The CLEVELAND INDIANS baseball team, a charter member of the American League, founded in 1901, was originally named the Blues, then the Broncos, and from 1903-11 was known as the Naps, in honor of player-manager NAPOLEON LAJOIE.
Owner Charles Somers talked with local sportswriters, who offered the name Indians, in honor of former player Louis Sockalexis, a Penobscot Native American from Maine.
The name “Indians” originated from a request by club owner Charles Somers to baseball writers to choose a new name to replace ” Cleveland Naps ” following the departure of Nap Lajoie after the 1914 season.
Cleveland is known for its beautiful parklands, vibrant art and culture scene, musical history, and Cleveland Clinic medical center. It has several sports teams (Browns, Cavaliers) and is often called the birthplace of rock and roll. Established in 1796, it has continuously developed its identity.
CLEVELAND (WJW)– Cleveland Indians owner Paul Dolan sent a letter to fans on Friday following the team’s announcement it will be changing names to the Cleveland Guardians.
After experimenting with a number of nicknames — none of which stuck for more than a few years — “Naps” became the name of Cleveland’s Major League Baseball franchise, in honor of star second baseman Nap Lajoie.
The team is named after the eight Guardians of Traffic statues displayed on the Hope Memorial Bridge next to their home field.
Designed by Walker and sculptor Henry Hering (whose other work in the city includes the pediment of Severance Hall, and two statues at the Cleveland Federal Reserve) and carved by local stonemasons, the Guardians of Traffic are a combination of stylized classicism with Art Deco details, each standing 43 feet tall and
Sockalexis played three seasons for the Cleveland Spiders, from 1897 to 1899, and is often credited as the first Native American to play professional baseball at the major league level. During his time with the Spiders, the press often referred to the team as the Indians or “Tebeau’s Indians”.
The Cleveland Blues finished eighth in the league in 1887 and sixth in 1888. The Cleveland Blues joined the National League in 1889, and the team became known as the Cleveland Spiders. The Cleveland Spiders played for ten seasons (1890-1899) in the National League before the team ceased operations.
Led by their popular player-manager, Patsy Tebeau, the Spiders and Orioles had a rivalry so fierce that when Cleveland visited Baltimore during the 1895 Temple Cup series, the Spiders had to receive a police escort to get into the ballpark. And they were still pelted by bottles, rotten fruit and other projectiles.