NEW YORK YANKEES
Another Yankee playoff series, another incorrect Yankee history book.
This is from THE YANKEES: AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY (1997) by George
Sullivan and John Powers, pg. 11, col. 1:
In the spring of 1913, _New York Press_ sports editor Jim Price, tired
of trying to cram the word "Highlanders" into his headlines, began using
"Yankees" instead. So the team, which figured it might smell sweeter by any
other name, adopted it.
As I posted here last year: it was April 1904, it was in William
Randolph Hearst's New York Evening Journal, the sports pages were edited by
Harry Beecher, who was the grandson of preacher Henry Ward Beecher and the
grandnephew of author Harriet Beecher Stowe, the team had just returned from
playing in the South....