10 Team Names That Must be Returned to Their Original City
Which Team Names Make the List?
There is a point when we watch sports where we see team names and wonder how on earth why that city has that team name. I have reached that point where I see certain team names and wish they would have been left in their original city. I have put together a list of 10 sports team names that should be returned to their original city of origin.
I’m sure that there will be a lot of people who won’t like this idea, but they are now familiar with which team nickname goes with which city. The announcement that Charlotte will get their original Hornets name back potentially by next season made me think about this. There was no way that the now Pelicans should have taken the Hornets name with them when they moved to New Orleans. I know that a lot of teams have moved over the years and have taken the nickname with them for some reason.
I hope that this takes you down memory lane with a look at where some teams actually started in and why the team’s name should have stayed there. I found it very easy to figure out the first two on this list, but it got a bit harder to put together a proper list in the right order after that. I have hopefully done that, though, or at least have it correct in one way or another. I hope you can at least agree with me on some of these. Here are my top 10 team names that should have never left their original city of origin.
9. Los Angeles Dodgers
This is an absolute no-brainer. The team was in Brooklyn from 1932-57 before heading to Los Angeles. I think of Jackie Robinson and Duke Snider when I think of the Dodgers and that was when the team was in Brooklyn. It will never change now, but it is just another team name that never should have left town.
8. Dallas Stars
The franchise started in 1967 in Minnesota as the North Stars before moving to Dallas in 1993. I really wish the name would have stayed in Minnesota, so the new team could have used it. While the name does fit in Dallas, it would have better-served remaining at home in Minnesota.
7. Oakland Athletics
If you are looking for a team name that should have been kept in its original city, here it is. The Athletics began in Philadelphia in 1901 and stayed there until 1954 before moving to Kansas City. The team ended up in Oakland in 1968. There is a lot of tradition with the Philadelphia Athletics. I wish it would have been kept.
6. San Francisco Giants
This will spark a lot of debate, but the team started in New York in 1884 as the New York Gothams before being the New York Giants. The move came in 1958 out west. I’m sorry but the name Giants should have stayed in the city of New York instead of going west with the team.
5. Memphis Grizzlies
The Grizzlies were an expansion team in 1995 that began in Vancouver with a very appropriate name. When I think of the northwest, I think of grizzlies. I don’t think anyone really needs to think of grizzlies when their mind goes to Memphis.
4. St. Louis Rams
The franchise started in Cleveland in 1936 and moved to Los Angeles in 1946. The big move came in 1995, when they moved to St. Louis. I think of this team as the Los Angeles Rams, but frankly if St. Louis has a team, they should be known by a different name.
3. Arizona Cardinals
This one is just too obvious. The team began play in 1920 in Chicago before moving to St. Louis in 1960. Their next move was to Arizona in 1988. I’m sorry, but this is a charter member of the NFL. The name should have stayed in Chicago or even better in St. Louis and not in Arizona.
2. Los Angeles Lakers
The team began in Minneapolis in 1947 and stayed there until 1960, before heading west. Minnesota is the “Land of 10,000 Lakes.” I could be wrong, but I don’t see enough lakes out in Los Angeles for this name to be correct.
1. Utah Jazz
The franchise began in New Orleans in 1974 and moved to Utah in 1979. I can see New Orleans with the Jazz, but where’s the jazz in Utah? It would have been best for the team in New Orleans to now get this name back, instead of what they went with.