First Known Use of "Homer" to Reference a Home Run
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|Date||Thursday, August 6, 1868|
|Location||New York, NY, United States|
Two recent finds on the earliest known usage of "homer:"
[A] "The second inning saw a change as the Champions went out for two runs, one of these a 'homer.'"
[B] In an account of English cricketers vs. Union of Morrisania 10/20/1868:
"In the fourth innings the cricketers made five runs on good hits, Willisher hitting clean for a "'homer.'"
Note: previously, the earliest usage was believed to be in 1875, per Dickson's The Dickson Baseball Dictionary (3rd Edition, 2009), page 419..
[A] New England Base Ballist, August 6, 1868.
[B] New York Clipper October 31, 1868. (Posted to 19CBB on 2/14/2014 by Richard Hershberger.)
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|Submitted by||John Thorn|
|Submission Note||email to Skip McAfee, 11/17/2008|
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