[Ads-l] Antedating of "Double" (Baseball)

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Wed Apr 1 00:34:11 UTC 2020

In the entry for "double" as a noun, the OED seems not to include the very common baseball sense.  The earliest citation I have found is:

1875 _Times_ (Philadelphia) 29 Oct. 4/2 (Newspapers.com)  Two hits, one a doule by Fisler, and an error of Haug gave the Athletic two in the fifth inning.

Fred Shapiro

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