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

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Fri Aug 2 16:03:22 EDT 2019


Peter Armenti found an earlier example of "world's series," antedating the
Post-Dispatch cite by a week.

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Daily Journal (Evansville, Indiana), Oct. 11, 1886, p. 1, col. 5, "The
World's Series"
The "World's Series" had a close call, but it bobbed up serenely. These
great games begin to-day week, in Chicago, where three games will take
place Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
https://twitter.com/loclibrarian/status/1157342867209236480
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On Thu, Aug 1, 2019 at 8:44 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."
>
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> 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/
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> 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/
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>
> 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
>
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