Date: Sun, 11 Jan 1998 10:50:29 -0500 From: Fred Shapiro Subject: Re: High Ball; Moonshiner; Cracker Jack; Chickened Out; --NOT!; Coon; et al. On Sun, 11 Jan 1998, Bapopik wrote: > Paul Dickson has the New York Herald, 8 July 1865, for "the national > game." That's very early, although someone traced "the national pastime" to > 1857! > This is from Harper's Weekly, 15 October 1859, pg. 660(? Copy is cut > off), col. 3: Note that the DA has an 1856 citation for _national game_. The OED traces it, in reference to sports other than baseball, to 1828. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Fred R. Shapiro Coeditor (with Jane Garry) Associate Librarian for Public Services TRIAL AND ERROR: AN OXFORD and Lecturer in Legal Research ANTHOLOGY OF LEGAL STORIES Yale Law School Oxford University Press, 1998 e-mail: fred.shapiro[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] ISBN 0-19-509547-2 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------