Can You Name All These Pro Baseball Teams From A Partial Logo?

By: Jody Mabry

The Orioles are one of the original charter members of the American League established in 1901. However, before coming to Baltimore in 1953, they spent a year as the Milwaukee Brewers and then moved to St. Louis as the St. Louis Browns for 52 years.

The Toronto Bluejays share their color with Toronto's other two sport's franchises: the Maple Leafs and Argonauts. The team was created as an expansion franchise in 1977, originally owned by Labatt Brewing Company, makers of Labatt's Blue.

The Detroit Tigers are one of the original charter members of the American League, which was established in 1901, along with Chicago and Cleveland. Since 1901, the Tigers have won 10 American League Championships and four World Series in 1935, '45, '68 and '84.

Connie Mack was recruited to manage the Philadelphia Athletics in 1901 to compete with the National League Philidelphia Phillies. Despite many "dynasty" years and feared hitting, the Athletics eventually ran out of steam. By 1954, the team owners ran out of money and the Athletics moved to Kansas City. In 1968, the team moved to Oakland where it currently resides.

The Texas Rangers were established in 1961, originally as the Washington Senators. In 1971, the team moved Texas and became the Rangers. While the Rangers have never won a World Series, they did win American League Pennant in 2010 and 2011.

The Boston Braves were established in 1871 and stayed in Boston until 1952, when they moved to Milwaukee and finally, to Atlanta. Those three moves from Boston to Milwaukee to Atlanta make the Braves the oldest continuous franchise in professional baseball.

The Kansas City Royals were a 1969 expansion team. As an expansion team, they have been one of the most successful, with four American League Pennants and two World Series championships in 1985 and 2015.

The Houston Astros were established in 1962 as an expansion team with the New York Mets. The team was originally known as the Houston Colt .45s. ​Three years later, as a tribute to Houston's contributions to the American space program, the team was renamed the Astros. In 2005, the Astros played in -- and lost -- their first World Series. From 2010 to 2014, they had straight seasons of 100 losses or more. In 2013, they moved from the National League to the American League.

The Brooklyn Dodgers are one of baseball's most iconic teams. They were named after the often reputed skills of Brooklyn residents dodging the local trolley streetcar system. They lasted from 1884 to 1957 when they moved to LA. With their long history of baseball, few stories or achievements will ever compare to April 15, 1947, ​when Jackie Robinson played his first game as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers.

The Boston Red Sox are an original charter member of the 1901 American League baseball expansion. They have been playing in Fenway Park since 1912, making the stadium the oldest in baseball. From its quirky renovations ​to its modest size, Fenway is considered one of the stadiums every baseball fan should visit.

From Boston to Milwaukee and then Atlanta, the Braves are baseballs longest continuously operated franchise. They may also have had ten different names over the years. While the team had seen success throughout its long history, it wasn't until the 1990s when they achieved coveted dominance in baseball with five National League Pennants and a World Series.

The Chicago White Sox were an original charter member of the American League, known back then as the Chicago White Stockings. They achieved early success with World Series titles in 1906 and 1917. In fact, it was their defensive style of play in 1906 that won them the World Series and dubbed the team as the "hitless wonders." Perhaps the White Sox most sour moment came in the 1919 World Series and the Black Sox Scandal.

The Kansas City A's moved to Oakland in 1967 after a tumultuous 62 and 99 record. It was their 13th season in Kansas City. This move led to the expansion Kansas City Royals in 1969.

Arguably the greatest team to have hit the ball field, the New York Yankees were established in 1901 as the Baltimore Orioles. A year later, they moved to New York. From 1923 to present, the team has won 27 World Series titles, the most of any other team. But with names such as Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig on the roster known as "Murderer's Row," you can expect nothing but dominance.

The Seattle Pilots were a one-season team in the American League before becoming the Milwaukee Brewers in 1970. The name came from the owner's part-time job of working as a harbor pilot. In their single season, the team had a record of 64 and 98.

The Philidelphia Phillies are the oldest continuous, one-name, one-city team in baseball. They were established in 1883. The Phillies have won two World Series -- in 1980 and 2008 -- and have seven National League Pennants.

The San Diego Padres were founded in 1969 and have won two National League Championships, losing in the World Series both times. The Padres are only one of two teams to originate in California.

