You can create a theme league, choose franchise soup, and select your franchise.
That will solve the search problems mentioned earlier.
3/13/2008 10:27 AM
This is a list I made up about a year ago that helps me find players in the WIS Database. About 98% of the franchises they've got correct, as compared to, but there are still a few mistakes that can be found. For example, lists the Phillies as the Blue Jays in 1943 and 1944. The WIS Database has them as the Blue Jays in 1944 and 1945. Another one that I remember is the Brooklyn team from the Federal League. has them listed as the Brooklyn Tip-Tops - the WIS Database calls them the Brooklyn Feds.
This list is designed to help you find the players in the WIS Database. This is how you'll find them when searching under teams. Unless they've made any changes or updates in the last 12 months to the info, it should still be good to go (sorry for the lousy formatting)...

Angels:Los Angeles Angels (1961-1964) (A.L.)

California Angels (1965-1996) (A.L.)

Anaheim Angels (1997-2005) (A.L.)

Los Angeles Angels (2006-2007) (A.L.)

Anaheim Angels (2008-2010) (A.L.)

Astros:Houston Colt .45’s (1962-1964) (N.L.)

Houston Astros (1965-Present) (N.L.)

Athletics:Philadelphia Athletics (1901-1954) (A.L.)

Kansas City Athletics (1955-1967) (A.L.)

Oakland Athletics (1968-Present) (A.L.)

Blue Jays:Toronto Blue Jays (1977-Present) (A.L.)

Braves:Boston Beaneaters (1885-1906) (N.L.)

Boston Doves (1907-1910) (N.L.)

Boston Braves (1911-1935) (N.L.)

Boston Bees (1936-1940) (N.L.)

Boston Braves (1941-1952) (N.L.)

Milwaukee Braves (1953-1965) (N.L.)

Atlanta Braves (1966-Present) (N.L.)

Brewers:Seattle Pilots (1969) (A.L.)

Milwaukee Brewers (1970-1997) (A.L.)

Milwaukee Brewers (1998-Present) (N.L.)

Cardinals:St. Louis Browns (1885-1891) (A.A.)

St. Louis Browns (1892-1898) (N.L.)

St. Louis Perfectos (1899) (N.L.)

St. Louis Cardinals (1900-Present) (N.L.)

Cubs:Chicago White Stockings (1885-1889) (N.L.)

Chicago Colts (1890-1897) (N.L.)

Chicago Orphans (1898-1902) (N.L.)

Chicago Cubs (1903-Present) (N.L.)

Tampa Bay Devil Rays (1998-2007) (A.L.)

Tampa Bay Rays (2008-Present) (A.L.)

Diamondbacks:Arizona Diamondbacks (1998-Present) (N.L.)

Dodgers:Brooklyn Grays (1885-1886) (A.A.)

Brooklyn Dodgers (1887) (A.A.)

Brooklyn Bridegrooms (1888-1889) (A.A.)

Brooklyn Bridegrooms (1890-1898) (N.L.)

Brooklyn Superbas (1899-1910) (N.L.)

Brooklyn Dodgers (1911-1915) (N.L.)

Brooklyn Robins (1916-1930) (N.L.)

Brooklyn Dodgers (1931-1957) (N.L.)

Los Angeles Dodgers (1958-Present) (N.L.)

Giants:New York Giants (1885-1957) (N.L.)

San Francisco Giants (1958-Present) (N.L.)

Indians:Cleveland Blues (1901-1902) (A.L.)

Cleveland Naps (1903-1914) (A.L.)

Cleveland Indians (1915-Present) (A.L.)

Mariners:Seattle Mariners (1977-Present) (A.L.)

Marlins:Florida Marlins (1993-Present) (N.L.)

Mets:New York Mets (1962-Present) (N.L.)

Nationals:Montreal Expos (1969-2004) (N.L.)

Washington Nationals (2005-Present) (N.L.)

Orioles:Milwaukee Brewers (1901) (A.L.)

St. Louis Browns (1902-1953) (A.L.)

Baltimore Orioles (1954-Present) (A.L.)

Padres:San Diego Padres (1969-Present) (N.L.)

Phillies:Philadelphia Quakers (1885-1889) (N.L.)

Philadelphia Phillies (1890-1943) (N.L.)

Philadelphia Blue Jays (1944-1945) (N.L.)

Philadelphia Phillies (1946-Present) (N.L.)

Pirates:Pittsburgh Alleghenys (1885-1886) (A.A.)

Pittsburgh Alleghenys (1887-1890) (N.L.)

Pittsburgh Pirates (1891-Present) (N.L.)

Rangers: Washington Senators (1961-1971) (A.L.)

Texas Rangers (1972-Present) (A.L.)

Reds:Cincinnati Red Stockings (1885-1889) (A.A.)

Cincinnati Reds (1890-Present) (N.L.)

Red Sox:Boston Americans (1901-1907) (A.L.)

Boston Red Sox (1908-Present) (A.L.)

Rockies:Colorado Rockies (1993-Present) (N.L.)

Royals:Kansas City Royals (1969-Present) (A.L.)

Tigers:Detroit Tigers (1901-Present) (A.L.)

Twins:Washington Senators (1901-1960) (A.L.)

Minnesota Twins (1961-Present) (A.L.)

White Sox:Chicago White Sox (1901-Present) (A.L.)

Yankees:Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (A.L.)

