YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – How did the Cleveland Cavaliers get their name?
The Cleveland Plain Dealer ran a poll in 1970 asking fans to name the expansion team — they chose the Cavaliers.
Jerry Tomko suggested the name, saying Cavaliers are daring, fearless men who never surrender, no matter the odds.
Tomko’s son, Brett, went on to become a Major League pitcher for a dozen teams, but never pitched for the Indians.
The name Cavaliers won out over these other finalists: the Cleveland Jays, the Foresters, Towers and the Cleveland Presidents.
Ohio produced seven presidents, second only to Virginia.
That first year, 1970, was rough — the team had to play its first seven games on the road because the Cleveland Arena had the Ice Capades booked.
The record that year: 15 wins and 67 loses.
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