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The Washington Wizards are a well-traveled franchise. They first began in 1961 as the Chicago Packers, one of the league's first expansion franchises. They changed their name to the Chicago Zephyrs in 1962 and moved to Baltimore in 1963, again changing their name to the Baltimore Bullets. The name, 'Bullets," which was taken from a previously failed Baltimore basketball franchise, was chosen in honor of a nearby foundry that had cast ammunition during World War II. The team finally moved to Washington in 1974, and in 1997, at the insistence of owner Abe Pollin, the team changed its name to the Wizards in conjunction with its anti-violence campaign.

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Title Annotation:history and names
Publication:Modern Casting
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Nov 1, 2002
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