When the Name of a Sports Team Makes People Mad

From a Washington Post story by Frederic J. Frommer headlined “The WFT’s name change is a marathon. The Cincinnati Reds 0nce did it in a sprint.”

Nearly 70 years ago, the Cincinnati Reds decided their name wouldn’t cut it in a political climate of anti-communist hysteria. Days before the start of the 1953 season, the team surprised sportswriters and fans when it announced that it would be known as the Redlegs.