Sports Corner Salutes the Cleveland Spiders

With the news that the baseball team in Cleveland is apparently getting rid of its racist nickname and logo (though not till after another full season of selling Chief Wahoo merchandise), people are pondering the next name for the team. And thus remembering the Cleveland Spiders. The Spiders are best known for a remarkably bad 20-134 record in 1899, thanks to the team’s owners purchasing the team that would become the St. Louis Cardinals in 1900 and transferring of the Spiders’ good players to STL. But prior to that, the Spiders were usually good, winning a version of the NL’s playoffs in 1895, and sending six players to the Hall of Fame. Most notably Cy Young. While using a nickname last seen in the 19th century is not particularly adventurous, it would a fun way to restore the reputation of the original Spiders. Assuming, of course, that the Dolan family doesn’t ruin the reputation of the current team further.


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As ever, all sports subjects welcome.