A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from July 05, 2004
Bronx Bombers
"Bronx Bombers" is a popular nickname of the Yankees, who play in the Bronx.

First there was a "Bronx Bomber" fighter:

29 July 1930, Gettysburg (PA) Times, pg. 6, col. 4:
Lightweight history repeated itself when Singer, the Bronx bomber, beat Mandell with the first punch.

There was the "Brown Bomber," Joe Louis, who often fought at Yankee Stadium:

26 March 1935, Helena (MT) Independent, pg.8?, col. 3:
Detroit, March 25.—(AP)
"It isn't going to last more than five rounds," the "Brown Bomber" grinned today as he looked at the hands which have blasted him a place among the leading contenders for Max Baer's crown.

Then there was a baseball "Bronx Bomber," but he's not a Yankee:

19 April 1936, Charleston (WV) Daily Mail, pg. 13, col. 2:
Greenberg is strictly for more purchasing power for ball players. The six foot four inch, 210 pound Bronx Bomber points out that they are great consumers, and that a great injustice is being done. (Henry "Hammering Hank" Greenberg of the Detroit Tigers. The story is by NEA Service—ed.)

The earliest New York Yankee "Bronx Bombers" is just slightly later. The New York Post. June 18, 1936, pg. 31, col. 1, is headlined "Bronx Bombers Gain Speed."

27 June 1936, New Journal And Guide (Norfolk, VA), "Items Of Interest On Louis-Schmeling Bout" (ANP), pg. 14, col. 8:
Louis' popularity has grown so that writers are referring to Col. Ruppert's Yankees as the Bronx Bombers. Giving them the read end of Mr. Louis' now famous name.
Posted by Barry Popik
New York CitySports/Games • Monday, July 05, 2004 • Permalink