Date: Sat, 27 Dec 1997 03:48:55 EST


Subject: Wait Till Next Year

It's almost next year.


WAIT 'TIL NEXT YEAR/WAIT UNTIL NEXT YEAR The plaintive motto of fans whose

team has once again fallen short of expectations. The refrain was long

associated with the Brooklyn Dodgers and their fans. It achieved its greatest

play in those years (1941, 1947, 1949, 1952, 1953, and 1956) when the Dodgers

lost to the New York Yankees in the World Series. Among other things, it was

the name of a book written by Jackie Robinson.

It is now applied to other teams. "There is no light in the Old North

Church tonight. Boston is dark and despairing, waiting, as always, until next

year." (Tony Kornheiser, _The Washington Post_, October 28, 1986)

1ST 1941. This is the year in which it first achieved prominent display as a

headline in the _Brooklyn Eagle_, after the Dodgers were beaten by the Yankees

in the World Series.

EXT The line has been used as a battle cry in a host of areas and situations.

Before those Brooklyn Dodger teams, WAY before, there was a New York

Giant baseball team. This was the headline of the New York Tribune, 30

September 1915, pg. 13:

"Wait Till Next Year" Is Now Heard on All Sides by the Fans.