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07/13/2022

Best Baseball Team Names

best team names for baseball

Towards the end of the movie Moneyball while the A’s GM, Billy Beane, is pouring over video of his minor leaguers, he rhetorically asks his assistant Peter Brand, “How can you not be romantic about baseball?”

This question is even more relevant when you move away from watching highlights of players showing off glove leather and start thinking about the names of baseball teams past and present. Over the 150+ years that “Major League Baseball” has existed, there have been over 200 names used for the teams that have played in the highest league of competitive baseball. Many championships have been won by numerous different teams. And chances are that those victories would have been made regardless of the names of the squads. However, the successes are much sweeter when you are able to attach them to a unifying team name.

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JustGloves has worked to identify the best baseball team names that have been used over the past 150 years. We created 5 categories that we think will capture some of the most classic and creative names that baseball teams have competed under.

Once we determined the front runners for each category, we created a system for rating the finalists to make the results less arbitrary. Teams could earn as many points as they qualified for under the parameters listed below:

  • 2 Points If Name Includes...
    • Food
    • Obscurity
    • Rhyming
  • 1 Point If Name Includes...
    • Animal or Insect
    • Two-Word Alliteration (Extra Point For 3-Word Alliteration)
    • Two Words In Team Name (i.e. Rumble Ponies)
    • Team Name Is 9 Letters Long (Extra Point For Every Letter Over 9 | Excludes Two-Word Names)
  • 0.1 Points Earned If Team...
    • Won A League Pennant Or League Title (Includes Entire Team History…Even If Championship Was Won Under A Different Name)
  • TIEBREAKER 
    • Characters In The Entire Name (City/State/Region + Nickname)

Finally, we added up all of the points earned to give a final rating number for each team name. Let’s see the results…

Best Old Time Baseball Team Names

  1. St Louis Perfectos (MO) - 5.3
  2. Boston Beaneaters (MA) - 4.8
  3. Brooklyn Superbas (NY) - 4.5
  4. Middletown Mansfields (CT) - 5
  5. Brooklyn Tip-Tops (NY) - 4
  6. Wilmington Quicksteps (DE) - 3
  7. Elizabeth Resolutes (NJ) - 3
  8. New Haven Elm Citys (CT) - 3
  9. Troy Haymakers (NY) - 3
  10. Newark Pepper (NJ) - 2.1

[The St. Louis Perfectos Eventually Came To Be Known As The St. Louis Cardinals]

Best Negro League Baseball Team Names

  1. Atlanta Black Crackers (GA) - 5
  2. Birmingham Black Barons (AL) - 3.3
  3. Pittsburgh Crawfords (PA) - 3.3
  4. Homestead Grays (PA) - 2.9
  5. Kansas City Monarchs (MO) - 2
  6. Toledo Tigers (OH) - 2
  7. Chicago American Giants (IL) - 1.6
  8. Newark Eagles (NJ) - 1.1
  9. Jacksonville Red Caps (FL) - 1
  10. Cuban Stars West (Cuba) - 1

[The Atlanta Black Crackers Only Had Marginal Success, But Their Name Was Not Lacking In Character]

Best College Summer League Baseball Team Names

  1. Traverse City Pit Spitters (Northwoods League) - 5.2
  2. Hyannis Harbor Hawks (Cape Cod Baseball League) - 4.8
  3. Savannah Bananas (Coastal Plain League) - 4.2
  4. Macon Bacon (Coastal Plain League) - 4
  5. Broomfield Barn Owls (Mile High Collegiate Baseball League) - 3
  6. Sandusky Ice Haulers (Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League) - 3
  7. Waldoboro Maineiacs* (Maine Independent Baseball League) - 3
  8. Green Bay Booyah*  (Northwoods League) - 3
  9. Keene Swamp Bats (New England Collegiate Baseball League) - 2.4
  10. Carolina Disco Turkeys (Independent - AABA) - 2

Notes - The Waldoboro Maineiacs were a high school summer team that only competed for one season in 2020. The name was too good to pass up though | The Green Bay Booyah now competes under the name, Green Bay Rockers.

[The Traverse City Pit Spitters Definitely Have One Of The More Unique Logos]

Best Affiliated Minor League Baseball Team Names

  1. Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Marlins) - 5.1
  2. Rocket City Trash Pandas (Angels) - 4.4
  3. Amarillo Sod Poodles  (Diamondbacks) - 4.3
  4. Frisco RoughRiders (Rangers) - 4.1
  5. Durham Bulls (Rays) - 2.6
  6. Hartford Yard Goats (Rockies) - 2.5
  7. Montgomery Biscuits (Rays) - 2.5
  8. Binghamton Rumble Ponies (Mets) - 2.3
  9. Carolina Mudcats (Brewers) - 2.2
  10. Kannapolis Cannon Ballers (White Sox) - 2.1

[The Blue Wahoos Compete In One Of The Most Picturesque Ballparks In The United States]

Best Independent Minor League Baseball Team Names 

  1. Gastonia Honey Hunters (Atlantic League) - 4
  2. Ruidoso Osos* (Pecos League) - 4
  3. Milwaukee Milkmen (American Association) - 3.1
  4. Lincoln Saltdogs (American Association) - 3.1
  5. Westside Woolly Mammoths (United Shore Pro Baseball League) - 3
  6. Florence Y’alls (Frontier League) - 2.3
  7. Washington Wild Things (Frontier League) - 2.1
  8. Rocky Mountain Vibes (Pioneer League) - 2
  9. Chicago Dogs (American Association) - 2
  10. Trinidad Triggers (Pecos League) - 1

Notes - The Osos Have Been In And Out Of Existence On 3 Separate Occasions. They are currently defunct, but there’s reason to believe they could be back someday.

[The Honey Hunters Have Some Impressive Uniforms To Go Along With Their Name]

This marks the end of our ratings for what we believe are the best baseball team names that have existed! But if you’re just trying to brainstorm a name for your summer league team, then take a look at the list below. We believe that these are some of the best names out there for a baseball team. No matter if you’re living on a beach or farm, we think that you’ll be able to use the list below to think of a team name that will be unique to the area in which you are living…

  • Alpinists
  • Angels
  • Anglers
  • Arrows
  • Barons
  • Bears
  • Bison
  • Blue Sox
  • Boardwalkers
  • Bombers
  • Buzz
  • Captains
  • Cavalry
  • Cowboys
  • Crew
  • Current
  • Ducks
  • Dukes
  • Eagles
  • Explorers
  • Gators
  • Giants
  • Gladiators
  • Hawks
  • Huntsmen
  • Hurricanes
  • Huskers
  • Kings
  • Mariners
  • Merchants
  • Minutemen
  • Moose
  • Mountaineers
  • Outlaws
  • Pelicans
  • Pilots
  • Plainsmen
  • Ramblers
  • Rebels
  • Red Sox
  • River Riders
  • Scouts
  • Sharks
  • Snappers
  • Stars
  • Statesmen
  • Tide
  • Townies
  • Trappers
  • Trojans
  • Tsunami
  • Tycoons
  • Wave
  • Wayfinders
  • Whales
  • White Sox
  • Wolves

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We hope that you’ve enjoyed reading through our baseball team name ratings and were able to get some inspiration if you are trying to think up a name for your own baseball team. Once you get your squad's name figured out, you might have some questions about gloves. Feel free to contact our trained glove experts by phone at 866-321-4568, by email at experts@justgloves.com or through our chat feature!

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