Intimidating names for baseball
Though by today's standards "Tigerfuckers" does seem somewhat crude and tasteless, the same argument could easily be made about the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pittsburgh Tigerfucking Pirates Pittsburgh's Management figured that the only image more intimidating than a sneering man fucking a tiger was a sneering pirate fucking a tiger.
The New York Metropolitans One of the more commonly known cases of a team abbreviating its name is the New York Metropolitans' official switch to "the Mets" in 1961.
This one is perhaps the least surprising; Mets was shorter, less formal-sounding..if you think about it, what exactly The Cincinnati Redlegs During the “Red Scare” of the 1950s, the Cincinnati Reds worried they would be associated with the threat of Communism and officially changed their name to the Cincinnati Redlegs.
If you visited Kansas City on gameday, you'd likely hear loud, raucous chants of “go Commies! ” (referring of course to the winning of baseball games).But, alas, widespread Mc Carthyist paranoia soon forced the Communists to change their name to the Kansas City Royals.The Philadelphia Sillies Few people realize it today but the word “silly” used to actually mean “intimidating and good at baseball”.However, as common usage of the word changed over time, Philadelphia was eventually forced to switch to the "Phillies", a name which most fans agree is foolish and lacking in common sense.
America is constantly changing, and those changes are often reflected in our favorite national pastime; baseball.With a new season underway, we thought we'd take a look back at some surprising former team names that have since been abbreviated or altered in response to our changing culture.