St. Louis and the South

Paul Johnston paul.johnston at WMICH.EDU
Tue Apr 15 06:16:54 UTC 2014

And if you go back in the nineteenth century, the Cardinals are descended from the St. Louis Browns of the 1880s, a great team in its day, American Association (then a major league) champs several times and rivals of the NL Chicago White Stockings (now the Cubs).  Confusing enough for you?


P. S.  Oh, yes, and the AL Browns started out life in 1901 as the Milwaukee Brewers, in the same league as the Baltimore Orioles, who became the New York Highlanders (later Yankees) in 1903.  Fifty years later, the Browns moved to Baltimore and became the Orioles.   Baseball is a funny game.

On Apr 15, 2014, at 1:31 AM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM> wrote:

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> On Mon, Apr 14, 2014 at 8:48 PM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at> wrote:
>> Why do you think they were called "the Browns"?
> Because they wore brown stockings as part of their original uniforms.
> Remember when the Cincinnati Reds went back to calling themselves the "Red
> Stockings," during the days of McCarthyism, the House Un-American
> Activities Committee, and the Red Scare?
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