anybody’s game (1864)

“The last three innings were of the most exciting character, it being anybody’s game up to the close of the eighth innings.” The Brooklyn Daily Times, September 17, 1864, p3

  • Note: There are earlier examples from cricket from as early as 1840 in England and 1858 in the U.S.

Previous earliest use (Dickson Baseball Dictionary, 3rd edition, 2009):
1866. “The score was such as to make it ‘anybody’s game’” (Brooklyn Eagle, Aug. 27; Peter Morris).