[Ads-l] Antedating of "Grand Slam" (Tennis/Golf Sense)

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sun Jan 24 12:25:43 UTC 2016

The OED's first use for "grand slam" sense 1.c. (winning all the major championships in a calendar year, particularly in tennis or golf) is dated 1948.  Wikipedia cites an earlier usage:

Gould, Alan (18 July 1933). 'Sports Slants: {subsection} Tennis "Grand Slam" '<https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1955&dat=19330718&id=c3gzAAAAIBAJ&sjid=DeIFAAAAIBAJ&pg=2327,2495314>. The Reading Eagle<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Reading_Eagle> (Reading, PA). p. 10

Fred Shapiro

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