> The series was origanally sponsored by a newspaper, called the New
> York World (or The something World) and the name World Series stuck.
> (Tried Google, tried Encyclopedia Britannica and www.worldseries.com
> and http://www.everything2.com/ but cant backup this statement)
Actually, I'm pretty sure this is a myth. The official "World Series"
started in 1903 as an inter-league championship between the National
League and the American Baseball Association. However, the first
match series to be called "World's Series" was in 1884, between the
Providence Grays (NL) and the New York Metropolitans (ABA). The term
appeared in the New York Clipper newspaper; there was no record of any
newspaper called the "World" sponsoring or otherwise influencing the
Apparently, it *is* just aggrandisement, however there are some
indications that the term was used merely to refer to the "world of
baseball", as in the unification of the two major associations, rather
than to the planet.
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