How Cleveland Became the Indians
In the national League, the club with Oliver (Pat) Tebeau in charge was known as the Spiders. The team of 1899, which lost 134 games, was the called the Wanderers or the Exiles because its games at home were transferred. When Cleveland entered the American League, the club was nicknamed the Blues, the Naps (when they were directed by Larry Lajoie) and the Molly Maguires during the brief period when Jim McGuire was head man. The nickname of Indians was adopted in 1915.