Posted by Brian from Shawnee on March 11, 2004
In Reply to: Re: World Series posted by James Briggs on March 11, 2004
: : : Why is it called the World Series when it's only in America?
: : Well, technically since 1969 it's also covered Canada. In fact the Toronto Blue Jays are one of the few teams to have won the World Series in back-to-back years (1992 and 1993). Of course the first Series was played in 1903 when no teams existed west of St. Louis, so it really didn't even cover the enitre U.S.!
: : A little arrogance goes a long way in marketing, you know. Who wants to go to the "Pretty Big Series"? Why not call it the "World Series"? Brilliant!
: It gets that title from the original 'sponsor' - the now defunct newspaper The New York World.
No, the New York World thing is an urban legend, according to Snopes.com. They say the legend started around 1991, and I had never heard it before today.
The "modern" World Series dates from 1903 and has been played every year except two. In 1904 the New York Giants of the National League refused to play against the "bush-leaguers" and "contract-jumpers" of the new American League, and in 1994 the players went on strike in the middle of the season and the World Series was cancelled. Other series had been played in the 1880's by the champions of the National League against the champions of the American Association, and that series was sometimes called the World Series, but it's not included in World Series history.