The world isn’t invited, so why call it the World Series?
That answer and more here
handy. While I doubt that they would be easy to find, earlier threads have been done:http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?s=&threadid=47152&highlight=world+series
There is also the snopes link about the false attribution to the NY World newspaper
In short, it’s a proprietary event and they can call it whatever the hell they want.
Well, that’s why they CAN call it that.
They DO call it that because it’s always been called that. It’s a recognizable brand name. It would be rather stupid to change it now. “World Series” is an instantly recognizable brand. “The Yogi Cup” or some such thing would not be.
They DID call it that because making something a “World” something was a common adjective in the late 19th century for making something sound important and first-tier, essentially no different from calling it a “Super” Bowl.
Thanks for those links sam & x-ray. BTW, I did search first but as you can see, I didn’t find the result.
When the World Series first started the United States was the only known part of the world. Explorers later found other continents and lands, filled with mysterious creatures and strange vegetation.
Then eveybody got hit by a bus.
There is no reason why the name of anything has to be an accurate dictionary description of the thing being named.
Hi Handy. I asked this same question a year ago. Here is the link