Toronto Mike

World Series Fallacy


As a kid, I was always enamoured with baseball trivia.  I specialized in Blue Jays team trivia and overall record holders.  I was very, very good.

In some trivia book I read that the World Series got its name because it was originally sponsored by the New York World newspaper.  Trivia books were how I got my information.  You kids and your World Wide Web wouldn't understand.

I believed this fact about the New York World newspaper until this past weekend when I read on Wikipedia that this simply isn't true.  World Series is a shortened form of the phrase "world's championship series," nothing more.

I've carried that false factoid around for 25 years.

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