View Full Version : Historic Doubleheader: Mud Hens at Fifth Third Field

Stan Silliman
04-16-2011, 11:35 AM
I know there must be a reasonable explanation why a bank would call itself "Fifth Third" but I've never heard it. In this article I rip that name every which way:

Mud-Hens-Muddied (

04-17-2011, 11:34 PM
Not to rain on your parade but...

Fifth Third's unusual name is the result of the June 1, 1908 merger ( of two banks, The Fifth National Bank and The Third National Bank, to become The Fifth Third National Bank of Cincinnati.[4] ( 005-3) Because the merger took place during a period when prohibitionist ( ideas were gaining popularity, it was believed that "Fifth Third" was better than "Third Fifth," which could be construed as a reference to three "fifths" of alcohol.[5] ( The name went through several changes over the years, until on March 24, 1969, the name was changed to Fifth Third Bank.[4] ( 005-3)

Stan Silliman
04-18-2011, 10:06 AM
I've been in one of their branches in Indianapolis. Still, I felt the name Fifth National Bank was a little much. As in the Fifth one ever? What about Bob's Bank? Seems just as logical.

04-18-2011, 07:39 PM
Or Tulsa's Fourth National Bank.

Bank of A. Levy, founded in Germany in the late 19th century, had a presence in California through the 1990s; it was acquired by First Interstate in 1995.