When did the Chicago White Sox and the Boston Red Sox each change the spellings of their names from "Socks" to "Sox"?
#60166. Asked by my_baby_love. (Oct 25 05 4:44 AM)
Chicago White Sox|
Socks doesn't appear to have been part of their name. "Sox" is short for "Stockings". When they changed from "Stockings" to "Sox" is open to debate.
1894 Sioux City Cornhuskers
1895-99 St. Paul Saints
1900 Chicago White Stockings
1901 Chicago White Sox
The team was originally founded in 1893 by St. Louis Browns as a minor Western League franchise in Sioux City, Iowa where it acquired the moniker of Sioux City Cornhuskers. The Cornhuskers after winning the league championship in 1894 shifted to St. Paul, Minnesota. The club was properly set up in 1900 when Charles Comiskey, the owner of the club moved his minor league team, the St. Paul Saints, to Chicago to compete directly with the National League club in that city. The same season, the Western League changed its name to the American League and the club adopted the name “White Stockings.” The team was joined by a number of stars from the National League, with pitcher and manager Clark Griffith as their key player. He assisted the club to mark it big in the American League’s first Championship in 1901.
...and I got the stuff for the red ones..|
The name Red Sox, chosen by owner John I. Taylor after the 1907 season, is based on an obsolete form of the word "socks", as in the red footwear worn by the team starting in 1908. The name originated from the Cincinnati Red Stockings, the first professional baseball team and a member of the first (now defunct) league, the National Association of Baseball Players.
[Edited to add information from the reference - McG]
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