The Chicago White Stockings is the original name for both Chicago professional baseball teams. In 1871, the team, which eventually became the Cubs, was established. And in 1900, the Chicago White Stockings had to receive permission from cross-town rivals, the Cubs, to keep the White Stockings name.

The story of the Tampa Bay Rays started nearly three decades before the team took the field in 1995. Since the '60s, Tampa Bay was unsuccessful in bringing in an expansion team or enticing current teams to move. While the first decade of the team's existence was abysmal, they have begun to kick it up a notch in the 2010s.

Singer and actor Gene Autry started the Los Angeles Angels in 1961 as an expansion team with the Washington Senators. The naming rights for the city have changed due to an agreement with the city of Anaheim which negotiated the name due to its contribution of $30 million to the stadium costs.

Nap Lajolie was the great player-manager, ending his career with the Cleveland Naps, named for Lajolie. After Lajolie's departure, the team was renamed the Indians.

The Cleveland Indians were renamed in 1915 after Nap Lajolie left the team, then called the Cleveland Naps. The Indians have two World Series titles and one of the biggest slumps (33-years) in baseball. This may have been the inspiration for the "Major League" movie franchise.

The St. Louis Cardinals are one of the most successful franchises in baseball history with 11 World Series titles, second only to the Yankees, and 19 National League Pennants. From establishing the farm system to 30-win seasons and home run records, the Cardinals have achieved some of the greatest feats in baseball.

The Pittsburgh Pirates were founded in 1887. In their century-plus long history, the Pirates have won five World Series titles and nine National League Pennants. From 1993 to 2012, the Pirates had 20-straight losing seasons, the longest streak in any North American professional sport.

The Boston Bees were a short-lived branding change for a team that would eventually become the Atlanta Braves. The franchise name lasted from 1936 to 1940 ​but was essentially considered unpopular and the team switched back to the Braves. During their four years, the team never made it to the playoffs,

The Milwaukee Brewers were originally known as the Seattle Pilots, an expansion team in 1969. The team relocated to Milwaukee in 1970 and is since the only team to have played in four different divisions. They were originally an American League team and in 1998, switched to the National League.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are a continuation of the iconic Brooklyn Dodgers. The cross-country move came in 1958. As a franchise, the Dodgers have won six World Series titles (five in LA) and 21 National League Pennants (nine in LA).

From 1956 to 1960, the Cincinnati Red Stockings were changed to the Redlegs as a means of avoiding the connotation between the color red and communism. However, by 1961, the team's name was changed to the Reds amid the teams prolific hitting success. Led by Jackie Robinson, the team tied a National League record 221 home runs.

The Arizona Diamondbacks were established in 1998 and by 2001 had won their first World Series title, making them the fastest new franchise or expansion team to win a World Series. The 2001 season is the only National League Pennant and World Series appearance since their inception.

The Minnesota Twins are part of the original eight American League teams established in 1901. At that time, they were known as the Washington Senators. In 1960, the league agreed to allow the owners to move the Senators to Minnesota. The Twins are named after the twin cities - Minneapolis and St. Paul. The team has three World Series titles and six American league Pennants.

The St. Louis Browns started as the Milwaukee Brewers before moving to St. Louis as the Browns and eventually settling down as the Baltimore Orioles. The team lasted 53 years in St. Louis.

The Houston Colt .45's were an expansion team in 1962. Unfortunately, the team's name and success was never quite attained and the team never had a winning season. By 1965, the team changed its name to the Astros to celebrate Houston's commitment to the American space program.

In an effort to rebrand a team known as perennial losers, owner Bob Carpenter held a renaming contest. The winner won $100 and season tickets. The winning name was the Blue Jays. However, after two seasons of winning only 64 and 61 games respectfully, the team was changed back to the Phillies.

The Oakland A's were one of the first charter franchises of the American League in 1901. They started off with great success, winning five World Series titles in the first 30 years. In franchise history, the Athletics have won nine titles and 15 American League Pennants. The team moved from Philadelphia to Kansas City in 1955 and finally to Oakland in 1968.

