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Great piece by Jerry Cohen at Flannel of the Month on the history of baseball team names:
The important point here is that for several decades team nicknames were unofficial and and rather elastic. Most fans know the Dodgers tried on “Bridegrooms”, “Superbas” and “Robins” before settling on Dodgers, and Boston’s National League club was known as the “Beaneaters” and the “Bees” before they were the Braves. It took time for clubs to develop traditions and histories which were the foundation needed to give life to names that stuck. In the rare case that club owners tried to force a new nickname on fans it was not always successful, as when Philadelphia’s National league club announced in 1945 that they would henceforth be named the “Bluejays”. The new name didn’t stick (perhaps the fact that the team neglected to take “Phillies” off the uniform didn’t help).
(Hat tip: Jim Coudal.)