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Another couple: the Milwaukee Braves moved to Atlanta in 1966, and of course the Brooklyn Dodgers moving to LA in 1958

Sarah Jane

Of course we don't mind, Jake...fascinating stuff! I still vote that Oklahoma's new team should be the Tornadoes, rather than the "Thunder." Or better yet: The "Tumbleweeds." More geographic specificity :-)

Jake K

This is an interesting topic. Hopefully you don't mind if I drop a little related basketball knowledge (since baseball ended tonight and basketball just got rolling). Understanding the history of several NBA franchises and geography explains why several teams have nicknames that don't seem to make sense. For example...

-LA Lakers (not many lakes in Southern California, but their original home was in Minnesota, the land of 10,000 lakes).

-Utah Jazz (Salt Lake City isn't exactly a jazz hot spot, but they moved from New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz).

-Memphis Grizzlies (I've never encountered a Grizzly bear in Tennessee, but they can be found throughout Canada, where the team was founded (Vancouver)).

Natalie Wojinski

We could make this a Google Map! Or even a Google Earth tour! I've always loved the geography of baseball and am still amazed at the bitter rivalries (i.e. Giants and Dodgers) that go back nearly a half century.

Stephen C. Veliz

Great post!! We need more of this stuff!!

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