New York Highlanders (1903-1912) (A.L.)

New York Yankees (1913-Present) (A.L.)
2/12/2011 1:11 PM (edited)

Athletics:Philadelphia Athletics (1885-1890) (A.A.)

Athletics:Philadelphia Athletics (1890) (P.L.)

Philadelphia Quakers (1891) (A.A.)

Bisons:Buffalo Bisons (1885) (N.L.)

Bisons:Buffalo Bisons (1890) (P.L.)

Brewers:Milwaukee Brewers (1891) (A.A.)

Broncos:Rochester Broncos (1890) (A.A.)

Buf-Feds:Buffalo Giants (1914-1915) (F.L.)

Burghers:Pittsburgh Burghers (1890) (P.L.)

Colonels:Louisville Colonels (1885-1891) (A.A.)

Louisville Colonels (1892-1899) (N.L.)

Cowboys:Kansas City Cowboys (1886) (N.L.)

Cowboys:Kansas City Cowboys (1888-1889) (A.A.)

Giants:New York Giants (1890) (P.L.)

Gladiators:Brooklyn Gladiators (1890) (A.A.)

Grays: Providence Grays (1885) (N.L.)

Hoosiers:Indianapolis Hoosiers (1887-1889) (N.L.)

Hoosiers:Indianapolis Hoosier-Feds (1914) (F.L.)

Newark Pepper (1915) (F.L.)

Infants:Cleveland Infants (1890) (P.L.)

Kelly’s Killers:Cincinnati Kelly’s Killers (1891) (A.A.)

Maroons:St. Louis Maroons (1885-1886) (N.L.)

Maumees:Toledo Maumees (1890) (A.A.)

Metropolitans:New York Metropolitans (1885-1887) (A.A.)

Nationals:Washington Nationals (1886-1889) (N.L.)

Orioles:Baltimore Orioles (1885-1891) (A.A.)

Baltimore Orioles (1892-1899) (N.L.)

Packers:Kansas City Packers (1914-1915) (F.L.)

Pirates:Chicago Pirates (1890) (P.L.)

Rebels:Pittsburgh Rebels (1914-1915) (F.L.)

Reds:Boston Reds (1890) (P.L.)

Boston Reds (1891) (A.A.)

Senators:Washington Statesmen (1891) (A.A.)

Washington Senators (1892-1899) (N.L.)

Solons:Columbus Solons (1889-1891) (A.A.)

Spiders:Cleveland Blues (1887-1888) (A.A.)

Cleveland Spiders (1889-1899) (N.L.)

Stars:Syracuse Stars (1890) (A.A.)

Terrapins:Baltimore Terrapins (1914-1915) (F.L.)

Terriers:St. Louis Terriers (1914-1915) (F.L.)

Tip-Tops:Brooklyn Feds (1914-1915) (F.L.)

Ward’s Wonders:Brooklyn Wonders (1890) (P.L.)

Whales:Chicago Whales (1914-1915) (F.L.)

Wolverines:Detroit Wolverines (1885-1888) (N.L.)

3/18/2008 2:52 AM
The Cleveland Spiders were folded into the St. Louis Perfectos sometime during the 1899 season and the combined franchise became the Cardinals the following year. It's detailed in the biography of Tris Speaker that came out a couple years ago. It's also in the commemorative "100 years of Cleveland Indians" book that was sent out to season-ticket holders in the 2001 season. Unfortunately I don't have either book handy to give the minutae, but the Spiders were bleeding money and the NL wanted to strengthen the St. Louis franchise, so they merged the sorry Spiders (who went 20-134) into the Perfectos. Note that any player of consequence for the 1899 Spiders wound up playing for the Cards in 1900--Lave Cross, Ossie Schreckengost, Willie Sudhoff. It also gets you access to Cy Young for the Cardinals in franchise leagues, as he pitched for the 1898 Spiders.
4/11/2008 10:19 PM
The same thing could largely be said about the Louisville/Pittsburgh franchises....but I think this (two teams effectively merging, or one being absorbed by the other) is quite different from one team simply changing cities/leagues/names.
4/22/2008 10:17 AM
Somebody please post something. I'm tired of seeing my screen name up here.
7/4/2008 11:55 PM
BUMP to help Arlen...

7/6/2008 11:33 PM
Yep, now they show up as "1893 Baltimore Orioles (<1900)"

But you can't search the 19th O's seperately from the modern O's or the Pre-Yankees. Also if they were going to do that then why not similar treatment for the 19th century Browns?
7/17/2008 3:18 AM
never mind. user error.
7/21/2008 12:10 PM
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I've been away for awhile, thanks for this type of information. It will save me $, when I create my teams.

Glad to be back.
10/21/2008 2:00 AM
11/20/2008 9:34 AM
Quote: Originally Posted By Bilfert on 1/27/2008Los Angeles Dodgers

Los Angeles Dodgers (1958 - 2007)
Brooklyn Dodgers (1911, 1912, 1932 - 1957)
Brooklyn Robins (1914 - 1931)
Brooklyn Superbas (1899 - 1910, 1913)
Brooklyn Bridegrooms (1888 - 1890, 1896 - 1898)
Brooklyn Grooms (1891 - 1895)
Brooklyn Grays (1885 - 1887)
Brooklyn Atlantics (1884)
I just wanted to say that the Dodgers have the best team names.

12/19/2008 5:50 AM
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