Origins of Baseball Team Names 2


Originally known as the Brooklyn Bridegrooms, the Dodgers were named after the Dodger a blue and white bird from the finch family. Food vendors in the Brooklyn area considered the dodger a tasty delicacy and the birds were caught in giant snares before baseball games and cooked on grills throughout Ebbets Field. Unfortunately the dodger was hunted to extinction by the early 1950’s so venders switched to serving grilled blue jays. The Dodgers moved to Los Angeles in 1958 and officials claim they no longer serve grilled birds.

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