Origin of Minor League team names: I

Since 2004 I am addicted to Minor League baseball. Not that it is easy to attend a game when you live in the Netherlands, but I love the way those clubs are more focused on families, children and the related entertainment.
In 2008 I attended my first Minor League game at Adelanto, CA. The High Desert Mavericks (A Advanced affiliate of the Mariners) hosted the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (then an Angels affiliate, now part of the Dodgers organization) in a California League matchup. Since then I am in love.

A very short one this time. There is only one team with the letter:

I

Indianapolis Indians:
When the baseball club in Indianapolis was founded in 1902, the owners simply chose to let the name refer to the name of the state.

The Inland Empire 66ers:
It is obvious that the name comes from route 66 that runs through San Bernadino county.
Looking for a new identity and a way to include the fans in rebranding, the front office held a competition to rename the organization in 2003. Season ticket holder, Phil Westbook’s suggestion and a desire to brand the team to the entire Inland Empire led to the team taking on the name Inland Empire 66ers.

Iowa Cubs:
Triple-A baseball came to Iowa’s capital city in 1969, as the Iowa Oaks of the American Association began play. The Oaks were affiliates of the Oakland Athletics (1969–1973), the Chicago White Sox (1973–1974 and 1976–1980), and the Houston Astros (1975). In 1981, the team affiliated with the Chicago Cubs and adopted the nickname of the parent team, although it is often shortened to “I-Cubs” by fans and media to avoid confusion with the major league team.

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