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Trolley dodger was a pejorative term of Manhattanites for residents of Brooklyn, New York from the late 19th century to the middle of the 20th century. The term, relating to Brooklyn's preponderance of trolley lines, was the basis for the name of the Major League Baseball team the Brooklyn Dodgers (which moved to Los Angeles in 1958). Although they had a variety of nicknames before the 1930s, the "Dodgers" name first arose in 1891, when their field in Eastern Park was bordered on two sides by trolley tracks. The now-defunct National Football League team, also named the Brooklyn Dodgers, also used the nickname.