Infographic of the Day: How to Name a Baseball Team


Craig Robinson hits a home run with this colorful Venn diagram cataloging the origin of baseball team names. Though I'm still unsure why athletes in Chicago wear white socks and those in Boston wear red, or what an "Athletic," a "National," or a "Royal" looks like, it's fascinating to see the connections between otherwise unrelated mascots (Astros, Brewers, Mariners, Rangers, Royals?).

Check out the graph in high resolution here, and a multitude of other charts celebrating America's pastime here.

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  • Dan Smith

    From Wikipedia entry on KC royals:

    "The "Royals" name originates from the American Royal, a livestock show, horse show, and rodeo held annually in Kansas City since 1899."

    sounds like an appropriate industry to me.