|Dragons (Chunichi 1947-1950, Nagoya 1951-1953,
Chunichi 1954- )
On January 15, 1936, Shin Aichi (first called
Chunichi Shinbun, combined with Nagoya Shinbun
later) took the lead to form the DaiNihon
Baseball Association Nagoya branch, and joined
the Japanese Professional Baseball Association.
The nickname was chosen without public input.
It is said that the reason was the president
of the parent company, Chubu Nihon Shinbun,
Toranosuke Sugiyama, was born in the dragon
year of the Chinese zodiac. Some heard the
story about that from Shigeru Sugishita who
is a former player of Dragons. Mr. Sugiyama
said that the president told them to name
the team Tigers because his name was Toranosuke[Tora=Tiger], but Osaka had already taken that nickname.
Then, he told them to make it Dragons since
he was born in the year of the Dragon. Mr.
Sugishita recalled that it was an unusual
story. If it had happened now, the president
would of course be accused of treating the
team as his own toy! But at that time, it
was considered natural for executives to
be so dictatorial and caused no problem.