The Professional Baseball Franchises: From the Abbeville Athletics to the Zanesville Indians

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Most hardcore baseball fans know that the Brooklyn Dodgers relocated to Los Angeles in 1958 and that the Washington Senators became the Minnesota Twins in 1961. But how many are aware that, long before those changes, the Brooklyn Dodgers were known as the Brooklyn Robins and the Washington Senators were originally called the Washington Nationals? Or that before the New York Yankees were the New York Highlanders (aka Hilltoppers), they were actually known as the Baltimore Orioles? From 1869 (the founding of the ...
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Overview

Most hardcore baseball fans know that the Brooklyn Dodgers relocated to Los Angeles in 1958 and that the Washington Senators became the Minnesota Twins in 1961. But how many are aware that, long before those changes, the Brooklyn Dodgers were known as the Brooklyn Robins and the Washington Senators were originally called the Washington Nationals? Or that before the New York Yankees were the New York Highlanders (aka Hilltoppers), they were actually known as the Baltimore Orioles? From 1869 (the founding of the Cincinnati Red Stockings) to the present (as the Colorado Rockies and the Florida Marlins expansion teams begin major league play), Professional Baseball Franchises traces the history of every team that ever played professional ball. Arranged alphabetically by city, each team listing includes the league in which the team played; years in existence; type of franchise (charter, renamed, relocated or expansion); cross-references to the team's past and present names; and alternate team names, if applicable. The book also contains a handy Appendix of Leagues, a Bibliography and an Index of Team Nicknames. For the baseball buff, the journalist, the researcher and the sports trivia whiz, Professional Baseball Franchises will delight those who want to know about the Giants in Chicago, Dallas and Poughkeepsie, as well as the team in San Francisco.
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This book lists every city or town in which major- or minor-league baseball has been played professionally in an established league in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico since the beginning of the sport in 1869 More than 1,100 entries are included in the "Team Listings by City," the major section of the book. Alphabetically arranged by city, each entry includes the team's name, nickname, any variant names, the league in which the team played, a designation whether it was a major or minor league, the years in which the team operated, and a brief note about what happened to the team. No statistics, such as won-loss records, are included, nor are any names of individuals provided. Other features enhance access to the main section of listings. An alphabetic list of teams whose names do not include city names provides a reference to the city where the team is listed in the book. An index of team nicknames lists the cities that have had teams with that name; 138 teams have been named "Indians", but only one was named "Freaks". Also included as an appendix is an alphabetical list of the names of leagues, including the Negro leagues, with their dates of existence To make this book truly international, Japanese cities and teams should have been included. Also, a one-page example entry with notes identifying parts of the entry would be more helpful to the user than the narrative explanatory material in the section "How to Use This Book." But as a resource for baseball history, especially on a regional or local level, this tool is unique and is recommended for sports reference collections.
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An exhaustive compendium of all North American professional baseball leagues and their histories. Arrangement is alphabetical by city, with each listing containing the team's name and league, the ranking of that league, dates of the team's existence, and a brief history of the franchise. Includes an index of team nicknames. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816026470
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/1993
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 7.83 (w) x 10.62 (h) x 1.02 (d)

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Peter Filichia
Peter Filichia

PETER FILICHIA is the theater critic emeritus for both the Newark Star-Ledger and its television station, News 12 New Jersey. He writes a weekly column for Musical Theatre International. He has served four terms as president of the Drama Desk, the New York Association of Drama Critics and is now head of the voting committee and the emcee of the Theatre World Awards. A frequent contributor to theater publications and the writer of many cast-album CD liner notes, he lives in New York City.

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