The NL gave permission to the AL to put a team in Chicago White Sox, provided they not use the city name in the team’s branding. Comiskey moved his St. Paul club to the Near South Side and renamed it the White Stockings, grabbing a nickname that had once been used by the Chicago Cubs.
How did the White Sox and Red Sox get their names?
According to research in “Red Sox Century,” Taylor settled on grey uniforms trimmed in red with pale blue stockings on the road. But at home, the Red Sox would have white uniforms with bright red stockings. And Taylor came up with the name “Red Sox,” which took hold in 1908 and has remained ever since.