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On 5/17/2020 at 12:57 AM, sportsfan7 said:

My favorites have to be the Indianapolis Indians who've had the name since 1902 and were only affiliated with Cleveland for 5 yrs in the 50s, and the Spokane Indians who've had the name since 1940 and were never affiliated with Cleveland. As far as I can tell, they are the only MiLB teams to share a nickname with a MLB team they aren't affiliated with.

Ha!  I was today years old when I realized that the Indianapolis Indians were not affiliated with the Cleveland Indians.

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Surprised that the Cardinals AAA team has not been mentioned. The old Louisville Redbirds were their team from 1984-1997


Then, when AAA expanded, the Cardinals wanted to be with the new team in Memphis, so the Memphis Redbirds were born. This was their original look:spacer.png

Later, they updated their wordmark, going to a script but keeping the single bird: spacer.png

Later, the Cardinals purchased the team and turned them into a Cardinals clone (Similar to their Palm Beach and Springfield affiliates):



The Cardinals sold the team, and the franchise wanted a more "Memphis" themed look, but kept the colors and went to their current look (Which includes the amazing M as a music note as the alternate hat):


As part of their current set, they wear these BEAUTIFUL powder blue alternates on Sunday, which they actually introduced BEFORE the Cardinals got their current powder blue set.spacer.png

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Obviously the Dodgers' AAA club (owned by the parent club) branded to match but there's a bit of consistency in the use of alternates/the incorporation of the red front number.


















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