What names did the Cleveland Indians go by before they became the Indians?
Trivia Question Answer
“Indians” is the 4th name by which the team has been known since their establishment as a major league franchise in 1901. Over the years, the American League major league team in Cleveland has been known as:
- 1915 on: Cleveland Indians
- 1905 – 1914: Cleveland Naps
- 1902 – 1904: Cleveland Broncos
- 1902: Cleveland Bluebirds
Prior to 1901, since their origination in 1894 as a minor league team in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the team was known as the Grand Rapids Rustlers (1894–1899) and the Cleveland Lake Shores (1900).