Further Antedating of Sports "Fan"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sat Feb 2 01:41:10 UTC 2013

I should have checked the great website barrypopik.com before posting this antedating.  Barry, of course, had posted this very citation previously.

Fred Shapiro


From: Shapiro, Fred
Sent: Friday, February 01, 2013 7:27 AM
Subject: Further Antedating of Sports "Fan"

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

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