Today in Tribe History: January 17, 1915
Jason Kaminski | On 17, Jan 2014
A week and a half after team owner Charles W. Somers asked the city’s baseball writers to vote on a new team name (they then asked their readers for suggestions) an official announcement is made. According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the American League hometown franchise will now be known as the Indians replacing the nickname the Naps – a change due to Nap Lajoie, the player-manager for whom the team is presently named, leaving for the Philadelphia Athletics. A false rumor claims that the origin of the name was former Cleveland Spiders outfielder, Chief Sockalexis.