Baltimore Colts To Indianapolis (1984)
The Baltimore Colts were founded in 1953 and existed up until 1984. They played their games at the Memorial Stadium in Baltimore until a chaotic move ensued. After rejection from the city over acquiring a new stadium, the team set on leaving for pastures new. The city of Indianapolis didn’t want the Colts to leave, so after unsuccessful negotiations, attempts were made to get the state legislature to disapprove of the move entirely, giving ownership to a group who wouldn’t relocate the franchise. To prevent any interference, the franchise moved to Indianapolis in the middle of the night in March, 1984- blindsiding everybody. Despite the shock and disapproval of fans, former players and the city of Baltimore, the franchise moved and is now known as the Indianapolis Colts.
St. Louis Cardinals to Phoenix (1988)
Having already moved to St. Louis from Chicago in 1960, the Cardinals were on the move again in 1988 when they relocated to Arizona. This move wasn’t quite as chaotic as other teams’, but was still disapproved of by fans. So why move? Well it was a combination of an average player roster within the Cardinals, an old stadium and low attendance. Despite receiving approval from owners for the move (and the NFL), owner Bill Bidwell still avoided all home games for their final season as a safety precaution.