Further Antedating of Sports "Fan"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Fri Feb 1 12:27:55 UTC 2013

fan (sports sense) (OED 1889)

1885 _Kansas City Times_ 10 May 4 (America's Historical Newspapers)  I am more or less of a base ball

fan myself, and this reminds me that the man who is not thoroughly up in base ball slang nowadays is looked

upon with pity.

Fred Shapiro

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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