“The Brooklyns wouldn’t be ahead of the Giants in the Subway series had they played much of the inept and wooden games they played yesterday.” William B. Hanna, New York Herald, September 11, 1921, p45
“Had the Giants come through in the National, interest in the series would be great only in the East where ‘Subway Series’ between the two Manhattan teams are convenient, if nothing else.” James Gould, St. Louis Star and Times, October 3, 1927, p18
- Earliest use for World Series
Previous earliest use (Dickson Baseball Dictionary, 3rd edition, 2009):
1ST USE. 1934. “Proponents of the ‘subway series’ this fall between the Yankees and the [New York] Giants for the world baseball championship may enjoy something of a pre-view when the all-star teams of the National and American League battle in gilt-edged formation next Tuesday at the Polo Grounds” (Associated Press dispatch, July 3; Barry Popik).