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Before 1930, Syracuse teams had almost always been the Syracuse Stars. When Syracuse re-entered the International League in 1934, they adopted the moniker "Chiefs." They used the name through 1955, when they left the league for the Eastern League. Still named the Chiefs, the team moved to Allentown, PA in 1957. When Syracuse again got a team in the IL in 1960, they were once more the Chiefs. In 1997 they finally (sort of) changed names, becoming the Syracuse SkyChiefs, although that turned out to be just a temporary change. Since 1967 the team has only been affiliated with three different major league clubs - the New York Yankees (1967-1977), Toronto Blue Jays (1978-2008) and Washington Senators (2009-present). After the 2006 season, the Syracuse team returned to the Chiefs moniker.
While the name "Chiefs" was traditionally associated with American Indians (and the team's former logo depicted a native headdress), the modern variant refers to a railroad station chief, an appropriate association givent he presence of railroad tracks just behind the left field fence at NBT Bank Stadium. Freight trains can be seen and heard passing by during games. One of the team's two mascots represents an old-timer station chief, dressed in the striped clothing usually associated with 19th century rail workers and the team's current logo features a locomotive.
2019 will be the 1st time since 1929 that "Chiefs" will not be in the name of Syracuse's nine, as the team will be called the Syracuse Mets .