For a team that hasn't gone very far, the California Angels have changed names multiple times, often due to lease and negotiating city agreements - from the Los Angeles Angels,​ to California Angels, to Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and back to the Los Angeles Angels. The team retained the California Angels from 1965 to 1996.

The Tampa Bay Devil Rays were established in 1998. However, their first decade was spent in the cellar of the American League East. Under new ownership and an uptick in play, the name was changed in 2008 to the Tampa Bay Rays - its meaning as a burst of Ray (a new hope) rather than the sea creature.

The Colorado Rockies were established in 1993 after several failed attempts to bring in other professional teams to the area. Since '93 the team has won one National League Pennant and subsequently lost the World Series in 2007.

The Boston Bean Eaters would eventually become the Atlanta Braves. But as Bean Eaters they already had one of the most successful franchises in baseball with five pennants between 1883 and 1906. They also had a combined .542 winning percentage.

The Miami Marlins -- originally known as The Florida Marlins -- were a 1993 expansion team. The team is only one of two -- the other being the Colorado Rockies -- who have never won their division. However, they have been in the playoffs twice after winning the wild card. The team won the Worlds Series in 1997 and 2003.

The Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers was named after the rumored aptitude that Brooklyn residents had in dodging trolley streetcars. The name was coined in 1895 and later shortened to Dodgers. However, the Trolley Dodgers name did make a comeback for two seasons, in 1911 and 1912, before reverting back to the Dodgers for the 1913 season.

The Seattle Mariners were a 1977 expansion team. The name celebrates the proud marine culture in the city of Seattle. The Mariners are one of eight teams to have never won a World Series, and only one of two who have never played in the World Series.

The Montreal Expos were established in 1969 as the first team to play in the MLB from outside the United States. The franchise relocated to Washington D.C. in 2005 with no World Series titles or Pennants. Despite several Hall of Fame players, the team never amounted to its potential.

The Giants were founded in 1883 as the New York Gothams and by 1958, they settled in San Francisco. The Giants are one of the most successful teams in the National League with eight World Series titles and 23 National League Pennants.

The New York Highlanders were established in 1901 as the Baltimore Orioles. By 1903, they were named the Highlanders, a name which would stick until 1912. The name was changed to the New York Yankees in 1913, and well, you know the rest.

The Chicago Cubs were founded in 1876 as the Chicago White Stockings. The team eventually took the name of the Cubs in 1903. While many think there is a relation between the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox due to the name White Stockings, there is not. The White Sox had to request permission from the Cubs organization to use the name White Stockings.

The Washington Senators were one of the original American League franchises, established in 1901. While the Senators had decades of mediocre play, they found success in the '20s and '30s, winning one World Series and three American League Pennants at a time when the Yankees were a powerhouse.

While the modern Washington Senators are the fourth team to have played in Washington D.C., they are unrelated to previous similarly-named teams. The Washington National's beginning was in Montreal as an expansion team and the first Canadian team to play in the league.

The Brooklyn Robins would later become known as the Dodgers. The Robins, from 1914 to 1931, honored their manager, Eilbert Robinson, by naming the team after him.

The Mets were one of baseball's first expansion teams. Established in 1962, the Mets were brought in to make up for the loss of two National League New York teams, the Giants and the Dodgers. The Mets had a horrible start,​ going 40 and 120, and it wasn't until the "Miracle Mets" of 1969 that they won a World Series. They have won four since the '69 season.

The Cincinnati Reds began as a charter member of the American Association in 1882, before joining the National League in 1890. Throughout their long history, they have won five World Series titles and nine National League Pennants. While the Reds have had some great names in baseball history, from Johnny Bench to Sparky Anderson, they have also had to contend with the on-field/off-field antics of baseball's greatest hitter and embarrassment, Pete Rose. The Pete Rose saga resembles the tumultuous up and down seasons of the Reds' long history.

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If your passion is baseball, there is so much to know. The history of the major league players, the favored teams, each league and player stats, awards, records, leaders, rookies, scores and more. So, you probably think recognizing a logo is easy. You know the team colors, right? What could be so hard? Well, 83% of people can't figure out these pro baseball teams from a partial logo. So now it’s up to you. Can you beat the majority of baseball fans who can’t step up to the plate? We’ll pitch the questions and we’ll see if you can hit it out of the park. Take the quiz now. 

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