Monday Trivia #134 [Steve wins!]

Mike Schilling

Mike has been a software engineer far longer than he would like to admit. He has strong opinions on baseball, software, science fiction, comedy, contract bridge, and European history, any of which he's willing to share with almost no prompting whatsoever.

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8 Responses

  1. Michael Cain says:

    Let’s see, Schilling at the end of September. Gotta be something obscure about baseball playoffs…Report

  2. Steve says:

    Of the original sixteen baseball franchises, the first season of their current nickname. Many existed prior to that with different nicknames. Also, nicknames were not as official in the early days as they are now.Report

  3. Mike Schilling says:

    The full list:

    Giants 1885
    Reds 1890
    Phillies 1890
    Pirates 1891
    *Tigers 1895
    *White Sox 1900
    Cards 1900
    A’s 1901
    Cubs 1903
    Red Sox 1908
    Dodgers 1911
    Braves 1912
    Yankees 1913
    Indians 1915
    Orioles 1954
    Twins 1961

    * As minor league teams.Report

    • Kazzy in reply to Mike Schilling says:

      There were separate minor and major leagues around the turn of the 20th?Report

    • Mike Schilling in reply to Mike Schilling says:

      There were minor leagues as soon as the National League declared itself the first major league in 1876 (and actually began to distinguish itself as superior during the 1880s). But you’re probably thinking of a minor league as a farm system for the major leagues, and that didn’t start until Branch Rickey began to develop them during the 1920s. Before that, a minor league team was an independent business that signed players, sold tickets, and occasionally sold the contract of one of its players to a higher-level team (major or higher minor.) There are still a few independent minor league teams around (though obviously they can’t sell players anymore), but they’re a tiny minority. Anyway, given that there was no baseball west of the Mississippi or south of the Potomac until the 1950s, minor league baseball was what the majority of the country had.Report