Posted by Gary on June 14, 2005
In Reply to: "Big Apple" source incorrect posted by S. Atkins on June 14, 2005
: Your stated source of the phrase "Big Apple" is incorrect. It was likely first used and popularized by John J. Fitz Gerald, a horse-racing writer for the New York Morning Telegraph beginning in 1921. See the Web site thestraightdope.com for detailed information.
I've done some further research and included that theory on this site. It's no more than a theory though and Fitz Gerald himself doesn't claim to have coined the phrase. As you say, it seems likely, but I wouldn't go further than that on the evidence we have.