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Why Are They Called the New York Giants?

Riding Baseball's Coattails

    In 1919, football was still considered a college pastime, though some cities were forming professional squads to highlight former college stars. That year, the baseball New York Giants sponsored a pro squad to play their games at the Polo Grounds, and hired former Harvard football star Charles Brickley to form and run the team. The Giants kept the name to remind fans that they were a spinoff of the wildly popular baseball team. When Mara bought the team in 1925, he kept the previous franchise's name.

Baseball Mascot's Origin

    The New York Giants baseball team was actually known as the Metropolitans when they joined the National League in 1881. But coach Jim Mutrie once praised his squad by calling them "my big fellows, my giants." The term of endearment stuck as the team's name, and still stands today -- though that team relocated and is now the San Francisco Giants.

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About the Author

A native of Pittsburgh, Steve Wozniak has worked as a humor writer, a sports writer, an editor and even scribbled a few ads for big-time clients back in the day. These days, he spends his time contributing to a number of websites, covering the occasional sports event, and penning the next great American novel. He studied communications and theater at University of Notre Dame.

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