Super Bowl XVII Posted March 17, 2011 Share Posted March 17, 2011 Why are the Redskins called the Redskins? Here is a very likely reason: William "Lone Star" Dietz. William "Lone Star" Dietz attended the Carlisle Indian school (Jim Thorpe, Pop Warner, Isaac Seneca, etc.). The Indians were very popular in the early 20th century. The Redskins became the Boston Redskins in 1933. In 1932, their first year as an organization, they were the Boston Braves. They changed their name in their second season. That name change coincided with Lone Star taking over the head coaching position. It is a possibility that that is why the team chose the name "Redskins," but why would George Preston Marshall, a racist (according to much documentation), change the name in honor of a Native-American? I talked to a local author from Carlisle and here is what he said: "Lone Star Dietz was hired to be head coach of the Boston Braves after the 1932 season. Sometime after his hiring, the team moved to Fenway Park necessitating a name change. I have seen Boston Braves stationery with Dietz’s name on it. That shows that he was hired before the name change. George Preston Marshall’s granddaughter wrote an op-ed to the “Washington Post” some years ago in which she stated that Marshall renamed the team in honor of Dietz (and, possibly, of the four Haskell players Dietz brought with him). Dietz coached the Boston Redskins in 1933 and 1934. This is all spelled out in my biography of Dietz." "Marshall was a racist when it came to black players. He apparently didn’t have any problems with Indians and his decision to not interrupt the 12/7/1941 game to announce the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor probably doesn’t have anything to do with race. My sense is that he wasn’t a Japanese apologist; he just didn’t want to lose money from concessions and disrupt his players. He was a hard-nosed businessman who didn’t like losing money and who wanted to win a championship." Tom Benjey Author of Keep A-goin’: the life of Lone Star Dietz http://www.tuxedo-press.com/ There have been many explanations given about where the Redskins got their name from. I am not sure which explanation is the correct one, but this makes a lot of sense to me. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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