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call it an organization

In a very-unlikely-for-me dream scenario, I was overhearing an insurance agent trying to tell a city baseball team manager one last thing when the latter had already turned to go.

"He says you're probably going to want to raise the team's insurance," I said, since I was near the manager. The manager winced.

"Call it an organization, not a team," he said. I conveyed this information back to the insurance agent, who then queried the manager about the "organization's" founding and structure.

"Well," the manager said, "the players pooled to buy uniforms ..."

I think it's very democratic and inclusive of my dream life to include things that I have ostensibly no interest in. I've just now looked at a bunch of pages that describe how baseball teams in the United States are organized, trying to see if my dream depiction bears any relation to anything. It doesn't. What I want to know is, how does a team get *started*? All I can find is about people buying teams, but at some point someone had to found a team, didn't they? WHY AM I EVEN WANTING TO KNOW THIS?!

Here is a player on the Holyoke (MA) Valley Blue Sox team. Before the Valley Blue Sox were the Valley Blue Sox, they were the Concord (MA) Quarry Dogs. That knowledge is now in my head ....




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Mar. 20th, 2017 10:54 am (UTC)
I don't know how baseball teams got started, but British football (soccer) teams have various origins, often as works teams. Believe it or not, Manchester United, possibly the best known football team in the world began life in 1878 as Newton Heath LYR Football Club, based at the Carriage and Wagon department of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway (LYR) depot at Newton Heath (a district in the NE of Manchester). The team initially played games against other departments and railway companies before gradually evolving into the internationally known team of today.

Could US baseball teams have had similar origins as teams formed by working men at different factories, railroad companies etc?
Mar. 20th, 2017 11:13 am (UTC)
That seems very likely! I know companies do often have some team or other for this or that sport, and baseball is very common. (Fascinating about Manchester United's history, too!)
Mar. 20th, 2017 11:25 am (UTC)
That is just so cool.
Mar. 20th, 2017 04:03 pm (UTC)
Very odd, was what I thought!
Mar. 20th, 2017 11:36 am (UTC)
Mar. 20th, 2017 04:04 pm (UTC)
Looks like the Blue Sox still have a Quarry Dog on their shirts, huh.
Mar. 20th, 2017 08:26 pm (UTC)
That's so funny! The subconscious is such a strange place.

When I worked at The Reminder, we were a sponsor of the Blue Sox. We did their program. I never did make it to a game, though!
Mar. 21st, 2017 02:29 am (UTC)
Here is a player on the Holyoke (MA) Valley Blue Sox team. Before the Valley Blue Sox were the Valley Blue Sox, they were the Concord (MA) Quarry Dogs.

"Quarry Dogs" is a great name for a baseball team. I'm sorry they aren't anymore!
Mar. 21st, 2017 04:48 pm (UTC)
It *is* a good name; better than [color] sox. As a small piece of consolation, the dog seems to have survived on the uniform, at least.
Mar. 21st, 2017 05:41 am (UTC)
I think it would be funny if the opposite happened. Say due to a clerical error, a batch of uniforms gets made up for the Holyoke Voles, and suddenly a team needs to form to make use of them.
Mar. 21st, 2017 04:55 pm (UTC)
This is a marvelous idea, a new take on "if you build it, they will come."

If you outfit them, they will come.

I'm going to post you a picture of a Holyoke Vole next :-)
Mar. 21st, 2017 05:21 pm (UTC)
here we go
Both a mascot and a player!

Holyoke Vole
Mar. 22nd, 2017 03:24 am (UTC)
Re: here we go
Love it! Go the Voles!
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