Slight Antedating of Sports "Fan"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Mon Sep 3 14:56:38 UTC 2012

fan (sports sense) (OED 1889, Popik 1886 May 31)

1886 _Kansas City Times_ 1 May 8 (GenealogyBank)  One or two enthusiastic baseball "fans" threw their hats out into the field.

Fred Shapiro

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