[Ads-l] antedatings of "world('s) series"

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Fri Aug 2 02:11:34 UTC 2019

After reading Ben's note I started to search for a potential precursor
phrase "world's championship series" in the baseball domain, but I
found that Peter Reitan had already clipped a pertinent citation two
days ago.

Date: 26 Sep 1886
Newspaper: Chicago Tribune
Newspaper Location: Chicago, Illinois

[Begin excerpt]
The championship season is fast
approaching an end, and it now seems reasonably
sure that the Chicago White Stockings and St.
Louis Browns will win the championship in their
respective associations. I therefore take this op-
portunity of challenging your team on behalf of
the Browns for a series of contests to be known
as the world's championship series. It is imma-
terial to me whether the series be composed of
five, seven, or nine games.
[End excerpt]

Here is a match for "world championship series" in the baseball domain.

Date: 04 Oct 1886,
Newspaper: The San Francisco Examiner
Newspaper Location: San Francisco, California

I noticed there was a "world's chess championship series" match on
March 18, 1886.


On Thu, Aug 1, 2019 at 8:45 PM Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at gmail.com> wrote:
> OED3 currently has Nov. 22, 1886 as the earliest citation for "world
> series." (This refers to the series played between the St. Louis Browns of
> the American Association and the Chicago White Stockings of the National
> League.) In Mar. 2014, Fred Shapiro supplied earlier cites from 1886: Oct.
> 22 for "world's series" and Nov. 21 for "world series."
> http://listserv.linguistlist.org/pipermail/ads-l/2014-March/131509.html
> Here are new dates to beat: Oct. 18 for "world's series" and Oct. 19 for
> "world series."
> ----
> St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Oct. 18, 1886, p. 1, col. 3
> A meeting was held this morning at 11 o'clock in the office of A.G.
> Spalding to make the final arrangements for the world's series.
> https://www.newspapers.com/clip/7156791/ansons_pets_down_our_browns_in_the/
> ----
> St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Oct. 19, 1886, p. 7, col. 1
> The Chicagoans can certainly have no cause to regret the selection of Mr.
> McQuade as an umpire for the world series. ... Among the visitors to
> Chicago who have come to witness the world series is O.P. Caylor of
> Cincinnati.
> https://www.newspapers.com/clip/7156709/docs_dictim_doc_bushong_explains/
> ----
> I shared these cites with MLB historian John Thorn, who recently wrote
> about the 1886 series on his blog.
> https://ourgame.mlblogs.com/a-pictorial-chronology-of-baseball-in-the-19th-century-part-13-1886-789b6af61e37
> --bgz
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