DC Sports

iFanboy has been running a series this week on the geography of the DC Comics Earth. DC’s USA is host to fictional cities like Gotham City (home of Batman) and Metropolis (home of Superman). Gotham and Metropolis were designed more or less to be stand-ins for New York (though New York exists in the DCU and is nicknamed the “Cinderella City” due to its comparative lesser prominence to its wicked stepsisters; it also has nifty architecture), while other cities like Green Arrow’s Star City or Hawkman’s St. Roch stand in for Seattle and New Orleans.

Major cities have sports, so of course DC’s fake cities have pro sports teams. The DC Heroes roleplaying game manual that these teams come from is old, so I thought I’d update it to reflect the current three division breakdown of Major League Baseball.

National League East

Gotham and Metropolis are both east coast mid-Atlantic cities.

  • Atlanta Braves
  • Gotham Griffins
  • Florida Marlins
  • Metropolis Meteors
  • New York Mets
  • Washington Nationals
  • Philadelphia Phillies

National League Central

Midway City is somewhere near Chicago. It was for a time Wonder Woman’s home base.

  • Houston Astros
  • Milwaukee Brewers
  • St. Louis Cardinals
  • Midway City Chiefs
  • Chicago Cubs
  • Cincinnati Reds
  • Pittsburgh Pirates

National League West

Star City is home to Green Arrow. It’s sort of a Seattle/Portland type place but I think located in California.

  • Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Los Angeles Dodgers
  • San Francisco Giants
  • San Diego Padres
  • Star City Rockets
  • Colorado Rockies

That gives the NL seven teams in the East and Central divisions and six in the West.

American League East

We again have teams in Gotham and Metropolis. I assume kids grow up with allegiances to one team or another just like in New York and Chicago and that subway series are rare but exciting.

  • Toronto Blue Jays
  • Gotham Knights
  • Metropolis Monarchs
  • Baltimore Orioles
  • Tampa Bay Rays
  • Boston Red Sox
  • New York Yankees

American League Central

Central City lies on the Kansas/Missouri border alongside Keystone City and is home to The Flash. Typically Barry Allen, the Silver Age Flash from the 60s is associated with Central City while his nephew Wally West, who took over as Flash when Barry died, lives in Keystone. Keystone is a motor city like Detroit. I’d imagine that fans across the bridge in Keystone across call the Stars their home team. They’re probably not very friendly with fans of the nearby Royals.

  • Cleveland Indians
  • Detroit Tigers
  • Central City Stars
  • Kansas City Royals
  • Chicago White Sox
  • Minnesota Twins

American League West

Here’s where things are a bit interesting. The roleplaying book this team list was taken from was written before Coast City was destroyed by Cyborg Superman in Superman 80. Coast City had been Green Lantern’s home. I don’t know why its baseball team would have been called the Angels, since Los Angeles already had a team by that name in real life. Maybe in the DCU LA took over that team’s name when Coast City was nuked. In Green Lantern: Rebirth Coast City was rebuilt but its recovery has been slow. I can’t see it having a major league baseball team yet, but that only leaves four teams in the AL West.

  • Texas Rangers
  • Oakland Athletics
  • Coast City Angels
  • Los Angeles Angels
  • Seattle Mariners

The notable DCU cities that were created after this map was made that I know of are Opal City, home of Starman and a sort of Baltimore-ish place, Vanity, a terrible town where Aztek lived, and St. Roch, Hawkman’s New Orleans-like roost. Baseball would be miserable to watch in Louisiana summers, but perhaps there’s a team there that deep south fans can cheer for. It’s way too east to be in the AL West, but that’s the best I’ve got if Coast City doesn’t have a team.