Time’s up! Here are the answers:
- What year did the team begin playing? - 1883
- What league did the team play in? - The Interstate Association
- What was the first year that the team played in the major leagues? – 1884, in the American Association
- What was the team’s nickname?- Trick question; they were simply called the Brooklyns until 1888
- What name was given to the team in 1888 and why?- The Brooklyn Bridegrooms, because five players got married just before the season began.
- When was Dodgers adopted as the team’s official name? – 1932.
More Team Trivia—
- Whose idea was it to start the Brooklyn team that became the Dodgers?New York newspaper editor George Taylor
- Who was the team’s first president and the man behind the team’s success?New York real estate man and opera lover Charles H. Byrne
- Who was his partner?His brother-in-law, casino owner Joe Doyle
- Who was the team’s main financial backer? Gus Abell, owner of a large casino in Rhode Island
- What baseball innovations did the first president begin or promote? Ladies Day, the rain check, coaching boxes, no-smoking section.
- Who was the team’s first star player? Pitcher William “Adonis” Terry, a favorite of female fans
Still More Team Trivia
- What team was Brooklyn’s major rival in the 1880s? The St. Louis Browns, now the St. Louis Cardinals
- Who was the owner of the rival team? German-born saloon owner Chris Von der Ahe, who called himself Der Boss.
- Who was the player-manager? Charles Comiskey, later the owner of the Chicago White Sox and Comiskey Park
- How many consecutive pennants did the rival team win? Four, from 1885 to 1888.
- How did its rowdy players bend the rules? By cutting from second base to home plate to score a run when the umpire wasn’t looking.
- What off-the-field ruckus at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis made news in 1886? The time that Chris Von der Ahe’s wife hit his mistress over the head with a soda bottle.
Give Up already?—More answers:
- By buying the top players of the first place Camden, N.J., team when it folded.
- By purchasing most of the Cleveland National League team. But the New York Mets still won the American Association pennant.
- By buying the entire New York Mets club, plus 3 star players from arch-rival St. Louis.
- About $19,000 — then a record for acquiring players.
- $5,500 and a diamond stick pin.
- By buying more stars named Hub Collins, Oyster Burns and Tom Lovett.