York Pennsylvania had a fairly rich baseball history. 5 decades worth of professional baseball in fact. Most of the teams went by the name, the York White Roses before finally switching to the York Pirates in 1968. Nearby rival Lancaster meanwhile took on the the name, the Red Roses. The White Roses and Red Roses may sound like placid names for a ball club but there was nothing nice about this rather flowery moniker. It instead, stood for the infamous and bloody battles known as... the "War of the Roses". The civil war between the two towns of England for the rights to the heir of throne, took place between the White Rose faction of York England and the Red Rose faction of Lancaster England. While that war is now over... both in England and over here... the York Revolution have again taken on heated battles with their old foes... the Lancaster Barnstormers.