How San Diego Helped Name a Golden State Warriors

The Golden State Warriors have been Oakland’s group for decades. In all yet name.

Even yet a group has played roughly all of a games in a East Bay given a 1970s, they’re famous as a Golden State Warriors. This doesn’t lay right with Oakland proprietor and lifelong Warriors fan Alan Chazaro.

“I’ve always kind of taken it as an insult that they were never famous as a Oakland Warriors,” Alan said.

The name is unique. The Warriors are a usually group in a NBA — and one of a few in all of U.S. veteran sports — not to be named after a city or state.

Alan Chazaro has been a Golden State Warriors fan his whole life, and it bugs him that a group isn't some-more connected to Oakland in a name.
Alan Chazaro has been a Golden State Warriors fan his whole life, and it bugs him that a group isn’t some-more connected to Oakland in a name. (Courtesy of Alan Chazaro)

“That would be like if there was a Sunshine State Marlins,” Alan said, referring to one of Florida’s veteran ball teams.

Alan pronounced he’s finished some of his possess examine yet could never find a gratifying answer as to because a Warriors had such a opposite moniker.

Originally a Philadelphia Warriors, a group changed to a Bay Area in 1962 and played as a San Francisco Warriors for roughly a decade.

During this period, a group played home games all over a region: San Francisco’s Civic Auditorium, a University of San Francisco’s War Memorial Gym, Daly City’s Cow Palace, a Oakland Coliseum and a San Jose Civic Auditorium (now City National Civic).

“The Warriors in those days did not pull genuine well,” pronounced Art Spander, who has lonesome sports in California for some-more than 50 years for a San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Examiner.

Spander pronounced that before a 1971 season, Warriors owners Franklin Mieuli motionless he was going to separate a team’s home games between a Bay Area and San Diego, that had usually mislaid a possess NBA franchise.

There was usually one problem.

“Well he didn’t know what to call a Warriors,” Spander pronounced of Mieuli. “You can’t call them a San Francisco Warriors and play games in San Diego, he decided.”

Mieuli also suspicion job a group a California Warriors would sound too most like a Cal Bears of UC-Berkeley, so he went with something totally different: Golden State.

“And they’ve been Golden State ever since,” Spander said.

Golden State wasn’t accurately a new term. It became a state’s central nickname in 1968 and had been compared with a state given a Gold Rush. But it had never been practical to a sports authorization before.

After all that, a Warriors usually played a few games in San Diego that season. Most were played during a Oakland Coliseum, that would shortly turn a team’s permanent home. Some efforts were done in a ’70s to change a name to a Oakland Warriors yet by then, Golden State was here to stay.

Art Spander looks during a journal in his East Bay home. He's lonesome sports in a Bay Area for some-more than 50 years.
Art Spander looks during a journal in his East Bay home. He’s lonesome sports in a Bay Area for some-more than 50 years. (Ryan Levi/KQED)

“I consider it’s kind of fun,” Spander pronounced of a name. “There is no Golden State. That’s how we report California. But they positively have a singular identification.”

Our doubt asker Alan is a small reduction enthused.

“I know it a small bit more,” he said, “but we do have to contend it still stings a small bit, generally given they’re relocating behind to San Francisco.”

According to a Warriors spokesman, there are no skeleton as of now to change a name behind to San Francisco when a group moves behind opposite a brook in 2019.

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Ask Bay Curious a doubt …

  • I don’t unequivocally follow sports, and for years when we listened references to “Golden State,” we insincere it was a college group from somewhere called Golden State University. we was repelled to find out that they were a pro group personification in Oakland!

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