Date: Sun, 18 Jan 1998 09:09:35 EST


Subject: Subway Series


Two goals I had for this week were to visit that National Baseball Hall

of Fame on Monday (for "fan" and other terms), and to visit New York City's

Transit Museum on Friday (for "subway series"). I accomplished one of two.

As stated here many months ago, when the New York Yankees played the New

York Giants in three straight World Series matchups (1921, 1922, 1923), the

term "Subway Series" was NOT used. It was called the "All-New York Series" or

the "Battle of Coogan's Bluff." I didn't see "Subway Series" for the 1936

matchup, but it did appear in 1937.

The New York Public Library had the SUBWAY SUN in its catalog (a run of

about 30 years), but the material was in the annex. When first requested,

nothing came over. When I called the annex, no one answered the telephone.

When I requested several years of the publication again, I got "not on shelf."

A librarian called over again to the annex; the New York Public Library didn't

have any SUBWAY SUNS at all! I was told to try the Transit Museum archives.

When I called the Transit Museum, I was told that they possessed a full

run of the SUBWAY SUN. However, no one could visit their archives because the

archivist quit. I was told to call again in August.

In August, I was told to call again in late September. They still had no


In late September, I was told to call back in late December. They still

had no archivist.

In late December, I was told that a new archivist would be hired after

the first week in January.

The first week in January, I made an appointment for Friday, January

16th, at 2 p.m. I told the new archivist what I needed on "Subway Series"

(Paul Dickson's new BASEBALL DICTIONARY has a February 1st deadline), and to

contact me with any additional help.

I took Friday off and slept a little late. At about 9:30 a.m., the

archivist from the Transit Museum called me.

The SUBWAY SUN in their collection goes back to 1946. Not 1921-23. Not


Have I tried the New York Public Library?