It was made very clear in 1908 that the Boston Americans were now officially the Boston Red Stockings, or Red Sox. the shortened version of the Sox was taken from the Chicago White Sox who shortened their name to disassociate themselves with the Chicago White Stockings, in part. For the most part, it was likely that they shortened the name to get the most space from newspaper accounts of the games.
A red stocking symbol was placed on the chest at center, slanted with the name "BOSTON" running down to the heel of the stocking. This was the first time, on an American League jersey, that a team nickname was pictured.
After the 1955 baseball reason, for some reason, someone, somewhere, thought it would be a good idea to change the Cardinals uniform. The only possible explanation that we’ve heard is that script logos with underlines were all the rage and the Cardinals wanted to get in on it. So in 1956, the Cardinals took the field without the birds on a bat for the first time since 1922.
The new uniforms didn’t sit too well with the fans who couldn’t understand why the Cardinals would make such a drastic change to a uniform that was beloved. The Cards finished the 1956 season below .500 with a record of 76 – 78 so the new unis didn’t seem to be a good luck charm. There was really no reason to keep them so in 1957 and bird on a bat returned and to this day it graces the front of the Cardinals jerseys.