Given that baseball is the oldest professional team sport in America, it is hardly surprising that other sports teams often derive their names from baseball teams, usually those that they once shared a city with. In general, they fall into a few different categories:
- Those that just plain copied or used the name of the baseball team.
- Those who made a name that played off of the baseball team’s name.
- Those that have a history with a baseball team but have since sort of morphed into something else, while keeping a vague link.
- Names that actually aren’t connected, but everyone thinks they are.
Take a look after the jump: