In 1894 the franchise is created as the Grand Rapids Rippers Grand Rapids is a minor league team and Michigan that played in the Western Group. The team repositioned to Cleveland and in 1900 called the Cleveland Lake Shores. The Western League itself was retitled the American League priority to the 1900 season while continuing its minor confederation status. Declaration of American League itself a main league in 1901, One of its eight charter franchises was Cleveland. Firstly called the Cleveland Bluebirds or Blues the Cleveland Bronchus in 1902 was also informally called.