Old Naval Saying

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Jan 24 00:43:19 UTC 2011

At 7:27 PM -0500 1/23/11, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
>Too good to lose:
>1908 _N.Y. Tribune_ (June 7) C3 [Proquest]: Jack [the typical U.S. sailor]
>says he is "First in war, first in peace, /First in the hands of the Frisco

Wonder when the first cite is for the Washington Senators--

"First in war, first in peace, last in the American League".

--an old baseball saying I remember from the 1950s.  Now the
Nationals can render Washington "First in war, first in peace, last
in the National League East", although the Mets may give a run for
their money.


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