Today in history: The future Washington Redskins franchise was born in 1932

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On July 9th, 1932, the team that ultimately would be known as the Washington Redskins was founded. Today, the name is at the center of a hot debate. On July 8th, 2015, a federal judge refused to reinstate six trademarks canceled in 2014 that were offensive to Native Americans.

The name was not always Redskins, however. In 1932, George Preston Marshall
Formalized negotiations to bring a football franchise to Boston. It was the 13th season of the National Football League and even with the addition of a Boston team there were still only eight teams, with three in New York City alone.

The newly-formed team was contracted to play at the Boston Braves' baseball field and were subsequently called the Boston Braves as well.

This name only lasted a year. In 1933, the team started to play in the Boston Red Sox's stadium and the football team's name was changed to match.

The Boston Red Sox football team did not have much longevity either. Four years later, the franchise was renamed Redskins and moved to Washington, D.C.

The origin story of the controversial name is murky. The team and NFL had previously stated that the "Redskins" name came from Marshall who wanted to honor the team's Indian coach, William "Lone Star" Dietz.

The Washington Post reports that this beloved tale may be false. On July 6, 1933, Marshall was quoted in the Hartford Courant as saying he did not chose the name for Dietz, and instead gave up Braves to avoid confusion with the baseball team, but wanted to keep the Native American logo.

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FILE - This Aug. 7, 2014 file photo shows groundskeepers preparing the end zone for the NFL football preseason game between the Washington Redskins and the New England Patriots in Landover, Md. The debate over the Washington Redskins nickname has been around for decades, usually as a flash-in-the-pan topic that pops up occasionally and disappears after a day or so. This time is different. The campaign against the term many consider to be a racial slur has reached sustained, unprecedented momentum over the last 18 months and shows no signs of abating. A confluence of events _ and several missteps by team owner Dan Snyder _ has made the issue a topic du jour. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
LANDOVER, MD - AUGUST 07: Defensive end Jarvis Jenkins #99 of the Washington Redskins waits to be introduced before playing the New England Patriots during a preseason NFL game at FedExField on August 7, 2014 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MD - AUGUST 07: Kicker Zach Hocker #4 of the Washington Redskins kicks a field goal against the New England Patriots during a preseason NFL game at FedExField on August 7, 2014 in Landover, Maryland. The Washington Redskins won, 23-6. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MD - AUGUST 07: Defensive end Chris Baker #92 of the Washington Redskins looks into the stands after playing the New England Patriots during a preseason NFL game at FedExField on August 7, 2014 in Landover, Maryland. The Washington Redskins won, 23-6. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MD - AUGUST 07: Quarterback Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins looks on against the New England Patriots during a preseason NFL game at FedExField on August 7, 2014 in Landover, Maryland. The Washington Redskins won, 23-6. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MD - AUGUST 07: Larry Mooney poses for a portrait displaying his eyes in the back of his head tattoo during a preseason NFL game at FedExField on August 7, 2014 in Landover, Maryland. The Washington Redskins won, 23-6. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MD - August 7: Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden talks with his quarterbacks, Robert Griffin III (10) and Kirk Cousins (8) during a first half timeout against the New England Patriots on August 7, 2014 in Landover, MD. (Photo by Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post via Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 11: The Patriots surround teammate Jerod Mayo (#51) on the ground with the ball after he intercepted a pass in the final minute of the game. Washington WR Jabar Gaffney is at right. The New England Patriots visited the Washington Redskins in an NFL regular season game at FedEx Field. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 11: Fans cheer as the Patriots from left to right, Matthew Slater, Kevin Faulk, and Deion Branch head onto the field for pre game warmups. The New England Patriots visited the Washington Redskins in an NFL regular season game at FedEx Field. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III reaches for fans' hands as he leaves the field after an NFL football preseason game against the New England Patriots in Landover, Md., Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. The Redskins defeated the Patriots 23-6. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, right, jokes with strong safety Brandon Meriweather after an NFL football preseason game against the New England Patriots in Landover, Md., Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. The Redskins defeated the Patriots 23-6. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)
New England Patriots wide receiver Brian Tyms loses control of the ball in the end zone on a hit from Washington Redskins defensive back Chase Minnifield during the second half of an NFL football preseason game in Landover, Md., Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Washington Redskins wide receiver Aldrick Robinson breaks free from New England Patriots strong safety Duron Harmon (30) and scores a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football preseason game in Landover, Md., Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
LANDOVER MD - DECEMBER 8: Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith (11) is taken down by Washington inside linebacker London Fletcher (59) in the red zone on a 4th quarter Chief's touchdown drive as the Kanas City Chiefs defeat the Washington Redskins 45 - 10 at FedEx Field in Landover MD, December 8, 2013. ( Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden smiles as he watches during the second half of the Redskins' NFL football preseason game against the New England Patriots in Landover, Md., Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)
Washington Redskins NFL football team's Santana Moss (89) signs autographs with Kaya Todd, 9, right, and Devin Wright, 7, after a joint practice with he New England Patriots in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Jay Paul)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady warms up before an NFL football preseason game against the New England Patriots in Landover, Md., Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 11: Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski as he high fives some fans after the New England victory. Gronkowski set a new NFL record for touchdown passes in a season by a tight end in the game. The New England Patriots visited the Washington Redskins in an NFL regular season game at FedEx Field. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
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