1. Toledo, Ohio
If there’s one thing you need to know about Toledoans, it’s that they show up for their beloved Mud Hens. The Toledo Mud Hens, a minor league baseball team in the International League and an affiliate of the nearby Detroit Tigers, have a long history in the city, going back all the way to 1883. Their quirky moniker comes from the American Coots birds (AKA mud hens) that used to surround their original stadium, which was located near a marsh. The team didn’t stick to that swampy stadium location, but the name remained.
But the Toledo Mud Hens have more than a long history in the city; they also have some major wins under their belts. In 2005 and 2006, the Mud Hens won the Governors’ Cup championship, and this past year they finished first in the International League West, but ultimately lost out to the Durham Bulls in the semifinals.