I’m reading “A Clever Base-Ballist - the Life and Times of John Montgomery Ward”, and the author says that “in 1883 there were more than one hundred different [baseball] teams named the Oscar Wildes.”
My impression of baseball in 1883 is that it was a game played by guys who wouldn’t be caught dead reading anything by Oscar Wilde. So why in the world was the name so popular in baseball circles? I can see one team taking the name as a joke, but 100???