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1915 According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the American League franchise will now be known as the Indians, replacing the nickname the Naps - a change necessitated due to the departure of player-manager Napolean Lajoie to the Philadelphia A's. Team owner Charles W. Somers asked the city's baseball writers for help, and with the feedback of their readers, the scribes selected the team's new moniker to honor former Cleveland Spider player Louis Sockalexis, the first Native American to play in the major leagues.

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