become the Kansas City Athletics, playing at Municipal Stadium. Arnold Johnson purchased the team and facilitated the move. In 1968, they relocated to Oakland, becoming the Oakland Athletics under the ownership of Charles O. Finley. The moves were due to financial struggles and the pursuit of more profitable markets. They played at Columbia Park, Shibe Park (Connie Mack Stadium), Municipal Stadium, and Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum through their transitions.

St. Louis Browns (Now Baltimore Orioles)

1902 (as St. Louis Browns) – Present (as Baltimore Orioles) The St. Louis Browns moved to Baltimore in 1954 to become the Baltimore Orioles. The move was facilitated by a group of investors led by Clarence Miles, seeking to find a more supportive market for the team. They played at Sportsman’s Park before the move and then at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore.

New York Giants (Now San Francisco Giants)

1883 (as New York Gothams, renamed Giants in 1885) – Present (as San Francisco Giants) The New York Giants moved to San Francisco in 1958, becoming the San Francisco Giants. The move was prompted by Horace Stoneham’s desire for a modern stadium and a new market. They played at the Polo Grounds in New York and moved to Seals Stadium and later Candlestick Park in San Francisco.

Brooklyn Dodgers (Now Los Angeles Dodgers)

1883 (as Brooklyn Grays) – Present (as Los Angeles Dodgers) The Brooklyn Dodgers, originally known as the Brooklyn Grays, Atlantics, Bridegrooms, Grooms, Superbas, and Robins before settling on Dodgers, moved to Los Angeles in 1958. Walter O’Malley spearheaded the move for a better stadium and market. They played at Ebbets Field before moving to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and then to Dodger Stadium.

Washington Senators (First Franchise, Now Minnesota Twins)

1901 (as Washington Senators) – Present (as Minnesota Twins) The original Washington Senators moved to Minneapolis in 1961, becoming the Minnesota Twins. Calvin Griffith, the nephew of the original owner, moved the team seeking better financial opportunities. They played at Griffith Stadium and then moved to Metropolitan Stadium.

Milwaukee Braves (Now Atlanta Braves)

1953 (as Milwaukee Braves) – 1965 The Milwaukee Braves moved to Atlanta in 1966 to become the Atlanta Braves. The move was motivated by a new stadium and the lure of a larger market. They played at Milwaukee County Stadium and then moved to Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium.

Kansas City Athletics (Now Oakland Athletics)

1955 (as Kansas City Athletics) – 1967 Before becoming the Oakland Athletics, the team was briefly the Kansas City Athletics. Arnold Johnson moved the Philadelphia Athletics to Kansas City, where they played at Municipal Stadium before moving again to Oakland.

Washington Senators (Second Franchise, Now Texas Rangers)

1961 (as Washington Senators) – Present (as Texas Rangers) The second incarnation of the Washington Senators moved to Arlington, Texas, in 1972, becoming the Texas Rangers. Bob Short owned the team and sought a more viable market. They played at RFK Stadium and moved to Arlington Stadium, and later Globe Life Park and Globe Life Field.

Seattle Pilots (Now Milwaukee Brewers)

1969 (as Seattle Pilots) – Present (as Milwaukee Brewers) The Seattle Pilots moved to Milwaukee to become the Milwaukee Brewers after just one season in 1969. Financial difficulties and a bankruptcy led to the team’s sale and relocation, orchestrated by Bud Selig. They played at Sick’s Stadium in Seattle and moved to Milwaukee County Stadium.

Montreal Expos (Now Washington Nationals)

1969 (as Montreal Expos) – Present (as Washington Nationals) Established in 1969, the Montreal Expos moved to Washington D.C. in 2005, becoming the Washington Nationals due to financial struggles and the inability to secure a new stadium. They played at Jarry Park and Olympic Stadium in Montreal and moved to RFK Stadium and later Nationals Park in D.C.

Houston Colt .45s (Now Houston Astros)

1962 (as Houston Colt .45s) – Present (as Houston Astros) The Houston Colt .45s changed their name to the Houston Astros in 1965 with the opening of the Astrodome, reflecting the city’s connection to the space industry. They have played at Colt Stadium and the Astrodome, and later at Minute Maid Park.

Tampa Bay Devil Rays (Now Tampa Bay Rays)

1998 (as Tampa Bay Devil Rays) – Present (as Tampa Bay Rays) The Tampa Bay Devil Rays changed their name to the Tampa Bay Rays in 2008, reflecting a new era and broader regional identity. They have played at Tropicana Field throughout their history.

Cleveland Indians (Now Cleveland Guardians)

1915 (as Cleveland Indians) – Present (as Cleveland Guardians) The Cleveland Indians changed their name to the Cleveland Guardians in 2021 following years of controversy over the use of Native American imagery. The team has played at League Park, Cleveland Stadium, and Progressive Field over its history.

Los Angeles Angels (Various Name Changes)

1961 (as Los Angeles Angels) – Present The Los Angeles Angels have undergone various name changes, including California Angels, Anaheim Angels, and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, reflecting shifts in ownership and marketing strategies. They have played in Dodger Stadium, Angel Stadium of Anaheim, and others.

Florida Marlins (Now Miami Marlins)

1993 (as Florida Marlins) – Present (as Miami Marlins) The Florida Marlins were established in 1993 and played their home games at Joe Robbie Stadium, which later became Pro Player Stadium and other names over time. In 2012, the team changed its name to the Miami Marlins, coinciding with the move to Marlins Park (now known as loanDepot park), located in the Little Havana section of Miami. The name change reflected a desire to more closely associate with the city of Miami itself, aiming for a stronger local identity and community connection. This move and rebranding were part of a modernization effort by the franchise, including the construction of the new, state-of-the-art ballpark. The ownership under Jeffrey Loria played a significant role in the rebranding and relocation efforts within the city.

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