Nugget of Knowledge: Cavaliers name origin

Fans were able to vote on what to name the new team

Nugget of Knowledge

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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