Thursday, October 04, 2007
1960 Hankyu Braves
The Hankyu Bears decided to change their nickname just before the opening of the season in 1947 and advertised for a new nickname. Among many suggestions like Elephants and Dragons, they chose Braves for one reason that a team in the American Major League (Boston , at that time) had the same nickname.
In the same year, the National Baseball League opened and a team in that league had the same nickname. The team was originally named Greenberg but they became the Yuki Braves with a new owner. If it were now, there is no doubt that there would be a huge argument about two teams having the same nickname, but nobody cared about that at that time and the National Baseball League disappeared after a year, so there was no problem.