Originally Posted by RichRed
The Bullets nickname has never been more apropos.
I thought the Cleveland team was originally called the Spiders but changed the name to Indians in honor of Native American player Louis Sockalexis. Pretty sure that's what I read in Ken Burns' "Baseball" book anyway.
It's a nifty story, but not true.
They were the Spiders in the 90's the NL version. Contracted in 1899 and merged with St. Louis the AL team was called the Blues and the Naps until a newspaper vote gave them the Indians.
While they did have Louis Sockalexis in the 90's in reality the name had nothing to do with him other than the fact that he was a Spider at one time and an Indian.