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Origin of Name "Dodgers" for Los Angeles Dodgers

Dodgers, Baseball, Brooklyn, 1913

Brooklyn Dodgers team photo, 1913. Photo by Charles E. Stacy in the collection of the Library of Congress

As early as 1895, the Brooklyn Bridegrooms baseball team (see Dodger history) was nicknamed Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers, due to the numerous (and hazardous) trolley lines that criss-crossed Brooklyn at the time. In 1911, the Dodgers name was formally adopted by the team and, by the 1913 season, was shortened to Brooklyn Dodgers. In 1914, the team was renamed Brooklyn Robins, so named for its team manager, Wilbert Robinson. After Robinson retired in 1932, the team re-adopted its earlier name, Brooklyn Dodgers. They became the Los Angeles Dodgers upon the team's move to Los Angeles in 1958.

Dodgers, Brooklyn, Trolleys, 1895

Comic illustrating the dangers of Brooklyn's street trolleys, from The Evening World, Feb. 27, 1895. Posted at The Grim Reality of the "Trolley Dodgers".

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